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After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

Fuente: Tni.org

PRESS RELEASE: Indonesia for Global Justice – Both ENDS – Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) – Transnational Institute (TNI) 24 March 2014

Last week, the Indonesian government announced that it will terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the Netherlands. With this move, Indonesia joins the growing number of countries concerned about the excessive corporate rights enshrined in investment agreements.

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Indonesia indicates intention to terminate all of its bilateral investment treaties?

Source: Bilaterals.org 24-March-2014

Lexology | March 20 2014

This news is now confirmed by VP Boediono

Indonesia indicates intention to terminate all of its bilateral investment treaties?

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Craig Tevendale and Vanessa Naish

According to the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that it has decided to terminate the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the two nations from 1

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Obama’s on his way to Brussels to negotiate a ‘Polluters Pact’

Source: TTIP2014.eu

24 March 2014

TTIP a genuine threat to our environment, and our democracy. It’s time to stop this polluters’ pact in its tracks, before it’s too late.

Keith Taylor, MEP, European Green/EFA Group

Across Europe, anti-fracking campaigns have been picking up momentum. Yet this movement could soon be spectacularly crushed.

From Romania to Poland to the UK, local uprisings amongst affected communities

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Investor treaties in trouble

Source: Thestar.com.my

March 24, 2014

By Martin Khor

Several countries are reviewing these agreements, prompted by the number of cases brought by foreign companies who claim that changes in government policies affect their future profits.

THE tide is turning against investment treaties that allow foreign investors to take up cases against host governments and claim compensation of up to billions of dollars.

Indonesia has

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ECUADOR MOVES FORWARD IN FTA NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION UNDER THE NAME ‘MULTIPARTY AGREEMENT’

Source: Ecuadordecidenotlc.blogspot.com

The second round of the FTA with the EU was announced for the 24th March in the city of Manta on the Ecuadorian coast.

As the negotiations move forward the contradictions are ever clearer and the questions from the social movements remain unanswered.

In statements featured in the newspaper Ecuador Inmediato on the 21st of March this year, the European External Action

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Trading Away Democracy

Source: Fpif.org

By Andrew Erwin, March 21, 2014.

Far from simply removing tariffs, the proposed “free trade” agreement between the United States and the European Union undermines representative democracy.

A proposed U.S.-EU “free-trade” agreement is much less about reducing tariffs and more about weakening the power of average citizens to defend themselves against corporate labor and environmental abuses. (Flickr: Global2000 / Flickr)

Earlier

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New Study Shows Dangers of Trade Agreements that Help Corporations Sue Governments

Source: Triplecrisis.com

March 18, 2014

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

As the Obama administration negotiates new trade agreements with European and Pacific nations, a battle has emerged over the agreements’ egregious rules that grant giant corporations unreasonable powers to subvert democracy. These rules, dubbed “investor rights” by the corporations, allow firms to sue governments over actions—including public interest regulations—that reduce the value of their

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Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining / OceanaGold in El Salvador

Source: Ips-dc.org

Released March 18, 2014

Contributors include Robin Broad, John Cavanagh, Manuel Perez-Rocha.

A new study debunks eight falsehoods the mining corporation OceanaGold has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.

Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining, recently acquired by Australian-Canadian firm OceanaGold, has been trying to access gold deposits in northern El Salvador for close to a

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Europeans prepare for war against U.S. and Canadian FTAs

Source: Canadians.org

March 18, 2014

By Stuart Trew

[Photo: Mike Dolan of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters addresses a crowd of 350 anti-TTIP protesters outside the European Commission in Brussels, March 13, 2014]

When Canadian politicians go to Europe it’s often to sell them something they don’t want to buy.

Like Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s northern development minister, who told a WTO appeals body meeting

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Multilateral investment disciplines: Don’t forget the GATS!

Source: Vcc.columbia.edu

Columbia FDI Perspectives

Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment

No. 117, March 17, 2014 Editor-in-Chief: Karl P. Sauvant (Karl.Sauvant@law.columbia.edu) Managing Editor: Shawn Lim (shawnlwk@gmail.com)

 

Multilateral investment disciplines: Don’t forget the GATS!

by Rudolf Adlung*

 

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” 

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Sign the petition to candidates running in the 2014 European elections: Stop the TTIP and CETA!

Source: Bilaterals.org

6-March-2014

TTIP unfairhandelbar | 6 March 2014

Common Welfare over Economic Interests: Stop the TTIP and CETA!

A message for candidates running in the 2014 European Parliament elections

At the moment, the European Union is negotiating with the United States of America and Canada the terms of far-reaching trade and investment agreements (TTIP and CETA).

1. As public citizens, we

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Are European leaders about to give corporations the power to overrule our laws?

Source: Action.sumofus.org

“Stop negotiating the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and don’t give corporations the power to overturn our laws through “investor-state dispute settlement”.

Sign the petition to European leaders

Right now, Europe and the USA are negotiating a huge corporate power grab affecting literally millions of European and American citizens.

