Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed is executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development in London. He teaches International Relations at Sussex University. His research on international terrorism was officially used by the 9/11 Commission in Washington DC, and on 22 July, 2005 he gave expert testimony in US Congress on the failure of Western security policies at the hearing, “9/11 Commission Report One Year Later: Did They Get it Right?”
In the lecture he points out that 1 billion people are currently hungry -- one 1/6 of the worlds population. He asks who controls food and provides figures for some key parts of the global food production process -- 6 companies control 85% trade in grain, 3 control 85% of the banana trade, 4 control 84% of US grain production, etc. The green revolution, soil erosion, climate change, global warming, drought are all covered.
Peak oil, the Olduvai theory ( http://dieoff.org/page224.htm ) and the imminent acute global energy crisis are described. He points out that there is currently the capacity to feed the whole of the planets population -- the current problem is one of distribution.
He talks about alternative and renewable energy, the financial system and how we might use what we have to plant a seed to create a better, post-industrial society.
Last year Nafeez Ahmed spoke at another meeting organised by the AhlulBayt Islamic Society at Imperial College London ( http://imperial.absoc.co.uk/ ) on The Hidden Holocaust - Our Civilizational Crisis: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/01/388961.html
Other talks by Nafeez Ahmed on UK Indymedia include:
* Ties With Terror: Western-Al-Qaeda Relations in the Post-Cold War Period
* International Terrorism: The Secret History
* Creating Terror
The Institute for Policy Reseach & Development of which Nafeez is Executive Director: