William Blum's Anti-Empire Report, January 20, 2015:
Murdering journalists … them and us
Let Cuba Live!
The Devil’s List of what the United States has done to Cuba
Sydney Morning Herald caricature, published during summer Gaza War, depicted a Jewish man watching a Gaza bombing from a hilltop.
Recently, Dennis Trainor Jr. spoke with one of the members of the U.S. Congress, Alan Grayson, who has taken the time to read the top-secret trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is nothing redeemable in the entire TPP, Grayson told me, saying, “It is something that should be totally put to death.”
The Obama administration continues to favor what is referred to as “fast track” legislation to authorize the TPP. Fast track, Grayson tells me, would allow each member of congress “88 seconds of debate per member” meaning that there would be no meaningful debate on this trade deal carved out by the lawyers and advisors of 600 or so of the most powerful corporations in the world.
The TPP It is a secret global deal that combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact a Trojan horse to bore you and put you to sleep so that when you wake up a global corporate coup will be in place creating a parallel system of justice where three private attorneys would oversee a kangaroo court set up to defend corporate interests over the interests of people and the planet.
Strange bedfellows, according to Grayson, have created a situation where creating fast track authority for the TPP is unlikely.
Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) acknowledges that the labor movement did not do enough to stop NAFTA over 20 years ago, but he is throwing his weight behind stopping fast track authority for the TPP. “There are a significant number of Democrats willing to support Obama on fast track,” said Cohen. “To them, we say: we will not support you going forward politically. We won’t be part of your fund raising base, but you are willing to have corporate America substitute for our support. Shame on you.”