STOP TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership): working to help inform and engage the public about the serious consequences of the US- EU Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated in secret
The US/EU Free Trade agreement (also known as The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or The Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA)) is the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated and the details of it are being negotiated in secret and the mainstream media is hauntingly silent about it.
The European states are being represented by the European Trade Commission which as it was revealed brilliantly in a documentary called the Brussels Business, is powerfully influenced by corporate interests.
There have been leaked documents. The inclusion of the ISDS which is the Investor State Dispute Settlement was discovered in one of these leaks covered extensively by independent media but not the mainstream.
The ISDS is a provision that allows corporations to sue national governments if any of the corporations’ future making profits are affected by actions of the governments. Any future environmental and employment law are set to lose all their power. A similar version of it is present in NAFTA the North American Free Trade Agreement (Mexico/Canada/US), called the Settlement of Disputes Between a Party and an Investor of Another Party which is Section B of NAFTA. There already have been many suits aimed against governments bodies. The first one being Ethyl v Canada which transpired because Canada passed a law banning a gasoline additive called Methyl Maganese that has been proven to be nuero-toxic. Ethyl filed suit, based on the fact that this law restricted trade which led to Canada apologizing, paying $13,000,000 to Ethyl and withdrawing the safety laws, before going to any judiciary. That is just one of the many sorts of circumstances that will happen in Europe if the ISDS is allowed to remain in the TTIP.
ARTICLES RELATED TTIP
A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these meetings, the British government is fully up to speed. The people who attend these meetings work for organizations from China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the US as well as Britain. We can[...]Read more →
Original Post in A World to WinRead more →
By Matt Worsdale
17 December 2013
In a sign of what to expect if US corporate interests are allowed free reign in Europe, as outlined by the planned transatlantic trade deal, an alliance of oil giant Chevron and the Romanian state has evicted villagers opposed to exploration for shale gas.
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This UK campaign is part of an international campaign to oppose the TTIPRead more →
By Linda Kaucher for StopTTIP campaign
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By Melanie Strickland for New Internationalist
Published December 10th 2013
Melanie Strickland is a solicitor and member of Occupy Law UK.
Free trade agreements allow powerful interests to assert their rights ahead of fundamental human rights.
Today, 10 December, has been recognized as Human Rights day since 1950. The day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The UDHR reportedly gave strength to Mandela[...]Read more →
TTIP LEAKED DOCUMENTS
Original Post in the Corporate Europe Observatory
December 16th 2013
A leaked EU negotiating proposal  for the far-reaching free trade agreement with the US reveals the European Commission’s plans to fundamentally change the way regulations to protect consumers, labour and the environment will be adopted in the future. The proposal follows a persistent campaign by business lobby groups on both sides of the Atlantic to use the[...]Read more →
Wallach’s TAFTA 101 crammed into a twelve minute edit from the TAFTA symposium held in Washington DC on 9 July, 2013.
Keiser report talks of the free trade agreement at the 8 minute mark.