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Episode 18: James Jordan

On Tuesday, May 24th, 2011, join your hosts Paul and Diego Glusberg for an extensive interrogation of the newest proposed free trade agreements (FTA’s) between Colombia and the United States, which are poised to be voted on soon in the U.S. Congress.  Our guest is long-time Latin American solidarity activist James Jordan, who has been organizing against these newest FTA’s from within the Alliance for Global Justice.  Our conversation begins with an in-depth analysis of the destructive impacts that these FTA’s will have on the people and land of Colombia.  We discuss the role of the industrial agribusiness sector in Colombia, its relation to the militarization of Latin America by the United States, and connect both of these trends to the FTA’s.  Then we branch out into a wider discussion of many essential issues regarding the exploitation of Latin America at the hands of U.S. governmental and corporate powers.  From the culture of incarcerating indigenous and political dissidents, to the role of the prison-industrial complex and the War on Drugs in perpetuating violence and corruption, we draw linkages between these familiar exercises in capitalist domination with the culture of so-called “free trade.”  The episode finishes with a look at the battle currently raging in Tucson over the preservation of the Ethnic Studies program, and then orients the issue of immigration and xenophobia along the U.S.-Mexico border to movements for Palestinian solidarity and resistance. Original air date: 5-24-11

Episode 18