Posts under ‘US & Canada’

The Transatlantic trade deal: a project of the 1%

by Nick Dearden.

The EU/US trade deal (TTIP) is a vast power grab on behalf of the world’s biggest corporations, and there’s still time to stop it. In this new international order – or disorder – the economic, military, political and even moral leadership of the West is increasingly challenged” Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner, 12 June, on the […]

America at war: a record of unparalleled failure

by Jon Lansman.

In fifty years of nearly nonstop American warfare, we’ve learned little and achieved less, says Tom Engelheart in the Nation. The US has been involved in wars almost non-stop around the globe for over 50 years since the start of the Vietnam war – “major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination […]

The ignominy of Blair and Bush is now complete

by Michael Meacher.

After US blood and treasure expended in Iraq – 9 years of war, hundreds of billions of dollars, and 4,500 American dead – what is to stop ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) from overrunning the whole of Iraq? Iraq has 250,000 frontline troops, 270 aircraft including drones, 130 helicopters, and 400 […]

US-EU trade deal (TTIP) stalls over corporations suing governments

by Michael Meacher.

Until recently investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases were rare. This is the provision that allows companies to take governments to international arbitration panels to seek compensation if they feel their investment has been harmed by government action. There has now been a surge in filings by companies taking an ever broader view of what constitutes […]

Chilcot: what we need is determination to hold criminals to account for their crimes

by Michael Meacher.

What we already know is damning enough. The UK went to war over Iraq because Bush wanted British support, and at the Crawford summit in April 2002, 11 months before the war started, Blair in effect committed to providing that, though the exact terms of that surrender to Bush still remain secret. The rationale for […]

The plot to topple Berlusconi

by Tom Gill.

Much as many were relieved to see the back of Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s PM during the height of the Eurozone crisis in 2011, the revelations by Tim Geithner should have all democrats including those on the Left deeply worried. EU officials approached the former US Treasury Secretary in November of that year with a plan to overthrow the billionaire media […]

China to overtake US economy by 2015: trying to learn from what works

by Michael Burke.

Facts can be a very severe judge. Either economic structures, the models used to explain them and economic policies work, or they don’t. The factual verdict alone can determine who was right, what was successful, what economic system works best. The chart below is reproduced from The Economist. It shows the change in the IMF’s […]

Why is Labour not opposing TTIP which enables multinationals to override democratic laws?

by Michael Meacher.

Last week Parliament debated the Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated – in secret – between the EU and USA. It was almost universally approved on both sides of the House, with only one Labour and one Tory MP expressing scepticism or opposition. It was argued that it will stimulate trade by […]

The conflict between workers’ rights and “free trade”

by Adrian Weir.

:In his ‘State of the Union’ address in February 2013 President Obama announced that he was opening talks with the European Union with the aim of signing a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), in other words a free trade agreement covering two of the world’s largest trading blocs. Although many of the aspects of such […]

Has no one noticed the US-EU trade deal allows multi-nationals to override governments?

by Michael Meacher.

Suppose the fight to win plain-packaged cigarette packets were finally trumped at the last hurdle by British American Tobacco deciding to take the government to court for undermining its tobacco sales, and winning, surely all hell would break loose. But that is exactly what could well happen if the mooted Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership […]

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