Lacking Trasparency: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on
Wednesday October 18, 2017
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In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct.

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Former US presidential candidate Ron Paul has started a petition in the US asking for a pardon for Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified information regarding the NSA and U.S. covert surveillance programs. This petition is hardly surprising as Ron Paul has long been a supporter of this stance on the grounds of governmental transparency, and the former senator for Texas sees Snowden’s leaks as a stepping stone towards this

What stands out is that whilst it is the more liberal media that would be in favour of Snowden on this side of the Atlantic, that is not the case for much of the larger liberal media outlets in the U.S. where it turns out the American people are quite split on the issue with recent polls largely in favour of Snowden being prosecuted. It doesn’t appear as though there is an overwhelming majority in favour of granting Snowden clemency, let alone a full pardon.

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Ireland’s Economy Didn’t Crash, It Never Existed

It’s been almost five years since the crash of ’08 catapulted the Irish from their delusions of grandeur into a barren economic wilderness and yet the country still seems perpetually lost. To be frank, it is a depressing place to be. We are a nation without sovereignty. The same technocrats and bankers that gorged the rest of us into famine compose a merry tune for our utterly vapid and inept political class to whistle along to. Political dissent is non-existent, replaced by a communal drizzle of apathy interspersed with occasional phone calls to our own Che Guevara, Joe Duffy. Talk of tightening belts and keeping our heads down usurp more appropriate metaphors containing deck chairs and sinking ships.

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