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Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!

TTIP represents a crisis for democracy and the constitutional state. A parallel private arbitration system allows three corporate lawyers to serve as judges making irrevocable decisions. Philip Morris is suing Australia and Uruguay for lost profits because of warnings on … Continue reading

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Free Trade and Economic Growth instead of Democracy and Ecology

The TTIP agreement between the EU and the US creates a parallel private arbitration system where corporations can sue states for lost profits and decisions are irrevocable. Labor and environmental regulations can be invalidated as “takings” or “indirect expropriation.” Public … Continue reading

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The Economy of the Hamster

The Economy of the Hamster by Mauro Gallegati, WEA Books https://rwer.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-economy-of-the-hamster/ more at www.openculture.com, www.kickitover.org, www.worklessparty.org, www.alternativetrademandate.org www.therealnews.com, www.submedia.tv, www.socialeurope.eu and www.onthecommons.org About the book This book imagines an economy that could be possible if we managed to emancipate ourselves … Continue reading

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Wealth is not a Private Affair

WEALTH IS NOT A PRIVATE AFFAIR Interview with Ulrich Thielemann – Wealth and Justice Debate The US faces a revenue- and a war-spending crisis. The top tax rate was over 70% from 1938 to 1982; corporations put trillions in tax … Continue reading

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Video: Richard Trumka and Reiner Hoffmann on TTIP

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Washington organised an event on TTIP with the President of the German trade union confederation DGB, Reiner Hoffmann, and his US counterpart, Richard Trumka, the President of the AFL-CIO. … Continue reading

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Myths of Free Trade: Attac Refutes TTIP Arguments

Myths of Free Trade: Attac Refutes TTIP Arguments http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429740.shtml TTIP and Ceta are far more than trade agreements. They help strengthen the power of transnational corporations and weaken democratic institutions. Attac promotes just trade instead of fair trade. Labor rights, … Continue reading

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Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements

Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements by Alex Flessner, Joachim Baertner and Silvia Liebrich http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429676.shtml The arbitration jurisdiction with the ISDS mechanism is the most controversial point of the two trade agreements CETA and TTIP. US corporations … Continue reading

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Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! Thilo Bode on “The Free Trade Lie”

Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! Thilo Bode in his new book “The Free Trade Lie” (March 2015) calls the TTIP “Impudence” How scandalous that communities and states could lose sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP, corporations can … Continue reading

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TTIP: Corporate Interests Against Citizens

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429567.shtml by Maja Volland, March 2015 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429567.shtml The regulatory approaches of the EU and the US are fundamentally different. In the EU, environmental and consumer protection function according to the principle of precaution. State regulations protect the environment and health. … Continue reading

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Video: Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Meltdown, Sept 2011, 42 min

Video: Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse, Sept 2011, 42 min http://www.openculture.com/2011/09/meltdown_the_men_who_crashed_the_world.html Doc Zone, a documentary series produced by CBC Television, is now airing, Meltdown, a four part investigation into the great financial debacle of 2008. Along … Continue reading

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