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STOP TTIP

STOPPING THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP – with LINDA KAUCHER launching her new booklet

BOOK TALK

‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’

With Linda Kaucher

Housmans Bookshop

Peace House

5 Caledonian Road

King’s Cross

London N1 9DX

Wednesday 11th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Linda Kaucher explores the numerous threats contained in the US/EU ‘free trade’ TTIP deal, and presents the campaign to stop its implementation.

Despite the attempt to keep secret the implications of a US/EU supposed ‘free trade’ agreement called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), public awareness of the deal and how it will take us towards a corporate-run world is growing.

In addition to the usual corporate-friendly provision in ‘trade’ deals when services are ‘liberalised’, TTIP goes much further.  Regulatory harmonisation (also called co-operation or coherence) between the world’s two biggest economies, the US and the EU, is in fact a deregulation mechanism – a way for transnational corporations to get rid of laws that limit their profit-making.

The threat to current regulations on food safety, involving eg US-style chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef, have attracted so much public disgust the EU Trade Commission has been forced to pledge to maintain EU standards on these. However it is the hidden provision for the future that is the bigger threat. – to regulations and to democracy.

A Regulatory Co-operation Council, with big business at the table from earliest consideration of new regulations, will threaten both sound public interest regulating and democracy.

And planned investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) will allow corporations to sue governments for any introduced regulation that doesn’t suit corporate profit-making.

Linda Kaucher is a long-term researcher on the EU’s international ‘trade’ deals, and will launch the latest StopTTIP booklet on this and other corporate-benefit ‘trade’ deals.

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (TTIP): A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY, A THREAT TO UK EDUCATION, A THREAT TO YOUR JOB?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – A threat to democracy, a threat to UK education, a threat to your job?

Thursday 13th November 1-2.30pm
Speakers: Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester and Nick Dearden, Director, World Development Movement
Venue: Committee Room 2, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX

Hendon Central tube.

Organised by Middlesex UCU

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade deal between the EU and the US. It poses a profound threat to public services, including education, leaving them wide open not only to greater privatisation but will make it harder for any future government to regulate foreign private sector companies operating in our public services. TTIP is also an affront to democracy. The talks are being pursued without any transparency or democratic oversight by the EU and the US. If they succeed, they will take disputes between companies and governments away from independent courts and make them the preserve of unaccountable tribunals dominated by corporate lawyers.

Find out how it will affect YOU at this meeting. Open to all (members and non-members). See our event facebook group.

For more information about TTIP please see UCU’s briefing  and War on Want’s pamphlet.

For up-to-date information, including a downloadable poster, see: http://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/mdx-ttip/

Sean

Sean Wallis

London Region UCU HE secretary

President, UCL UCU

020 7679 3120 (int. 33120)

 

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

TTIP SEMINARS

TTIP Information Network – Workshops on Saturday 11th October
Find out about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the European Day of Action on Saturday next – 11th October .

Organised by TTIP Information Network In the offices of Unite the union, 55-56 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Seminars will be held on the following TTIP – related subjects:

Workshops Details: 11.00am to 12.30pm:

Workshop 1: Food & Agriculture and Global South:
Oliver Moore, EU Correspondent with ARC 2020
Michael O’Brien, Comhlámh Trade Justice Group

Workshop 2: Climate Change & Fracking:
Oisín Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth (Ireland)
Barry Finnegan, researcher with ATTAC Ireland; lecturer media faculty Griffith College
Speaker TBC, No Fracking Dublin

Workshop 3: ISDS, Privatisation and Workers’ Rights
Dr. John Reynolds, Lecturer International Law, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Paul O’Connell, Reader in Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London
Brendan Ogle, Education & Development Organiser UNITE trade union; Right2Water campaign

1.00 to 2.00pm: Launch of European Citizens’ Initiative Petition Against TTIP

The seminars are being organised by a coalition of civil society groups who’ve come together to share information and stimulate greater awareness of the undemocratic TTIP negotiations. They include the Peoples Movement, ATTAC
Ireland, An Taisce, Centre for Global Education, Ceartas – Irish Lawyers for Human Right, Comhlámh Trade Justice Group, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Environmental Pillar, Euro-Toques, Fracking Free Ireland, No
Fracking Dublin, Presentation Justice Network, Trade Union Left Forum, We’re Not Leaving, Young Friends of the Earth and others organised at the initiative of Comhlamh.

See: https://www.facebook.com/TTIPInformationNetwork

http://www.politics.ie/forum/events/230613-ttip-information-network-workshops-saturday-11th-october.html

http://www.irishleftreview.org/2014/10/06/ttip-trade-deal-bad-democracy/

 

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN ON NEW SERVICES DEAL

Steven Kelk, Sunday 7th July 2013 (from GATSeducation Yahoo Group: GATSeducation@yahoogroups.com)

http://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/2615/
Negotiations begin on new services deal (05 July 2013)

Trade talks aimed at developing a new global services pact have begun following an agreement on a negotiating framework earlier this year.
The Trade in International Services Agreement (TISA) is being negotiated by the so-called ‘Real Good Friends of Services’ within the World Trade Organisation: Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States.

Informal talks within the group began last year in response to pressure from business groups frustrated with the impasse in WTO negotiations to develop new and enhanced commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

In March, negotiators agreed to adopt a ‘hybrid’ framework for the talks which would involve countries making market access commitments on a ‘positive list’ basis, and national treatment on a ‘negative list’ basis. With a positive list approach, countries agree to liberalise only those service sectors that they agree to, while with a negative list agreeing to liberalise all areas except those explicitly excluded.

