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IW 02

Asia-Middle East

Tsunami

The nations devastated by the tsunami that saw out the year 2004 were already among the most punished in the colonial and semi-colonial world - paradises of sexual tourism, trafficking in children, etc. The humanitarian organizations estimate that the 150 thousand deaths already confirmed, especially in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand will be multiplied many times by the epidemics, the diseases and hunger. In three of these countries powerful rebel movements are struggling in the midst of civil wars. Two days after the tragedy, the rebels of the province of Aceh, in Indonesia -where there are almost 100 thousand deaths and several hundreds of thousands that have lost everything-- denounced that the army was continuing with its military operations of repression. In the era of information technology nothing had been done to alert on the emergence of the cataclysm, with a relatively small investment. What has prospered is unbridled deforestation of the planet's giant lungs, to the glee of the big lumber monopolies. Worst of all are the politico-military measures taken after the cataclysm. "The aid dispensed to the victims by the US," tells Le Monde (7 Jan) is accompanied by political objectives." In the midst of a generalized hatred for imperialist carnage in Iraq, the Yankees aim to make amends through "aid" to the Islamic countries affected (Indonesia is the biggest of them). But the imperialist advisers themselves show themselves to be "skeptical". The consequences could be "disastrous", Le Monde was told by "Sydney Jones, one of those in charge of the International Crisis Group."