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John Hilary on TTIP

 

 

In November 2014 we invited John Hilary to Stockholm for a disussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its consequences for Sweden. In co-operation with Arena Idé.

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Double Standards. International Implementation of Investment Protection versus Human Rights

 

The European Commission is currently negotiating contested free trade agreements with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP). Both agreements include provisions that allow companies to sue states before international courts of arbitration. The so-called investor-state dispute settlement allows companies to demand compensation from national governments if they see their profits at risk.

Ilja Braun illustrates how the imbalance is growing between the right for companies to defend their profits - even against labour protection or environmental laws – while people struggle for the right to protect their natural resources against exploitation and destruction.

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150 years of the International Working Menís Association


 

On 28 September 1864 the International Working Men’s Association, the First International, was founded in the St. Martin’s Hall in London. It aimed at uniting workers’ societies internationally to realize their common goal of the emancipation of the working class. A representative committee of worker’s societies came together to this end and committed to the protection, advancement, and complete emancipation of all workers.


At this meeting Karl Marx hold one of his famous speeches and read out the preliminary statutes of the International Working Men’s Association.

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