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38 Arguments Against TTIP (tags)

TTIP (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) agreement continues an old thinking instead of everyone sharing int he profits of a few. The private arbitration courts enable corporations to sue states and could have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protection.

TTIP and CETA Must Be Prevented (tags)

Under TTIP, TPP and TiSA, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The German Judges Union calls additional protection of foreign investors "nonsense" that undermines democracy and the constitutional state.

Coup from Above (tags)

Free trade agreements serve geo-political goals. They are the "weapons," so to speak, in the global economic war. Critical persons see through this and rebel against "corporate rule" and against the dissolution of the primacy of politics by the primacy of the economy.

What I Didn't Read in the TTIP Reading Room (tags)

Katja Kipping was one of the first German MPs to gain access to the new TTIP reading room opened in Berlin this week, and she has written up a report of her experience. We thought it was well worth translating from the original, ‘The Opposite of Transparency’.

Economist: "TTIP is Doomed" (tags)

Resistance rages across the two parties. Two hegemons negotiate who are not accustomed to making compromises. The US and the EU are like two proud gorillas. The lawyer branch will put up a fierce resistance to losing that niche.

Cochabamba: Water as a Human Right (tags)

The economy should be part of life, not a steamroller crushing self-determination and creativity. The TTIP, TPP and TISA trade agreements create a parallel private arbitration system that gives corporations special rights to sue states. Labor and environmental arein danger.

TTIP: Attack on Democracy and the Constitutional State (tags)

A mass demonstration is planned for Saturday October 10 in Berlin against the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership. A parallel private ad hoc arbitration system is created where corporations can sue states for lost profitsLabor and environmental rules undermined

Senate Caves on Fast Track (tags)

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TTIP: Trifling Economic Advantages at the Cost of Democracy and the Public Interest (tags)

TTIP represents a crisis for democracy and the constitutional state. Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO describes the TTIP as “secret tribunals” where only “foreign investors” can sue. Frank Bsirske of the German Verdi service union said the TTIP is a “black box” transferring sovereignty.

TTIP - Why the World Should Beware, 61 pp (tags)

Radical free trade policies did not begin with the birth of NAFTA, nor with the founding of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995 – both had been in place in over 90 developing and transitional economies for over a decade through structural adjustment programes imposed by the World Bank and the IMF. (Walden Bello)

Presstitute Media Support Anti-Consumer Fast Track Legislation (tags)

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The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries (tags)

Fast Track, TTIP, TPP and TISA should be scrapped! Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO described the TTIP as "secret tribunals" where only "foreign investors" can sue. This article from The Guardian UK focuses on El Salvador. and Pacific Rim.

Laurence Tribe's letter on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (tags)

TPP and TTIP create a parallel private arbitration system where only foreign investors can sue states. This crisis for democracy and the constitutional state could be averted by scrapping Fast Track, TPP and TTIP.

The hidden costs of trade treaties (tags)

The free trade treaties with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP) are not threatening European standards, the negotiators in Brussels assure us. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.

Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) (tags)

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Risks and Opportunities for Consumer Welfare, 56 pp (tags)

The TTIP is a “black box” transferring sovereignty from states and communities to corporations. Labor and environmental regulations can be chilled or invalidated as “takings” or “indirect expropriations.” Public interest legislation can be annulled as violations of the “human right to profit.”

A Partial Privatization of Justice (tags)

On www.socialeurope.eu, Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO warns that the TTIP is a secret tribunal where only foreign investors can sue. The TTIP brings a crisis for democracy and the constitutional state by creating a parallel private arbitration system with irrevocable decisions.

Free Trade and Economic Growth instead of Democracy and Ecology (tags)

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.”

Senate Defeats Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority (tags)

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership suggests Obama has no sense of irony (tags)

The president’s statement that there’s nothing secret in the classified agreement is plainly wrong, writes Evan Greer

Myths of Free Trade: Attac Refutes TTIP Arguments (tags)

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 free trade. Labor rights, environmental standards and democracy must have priority...

Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements (tags)

The arbitration jurisdiction with the ISDS mechanism is the most controversial point of the two trade agreements. US corporations could file lawsuits against the German prohibition of gas production through fracking. Public interest laws could be stylized as "indirect expropriation."

Comments on the European Commission's approach to investor-state arbitration (tags)

Gus Van Harten is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! (tags)

How scandalous that communities and states should lose sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP, corporations can sue states for lost profits. Public interest legislation can be called a trade barrier or indirect expropriation.

TTIP: A Charter for Deregulation, an Attack on Jobs and an End to Democracy (tags)

The parallel private 3-judge arbitration courts could be used by fracking, nuclear and cigarette companies to sue for lost profits. Laws and regulations in the public interest could be decried as indirect expropriations. A "regulatory chill" will deter communities by fear of lawsuits.

