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Connect The Dots – TPP and the Corporate Trade Agreements – 11.16.16

Anti- TPP grass roots leaders Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch and Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of Flush the TPP and Popular Resistance in conversation with Alison Rose Levy discussing the current and future status of TPP and other trade agreements and what we must do now and going forward. .#NoTPP. https://prn.fm

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Alexandra Kotowski – Canada’s Feminist Prime Minister, One Year In

One year ago, Justin Trudeau took office as Canada’s 23rd prime minister and promptly fulfilled a major campaign promise by appointing a diverse and gender balanced cabinet that “looks like Canada.” When a reporter asked why appointing women was a priority, Trudeau shrugged and responded with his now-famous quip, “because it’s 2015.” Trudeau isn’t afraid to identify as a feminist …

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Nadia Prupis – Canada and EU Sign ‘Thoroughly Undemocratic’ CETA Trade Deal

Canada and the European Union signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday amid widespread protests against the controversial deal that came back to life after negotiations stalled over objections from Wallonia, Belgium. Environmental and democracy groups who opposed the agreement issued cautious statements condemning the signing but noting that CETA was not a done deal. “This agreement …

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Lauren McCauley – As CETA Rises from Ashes, Campaigners Vow: ‘The More You Insist, the More We Resist’

The controversial Canada-European Union trade agreement that many declared “dead” now appears to be rising from the ashes, as officials announced Thursday that they have reached a last-minute consensus. Earlier this week, trade delegates from the Belgian region of Wallonia rejected the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) out of concern that certain provisions, particularly the Investor State Dispute Settlement …

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Spain: Thousands Rally Against TTIP And CETA In Madrid

Over 10,000 people rallied against the TTIP, CETA and TISA trans-atlantic free trade agreements in Madrid, Saturday. Both NGO’s and local political groups took part in the huge march to protest against the multinational trade agreements. Protesters carried large banners with messages like ‘People and planet over multinational [corporations] – No to poverty, no to inequality, no to TTIP.’ Read …

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Connect The Dots – Predatory Speculation Gets Uglier Under TPP Secret Courts – 09.21.16

Listen to journalist, David Dayen, author of the new book “Chain of Title,” has recently investigated how global financial speculators are now using the corporate dispute process (common to TPP and other trade agreements) to fund court cases and to bankrupt poor regions. As the battle over the ratification of the TPP intensifies, Dayen will discuss these heinous and growing investment practice with Alison Rose Levy.

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Nika Knight – TTIP 2.0? New Leak Exposes Threats of Lesser-Known TISA Trade Deal

Greenpeace Netherlands exposed the threats to democracy and climate action contained within the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) on Tuesday with new leaks divulging several chapters of the clandestine global trade agreement. “It’s a sad day for democracy when ordinary people are dependent on leaks to learn about the far-reaching consequences of toxic trade deals that are being cooked up behind closed doors,” said Nick …

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Nadia Prupis – Yet Another Transatlantic Trade Deal Threatening Food Safety, Groups Warn

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a controversial trade deal between Canada and the European Union (E.U.), threatens food safety and other consumer standards, according to a new report by a coalition of advocacy groups. Even as other global trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) fall apart amid failed negotiations, consumers …