The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed treaty between 23 Parties, including the EU and the United States. TiSA is to liberalise (i.e. privatise!) the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care and transport. Currently most public services in the US are private, e.g. local police, prisons, education etc. TiSA will … Continue reading “TiSA Trade in Services Agreement”
CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is similar to TTIP but is between Canada and the EU. The agreement is waiting for final approval by the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament. Whether approval by all EU member states is needed is disputed, so is whether we citizens have any say. … Continue reading “CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement”
TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an agreement between the EU and the United States; similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Taken together these ‘agreements’ ensure US control over world trade, ignoring other interested parties such as Russia and China and even the World Trade Organisation … Continue reading “TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership”
Have they done their duty?
An article by Diarmaid Ó Cadhla With elections coming in May we need to ask whether we have been represented by our Council? Have we been consulted on the issues? have our preferences determined the policy of Council? The vote in these elections is to decide who we want to represent us… do we continue with … Continue reading “Have they done their duty?”
Ionad an Phobail – a Resource Centre for the People
People are forming campaign groups and various political initiatives everywhere. Such developments are testimony to the great energy of people and their search for solutions, it is also testimony to their resistance to the many policy impositions that have taken place in recent years. In order to facilitate the development of a broad movement of … Continue reading “Ionad an Phobail – a Resource Centre for the People”
Do we know what Local Government is?
There are elections due in May… Politics these days is almost like a dirty word, it is associated with junkets, corruption, back-room deals, dishonesty, dynasties and generally something divorced from the people. It is a sad reality that today the vast majority of citizens are effectively excluded from our democratic process, we have no say … Continue reading “Do we know what Local Government is?”
Discussion about Empowerment – Awaken Forum
The Awaken Ireland Forum is continuing every two weeks at the Imperial Hotel in Cork. The forum is a facilitated ‘open space’ discussion, where participants select the topics they wish to discuss themselves and break into group discussions, later coming together to share at the end of the evening. Topic selection varies with the participants … Continue reading “Discussion about Empowerment – Awaken Forum”
Yes, we need to do something!
But, we must know what we are doing, and know something about what alternative there is – otherwise we just exchange Punch for Judy. I don’t believe that the Gov’t care one bit how much we protest, and they like it all the more when we appeal to THEM – it puts them in the … Continue reading “Yes, we need to do something!”
Encouraging Mr. Taft & ‘Civil Society’ towards Empowerment of the Citizens
In an article posted on the question of Constitutional and Peoples Conventions Michael Taft, economist, advanced the idea of “reputable groups” and “civil society” coming together to … create a Peoples Convention… Needless to say we have something to say in that regard. We are encouraged that Mr Taft would want to address the problems and … Continue reading “Encouraging Mr. Taft & ‘Civil Society’ towards Empowerment of the Citizens”
An Chomhdháil Phobail | The People’s Convention
Your assistance is needed in getting a new initiative off the ground. We are pleased to pass on the following information: The new An Chomhdháil Phobail / The Peoples Convention (CPPC) will be announced on Saturday 27th November next – the ICTU demonstration in Dublin will be used to leaflet the public, a web site will … Continue reading “An Chomhdháil Phobail | The People’s Convention”