A new investigative look at the ties between big business interests in Colombia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her family's charitable foundation are raising troubling questions about the role that corporate trade deals and big oil may have played in softening the powerful Democrat's position on human rights in the South American country.
Gosh, what a surprise!
"Rights abuses" are not a concern if they occur outside of the U.S., that's long been understood.
Heck, they barely register IN the U.S. any longer.
It really isn't that difficult for anyone who cares to know, to look up Clinton's long sorry record of sycophancy and obsequiousness to the wealthy as she clawed her way to the top. She's just another repulsive politician with a huge ego playing the power game.
The question for me is why, near the end, AFL-CIO is quoted as saying new agreements like TPP must do a better job of protecting labor rights than NAFTA or the US-Colombia one...when it's blindingly obvious that the entire purpose of these agreements is to further empower the superpowers we call corporations--there is no chance there will be real labor protections in any of them. Is this why labor unions have gotten so weak--because they have moles at the top? Why wouldn't AFL-CIO simply, and loudly, oppose TTP and TTIP?
Perhaps this will be the election where the presidential candidates blatantly replace their flag pins with $ pins.
Was the oil money flowing to Obama as he pushed the deal? dun dun dun. He's in on it! Kerry too!
The malevolent miscreancy of Madame Mayhem
No "mistake" about it
It's bizarre (in spite of the media) that so many people seem unaware that the 2016 Dem Party candidate will be VP Joe Biden, who will be launching his campaign in late summer. Not (neoliberal) Clinton. Any Dem pol can challenge Biden for the nomination, of course, splitting Dem voters to ensure a 2016 defeat. This is likely regardless, for reasons our lib media won't touch. The masses of poor -- and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US -- voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legit public discussion about our poverty crisis. Dems and libs aren't interested. Liberal media have continued to focus on their target audience -- middle class consumers and campaign donors, the very people who demand, "No crumbs for the poor!" Democrats can't win elections with the votes of (some) middle class Dems alone.
Maybe people are just this confused. Consider such media as MSNBC that will rail against the TPP in one breath, and then try to sell Hillary Clinton in the next -- Clinton, who worked hard promoting the TPP. It does appear that the Clinton juggernaut has rolled over the liberalish media, and that's a problem. The issue of unions is more complex and less transparent, but it does appear that fearful union members have voluntarily ceded any legitimate representation they had. Possibly, union leadership have been hijacked, but I suspect it will be years before we know the whole story. Either way, with this generation so deeply divided by class, middle class vs. the poor, there's little we can do about the corporate take-over this time. (Yep, we should have learned from history.)
Human rights are not a concern within this country, either. To my knowledge, we have no codified set of human rights, and civil rights can depend on one's ability to hire a good lawyer. There is the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- something liberals claim to believe in, yet evidently reject. The US refused to sign it for decades. I guess they eventually did, but if so, we are in violation of this international agreement when it comes to the treatment of our poor, our prison gulag, etc. The UDHR states, for example, that all people, regardless of economic status, have a human right to food and shelter, and this generation disagrees. Democrats and liberals merely maintain a long, long pep rally for the bourgeoisie. When was the last time you heard a "bold progressive" call for poverty relief for all those who have effectively been pushed out of the job market/economic system?
And then there's the case of US soldiers and Dyncorp employees who repeatedly raped Columbian children, without any consequences whatsoever. This was known at the highest levels, but was swept under the rug.
This was all over the Columbian media, but strangely not a word from Rachel Maddow, Scott Pelley or any other US media outlet.
Agree. Your post is why Hillary has been selected as the next democratic nominee in the dog and pony show, brought to you by the American oligarchy.... coming in 2016. She is just the latest stooge for the Amerikan Empire!