In these last years, say since Armenia and Auschwitz, we here in the West have been taught: Genocide is bad. But, even so, it seems a lesson slowly learnt by a variety of corporate and governmental operatives who continue to promote this most ancient practice.
Couched in the meta-language of modern trade negotiations, at this moment diplomats and other factotums in the service of the international business elite are hammering and sawing together vehicles that, in the guise of sane and prudent investment policy, serve to carry millions through the nightmare of mass displacement, dispossession, and deprivation to the gates of a manufactured Hell on Earth.
Slavery, abuse, and an early pauper's grave is the best most of these caught in the maw of this New World Order can hope for. It's everywhere, and it's growing, and yet it's barely recognized by its ultimate supporters, We the people.
Daniel Kovalik is Senior Associate General Counsel for the USW, or United Steel Workers union, and teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Daniel's recently published article, 'How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses' explores the predictable, and necessarily desired, outcomes of these policies constituting international crimes against humanity.
Daniel Kovalik in the first half.
And; last month yours truly took a turn down Cuba way. The idea was for me and my partner in tourism, Christina Nikolic to explore the besieged Caribbean nation while shooting a video chronicling the achievements of Cuba in its shift to organic, urban agriculture; a shift fostered by the so-called 'Special Period,' a time that saw the island cut adrift from its erstwhile Soviet Union supporter. I also recorded some audio impressions while walking through the capital.
Your Ape in La Habana in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the goings on going on on our streets, and beyond. But first, Daniel Kovalik and "constructive genocide" and its consequences for us all.
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