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The ‘new’ TPP and our shrinking democracy
Profit is king. People are the pawns, and the Government will seem to be in favour of supra-national conglomerates if it signs this “new” TPP inclusive of the ISDS.
Sacrificing sovereignty and human potential in the name of economic growth
Why are countries so gripped in their quest for economic growth that they are empowering multinational corporations at the expense of their citizens?
Towards a peoples charter on international trade agreements
It is now time we open up the dialogue on the kind of trade agreements that we want to see in place.
The Tory trade bill would usher in the worst bits of TTIP – it must be stopped
This legislation for post-Brexit Britain is not just bad law, it’s dangerous, allowing for deals without parliamentary scrutiny.
A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right
We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.
Neoliberal Argentina bans NGOs from WTO summit in last-minute ’unprecedented’ move
"The government may prevent us from coming to Buenos Aires, but they won’t stop us from mobilizing our local communities," said one organizer whose visa was denied.
A tale of two transparencies: why the EU and activists will always disagree over trade deal negotiations
Activists are keen to see what is happening in detail throughout the negotiations, not just some top-level view at the start, or the initial textual proposals for each chapter, but nothing afterwards.
Ten principles for trade
The current global trade and investment regime imposes high social and environmental costs on people and planet.
EU court slams EU Commission for blocking anti-TTIP movement
The General Court of the European Union passed a ruling in support of public initiatives critical of EU legislation. The court said that movements like "Stop TTIP" could contribute to public debates on pressing issues.
Why are my highly educated friends so ignorant about trade?
Local Futures’ Isabel Marlens discusses why many people know so little about trade issues, and what can be done about it.
Free trade agreements not the great deal we’ve been sold
Australian governments of late seem only to listen to the din of money as though that equates with national interest.
Tafta : la souveraineté kidnappée
Jusqu’où peut-on pousser la logique du libre-échange ?
Italy to block democratic vote on CETA for 500 million Europeans, according to leaked letter
Italian minister claims credibility of EU as a "reliable trade partner" is at stake.
Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA): Consumers International makes urgent call for greater transparency in negotiations
As the 18th round of negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) starts on May 26th, consumer organisations are making an urgent call for greater transparency.
The need for a Southern Observatory on transnational investment
The objective of the Observatory is to become a forum for the objective settlement of investment disputes with transnational corporations.
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
Where neoliberal policies cannot be imposed domestically, they are imposed internationally, through trade treaties.
Mozilla, EFF, and Creative Commons call for more openness in trade negotiations
Browser maker Mozilla, digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Creative Commons have called for more openness in global trade agreements.
What I didn’t read in the TTIP reading room
Katja Kipping was one of the first German MPs to gain access to the new TTIP reading room opened in Berlin, and she has written up a report of her experience.
TTIP transparency ’farce’ as Germany opens MP reading room
German MPs will be granted restricted access to documents from secret EU-US trade negotiations. Access to the documents will only be possible under supervision.
TPP protesters alarmed by corruption, urge leaders not to sign
Bribery allegations against Japan’s lead TPP negotiator have sparked public concerns that corruption may have influenced the corporate-friendly deal.