P10103071-300x224DemocracyNow! discussion with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and the World Bank’s former chief economist.http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/7/17/web_special_joseph_stiglitz_on_tpp

Also see: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/20/a_plan_only_banksters_will_love

The pro-transparency group WikiLeaks has released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement, TISA, a trade agreement covering 50 countries and more than 68 percent of world trade in service. Until now, the draft has been classified to keep it clandestine, not only during the negotiations, but also for five years post-enactment. According to the leaked text, TISA aims to cement the extreme deregulatory model of the 1990s by forbidding countries from improving financial regulation. The draft Financial Services Annex would also establish rules favorable to the expansion of financial multinationals into other nations by preventing regulatory obstacles. The draft text comes from the April 2014 negotiation round. DemocracyNow discusses the leaked text with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and author of “The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority.”

 

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Today’s discussion: Monsanto | GMO’s and documentary highlight “The World According to Monsanto”.

Links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US has adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. In the early 90’s, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

Vermont has become the 1st state to require GMO labeling. Will any others follow…?

Saturday May 24th, 2014 http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/
Join in the march against Monsanto | Locations across the world:
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Uprising Radio on KPFK

Uprising Radio on KPFK

A campaign to televise Uprising, the popular radio program hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar, on KPFK Pacifica Radio.

Uprising is a daily radio program produced at KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles. Our content is unique, compelling, and from a people’s perspective, not corporations’ or politicians’.

Free Speech TV, a national, commercial-free television network with distribution to 40 million households nationwide, has invited Uprising to be part of its regular television line up.

I listen to Uprising Monday through Friday and love Sinali’s passion for what she does, getting the truth out. I support all she and Pacifica does for the people.

Be sure to visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uprisingtv

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Don’t buy from Walmart – Make a Loud Statement

Don't buy from Walmart - Make a Loud Statement

Walmart CEO Mike Duke’s retirement package of more than $113 million is nearly 6,200 times bigger than the average 401(k) balance of a non-executive Walmart worker, which was $18,303, according to a new analysis by Dana Lime at NerdWallet, a personal finance site.

That dwarfs Walmart’s infamous CEO-to-worker pay ratio, a source of controversy for the company in the past. Duke, who pulled in $20.7 million last year, made 305 times more than the typical Walmart manager and 836 times more than the median Walmart worker’s salary, according to the NerdWallet study.

In addition to the outrage over the low wages paid for the giant discount retailer, the company has been battling negative press for their poor working conditions and inadequate health insurance for employees.

Past research has shown how Walmart spends an average of $3,500 per employee for health care, 27% less than the retail-industry average of $4,800.

The Institute for Policy Studies recently released a report stating that a generation ago, typical big-time corporate CEOs seldom made more than 30 or 40 times what their workers took home. In 2008, the IPS report shows, top executives averaged 319 times more than average U.S. worker pay.

The bulk of the debate over executive pay reform has revolved around questions of corporate governance, such as the independence of compensation committees and the role of shareholders.

MAKE A LOUD STATEMENT THIS BLACK FRIDAY AND DAYS AFTER, DO NOT SHOP AT WALMART!

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Pakistanis Claims Civilian Deaths in U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistanis Claims Civilian Deaths in U.S. Drone Strike

Conflicting reports have emerged of the toll from Thursday’s drone strike on an Islamic school in Pakistan. Anonymous officials say the dead were five members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. But Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan said the attack killed civilians, including children.

Imran Khan: “Four children have been killed. We will release their names. We will even get the pictures.”

Reporter: “But they were students?”

Imran Khan: “Students, we don’t know as yet. Four children have been killed, and two teachers have been killed in this. And there have been several people wounded badly. We want a clear — a clear pronouncement by the American government that there will not be any more drone attacks in Pakistan.”

Khan has vowed to block NATO supply routes until the U.S. pledges to halt drone attacks. The strike in the district of Hangu was believed to be the first outside of Pakistan’s tribal regions.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org