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Every day in the developing world,
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More than 800 million people in the world are
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777 million of them are from the developing world. 177 million of them are children.

In the last 50 years, almost 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation,
according to the report.
That's three times the
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entire 20th century.

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Hoffman Blasts Bush's War Plans

Thursday 6th February 2003

Dustin Hoffman has become the latest US star to voice his opposition to war with Iraq.

Hoffman accused the Bush administration of "manipulating the grief of the country" after the events of September 11.

The president's real motives for going to war are power and oil, he said.

He spoke out after receiving a lifetime achievement accolade at the Empire Film Awards in London.

"For me as an American, the most painful aspect of this is that I believe that administration has taken the events of 9/11 and has manipulated the grief of the country and I think that's reprehensible," he said.

"I don't think, like many of us, that the reasons we have been given for going to war are the honest reasons.

"If they are saying it's about the fact they have biological weapons and might have nuclear weapons and that gives us the liberty to pre-empt and strike because we think they might hit us, then what prevents Pakistan from attacking India, what prevents India from attacking Pakistan, what prevents us from going into North Korea?

"I believe - though I may wrong because I am no expert - that this war is about what most wars are about: hegemony, money, power and oil".

Hoffman pointed out that the US had once funded Saddam Hussein's regime even as he killed tens of thousands of Kurds. He added that he believed all politicians were incapable of telling the truth.

"If I was asked what is the most important aspect of being a politician, I would say getting re-elected. And when that's the goal, then all bets are off with the truth".

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