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    Does this NAFTA judicial panel allow reporters in to these hearings? How could someone like me (from far away from Toronto) get info on the final ruling? Is there a contact person please?

    Evert-Jan Brouwer:

    The link to IFPRI’s discussion paper does not work. Can you provide the correct link?


    @Garrett Workman, we also filed a freedom of information request at the USTR. This is where we obtained the information mentioned in the article. Before release these documents were redacted by the FOIA team to prevent making any information public where (quote) "disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."


    I’m not sure how an EU Freedom of Information Act request gave you access to my private communications with USTR, but I feel this is a violation of my "fundamental right" to data privacy.


    Uno de los artículos sobre el TTIP más completos y claros que he leído en los últimos meses.

    Quizá le añadiría algún ejemplo real más de las consecuencias que tienen los tratados ya firmados, para que se viera que la oposición a estos tratados no se basan en artificios o ideológicos, sino en realidades contundentes y demostrables.

    Lily Habash:

    I think this is a very important milestone in EU position vis a vis settlement products, but we have to have a very realistic reading of the EU decision and manage our expectations from the Commission. The decision is neither calling for a boycott nor sanctions, and does not seem to go into that direction. Rather, it is a sort of an awareness tool for the European consumer and leaves the implementation of any measures to the discretion of the country level decision maker. It has no legally binding mechanism!

    It will take a strong effort to make the shift in position at the decision making level in the commission from one side, and also work on better standards for Palestinian export oriented products from the other. The EU market is highly competitive and there is a need to revise the current list of Palestinian products to enter into EU within the current trade arrangments. We also need to see how we can compete with the listed "Israeli settlement labeled products provided by the EU decision". For example, are they the same as the Palestinian list or not), this is in addition to making a comparative assessment of competiteveness of Palestinian products with imports from other European and non-European countries that have trade agreements with the EU.

    Ronald S Osborne:

    The NAFTA trade deal has been a disaster for the so called middle class and indeed most workers In the USA as well as Canada.
    The TPP will only cap that off It is a myth that trade deals "create " jobs totally untrue Trade deals actually destroy good family supporting jobs AND of course the taxes those people pay.. Rather strange "destroy tax paying jobs then giving to corporations who are good at avoiding taxes "
    There is little value in Trade deals for the vast majority of people which is of course MOST of us. The TPP will only add to that disaster

    Juergen Wimmer:

    How can the limitation and restriction (trade agreements) and catalogisation (licensing, patenting ...) of common ressources (public, nature, intellectual goods etc.),
    for the advantage of a few industrial leaders, owned by the private establishment prevent the already ongoing wealth (e.g. economy) and technology (e.g. automotive) drift from europe to asia?

    Fire can not be extinguished with fire, as well as it is hardly possible to limit and restrict ressources for the many to protect private prosperty.

    Sammie Galati:

    Thank you for clearly describing these difficult negotiations.

    Sheila Turnbull Reid:

    I feel betrayed in the confidence I had in Murray Rankin. He must answer this accusation to put his supporters at ease.

    I would like to know the NDP position on "trade agreements" such as CETA and TPP. Many of us understand that these agreements are a sell-out of our sovereignity. The fact that the trade agreement seems to carry more weight than the national laws is frightening. What will this mean for our First Nations people when they protest invasions of their territory; or for local markets when they want to give preference to local produce, or to CBC that is not making a profit....will it be privatized? How many jobs will we lose to foreign companies who want to cut costs and not deal with our local labour laws and environmental protection? There are so many questions to be asked but perhaps the most important is whether a new Canadian government will be able to back out of these agreements - and thereby save the country we know as Canada.

    I would appreciate an answer from Murray Rankin’s office. Thank you. Yours sincerely, Sheila Turnbull Reid

    David Jackson:

    The proposed Court System, like the TTIP itself, is a gross affront to democracy in Europe.

    We should all oppose these unjust anti-democratic proposals with all the peaceful power at our command.

    David Jackson:

    The proposed Court System, like the TTIP itself, is a gross affront to democracy in Europe.

    We should all oppose these unjust anti-democratic proposals with all the peaceful power at our command.

    dave zdril:

    The Russian supreme court recently addressed the subject of corporations, ignoring their country’s soverntry and laws.The court concluded that it was hog wash and that corporation have to abide by the laws of the land.. This, I would say, would be the outcome also if challenged in the Canadian supreme court also, if for no other reason than it’s PIGHEADED FASCISM.


    Hi there. No, it’s not - the post has been filled. Sorry!


    Is this opening job still available?

    Best regards

    didier raymond :

    c’est un attrappe couillon , les états unis veulent juste prendre les marchés Européens sans contrepartie !!!
    et de toutes façons pour un accord de cette importance les états doivent " obligatoirement " le faire valider par leurs populations par référendum dans chaque état !!!, sinon les populations se souleveront contre leurs pouvoirs poitiques !!!


    Thanks for finally talking about > :: Across the board : : elobuddy

    Mary ALEXIS:

    Mesdames et messieurs,
    Face à la montée endémique du chômage, et des non respects des votes des citoyens européens, vous vous étonnez que les citoyens deviennent zénophoques, vous avez crée un royaume européen ,où seul le DIEU argent , le veau d’or gouverne en dépit du respect de ceux, de même en France, nous avons coupé les têtes de nos rois, aujourd’hui le combat est multiple car nous avons 28 têtes de petits roitelets à couper.
    Vous décidez pour les peuples en dépit du bon sens, avec vos lobbyings financiers, vous jetez les vassaux dehors, et vous voulez nous rendre heureux malgré nous, tout est veau d’or et argent, les peuples ne comptent plus, le jour viendra où tous les peuples ensembles, créeront leur tribunal pénal international pour jeter les têtes de ces roiteletsn honte à vous mesdames et messieurs, ayez le courage de faire un débat , et donnez aux peuples la parole, vous verrez nous vous jugerons rapidement,HONTE A VOUS, mais le temps est en marche, nous ne voulons ni de votre TAFTA, ni de l’arbitrage d’investissement à vos DIEUX ARGENT et les VEAUX D’OR
    Les états membres fondateurs de la CE ont laissé une oeuvre, afin que les peuples européens ne se fassent plus la guerre, vous , vous arrivez avec vos condescendance et arrogance vous arrogez le droit de décider pour les peuples, avec nos ennemis les financiers, ou même sur la nourriture, vous spéculez pour savoir qui doit manger et qui doit mourir.
    Vous avez pillé, volé et rafiqué pour gérer les matières premières des pays émergents, après vous êtes bien enrichi avec vos complices les banquiers et financiers du monde occidental, vous avez jeté des peuples dans la rue avec leurs yeux pour pleurer, sans argent et sans emploi.
    Cette Europe ne tiendra pas longtemps, et vous aurez le boomerang des vols des pays tiers , qui envahirons vos pays et vous feront payer l’opprobe que vous leur avez fait endurer et dure encore.
    Vous avez été au delà d’Hitler, et vous êtes tous indignes que nos impôts vous nourrissent pour nous faire crever, je ne vous salue pas, vous n’en valez la peine

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