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The Network for Justice in Global Investment is a joint effort by citizens and organizations in a variety of countries to challenge one of the most anti-democratic aspects of the global economic order – the rules governing international investment. Read More.

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Inside a secret hearing at a foreign tribunal, El Salvador awaits a verdict

Source: Politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org

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

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COMPILATION OF NEWS FROM THE PROTESTS IN THE US AGAINST ICSID AND OCEANGOLD, AND FROM OTHER INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIONS WITH EL SALVADOR

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

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Salvadorean Municipality Bans Mining Projects in Its Territory

Source: Telesurtv.net

22 September 2014

The communities of San Jose Las Flores, Chalatenango state, declared their territory the first one “free of mining” in El Salvador.

Pacific Ri/Oceana Gold is suing the Salvadoran state at the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), attached to the World Bank, claiming over US$300,000. (Photo: AFP)

More than 99 percent of the communities voted against

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German opposition clouds Friday’s ceremonies for Canada-EU trade pact

Source: Theglobeandmail.com

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 –

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Making Sense of the CETA An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Source: Policyalternatives.ca

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

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EU and Canada set out trade agreement

Source: Bbc.com

September 26, 2014

The Canada-EU trade pact could boost trade by $20bn a year

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

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COMPILATION OF OTHER NEWS ON CETA

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

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TAKE ACTION – Time for a real debate on CETA

Source: Canadians.org

UPDATE: Thanks to public pressure from people like you, the Canadian government has finally released the text of CETA. But there

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EU and Ecuador publish text of trade agreement

Source: Trade.ec.europa.eu

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,

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Germany puts CETA free trade deal with Canada on hold

Source: Dw.de

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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Trade and Development Report, 2014

Source: Unctad.org

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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

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Public services unions open new trade agreements to public debate

Source: World-psi.org

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

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Investor State Dispute Settlement dominates CETA debate in Strasbourg

Source: Ttip2014.eu

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

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Protesters back El Salvador for denying gold mining permit

Source: Af.reuters.com

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

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World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute

Source: Ipsnews.net

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Sep 16 2014 (IPS) - A multilateral arbitration panel here began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador.

An Australian mining company, OceanaGold, is suing the Salvadoran government for refusing to grant it a gold-mining permit that has been pending for much of the past decade.

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Teamsters, Global Public Sector Trade Unions Warn Of Consequences Of Trade Policies

Source: Teamster.org

September 16, 2014

Trade Deals’ Negative Impact on Public Sector Jobs Highlighted

(WASHINGTON) – Meeting with global leaders of public sector unions, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and officials from Public Services International (PSI) discussed the growing concerns about the effects of public service trade policies as part of a public trade policy summit held today at Teamsters headquarters.

“Trade agreements

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Fracking for energy independence? Not under TTIP

Source: Contributoria.com

September, 2014

By Clare Speak

As public resistance to fracking grows across Europe and North America, it’s becoming easier to imagine that the unpopular practice, pushed by our politicians as the key to energy independence and cheaper fuel bills, will never really become widespread.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is banned outright in Germany and heavily restricted in other European countries. Bulgaria,

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Shortcomings in Dutch Government study on Investor – State Arbitration

Source: Vrijschrift.org

September 4. 2014

In December 2013 the Dutch Parliament asked the government for a study on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the proposed EU – US trade agreement (TTIP). Vrijschrift compared the resulting study by Tietje, Baetens and Ecorys with a European Commission consultation document and a Statement of Concern published by over 110 scholars. Below the summary of the Vrijschrift note. See also, in Dutch, a Vrijschrift letter to the Dutch

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More Philip Morris Style Cases Is The Very Point Of The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

Source: Forbes.com

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By Tim Worstall August 13, 2014 The World Development Movement (WDM) has got itself into a bit of a tizzy over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. They’re running a campaign to stop it being signed but they’re rather failed to understand the point of the agreement in the first place. They’re complaining that the agreement will protect

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Statement on the historic Resolution of the UNHRC on a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Source: Stopcorporateimpunity.org

September, 2014

On the occasion of the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights on 16 - 18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity of TNCs, brings to the attention of participants to the historic June 2014 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution which mandated the establishment of an Inter-Governmental Working Group (IGWG)

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ALP and Greens MPs reject Korea Free Trade Agreement after Parliamentary Committee review

Source: Aftinet.org.au

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.

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Outside the World Bank protesters dispute mining and water pollution in El Salvador

Source: Hispaniclinkdc.org

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

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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

14 September 2014

Image: US President Barack Obama with the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaders at a meeting held in Honolulu in November 2011. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

A common provision allowing foreign investors to sue host governments has become a ticking time bomb inside trade agreements like the soon to be signed Trans Pacific Partnership. Some countries are now refusing to agree to

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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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