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UK Coal Costs Colombia

7 December 2017 - 11:30am

By Mark Metcalf, originally published in Big Issue North 27 NOV - 3 DEC.

Claims human rights violated in Colombia

UK-owned mine is vital to local economy

 Mariana Greif Etchebehere

A worker at Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia. UK owners are accused of displacing locals and environmental damage. Photo: Mariana Greif Etchebehere

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:

The Women of Marikana

17 August 2017 - 10:00am

The Women of Marikana will no longer be ignored

SARANEL BENJAMIN writes on the fifth anniversary of the massacre and the fight for justice in the Morning Star


THIS August marks the fifth anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre.

During the month of August in 2012, 37 miners were killed — 34 were shot down by the South African police on a single day.

Electronic Intifada: EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

11 August 2017 - 11:15am

The EU admits that Israel systematically violates international law through its military occupation and attacks on Palestinians, yet continues to reward the Israeli government and arms companies with research money, contracts and trade deals that feed its war machine, War on Want says.

UK banks must drop their deadly investments in the arms trade

21 July 2017 - 12:00pm

This article was first carried by Middle East Eye. While Palestinians struggle for survival, arms companies are making a killing with investments from UK banks and financial institutions.

North African Food Sovereignty Network launched

17 July 2017 - 11:15am

War on Want's Senior Programme Officer for the North Africa and West Asia region, Hamza Hamouchene, was actively involved in supporting the development of and launch of the North African Network for Food Sovereignty. Pambazuka covered the launch of the network and its charter.

Morning Star: HSBC Targeted Over Arm Sales

3 July 2017 - 11:30am

If HSBC is serious about a commitment to human rights, its first step must be to immediately end its business relationship with companies that sell weapons to Israel, says War on Want.

The government played the public for fools, and lost

28 June 2017 - 1:30pm

War on Want in Red Pepper. The recent High Court ruling against the government proves that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics are totally legitimate. They are legal ways to hold government and companies to account, and they are being fought so hard because they are so effective.

A victory for local democracy and the BDS movement

27 June 2017 - 3:00pm

War on Want in Ethical Consumer. When it comes to taking on abusive regimes it is clear that local council divestment works. This victory will give new energy to our movement to stand up for human rights and justice.

Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today’s Algeria

23 June 2017 - 2:15pm

War on Want in the New Internationalist. Power rests in the hands of a corrupt military and political oligarchy that denies people the right to self-determination, writes War on Want's Hamza Hamouchene.

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