Interview on the Canada-Colombia trade agreement & militarization
I recently did an interview with Montréal based journalist Stefan Christoff about the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Big thanks to Stefan for taking the time to transform our rambling conversation into something coherent!
Click here to listen to the interview.
Here’s the text that accompanied the audio clip from the Bilaterals.org website:
Listen to an interview with journalist Dawn Paley speaking on the Canada-Colombia ‘free trade’ agreement and the impacts of U.S./Canada-backed trade policy in Colombia at the grassroots level in the country. Canada’s Conservative government signed the contraversial trade accord with Colombia despite the wide spread political killings across the country targeting progressive activists, union organizers, student leaders and indigenous people, killings linked to right-wing paramilitary groups that maintain political links with multiple members of the current government of Juan Manuel Santos. A bilateral trade agreement between Colombia/U.S. is currently pending despite the reality of political violence in Colombia and mass internal displacement in the country often driven by multinational corporations that stand to benefit for a U.S.-backed bilateral agreement. — Stefan Christoff