This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 11, 2015 for week ending Nov. 20, 2015

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"Now what we've seen what's in the text, the things that were ultimately negotiated are worse than we could have expected, it's only going to increase the amount of opposition to this deal."

– Jessa Boehner, international program associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, summarizing points of opposition to the recently released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement


Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Reveals Free Trade Agreement That Promotes Corporate Rights Over Citizens' Rights

MP3 Interview with Jessa Boehner, international program associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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On Nov. 5, the Obama administration released the full text of the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The controversial pact, which will cover trade rules integrating 40 percent of the world’s economy, must now be voted on by the U.S. Congress. With the release of the full text of the agreement, Congress now has 90 days to review the TPP before President Obama can ask for an up-or-down vote under the terms of Fast Track legislation approved in June.  Story continues

The Danger of False Optimism in the Difficult Struggle Ahead Combatting Climate Change

MP3 Excerpt of talk by Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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Climate activist Tim DeChristopher gained notoriety when he served almost two years in prison for a non-violent act of civil disobedience in 2008 by making false bids for gas and oil development leases. After his release from a federal prison, he enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, with the goal of becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister. He has now taken a year's leave of absence to co-found the Climate Disobedience Center, which aims to provide support to activists who risk serious consequences for engaging in direct action to combat the causes of climate change. DeChristopher was a keynote speaker at the third annual Climate Stewardship Summit held Nov. 5 in West Hartford, Connecticut, organized by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, the Connecticut affiliate of the faith-based national organization, Interfaith Power and Light.  Story continues

Activist Group Exposes and Challenges Koch Brothers Funding of Colleges and Universities Nationwide

MP3 Interview with Kalin Jordan, co-founder of UnKochMyCampus.org, conducted by Scott Harris

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One of the most active family-owned corporations opposing action on climate change in the U.S. are Kansas billionaires Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries. The Kochs have given tens of millions of dollars to political candidates and groups that deny climate science, undermine policy solutions to the problem, and attack subsidies for clean energy competition while preserving billions of dollars in handouts to fossil fuel companies. The Koch brothers also generally promote a radical brand of free market capitalism that advocates large tax cuts for the wealthy, while cutting social safety net programs for poor and working families.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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