Venezuela and Yemen were both once very prosperous nations, but now parents are literally watching their children starve to death as the economies of both nations continue to utterly collapse.
Just like so many here in the United States, most of those living in Venezuela and Yemen would have called you completely crazy if you would have warned them that this was going to happen five years ago.  In particular, Venezuela has more proven oil reserves than almost anyone else on the planet, and so to most of their citizens it was unimaginable that things could ever get this bad. 
But it has happened, and the collapse that has already begun in parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East will soon spread elsewhere.
From Michael Snyder:

When I said that children are literally starving to death in Venezuela, I was not exaggerating one bit.  The following comes from the Wall Street Journal…

Jean Pierre Planchart, a year old, has the drawn face of an old man and a cry that is little more than a whimper. His ribs show through his skin. He weighs just 11 pounds.

His mother, Maria Planchart, tried to feed him what she could find combing through the trash—scraps of chicken or potato. She finally took him to a hospital in Caracas, where she prays a rice-milk concoction keeps her son alive.

“I watched him sleep and sleep, getting weaker, all the time losing weight,” said Ms. Planchart, 34 years old. “I never thought I’d see Venezuela like this.”

What would you do if that was your child?

At one time Venezuela had the brightest outlook out of all the economies in South America, but now their economy has contracted by a total of 27 percent since 2013, imports of food have fallen 70 percent, and the IMF says that the inflation rate will hit a staggering 720 percent this year.

Tonight, in major cities all across Venezuela you will find thousands of people rummaging through garbage looking for food.  It has been reported that some citizens have even resorted to eating cats, dogs and pigeons because they are so desperate for something to eat.

According to one survey, among those that said that they lost weight last year, the average amount lost was a staggering 19 pounds.  In the United States that would be a good thing, but in a country like Venezuela that is an absolutely catastrophic number.

Meanwhile, thousands of children are starving to death in Yemen as well…

Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the Hodeidah clinic.

Too weak to resist the march of disease and hunger in her war-battered country, the child’s tiny frame was swathed in a bright green shroud and lowered by sobbing relatives into a dusty grave on Tuesday.

The primary cause of the crisis in Yemen is a nightmarish civil war that is not going to end any time soon.

And most Americans don’t realize this, but the U.S. military has contributed to the civil war by conducting airstrikes.  It is essentially a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and both sides are absolutely determined to win.

So the suffering in Yemen is only going to intensify, and already a child under the age of five is dying every five minutes…

The United Nations warns that a child under five in Yemen dies around every 10 minutes from preventable causes such as starvation, disease, poor sanitation or lack of medical care.

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned last week of “the starving and the crippling of an entire generation.”

Nearly 17 million of Yemen’s 28 million people are deemed “food insecure” by aid groups – and around SEVEN MILLION do not know where they will get their next meal.

Even though you may not believe it right now, what is happening in Venezuela and Yemen is going to happen in the United States someday as well.

So instead of using this time of relative stability for the U.S. economy to party, I would be using it to prepare.

  1. Open letter to the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump.

    Sir, It is my sincerest hopes that you intend to make America great again! Well here is an opportunity. See Mr. President, we have a country (Venezuela) whose children are purported to be starving to death in. We could instead of spending millions of dollars in the upcoming naval exercises scheduled to take place near Venezuela, instead divert those funds to help feed the needy there. This would not only impress upon the people of Venezuela feelings of warmth for American Democracy, winning them over to our side, but would show the entire world that America is concerned about others. I can think of no other entreaty that would put America back on the path of greatness than this this.


    Signed – American Citizen

    • Billions may go hungry as solar minimum continues until 2053.  US will not have funds due to Al Gore spending $15trillion of global warming, leaving world fully exposed to the consequences of being unprepared for a small ice age

  2. “Stop being so greedy, and so selfish. Realize that there is more to the world than your big houses and fancy stores. People are starving and you worry about oil for your cars. Babies are dying of thirst and you search the fashion pages for the latest styles. Nations like ours are drowning in poverty, but your people don’t even hear our cries for help. You shut your ears to the voices of those who try to tell you these things. You label them radicals or Communists. You must open your hearts to the poor and downtrodden, instead of driving them further into poverty and servitude. There’s not much time left. If you don’t change, you’re doomed.”
    ― John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals & the Truth about Global Corruption

    “This book was written so that we may take heed and remold our story. I am certain that when enough of us become aware of how we are being exploited by the economic engine that creates an insatiable appetite for the world’s resources, and results in systems that foster slavery, we will no longer tolerate it. We will reassess our role in a world where a few swim in riches and the majority drown in poverty, pollution, and violence . We will commit ourselves to navigating a course toward compassion, democracy, and social justice for all.”
    ― John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

  3. The lack of compassion for the plight of the innocents is a lack of self-awareness about the world you live in.
    What passes for National Security in the United States, is ill informed situational awareness, and ignorance of its citizens. Who watch videos, and read, but can’t comprehend what they watch, or read, beyond their preferred, petty, self-serving interest.
    That is what the lack of views on this post is telling me.
    This is contrary to the second commandment.
    “Love you neighbors, as you love yourself.”

  4. The Yemen situation is not really particular to Yemen. What is happening in Yemen is a proxy war against Iran using the House of Saud as the agent aggressor by the United StatesThe legally constituted government called the United States, has been usurped by international corporatist, who rule from Washington by proxy agents, who are often tyrannical to their own people.
    Since the formerly United States is ruled by corporate oligarchs, the foreign policy of the United States is tyrannical.
    What is done by Washington in the name of American citizens does not waive the personal responsibility of those citizens.
    For every foreign man, woman, or child killed by Washington’s policies, a terrorist is created. The faux war on terrorism, is the modus operandi of the oligarchs in Washington, that perpetuates itself without end, serving the economic and political interests of those oligarchs.
    American citizens (if the call themselves American) have a personal responsibility to resist tyranny, it is their national, constitutional, birthright.
    Yemen situational awareness:
    “Two years ago, a coalition of ten Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia launched military aggression against the state of Yemen, while enjoying the active military and political support of the United States.”
    Wars in the middle East as elsewhere are mostly fought by proxy. Which is thinly veiled, plausible deniability, of Washington’s war racketeering and foreign policy directives, serving only the pecuniary interest of the ruling elite.
    “The unpunished slaughter of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan carried out by the US over the course of the last decade is now being gradually replaced by new types of crimes committed by Washington’s henchmen in the course of its ongoing instances of armed aggression against sovereign states.”

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