It has been a very bad week for the trade deals that President Barack Obama wants to complete before leaving office. Deals that could have a bad effect on your health, the environment, your business, and the US economy.
The US offers safe havens to criminals using secret shell companies. Recent scandals are pushing Congress to act, but reforms are opposed by lawyers and by the states that profit from selling secrecy.
The media propelled Donald Trump to the head of the GOP ticket and made buckets of cash in the process. But now the press is turning on Trump.
While trade negotiators insist TTIP talks will continue as planned, critics of the deal are pushing for a change in direction.
TTIP’s fate remains unclear, but the EU continues to press for changes that could harm local governments and drug safety in the US.
Congress again does the bidding of the GMO industry as it tries to nix a Vermont food labeling law.
While the media focused on photo-ops during Barack Obama’s trips to Europe and Asia, the president tried to cement his legacy with trade deals that please only multinationals.
If Bayer completes its takeover of Monsanto, it would become a company with Orwellian control over how we grow our food and what we eat.
Some banks have had to pay impressive-sounding fines, but the executives that plunged the world economy into chaos have largely escaped any sort of punishment.
In late May, hundreds marched down Broadway to protest against Monsanto, which the marchers decried as a serial creator of toxic agricultural products, with as much corrupting influence over their government as Goldman Sachs.