The Bahrain Royal family’s crackdown and repression of a pro-democracy movement continues but the regime is backed by the US and Britain. The US 5th Fleet trumps democracy.
Matthieu Bowla-Reba, the General Secretary of the CGT Union of Railroad Workers in Versailles talks about how for over four months French workers have shown such endurance in the face of stubborn politicians, brutal cops and a hostile mainstream media. Will the power of the people force President Francois Hollande to give in?
The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States are meeting today in Ottawa for the annual North American Leaders’ Summit. TPP is on the agenda but the politicians don’t want the public hearing them. TransCanada, the Canadian corporation behind the infamous Keystone XL pipeline, is using a provision of NAFTA to sue the U.S. government for refusing its permit. Will corporate profit trump the environment and democracy? Joining Becker to discuss the issue is Dr. Margaret Flowers, a longtime environmental activist running as the Green Party candidate in Maryland for the U.S. Senate, and Bill Waren, senior trade analyst at Friends of the Earth.