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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Posted April 18, 2012
Interview with Alex Main, senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris
The Summit of the Americas meeting in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14 and 15, the first such gathering since 2009, concluded without an official declaration of shared principles from the more than 30 heads of state in attendance. Although a list of important issues were discussed, the eruption of a scandal alleging that members of the U.S. Secret Service were engaged in improper conduct with prostitutes overshadowed much of the news coverage of the summit.
Washington’s decades-long insistence on excluding Cuba’s communist government from participation in hemispheric summits was one of several issues that remained unresolved. Many of the region’s leftist leaders were joined by conservative Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who called for Cuba’s inclusion in future gatherings. President Obama, who is campaigning for re-election, maintained the 50-year-old U.S. policy of barring Cuba from hemispheric meetings, with an eye on not angering Florida’s politically powerful Cuban-American voters.
Obama and the Colombian president negotiated a separate agreement on labor rights, which will allow a controversial bilateral free trade treaty between the two nations to go into effect on May 15. The labor rights certification angered AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who stated that 90 percent of the nearly 3,000 murders of Colombian trade unionists in Colombia since 1986, were unsolved and unpunished. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Alex Main, senior associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who talks about some of the issues raised at the Summit of the Americas, including a reassessment of the failed U.S. “war on drugs.”
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