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8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.

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Barbara Orlando from New York City

During this morning's disturbing, seemingly uninformed Jackie Northam report from DC, "8-Day Asia Trip Critical to Obama's Regional Strategy," and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), I kept thinking, 'Can she possibly not know, and thereby not advise her listeners that TPP is also highly controversial and a potentially toxic program for US trade, the 99%, worker safety, the environment and other interests?
i.e. She might have added: 'Critics contend TPP was framed largely by corporate interests, and has thus been kept unusually secret from Congress.' Instead, I felt she left the clear impression that TPP is on track as a positive agreement to feel good about.
Yes, I heard the brief comments on why Congressional approval might be hard to get, but for TPP at this stage, that wasn't nearly sufficient. As a supporter and long-time careful WNYC listener, I was surprised and disappointed. TPP is too Important to not be deconstructed for what it is. Let's see more depth and balance next time.

Apr. 23 2014 12:13 AM

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