‘Clearing the FOG’ host Margaret Flowers talks to Manuel Pérez-Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies about ousted Pakistani leader Imran Khan and how trade deals work to force countries to allow companies to exploit their workers and devastate their environment.
By Daisy Flowers / Clearing FOG
On April 10, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in what is believed to be a soft US-backed coup. One of the likely reasons for the coup is that Khan was taking steps to end the excessive corporate power conferred by bilateral trade agreements. Clearing the FOG speaks with Manuel Pérez-Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies about Khan and how trade deals work to force countries to allow corporations to exploit their workers and devastate their environment. Pérez-Rocha explains why ending corporate abuse is key to addressing the climate crisis and how trade could be structured to uphold human rights and protect the planet. He also talks about the risks of extracting the minerals needed for a green economy.
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Manuel Perez-Rocha is an associate member of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and an associate of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. He is a Mexican national who has led efforts to promote fair and sustainable alternative approaches to trade and investment agreements for two decades. Prior to working for IPS’ Global Economy Program, he worked with the Mexican Free Trade Action Network (RMALC) and continues to be a member of that coalition’s executive committee. He has also worked for Oxfam International’s Make Trade Fair campaign.
Manuel studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), holds a degree in European Studies from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) The Hague. , Netherlands. Some of his latest publications include opinion pieces in The Nation and The New York Times.