The struggle for another world
It has more and more supporters. First by imposing a new word,
"alterglobalization" they mean that they do not oppose
to the globalization by itself, but to the neo-conservative globalization
where every thing is marketable .
Thanks to their activism, the World Trade Organization (WTO)
comes out of clandestineness into the open. Opponents or supporters,
every body speaks about it because it is a question of life or
death for whole populations.
The representatives of small African countries dare to speak
about all the pressures and threats they have to deal with. The
countries from the South organize themselves and are not afraid
to oppose the countries of the North.
One of the sensitive subjects at Cancun was agriculture. By
thousands, Mexicans came to denounce the unfair treatment they
- As corn producers they cannot make a living from their
work. The Mexican Government buys corn from the
USA because it is cheaper, the American producers are largely
subsided and then their products are competitive. The Mexican
peasants are forced to give up their land to go to Mexico City
or to the United States.
For people from Benin, Mali or Chad, cotton production is essential.
There again, American producers get a subsidy to allow them to
sell cotton at a cost below the African cost. The result of this
is that millions of Africans cannot make a living from their
work and have to go to other African cities or to Europe.
The European Union also gives subsidy to export their own products.
The damage to the poor countries is enormous. Would they be able
to break the protectionism of the rich countries? They have to
face powerful agricultural lobbies determined to preserve their
subsidy. The failure of the negotiations in Cancun offers a good
illustration of it.
The struggle is still going on. The supporters for an alterglobalization
bring hope to the poor of the world.