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Report Claims Biofuels Responsible For Food Price Rise

A new report argues the use of plant derived fuels has played a major role in witnessing dramatic rises in the prices of food. The World Bank report believes the use of biofuels has been a major factor in a rise of 75% in food costs such as bread, corn, etc… According to the Guardian, the World Bank report has not been made public to avoid angering Bush since it contradicts his claim that biofuels are only responsible for about a 3% increase in prices. To reveal their conclusion, said a source, “would put the World Bank on a political hot spot with the white House.”

There is evidence the impact of biofuels on food prices is not being made public to prevent possible antagonism for use of plant-derived fuels. Robert Baily, of Oxfam, believes “political leaders are intent”on suppressing this information.

Brazil has mainly used sugarcane in making its fuel, a crop which is not critically important to the diet of people. Perhaps, it is time to restrict use of fuels made from plants to a group of plants.

Israel Urged To Confront West Bank Economic Issues

Israel is coming under extednsive pressure from the world community to implement new policies governing the daily lives of Muslim inhabitants of the West Bank. President Bush is expected in Israel within a few weeks, and nations are suggesting Israel might strengthen his ability to impact blocked Israel and Palestinian negoatiations if there was a significant effort to revitalize the West Bank economy. A new report from the World Bank reported zero growth in 2007 for the West Bank and blamed as a contribution factor “effects of the closures and movement restrictions.” The report noted the almost complete collapse of the West Bank economy was dramatically impacted by the growth in checkpoints. Even Tony Blair has recommended action on this key issue.

There is growing support among the International Quartet of nations to designate areas of the West Bank in which Palestinian forces would be trained to assume responsibility for ensuring safety and peace. One possible location is the northern West Bank city of Jenin in which 700 Palestinian security forces have been trained by American and Jordan supervisors.

On one hand, Israel complains about security issues, on the other hand, it refuses to sanction any experiments in which Palestinians assume responsibility for maintaining law and order. Unless experiments are attempted the present stalemate will continue into the forseeable future and at some point the Abbas government will be forced to resort to militant action. Of course, at that point, Israel will blame Palestinians and never assume responsibility for its own lack of action as a cause of militancy.