Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom Dispatch.com, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)
Soaring bread prices have sparked riots around Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, but worse still is the fact that police killed at least six people and used live ammunition because—wait for it—they “ran out of rubber bullets.”
Some Arab countries’ economies are getting a boost from the rise in oil prices, but you wouldn’t know it from the shortages of staples like bread— a major cause for concern in Egypt, where long lines and soaring costs are sparking serious unrest.