Soaring food prices are a “massacre” of the world’s poor and are creating a global nutritional crisis, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on April 22, calling it a sign that capitalism is in decline. His comments came only hours after the UN World Food Program called more expensive food a “silent tsunami” that threatens to plunge more than 100 million people into hunger. The self-styled revolutionary and Cuba ally has won popular support by subsidizing food for the OPEC nation’s poor majority, although his administration struggled last year to keep products such as milk and sugar on store shelves. (Reuters)

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