Calum Martin: Why Trump is not a protectionist, but we perhaps should be
Calum Martin, national co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party, highlights a new trade deal between Japan and the EU which will increase the power of corporations over our lives, and says it’s wrong to think of ‘free trade’ as anti-Trump, as the US President’s plan is simply seeking to bully countries into acquiescing to US corporate power
Amid concerns around Trade Bill “power grab”, MSPs will consider impact on Scotland
Parliamentary event will see MSPs discuss the implications of post-Brexit trade deals
THE TRADE JUSTICE Scotland Coalition has organised an event which will highlight the risks of post-Brexit trade deals in light of the UK Government’s Trade Bill.
The event aimed at MSPs and supported by Green MSP Mark Ruskell will take place in the Scottish Parliament on 16 January - one week after the controversial Trade Bill was passed at its second reading in the House of Commons.
Campaigners celebrate as corporate Ceta deal struck by Wallonian veto
EU-Canada corporate pact in turmoil as Belgian region rebels
WALLONIA has left years of planning for an EU-Canada trade deal in tatters after its government refused to support the corporate ‘Ceta’ pact.
Ceta (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) was constructed through seven years of economic talks between Canadian and EU officials, but faced a backlash over its potential threats to economic, environmental, and social wellbeing.
‘TTIP by the back door’: Protesters urge SNP to reject Canadian corporate deal
Concerns over Canada-EU corporate trade deal at SNP conference
GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW, the campaign group for international equality, have called on the SNP to fully oppose the controversial ‘Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’ (CETA) with a stunt protest outside the party’s conference at the weekend (Saturday 15 October).
Dressed as ‘corporate rats’, protests carried out a theatrical protest to highlight the case that big business trade deals exclude elected governments, citizens, and environmental interests from financial decision making.
News in 5 Minutes: Apple's £11bn tax bill, Joseph Stiglitz's Scottish currency call, Nasa's climate warning, and Microleo Attenboroughi
CommonSpace brings you the news so you don’t have to go looking for it
TODAY’S INSTALMENT (30 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Apple being ordered to pay back £11bn in corporation tax, Joseph Stiglitz entering the Scottish currency debate, and Jeremy Corbyn’s launch of a digital manifesto.
News: Apple ordered to pay £11bn in Irish taxes
Nick Dearden: Three more reasons why we need to stop Ceta
Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden says people opposed to TTIP need to extend the fight to Ceta
LAST week I joined activists and campaigners from across the globe who came to Canada for the World Social Forum. A major topic of discussion was the problems with TTIP-style free trade agreements and how we can stop them.
Robin McAlpine: Europe - why I have no answers for you #EUref
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the upcoming referendum on EU membership in June
QUITE a few people ask me my position on the EU debate. The people at Perspectives magazine asked me to write on this in an issue just out. The following (slightly long) essay is all I have to offer.
Caroline Lucas calls for scrutiny of rush towards corporate Tory trade deal
MPs call for democratic control of any UK trade deals
ENGLISH AND WELSH Green Party leader Caroline Lucas is leading the demand for democratic oversight of any post-Brexit trade deals entered into by a UK government.
Tory Minister Liam Fox has been globe-trotting, talking up prospects of corporate trade deals with developing and commonwealth economies in the wake of the Brexit referendum in June 2016.
EU parliament backs Ceta trade pact amid angry protests
‘Toxic corporate trade pact’ between the EU and Canada passed by parliament
CAMPAIGNERS HAVE CONDEMNED EU POLITICAL leaders for backing the much-protested ‘Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’ (Ceta) between the EU and Canada.
MEPs backed the deal by 408 votes to 254 amid a frenzy of protests and cries of opposition at the EU plenary session in Strasbourg today (Wednesday 15 February). MEPs held up signs in opposition and chanted ‘Stop Ceta!’ as votes were called.