Hillary supported trade deal after pledges of $100 million to Clinton Foundation

A report in the International Business Times adds to the woes of the soon-to-be-announced Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  Matthew Cunningham-Cook writes a long and interesting account of the dealings between the Clinton Foundation and an oil magnate named Frank Giustra and his company, Pacific Rubiales, with major operations in Colombia.  Those pledges may have had something to do with remarkable changes from the then-secretary of state. It sure looks a lot as though money bought silence over labor strife and its armed suppression at a Pacific Rubiales refinery in Colombia. … as union leaders and human rights activists conveyed these harrowing reports of violence to then-Secretary of State Clinton in late 2011, urging her to pressure the Colombian government to protect labor organizers, she responded first with silence, these organizers say. The State Department publicly praised Colombia’s progress on human rights, thereby permitting hundreds of...(Read Full Post)