Uruguay Shows the Way by Leaving Secret Trade Deal

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Raging Bull-shit

A strong coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and farmers working together on an effective public campaign were able to take on the interests of the world’s biggest companies and win.
By Viviana Barreto, Sam Cossar-Gilbert and cross-posted from Common Dreams

Thousands in Uruguay participated in protests against TISA earlier this year. (Photo: Courtesy of Montecruz Foto/CC BY 3.0)

Last week the Uruguayan government decided to end its involvement in the secret negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), signifying an important victory in the global fight against bad trade deals.

TISA is a radical new deal that aims to go far beyond current trade rules and force States to further open their markets to foreign corporations, privatize public services and reduce regulations. These measures often mean job losses, less environmental protection, and less accessible healthcare and education.

Uruguay has created a blueprint for how to stop this corporate-driven…

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