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Colombia: FTA negotiations with Japan continue | 17-September-2014

The seventh round of Economic Partnership Agreement talks, which aim at achieving an FTA between Colombia and Japan by 2015, are taking place this week in the Japanese capital.


New treaty allows China to sue Canada to change its laws | 16-September-2014

Despite public outcry, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, ratified a controversial treaty on Friday that will allow China to sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal Canadian laws that interfere with Chinese investments.


European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement | 16-September-2014

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Tuesday in Strasbourg. At the same time, the Agreement was also ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev.


Minister: Australia’s “food bowl of Asia” no threat to Chinese farmers | 16-September-2014

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is touring China in a bid to assuage local farmers’ fears over Australia’s ambition to be the “food bowl of Asia” as the two countries attempt to reach a conclusion to talks over a free-trade agreement.


Indonesia fishermen to suffer more under Asean Economic Community | 16-September-2014

Indonesian fishermen will suffer more when the ASEAN Economic Community is implemented in 2015, the environmentalist organization Walhi said.


Kenya: Civil society raises concerns over EAC-EU trade deal | 16-September-2014

Kenya Human Rights Commission and others demand extension of September 30 deadline to sign the pending trade deal between the East African Community and EU on the grounds that failure to reach agreement will hurt half a million horticultural workers, mostly women.


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.


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Key issues
  • Ces entreprises qui attaquent des Etats en justice | 23-September-2014
  • Gold Reserve says awarded $740.3 mln in Venezuela Brisas arbitration | 23-September-2014
  • Australia: Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses | 22-September-2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • RQIC | 22-September-2014
  • 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

  • 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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