US Farmers, PAWNS on DOHA Chessboard
If Doha is a game of CHESS , then US farmers are expendable PAWNS.
"The Doha round has been likened to a multi-dimensional chess game . . . [in which] Agriculture, traditionally the most political sensitive sector, is the main stumbling block.
A representative from Australia's National Federation of Farmers says Australia "totally [relies] on the international market for the well-being of [its] farmers."
This explains why Australia wants "to have more trade in agriculture . . . more open and freer trade."
Meanwhile, Brussels and Washington "have broadly agreed to reduce and eventually remove domestic financial support and export subsidies to their farmers. But disagreement remains on market access."
Isn't that SPECIAL?
Australia wants to HELP its farmers, while the United States government aims to SCREW its farmers!
The European Union, the US and, to a lesser extent, Japan spend $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) a day to support farm production.
If the subsidies were removed . . . global prices for agri-products will rise and many more millions of dollars will flow back into the Australian economy.
They want the PRICE of agri-products to RISE?!!
First, the MONEY SUPPLY; now, the FOOD SUPPLY?!!
They aim to starve us to DEATH!!!
"Washington has offered to reduce its controversial farm subsidies by 60 per cent and will also slash trade tariffs by up to 90 per cent . . . eventually [phasing] out all trade tariffs, except on a limited number of sensitive products, and to tighten up the use of export subsidies.
Isn't that awfully GENEROUS of them?
They aim to sacrifice American farmers AND world consumers so that Australia can do their BIG farmers a favor.
Or maybe they just can't resist the persuasive influence of...
"the powerful Business Council of Australia, which represents the country's largest companies."
"[the BCA's] presence [is set] help ensure that the talks would not collapse as they did at the last ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, in 2003."
Their "presence?" These guys must be REALLY BIG.
The BCA says that if the trade talks, known as the Doha Development Agenda, collapse it would deliver "a mortal blow" to the global trading system and undermine the authority of the WTO.
Oh, good! Let's keep our fingers crossed!
The World Bank estimates that a round that can successfully reduce tariff and improve market access could produce up to $US520 billion in annual income gains for rich and poor nations.
I've heard that one before.
They must mean "annual income gains" for 'the RICH' of the "rich and poor nations."
Last month, farmer and activist Chung Yong-pum, 38, killed himself on the opening day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Busan.
Another Korean farmer, Lee Kyung-hae, killed himself in a similar protest at the opening of the last WTO ministerial meeting at Cancun, Mexico, in 2003.
This is serious business.