Daily Pickings on international trade

Arbitrary power is systemic 06 May 2016

Behind the smokescreen of Panama 08 April 2016

TTIP, key to corporate power? 27 September 2015

Don't forget trade agreements 26 September 2015

Dictatorship of the European Commission 25 June 2015

The trouble with TTIP 10 June 2015

Read the small print 22 May 2015

Deregulation 18 January 2015

Strength in unity 20 December 2014

CETA explained 06 October 2014

Water and trade agreements 12 July 2014

TTIP explained 10 May 2014

TTIP information sources

From Tom Lines: A large amount of excellent analysis...

Here are some examples:
 
-this paper by John Hilary, head of War on Want, for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation's Brussels office: http://rosalux.gr/sites/default/files/publications/ttip_web.pdf
 
-Corporate Europe Observatory, whose very job is to monitor the big corporations' influence on the EU.  It has been the pioneer this side of the Atlantic in explaining what the TTIP is all about.  Find out more at http://corporateeurope.org/tags/ttip
 
-The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in the US (IATP), which provides similarly thorough analysis in the areas of food and agriculture, arguably the biggest of the TTIP's battlegrounds.  Find out more at http://www.iatp.org/issue/trade
 
-Glyn Moody, a journalist on Computer Weekly, whose regular "TTIP Updates" do an excellent job in situating the negotiations in the proper corporate context.  Go to http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2013/11/ttip-updates-the-glyn-moody-blogs/index.htm for all 34 of them so far.

Introduction to International Trade Agreements

Linda Kaucher has been researching international trading agreements for over ten years and has put together a comprehensive introduction to the development of these agreements, who benefits and who pays the price in the UK. In Module 4 this year we'll be examining these issues and the implications for counter-parties to these agreements and their people. Linda has already submitted two pieces to Daily Pickings, Secret EU/India Free Trade Agreement and  US/EU Free Trade Agreement and the NHS.

The most important point in the Chancellor’s 2013 budget speech was: "Our support for European free trade agreements with India, Japan and the US is a priority of our foreign policy" although missed by the UK press, which habitually ignores international trade agreements.

Yet EU trade policy-making rests on the nexus between Brussels and the transnational financial services based here in City of London and the international trade agreement ambitions of these transnational financial corporations shape UK domestic policy-making

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