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Challenging Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake in G4S

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17 April 2014

Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, have launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S.

On 17 April, Palestinian prisoners’ day, campaigners from London, Johannesburg, to New York and Seattle visited Gates Foundation offices to deliver a petition calling on the Gates Foundation to divest.

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The votes have been counted

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04 April 2014

Members of War on Want play an important part in shaping the future of our organisation, by exercising their democratic right to vote at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At this year's AGM on 22 March, two resolutions were presented to the meeting.

The first was a Special Resolution proposed by our Council of Management to allow members to nominate their proxy vote online to help reduce costs and make it easier for people to engage and have a say. The great news is that this resolution was passed! This means from next year onwards, as well as voting in person on the day or using a paper ballot to nominate a proxy, members will also have the ability to nominate their proxy vote online.

The second resolution put forward by one of our members, proposed that the AGM should be held in a major city outside of London every four years. This resolution was also passed!

This just goes to show the impact our members can have and the truly democratic nature of our decision making. We think our members are amazing! If you're not one already, you can join us here.

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Call on the Gates Foundation to divest its $170m stake from G4S

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03 April 2014

Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, have launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its $170m stake from G4S.

G4S is highly complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is particularly complicit in the imprisonment of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails, including child prisoners.

Sign the online petition here. Tell the Gates Foundation to divest now!

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RIP Tony Benn, 1925-2014

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14 March 2014

War on Want pays tribute to Tony Benn, a great internationalist and a long-term supporter of War on Want.

We will continue to draw inspiration from his life and his many achievements in reaffirming our commitment to the fight for justice around the world. He was a true comrade, and we will miss him.

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Oil uprising: Two decades after Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death, the Ogoni struggle is reigniting

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12 March 2014

Nigeria erupted in protest in January 2012 when the government announced it was to remove the subsidy on domestic fuel supplies. Despite exporting 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, Nigeria doesn’t have the refining capacity to meet domestic demand and has to import petrol. The fuel subsidy uprising went on for almost two weeks and offered a glimpse of the country’s simmering social unrest.

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RIP Bob Crow, a staunch internationalist

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11 March 2014

Bob Crow

We at War on Want are greatly saddened at the passing of Bob Crow, a staunch ally in the fight for workers' rights. We remember him as a friend of Palestine, a champion of working people, and someone who was undaunted in standing up for what he believed in. 

Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and all of those whose lives his touched. Many individuals have a better quality of life thanks to the battles he fought.

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Drop trade talks

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10 March 2014

Read our joint letter on TTIP trade negotiations in The Times today.

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Can we reach one million for the Robin Hood Tax?

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18 February 2014

Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call million strong.

Starring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, the new Robin Hood Tax video takes a cheeky look at what the news could report in 2024, after the tax is a huge success, of course!

 

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Life under occupation in Western Sahara

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17 February 2014

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, offers initial reflections from the first UK parliamentary delegation to occupied Western Sahara

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Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

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14 February 2014

With the start of 2013 the 'War on Terror' has burst back into the headlines. The attack on a BP gas plant in Algeria sparked declarations from David Cameron which identified North Africa as the new front line. Already the UK has backed military intervention in Mali and upgraded military support for Algeria and Libya. In Algeria, Cameron announced a strengthened 'military partnership' to combat terrorism and "improve security in the region", and in Libya he pledged more British training for security forces and support for securing the country's borders.

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Experts rank Gap the world’s worst company for failing Bangladesh workers’ safety

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24 January 2014

A jury of experts have awarded Gap the ‘Public Eye’ award for the worst company of the year for its failure to sign a binding agreement to make factories safe in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh earlier this year.

In making their decision, the panel ranked Gap’s behaviour worse than HSBC’s involvement in land-grabbing, Syngenta, Bayer & BASF’s production of bee killing pesticides and mining giant Glencore's impact on communities around the world.

Gap Never Again Demonstration Oxford Street - iDJ Photography 24

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Why this year’s Davos could be bad for our health

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23 January 2014

Tomorrow sees the start of the World Economic Forum, the annual Davos gathering at which the transnational capitalist class looks to the year ahead and celebrates its continuing domination of the global economy. Open only to invited guests from the highest echelons of the corporate and government elite, the event sees no need to be modest in its pretensions. This year's forum is entitled simply 'The Reshaping of the World'.

Two Davos participants who are definitely seeking to reshape the world over the coming year are US Trade Representative Michael Froman and his European counterpart Karel de Gucht. The two men will discuss how they can complete negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the summer of 2015, an ambitious task given the time usually taken by trade negotiations.

If they succeed, the deal will change the way in which we order our social existence forever.

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UK government responds to call to abolish the UK’s tax havens

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13 January 2014

Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.

The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.

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Act now to end the violent repression of Cambodian garment workers

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06 January 2014

In the last week at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent crackdown on a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Despite massive support by garment workers for the legitimate strike, the government has used excessive violence to crush the protests, and many union organisers are still either missing, under arrest or wanted by the police.

Sign the petition to the government of Cambodia demanding an end to the violence, respect for the striking workers’ rights and a negotiated settlement to this dispute

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Thank you

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19 December 2013

Thank you

Together with our supporters we achieved some amazing things in 2013. We want to share just a few of them with you.

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