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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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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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World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute

Source: Ipsnews.net

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Sep 16 2014 (IPS) - A multilateral arbitration panel here began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador.

An Australian mining company, OceanaGold, is suing the Salvadoran government for refusing to grant it a gold-mining permit that has been pending for much of the past decade.

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Teamsters, Global Public Sector Trade Unions Warn Of Consequences Of Trade Policies

Source: Teamster.org

September 16, 2014

Trade Deals’ Negative Impact on Public Sector Jobs Highlighted

(WASHINGTON) – Meeting with global leaders of public sector unions, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and officials from Public Services International (PSI) discussed the growing concerns about the effects of public service trade policies as part of a public trade policy summit held today at Teamsters headquarters.

“Trade agreements

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Outside the World Bank protesters dispute mining and water pollution in El Salvador

Source: Hispaniclinkdc.org

September 15, 2014

By Vanessa Hornedo Hispanic Link News Service

WASHINGTON — A case being heard behind the doors of the World Bank may decide whether millions living in El Salvador may be forced to find a way to survive without a drinkable water source.

In the case, which held its first hearing Monday in Washington, members of the World Bank Group’s

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

Source: Thinkprogress.org

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

BY ALICE OLLSTEIN

CREDIT: ALICE OLLSTEIN

WASHINGTON, DC — Does a corporation’s right to profit trump a country’s right to protect its land and water?

That was the question today before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an obscure tribunal housed within the World Bank in Washington, DC. At a hearing closed to the press

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Oxfam America Protests Mining Company OceanaGold For Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Source: Latintimes.com

By Latin Times | Sep 15 2014

Local resident looks over a valley in Cabañas, where Oceana Gold proposes to establish a gold mine against the wishes of farmers in the area. Jeff Deutsch/Oxfam

Washington, DC—International relief and development organization Oxfam America called on mining company OceanaGold to drop a lawsuit against El Salvador as hearings in the case begin today. The company

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Public services unions open new trade agreements to public debate

Source: World-psi.org

September 15, 2014

#psiglobaltradesummit 2014 Washington, D.C., Tuesday 26 September 2014 – Public services unions worldwide are determined to open to public scrutiny a new wave of global trade agreements, which are now being discussed behind closed doors.

On the first day of the Public Services International (PSI) Global Trade Summit 2014, in Washington, D.C., union leaders from all over the world discussed

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

Source: Politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org

September 12, 2014

$301 million and the health of El Salvador’s rivers and people are riding on World Bank arbitration next week.

Alex Blair is the press officer for Oxfam America’s Extractive Industries team. 

Next week in Washington DC, right along Pennsylvania Avenue, decisions about El Salvador’s future will be made behind closed doors – almost 2,000 miles away from the

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

September, 2014

By Aldo Orellana López and Thomas Mc Donagh*

Since the beginning of the new millennium, Latin America has been at the forefront of resistance to the imposition of global and regional free trade policies. The most important victory was the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). It was the

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

Source: Miningwatch.ca

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

(Ottawa) Nearly 150,000 people have already signed an online petition directed at the Australian-Canadian firm OceanaGold urging it to drop its suit against El Salvador.Secret hearings will begin on the case at a little known investment dispute tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, on Monday, September 15th.

OceanaGold bought into the suit when it purchased Vancouver-based Pacific Rim

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

Source: Focusweb.org

10 September 2014

Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corporation

Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant

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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*

“..I mentioned the great growth in their economic power, political influence and corrupting action. That is the reason for the alarm with which world opinion should react in the face of a reality of this kind. The power of these corporations is so great that it goes beyond all borders..”      

