Labor, environmental, and community rights groups across the country, including here in Portland, are in the midst of a week of activism to bring attention to efforts by some U.S. senators to fast-track the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a NAFTA style trade agreement between the U.S. and eleven other nations circling the Pacific Ocean, and would affect roughly forty percent of the world’s economy.
All negotiations shaping the TPP have taken place in highly secret meetings, with virtually no transparency or input from the public or non-corporate advocacy groups.
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The Left and the Law today focuses on recent court decisions in Texas that restrict access to abortion, and a decision by a judge in the 5th Circuit court that threw out some of the claims about the risks of abortion. Psychologist Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker talk specifically about the tactical shift among anti-abortion forces to build a case for mental health risks, and their efforts to gain legitimacy for what they term "post-abortion trauma syndrome." 10:57 minutes (7.52 MB)
Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. It traces
· the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and keep the nations impoverished,
· militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
· misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
· climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."