Source: Stopcorporateimpunity.org / September, 2014
The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties issued conflicting reports in its review of the Korea Australia Free Trade agreement (KAFTA), which were tabled in Parliament on August 4, 2014.
The government has a majority on the committee, so it is no surprise that the majority report, although critical of aspects of KAFTA, recommends that Parliament should pass legislation to implement the agreement.
September 15, 2014
By Vanessa Hornedo Hispanic Link News Service
WASHINGTON — A case being heard behind the doors of the World Bank may decide whether millions living in El Salvador may be forced to find a way to survive without a drinkable water source.
In the case, which held its first hearing Monday in Washington, members of the World Bank Group’s
By Latin Times | Sep 15 2014
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
Source: Abc.net.au / September 14, 2014 (Find more information about Australia here)
Resistance to CETA sprouts over investor rights vs. government power.
By Andrea Rexer, 12 Sep 2014
The survival of the new trade deal hammered out in secret between Canada and the European Union is threatened by opposed Green politicians
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
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
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,
“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.
Source: KelvinThomsonMP / September 4, 2014
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
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
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
Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 28, 2014
Brussels, 28 August 2014
European Commission – IP/14/951 28/08/2014
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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
Source: Kluwerarbitrationblog.com / by Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School / August 27, 2014
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
Progress has been made in the last month in the process of Bolivia’s incorporation to MERCOSUR.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
Source: IP Observatory / August 10, 2014
Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 6, 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.
Source: Rollingstone.com / by Alexander Zaitchik / August 28, 2014
Source: Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / Aug 23, 2014
Source: Techdirt.com / by Glyn Moody / July 15, 2014
Source: Medium.com / August 5, 2014
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Source: Bjreview.com.cn / August 24, 2014
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
18 August 14
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
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
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
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