|The UN's Olivier de Schutter visits|
Canada to investigate obesity issues
thanks to the humanitarian urges of
Cuba, China, North Korea, Iran, and
“There is no food and no clean water, nothing,” Mahmoud, a 12-year-old boy from Homs, Syria, told Reuters Thursday. “There is no shop open and we only have one meal a day. How can we live like that and survive?”
According to the World Food Program, half a million people don’t have enough to eat in Syria. Fears are growing that the regime is using hunger as a weapon.
This is the kind of emergency which should attract the attention of the UN Human Rights Council’s hunger monitor, who has the ability to spotlight situations and place them on the world agenda. Yet Olivier de Schutter of Belgium, the “Special Rapporteur on the right to food,” is not going to Syria.
Instead, the UN’s food monitor is coming to investigate Canada.Actually, de Schutter isn't--exactly--coming to Canada to research hunger:
“Globally, 1.3 billion people are overweight or obese,” he responded via his spokesperson, “and this causes a range of diseases such as certain types of cancers, cardio-vascular diseases or (especially) type-2 diabetes that are a huge burden.”
In other words, the hunger expert is not even that interested in hunger, but the opposite. Sure, we should all eat less fries, but do Canadians need a costly UN inquiry to tell us that?Which is about what you could expect from de Schutter, who is (again, I am not making this up), something of a pioneer in bizarre global politics:
In 1989, he announced to the world the creation of the Muammar Gaddafi Human Rights Prize.The national co-sponsors for the creation of his mission, under the UN's "right to food" mandate are Cuba, China, North Korea, Iran, and Zimbabwe.
But there's not a lot of obesity to investigate in any of those countries, so I guess visiting Canada makes sense.