Trade


Tricks of the trade

7 November 2018 Liam Fox is planning bargain-basement trade deals for Brexit Britain - but Labour policy promises to deliver trade justice and democracy for the many. By Nick Dearden.

The government is seeking new free trade deals after Brexit – and we could all pay the price

29 August 2018 Dorothy Guerrero writes that we're crashing out of the European Union and into the Trans-Pacific partnership: A free trade deal with all the disastrous hallmarks of TTIP.

Free trade is toxic, but Trump’s trade wars aren’t the alternative we need

10 July 2018 Dorothy Guerrero writes that hostile trade wars and American protectionism will double down on the damage done by decades of US-driven global free trade policies.

Dodgy trade deals like CETA threaten UK workers

26 June 2018 The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement enshrines the right of corporations to make profit - whatever the cost to real people. By Jean Blaylock

The government is using the Oxfam scandal to push an anti-aid agenda

13 February 2018 The actions of Oxfam officials are horrendous - but gutting foreign aid funding just puts more people at risk, writes Daniel Gibson.

To really take back control, we need to democratise our trade deals

6 February 2018 Trade deals effect every area of our lives - from our public services to the water we drink to the air we breathe. Marienna Pope-Weidemann from War on Want argues that we need greater public scrutiny over potentially disastrous post-Brexit trade deals.

Chlorine chickens are just the start: Liam Fox’s Brexit trade free-for-all

4 October 2017 A hard-right free marketer is now in charge of our trade policy. We urgently need to develop an alternative vision, writes Nick Dearden

Empire en vogue

24 June 2017 Nadine El-Enany examines the imperial pretensions of Britain's post-Brexit foreign affairs and trade strategy

‘Brexit red lines’ – the most progressive terms possible for the UK’s exit from the EU

8 October 2016 Labour is now opposing toxic trade deals, but what sort of trade do we want? Asks Nick Dearden.

International development and the potential for change beyond capitalism

17 August 2015 Finn Smith speaks to Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois, editors of Polarising Development, a collection of essays exploring the antagonistic structure of capitalist development

Essay: The death of international development

25 February 2015 ‘Development’ has failed to deliver. The reason, Jason Hickel argues, is that development organisations have failed to address the structural drivers of poverty

A manifesto for global justice

25 February 2015 Ditching development doesn’t mean simply changing language – it’s about radicalising our demands and reassessing old and new political ideas. Nick Dearden makes some suggestions for a global justice manifesto

TTIP: Wheels come off trade deal

1 August 2014 The movement is building against TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. John Hilary provides an update from a struggle that might just be going our way

Rough trade: the new corporate power grab

24 February 2014 Trade and investment agreements currently being negotiated will mean the biggest corporate power grab in a decade. We need a new global movement to confront them, writes Nick Dearden

Bad deal for bees

24 February 2014 After the EU banned pesticides linked to declining bee populations, the companies that make them launched a court case to challenge the ban. Sandra Bell reports

The new scramble for Africa

24 February 2014 A host of new initiatives promise food security through ‘investment’. Christine Haigh examines the reality

Capital courts: how corporations can hold governments to ransom

24 February 2014 Transnational corporations have won shocking powers to sue sovereign states, writes John Hilary, and they are not shy of using them

Anti-capitalism: alive and well

1 December 2009 Ten years ago, the global justice movement burst from the streets of Seattle onto the world's television screens. John Hilary examines the victories and challenges of the last decade

Derailing the WTO

1 September 2003 At one level, an unprecedented unity has emerged across the nascent "global justice and solidarity movement" towards the trade talks in Cancun. Conservative trade union organisations like the TUC and its international lobbying body the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) can now agree on a basic platform of demands with radical Southern-based NGOs and social movements of the "Our World is not for Sale" network.

The bluffer’s guide to… The WTO

1 September 2003 The WTO? Not another governing body for boxing is it? Nope, it’s the World Trade Organisation. Oooh, that sounds grand. Tell me more. The WTO was set up in 1995 to replace the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt). Gatt was designed to reduce taxes on imports, but the WTO’s programme has greatly expanded […]

Free trade on a knife edge

1 September 2003 Aileen Kwa outlines the issues that could make or break the WTO at Cancun:

NGO launches bid to force EC to open up GATS negotiations

1 August 2003 Friends of the Earth has lodged a complaint with the European Commission's Ombudsman in a bid to force the Commission to release documents detailing the European Union's stance in international trade negotiations.