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  • 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 # 26
February/March 2014

Dear friends,

Welcome to newsletter # 26 of the Network for Justice in Global Investment (NJGI).

This edition focuses on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite some governments’ claims that 95% of the negotiations were completed and that the deal would be finalized at the recent trade ministerial in Singapore, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the TPP talks have stalled.  This is not just because of disagreements on tariffs between Japan and the United States, but also because of controversial issues such as the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. The actions of civil society organizations, social movements and some national parliaments demanding transparency and the publication of the TPP texts have made it increasingly unlikely that the deal will be completed on the terms proposed by the United States. Many of these actions have focused on the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The failure of NAFTA to deliver on its initial promises to create more and better jobs underscores the dangers of the TPP.  A recent conference marking NAFTA’s 20th anniversary in Mexico was accompanied by demonstrations in over fifty cities across the United States and Canada (see the report below). This is just another example of the increasing global awareness of the injustices of the current investment rules regimes that continues to be imposed under the neoliberal model.

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January 31st North American Day of Action against the TPP and corporate globalization

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In Focus:

AFL-CIO, More Than 40 Other Organizations Call for Public Consultations on Investor Rights in Trade Deals

Source: Aflcio.org / March 3, 2014

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Can Chile Curb the TPP?

Source: Fpif.org / By Sarah Anderson and Imara Salas / 14th February 2014. With the U.S. Congress deadlocked over trade, Chile’s progressive new government may be able to win new protections and increase transparency in the TPP talks.

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TPP – power to the corporations at the expense of the planet

Source: Theecologist.org / By Thomas Mc Donagh / 17th February 2014. The TPP trade deal would expand a system of corporate rights and private courts that threaten progress on some of our most urgent environmental issues.

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Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Source: Japan Times / By Siti Rahil and Kayo Mimizuka / 25th February 2014. Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination.

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Say no to corporate power grabs – reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Source: Campaigns.350.org / February 26th 2014. Petition by climate change campaigning organization to TPP governments. The TPP will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy.

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A Clean Environment Is Not for Trade

Source: Huffingtonpost.com / By Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club / 24th February 2014. Last week, more than 120 members of Congress sent a clear message to the United States Trade Representative: the TPP trade pact must have a robust, fully enforceable environment chapter that addresses the core conservation challenges of the region.

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Joint Declaration: TriNational Multisectoral Forum – 20 YEARS OF NAFTA: ENOUGH FREE TRADE! NO TO THE TTP! (México D.F., 28 -31 January 2014)

On the 20th Anniversary of the signing of NAFTA, labor unions, farmers, women, environmentalists, and human rights organizations from Mexico, the United States, Canada and Quebec came together in a Tri-national Forum in Mexico City.

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Report Back (Photos) from North American Day of Action against the TPP and NAFTA in solidarity with Conference in Mexico City

Source: Flushthetpp.org

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Other Hot Topics:

Investment protection in TTIP: A threat to democracy and public interest?

Source: Transnational Institute / February 2014

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Negotiations On ISDS Still Ongoing, Says Mustapa

Source: Bernama.com.my / February 21, 2014

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership : A Charter For Deregulation, An Attack On Jobs, An End To Democracy

Brochure by John Hillary. Source: Rosa Luxembourg Foundation Rosalux-europa.info / 2014

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As it stands, the TTIP could threaten democracy

Source: Ft.com / February 18, 2014 / Letter to the Financial Times by Jos Dings and Pieter de Pous.

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Investment bill ‘adds to uncertainty’ in South Africa

Minister says future BITs may be considered but “within alternative framework”. Source: Bdlive.co.za / by Mark Allix / 18th February 2014

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Canadian Organizations Condemn Gold Company’s Lawsuit Against Costa Rica

Source: Miningwatch.ca / February 13th 2014

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Infinito Gold files lawsuit against Costa Rican government over canceled gold mining contract

Source: Ticotimes.net / By Zach Dyer / February 10th 2014

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Reply to the Trade Ministers’ claims that “safeguards” in trade agreements prevent investors from suing governments over health and environmental legislation

Source: Australia Fair Trade and Investment Network Ltd. Aftinet.org.au / By Dr Patricia Ranald

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“Safeguards” for investor rights to sue governments in Korea FTA text will not work

Source: Aftinet.org.au / February 17th, 2014

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EU-Canada free trade deal ‘opens door to environmental lawsuits’

Source: Euractiv.com / February 11th, 2014

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El Salvador, violence and impunity

Source: Le Monde Diplomatique, Mondediplo.com / By Robin Oisín Llewelly / 11th February 2014

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The Guide for Potential Amici in International Investment Arbitrations

Source: Center for International Environmental Law, Ciel.org / January 29th, 2014

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From Investors’ Arbitration to Investment Arbitration: A Mechanism for Allowing the Participation of Host State Populations in the Settlement of Investment Conflicts

Source: Papers.ssrn.com / By Jose Daniel Amado / January 22, 2014

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