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Network for Justice in Global Investment Advisory Committee

  • Alberto Arroyo, RMALC, México
  • Angel Ibarra, Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña, El Salvador
  • Elizabeth Peredo Beltran, Fundación Solón, Bolivia
  • Sebastian Valdomir, REDES Amigos de las Tierras, Uruguay
  • Jeff Conant, Red VIDA,United States
  • Maude Barlow, Council of the Canadians, Canada
  • David Schneiderman, University of Toronto, Canada
  • William Waren, Forum on Democracy & Trade, United States
  • Sarah Anderson and Manuel Perez Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies, United States
  • Jim Shultz, Democracy Center, Bolivia
  • Graciela Rodríguez, Equit/REBRIP, Brasil
  • Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

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Manuel Perez Rocha
Institute for Policy Studies manuel@ips-dc.org

Aldo Orellana Lopez
The Democracy Center aldo@democracyctr.org

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Newsletter # 29
August/September, 2014

Dear friends,

Welcome to newsletter # 29 of the Network for Justice in Global Investment (NJGI).

In this edition we focus on the growing resistance to the imposition of unfair investment rules that only serve the needs of large corporations.  Firstly, we present a compilation of news and analysis related to the case being brought by Pacific Rim against El Salvador. From Australia, the Philippines and Canada, as well as from the streets of San Salvador and the doors of the World Bank in Washington D.C., thousands of people demanded that the right to water should come before the ‘right’ to mine for gold.  A very loud call has gone out to Oceana Gold (owner of Pacific Rim) to stop blackmailing the people of El Salvador. Next, we present a compilation from the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that the European Union and Canada have been trying to finalize. Thanks to the hard work of social movements on both sides of the Atlantic, they have been unable to do so. We also offer news and analysis from other front-line struggles. These include the free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Ecuador as well as investor-state cases being brought against Costa Rica, Bolivia and Peru among others. Day after day the struggle against this system continues to grow.

Manuel-Perez-Rocha IPS

Remember that more resources and analysis about the debate on global investment rules are available on our website.  You can also follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @JustNJGI.

Institute for Policy Studies
The Democracy Center

In Focus – Campaigns & Strategy

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

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)

Statement on the historic Resolution of the UNHRC on a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Source: Stopcorporateimpunity.org / September, 2014

In Focus – Analysis & Opinion

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

Compilation of other news on CETA

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

Blue Future: Maude Barlow, Water Rights, Investor Clauses, and Trade Deals

Source: Medium.com / August 5, 2014

Other Hot Topics:

EU and Ecuador publish text of trade agreement

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

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

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

Source: Teamster.org / September 16, 2014

Fracking for energy independence? Not under TTIP

Source: Contributoria.com / by Clare Speak / September, 2014 (Find more information about TTIP here)

Shortcomings in Dutch Government study on Investor – State Arbitration

Source: Vrijschrift.org / September 4, 2014

More Philip Morris Style Cases Is The Very Point Of The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

Source: Forbes.com Forbes Opinion By Tim Worstall August 13, 2014

Australia: ISDS: The devil in the trade deal

Source: Abc.net.au / September 14, 2014 (Find more information about Australia here)

Video: Kelvin Thomson MP: Korea-Australia Trade Agreement Sky News Interview

Source: KelvinThomsonMP / September 4, 2014

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

Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 28, 2014

The “Anti-ISDS Bill” before the Australian Senate

Source: Kluwerarbitrationblog.com / by Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School / August 27, 2014

Special Privileges: Dr Pat Ranald from AFTINET on Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Source: IP Observatory / August 10, 2014

Don’t let foreign investors sue governments over domestic laws, fair trade groups tell Senate inquiry

Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 6, 2014

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

Source: Rollingstone.com / by Alexander Zaitchik / August 28, 2014

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

Source: Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / Aug 23, 2014

Bolivia Shows How To Dismantle Corporate Sovereignty Provisions In Treaties Without Losing Foreign Investment

Source: Techdirt.com / by Glyn Moody / July 15, 2014

Manila a step closer to sealing int’l trade pact

Source: Business.inquirer.net / August 25, 2014

A Chinese-Style Asia-Pacific Partnership

Source: Bjreview.com.cn / August 24, 2014

Jane Kelsey: Trade deal hands US power to rewrite NZ laws

Source: Nzherald.co.nz / August 12, 2014

Philip Morris International threatens to sue Government if plain packaging introduced

Source: Independent.co.uk / August 12, 2014

Dutch unfazed by SA’s cancelled trade treaty

Source: Bilaterals.org / July 17, 2014

The Era of Mega-Arbitration: International Court Rules Against Russia in $50 Billion Decision

Source: Madhyam.org.in / by Kavaljit Singh / July 30, 2014

Ministries of India for scrapping of bilateral investment pacts

Source: Financialexpress.com / July 14, 2014


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