The WTO members engaged in the talks have indicated that no service sector will be excluded, but some are pushing for priorities. A joint Australia-EU paper issued late last year suggested 10 issues should be the focus of the TISA: cross-border movement of professionals; domestic regulation and transparency; financial services; professional services; information and communications services; transport and logistics services;  maritime services; environmental services; energy services; and government procurement.

‘While education services are not a specific focus of the talks to date, we nevertheless need to watch developments closely, says Education International’s trade consultant David Robinson. ‘For instance, the inclusion of domestic regulation could affect rules around the  accreditation of schools, and around qualification requirements that could  have an impact on the design and delivery of vocational education and training’.

Robinson added that the targeting of financial services for further liberalisation is particularly worrisome given how weak regulatory oversight played a key role in the economic crisis of 2008.

‘If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few years it’s that the liberalisation of financial services has been a catastrophic disaster for the economy, for government finances, for working people, and for public services including education,’ Robinson said. ‘Trade deals threaten to constrain policy space precisely at a time when governments need to rein in the financial sector’.

Robinson noted reports that the financial industry is lobbying to use trade deals as a way of weakening domestic regulations.

According to U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, there are ‘growing murmurs’ about the financial industry’s efforts to ‘do quietly through trade agreements what they can’t get done in public view with the lights on and people watching’.

In letter published in May, Peter Allgeier, a former U.S. Trade Representative and now president of the Coalition of Services Industries, said that trade rules require that regulations are ‘least trade and investment distorting’ and do not constitute a ‘disguised barrier to trade’.

Meanwhile, WTO members not participating in the TISA talks have criticized the initiative as undermining the multilateral approach of the WTO. Brazil, China, and India have been vocal opponents of TISA.

 

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THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES

2012-2013

Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

Wednesday 31 October, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

GLOBALISATION IN TIME: BETWEEN THE CAMERA AND THE CLOCK

 MARCUS VERHAGEN

Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Wednesday 28 November, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WHICH DEMOCRACY FOR A MULTIPOLAR WORLD?

CHANTAL MOUFFE

Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Wednesday 6 February, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

IS ISLAMISM THE ARAB DESTINY?

AZIZ AL-AZMEH

CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Wednesday 6 March, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WOMEN AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: LESSONS FROM IRAN?

HAIDEH MOGHISSI

Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

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Globalization

Global Economy

THE GLOBALISED ECONOMY

‘THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES’
Winter 2012
Organised by the Department of Development Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

INCLUSION AND PARTICIPATION: A NEW AGENDA FOR THE GLOBALISED ECONOMY

HEINER FLASSBECK
Director on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD

Wednesday 1st February, 6:30pm
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Free entrance, no booking, first come first seated

Heiner Flassbeck obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Free University, Berlin in July 1987, and was appointed honorary professor at the University of Hamburg in 2005. He worked successively at the German Council of Economic Experts, Wiesbaden from 1976 until 1980, the Federal Ministry of Economics, Bonn until January 1986, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, between 1988 and 1998.

Dr. Flassbeck was State Secretary (Vice Minister) at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Bonn, from October 1998 to April 1999 when Oskar Lafontaine was Minister of Finance. He joined UNCTAD in 2000, where he heads since 2003 the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies. He is the principal author of the team preparing UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report.

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Economic Crisis

DEBT, THE IMF, AND THE WORLD BANK: SIXTY QUESTIONS, SIXTY ANSWERS

Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers
By Éric Toussaint and Damien Millet

Translated by Judith Abdel Gadir, Elizabeth Anne, Vicki Briault, Judith Harris, Brian Hunt, Christine Pagnoulle and Diren Valayden, with the collaboration of Francesca Denley, Virginie de Romanet and Stephanie Jacquemont

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ISBN: 978-1-58367-222-8
$17.95 paperback
368 pages
September 2010

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“This excellent handbook on the Washington-based international financial institutions and the debt mechanism by means of which the Global South is subjugated is not only an indispensable tool for pro-poor anti-debt activists, but also a very useful synthesis that can and should be used in classrooms.” —Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

“Éric Toussaint is one of the brightest and most influential economists of his generation. He is the founder of the CADTM, and has gained a worldwide reputation for his exemplary struggle against the ‘odious debt’ strangling countless countries in the South.” —Jean Ziegler, former UN Special Rapporteur

Mainstream economists tell us that developing countries will replicate the economic achievements of the rich countries if they implement the correct “free-market” policies. But scholars and activists Toussaint and Millet demonstrate that this is patently false. Drawing on a wealth of detailed evidence, they explain how developed economies have systematically and deliberately exploited the less-developed economies by forcing them into unequal trade and political relationships. Integral to this arrangement are the international economic institutions ostensibly created to safeguard the stability of the global economy—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank —and the imposition of massive foreign debt on poor countries. The authors explain in simple language, and ample use of graphics, the multiple contours of this exploitative system, its history, and how it continues to function in the present day.

Ultimately, Toussaint and Millet advocate cancellation of all foreign debt for developing countries and provide arguments from a number of perspectives—legal, economic, moral. Presented in an accessible and easily-referenced question and answer format, Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank is an essential tool for the global justice movement.

Éric Toussaint, a doctor in political science, is president of the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, CADTM Belgium. He is author of A Diagnosis of Emerging Global Crisis and Alternatives, and The World Bank: A Critical Primer, among other books.

Damien Millet teaches mathematics and is spokesperson for CADTM France. He is the author of L’Afrique sans dette, and co-author with Éric Toussaint of Tsunami Aid or Debt Cancellation.

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