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Sri Lanka-China to negotiate on FTA during Chinese President’s visit | 16-September-2014

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the island this week, the two sides will launch negotiations on a China-Sri Lanka free trade agreement.


Economist Jeffrey Sachs says NO to TPP and TAFTA trade deals | 16-September-2014

Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, lays out five reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement should not be passed or ratified.


The carrot, the stick, and the seeds: US development policy faces resistance in El Salvador | 16-September-2014

While the seeds dispute was an effective rallying point, social movements must confront the elephant in the room – CAFTA.


Government ‘ignoring’ plea not to sign EU-Colombia trade deal | 16-September-2014

Aid agencies and human rights groups want Ireland to stall on signing the EU free trade agreement with Colombia which they say will put that country’s oppressed agricultural communities in peril and undermine its fragile peace process.


Ven difícil que la UE avance en TLC con el Mercosur a corto plazo | 15-September-2014

Si bien los contactos técnicos entre los jefes de la negociación del Mercosur y la Unión Europea avanzan con la intensión de fijar un cronograma para proceder al intercambio de ofertas, fuentes de la (UE) explicaron a El Observador que dado que las nuevas autoridades de la Comisión Europea (CE) están asumiendo en sus cargos en noviembre, no habrá “grandes decisiones” en lo que resta de setiembre y octubre porque ahora se atraviesa un período de “transición”.


Colombia: Comercio sí, malos negocios no | 15-September-2014

La riqueza de los países y sus pueblos, en la mayoría de los casos, es el resultado de producir bienes agrícolas e industriales, y comercializarlos en los mercados internos y externos. Por eso, las naciones han promovido el intercambio de las mercancías, como mecanismo para disponer de una diversidad de productos. Pero ningún país que haya alcanzado la prosperidad, ha definido como forma de lograrlo la realización de malos negocios.


ISDS: The devil in the trade deal | 14-September-2014

A common provision allowing foreign investors to sue host governments has become a ticking time bomb inside trade agreements. Some countries are now refusing to agree to the provision and are questioning its legal legitimacy. Jess Hill investigates.


Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal | 12-September-2014

The European Commission’s decision to block a citizens’ initiative to challenge the secret trade talks it is holding with the US government is a slap in the face for the 230 civil society organisations that have lined up behind the initiative and the millions of European citizens they represent.


Harper OKs Canada-China foreign investment deal after lengthy delay | 12-September-2014

Sources tell CBC the federal government will quietly announce it is ratifying the investment treaty later this afternoon.


How Greens in one German state threaten Euro-Canada trade deal | 12-September-2014

The survival of the new trade deal hammered out in secret between Canada and the European Union is threatened by opposed Green politicians in Germany’s most populated state, writes Andrea Rexer.


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Key issues
  • The international implications of the Philip Morris branding battle in Uruguay | 20-September-2014
  • PSI Special Report: The Really Good Friends of Transnational Corporations Agreement | 17-September-2014
  • Les mouvements sociaux dénoncent l’emprise du secteur privé sur le Sommet sur le Climat de Ban Ki-moon | 17-September-2014
  • Social movements denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit | 17-September-2014
  • Strategy conversations: From protest to proposal – Launch of alternative proposal to the global investment regime | 14-September-2014
  • Conversaciones sobre estrategia: De la protesta a la propuesta. Una alternativa al régimen global de inversiones que otorga excesivos poderes a las corporaciones | 12-September-2014
  • recent multimedia

    Drafts and done deals
  • EU-Canada FTA (CETA) (complete leak, 11 Sep 2014) | 11-September-2014
  • EU-Canada FTA (CETA) (consolidated draft, 1 Aug 2014) | 13-August-2014
  • EU-ECOWAS EPA (draft, Feb 2014) | 13-August-2014
  • Japan-Iraq BIT (2012) | 30-July-2014
  • Japan-Mozambique BIT (2013) | 30-July-2014
  • EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft SPS chapter (June 2014) | 24-July-2014
  • Links
  • Stop TTIP-CETA-TiSA Day of Action 11Oct | 11-September-2014
  • TTIP-info-verkosto | 28-August-2014
  • TTIP-unfairhandelbar | 28-August-2014
  • TTIP Stoppen | 28-August-2014
  • #noTTIP | 28-August-2014
  • Education and TTIP | 31-July-2014

  • Comments
    Nuevo revés para Monsanto en Costa Rica | 19-September-2014
    César Zamora: Siempre se confunde lo que significa adquirir la exclusividad, sobre lo que una persona desarrolla con la autorización para comercializar. La siembra de transgénicos en Guatemala está prohibida, excepto cuando es para investigació ...
    EU must tear up association agreement with Israel | 13-September-2014
    Bernard K. Gordon: A very misguided comment was posted on your site, recommending that the EU-Israel trade agreement be "torn up." As many, many long and directly-experienced American commentators have pointed out, the record of Hamas during the Israel/Hamas ...
    Bilateral Investment Treaty to lure US companies to India, says expert | 12-September-2014
    Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah: It is a myth that investment treaties attract foreign investment. There are no studies which conclusively prove this assumption. What we know is that the existing Indian BITs have enabled disgruntled investors to bring arbitrations against India. Th ...
    US dairy groups oppose Canadian market access restrictions | 9-September-2014
    Harvey Dann: I read with great interest your article on cheese imports into Canada. It is unfortunate that this happened for everyone concerned. Perhaps everyone needs to take a look at COOL (Country of Origin Labelling) and how some segments of your industry an ...
    US back ECOWAS’ efforts to attain borderless trade status | 4-September-2014
    Rosi DeJean: The overall evidence of free trade has failed to support economic development in any of the countries under the Free Trade Act. The evidence has supported a rise in poverty in those regions, especially reviewing the Caribbean islands (Haiti, Jamaica ...
    Government moves to protect rooibos in EU — eight years on | 4-September-2014
    JACK: FINALLY Someone gets some Backbone
    Guatemalan court suspends "Monsanto Law" | 4-September-2014
    chantal theroux: Wow!!you impress me people of guatemala!!here in canada we think that you are a very intelligent nation don't let them take a your land and poisonne it!!! Lots of love keep fighting!!!!:)
    S&D Group president Gianni Pittella: "We oppose ISDS mechanism in EU-Canada trade deal" | 1-September-2014
    read: So, states should be allowed to inflict multi-billion dollar fines on corporations trough state institutions and courts, but corporations should not be allowed to sue governments for expropriation, backward-enforced laws and other populist transgres ...
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