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European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Free trade” treaties and the “New World Order” 1% domination can be viewed as synonymous. TTIP, TTP, and all the others that force nations, especially weaker agrarian cultures, to submit to strong global corporate trade priorities must be defeated or we will all be subject to what the people of Romania and others are facing now - allow corporate domination, pollution and exploitation or pay thru the nose.

We have been sold a pig in a poke - fascism in a bag - masquerading as “trade deals” that in fact lock-in corporate domination over free nations and their ability to control their own territories, economies and natural resources free of control by those who only quest for profits and power at the expense of people and our common environment. It is telling that Clinton pushed his and now Obama and his republican/corporate/banker allies are pushing the next generation of economic slavery. Live free or die…




The photo speaks volumes about total lack of concern for the environment by corporations whose operations are resource-extracting (mining, fracking, gas, oil, etc.) They look at geological reports and only see dollar$$$…not the land, not the animals, not the humans, not the water, not the naturalness/nature nor do they care about the effect their environmentally and ecologically devastating operations have. They lay waste to pristine areas, villages, towns and pollute soil, air, and water that may never be saved, restored or returned. History has shown what wanton ravaging of natural resources does to all flora and fauna; our planet is consumed by greed and avarice


From the picture it looks to me like the extractors have created a World Heritage Site, not destroyed one. Who knew the largest Roman theater yet unearthed was in Romania? We should be thanking capitalism and consumerism. And isn’t tourism booming at Chernobyl? Creating jobs. When will Fukushima open? If only the great explorers were alive today to see the ice retreat enough to soon open the fabled Northwest Passage? We live in an age of wonder.


I appreciate your sarcasm. Well-said! Thank you.


What a boondoggle. State that you are considering opening an operation (mining, logging, extraction) in a beautiful area–an operation that is guaranteed to turn it into a sacrifice zone, wait for the people to object, then sue them for billions. Bingo presto, pocket the money, you’re on your way to another scam.


Wait, so FDR said “if the people tolerate”?!?!?

So FDR is part of the “blame the people” tag team! The depth of the psy-op is simply astounding…


good links. too bad the papers aren’t fighting these trade pacts on steroids. maybe the Guardian is–it seems like real news–the handing over of our sovereignty.

and i am going to start asking, “When did their minds warp and how can we hold a loving mirror up to them and let their eyes open to the senseless killing they are committing?” Fighting them hasn’t worked so well for me, I’m trying to understand how to reach their common humanity. that and making the almost useless calls, emails, petitions, marches. ugh.

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“opposition led to widespread street protests
in 2013, which in turn pressured the Romanian Parliament to reject a
bill introduced by the government that would have paved the way for the

Surely the most mind boggling idea in the whole article is that of the people getting their government to listen to them. What’s the chance of that catching on elsewhere?


Not “centrist”, “liberal”.

And Obama vetoed fast track, right ?


Pseudo free trade is capitalism’s way of committing suicide.

Who am I to stop that?

Meanwhile, in Albania…the work of another fine Canuckian Corporation from Harper’s neck of the woods…“Bankers Petroleum”…

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Another scam rubber stamped by the bipartisaneoconazi majority in the US Congress and led by the US President, no matter which wing of the Wall Street bipartisaneoconazi party.

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The treatment accorded the CRA copper mine in Bougainville Island from 1988 on makes interesting reading. Back in 1963 and 1964 when the area was being investigated, the company’s geologists had to be protected by police from being attacked by the locals who did not want a mine there as they had a good idea how it would affect their community. The mine went ahead, until the second generation of landowners, or some of them, declared war on it. A civil war ran in Bougainville Island until 1997-1998 when enough damage had been done for people to realise that jaw-jaw is better than war-war.

The divine right of kings ended with the king losing his head in 1649. Corporations, which do not have a divine right to profits, need to learn to respect sovereignty lest sovereignty bites back.

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You are absolutely right, but my Nazi Congressman and my two Nazi Senators always answer my letters with a thank you, and they, too, are concerned about trade and jobs, so they must vote for the Toilet Paper Plan and the TTIP to promote trade and jobs in Washington. I protested our wars and they said the world is full of terrorists and we need a stronger military to root them out wherever they may be on the earth, and stronger surveillance and security at home to “protect” us on the home front.

  • By the way, these three assholes are Democrat sock puppets!
    "Ein volk, ein Fuehrer, ein vaterland! Seig Heil! Seig heil! Seig Heil."
  • Christ, when I was a kid, we sent a whole generation into the meat grinder to get rid of the Nazis, the Fascists, and Imperial Japan. Now, we are them! Our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights have been shredded and probably burned, and we live under the US Fourth Reich version of Hitler’s Enabling Acts, which removed the constitutional rights of the German People, AKA the illegal, unconstitutional and misnamed Patriot Act and its many clones and descendents.
  • Apparently our fate is to be ruled by the equivalent of the German Junkers and Wehrmacht.
  • Unless, of course, We the People of the World get sick and tired of this and throw them all out!

If you want to reach their “common humanity” you are using the wrong orifice. Go South!

Well, the Oilagarchy gives you a chance to participate in government by picking the Democrat or Republican sock puppet of your choice, to do what the puppetmasters tell them to.

What ever happened to risk as a component of doing business? Corporations want externalize all the risks passing them on to the people. And what is this BS about being compensated for loss of future profits. And how come corporations get to claim this, but governments don’t, unions don’t, people don’t. I do not think this is what Adam Smith had in mind.


To take your observation just a bit deeper - Even the word ‘nice’ is worth looking into - particularly its origin and when its original meaning was skewed and how.