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Silwan on high alert as demolition deadline approaches

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25 September 2012

September has been a tense month in the small east Jerusalem town of Silwan, as the Israeli authorities’ threat to carry out mass demolitions by the end of September approaches the deadline. On 23 September, the Wadi Hilweh Information Centre reported that residents are on high alert after the Israeli army stationed soldiers at the main roads in and out of Silwan.

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Foreign Office responds to fears over Silwan demolitions

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25 September 2012

The situation in Silwan, East Jerusalem, continues to be tense. Over 1,000 Palestinians in Silwan could lose their homes to make way for an Israeli tourist site. Many families have been told that they could lose their homes by the end of September, and in the last month new demolition orders have been issued. 

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New iPhone, Old Abuses. New report on working conditions at Apple’s Foxconn supplier in China

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21 September 2012

As Apple’s new iPhone 5 goes on sale around the world today, War on Want’s partners, Students Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), have released a new report exposing the appalling working conditions at a Foxconn factory making the new iPhones in China.

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Marching for good food and good farming

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21 September 2012

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On Wednesday War on Want joined several hundred small-scale farmers, food lovers and campaigners, who marched to the EU institutions in Brussels, calling for good food and good farming to be championed by the new Common Agriculture policy (CAP), currently being debated in the European Parliament. 

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Shack dwellers win case against municipality

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20 September 2012

Yesterday, the Durban High Court in South Africa handed down a ground-breaking judgment in a trial brought forward by War on Want’s partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo. This judgement means 37 families living in appalling conditions in a transit camp must be provided with houses within three months. As the General Secretary of Abahlali, Bandile Mdlalose said “This judgment is a victory for all the shack dwellers that are dumped to rot in transit camps”.

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The European Parliament is Rewarding Israel's Human Rights Violations

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20 September 2012

On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) passed the Protocol on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) by a slim margin.

The ACAA is attached to the European Union/Israel Association Agreement, in practice it allows industrial products to enter the EU/Israeli markets without additional testing and conformity assessment procedures. The positive vote at the committee level means the issue will now be debated in the European Parliament plenary and the final decision will be made there.

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Protests in Silwan over house demolitions

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20 September 2012

While Israeli politicians met to discuss the proposed house demolitions in Silwan, local residents and their supporters have held a public meeting and press conference to denounce the plans. Many homes in Silwan are threatened with demolition to make way for an Israeli tourist site called the ‘Kings Garden’, and the bulldozers could arrive at any time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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