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is called a “trade treaty”. But

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How corporations and lawyers are scavenging profits from Europe’s crisis countries

Source: Tni.org

7 March 2014

By Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt

Corporations, backed by lawyers, use international investment agreements to scavenge for profits by suing Europe’s crisis countries. While speculators making risky investments are protected, ordinary people have no such protection and – through harsh austerity policies – are being stripped of basic social rights.

Profiting from Crisis (pdf, 943KB)

Press release

Executive summaries in

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TAKE ACTION NOW & MAKE A SUBMISSION

Source: Peter-whish-wilson.greensmps.org.au

14 Mar 2014

By Peter Whish-Wilson

The purpose of the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions. The Bill has been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation committee for inquiry.

If you have concerns with ISDS and support protecting Australian laws by banning ISDS,

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The Trojan Horse in Our Secretive Trade Agreements

Source: Scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au

By Scott Ludlam

There is growing concern and resistance in Australian and international communities around secretive global trade negotiations designed to push the profits of vested interests and give corporations more power over sovereign nations and domestic regulations. Leaked chapters from the massive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations provide clear and chilling examples of the negotiated intent to give new modern

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U.S. Chamber defends investor-state provision in TTIP

March 12, 2014

By Doug Palmer

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged U.S. and European Union negotiators to include an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in a proposed free-trade agreement despite concerns raised by labor, environmental and public interest groups about the impact of the measure on government regulation.

“After three years of intense discussion, including all stakeholders, the Obama administration decided that

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On the Wrong Side of Globalization

Source: Opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

March 15, 2014

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

Trade agreements are a subject that can cause the eyes to glaze over, but we should all be paying attention. Right now, there are trade proposals in the works that threaten to put most Americans on the wrong side of globalization.

The conflicting views about the agreements are actually tearing at the fabric of the

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Citizens turn up the volume on troubled TTIP negotiations

Source: Corporateeurope.org

March 10-14th saw the latest round of the highly controversial EU-US free trade negotiations take place in Brussels. But while the industry’s 50 leading CEO’s, known collectively as the European Roundtable of Industrialists, proclaimed it their responsibility to ensure the deal was passed ‘with as little noise as possible’, citizens from both sides of the Atlantic had other, rather noisy (and sometimes

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NO FRACKING WAY | How the EU-US trade deal risks expanding fracking in Europe and the US | news release [2014]

Source: Vimeo.com

de SourcedTV

A trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the EU could open the way to multi-billion euro lawsuits from companies wanting to expand “fracking” for shale gas and oil, reveals a new report today. As part of the proposed investor rights chapter in the EU-US trade deal, companies could be allowed to sue governments, through a binding arbitration

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Civil society call for full transparency in EU-US trade negotiations

Source: Corporateeurope.org

March 14th 2014 International trade

Together with 26 networks and organisations, Corporate Europe Observatory has today launched a joint civil society call for transparency in the TTIP negotiations. The call is directed to European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and is asking for the full disclosure of all negotiation texts as well as pro-active lobby transparency. It is open for more civil

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EU concerns about investment in Canada trade deal: More reason to include leaked CETA text in review of investor-state dispute settlement

Source: Canadians.org

March 14, 2014 Joint Media Release

PowerShift (Germany) / The Council of Canadians (Canada)

Brussels, 14 March 2014 – New analysis of a controversial leaked investment chapter from the ongoing Canada-EU trade negotiations has prompted the European Commission to rethink key investor rights language in the treaty. German and Canadian civil society groups say this proves the need for the Commission to

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Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag

Source: Ttip2014.eu

14 March 2014

By Shawn Donnan in Brussels and Stefan Wagstyl in Berlin

The Financial Times has learned that Germany wants ISDS out of the agreement

Germany has introduced a stumbling block to landmark EU-US trade negotiations by insisting that any pact must exclude a contentious dispute settlement provision.

The “investor-state dispute settlement” mechanism, or ISDS, would allow private investors to sue governments if

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Brics are rethinking costs of bilateral investment treaties

Source: Ft.com

March 12, 2014

From Mr Kavaljit Singh.

Sir, Robert Zoellick’s assertion that China can advance internal reforms through proposed bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with the US and the EU is unconvincing (“International treaties can once again help China advance”, Comment, March 11).

See more here (copy and paste the link)

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New Report Reveals Environmental Costs of North American Free Trade Agreement

Source: Content.sierraclub.org

Environmental Damages Underscore Risks of Unfair Trade Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Contact: Dan Byrnes, 202-495-3039 or daniel.byrnes@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — A massive free trade deal went into effect 20 years ago and has had very harmful effects on communities and the environment in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, according to a report released today. January 1, 1994 marked the first day of

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NAFTA Report Warns Of Trade Deal Environmental Disasters

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

03/11/2014

By Michael McAuliff mike.mcauliff@huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON — A report due to be released Tuesday aims to offer an object lesson to President Barack Obama: Free trade deals have high costs in unintended consequences for the environment, people’s way of life, and local sovereignty.

The report by the Sierra Club and other groups in Canada and Mexico, released on the 20th anniversary of

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