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NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don’t like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty

Source: Fpif.org / By Manuel Pérez-Rocha and Stuart Trew / January 14, 2014 (Find more related information here, such as: OP-ED: NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises, By Manuel Pérez-Rocha; NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico; NAFTA at 20: One Million Lost U.S. Jobs, Higher Income Inequality, Doubled Agriculture Trade Deficit With Mexico and Canada, Displacement and Instability in Mexico, and Corporate Attacks on Environmental Laws, By Public Citizen)

No more NAFTA — 20 Years is Enough! – Inter-Continental Day of Action, 31 January 2014

Source: Tradejustice.ca (GET INVOLVED! On January 31, 2014, Communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States will join together to say “ENOUGH!” to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate “trade” deals.)

Court in a Trap

Source: Clarespeakfreelance.com / By Clare Speak / January 27, 2014 (Big Issue magazine in the UK takes a look at how trade and investment agreements give corporations the right to sue governments when public interest policy or court decisions affect their interests – featuring interview with NJGI’s Thomas Mc Donagh).

SOTU: President’s Base Opposes Fast Track for TPP

Source: Citizenstrade.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 27, 2014  . Contact:  media@citizenstrade.org  . SOTU: President’s Base Opposes Fast Track for TPP Over 550 Labor, Environmental, Family Farm & Community Groups Send Letter to Congress Opposing Fast Track Legislation  . WASHINGTON, DC — Over 550 labor, environmental, family farm and other organizations traditionally associated with President Barack Obama’s political base sent a letter to Congress

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Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization

Source: Canadians.org

Friday, January 31, 2014 – 00:00 NO MORE NAFTAs!  20 YEARS IS ENOUGH!

January 2014 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a pact that has had devastating consequences for working families, small farmers, indigenous peoples, small business and the environment in all three countries and beyond.  The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been described as “NAFTA

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Don’t fast track a polluters’ bill of rights

Source: Foe.org

January 24, 2014

Friends of the Earth opposes the “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act” (HR 3830/S 1900), so-called “Fast Track” legislation sponsored by Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.).  The Camp/Baucus bill would undercut the constitutional authority of Congress over trade policy and would be used to rush the environmentally hazardous Trans Pacific and Trans Atlantic trade deals past Congress,

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Critics score against extreme corporate rights in TTIP, but must not be fooled by the Commission’s tricks

Source: Corporateeurope.org / January 23rd 2014 (Find more related information here, such as: S2B refutes European Commission’s defense of controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement; EU–US trade talks: what chance for transparency? By FOE; Commission to consult on ISDS By FOE; EU-US trade talks: What public safeguards are being traded away? Friends of the Earth calls for end to secrecy surrounding talks By FOE; Commission to consult European public on provisions in EU-US trade deal on investment and investor-state dispute settlement)

Commission to consult European public on provisions in EU-US trade deal on investment and investor-state dispute settlement

Source: Europa.eu

Brussels, 21 January 2014

European Commission – IP/14/56   21/01/2014

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European Commission

Press release

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today announced his decision to consult the public on the investment provisions of a future EU-US trade deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The decision follows unprecedented public interest in the

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Commission to consult on ISDS

Source: Foeeurope.org

21 January 2014

EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht announced today that the EU will open a public consultation on investment protection measures in trade negotiations between the EU and the US.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul de Clerck from Friends of the Earth Europe said: “This is a step in the right direction, and signals growing opposition to the investor-to-state

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Smart move: Argentina to leave the ICSID

Source: Bilaterals.org

Januery 21, 2014

Cornell International Law Journal Smart move: Argentina to leave the ICSID

by Oscar Lopez*

I. Introduction

Due to the large number of claims that Argentina faces from international investors before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the country has begun working towards leaving the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other

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EU–US trade talks: what chance for transparency?

Source: Foeeurope.org

20 January 2014

2014 will be a crucial year for trade negotiations between the EU and US. But the year is beginning with the talks still surrounded in secrecy, as Friends of the Earth Europe campaigner, Natacha Cingotti, reports from a stakeholder event in Brussels.

Negotiations on a Transatlantic free trade deal are advancing but remain shrouded in secrecy.

