Famine: The other F word

Jack H. Barnes Confessions of a Macro Contrarian Business Insider 1/24/2011

The world is closer to a major famine today than it has been in decades. In the current era, there have been smaller cases of famine in the world such as Niger in ‘05 and again in 2010. The western African region is exposed […]

Mao’s Great Leap to Famine

“When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, the local boss, Xiong Dechang, forced his father to bury his son alive on the spot. The report of the investigative team sent by the provincial leadership in 1969 to interview survivors of the famine records that the man died of […]

Mao’s Great Leap Forward ‘killed 45 million in four years’

State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record […]