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TTIP Is a ‘Revolution Against International Law'


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TTIP Is a ‘Revolution Against International Law'

Nick Dearden

“Globalization cannot be allowed to become the grand global casino where investors rig the system to guarantee that they always win.” UN human rights expert Alfred-Maurice de Zayas doesn’t mince his words when it comes to the new generation of trade deals like TTIP.

He believes the corporate court system at the centre of the deal, which allows foreign companies to sue governments in secret “is tantamount to a revolution against law, it is retrogression in terms of legality and predictability, a no-man’s land of arbitrary arbitrations.”


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"To start off, de Zayas lays down straightforward guidelines for the British and other governments contemplating deals like TTIP. First, “ISDS should be abolished” as it has no place in a democratic world. He believes states must defy corporate court decisions that violate human rights and even suggests appealing to the World Court to prove “the invalidity of ISDS awards that are arbitrary and manifestly ill-founded.”
Then try the people that conspired to overthrow the sovereignty of the various states and peoples. In other words charge their asses with treason, throw their asses in the deepest darkest holes and throw away the key!


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De Zayas gets it right. National sovereignty is being dismantled and reestablished in the form of corporate sovereignty.


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The global corporate coup against local/national sovereignty is enshrined in the TPP, TTIP, TISA and the other alphabet so-called "free trade" deals. IF these deals are so beneficial why were they "negotiated" in secret by a large majority of corporate lobbyists and many public advocates generally excluded? IF these deals are about "free trade" why are so many chapters about corporate domination and control not trade? The "fast track" status proponants pushed thru Congress limited the ability to alter any aspect of these deals that will be shown/proves at odds with the common good or national protective, environmental, worker protection and other laws, especially regarding chemical and agricultural protections.

These deals are Trojan Horses to empower corporate greed and institute "legal" mechanisms for them to evade oversight and further global corporate fascism.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-tpp-and-ttip-how-the-media-misrepresent-fast-track-secret-international-trade-deals/5447839

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/heres_why_the_trans-pacific_partnership_agreement_just_plain_wrong_20150107

The following quote from FDR says it all.

"Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

The first truth is that 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 by any other controlling private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

Both lessons hit home.

Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.

THE GROWING CONCENTRATION OF ECONOMIC POWER."


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Thank you, CD, for bringing this important article to your readers.

de Zayas' statement has many gems in it which bear repeating:

"An international order of sovereign and equal States under the Charter of the United Nations, committed to the rule of law, transparency and accountability must not be undermined by private attempts to replace it with an international order ruled by investors, speculators and transnational enterprises lacking democratic legitimacy."

"The second ontology is that of business and investment activities – which by nature entail risk-taking. It is this risk-taking that justifies the opportunity of earning profits. Of course, risk means that sometimes the investor wins, sometimes he loses. Enterprises cannot demand a guarantee of profits from governments, nor can they usurp State functions. Private risk insurance exists, which should logically be seen as a routine business expenditure."

"ISDS should be abolished. Investment disputes should be subject to national jurisdictions under article 14 ICCPR or settled through a special international investment court with permanent judges and appeal chambers, operating transparently under the rule of law and bound by a statute that prioritizes human rights, public interest and sovereignty, and disallows one-way jurisdiction, so that not only investors but also States have standing to sue."


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Great post Emphyrio- I especially liked what FDR had to say- Rockefeller money for Monsanto, Pfizer and Exxon/Mobile among others is A HUGE player here-
If all of this Draconian Fascism passes it may well become the "shot heard round the World" for World Revolution- ISDS puts us all in A corner,with our backs to the wall and will be the straw to break the camels back....


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My God, something this important, posted for days now, and only 5, FIVE good comments- This is sad....Apologies to Nick Deardon and CD-


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Obama has lost his fkn mind leaving us with this turkey of a bill...That will shaft every USA CITIZEN......What a lying POS he turned out to be.


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