Corporate Power Articles & Videos
Markus Giesler reports on the media reception to his eight year ethnographic and institutional study on the World Economic Forum that provides empirical evidence that Davos is not "improving the state of the world."
The annual gathering in Davos has certainly cemented the power of a tiny global elite, but its real power has been as a spawning ground for neoliberalism's major advances - the rise of the financial sector, the spread of corporate trade agreements and the integration of emerging economic powers into the global economy.
'This is a fight we can win' says Susan George as she delivered the opening speech during the GUE/NLG meeting against TTIP.
A new Canada-EU trade deal, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), could expose Canada and Europe to a wave of corporate lawsuits that would restrict governments’ power to regulate in the public interest—including in confronting climate change.
Despite the track record of systemic and systematic violations of the range of human rights, the efforts to establish legally binding obligations and an instrument of enforcement within the UN system have been defeated by determined corporate opposition. The current Guiding Principles developed by the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, John Ruggie, do not create "any new international legal obligations" and are therefore non-binding.
One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.
Saturday October 11 saw an extraordinary mobilization success. Over 400 actions were organized in 20 European countries to reject the secret trade deals that the EU is negotiating (TTIP, CETA and TiSA)
Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF, Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared. This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.
The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.
Op 10 september wees de Europese Commissie een verzoek van ruim 200 maatschappelijke organisaties af om een opiniepeiling te houden onder alle EU-burgers over de vrijhandelsverdragen TTIP en CETA. De Nederlandse minister Ploumen (Buitenlandse Handel/ Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) poogde het parlement te bespelen met niet hard te maken toezeggingen. Hoe werd hierop gereageerd door TTIP-critici? En kan ondertekening gevolgen hebben voor de Europese Grondwet?
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