Podcast: Obama Administration Aggressively Advances Agenda of Multinational Corporations Through Secret TPP
Trade promotion authority or “fast track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement passed in the House of Representatives, however, a workers’ aid bill that was part of a package failed because Democrats voted against the legislation. This effectively stalled President Barack Obama’s corporate trade agenda and an agreement that has gone through five years of highly secretive negotiations between the United States and eleven other countries in the Pacific Rim.
It was a victory for grassroots opposition, however, it did not permanently kill the TPP.
WikiLeaks also released another drafted section of the TPP, raising concerns about how the agreement might empower corporations to challenge national health care systems—Medicare in the US as well as programs in Australia and New Zealand. It was the latest published leak to force some of this process out of the shadows.
What has become evident is that the Obama administration is aggressively pursuing an agenda that serves multinational corporations. The administration is so committed to this agenda that they will do just about anything, including publicly scold Democrats, to undermine opposition and twist the arms of US politicians who pledge to vote against the TPP.
On “Unauthorized Disclosure” this week, Peter Maybarduk, Global Access to Medicines Program Director for Public Citizen, joins the show to talk about the latest news with the TPP. He highlights the latest leaked documents from WikiLeaks, breaks down the potential implications of the TPP on health care, addresses the secrecy and describes some other details from the agreement that the world knows thanks to WikiLeaks. Maybarduk also reminds everyone that there are more than 20 chapters of the agreement that have yet to leak, which also probably contain provisions that would have damaging effects if countries adopted them.
During the discussion portion, the show’s hosts talk about how a former Guantanamo prisoner scheduled to speak at an anti-radicalization conference in Canada found out he is on the US No Fly List. We also get into the latest with Albert Woodfox, the police who killed Tamir Rice, a lawyer in New York who leaked a secret ruling against the Obama administration’s family detention policy, and Rachel Dolezal.
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