Source: Transnational Institute Tni.org
November 25, 2013
Peter Martin Economics correspondent Trade Minister Andrew Robb said the Salt Lake City talks had made good progress. Photo: Sanghee Liu
The United States has been accused of negotiation by exhaustion in last-minute talks in Salt Lake City ahead of the final ministers’ meeting that will decide the makeup of the Trans Pacific trade deal between Australia and eleven
22 November 2013 As foreign investments in agriculture and extractive industries increase pressures on land and natural resources, governments and civil society can harness the law to promote sustainable development.
A basket full of coal taken illegally from an open-cast mine near the village of Bokapahari, India where a community of coal scavengers live and work © G. M. B. Akash /
Source: Thetyee.ca / By Gus Van Harten / November 12, 2013
19 November 2013
The TPP would strip our constitutional rights, while offering no gains for the majority of Americans. It’s a win for corporations Mark Weisbrot / theguardian.com
A protestor demonstrates agains the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New York City. Photograph: Julia Reinhart/Demotix/Corbis The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement among 12 governments, touted as one of the largest “free trade” agreements in US
Source: Fz.com / By Azril Annuar and Meena Lakshana Tarani Palani / November 11, 2013
19 November, 2013
Concern over the transparency of TPP negotiations grew after it was revealed negotiating documents could not be released until four years after the completion of the negotiations. Azhar Rahim/AAP
In the history of trade agreement negotiations, most have been undertaken in secret, justified on the grounds that the governments’ negotiating positions would be weakened if they became public.
Noviembre 19, 2013
By Seth Nthai
IN THE past 16 years, investors have launched many claims under investment treaties, mainly against developing and former communist countries. The question that arises is whether international investment treaty arbitration is suitable for developing countries.
There is no doubt that investment-treaty arbitration is an innovative system of international arbitration. It is designed to
Source: Inthesetimes.com / By Cole Stangler / November 7, 2013
Source: Theglobeandmail.com / BARRIE McKENNA OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail / November 24, 2013
As the second round of negotiations wrapped up, dissenting voices were heard
16 November 2013
Few deals being hammered out in Brussels come with such an impressive set of figures and breathless hype as the free-trade agreement between the United States and European Union. It would, officials on both sides of the Atlantic tell us, create the biggest free-trade area in the
15 November, 2013
By allowing ISDS clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Australia could be opening the door to more legal challenges from corporations. mattyp_/Flickr
The leaking of a key Trans-Pacific Partnership document by Wikileaks this week suggests Australia may side with the US on some key issues including the insertion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause into the agreement,
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers November 14th, 2013
Momentum is growing in the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Yesterday, the TPP was dealt two blows. Each could be lethal but the TPP, and its Atlantic counterpart, called TAFTA, are not dead yet. It is time for the movement of movements that formed to oppose the TPP to stand
November 14, 2013
To the Editor:
Although your Nov. 6 editorial about the Trans-Pacific Partnership said a good agreement would strengthen environmental protections, the pact itself is not on track to do so. In fact, it stands to threaten existing policies that protect our air, water and climate.
Thanks to a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,” corporations would
MEDIA RELEASE Sydney, Monday, 11thNovember 2013
Edmund Rice Centre: ‘A difficult courageous story from El Salvador – but one that inspires.’
“Courageous and determined,” is how Edmund Rice Centre Education Officer Sean Cleary describes visiting grass-roots environmental advocate from El Salvador, Ms Vidalina Morales.
“The story that Vidalina brings to Australia from her community is frightening and outrageous, but also inspirational
Today, the EU and US will start the second round of negotiations on what could be the biggest trade deal ever seen. They present us with a stark choice: do we want the rules that govern our society to be decided by government, or by big business?
Key to this is a thing called an ‘investor-state dispute mechanism’ (ISDS), which allows
Contact: Sean Cleary (Edmund Rice Centre) 0403 434 512, Vladimir Pacheco 0404 053 724
Brisbane, Australia – November 7th, 2013 – The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining (La Mesa), a grassroots coalition in El Salvador, is up against OceanaGold, an Australian company trying to secure water for the ‘El Dorado’ gold mine in El Salvador. OceanaGold is suing the Government of El
Nov 7, 2013
By Fabricio Fortese
A new case has been filed at International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) by a pair of Spanish claimants against the government of Mexico.
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7th November 2013
By Nicolas Van Praet
MONTREAL – U.S. investors are readying legal action against the Canadian government over Quebec’s resistance to Strateco Resources Inc.’s Matoush uranium mining project, the company’s chief executive says.
NEAR THE OTISH MOUNTAINS, QUE. • Matt Manson remembers being cold. And thinking about divine retribution.
It was November 2006 and the wounds were still raw from Stornoway
7 November 2013
By: Professor Jane Kelsey
South Africa quits investment treaties, NZ wants to sign more … lucky Chorus?
Chorus’s US shareholders could easily use the investment rules proposed under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to sue the government for hundreds of millions of dollars if the Commerce Commission’s ruling on broadband pricing stands and the agreement is in place by
6 November 2013
The investor-state dispute settlement included in the proposed deal is a scandal – and it shouldn’t be blamed on ‘Brussels’ David Martin / Theguardian.com
Before negotiations have even started, the proposed trade deal between the EU and United States has been heralded as a game-changer: an unprecedented stimulus package for the European economy, a shot across the bow for
During November 5 – 7 leaders of the global corporate accountability movement will gather in Bangkok for the ESCR-Net Peoples’ Forum on Human Rights & Business.
Source: iisd.org / November 4, 2013