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Building Bridges: Mexico’s New President's Stands on Trade & Immigration, Segment 1

4 days 19 hours ago
Mexico "will never be the piñata of any foreign government," AMLO has said. What we know of Mexico’s New President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador "AMLO" positions on the Renegotiated NAFTA Trade Agreement & Immigration with Laura Carlsen, the director of the Americas Policy Programme, Centre for International Policy; she is based in Mexico City. Andrés Manuel López Obrador , commonly known by the acronym AMLO, took his seat as Mexico's new President on Saturday. However, it’s been four months since AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election promising during his run to usher in a "fourth transformation" of Mexico giving us some insight into his relationship to the US on trade and immigration. Migrants (including women, children, and families) have trekked across Mexico headed towards the US-Mexico border to apply for asylum in the United States. Many have walked over 3,000 km across Mexican territory with only their backpacks, their children, and their chants, fleeing violence and poverty at home. Since the migrants set off, president Trump has tweeted his opposition and threatened both Honduras and Guatemala with sanctions if they were to allow the caravan to cross their borders and has sent the military to the US-Mexican border. And recently the Mexican government responded by sending riot police to the border to prevent the migrants from crossing. The images of black-clad security forces using their shields against mothers and babies were shocking and disturbing. The visibility of the migrant caravan – aided in part by Trump’s tweets and statements – has forced a discussion on how undocumented migrants are treated in Mexico and what role the country would play in future. In fact, Mexico’s southern border has seen a steady increase in checkpoints, detention centres, and guards. At times, Mexico has been responsible for deporting more Central American migrants than the United States. However, we don’t expect AMLO to pay for Trump’s wall either - he did publish a book called "Oye, Trump" ("Listen Up, Trump") and he has condemned Trump’s plans to build a border wall And, while U.S. relations didn’t count as a deciding factor for Mexican voters, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement "NAFTA" has been a dominant issue during the transition period resulting and has now resulted in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement "USMCA" which an AMLO team participated in negotiating and which Trump called the teamwork "fantastic." And while AMLO said he would work to tackle the poverty in Mexico, where an estimated 44 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line and 7.6 percent in extreme poverty will the USMCA mean raising wages and create jobs in Mexico? Laura Carlsen will probe the terms of the replacement of NAFTA by the USMCA and discusse whether it represents a confrontation looming on the horizon, as it continues the same economics AMLO professes to oppose. **************************
Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg

Building Bridges: Mexico’s New President's Stands on Trade & Immigration, Segment 1

4 days 19 hours ago
Mexico "will never be the piñata of any foreign government," AMLO has said. What we know of Mexico’s New President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador "AMLO" positions on the Renegotiated NAFTA Trade Agreement & Immigration with Laura Carlsen, the director of the Americas Policy Programme, Centre for International Policy; she is based in Mexico City. Andrés Manuel López Obrador , commonly known by the acronym AMLO, took his seat as Mexico's new President on Saturday. However, it’s been four months since AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election promising during his run to usher in a "fourth transformation" of Mexico giving us some insight into his relationship to the US on trade and immigration. Migrants (including women, children, and families) have trekked across Mexico headed towards the US-Mexico border to apply for asylum in the United States. Many have walked over 3,000 km across Mexican territory with only their backpacks, their children, and their chants, fleeing violence and poverty at home. Since the migrants set off, president Trump has tweeted his opposition and threatened both Honduras and Guatemala with sanctions if they were to allow the caravan to cross their borders and has sent the military to the US-Mexican border. And recently the Mexican government responded by sending riot police to the border to prevent the migrants from crossing. The images of black-clad security forces using their shields against mothers and babies were shocking and disturbing. The visibility of the migrant caravan – aided in part by Trump’s tweets and statements – has forced a discussion on how undocumented migrants are treated in Mexico and what role the country would play in future. In fact, Mexico’s southern border has seen a steady increase in checkpoints, detention centres, and guards. At times, Mexico has been responsible for deporting more Central American migrants than the United States. However, we don’t expect AMLO to pay for Trump’s wall either - he did publish a book called "Oye, Trump" ("Listen Up, Trump") and he has condemned Trump’s plans to build a border wall And, while U.S. relations didn’t count as a deciding factor for Mexican voters, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement "NAFTA" has been a dominant issue during the transition period resulting and has now resulted in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement "USMCA" which an AMLO team participated in negotiating and which Trump called the teamwork "fantastic." And while AMLO said he would work to tackle the poverty in Mexico, where an estimated 44 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line and 7.6 percent in extreme poverty will the USMCA mean raising wages and create jobs in Mexico? Laura Carlsen will probe the terms of the replacement of NAFTA by the USMCA and discusse whether it represents a confrontation looming on the horizon, as it continues the same economics AMLO professes to oppose. **************************
Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg

The Sonic Cafe: Sonic Cafe #116/Get Back On Evolutionary Track, Segment 1

5 days 19 hours ago
Sonic Café. Hey welcome, I’m your host Scott Clark inviting you to synch up your Bluetooth headphones and listen as episode 116 of the Sonic Café evolves right in front of your ears. We’re told we either evolve and adapt to our ever-changing environment, or risk extinction. But that’s not always easy. So if you feel like you’ve fallen a bit behind the evolutionary curve lately, the Sonic Café is here to help with an evolutionary mix that includes observations from comedian Brian Malow. Brian’s take, is that mother’s are the root cause of all human evolution… accomplished he thinks, by literally nagging their children up the evolutionary ladder. Well ahh maybe. Also listen for a music mix to guaranteed to help evolve your reality, including tunes from Portugal The Man, World Trade, Clutch, Donnie Iris, Kings of Leon and many more. Plus evolutionary jazz from sax man Ornette Coleman, whose Something Else album caused a revolution in the jazz world when it was released in 1958. Then later comedian George Carlin demonstrates how language has evolved from simple direct words that spoke the truth, to squishy, watered down euphemisms that sound important but don’t really communicate all that well … oh and a big Sonic Café welcome to our newest sponsor. Listen for a chance to evolve your language skills with the Joe Jacobson vocabulary builder upper. All that and of course more, so grab your copy of Charles Darwin’s, the origin of species and evolve right along with us here at the little café on the coast, that brings you intelligent, eclectic, radio that’s fun, we’re the Sonic Café.
Scott Clark

Reggae Explorations: Reggae Explorations #160 (Radio Edit), Segment 1

5 days 22 hours ago
On “Reggae Explorations” you’ll hear a mix of tracks from newer and lesser known artists, classic tunes, and deeper cuts than you would normally hear elsewhere. In addition, you’ll be treated to the “Motherland Track of the Week”, an occasional “Lovers Rock Set”, and even selections from off the beaten path. Mike Roots is a reggae artist and reviewer, and brings an inside perspective with interesting facts to enhance the listening experience. Tune in to “Reggae Explorations” for your weekly excursion into the world of strictly conscious, roots and culture, reggae music. Reggae Explorations can be heard on the following stations: Global Community Radio (GCR2) GlobalCommunityRadio.blogspot.com, Geneva, NY, Mondays 4-6pm ET KBOG 97.9 FM in Bandon, OR, Wednesdays 10pm-12am PST WAPJ FM 89.9 & 105.1 FM (Flagship), Torrington, CT, Wednesdays 1-3pm ET WXDR-LP 99.1 FM, New Orleans, Thursdays 7-9pm CT
Mike Roots