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The Real News Network Daily Podcast.
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    Working Life Podcast: Care Workers Spotlight Global Inequality; NAFTA 2.0 Passes—Good or Bad?

    Working Life Podcast: Care Workers Spotlight Global Inequality; NAFTA 2.0 Passes—Good or Bad?

    Episode 165:

    “Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people.” Those two sentences lead off Oxfam’s annual look at inequality. This year, Oxfam looks at unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis. I speak with Paul O’Brien, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam America about the in-depth report that is startling and bracing, and reminds us of the vast chasm dividing the very rich from the rest of us.

    Then, almost three decades ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, which devastated working people and the planet because NAFTA meant poverty for millions and an open season for corporations to abuse workers and the planet. Last week, NAFTA 2.0 passed the Senate so it’s a time to ask: Is it any better? Well, that depends on who you ask—so I debate that question with Eric Gottwald, the AFL-CIO’s trade expert.

    -- Jonathan Tasini

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    • 58 min
    The Real News January 21, 2020

    The Real News January 21, 2020

    Featured Stories

    --Climate Activists Sound Alarm on Mediterranean Natural Gas Pipelines
    --‘Our House Is Still on Fire,’ Warns Greta Thunberg at Davos
    --The Barber and the Rev
    --Bipartisan NAFTA 2.0 Is Still Fatally Flawed
    --Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic

    • 42 min
    People Want A Wealth Tax, But Many Politicians Oppose It

    People Want A Wealth Tax, But Many Politicians Oppose It

    Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

    • 12 min
    Poverty Is The New Draft

    Poverty Is The New Draft

    The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits--especially poor students.

    • 21 min
    Who Profits When Iran And America Fight

    Who Profits When Iran And America Fight

    We spoke to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin after Thursday's War Powers resolution vote. Whose interests are driving the narrative around conflict with Iran?

    • 17 min
    The Liars That Led Us To War

    The Liars That Led Us To War

    Two Iraq war veterans explain why Congress has failed to stop the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and say the United States needs to learn from its imperialist history if anything is going to change.

    • 24 min

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