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Fake Globalisation: Propaganda Lives On

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False Globalisation

Propaganda Lives On

 

by Danfox Davies | Bucureşti, Romania 16th September 2015 – Edited in Blarney, Ireland 17th August 2017

 

The presence of the spectre of the TPP, TTIP and TISA secretive ‘trade’ deals (and many other such deals like them) would lead anyone to think that the world is becoming increasingly homogenised for corporate purposes, that a grand unification of the hundreds of countries into one subservient consumer mass is already underway and importantly that no-one either can or should do anything to stop this. Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles and cans can be found the world over, every city has a McDonald’s or ten and why would any country wish to impede this availability of consumer familiarity that everyone knows and loves (to hate)? Why indeed?

TTIP Leaks: It Ain't Over Yet

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I am very proud of the part I played in helping to fight off ACTA in 2012. Indeed, I must confess to a certain amount of schadenfreude where the lamentation of our opponents is concerned. That said, CETA and TTIP are still on the radar and although they have been shot several times they are still on their feet. This is mostly due to the efforts of the corporate lobbyists and their allies in the European Parliament and the US Congress, who are determined to push it through no matter what because they believe it will spur growth. The main bones of contention for Pirates are the intellectual property chapters and ISDS.

TTIPed Over

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It strikes me as a recurring theme that those in charge of big businesses will continue to cling to their notion of being above the law and the powers that make it, even when these emporers are seen in their 'new clothes'. We all know big businesses are fighting tooth and claw against the very idea of a fair society, making a mockery of what capitalism is supposed to be.

A free market.

What a fallacious suggestion that a 'free market' could generate such a restrictive, anti-competitive and contrived piece of corrupt legislation as TTIP. Now, thanks to those marvellous people over at Greenpeace, we have proof. Indeed, that Greenpeace were involved in this leak shows how wide its impact already is. http://www.ttip-leaks.org/ shows that any attempted assurances that TTIP would somehow be good for us as people are complete hogwash. For this reason I urge you all to stand on your own two feet against this monstrous attack on rights, freedoms and what's left of democracy, or else be TTIPed over.

Your economically and ecologically conscious Pirate,

Danfox Davies

CETA: TTIP's Little Brother. Why We Need To Fight It

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CETA is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. After years of being negotiated in secret, it's in the legal scrubbing phase and is headed for the EU Parliament where it will either be ratified and put into effect, or killed off like ACTA was on July 4th, 2012. That depends on us and how willing we are to overcome campaign fatigue and push back for another Pirate victory. Please note, we'll have to do it again for TTIP.

TTIP antithetical to Pirate Party values

Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:15

Due to the continued secrecy around the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) many around the UK do not yet understand how dangerous such a deal is and the ways in which it would impact them.

A day of action took place yesterday and representatives of the Pirate Party attended the 38 Degrees Anti-TTIP demonstration in Salford & Eccles to drag these negotiations into the light.

Danfox Davies : The Genetic Grinch Scenario

(or How Gene Patent Trolls Stole Your Food)

This article is made of a few different parts. The first is a hypothetical dystopian scenario, but one very much rooted in our lives and perfectly possible trajectories of trends. Company names and product names mentioned are used only as EXAMPLES in that part of the article, and no bias or prediction of actual corporate actions or combinations is intended. The fact that I have to say this makes some of my point for me.

The second deals with the present in the USA, and places the reader in the position of an American plains arable farmer, finishing with a mild dipping of toes into conspiracy conjecture.

The third compares the direction of the GMO food industry with that of pharmaceutical firms and puts it against the backdrop of TTIP/TPP/TISA negotiation.

The fourth explains more reasons why banning GMOs will not help.

The fifth is to say you should decide what you CAN do, and makes suggestions.

YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A LUNCH

Shabby European Compromise on TTIP

Thursday, 9 July, 2015 - 11:00

The European Parliament has voted on negotiating principles or 'red lines' on the EU-US trade deal TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The vote had been delayed after a large number of amendments to the report had been put down.

TTIP has been particularly controversial because of its secret negotiations and potential to undermine European standards. 2.3 million EU citizens signed a petition to Stop TTIP.

Human Rights No, Corporate Rights Yes?

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It’s become a hallmark of British Government that they say one thing and do another. Rarely is it ever so cut-and-dried as with the current Conservative government.

Much has been made over the last few weeks about the desires of the Prime Minister to leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Cameron has said he wants to bring more powers back to London, because he doesn’t like the way it ‘hands power’ off – powers we British have given to that court more than 60 years ago. Most notably, he doesn’t like the way it often deals with his right wing agenda of disenfranchising people, and creeping towards a police state, but seems to be championing the way with misinformation.

 

It’s quite surprising to note then, that he has not been an outspoken critic of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) or the Comprehensive  Economic and Trade  Agreement (CETA) which was released yesterday. In fact, he has been portrayed as a massive supporter of the TTIP, and CETA.

“Why is that surprising?”, you might ask, and the answer is simple. The entire thrust of his anti-ECHR campaign, has been that the court takes power ‘out of London’. He has no problem with ‘Human Rights’, but wants to somehow bring it entirely inside the UK, no matter the outside cost (there may well be significant consequences to leaving the ECHR). In essence, he wants a UK subservient only to UK judges. 

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