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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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Australia: ISDS: The devil in the trade deal

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

How Greens in One German State Threaten Euro-Canada Trade Deal

Source: Thetyee.ca

Resistance to CETA sprouts over investor rights vs. government power.

By Andrea Rexer, 12 Sep 2014

The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands in western Germany, is governed by a coalition of Greens and Social Democrats.

The survival of the new trade deal hammered out in secret between Canada and the European Union is threatened by opposed Green politicians

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Comment: Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal

Source: Politics.co.uk

12 September 2014

By John Hilary

There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.

This is exactly what has just happened, as the European Commission has announced that it will not allow a European

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Open letter to OceanaGold

Source: Blueplanetproject.net

September 10, 2014

Jim Askew, Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Wilkes, Managing Director and CEO

We are writing in solidarity with the people of El Salvador demanding that OceanaGold and its subsidiary, Pac Rim Cayman, immediately withdraw their $301 million claim at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against El Salvador. The people of El Salvador have

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Groups demand Canadian mining company drop suit against El Salvador

Source: Rabble.ca

September 10, 2014

By John Bonnar

Click here to see more photos from the rally.

At a rally Wednesday, organizations from Canada, El Salvador and around the world confronted Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, whose subsidiary is suing El Salvador for $301 million (USD).

Listen to speeches from the rally. Speakers included Maude Barlow – Council of Canadians, Raul Burbano – Fommon Frontiers,

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

Source: KelvinThomsonMP / September 4, 2014

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

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 / by Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School / August 27, 2014

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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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

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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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

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

Source: Medium.com / August 5, 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

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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German television show leaks CETA, Council of Canadians says deal will not survive public scrutiny

Source: Canadians.org

August 13, 2014 Media Availability

The Council of Canadians is pleased that the Canada-EU trade deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has seen the light of day after German television show Tagesschau provided the full text online this afternoon.

“Throughout the process, this agreement and its devastating impacts have been kept locked away from legislators and the public, shielded from a democratic

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Secret Details of Canada-EU Pact Prompt Scrutiny

Source: Thestar.com

While still secret here, details of sweeping free-trade deal are emerging from Europe.

By: Les Whittington Ottawa Bureau reporter, Published on Wed Aug 13 2014

DRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTOStephen Harper, who last fall signed a tentative agreement on CETA, is expected to host a Canada-EU summit next month in Ottawa to officially approve the version of the pact that is

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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