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Responding to the Wikileaks release of documents from the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which is being negotiated by the US, EU and 22 other countries, released to coincide with the COP 21 climate negotiations taking place in Paris, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

Today, a European parliament hearing will scrutinise the controversial aid initiative, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The New Alliance has been widely criticised by civil society organisations across Europe for facilitating the grabbing of land and other natural resources, accelerating seed privatisation and undermining small-scale famers and their right to adequate food and nutrition.

An international coalition of NGOs, civil society groups and political figures such as Naomi Klein and Susan George have called on the French president to lift the ban on protests during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, which is due to start on the 30 November.

Edinburgh is hosting the World Forum on Natural Capital. The conference is premised on the belief that financial markets can help protect limited natural resources, but campaigners say it will simply lead to speculators trading environmental ‘services’ for profit.

Previous attempts to create markets in forests and carbon have failed to prevent deforestation or reduce carbon emissions, and financial speculation on commodities has caused price spikes in basic food staples, the campaigners warn.

In the aftermath of the massacres of Paris, members and supporters of Attac, in unison with the French society, feel horror and revulsion at the indiscriminate and murderous hatred.

Attac expresses its solidarity with the victims and their relatives. The people murdered Friday night were merely exercising their right to convivality, to civility, to art, to a free life, all things that these killers want to eradicate in the name of a fanatical vision of religion.

Today Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for trade will release final plans for an alternative system to the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism that had proved to be so widely controversial in the EU-USA trade deal TTIP. In response Guy Taylor, the trade campaigner at Global Justice Now, said:

In the last two weeks four local councils in Scotland have passed motions opposing the controversial trade deal between the EU and the USA known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Tomorrow, Bristol City Council will be voting on a two different motions relating to a controversial trade deal being promoted by the EU and USA – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One motion has been raised by Labour’s Sue Milestone, the other by Green Party Councillor Anna McMullen.

The release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text - a giant trade and investment between 12 countries including the US and Japan - has led to claims by campaigns groups that the pact will cost jobs and represents 'a disaster for democracy.' The TPP is a parallel agreement to TTIP, the US-EU deal, which has met with serious opposition from across Europe.

What: The launch of a seven date tour across the UK warning of the dangers of transatlantic trade deals being pushed by Brussels, featuring trade experts from Canada, Uganda and the UK.
When: Sunday 1 November, 3pm
Where: Dundee, Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, Dundee DD1 5EN

As the next round of official TTIP negotiations start in Miami today, a new report from Global Justice Now says that the proposed ‘regulatory cooperation’ under TTIP amounts to "a blueprint for corporate domination", and will open the door for countless controversial practices, from chickens washed in chlorinated water, through to the return of asbestos in certain products.

A group of organisations have expressed concern today that the British government could be violating the right to education with its support for the growth of private schools across Africa and south Asia. International and British organisations as well as teachers’ unions have joined campaigners from countries including Kenya, Uganda and Ghana* to condemn the increased use of British aid money to support for-profit primary schools, in particular so-called ‘low-fee’ private schools, which are fuelling inequality, creating segregation and undermining the right to education.