BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 10:  More than 100.000 protesters gather to demonstrate against the TTIP and CETA trade accords on October 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Tens of thousands took to the streets in Berlin to protest against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), both of them trade agreements currently under negotiation between the USA for TTIP and Canada for CETA with the European Union. Critics in Germany oppose the accords for a number of reasons, including fears over genetically-modified foods, environmental standards, workers' rights and pharmaceuticals.
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People’s FTAs – What Would Be Included in Free Trade Agreements If People Had a Say?

If peoples of different nations, not just transnational corporations, have a say in multilateral trade treaties like the TPP and TTIP, what provisions would be prominently featured?

September 11, 2016

While it is indeed comforting to learn that Uruguay has won its ISDS arbitration case against Philip Morris, a deeper, more fundamental question remains unanswered.

With Brexit serving as the catalyst, Season 2 of the European banking crisis may be about to unfold.

In light of the recent bank bail-in legislation introduced by the Canadian government, here’s an update on how much the big 5 Canadian banks are exposed to derivatives, those toxic financial instruments of mass destruction which blew up the financial world in 2008 had it been not for the governments using massive public money to bail out the private banks.

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Revealed: Australian miner used arbitration threat to upend Indonesian environmental law

Under the country’s prior military dictatorship, Australian Newcrest Mining plus 12 other companies were granted ‘exemptions’ from Indonesia’s law banning environmentally destructive form of mining in protected forest areas. When the newly democratized country tried to enforce the rule, the companies threatened to sue under ISDS. Officials did the math …

September 17, 2016

The 101 on how global trade treaties came to threaten the environment

A very comprehensive look at the history of ISDS from GATT to NAFTA.

September 11, 2016

Art Berman: Labor Day Weekend Oil Special

this interview with oil expert Art Berman is a must-listen for those who want a better understanding of the macro drivers of oil prices.

September 5, 2016
In-depth topic: Crude Oil

The Court That Rules The World

This article exposes yet another toxic element of ISDS – how it is used by executives of transnational convicted of crimes escape punishment.

September 3, 2016

Mass protest in Germany against CETA

125,000 Germans joined the largest yet filed against CETA (Canadian version of TTIP).

September 3, 2016

TTIP: The most dangerous weapon in the hands of the fossil fuel industry

According to the UN, 35% of all ISDS cases in which corporations are suing governments are related to climate change. In 2014, half of the new ISDS cases targeted policies affecting oil and gas extraction, mining, or power generation.

July 27, 2016

Italy Granted “Extraordinary ” €150BN Bank Bailout Program To Prevent “Panic, Run On Deposits”

Under the cover of market turbulance as a result of Brexit, Italy/EU injected €40 into its banking secor and also tossed in a €150 billion (US $166 billion) of guarantees in their latest effort in preventing a bank run on Italian banks.

July 3, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

European Banks Get Crushed, Worst 2-Day Plunge Ever, Italian Banks to Get Taxpayer Bailout, Contagion Hits US Banks

Two days of breathtaking losses for the European banking shares after Brexit clearly shows the fragility of the banking sector there. Brexit is just one of the many possible triggers causing another banking crisis to flare-up.

June 27, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

India Seeks To Renegotiate 47 Investment Treaties Because Of Their Corporate Sovereignty Clauses

Following the footsteps of South Africa and Bolivia, India is the next country trying to re-negotiate or cancel a large number of treaties with ISDS provisions.

June 7, 2016

The Case For A Super Glass-Steagall

The time of re-introducing Glass-Steagall to separate commercial and investment banking has long passed, but it is still not too late.

June 5, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

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