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This morning Edinburgh council unanimously passed a motion to express concern about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on local services, jobs, suppliers and democracy. The decision came shortly after Lewisham council unanimously passed a similar motion yesterday evening. 

Millions of pounds of UK aid money have been invested in a project in Tanzania which is destroying the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, driving them into debt and impacting the local environment, according to a new report by The Oakland Institute released today in collaboration with Greenpeace Africa and Global Justice Now.

A group of artists including Juliet Stevenson and Vivienne Westwood have launched a video to raise public awareness of the trade deal TTIP which is being secretly negotiated between the EU and the US

An important vote on TTIP at the plenary session of the European Parliament that was expected to take place on Wednesday morning was delayed at the last minute. The reason that was cited was that there was such a large number of amendments to the proposal that MEPs needed more time to consider it.

The European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP” has reached a new record number of signatures two days ahead of a critical vote on TTIP in the European parliament. TTIP is a dangerous trade deal between the EU and the US that is set to transfer vast amounts of power from governments to big business.

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Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. No details or mention of the meeting are publicly available but its existence was leaked by one of its attendees.

Activists will today unfurl a giant banner at the London headquarters of UK listed mining company BHP Billiton in protest against the company’s plans to build a series of coal mines in some of the last remaining stands of primary rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. A petition will be formally presented to company management at 1pm.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today released an audit of how the Department for International Development (DfID) works through and with business.

Today, more than one hundred national and international organisations across the world released a joint open statement addressed to the president of the World Bank, Jim Kim.

A law firm that has represented numerous multinational corporations in controversial court cases against national governments through the ‘investor protection’ mechanism in a series of bilateral trade deals will be targeted on Thursday in a creative protest involving US-based performance activists Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.

Our new report accuses the Department for International Development of using aid money to set up private healthcare and education in Africa and Asia which has benefited British and American companies

Over two hundred people, including Vivienne Westwood, took part in protests against the controversial EU-USA free trade deal TTIP in central London today.

On Shepherds Bush common, protesters heard short speeches from speakers including Vivienne Westwood and Jean Lambert MEP, before going on to stage creative interventions at nearby KFC, a BP petrol station, and a Virgin shop in the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.

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