‘These Agreements Depend on Secrecy in Order to Pass’


The July 22, 2016, episode of CounterSpin brought together three classic interviews on corporate trade pacts.

Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on Corporate Globalization | FAIR


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This week on CounterSpin: Few ideas are as hard-wired into current corporate media as the notion that so-called “free trade” agreements of the sort we have are, despite concerns, best for everyone. Given that the deals are not primarily about trade, and that what freedom they entail accrues to corporations and not people, you could say the very use of the term “free trade” implies a bias, against clarity if nothing else. This week, CounterSpin will revisit three interviews we’ve done on this issue.

We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, whose 2008 discussion of NAFTA is as vital as eve


Photo: PopularResistance.org

Peter Maybarduk from Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program talked in early 2015 about the particular impact of another pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on healthcare


cc photo: Alex Garland

Later in the year, Karen Hansen-Kuhn, director of international strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, talked about TPP’s effects on food and farming

Three critical discussions about corporate media and corporate-friendly globalization on this week’s CounterSpin.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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