Lori Wallach (Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch) on the reality of Free Trade
One year after passage of the “free trade” agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama, the latest trade data show U.S. exports to Korea have declined and imports from Korea and Colombia have surged — adding to the job-killing U.S. trade deficit. And, already this year 35 Colombian unionists have been assassinated — more than last year’s horrifying total of 29.
In an election dominated by the urgent agenda of U.S. job creation, it is a sorry statement about the domination of corporate money in American elections that both presidential candidates tout these NAFTA-style “free trade” deals. Repeated polls show that opposition to these NAFTA-style deals is one of the only issues that unites Democratic, Republican and Independent voters.
Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey will speak at Knox Hall 5.30pm 26th November