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Fracking for energy independence? Not under TTIP

Source: Contributoria.com

September, 2014

By Clare Speak

As public resistance to fracking grows across Europe and North America, it’s becoming easier to imagine that the unpopular practice, pushed by our politicians as the key to energy independence and cheaper fuel bills, will never really become widespread.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is banned outright in Germany and heavily restricted in other European countries. Bulgaria,

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Maritime Union Australia stage Sydney rally over OceanaGold lawsuit

Source: Demotix.com

5 September 2014

Union members hold up protest signs outside the World Bank Office in Martin Place, Sydney as Maritime Union Australia rallies, calling for for OceanaGold Corporation to drop its lawsuit against El Salvador.

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Sign the petition to OceanaGold: Most rivers in El Salvador are contaminated — mining is likely to deplete the remaining water

Source: Action.sumofus.org

“Drop the lawsuit against El Salvador!”

Sign the petition here

El Salvador is being sued by Oceana Gold for not granting it a mining license that would threaten the primary source of drinkable water for the whole country.

In a bold and unprecedented move, El Salvador stood up to the mining giant to protect its natural resources from the whims of corporate power.

In 2009,

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

Source: Ips-dc.org

In an obscure World Bank court, a multinational mining firm is suing El Salvador for attempting to protect its citizens from deadly mining pollution.

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh, September 10, 2014.

ORIGINALLY IN FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS.

Salvadorans protest in favor of a ban on all mineral mining. (Photo: laurizza / Flickr)

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will

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Trade treaties expose Australia to costly litigation, experts warn

Source: M.smh.com.au

Georgia Wilkins August 30, 2014

‘It is a complete reorganisation of sovereignty.’

Australia risks getting swept up in a wave of litigation by foreign corporations wishing to sue over unfavourable domestic laws, experts warn, after the government rejected a bill to ban controversial trade agreements.

Business groups have backed the government’s decision as good for investors, but the Greens and trade-law

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CETA Leak: Crucial Questions Unanswered

Source: M.thetyee.ca

Latest version of trade deal leaves too much up to non-existent commission, lawyers say.

By Andrea Rexer, 29 Aug 2014

CETA leaves power of foreign investors uncomfortably open to interpretation, lawyers say. Banker image via Shutterstock.

Would you sign a contract for a mortgage if you didn’t know how high the interest rates would be?

That’s a bit like what the Canadian Parliament

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Canada-EU trade deal threatened by EU lawmakers

Source: Cbc.ca

European concerns over environment, sovereignty may sink deal

Aug 28, 2014 10:36 AM ET Thomson Reuters

EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

The agreement with Canada, a

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Senate Inquiry reveals community opposition and dangers of foreign investor rights to sue governments despite claimed “safeguards”

Source: Aftinet.org.au

August 28, 2014

by Dr Patricia Ranald, Research Associate, University of Sydney and Convenor, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

The report from a Senate inquiry into foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals for damages over domestic legislation, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS were tabled in Parliament on the evening of August 27. The inquiry received 141 submissions and

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Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorean Villagers

Source: Rollingstone.com

By Alexander Zaitchik | August 28, 2014

For more than two decades, energy giant Chevron and Ecuadorean activists, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, have been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit about who is responsible for contaminating a vast swath of the Amazon.

Attorney Steven Donziger speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito.

On March 4th,

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EU agrees rules to manage investor-state disputes

Source: Europa.eu

Brussels, 28 August 2014

European Commission – IP/14/951   28/08/2014

Other available languages: FR DE

European Commission

Press release

 DOC  PDF EU agrees rules to manage investor-state disputesThe European Union today took an important step towards creating a comprehensive EU investment policy, with the publication of a Regulation setting out a new set of rules to manage disputes under

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The “Anti-ISDS Bill” before the Australian Senate

Source: Kluwerarbitrationblog.com

August 27, 2014

By Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School

Indonesia is not the only Asia-Pacific nation that is reassessing investment treaties containing provisions on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS, especially arbitration). India announced a review in 2013, partly in the wake of the successful claim from an Australian mining investor, although the impact in practice is hard to discern or predict – especially under the new Modi government. In both countries,

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Labor and Liberal in lock-step on Trojan Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in Trade deals

