Source: Theconversation.com / By Pat Ranald / October 20, 2014
Source: Theconversation.com / By Pat Ranald / October 20, 2014
October 11, 2014
Protections for foreign investors are not the horror critics claim, but they could be improved.
GOODBYE to the European Union’s environmental protections. Goodbye to Britain’s National Health Service. Goodbye, for that matter, to the ability of voters in sovereign, democratic states to determine the sort of country they would like to live in. These things are all doomed, thanks
October 11, 2014
Governments are souring on treaties to protect foreign investors
IF YOU wanted to convince the public that international trade agreements are a way to let multinational companies get rich at the expense of ordinary people, this is what you would do: give foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for
Source: Mobile.bloomberg.com / By Brian Parkin and Rainer Buergin / Octubre 08, 2014
Source: Asil.org / By Caitlin Behles / October 3, 2014
Source: Cbc.ca / September 26, 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
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..”
By Pamela Constable September 15
Calling gold mining a scourge on the environment of El Salvador, a group of protesters rallied Monday outside the World Bank in the District, where a tribunal is discussing the
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 Mining at
September 18, 2014 Joint Media Release
(Ottawa) On Thursday, a group of Ottawa-based organizations wrote a letter urging the Australian High Commissioner to work with the Australian government and pressure Melbourne-based OceanaGold to drop its $301 million lawsuit against El Salvador. Hearings on the suit began this week at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington.
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
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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September 29, 2014
I spent ten days in El Salvador this September representing the Council of Canadians on an international delegation examining metallic mining and how it affects communities. During the trip several events highlighted El Salvador’s struggle to remain a truly democratic and independent nation.
On September 15, which marked almost 200 years of independence for El Salvador, people were in
(Ottawa and Montreal, September 25, 2014)- Within one day of the opening of the Canada-European Union Summit to be held in Ottawa, over a hundred social organizations on both sides of the Atlantic are launching a joint statement denouncing the outrageous democratic deficit that surrounds the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, and
Robin Broad and John Cavanagh
On September 15, in a tribunal that few know exists, the fate of millions of people and hundreds of millions of dollars will be debated and decided in the next six months.
The tribunal is the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). It sits in downtown Washington, D.C., behind security guards at the World
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.
An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will
By Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, September 23, 2014
For miners, investors, and artisans, few things are more precious than gold. But for human life itself, nothing is more precious
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
BY 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
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
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!”
World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute Source: Ipsnews.net / by Carey L. Biron / September 16 2014
Open letter to OceanaGold Source: Blueplanetproject.net / September 10, 2014
Protesters in D.C. ask
22 September 2014
The communities of San Jose Las Flores, Chalatenango state, declared their territory the first one “free of mining” in El Salvador.
More than 99 percent of the communities voted against
September 26 2014
Just hours before Canada and the European Union released the long-awaited final text of a free trade pact, German officials visiting Ottawa delivered a blunt and unwelcome message: The deal must be changed.
In an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail in Ottawa, senior German official Uwe Beckmeyer said sections of the deal allowing private companies to sue governments –
September 25, 2014
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This report demonstrates in detail how the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal is unbalanced, favouring large multinational corporations at the expense of consumers, the environment, and the greater public interest.
This international study, involving experts from Canada and the EU, is the first independent analysis of the
September 26, 2014
The European Commission and Canada have unveiled the details of a new trade liberalisation agreement.
Under the deal almost all customs tariffs will be eliminated and markets for services will be opened up.
But the agreement still needs approval from the EU parliament and faces particular
Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed Source: Cbc.ca / September 26, 2014
Germany puts CETA free trade deal with Canada on hold Source: Dw.de / September 22, 2014
Collection of materials analyzing the environmental and health implications of trade and investment and the activities of governments and corporations at the international level Source: Cela.ca
Investor State Dispute Settlement dominates CETA debate
UPDATE: Thanks to public pressure from people like you, the Canadian government has finally released the text of CETA. But there
23 September 2014
The EU and Ecuador are publishing the documents of their trade agreement, which will see Ecuador joining the EU’s existing accord with Colombia and Peru. Both the EU and Ecuador are currently carrying out a legal revision of the texts, after which the necessary administrative and legal steps will be taken to approve Ecuador’s accession to, and application of,
September 22, 2014
Facing sustained criticism of free trade and investor protection treaties CETA and TTIP between the EU, Canada and the USA, the German government now wants to delay approval of CETA. But a delay isn’t a rejection.
A free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union that was agreed in principle in August appears to have been put on
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The Trade and Development Report 2014: Global Governance and Policy Space for Development examines recent trends in the global economy, with a focus on growth, trade and commodity prices.
The Report highlights that, six years after the onset of the global economic and financial crisis, the world economy has not yet established a new sustainable growth
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
17 September 2014
MEPs raise doubts on whether Canadian deal will pass Parliament scrutiny in 2015.
A late plenary debate on CETA last night in Strasbourg was dominated by questions over the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) with MEPs claiming that the Commission has ignored the concerns of the public around the mechanism, and warning that it would have a difficult time
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