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Podcast: Obama Administration Aggressively Advances Agenda of Multinational Corporations Through Secret TPP

Peter Maybarduk, Global Access to Medicines Program Director for Public Citizen

Peter Maybarduk, Global Access to Medicines Program Director for Public Citizen (Photo: Twitter)

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.

The podcast is available on iTunes for download. For a link (and also to download the episode), go here. Click on “go here” and a page will load with the audio file of the podcast. The file will automatically start playing so you can listen to the episode.

Also, below is a player for listening to the podcast. You can listen to the podcast this way or you can go to iTunes and find the podcast listed there. And follow the show on Twitter at @UnauthorizedDis.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."

  • Alice X

    Thank you Kevin!

    I have listened up to 15:00. The question was asked re slavery. But not answered.

    I will come back for more.

    RIP TPP?

    Bill Black

    http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2015/06/rip-tpp.html

  • dubinsky

    in case anyone’s interested in reading some thoughts from someone who has actually read the thing……………………………

    “I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.”
    By MICHAEL WESSEL

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/tpp-elizabeth-warren-labor-118068.html#.VX35iflVhBc

  • Bluedot

    I noticed HRC said we should listen to Pelosi. Nice dodge. She knows Pelosi will give it up in the end.

  • Bluedot

    I think he is right about trusting Warren but HRC not so much.

  • dubinsky

    I trust Hillary as far as I can spit her……. the first time I ever saw her, she was lying and I found her repulsive.

    she’s become far more adept at lying in the 25 years since then, but no less repulsive.

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    Great read, Alice…! 😉

    Bill Black really rips the Grey Lady’s ‘reporting’…!

  • http://Smilejamaicakrcl.com Bobbylon
  • http://Smilejamaicakrcl.com Bobbylon

    Convenient since Pelousy is for Obamatrade. She only hoped to slow down fast track not stop it

  • http://Smilejamaicakrcl.com Bobbylon

    Saw this with TARP, Obamacare, Bush Tax Cuts. In the end the Dems vote for whatever Peace Prize wants.

  • http://Smilejamaicakrcl.com Bobbylon

    End of generic medicine

  • Janet Orr

    Being repulsed by Clinton is fine, but it’s a distraction from the real issue here.

    What should be bothering you isn’t a person but the power structure. The structure doesn’t just get Clinton it gets virtually all of them.

  • Frederick Leatherman

    The situation is hopeless until we get rid of Citizens United, $ in politics, gerrymandering, voting restrictions and voting machines.

    TPP is a horror show that must be defeated.

  • mulp

    How can something that does not exist be secret?

    Would you agree to takes a job based on the guy making you the job offer having no authority to set the terms of your employment? First you commit to the job, get fired from your existing job for taking a new job, then all the managers of your new employer will change the job offer unilaterally and you must accept?

    Solution? No jobs offered. No jobs taken.

    Or in the case of trade, the current Republican job killing trade agreements remain in effect until the Republicans can gain power and negotiate more job killing trade deals just like they did since Reagan because Republicans want to destroy organized labor and reduce wages to boost corporate profits.

    And Bernie Sanders has not committed to sweep 400 Democrats into Congress on his coat tails and restore Democratic control to 35 State legislatures. Nope, he has only promised to keep the current Republican job killing trade deals in place with no changes.

  • mulp

    Pelosi is trying to create jobs using earmarks and trading votes.

    Progressives obviously will oppose that because creating jobs fixing transportation infrastructure will only profit corporations, and jobs created to increase exports will profit corporations and it is better that all employers go bankrupt so all workers go back to farming and hunting and knitting and spinning in homes by the fire.

  • http://mosquitocloud.net/ aprescoup

    Attempting to hang this pro-corpartist, neoLIBERAL, ideology, driving the push for a corporate new world order around the Republicans neck, is anti-historical, demagogic, bullcrap.

  • http://mosquitocloud.net/ aprescoup

    “…it is better that all employers go bankrupt so all workers go back to farming and hunting and knitting and spinning in homes by the fire.”

    Wow. Right wing, myopic, TINA-bull.