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The EU referendum has thrown up a huge number of questions on trade: What now for TTIP and CETA? Will we have our own trade deals after Brexit? Will Brexit even happen? These trade deals pose a significant risk to our welfare and environment. Mark Dearn, War on Want's Trade campaigner, will explain what we know right now – and what we should be ready to campaign on.
Many Europeans are worried that TTIP and CETA will eventually lead to lower standards for food safety and animal welfare, which are generally higher in Europe than in the US. Already there are signs of compliance. Europe dropped its ban on beef washed in lactic acid in order to smooth the way for both CETA and TTIP talks, as both countries allow this practice and are keen to open up the European market to their beef exporters. However, if, in the future, the EU decided to bring back the ban on this practice, US agribusiness companies could sue for compensation through CETA.
Jackie Oversby ☎ 07745310794 email@example.com www.globaljustice.org.uk/reading
In a drab North Korean city, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is eventually rescued by her grandmother. The old woman names the child Bari, after a legend telling of a forsaken princess who undertakes a quest for an elixir that will bring peace to the souls of the dead. As a young woman, frail, brave Bari escapes North Korea and takes refuge in China before embarking on a journey across the ocean in the hold of a cargo ship, seeking a better life. She lands in London, where she finds work as a masseuse. Paid to soothe her clients aching bodies, she discovers that she can ease their more subtle agonies as well, having inherited her beloved grandmother s uncanny ability to read the pain and fears of others. Bari makes her home amongst other immigrants living clandestinely. She finds love in unlikely places, but also suffers a series of misfortunes that push her to the limits of sanity. Yet she has come too far to give in to despair... Princess Bari is a captivating novel that leavens the grey reality of cities and slums with the splendour of fable. Hwang Sok-yong has transfigured an age-old legend and made it vividly relevant to our own times.