The EU’s negotiating

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S2B refutes European Commission’s defense of controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement

Source: Tni.org

20 January 2014

The European Commission recently issued two papers to address growing concerns among civil society and the wider general public over inclusion of the increasingly controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protection agreement (TTIP). The Seattle to Brussels Network responds to the arguments and the Commission’s proposals to amend the flaws in the

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EU Commission Redefines Corporate Lobbyists As ‘Civil Society’ To Pretend To Be Transparent In TAFTA/TTIP

Source: Techdirt.com

Jan 16th 2014

from the bare-faced-cheek dept

The fact that the USTR continues to peddle the line that TPP is “the most transparent trade negotiation in history,” despite a dogged refusal to reveal its negotiating positions to the public (to say nothing of any draft texts), indicates that the US government is acutely aware that its attitude towards

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The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together

Source: Newint.org

January 16, 2014

By Tom Lines

(Photo: London’s Guildhall – where bankers and government decide our financial fate. Martin Pettitt under a Creative Commons Licence )

A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these

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Hundreds of thousands sign Infinito petition

Source: Embassynews.ca

January 15, 2014

Canada, Costa Rica saying little on situation.

By Ally Foster

Council of Canadians PhotoInfinito Gold CEO John Morgan receives a petition from Council of Canadians Calgary Chapter member Mel Teghtmeyer in November 2013.

A recent petition asking Calgary-based Infinito Gold to drop its threat to take the Costa Rican government to the World Bank’s international court is just

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The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule

Source: Thenation.com

January 14, 2014

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

Activists are challenging rules that grant corporations the right to sue governments.

A protester holds a sign that reads in Spanish “No to mining” at a protest against Canada’s gold and silver mining operations in northern El Salvador, outside Canada’s Consulate office in San Salvador. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

Over the past several

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Born’s BAT gets set to fly

Source: Bilaterals.org

14 Jan 2014

by Gary Born WilmerHale

A proposal for a new form of international arbitration by Gary Born, chair of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s International Arbitration Group, has provoked wide public interest. A recent report in Commercial Dispute Resolution describes Born’s proposal as inaugurating what could be a “profound shake-up of commercial law, with states abandoning sovereign rights

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British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations, warn activists

Source: Independent.co.uk

14 January 2014

Commons motion highlights growing disquiet, as more than 200 groups add voices to protest

Britain’s freedom to tackle climate change, protect consumers or guarantee a publicly run NHS could be jeopardised by a trade deal being negotiated between Europe and the US, MPs and pressure groups have warned.

Under a draft plan supported by the European Commission, multinational

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TTIP Update XII

Source: Blogs.computerworlduk.com

13 January 14

By Glyn Moody

One section of TAFTA/TTIP has already emerged as particularly problematic: that concerning the investor-state dispute resolution mechanism (ISDS). As I’ve noted in previous updates, the European Commission is so worried on this front that it has produced not just one but several documents that seek to halt this rising tide of concern.

It’s one measure of

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Open letter of European health and environmental organizations warn that the TTIP would include ISDS and arbitration panels putting EU’s social and environmental policies on the line

TTIP puts the EU’s environmental and social policies on the line

Source: Euractiv.com

13 January 2014

The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the TTIP negotiations with the US will not lead to a race to the bottom on environmental protection, health and safety standards and consumer rights. But as negotiations progress, civil society groups on both sides of the Atlantic are

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French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal

French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal

Source: Euractiv.com

13 January 2014

During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal, EurActiv France reports.

The minister in charge of foreign trade, Nicole Bricq, admit with regret that France was the country where the mobilisation against what they call

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Leaked TPP Environment Chapter weakness contrasts with foreign investor rights to sue against environmental regulation

Source: Citizen.org

January 16, 2013

Media Release 

“The leaked text of the environment chapter and commentary document shows that the TPP is not delivering on earlier claims to commit governments to enforceable environmental standards, and prevent governments from gaining trade advantage through reducing such standards,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.

