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CounterSpin interview with Karen Hansen-Kuhn about TTIP leaks

By Janine Jackson
Janine Jackson interviewed Karen Hansen-Kuhn about TTIP leaks for the May 6, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.


Janine Jackson: Corporate media talk about trade pacts, which have little to do at this point with actual trade, but the coverage is generally pretty thin and vague, perhaps in part because for corporate media, corporate globalization is simply inevitable. If the horse-trading of livelihoods and lives for markets is unseemly, well, let’s not try to take too close a look.

The leak of a draft of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, by Greenpeace Netherlands may have thrown a wrench in that deal’s inevitability, though media’s interpretation of the document’s meaning will play a role there. So what’s in and what’s not in the TTIP, according to these revelations? We’re joined now by Karen Hansen-Kuhn, director of trade, technology and global governance at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She joins us by phone from Washington, DC. Welcome back to CounterSpin, Karen Hansen-Kuhn.

Karen Hansen-Kuhn: Thanks. It’s great to be here.

JJ: I think Americans can be forgiven for not being up on another massive deal that will affect our lives, especially when pains are being taken to keep us from knowing about it, really. So what do we learn from these documents that Greenpeace Netherlands received from an unknown source, and has now released?

KHK: Well, it was a big release. They released something like 200 pages of what’s called consolidated text, so that shows both the US position, the EU position, and areas where they’ve agreed on a number of chapters. It doesn’t include everything, but it includes a lot of the issues that we’re looking at.

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