Democracy for Sale: Stop Fast Track and TTIP! (tags)

The investment protection clause of the TTIP grants investors special protection regarding their so-called :"legitimate expectation." Businesses can sue when they feel restricted in their business activity by new laws in the public interest. Financial services are an important sector for US investors.

TTIP: Trifling Economic Advantages at the Cost of Democracyand the Public Interest (tags)

The controversial investment-protection agreement establishes a parallel justice giving security to all investors.. The states would be liable for compensation for any lower profits.. We all know our plane can only survive when we do everything for a sustainable economy.

TTIP: Redistribution of Power, not Free Trade (tags)

The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement) involves the redistribution of power away from the parliaments and to the executive and its unelected lobbyists. The TTIP does not involve freedom of trade.

Open Letter on TTIP and Financial Regulations (tags)

The TTIP, "Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership," has been secretly negotiated since June 2013 and massively threatens social and environmental regulations and public sector jobs. Corporations could sue states, states could not sue corporations and decisions are irrevocable.

Stop the TTIP! (tags)

The European Commission suspended the secret TTIP negotiations for four months to get citizen consultation on the Investor-State-Dispute SettlementThis proposed parallel system with 3-person courts of arbitration allows corporations to sue for lost profits. Decisions are irrevocable.

TISA: Everything Will Be Marketed (tags)

A new agreement (TISA, Trade in Services Agreement) could privatize drinking water and health care through the back door. The resistance by many non-governmental organizations to the free trade agreement TTIP seems to pick up speed

Free Trade Agreement TTIP Endangers Democracy (tags)

Investor courts of arbitration create an exclusive special right for foreign corporations. They could demand compensation when their profits are narrowed by democratic decisions.

The Free Trade Trap (tags)

Political economies are calibrated to a form of economics oriented exclusively in competitiveness and high profits...The selling off of public services through the agreement on trade with services and the new edition of MAI were prevented because of social protest.

TTIP: Threat to Democracy and the Constitutional State (tags)

The TTIP, the largest free trade zone comprising 800 million of the EU and the US is being secretly negotiated. Democracy and the constitutional state are threatened by 3-person arbitration courts where corporations can sue states and decisions are irreversible.

Analysis of the TTIP chapter on food safety (tags)

The TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, being negotiated behind closed doors allows corporations to sue states for lost profits in 3-person arbitration courts. Only corporations can sue and judgments are not reviewable.

$5.3 Trillion Daily (tags)

Eliminating currency speculation would be simple. The big central banks, the American Fed, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Japanese Central Bank...$5.3 trillion whirl through the world daily seeking lucrative currency bets.

TTIP Undermines the Constitutional State (tags)

TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a deregulation agreement, a great redistribution project benefiting mammoth corporations at the expense of women and the 99%. Loud protest caused the EU commission to suspend negotiation on the investor right to sue.

Ten threats to Americans: Lori Wallach (tags)

Lori Wallach is director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

TTIP: Emperor's New Clothes (tags)

Welfare state achievements, quality and environmental standards as well as consumer interests are up for negotiation..For Austria, an annual jobs gain of 0.06% is forecast...93% of the consultations were with lobbyists.

Rejecting TTIP, AFDL-CIO's Trumka Calls for "Global New Deal" (tags)

The demonization of anyone who talks about the dangers of concentrated wealth is based on a misreading of both the past and the present. Such talk isn’t un-American; it’s very much in the American tradition. So who will be this generation’s Teddy Roosevelt? (Paul Krugman)

TTIP Attacks on Wages, the Social and the Environment (tags)

The belief that growth and prosperity for all people are promoted by free trade is as old as capitalism. This is often wonderfully represented in the model worlds of economists. But reality looks different. Specific particular interests are sold as the general interest.

TTIP: A Tranatlantic Constitution of Corporations? (tags)

TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, endangers the economy, health and food policies of countries outside the EU and the US. The Investor-State Settlement mechanism gives corporations the same status as nation states. A flood of lawsuits can be expected.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), 41 pp (tags)

The Investor-State Dispute mechanism gives corporations the status of nation states. The Swedish energy corporation Vattenfall is suing Germany for 1 billion Euros for stopping nuclear power too quickly!

Governments give themselves a ‘free trade’ offer they can’t refuse (tags)

The secret agreement Obama doesn’t want you to know about will have secret tribunals as well.

Stop the TTIP - Elephants-Marriage! (tags)

TTIP Is old wine in new wineskins. Free trade- and investor-protection prescriptions from the 20th century according to the style of the WTO are not solutions for current challenges. A transatlantic partnership for social-ecological transformation would look very different.

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