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I find your phrase "shovelling money at a wide and endless swath of hungry mouths" (Diplomacy fit for the times, Editorials, Nov. 29) to be degrading and dehumanizing of the recipients of development and humanitarian aid, who generally want to become self-sufficient and productive contributors to their own societies and the world.

The human and natural resources of many countries were first pillaged by colonial powers and are now, too often, exploited by ruthless, profiteering global corporations.

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We conveniently ignore this history and the ongoing reality of the powerful dominating the powerless for their own benefit. To allow Canadian business interests to dictate how other countries can spend aid is a perversion of humanitarianism and will render aid less effective in its goal of developing the capacities of recipients to provide for themselves.

ROBERT LIDSTONE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2013 A16

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