Don't forget trade agreements

Amidst the extraordinary UK media assault on the newly elected leader of the Labour party, the refugee crisis and #porkgate (UK Prime Minister David Cameron's alleged act of bestial-necrophilia), it is easy for important issues to pass unnoticed under the radar. With so many travesties to protest (NATO bombing of Syria, enslavement of the Greek people under a quisling government, deaths through disability assessments and evictions from housing estates by greedy property developers in the UK, assaults on civil liberties globally - the list goes on and on), campaigners are hard-pressed to cover all the bases.

To the casual observer, free trade agreements such as TTIP, TPP, TiSA and CETA are opaque treaties claimed to be a "good thing" because they will increase trade and help economic recovery. Nothing could be further from the truth. These agreements are weapons of wealth extraction and oppression and need to be resisted with full vigour which is what many are doing across Europe and the rest of the world.

In the UK, doughty protesters were out in force yesterday in London to alert people to the dangers of CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement) being negotiated in secret between Canada and the EU.

Canada-EU trade deal that allows US firms to sue British govt sparks outrage
The agreement will introduce a secret corporate court system, empowering big business to sue states for policies that threaten their profits. It will also pave the way for the privatization of public services and the deregulation of social, health and environmental protections.

These agreements bind the shackles and chains of our enslavement ever tighter.

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