Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex

19 June 2014 — Wikileaks Press

Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2%1 of world trade in services. The US and the EU are the main proponents of the agreement, and the authors of most joint changes, which also covers cross-border data flow. In a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre by the parties, the draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force.

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Video: The Geopolitics of the Russia-China Energy Deal By Eric Draitser

27 May 2014 — Stop Imperialism

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his analysis of the impact of the recent energy deal signed between Russia and China.  He notes that the deal can, at least in part, be seen as a counter-measure to US attempts to isolate Russia following the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation.  However, he also points the fact that the talking points coming from the US regarding increasing gas exports to Europe to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian energy are repeated mostly for demagogic reasons.  Draitser explains that the global shift to a multi-polar world is happening more rapidly than anyone imagined, precisely due to the arrogance and hubris of Washington and the West. Continue reading

Information Clearing House 5 November 2013: This Transatlantic Trade Deal is a Full-frontal Assault on Democracy

5 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

By Robert Scheer

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36764.htm

 

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A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership: The Social and Environmental Consequences of the Proposed EU-US Trade Deal

14 October 2013 — corporateeurope.org

As the second round of negotiations on the EU-US trade agreement kick off in Brussels next week, a new report published by members of the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), including CEO, reveals the true human and environmental costs of the proposed deal.

London Underground prepares mass closure of ticket offices By James Hatton and Paul Bond

3 September 2013 — WSWS

Recent disclosures have again confirmed London Underground management is planning to close all its 268 ticket offices over the next two years. Around 2,000 jobs are expected to be lost during that period, with job losses across the rail and underground network rising to 6,000 by 2020. The job losses are part of Transport for London (TfL) and London Conservative mayor Boris Johnson’s £7.6 billion cuts programme to the London transport budget.

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