The demonstrations of the Arab Spring are driven in large part by the enormous increase in the price of wheat caused by world wide decreases in the amount of wheat coming to market due to drought and government decisions, like the insane decision by the US government, at the behest of the Kansas Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland and the environmental lobby, to turn corn into gasoline, thereby causing much land that would have been planted in wheat to be planted in corn. And so poor people world wide, and not just in Arab lands, are deprived of bread, their principal source of food.
If price of wheat now goes sky high
And bread that Arabs make
Now costs so much then they should try
To eat more chocolate cake
Or mayhap try a nice gateau
A cupcake would be nice
A jellyroll or just for show
A strudel filled with spice
It breaks my heart to hear them cry
And tears from me are wrung
To see they can no longer fry
Ataif cakes over dung
Ataif are small yeast pancakes dipped in orange blossom syrup and served with clotted cream and garnished with chopped pistachios. Sounds good, just don’t let them fall into the dung fire.
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