The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.
Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.
Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.
Meanwhile, the US continues to subsidise its own agricultural sector for crops like corn, wheat and soy, all of which are exported, all of which are associated with climate change: monocropping and the depletion of soil nutrition, reduction of soil capacity as a carbon sink and use for feed for Greenhouse Gas intensive meat production.
This great man knew that the freedom of every member of a society to participate fully in its governance was the absolute, the fundamental, the non-negotiable. This freedom transcends race, and it transcends political affiliation. I believe we must all claim his legacy as a matter of urgency, and do so actively and constructively, if we are not to sleepwalk into a new era of oppression.