A couple of weeks ago, a French farmer named Jose Bove was denied entrance into the US even though he had a valid US entry visa. Bove was held at JFK without explanation and later deported to France.
Neither the Immigration Department or the Dep’t of Homeland Security have explained why Bove was denied entrance. But methinks it might be because Bove, the anti-globalization activist who smashed up a McDonald’s near his sheep farm and more recently ransacked a field of genetically modified corn that an American company had planted in southern France, was scheduled to deliver a talk called “The Struggle Against Monsanto in Europe” at Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute.
According to Bove, the agents told him he was being denied entry because of his past prosecutions for “moral crimes.”
Quelle surprise…imagine that, an activist’s right to free speech being squelched by the good ole USA. Ce n’est pas possible!!! Unfortunately it is possible–the US and World Trade Organization are unabashedly pushing “Big Ag” and their genetically modified frankenfoods on the rest of the world, and they don’t particularly like dissent.
“I think this administration is crazy,” Bove explained. “They don’t want any discussion that can affect all the things going on with globalization. They don’t want people coming from outside to discuss it.”
This happened, by the way, the same week that the WTO ruled that the EU’s ban on the sale of genetically modified foods was illegal. For the pro-corporate Bush Administration and the WTO, plu ca change, plu c’est la meme chose.
Ah well, thank heavens that activists like Bove are fighting for us to have local food. Vive Jose!
Photo of Jose Bove courtesy of Time magazine.