Globalization and agricultural trade: The market access and food security dilemmas of developing countries (2006)

Poverty reduction and debt relief programs, fixed by the big powers, have repeated the dogma of globalisation through ‘free trade’ as a means of salvation for poor countries. The Cairns Group, an agricultural export lobby, has reinforced this message in relation to farming. Yet agriculture in developing countries is far too important to be reduced to a function of the latest export opportunity. In poor, rural based communities, there is a huge cost in abandoning subsistence production and domestic markets to the vagaries of global markets. Continue reading “Globalization and agricultural trade: The market access and food security dilemmas of developing countries (2006)”

Aid, trade and oil: Australia’s second betrayal of East Timor (2003)

Having abandoned the East Timorese people to invasion and genocide for a quarter of a century, a bewildered Australian Government was forced into military intervention in late 1999, just as that little nation began its final race towards independence. Though civil solidarity had grown over many years, state intervention in support of the East Timorese was a very last minute affair. Informed observers note that there were joint US-Indonesian military exercises just days before the August 1999 referendum. Continue reading “Aid, trade and oil: Australia’s second betrayal of East Timor (2003)”