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National action for trade democracy

23 November 2017 - 2:30pm

Join a two day mobilisation to build the campaign for trade democracy, organised by Global Justice Now and War on Want.

Thanks to the hard work of activists on the ground, and the brazenness of the government, trade democracy is climbing up the political agenda. Over 100 MPs have signed an EDM calling for increased parliamentary scrutiny over trade deals. The SNP are calling for Scotland to have its own trade policy. People don’t want chlorinated chicken flooding UK supermarkets. Now is the time to strengthen the campaign for trade democracy.

Watch videos of "Paradises of the Earth" Web Documentary - Tunisia

23 November 2017 - 8:15am

First Episode - Gabes: Watch now!

This episode follows an international solidarity caravan to the first stop of the trip: the mediterranean oasis of Gabes in southern #Tunisia, where the installation of a chemical phosphate factory on its shores caused an ecocide deeply impacting fishing, agriculture, water resources and people's livelihoods.

The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

21 November 2017 - 11:00am

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines & Money

20 November 2017 - 4:30pm

Between 25-30 November, we will be hosting frontline activists from Uganda, Philippines and Colombia to challenge the Mines and Money Conference in London – the premier space for the global mining industry and its destructive deals. Our speakers will be sharing stories of resistance, successes and alternatives to mining – and opposing mining violence and current threats from extracitivism in their communities. Join us!

War on Want at the Latin America Conference 2017

16 November 2017 - 12:30pm

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time:  9.15am - 5pm (War on Want event, 10.45am to 11.45am)

Location: Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. 

Tickets: https://latinamericaconference.wordpress.com (£10 for waged, £8 unwaged)

 

Shack fires are political: Abahlali baseMjondolo mourn the death of a baby

13 November 2017 - 10:45am

Yesterday, at around 1:30 am a fire broke out in the Foreman Road Settlement in Clare Estate, Durban (South Africa). The fire started when a candle fell, setting the Xulu family home on fire.The familiy lost their two year old child and other members of the family are in a critical condition at King Dinizulu Hospital. The fire razed through the settlement affecting about 800 other families. 

The fight against Big Oil continues

10 November 2017 - 2:15pm

Today we remember the lives of the Ogoni Nine: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel and John Kpuine. On 10 November 1995, the Nigerian government executed these nine leaders of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on trumped up murder charges. Ken Saro-Wiwa and his comrades were on the frontline of a struggle against Big Oil in the Niger Delta, in this case, it was Shell – assisted by the Nigerian government.

President Santos of Colombia in the UK to receive awards while his repression continues in Colombia

9 November 2017 - 2:45pm

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has travelled to the UK to receive two international awards from Chatham House and Kew Gardens. However, while Santos is being awarded with these prizes, communities in Colombia are currently engaged in an intense period of protests, which began 12 days ago.

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

8 November 2017 - 7:45pm

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

Responding to news of International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s resignation, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is clearly the right outcome. The scandal of Priti Patel’s ‘secret’ meetings with Israeli politicians has worsened as more details emerge, including the implication that Number 10 colluded in keeping some of the meetings secret.

Patel Must Go, says War on Want

7 November 2017 - 2:45pm

More details have emerged on International Development Secretary Priti Patel's 'vacation' meetings with Israeli officials. Downing Street has admitted that she discussed with Israel the idea of giving the country British foreign aid cash.

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

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