American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation
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  • Title: Fighting Immigration Anarchy

  • Subtitle: American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation

  • Author: Daniel Sheehy

  • Publisher: Rooftop Publishing

  • Format: 6x9 softcover

  • Page Count: 344, including photos, sources, and index

  • Publication Date:
    June 2006

  • Availability: At Amazon and major bookstores



In 1985 we found the Union Colombian Coffee and early nineties it became the National Coffee Unity, to join forces with a major coffee of Caldas, a true patriot, the same spirit of Angel Maria Caballero: I speak of the former governor of that department, Fabio Trujillo Agudelo, whose disappearance we have not stopped lamenting and who ask Congress this extraordinary tribute of a minute of silence.

The coffee crisis came into effect, it has caused many problems in the past eleven years, and we could sum it up in one word: reduction. In 1992 production was 17 million bags of 60 kilos, and in 2000 was reduced to 10 million. In 1990 our exports of coffee and was 20% of the world market in ten years down to 10%. In 1990 , the cultivated area reached 1,070,000 hectares, is now 850,000 hectares. In 1990, 460,000 permanent jobs were 380,000 remain today. And the worst, reduction of coffee income: in 1989, when the farmer received by a charge 64,900 pesos, could cancel 60 daily wages, or purchase 1,250 kilos of fertilizer, or 75 kilos of meat, or 300 gallons of ACPM. Today, when it receives 300 thousand pesos for a load of coffee, is receiving $ 22,000 in nominal terms, half do not buy any of these inputs and fails to pay wages 30. That is, the current income of 98% of the farmers, children under five hectares, has them in an untenable situation.

Coffee has lost share in total exports of the country: at the beginning of the nineties was 30% of exports, today does not reach 10%. More seriously, the assets of the National Coffee Fund, saving the coffee at the time of the lean, is reduced to a third party and in the last five years had gone from 1,700 billion to just under 500 million of dollars. America Economia magazine stresses that the Fund was the company’s Latin American assets lost in 1998-1999.

The crisis of the coffee industry is perhaps the greatest example of how neoliberalism is the denial of any possibility of progress and welfare. It is a model of destruction of production, the development of dozens of countries and millions of people around the world. Colombian coffee is closing at 60 cents a pound this week and this, hear him well, is the lowest international price of coffee in real dollars since 1821. That is, we are today with the lowest foreign prices of the past 180 years , inferior even to the time of the 1926 crisis.

Angel Maria Caballero pointed out the main features in the commercial agricultural commodities, especially cereals and oilseeds, and Jorge Robledo has clarified what happens with tropical crops such as coffee, palm oil, sugar cane and the like. Competition the multinationals have set up based on the super-exploitation of cheap labor. Since 1996, in article coffee cats, Unit Coffee, it warned that Vietnam, Indonesia, India, singapore coffee machine rental and Laos came as emerging coffee growing within the plan of multinationals to create a large oversupply to debase prices and they do their August expense of the suffering of hundreds of thousands of families.

Neoliberalism turned the economy into a struggle for markets products increased demand, and this struggle we are waging the 60 countries located in the tropics on the basis of low real wages, the scenario for multinationals; and Barco, Gaviria, Samper and Pastrana have undergone the rules imposed that model and have thrown on the shoulders of the farmers free trade, the free flow of currency produced a revaluation 4,000 million, revenues them They were removed to farmers; They imposed the swing of the international price with the called mobile mechanism; subsidies eliminated, starting with fertilizer, and eliminated the cargo reservation for Flota Mercante Grancolombiana, which led the company to extinction. Pastrana spoke even import coffee. These are just some of the contributions of these menial dishonorable leaders to multinational coffee policy.

The global coffee business is worth 300 billion dollars annually; of this figure, the governments of consuming countries receive 45 billion dollars for just tax; while 20 million farmers are only receiving 10 billion; that is, one in thirty of those produced by the business. It is a very clear reason for our struggles: not steal our wealth, that we work we are entitled to the fruit of our efforts.

In the midst of many difficulties, the agricultural strike July 31 brought some results for the coffee: the subsidy for the purchase price is a little help obtained by unemployment, although cynically present it as an act of understanding of government to the tragedy coffee maker. Not understanding that for years had appeared to them quickly to see the wrath of the producers; Pastrana announced in Armenia in an act of understanding the tragedy coffee moved to the National Coffee Fund 350 billion pesos from the national budget. But if there was so much understanding why we had to go to unemployment; if there was so much understanding, why attack with tanks and gases to farmers in Colombia; if there was so much understanding, why sending murdering peasants in Huila; if there was so much understanding, why Derwin Buitrago Giraldo, the companion disappeared unemployed in Virginia, it is now the corpse buried in Sanctuary, headless and hands burned.

The coffee strength will continue to advance. At the sound of his trumpet combat, doctors Angel Maria Caballero and Jorge Robledo, Coffeemaker Unit will be present in the Old Caldas, Antioquia, Valle, Cauca, Tolima, where there is still coffee, we’ll be ready to fight .


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