“The leaked chapter and commentary

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A ‘Neoliberal Assault’ To Further Corporate ‘Domination’

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A ‘Neoliberal Assault’ To Further Corporate ‘Domination’

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

January 13, 2014

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The Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an “assault,” on working people intended to further corporate “domination,” according to author and activist Noam Chomsky.

“It’s designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination,

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US fast track Bill for TPP faces stiff opposition

Source: Scoop.co.nz

Saturday, 11 January 2014, 4:19 pm Press Release: Patricia Ranald

US fast track Bill for Trans-Pacific Trade deal (TPP) faces stiff opposition in Congress

The fast-track (Trade Priorities Act) Bill was tabled in the US Congress today but immediately faced a storm of opposition from Democrats as well as Republicans.

The 107-page Bill aims to persuade the Congress to give up its

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TPP: Trading Away Human Rights

Source: Project-syndicate.org

Jan 7, 2014

NEW YORK – Trade negotiators in Singapore recently failed to finalize a deal on the long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership; they will soon have another chance to complete what would be the world’s largest regional free-trade agreement. But, given serious concerns that the TPP will fail to consider important human-rights implications, that is no cause for celebration.

The TPP talks involve the

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Investment tribunals above Supreme Courts

Source: Vrijschrift.org

January 10. 2014

Yesterday ISOC.nl held its New Year’s Event. I gave a short talk on Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS):

Welcome everyone,

I’m Ante Wessels. I’m involved with Vrijschrift and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure. I will give a short talk about investor-to-state dispute settlement, or ISDS. Why is ISDS important?

Investor-to-state dispute settlement gives multinationals the right to sue

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VIDEO: Explaning ISDS in 5 mins by FTA Watch

Source: FTA Watch

This is a short video produced by FTA Watch on investor to state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) as part of their campaign effort vs the EU-Thai FTA.

When Foreign Investors Sue the State

Source: Southcentre.int

SouthViews

No. 100,   8 January 2014

SOUTHVIEWS is a service of the South Centre to provide opinions and analysis of topical issues from a South perspective.

Visit the South Centre’s website: www.southcentre.int.

By Martin Khor

The investor-state dispute system, whereby foreign investors can sue the government in an international tribunal, is one of the issues being negotiated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Australia’s Rejection of Investor-State, from AUSFTA to the Gillard Government’s Trade Policy and the implications for Canada

Source: Commonfrontiers.ca

January 7, 2014

By Janet M Eaton, PhD

Introduction

This paper places the Australian Labour government’s 2011 policy of Investor -State rejection within the context of the escalating criticism of Investor-State Agreements [ISAs] and the extent to which they are being revisited and rejected by a growing number of countries. It offers insight into how and why the former Labour government of

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Petition: Stop foreign investors suing our governments – reject Korea trade deal

Source: Aftinet.org.au

Trade Minister Andrew Robb recently announced a free trade agreement with Korea which includes the right for foreign investors to sue our governments over Australian laws and policies. This undermines our national sovereignty and democracy, and would cost our governments millions of dollars.

But the deal has not yet been signed. Cabinet Ministers must endorse the agreement so that Minister Robb can

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NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

Source: Democracynow.org

January 3, 2014

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The North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect 20 years ago this week on January 1, 1994. The massive trade pact was signed into law by President Bill Clinton amidst great promise that it would raise wages, create jobs and even improve

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Open letter to the president of the World Bank in defense of El Salvador

Source: Stopesmining.org

El Salvador is being sued by Pacific Rim Mining, a Canadian based corporation owned by Australia’s OceanaGold, before the International Center for the Settlement of Investments Disputes –ICSID-. The case will enter a critical stage in January 2014.  We need your support to urge World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim to review the role of the ICSID through an open process

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“Tailored for Sharks: How rules are tailored and public interest surrendered to suit corporate interests in the WTO, FTAs and BITs trade and investment regime”

Source: Stopcorporateimpunity.org

Transnational Institute and Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI)  PRESS COMMUNIQUE

Download the full report here: http://www.tni.org/briefing/tailored-sharks 

The recently concluded 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has produced its first agreement since its establishment in 1995. Trade observers have been quick to call this a historic agreement but have failed to point out that the WTO’s Bali Package is highly imbalanced

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