Free Trade for Whom? —
06 Nov 2013 —
KMO speaks with Arthur Stamoulis of the Citizens Trade Campaign about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Stamoulis describes as a corporate power-grab disguised as a trade agreement. The Obama administration has kept the specifics of the TPP negotiations a secret from congress and from the public, but 600 corporate "advisors" do have access to and influence over the evolving text of the agreement. Stamoulis says that the biggest secret about the TPP is that mobilizing against it can be successful—citizen coalitions have beaten back these sorts of power grabs in the past, and we can do it again.
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The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs —
05 Nov 2013 —
Economist and labor researcher Sylvia Allegretto discusses how corporations are shifting costs to the taxpayer by paying little to their workers but spending lots of time telling them how to get public benefits. Notorious in this regard are the fast food chains, where 50% of full time, non-management workers rely on public assistance. Also discussed is the recent $5 billion cut to the US food stamp program; austerity programs; and the growing income gap.
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Corporations, Global Trade Agreements, and Family Farms —
12 Oct 2013 —
John Peck of Family Farm Defenders explains how family farmers are fighting back against the increasing dominance of corporate- and trade-agreement-driven rules. Topics include farmers rights, food security, food sovereignty, free trade vs. fair trade, food labels, food safety, economics, and human rights.
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