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Issue No:67
  • :0973-1121
  • :April
  • :2014

The Wide Ocean

Ocean, if you were to give, a measure, a ferment, a fruit
of your gifts and destructions, into my hand,
I would choose your far-off repose, your contour of steel,
your vigilant spaces of air and darkness,
and the power of your white tongue,
that shatters and overthrows columns,
breaking them down to your proper purity.

Not the final breaker, heavy with brine,
that thunders onshore, and creates
the silence of sand, that encircles the world,
but the inner spaces of force,
the naked power of the waters,
the immoveable solitude, brimming with lives.

It is Time perhaps, or the vessel filled
with all motion, pure Oneness,
that death cannot touch, the visceral green
of consuming totality.

­­— Pablo Neruda

Analysis / GPO

Banking on Wealth?

Current trends in Western fisheries economics, as exemplified by the position of the World Bank, religiously promote free markets for fishing rights


This article is by Menakhem-Ben Yami (benyami@actcom.net.il), a Fisheries Adviser based in Tel Aviv, Israel


During the last decade, the World Bank (WB) has been showing an increasing interest in world fisheries. In 2005, the WB, along with key donors and stakeholders, created the Global Program on Fisheries (GPO-PROFISH) and in 2009, to amplify its work in fisheries, another global partnership with the fishing industry, the Alliance for Responsible Fisheries (ALLFISH).

PROFISH was created also in view of the fact that around 40 per cent of the world’s total fish yields are exported by poor countries to wealthy ones. “Our (PROFISH’s) mission”, says the WB, “is to promote and facilitate the contribution that fisheries and aquaculture can make to sustainable economic growth, better nutrition, more economic opportunities for women, and poverty reduction” by “supporting an inclusive and sustainable globalization‚ enhancing growth with care for the environment‚ and creating individual opportunity and hope.”

Robert Zoellick, the banking executive who, until 2012, was the WB...

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