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The Network for Justice in Global Investment is a joint effort by citizens and organizations in a variety of countries to challenge one of the most anti-democratic aspects of the global economic order – the rules governing international investment. Read More.

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International Investment Rules “Out of Sync” with 21st Century Challenges

Source: Ips-dc.org

December 11, 2014

By Sarah Anderson

“Here we are in the middle of a climate crisis, and we have investor lawsuits against governments over policies to encourage renewable energy,” says Sarah Anderson at a UN preparatory event for the Financing for Development summit.

For Sarah Anderson’s speech, jump to 1:53:43. 

Transcript:

“I want to start with a bit of history that

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When 21 Countries Opposed World Bank Plans for an Investor-State Dispute Institution

Source: Triplecrisis.com

By Robin Broad

Fifty years ago this fall, at the 1964 World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo, 21 developing-country governments voted “no” on the convention to set up a new part of the World Bank Group where foreign corporations could sue governments and bypass domestic courts. It was to be called the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The 21

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When Corporations Sue Governments

Source: Nytimes.com

December 3, 2014

By Manuel Pérez-Rocha

Mitch Blunt

In 2004, the Pacific Rim mining company applied to dig for gold in El Salvador. Pacific Rim (since acquired by the Canadian-Australian company OceanaGold) assured the government of then-President Antonio Saca that its work would be eco-friendly and would generate jobs. But with 90 percent of the country’s surface

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What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

Source: Thenation.com

November 24, 2014

Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Julia Paley and Foreign Policy In Focus

Garment workers in Costa Rica. (Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate)

This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus.

With Republicans winning big in the midterm elections, the debate over so-called “free trade” agreements could again take center stage in Washington.

President Barack Obama has been angling for

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Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award for Chevron against Ecuador

Source: Asil.org

By: Caitlin Behles | October 3, 2014 – 3:38pm

On September 26, 2014, the Dutch Supreme Court upheld (Dutch only) an arbitration award of US$106 million with post-award interest in favor of Chevron and its affiliates, Texaco Petroleum Co., against Ecuador.  The award was in relation to an oil extraction and exploitation concession agreement in the Amazon territory from 1964, which Ecuador allegedly breached. 

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Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed

Source: Cbc.ca

September 26, 2014

Negotiators finish 5 years of CETA talks, but uncertain ratification, political sales job lie ahead

ANALYSIS5:00 AM ETJanyce McGregor, CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be all smiles during his summit with European Union leaders in Ottawa Friday, as they celebrate the end of five years of tough trade negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

But Canadians

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Strategy Conversations: From Protest to Proposal – Launch of Alternative Proposal to the Global Investment Regime

by Aldo Orellana López and Thomas Mc Donagh, for the NJGI / September, 2014

ATTAC Summer University for the Social Movements: Challenging the Corporate Trade and Investment Agenda in Europe 19th – 23rd August 2014

By Thomas Mc Donagh and Manuel Pérez-Rocha, for the NJGI / September, 2014

Protesters in D.C. ask for halt to gold mining in El Salvador, say it will endanger ecology

Source: Washingtonpost.com / by Pamela Constable / September 15, 2014

Tens of Thousands Call On OceanaGold to Drop its Suit Against El Salvador as Secret Hearings Begin at World Bank Tribunal

Source: Miningwatch.ca / September 10, 2014

Ottawa Groups Ask Australian High Commissioner to Support El Salvador over Mining Conflict with Australian Firm, OceanaGold

Source: Canadians.org – Joint Media Release / September 18, 2014

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold

Source: Focusweb.org / September 10, 2014

Maritime Union Australia stage Sydney rally over OceanaGold lawsuit

Source: Demotix.com / September 5, 2014

El Salvador’s struggle for democratic authority

Source: Canadians.org / September 29, 2014

Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA): More than 130 civil society organizations reiterate their rejection of an agreement that’s disastrous for people and the planet

Source: Canadians.org / September, 2014 (Find more on CETA from our colleagues in the social movements)

Rigged Rules: A Rogue Corporation in the World Bank’s Rogue Tribunal

Source: Triplecrisis.com / by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh / September 15, 2014

Meet the Company Suing El Salvador for the Right to Poison Its Water

Source: Ips-dc.org / by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh / September 10, 2014

The Fight to Keep Toxic Mining—and the World Bank—Out of El Salvador

Source: Fpif.org / by Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde / September 23, 2014

Shadowy Tribunal Will Decide Whether El Salvador Can Protect Itself From Mining Companies

Source: Thinkprogress.org / by Alice Ollstein / September 15, 2014

Inside a secret hearing at a foreign tribunal, El Salvador awaits a verdict

Source: Politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org / September 12, 2014

COMPILATION OF NEWS FROM THE PROTESTS IN THE US AGAINST ICSID AND OCEANGOLD, AND FROM OTHER INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIONS WITH EL SALVADOR

News from Ipsnews.net; Washingtonpost.com; Af.reuters.com; Latintimes.com; Hispaniclinkdc.org; Rabble.ca, etc.

Salvadorean Municipality Bans Mining Projects in Its Territory

Source: Telesurtv.net / September 22, 2014

German opposition clouds Friday’s ceremonies for Canada-EU trade pact

Source: Theglobeandmail.com/ September 26 2014

Making Sense of the CETA An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Source: Policyalternatives.ca / Edited by Scott Sinclair Stuart Trew / September 25, 2014

EU and Canada set out trade agreement

Source: Bbc.com / September 26, 2014

COMPILATION OF OTHER NEWS ON CETA

News from Socialistsanddemocrats.eu; Rabble.ca ; Yesmagazine.org ; Theglobeandmail.com; Bilaterals.org, etc.

TAKE ACTION – Time for a real debate on CETA

Source: Canadians.org

EU and Ecuador publish text of trade agreement

Source: Trade.ec.europa.eu / September 23, 2014

Germany puts CETA free trade deal with Canada on hold

Source: Dw.de

September 22, 2014

Facing sustained criticism of free trade and investor protection treaties CETA and TTIP between the EU, Canada and the USA, the German government now wants to delay approval of CETA. But a delay isn’t a rejection.

A free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union that was agreed in principle in August appears to have been put on

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Trade and Development Report, 2014

Source: Unctad.org / September, 2014

Public services unions open new trade agreements to public debate

Source: World-psi.org / September 15, 2014

Investor State Dispute Settlement dominates CETA debate in Strasbourg

Source: Ttip2014.eu

17 September 2014

MEPs raise doubts on whether Canadian deal will pass Parliament scrutiny in 2015.

A late plenary debate on CETA last night in Strasbourg was dominated by questions over the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) with MEPs claiming that the Commission has ignored the concerns of the public around the mechanism, and warning that it would have a difficult time

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Protesters back El Salvador for denying gold mining permit

Source: Af.reuters.com

Sep 16, 2014

By Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Protesters rallied on Monday to demand that a World Bank tribunal reject an international mining company’s claim for $300 million (185 million pounds) from El Salvador over denial of a gold mining license.

El Salvador refused to issue OceanaGold Corp an extraction permit in 2006. Activists say that the company failed

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