by: Obert Madondo
Canadian author and activist, Yves Engler, discusses the “troubling” elements in the so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
CETA, signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Brussels on October 18, is Canada’s biggest trade agreement since NAFTA. CETA prioritizes corporations, property rights and the EU, over the environment and Canadians. The CBC News reports that “according to an internal EU analysis of the agreement, European Union exporters will save more than $670 million annually in duty payments compared with about $225 million annually for Canada’s.”
Engler is the publisher of The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy.
Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive.
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Rachel Maddow reports on fossil fuel-related ecological disasters in the news today, the push by President Obama for clean energy alternatives, and the resolve of House Republicans to resist President Obama at the expense of protecting the environment.
by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
Here’s the trailer for MaddAddam, the much-anticipated film based on the final novel in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy.
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From one of the world’s most brilliant and exciting writers comes a new novel of astonishing power; the hugely-anticipated final novel in her dystopian trilogy.
A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the God’s Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer assault; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.
Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood’s unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world — a moving and dramatic conclusion to the internationally celebrated trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.