Source: Media-senatorwhish-wilson.cmail1.com

August 27, 2014

Media Release // Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that when it comes to failing to protect the public interest from corporations being given rights to sue Australia, there is no difference between Labor and Liberal.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Despite the overwhelming weight of evidence presented and submissions received for the

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Progress and significance of Bolivia’s accession to MERCOSUR

Source: Iadb.org

August, 2014

Progress has been made in the last month in the process of Bolivia’s incorporation to MERCOSUR.[1]On the one hand, the Protocol of Bolivia’s Accession to the bloc, signed in December 2012, was ratified by Argentina, and Uruguay enacted a law to the same effect. Paraguay also expressed its intention to move forward in this area and is to open negotiations with the Bolivian Government, as

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S&D Group president Gianni Pittella: “We oppose ISDS mechanism in EU-Canada trade deal”

Source: Socialistsanddemocrats.eu

26/08/2014

“The Commission should listen to the concerns voiced by the European Parliament and the S&D Group about the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

“It will be up to the Parliament – the democratic conscience of EU trade policy – to decide whether or not to ratify CETA.

“The

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Manila a step closer to sealing int’l trade pact

Source: Business.inquirer.net

August 25th, 2014

By Amy R. Remo |Philippine Daily Inquirer

PH in a better position to become part of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Philippines is expected to gain a favorable position in its bid to become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), considered to be the country’s only chance to have a trade agreement with the United States, given recent moves to further liberalize the local

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A Chinese-Style Asia-Pacific Partnership

Source: Bjreview.com.cn

August 24, 2014

APEC meetings lay the groundwork for enhanced economic cooperation

By An Gang

SEEKING CONSENSUS: The APEC 2014 Third Senior Officials’ Meeting continues its session at the Beijing Hotel in Beijing on August 20 (CNSPHOTO)

Since China became slated to host the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit two years ago, the Chinese Government has poured a slew of

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Jindal Steel and Power Ltd wins $22.5 million arbitration against Bolivian firm

Source: Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Aug 23, 2014

BHUBANESHWAR: Naveen Jindal’s JSPL says its stand against the BOlivian government has been vindicated by Paris based the International Chamber of Commerce which has ordered Evo Morales’ Bolivian government to pay the company $22.5 million. Jindal’s Bolivian dream of mining one half of the 40 billion El Mutun iron ore and setting up downstream plant had turned sour, with both parties blaming each

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In the name of ‘free trade’ our public health-care system is forced to swallow another poison pill

Source: Rabble.ca

AUGUST 18, 2014

BY  MICHAEL BUTLER

There has been a substantial amount of discussion surrounding the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU), but when it comes to the media one thing that seems to have slipped under the radar is the hugely detrimental affects this deal could have on our public health care system.

Last week we saw

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TTIP Update XXXV

Source: Blogs.computerworlduk.com

18 August 14

Open Enterprise

Glyn Moody

According to the publication “Inside US Trade”, which tends to be pretty good when it comes to sourcing its information, the next round of TTIP talks won’t take place until the end of September – obviously the negotiators felt they needed a holiday after all the excitement of the last year. But even ifTTIP news is thin on

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TPPA: Shocking US certification process that violates country’s sovereignty

Source: Consumer.org

Press release, 14 August 2014

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is deeply concerned by the shocking process by which the United States of America (USA) squeezes more concessions from other countries it negotiates free trade agreements (FTAs) with, even after the treaty’s text is signed. This was outlined in new research released yesterday at http://tppnocertification.org/. This process of one-sided extraction

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Tell USTR: No Special Rights for Corporations in the US-EU Trade Agreement

Source: Citizenstrade.org

August 14, 2014

Once again, transnational corporations are hoping that a free trade agreement will become a back-door means for them to force environmental deregulation — this time through a massive new pact with the European Union.

The federal government is currently conducting an environmental review of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and part of that review includes accepting

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