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Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals


Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals

Ben Beachy

From the salmon-spawning waters of Alaska to the cloud forests of Ecuador, communities are standing up to mining projects that threaten their health, environment, and livelihoods.

But mining corporations are fighting back with a powerful tool buried in trade and investment agreements: the ability to go to private, unaccountable tribunals and sue governments that act to protect communities from mining.


"When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money."

--Not me, but someone who was Wise


If TPP and TTIP are enacted the mountaintop removal mining we have witnessed in west Virginia will happen in other states as well.


Way back in the fight against the MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investments) in the 1990s, a couple years prior to the WTO meeting in Seattle in 1999, we were referring to these transnational "trade" agreements as charters for new global corporate governance. Global Constitutions for corporate rule. Corporate Bills of Rights.

The latest round is the worst yet: TPP, TTIP, TISA, etc. all are written by corporations to cement "Government of the people and the Earth, by the Corporations, for the Corporations."

We need solidarity and resistance. Solidarity with each other, with life, with the Earth. Resistance against corporate rule in all its guises; against private ownership of life; against private ownership, data-mining and "monetization" of the Internet; against the privatization and ownership of water, land, DNA; etc.

We need to live lives that do not feed this monster. We need to free ourselves from believing that "there is no alternative." We need to live lives that feed life, and community, and the Earth. We need to practice living without the corrupt entanglements that we pay for under the guise of "convenience" and "entertainment."

Every step that we take down the road of accepting, buying, enjoying corporate-provided "convenience," makes it harder to recognize and fight against the metastasizing growth of corporate rule over everything, as embodied in these horrific "trade" agreements.

Every step that we take down roads of resistance and refusal of what the corporations are selling us, makes our solidarity and nurturing of humanity and ecology more alive, and makes it easier to see and understand all the ways they ensnare us.


Open-minded people should give this link a view. David Icke relates--quite brilliantly--how the TIPP and TPP are setting up Europe as zones of specialization ripe for the plunder... This is a global plan for corporate hegemony; and that makes any notion (or premise) of Democracy passe: