Making Contact

Making Contact – January 30, 2004

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Empty Promises?: NAFTA at 10
It’s been ten years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Proponents claimed that NAFTA would be a solution for poverty and sluggish economic growth in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Opponents warned that NAFTA would spark a race to the bottom in wages, labor rights, and environmental standards. On this edition of Making Contact, we hear from people who are working on the front lines of so-called free trade-farmers and a fisherman-and get their perspectives on corporate-led economic globalization. We also have a report from Chiapas, Mexico, where indigenous communities celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista uprising.