Sarah Birkebak writes about the U.S. trade agreement with Colombia for Third Way Cafe:
Currently, the Obama Administration is seeking to pass a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia despite previous promises to hold off until the human rights situation improved. A free trade agreement would be severely detrimental for Colombia’s already vulnerable populations as the country’s labor laws are poorly enforced and fall far short of the international standards.
Opening Colombia to an increased number of multinational corporations and large-scale agricultural companies would result in the displacement of more Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities from their land, and would create further inequality by forcing small-scale farmers to compete with highly subsidized U.S. goods.
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