Sunday, October 29, 2006

F**k Starbucks

There's a Starbucks open near you, and you will support it if you don't mind the fact that this company is trying to prevent Ethiopia from Trademarking its coffee.

Such a move would give Ethiopia greater control of its produce. About time too, considering that Ethiopia is where coffee originated from. It grows wild there. Ethiopia's ownership to the intellectual property rights over all coffee should actually be considered inherent. But as with all Third World countries, she has been coerced to play by the WTO rules. This is why Ethiopia is seeking to register with the American Patent Office.

I for one will not be buying Starbucks products. And I think that it is the duty of all who claim to care for the Third World to boycott Starbucks until they can see sense. I call this voting with my money- which is the only language these coprorations understand.


JahLove82 said...


Fiyah bun starbucks

Ras Yohannes

Malcolm Quartey said...

Greetings. These Babylonian opressors sicken me. The worst thing is that these people aren't the only ones and by far aren't the worst. I'd also like to thank you for your comment on my blog. Jah Bless! Rastafari!

nambanjin said...

I see this same topic in many places. Its easy to get people on the Net excited about it with soundbyte summaries about evil babylon globalization and all that. Unfortunately I have not found a clear statment anywhere about how an Etheopian government owned trademark on names of coffee would do anything to benefit the farmers themselves.

As I read the situation, by creating what ammounts to government owned branding, any vendor which wishes to use the brand name must pay a tax to the government of Etheopia. If that government had made clear how they planned to use this tax to benefit coffee farmers, it might make a little bit of sense. Not alot because after all, that would be the same as "corporate welfare" since it would create a market incentive for farmers to sell only in government approved ways which would further their dependance on the government rather than allowing anyone to succeed by their own labor. More oddly, its these same sort of tax kickbacks to farmers in the US which distort the world prices of wheat, soya and other crops which in turn make farming in the third world less profitable.

The way I see it, its a no win situation all around.

Masimba Musodza said...

I hear what you are saying, the idea of the Government as an alternative is not at all attractive. It's a choice between two evils, actually one because the Ethiopian Government has shown that it can be bought- look at the manner it was literally told to let Mengistu leave for Zimbabwe, and now to invade Somalia.

There has to be a way to make sure that it is the farmers who benefit. I think this something that we can determine by voting with our money.