Globalization/Anti-globalization

quarter million rally in Berlin against TTIP "Euro-NAFTA" trade deal

As the world mobilizes to kill the TPP trade treaty finalized in Atlanta last week, two related deals are also in the works. One is the Trade in Services Agreeemnt (TISA) which just lost one country's participation in the talks. The other is "Euro-NAFTA" the TTIP best known as the Atlantic version of the TPP. Not yet finalized, it faces huge dissent. Some contries are talking of pulling out of the talks as protests mushroom. On the 10th of October, one of these protests in Berlin was reported by Revolution News to have drawn an estimated 250,000 people.

TPP signed, now comes the mobilization to block ratification

On the 5th of October, the negotiating parties to the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) announced they have signed the TPP trade deal. It has yet to be ratified by any nation. In the US, there is "fast-track" in Congress meaning no filibuster, little debate, and no Amendments. On the other hand, it cannot be voted on for 90 days, putting the vote into Presidental primary season. In Canada, the opposition NDP party has announced they will not be bound by the treaty if ratified prior to the election. All over the world, progressives are mobilizing for the fight to stop the TPP trade deal from ever going into effect.

Oct 4: TPP talks still deadlocked hours after presscon to announce deal cancelled

On the 4th of October, the TPP summit in Atlanta scheduled a 4PM press conference to announce that a deal had been signed. Less than an hour before the press conference, it was suddely rescheduled "until further notice." A 6PM press conference also did not materialize and the USTR took down their live Youtube channel for the TPP. As of 8:16PM EST, the Australian trade minister confirmed the talks were still deadlocked over the US demand for an 8 year patent on all "biologic" drugs. It was this demand that caused a cancer patient to be arrested as protesters raided the venue on Oct 1, and the Australian government was placed under incredible public pressure to make a goal-line stand and refuse the US demands.

Oct 3: Wikileaks predicts 80% chance TPP deal

On the 3ed of October, Wikileaks reported that there was an 80% chance that a TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) deal would be announced at the end of TPP talks on Saturday, October 3. They linked to a NZ Herald article claiming "breaktrough on the TPP" and that dairy imports were the last major blocker. The NZ Herald also says if there is no deal, only one more attempt will be made, at the APEC negotiations in the Phillipines in November.

Update Oct 3 6:40PM: Australia is making a "goal line stand" refusing US demands to extend patents on biologic drugs! News Zealand Radio News is saying the US will have to eiher abandon it's demand for an 8 year patent extension on these high priced drugs, or not have a TPP deal within 24 hours.

Update Oct 3 6:40PM: Australia is making a "goal line stand" refusing US demands to extend patents on biologic drugs! News Zealand Radio News is saying the US will have to eiher abandon it's demand for an 8 year patent extension on these high priced drugs, or not have a TPP deal within 24 hours.

Protesters raid venue of TPP talks in Atlanta, several arrests

On the first of October, another round of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade talks began at the Westin hotel in Atlanta GA. In the morning, a dozen protesters entered the lobby chanting"Stop the TPP! No corporate greed." Security demanded they leave, several refused and were arrested. One of the arrestees was wearing a T-shirt reading ""I HAVE CANCER. I CAN'T WAIT 8 YEARS" referring to the "TPP Death Sentence," a US proposal to extend patents on biologic drugs such as some cancer treatments for 8 years.

Photo by Common Dreams

Video: Greece explodes after bailout deal repudiates vote

Early on the 16th of July, the Greek Parliament voted to accept even more extreme austerity than the measures voted down by a supermajority in the July 5 referendum. The previous day and well into the night protesters in the streets to defend the NO vote, responding to police tear gas grenades with Molotov cocktails.

Inspirational Greek Solidarity video

Greek anarchists drive motorcycle cops back

Greeks stand up to German bankers and the IMF

Greek voters defy EU and IMF, vote "no surrender" on austerity

On the 5th of July, voters in Greece went to the polls for Syriza's referendum on the now-withdrawn IMF offer of even more austerity in return for more bailout loans. In spite of closed banks and dwindling supplies on grocery store shelves, Greek voters chose by over 60% to reject the austerity terms.

The people of Greece celebrate victory over the IMF in the July 5 referendum (photo reposted from Popular Resistance)

Sen Feinstein confronted at TPP fast-track clears cloture vote

On the 23ed of June, the Senate voted to cut off debate on the "fast-track" bill for the TPP, TISA, and TTIP trade treaties. The proposal only needs 50 votes to pass in Wednesday's final vote. Beyond Extreme Energy confronted Sen Dianne Feinstein in her office over her support for TPP fast-track while other activists took up a position on the corner of the Capitol grounds. Just after 11:30AM, the 60th vote to cut off debate was cast.

Photo by Beyond Extreme Energy

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