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New report: UK government accused of 'arming repression' in the Persian Gulf

6 October 2016 - 7:15am

The UK government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf, making a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights. Driving government complicity in state violence in the region is a secret ‘Gulf Strategy Unit’ and a murky network of British officials and corporations operating in the region and focused on trade, oil and 'internal security'.

Theresa May’s workers’ rights review is flawed from start

5 October 2016 - 3:15pm

The prime minister has announced that: ‘Flexibility and innovation are a vital part of what makes our economy strong’ - but flexibility can only ever be code for exploitation. An edited version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

Thatcherism returns: UK councils banned from divesting from occupation

4 October 2016 - 4:45pm

In a devastating blow against democracy, new guidance aims to curb the power of local authorities to make ethical financial choices. A version of this article was published at Middle East Eye.

 

The Case of Arabic Hip Hop 5th Edition

4 October 2016 - 4:45pm

Event date: 15 October 2016 20:00 - 1:00

Location: Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

War on Want is excited to support The Case of Arabic Hip Hop, back for a special 5th edition with an all stars line up from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon & Tunisia!

Social Movement Learning and the Struggle for Social Justice

3 October 2016 - 4:15pm

Event date: 19 October 2016 13:00 - 19:00

Location: Fulton Lecture Theatre B, University of Sussex, Brighton

War on Want, together with Centre for International Education (University of Sussex), Institute of Education (UCL), Red Pepper and the Transnational Institute, will be hosting an event on Social Movement Learning and the Struggle for Social Justice. 

Precarious contracts lie at the root of Asos's appalling treatment of workers

30 September 2016 - 3:15pm

A new report says Asos warehouse staff are unable to take toilet breaks and are being fired for having panic attacks. Asos has a serious case to answer when it treats workers in this way. Precarious contracts lie at the root of this abuse, with bosses holding all the power workers are too afraid to challenge appalling treatment for fear of losing their job. 

‘Arrogant, anti-democratic’ government ignores results of its own consultation

27 September 2016 - 5:00pm

The government has given itself the power to overrule the democratic process and block local councils from making investment decisions in line with community values. In doing so it ignored 98% of those who responded to its consultation.

Colombia peace: tackling rampant inequality crucial to lasting deal

26 September 2016 - 12:00pm

The central feature of the conflict has always been the rampant inequality, so solving the social, environmental and political problems still present in Colombia rests on the participation of a majority of Colombians, without fear of reprisal. Yet it is worrying that in the wake of the announcement of the end of the conflict, there has been a spike in violence over the last month.

EU-Canada trade deal CETA ‘must be stopped’

23 September 2016 - 2:45pm

CETA is a recipe for economic doom in the EU. MEPs have highlighted that it is now clear that CETA is also a threat to workers’ rights and public services, and that the ISDS ‘corporate court’ mechanism is not fit for purpose. The time has come to stop this deal for good.

Trade deal predicted to spell economic disaster for UK And Europe hangs in the balance

22 September 2016 - 5:45pm

After tens of thousands of people once more took to the streets of Europe to protest secret trade deals this week, the EU faces a critical moment. This article appeared in Huffington Post.

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