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Gaza under attack! Stop Arming Israel! BDS now!

01 August 2014, Latest news

Photo: Patrick Abi Salloum

Photo: Patrick Abi Salloum

On 8 July 2014, Israel launched its third military attack on Gaza in five years. Entire neighbourhoods have been wiped out, with even more people killed than in the massacres of January 2009. Palestinian families living in Gaza have no safe places to flee to as schools, mosques and hospitals have been targeted by the Israeli military. Buildings hit include Gaza’s main hospital, a home for the elderly and disabled, a UN school which constitutes Gaza’s principal evacuation centre, a busy food market and Gaza’s main electricity plant.

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GM promotes poverty and dependency in Africa

28 July 2014, Latest news

Millions of BBC World Service radio listeners were misled again on why African civil society rejects genetically modified crops and big business control over food. The misinformation came when the programme Science in Action featured Rob Bailey, acting research director at the UK-based international affairs think tank Chatham House. Bailey co-wrote the new Chatham House report On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa.

Leading campaigners in Africa have already responded to Bailey's misleading arguments in the Guardian, yet Bailey continues to recite the same lines.

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Tolpuddle 2014 - Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tempest all in one weekend!

28 July 2014, Previous events

19-20 July 2014 - Tolpuddle Festival, Dorset

Despite the best efforts of the British weather, once again the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival was a great success. Thousands of people came along - some camped while others opted to join in on Sunday with the famous Topuddle rally. Hundreds of union banners were out in force and brass bands, samba bands and the Socialist Choir filled the country air with sounds of solidarity.

Following a week of strikes and industrial action, trade unionists were fired up to debate and discuss the fightback against the coalition government's continuing programme of austerity. Speakers included TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, Brazilian trade union leader Antonio de Lisboa Amancio Vale and Guardian columnist Owen Jones amongst others. Moving tributes were paid to Bob Crow and Tony Benn who were lost to the movement earlier this year. 

A big thanks to all those of you who visited War on Want at our stall in the Martyrs' Marquee (we were quite grateful to be inside!), We had our TTIP report by John Hilary, which flew off the table, such is the need to fight off the threat of this EU-US trade deal. We also collected hundreds of signatures from people who wanted to make their statement to the Foreign Secretary about retail store Gap and its unwillingness to sign up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord. Gap and Wal-Mart have instead offered a voluntary alternative, with no negotiations with trade unions and no independent monitoring of factories. 

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Launch of European Citizens' Initiative on TTIP and CETA

21 July 2014, Latest news

On Tuesday 15 July 2014, the European Citizens' Initiative on TTIP and CETA was officially launched in Brussels. The initiative calls for an end to negotiations on both the EU-US and EU-Canada trade talks, and demands instead a new approach to EU trade policy that puts people and the planet before corporate profit. In order to be successful, the initiative needs to collect at least one million signatures from across the EU in the space of a year. War on Want is coordinating the collection of signatures in the UK. 

 

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Tags: campaigns | CETA | trade justice | TTIP

   

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Stop Israel aid, Hague told

09 July 2014, Press releases

Foreign Secretary William Hague today faces accusations that Britain is allowing Israel to act with impunity and intensify its collective punishment measures against the Palestinian population.

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Jobs threat fight set for launch

08 July 2014, Press releases

National campaign opposes EU-US deal

A national campaign against clandestine economic negotiations between the European Union and the US opens today, amid warnings from activists of the biggest shift of power to transnational capital for a generation.

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New death threats against Colombian activist Alfamir Castillo

07 July 2014, Latest news

War on Want is deeply concerned for the safety of Colombian activist Alfamir Castillo, who has received two death threats in recent days. Alfamir is the mother of Darvey Mosquera Castillo, who was murdered by the Colombian army in 2008. The latest threats follow the recent escape of one of the soliders found guilty of the murder.

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Thank you Glastonbury!

07 July 2014, Previous events

Massive thanks to all you Glasto revellers who stopped at our stall in the Green Futures Field

We hope you're almost fully recovered. Hope you enjoyed your time there as much as we did. And we're talking activism chat, not just Dolly Parton!

Whether you picked up a War on Want badge, had a chat about sweatshops, made a donation or signed up to receive materials for your school, we were bowled over by your enthusiasm to take action and grow the movement for justice. So great to meet so many of you!

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All the reports, action cards, booklets, stickers,  badges and other campaigns materials you saw on our stall are free to order. Make sure you put in an order for your community fete stalls, local group events, school & university projects, workplaces and family & friends.

Check out the following:

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No More Fashion Victims campaign and latest online action

2 Stop G4S campaign and latest online action
3 No TTIP campaign and latest event
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War on Want response to EU consultation on TTIP

26 June 2014, Latest news

War on Want responded today (26 June 2014) to the European Union's public consultation on the inclusion of investor protection provisions, especially the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). All readers are encouraged to submit their own responses to the consultation, either using our text (below) or making use of the alternative response mechanisms described here. For more background on TTIP, click here.

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MPs pressed over Colombia investment deal

25 June 2014, Press releases

Campaigners are urging MPs to stop investment moves between the UK and Colombia that would let companies sue governments, with huge legal bills for taxpayers, and deter ministers from policies that serve public interests.

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Tags: campaigns | colombia | resources & conflict | trade justice

   

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Response to 'Stop Glencore's Deadly Mine' Campaign

20 June 2014, Latest news

A huge thank you to the over 5,000 people took up War on Want’s recent call to demand that Anglo-Swiss multinational Glencore withdraw from the Tampakan project in the southern Philippines. In response to our campaign we received a reply from Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI), the firm controlled by Glencore and responsible for managing the Tampakan project.

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Take action on TTIP! Stop the power grab!

19 June 2014, Latest news

ttip new cover 100As awareness grows across Europe of the huge threat posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the European Commission has been forced to open a public consultation on one of the most controversial aspects of the deal: the so-called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This will grant new powers to transnational corporations to sue governments before special tribunals, bypassing domestic courts and making a mockery of democracy. Here's how you can take part in the consultation and say no!

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Agroecology Bill: a step towards food sovereignty

12 June 2014, Latest news

The Private Members Bill ballot was drawn this morning (12 June), and 20 MPs were selected to introduce the bill of their choice to the 2014-15 session of parliament. The Agroecology Alliance (of which War on Want is a member) has worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology to draft an Agroecology Bill in the hope that one of the lucky MPs drawn in the ballot could take it on as theirs. The bill represents another step among the many changes needed for people to regain control over our food and agricultural system. 

STOP PRESS: We've just heard back from the first three MPs who we had hoped might pick the Agroecology Bill, and sadly they have chosen other priorities. We are now looking for alternatives...

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Tags: food justice | food sovereignty | overseas work

   

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Alliance Boots – Public Health Risk!

10 June 2014, Latest news

War on Want activists have been joined by medical professionals in campaigning against tax avoidance by Alliance Boots. Activists donned white coats and placed a public health notice in front of the store to highlight that the missing tax puts public health at risk, by reducing the amount of money available for the NHS.

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War on Want at G4S shareholders meeting

03 June 2014, Latest news

War on Want campaigners attended the G4S Annual General Meeting and called for an end to the company’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children.

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