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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:06 pm    Post subject: TTIP/CETA/TPP Reply with quote

Like TTIP, CETA needs to be combatted:

'Tell your MEP to stop CETA’s denial of democracy!':
http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1819&ea.campaign.i d=53889

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Published on 28 Aug 2016
Negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Trade talks between the U.S. and the European Union have failed.


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https://youtu.be/qAT9uu6WuUc

The German economy minister says he believes the TTIP talks have failed although nobody has admitted it. Sigmar Gabriel says the two sides have held 14 rounds of talks, but have failed to agree on even one single common chapter during the negotiations. The two sides have been discussing 27 chapters since 2013 when the talks started. The TTIP has faced significant opposition from European companies, organizations and farmers. Opponents of any such deal further increased after Greenpeace published over 200 pages of the preliminary text of the deal back in May.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ8Mo...

The Court That Rules The World
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation.
Chris Hamby BuzzFeed News Reporter
posted on Aug. 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Imagine a private, global super court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will.
Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.
Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”
And imagine that the penalties this court has imposed have been so crushing — and its decisions so unpredictable — that some nations dare not risk a trial, responding to the mere threat of a lawsuit by offering vast concessions, such as rolling back their own laws or even wiping away the punishments of convicted criminals.
This system is already in place, operating behind closed doors in office buildings and conference rooms in cities around the world. Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, it is written into a vast network of treaties that govern international trade and investment, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress must soon decide whether to ratify.
These trade pacts have become a flashpoint in the US presidential campaign. But an 18-month BuzzFeed News investigation, spanning three continents and involving more than 200 interviews and tens of thousands of documents, many of them previously confidential, has exposed an obscure but immensely consequential feature of these trade treaties, the secret operations of these tribunals, and the ways that business has co-opted them to bring sovereign nations to heel.
The BuzzFeed News investigation explores four different aspects of ISDS. In coming days, it will show how the mere threat of an ISDS case can intimidate a nation into gutting its own laws, how some financial firms have transformed what was intended to be a system of justice into an engine of profit, and how America is surprisingly vulnerable to suits from foreign companies......
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, the EU-Canada trade deal CETA suffered a historical setback, as European Union governments failed to sign it off at the Foreign Affairs Council of Europe.

CETA spells disaster for our environment, it creates a nightmare for governments, national and local, resisting privatisation and it gives corporations the right to sue governments in special courts, which are solely for big business to sue elected governments.

Today, after the one hour meeting lasted for four hours, no agreement was made and the deal is currently on ‘hold’. We are determined to keep up the pressure to give us every chance of defeating this corporate power grab.

Please contact your MEPs and ask them to take a stand against CETA:
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/?_ga=1.257884556.608089314.1476807921

Doubtlessly the bureaucrats in Brussels will be working round the clock to ensure a deal can be agreed soon, and we don’t expect this to be the end of the story.

But an end is a distinct possibility. If not with today’s Council meeting, then in the European parliament.

Please help this vital campaign today by emailing your MEP

Many thanks

Guy Taylor
Campaigner at Global Justice Now

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, the EU-Canada trade deal CETA suffered a historical setback, as European Union governments failed to sign it off at the Foreign Affairs Council of Europe.

CETA spells disaster for our environment, it creates a nightmare for governments, national and local, resisting privatisation and it gives corporations the right to sue governments in special courts, which are solely for big business to sue elected governments.

Today, after the one hour meeting lasted for four hours, no agreement was made and the deal is currently on ‘hold’. We are determined to keep up the pressure to give us every chance of defeating this corporate power grab.

Please contact your MEPs and ask them to take a stand against CETA:
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/?_ga=1.257884556.608089314.1476807921

Doubtlessly the bureaucrats in Brussels will be working round the clock to ensure a deal can be agreed soon, and we don’t expect this to be the end of the story.

But an end is a distinct possibility. If not with today’s Council meeting, then in the European parliament.

Please help this vital campaign today by emailing your MEP

Many thanks

Guy Taylor
Campaigner at Global Justice Now

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From 'SumofUs':

''Massive Body Blow' for CETA as EU Trade Ministers Postpone Vote

"CETA is hitting the rocks because it is bad trade deal that only favors corporations," says Paul de Clerck of Friends of the Earth Europe
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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris, Warsaw, and Madrid on Saturday to protest the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA. Protesters in Poland are pictured here. (Photo: Reuters)

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the E.U. and Canada suffered yet another setback on Tuesday, as EU trade ministers postponed a decision on the trade deal due in large part to objections from Belgium's southern region of Wallonia.

The Associated Press reports that "Wallonia fears that its farmers will be priced out of the market with cheap Canadian produce and that many of the labor standards they fought for will be swept away."

Furthermore, AP added: "Many Walloons say the CETA deal with Canada will be a precursor for a similar deal with the United States, the so-called [TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP], which they fear will cut even further into their livelihoods and consumer and environmental standards."

As recently as last week, Wallonia's parliament voted to reject CETA—inviting what the region's Minister President Paul Magnette described as "barely disguised threats" from corporate and political entities supporting the deal.

And as the Council of Canadians pointed out, "it's not only Wallonia opposing CETA. German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel notes that Romania still has questions (regarding visa-free travel for its citizens to Canada). And it's possible that there might be other European Union countries, including Bulgaria and Slovenia, that are also reluctant [to] sign CETA."

Campaigners rejoiced as the trade deal—which has galvanized protests throughout Europe and Canada, including one on Tuesday outside the trade ministers' meeting—faltered.

"Never before in history has a trade deal experience[d] such difficulties in the EU council. Today CETA suffered a massive body blow and is now in perilous danger of joining TTIP on the scrapheap of failed corporate power grabs," said Guy Taylor, trade campaigner at Global Justice Now.

"CETA is hitting the rocks because it is [a] bad trade deal that only favors corporations," added Paul de Clerck, economic justice program coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe. "The Walloon government's persistence in backing public concerns is exemplary and we strongly support its refusal to sign CETA. We need a new trade policy for Europe that takes people's concerns into account and contributes to a more sustainable and equitable world."

Still, officials remained optimistic that the deal will be signed when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flies to Europe next week.

According to the AP:

EU Foreign Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said there was still time to overcome Belgian objections right up to "when the prime minister needs to book his tickets from Canada."

"We are not really there yet," she said. "But there is still time."

In turn, Taylor noted that CETA "isn't dead yet and we will be stepping up the campaign to protect our public services, our environment, and our democracy from this toxic deal."

And the Council of Canadians said it was "calling on the Canadian government and European Union member state governments to cancel the summit still scheduled to take place in Brussels on October 27. We are also calling on the Canadian government, EU officials and transnational corporations to stop their intense pressure on Wallonia to sign CETA and to listen to widely-held public concerns about the deal."

Follow the developments and protests under the hashtag #StopCETA

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'A UK-US trade deal is on the cards, and it’s poised to be the next big corporate power grab':
https://actions.sumofus.org/a/uk-us-trade-inquiry/?akid=27928.1189620. BGBX6v&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'A UK-US trade deal is on the cards, and it’s poised to be the next big corporate power grab':
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CETA means GMO's will be forced on us. So watch out for a post-Brexit Tory 'deal' with America and Canada.

'Health Dangers of GMOs; Europeans may suffer if CETA approved':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7GsSZ4yOz0&feature=youtu.be

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