Sold Out by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes.

There is a great unrest amongst the people. This is what happens when we’ve been squeezed to such an extent. Most of the pictures in this video are from the meeting of the North American  Free Trade Agreement that happened in Quebec City 2001. The number of protestors was understated. There was well over a hundred thousand activists present. Innocent, peaceful protestors were tear gassed (us). The agreement had more to do with the undermining of local democracies with the Chapter 11 issue. One used to be able to access information about this on the Official Canadian Government web site but now it seems to be taken over by Heinonline. One title from this web page is “NAFTA CHAPTER 11 A STEP FORWARD IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW OR A STEP BACKWARD FOR DEMOCRACY” . In the Chapter 11 process, proceedings take place before a NAFTA sanctioned tribunal instead of our national court system. These disputes are highly secretive and give large corporations the power that inhibits local governments from making decisions that are in the best interest of their citizens. Fines can be huge and they are paid with our tax dollars. So by and large we’ve been “Sold Out”. 2:50 mins. 2MB

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12 thoughts on “Sold Out by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes.

  1. I don’t know whether to feel comforted by the similarities between things that happen up there and down here, or totally depressed because you can run … but you can’t hide. I’m about ready to climb into a hole and pull a rock over me and not emerge until sanity shows up.

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  2. Cool track!
    I wish our own socialist party Labour would play this to its members (it’s currently involved in one of its periodic civil wars; this apparently being more important than saving the population of the UK from corporate take-over).
    Fight the good fight on your side of the water.

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  3. I admire your activism. We too have a highly secretive government – on trade agreements, on the conditions of asylum seekers, on corporate donations to political parties. Unfortunately there aren’t nearly enough people as made as hell and not prepared to put up with it.

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