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GM promotes poverty and dependency in Africa

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28 July 2014

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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Launch of European Citizens' Initiative on TTIP and CETA

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21 July 2014

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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New death threats against Colombian activist Alfamir Castillo

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07 July 2014

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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War on Want response to EU consultation on TTIP

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26 June 2014

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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Response to 'Stop Glencore's Deadly Mine' Campaign

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20 June 2014

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!

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19 June 2014

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

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12 June 2014

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!

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10 June 2014

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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Tags: boots | campaigns | tax | tax dodging | tax justice

   

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War on Want at G4S shareholders meeting

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03 June 2014

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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Gates Foundation sells down its shares in G4S

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29 May 2014

In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S. Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, launched a campaign calling on the Gates Foundation to divest its £110m stake from the company. Thanks to everyone who joined the campaign, signed the petition and participated in protests. 

“We are glad the pressure on the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S is starting to work. We urge the Foundation to sell any remaining shares it still holds and release a public statement pledging not to invest in corporations profiting from Israel’s military occupation,” said Rafeef Ziadah, Senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want.

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Tags: campaigns | g4s | palestine | PMSC | victory

   

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Living Wage Commission: Time to be bold

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30 April 2014

War on Want and several of its trade union affiliates have sent an open letter to the Living Wage Commission prior to its final meeting today (30 April) calling on it to press for the living wage to be made a mandatory requirement on employers, not an optional extra as at present. 

The text of the letter as sent to Archbishop Dr John Sentamu, chair of the Commission, is below - and you can read how the Guardian covered it here.

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40,000 Chinese workers on strike in factories supplying Nike and Adidas

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23 April 2014

Only weeks after War on Want hit out at Nike for exploiting Indonesian employees producing England’s World Cup shirts, around 40,000 Chinese workers making Nike shoes are on strike for better pay, besides housing and pension money owed to them.

The strike, including managers, began on the same day as the England shirts exposure, and police have detained some of the workers.

War on Want’s partners the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Worker Empowerment, jointly with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and other civil society groups in China, are demanding the local government of the Chinese city of Dongguang and the Yue Yuen factory owners to comply with labour laws and to release the detained workers. They also hold brands -Nike, Adidas and Timberland- responsible for ignoring labour laws and turning a blind eye to workers’ rights violations in the Yue Yuen factory.

Sign a letter in solidairty with the workers here

 

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Tags: china | corporations & conflict | fashion victims | overseas news | sweatshops

   

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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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