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The proposed free trade agreement between the US and Europe (TTIP) causes concern about the European right to self-determination. The most controversial part of TTIP is ISDS: investor-state dispute settlement. ISDS will make it possible for companies to sue governments that damage their investments. But is this arbitrage system where a few investment lawyers decide over billions of taxpayers money a protection of our business interests, or a threat to our democracy?

On Saturday, October 10, tens of thousands of European citizens took to the streets, and more than 2.5 million signatures were offered to the European Commission. The source of this concern and protest is the free trade agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) between the United States and the EU, which would create the world’s largest free-trade zone. According to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen, TTIP could be realized as soon as 2016; the negotiations are well under way. If the EU ratifies the trade agreement, critics fear that the scales will tilt toward North-American standards and values with regard to (food) safety, workers’ and consumer rights. And that when it comes to important collective achievements and protection of its citizens, Europe will give up its right to self-determination.

The part of the trade agreement that’s questioned the most is ISDS, or investor-state dispute settlement, which can be used by companies to dispute a country’s laws and rules, if a company feels unfairly treated. This will enable multinationals to circumvent democratic decisions and existing national jurisdiction. In order to understand the potential consequences of this, VPRO Backlight traveled to Canada, which became one of the most sued countries in the world after it entered into a trade agreement with the US. American companies now summon the Canadian government to appear before an arbitration tribunal if they feel that Canadian rules aren't in compliance with the free trade agreement Nafta. Despite democratic decisions against fracking under Canada's most important river, the Saint Lawrence, the Canadian government was sued for millions of dollars by the oil and shale gas company Lone Pine.

Could this happen in the Netherlands as well? In spite of resistance, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp (VVD) doesn’t rule out the possibility of future fracking in the Netherlands. VPRO Backlight probed the opinions at an information meeting organized by the Dutch Oil and Gas Company in Saaksum, Groningen. The locals there seem more and more convinced that fossil fuels should stay where they are: underground. But then no profit would be made from them anymore. The question is if this could result in ISDS claims in the future. Or should we welcome ISDS? Because it’s also crucial for the position of the Netherlands as a world leader in legal and financial services. It will protect the tens of billions of Dutch foreign investments.

British Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang wonders what free trade really means in this day and age. Because there has long been a largely free movement of goods between the US and EU, with few tariff walls. So whose interest will the controversial TTIP and ISDS serve then? And in the service of whom or what is the law, when it comes to international investment arbitration? Isn't in the end, might right?
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Assange keeping on in Ecuadorian London.  He discusses the US lawsuits that are geared up if they can ever get their hands on him.

Looks like he's been playing some Witcher 3.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent nearly three years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has political asylum. Assange faces investigations in both Sweden and the United States. A secret grand jury in Virginia is investigating WikiLeaks for its role in publishing a trove of leaked documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as State Department cables. In Sweden, he’s wanted for questioning on allegations of sexua...
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In Yanis Varoufakis’s leaked “Plan B” phone conversation he details a key aspect of “the kind of institutional problems…and institutional impediments to carrying out an independent policy for ameliorating the affects of having our banks being closed down by the ECB.”  The problems the Plan B team ran into were institutional arrangements that impede the national sovereignty of Greece.  The currency union was, in fact, designed around the principle of diminishing national sovereignty.  Varoufakis’s insider account of the political and bureaucratic dynamics occurring within the Euro are fascinating.  That Germany wants Greece out of the Euro so it can bargain for its own control, that is, mere relative independence, while it wants all of its rivals, France being the most important, desperate and without mere relative independence is telling. 

Also worthy of note, is the very last lines of the blog post: "Marsh wraps up the teleconference by noting there were 84 callers from around the world, and reminding everyone Varoufakis’ remarks were under the so-called Chatham House rules, which means the information can be passed on but Varoufakis should not be cited as the source of the information."

Where Chatham House Rule is applied is evidence of the connection to the globalist agenda setters in Chatham, CFR, BB, TC, etc.  These organizations are created for a temporal purpose.  A now we know, if we didn't before(...), that "The London-based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, headed by two ex-Financial Times scribes" knows the game because they know the rule[s].
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Turns out the US government bought and shipped  the cars to Syria.  Who would have guessed?
The question remains: why is the US Treasury carrying on with this transparent charade about how ISIS was equipped with hundreds of Toyota vehicles?
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The United States of Europe:  An anachronistic use of "United States" comparable to the colloquial use of the phrase "gold standard."
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"A great obstacle to good education is the inordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed. When this poison infects the mind, it destroys its tone and revolts it against wholesome reading. Reason and fact, plain and unadorned, are rejected. Nothing can engage attention unless dressed in all the figments of fancy, and nothing so bedecked comes amiss. The result is a bloated imagination, sickly judgment, and disgust towards all the real businesses of life." - Thomas Jefferson on Fiction (to Nathaniel Burwell, March 14, 1818).
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Blast from the past; Not much has changed
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I have to first be the change that I wish to see. Of course this is not a novel idea, but it is hard work.
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Step one: Divide
Step two: Conquer
Step three: Unnecessary
 
"The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable."
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