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Crackdown on labour organisations in China

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19 September 2012

War on Want's partners, Students Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and Worker Empowerment (WE), organisations fighting for workers' rights in China, have strongly denounced the forced closure of at least seven labour organisations in the Guangdong province, in South China.

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War on Want response to HMRC’s consultation on a “General Anti-Abuse Rule”

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19 September 2012

In June the government launched a consultation on proposals for a “General Anti-Abuse Rule”, building on a previous government commissioned report on whether a general anti-avoidance rule would be beneficial to the UK tax system. The government’s proposal rejected suggestions that the UK should adopt a wide ranging anti-avoidance rule, and instead proposed a rule targeted only on at “artificial and abusive tax avoidance”.

Responding to the government consultation, which closed in September, War on Want stated:

We believe that what is proposed falls far short of what is needed to tackle tax avoidance and contribute to an efficient, equitable and effective tax regime in the UK. The government must use this opportunity to go much further than just targeting “artificial and abusive” tax arrangements, and go on to tackle the operation of widespread, damaging and unjust tax avoidance schemes in the UK.

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Tags: campaigns | cuts | financial crisis | tax dodging | tax havens | tax not cuts

   

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Good Food March London

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18 September 2012

Our food system is in crisis and, as the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being debated in Brussels, it is key we ask our politicians to take urgent action to decisively shift EU agriculture towards a sustainable path. 

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Yesterday War on Want, together with local food producers, UK small-scale farmers and organisations working on food sovereignty, went to the European Commission (EC) representation in the UK to invite them to participate in the Good Food March taking place tomorrow in Brussels.

The large postcard invitation called for the Common Agricultural Policy to recognise the Food Sovereignty principles in which the food and agriculture system is based on sustainable and democratic principles. We also asked the EC representation to be led by the demands of European citizens in the current CAP negotiations. 

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Tags: food crisis | food justice | food sovereignty | GMO | good food march

   

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Justice for workers! Stop police and corporate impunity

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13 September 2012

War on Want joins South African partners – Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Unemployed People’s Movement – in demanding that those responsible for the killing of 34 Lonmin miners be brought to justice. The unrest that is spreading in other mining sites in South Africa speaks about the plight of miners under the rule of multinational mining companies.

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Testimony to the international outrage sparked by the slaughter is that similar calls  have come from our partners outside South Africa. These are the global network stop corporate impunity and the National Garment Workers’ Federation, which staged a supportive march in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

 

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Demand Food Sovereignty in the EU!

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10 September 2012

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The fate of our food and food system is being debated in Brussels as part of the reform of the multi-billion pound European Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) for 2014 - 2020.

For the first time, the reform of the CAP will be decided by both the European Parliament and national Governments.

This is our chance to demand a Common Agriculture Policy that champions good food and good farming. It’s time for change.

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Tags: act now | events | fighting supermarket power | food crisis | food justice | food sovereignty | GMO | good food march

   

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UN-Habitat manifesto condemned at the World Urban Forum

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07 September 2012

Urban residents from across the world came together to fight for their right to housing to be recognised and protected as the sixth World Urban Forum drew to a close yesterday. Outside the closing ceremony, the Urban Social Forum denounced the appalling conditions faced by the urban poor particularly evictions and lack of services and criticised the systems that has caused this crisis. They called for a new system following the World Charter on the Right to the City, which gives everyone equal access to the city. This call supports an end to the privatisation and commodification of the city, participatory democracy in all affairs of the city including budgeting and equitable wealth redistribution.

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Tags: informal economy | overseas news | overseas work | right to the city

   

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Uniting in the struggle for the Right to the City

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07 September 2012

This week War on Want has joined hundreds of other activists from across the globe fighting for the Right to the City at the World Urban Social Forum in Naples, Italy. Everywhere in the world urban inhabitants are facing the same brutal reality – the poor being shut out of the city be it through forced evictions, spiralling property prices, lack of housing or through repressive laws denying them the right to live and work in the city.

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Tags: housing | informal economy | overseas news | overseas work | right to the city | vendors

   

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Demolition orders issued in Silwan

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05 September 2012

New demolition orders have been issued in East Jerusalem, as settlement activity in the area intensifies. Five demolition orders have been handed to families in the Al-Bustan neighbourhood of Silwan, only a few days before Israeli settlers took over part of a house in the neighbouring Ras Al-mud district of Silwan. 

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Settlers move into a house in Silwan

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03 September 2012

Israeli settlers accompanied by a heavy police presence have moved in to a house in Silwan, leaving the family sharing the space with the settlers. Police and settlers entered the family’s property on 2 September, and took over the room at the front of the house. The house, which has belonged to the Hamdallah family since 1952, is on the edge of East Jerusalem’s largest Israeli settlement Ma’aleh Zeitim. The takeover of part of the Hamdallah home has sparked fears of further evictions in Silwan.

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Tags: act now | activism | conflict zones | East Jerusalem | fighting occupation | palestine | silwan

   

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Beyond charity, towards justice

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24 August 2012

War on Want was founded 60 years ago on the understanding that the fight against global poverty is a fight for justice. Members and supporters tell us that this is one of the things they most value about War on Want: that we challenge the root causes of injustice rather than just addressing its symptoms. Our partnerships with grassroots social movements and our campaigns against the structures of oppression are all directed towards this one end.

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UK banks and the debt crisis

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22 August 2012

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Mexican debt default back in August 1982, we've unearthed this fantastic video on British banks' role in the debt crisis. Put together in 1986 by women's video collective Cinestra as part of War on Want's pioneering campaign Profits Out of Poverty, it explains how the big four high street banks (Nat West, Barclays, Lloyds and Midland) were responsible for fuelling the debt crisis that condemned millions in Latin America to poverty. Old school and brilliant - watch and learn!

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Threat of demolition grows in Silwan, East Jerusalem

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17 August 2012

As Muslims across Palestine celebrate the end of Ramadan, the future looks uncertain in Silwan. There are 88 homes with demolition orders in Silwan, a Palestinian town on the edge of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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"London Late" The Big Money Games

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08 August 2012

London Late: The Big Money Games is a spoof newspaper that critiques and pokes fun at some of the more controversial sponsors of the Olympic Games, including BP, Addidas, Rio Tinto, G4S and Dow Chemicals. The paper has been produced by five organisations – the London Mining Network, the anti-poverty charity War on Want, the Bhopal Medical Appeal, the oil campaign group Platform and the Tar Sands Network.

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Let the people trade

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26 July 2012

Street vendors in Zambia are one of the most prominent features of the city, selling everything and anything to survive. Yet they have been ordered to stop trading by government in two major Zambian cities - Lusaka and Mansa. It is hardly surprising that this ultimatum has been ignored, as if vendors stop trading they do not have alternative ways to provide for themselves and their families. Rather than criminalise vendors, War on Want supports its partner, the Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA), in their assertion that the government needs to start enforcing legislation that protects vendors and make sure that vendors are at the heart of any solution.

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Time for Food Sovereignty in the UK! Join the movement!

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13 July 2012

More than 100 food producers, small holders, rural food workers, campaigners, researchers and other food lovers gathered this week to proclaim: another food system is possible – Food Sovereignty!

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