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The changes needed to support living-wage jobs, to combat the climate crisis, to make medicines accessible for all...

Much of it won’t be possible unless we overhaul our corporate-rigged trade system. Trade Expert Lori Wallach and Activist Ryan Harvey explore ways to make our progressive trade vision a reality.

Rethink Trade is an initiative of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

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The changes needed to support living-wage jobs, to combat the climate crisis, to make medicines accessible for all...

Much of it won’t be possible unless we overhaul our corporate-rigged trade system. Trade Expert Lori Wallach and Activist Ryan Harvey explore ways to make our progressive trade vision a reality.

Rethink Trade is an initiative of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

    Apple & Google Seek U.S. Trade Attack on Anti-Monopoly Law

    Apple & Google Seek U.S. Trade Attack on Anti-Monopoly Law

    Right now, Apple and Google are lobbying the U.S. government to attack South Korean anti-monopoly policies. They claim that a recently passed Korean law requiring app stores to allow consumers to use diverse payment systems violates the US-Korea trade deal. Big Tech corporations want to hijack trade pacts to outlaw as a “barrier to trade” anti-trust, labor, environmental or consumer protections that could cut into their profits. 

    On today’s show, we discuss this case and Big Tech’s current attempts to quietly thwart domestic digital governance and pro-competition policymaking now underway in the U.S. Congress, in various U.S. agencies and in countries around the world by misbranding such policies as “barriers to digital trade.”

    Learn more: www.tradewatch.org

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    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod.

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove.

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    President Biden Could End the COVID Pandemic at This Week’s UN Summit - Will He?

    President Biden Could End the COVID Pandemic at This Week’s UN Summit - Will He?

    Getting the world vaccinated and ending the pandemic is a political choice: World leaders have the medical, technical and financial capacity. To produce enough vaccines involves three clear steps: getting intellectual property monopoly barriers out of the way through a temporary WTO TRIPS waiver, technology transfer through sharing the recipes, and funding global production so the world is not reliant on a few monopoly sources.

    With this year’s United Nations General Assembly now underway and President Biden’s upcoming COVID Summit around the corner, the U.S. has a powerful opportunity to end the pandemic. Unfortunately, the targets for Biden’s COVID summit exclude making a final deal on the TRIPS waiver or any others steps to share vaccine recipes with the world so more shots can be produced.

    To discuss all of this, we are joined by longtime HIV and social justice activist Matthew Rose, who leads U.S. policy and advocacy work at Health GAP and has been deeply involved in the fight for the TRIPS waiver.

    Click here to sign the petition.

    Click here to learn more about Health GAP.

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    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod.

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove.

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    Labor Day Special: An Historic Vote in a Mexican Auto Plant

    Labor Day Special: An Historic Vote in a Mexican Auto Plant

    On August 19th, workers at the massive General Motors plant in Silao, Mexico participated in an historic vote that ousted the corrupt and undemocratic protection union that had long controlled labor relations there. The effort to win such a vote was made possible by the labor rules and Rapid Response enforcement mechanism of the USMCA trade deal.

    In this Labor Day special, we sit down with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Research Director Daniel Rangel and long-time labor organizer Jeff Hermanson, who has been supporting the General Motors campaign through the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center. We discuss the situation at Silao, its significance in the context of trade policy and what it says about the prospect for workers to utilize the USMCA to fight for labor rights in North America.

    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod.

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove.

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    Hyperglobalization, COVID and Failed Supply Chains: Now What?

    Hyperglobalization, COVID and Failed Supply Chains: Now What?

    In our very first episode, we looked at how corporate-led globalization has fueled shortages in our medical supply-chains and limited our ability to fight COVID-19 Today, we catch everyone up on the latest, discussing two Biden-Harris Administration initiatives aimed at addressing this mess -- a targeted supply chain-review and an executive order on Buy American procurement rules. We also make sense of the latest U.S. trade data, which suggests a record trade deficit in 2021. Yup, that's probably another COVID symptom…

    Episode transcript.

    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod.

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove.

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    U.S. Inaction is Enabling COVID-19 Variants to Spread

    U.S. Inaction is Enabling COVID-19 Variants to Spread

    The world celebrated when President Biden announced the U.S. would support a temporary waiver of World Trade Organization “TRIPS” intellectual property barriers to boost global production of COVID-19 vaccines. But months later, Big Pharma’s monopolies remain. 

    The administration has failed to deliver on the waiver or to get vaccine makers to share their recipes. That means dire shortages of vaccines continue and with the vast majority of people worldwide exposed, COVID is on a murderous, variant-spawning rampage.

    Now the delta variant first detected overseas is burning through the U.S. Public health experts are warning that lockdowns and perhaps other measures, like postponing in-person learning, may be necessary. The U.S. must act now to end the pandemic. Every moment of further inaction enables COVID-19 variants to develop and spread.

    Take Action: rethinktrade.org.

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    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod.

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove.

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    NAFTA Keystone XL Pipeline $15B ISDS Attack

    NAFTA Keystone XL Pipeline $15B ISDS Attack

    Within hours of taking office, President Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The project, which would worsen the climate crisis, also posed major health and safety risks to indigenous people whose land it crossed. Now the Canadian corporation that wanted to build the pipeline is using a NAFTA Investor-State Dispute System (ISDS) tribunal to demand $15 billion from U.S. taxpayers.

    ISDS allows multinational corporations to sue governments before a panel of three corporate lawyers, who can award unlimited sums to be paid by taxpayers, including for the loss of expected future profits. A years-long civil society and labor campaign got the original ISDS rules whacked out of the revised NAFTA. But that fix is phased-in over three years. This means legacy cases like TC Energy’s can be launched until 2023.

    In this episode, we look at the Keystone XL NAFTA ISDS case, the new rules governing investor rights in North America, and the future of the ISDS regime.

    Learn more at rethinktrade.org.

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    Music: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod. 

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3831-groove-grove. 

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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listenererest ,

LORI'S THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So so wonderful to hear more of this fine citizen's inimitable insight with respect to some of our more intractable issues... however self-inflicted their intractability may be!!! THANKS SO MUCH & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!

BenjiFields ,

Good basic information about WTO

I learned quite a bit about the WTO and its negative consequences from this podcast. Thanks!

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