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Re: Global Economics

Postby wildlx » 02 Sep 2015, 06:44

More on TTIP:
Black-out on tobacco's access to EU trade talks an eerie indication of TTIP threat
The promised ‘transparency’ around TTIP has been a sham

Earlier this week, the European Commission 'released' very heavily redacted documents (see PDFs below) concerning their contacts with the tobacco industry on EU trade negotiations, including the ongoing EU-Japan and EU-US trade talks (TTIP). In all four documents (correspondence with and minutes of meetings with tobacco lobbyists) virtually all the content is removed (blacked out) including the names of all tobacco lobbyists and Commission officials involved. In a 14-page letter from British American Tobacco, for instance, less then 5% of the text is visible (a few fairly meaningless sentences about introductory and closing remarks ). In a one-page summary of a meeting with Philip Morris even the date of the meeting is removed and there is no mention of which trade negotiations were discussed. The Commission describes this as "partial access".
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Baker » 04 Sep 2015, 08:23

Yep. The more we hear, the worse it sounds.
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Proofrdr » 21 Sep 2015, 23:41

I've lived with one for more than 40 years, but I still do not understand the Greeks. Tsipras and the Syriza Party won again. He first ran against the austerity requirements of the EU, won on that premise, but agreed to all the austerity measures. The Greeks reacted with understandable anger. Tsipras then stepped down and called for another election which, unbelievably, his party won BY AN EVEN GREATER MARGIN. How can they vote for the party that can't be trusted to live up to its basic tenet? Aristotle is rolling in his grave.

This time Tsipiras says he will get rid of the corruption in government. Good luck with that.
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Baker » 22 Sep 2015, 08:31

Proofrdr wrote:I've lived with one for more than 40 years, but I still do not understand the Greeks.

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Re: Global Economics

Postby wildlx » 24 Sep 2015, 08:35

Well, I can only understand as a lack of alternative. The best of among the parties, even if all are bad. But I confess I would be tempted to vote in the Syriza dissidents. Here, after being undecided for a long time, I am going to vote in 2 weeks in the socialists, without agreeing with a lot of their proposals, just so the right wing parties coalition does not have a chance to win (they are side by side on the polls - which is mind boggling to me after all the austerity and shows how much they control the media).
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Baker » 24 Sep 2015, 08:51

On the TPP, our government--which have been incredibly mealy-mouthed about the actual TPP negotiations right from the start, as opposed the boosterism of the predictions of how great it will be--are now saying that the treaty won't be "gold plated" for NZ. We know what that means...
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Re: Global Economicsc

Postby wildlx » 27 Sep 2015, 09:09

You're f*cked ?
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Proofrdr » 27 Sep 2015, 13:59

I think we all are.
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Re: Global Economics

Postby wildlx » 28 Sep 2015, 10:32

Yes. I agree.
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Re: Global Economics

Postby Baker » 05 Oct 2015, 07:31

They're saying the deal is close to signing. One of the sticking points was the patent length on pharmaceuticals. Yeah, we're fucked.
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