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L’accord de « libre dumping » UE/USA : un faux AMI pire que le vrai

L’accord de « libre dumping » UE/USA : un faux AMI pire que le vrai | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Le projet actuel dit de « partenariat transatlantique pour le commerce et l’investissement » (PTCI, en anglais TTIP) est pire que l’AMI (billets suivants). Pour des raisons que je reporte en annexe 2, j’éviterai de le qualifier d’accord de « libre-échange ». Je trouve que c’est lui faire trop d’honneur que de l’associer au beau mot de liberté, et même à celui d’échange. Je parlerai d’accord de dérégulation, de suppression des protections collectives, de libre dumping ou libre jungle, de liberté d’exploitation des peuples par les multinationales, de « Grand Marché Transatlantique » (GMT), de l’Europe livrée aux appétits américains, etc. Je justifierai tout cela."

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French economist Jean Gadrey undertakes a critical analysis of the recently launched TTIP - series of three articles - must read

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Climate change targets should include emissions from goods manufactured abroad

Climate change targets should include emissions from goods manufactured abroad | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Carbon emissions from goods imported and consumed in the UK are rising more quickly than greenhouse gases are being cut domestically, MPs have warned.

 Very interesting report from the UK's Energy and Climate Parliamentary Committee. Their recommendations, if implemented, would give a completely different picture of the country's climate "achievements".

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US, EU, and Japan challenge China’s rare earth export restrictions

US, EU, and Japan challenge China’s rare earth export restrictions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In a tripartite challenge against China's export restrictions on rare earth materials, the US, European Union, and Japan filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

 

First shots in a new wave of resource wars?

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Greener than thou

Greener than thou | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
WHILE Europe’s leaders battle for the euro, another signature creation of the European Union (EU), one of the world’s most ambitious climate change policies, is also under attack.

 

Excellent article in The Economist blog about the EU's green trade conflicts.

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Why peak oil threatens the International Monetary System

"The current incarnation of the International Monetary System, in which the USA enjoys the exorbitant privilege of borrowing practically for free, and is therefore able to pursue reckless fiscal policy with immunity from the adverse consequences that non-reserve currency issuing nations would experience by doing so, cannot continue indefinitely."

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Must-read article on the impacts of peak oil on the global financial system.

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Pollution the big barrier to freer trade in rare earths

Tackling pollution, not freeing up trade, is regarded as the solution to a global shortage of rare earths, the metals that are the building blocks of the 21st century.

 

Interesting analysis of the rare earths trade conflict.

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Free-Trade Blinders - Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate

Free-Trade Blinders - Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Too many economists are prone to attribute concerns about globalization to crass protectionist motives or ignorance, even when genuine ethical issues are at stake.

 

Very good article in Project Syndicate written by Harvard professor Dani Rodrik on the dark distributional aspects of free trade.

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How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In America, workers are pressured to accept wage cuts, loss of job security, elimination of pensions, and more shifting of medical costs. Maybe we should start calling free trade agreements "de-industrialization agreements."

 

Interesting editorial on the "free trade" ideology and its social implications in The Huffington Post.

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