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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

20 September 2013, Latest news

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured.  The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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Charity slams conduct code for private military and security companies

19 September 2013, Press releases

The charity War on Want today branded as “a licence for abuse” a new voluntary code of conduct for private military and security companies launched this afternoon in Geneva.

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Tags: business of war | conflict | corporate accountability | corporations & conflict | private armies

   

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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

18 September 2013, Latest news

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured. The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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Tags: colombia | conflict zones | overseas work | resources & conflict

   

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Topshop bosses bow to public pressure on Bangladesh factory safety

16 September 2013, Latest news

The Arcadia Group – owner of brands including Topshop and Dorothy Perkins – has finally bowed to public pressure and committed to a binding agreement with trade unions to improve conditions in factories in Bangladesh. The company joined the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a life-saving agreement already signed by over 80 major brands and retailers to finance factory improvements and guarantee labour rights to factory workers.

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Play star joins killer drones protest

13 September 2013, Press releases

Campaigners, including actor Lucy Ellison, from the London theatre hit Grounded, today used toy planes, video game controllers, Games of Thrones (“Game of Drones”) memorabilia and banners to demand the government stops “remote control slaughter” in a major protest over its growing use of drones.

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Retailers attacked on Rana Plaza snub

11 September 2013, Press releases

Fashion chains Mango and Benetton today face heavy criticism for shunning discussions on compensation for Bangladeshi victims of the Rana Plaza disaster, despite both retailers admitting to have recent orders or production in factories located in the building.

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ACTION - Say No to the Game of Drones

09 September 2013, Previous events

Click above to read the call out for our Game of Drones action which took place on Monday 9 September.

For a list of current actions taking place this week see

http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/

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Clothes brands told: ‘Pay living wage’

06 September 2013, Press releases

Amid the countdown to London Fashion Week, the leader of Bangladeshi garment workers, like those involved with the Rana Plaza disaster, flies into Britain today to demand a living wage for people on poverty pay making clothes for UK retailers.

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Colombian Farmers’ Strike: The land is not for sale!

02 September 2013, Latest news

The strike is called on by farmers, miners, truck drivers and the health sector, following sectorial strikes from coffee and grain producers and informal miners. The action has been supported by students and civil society throughout the country. In Bogota, the capital city, demonstrations became riots that have left four people killed, 200 injured and 5,012 imprisoned.

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African Food Sovereignty under attack by corporate interests

16 August 2013, Latest news

Corporations and governments promoting private investment intiatives such as the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are attacking food sovereignty in Africa, claimed the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, a coalition of civil society organisations from 50 African countries.

The Alliance, met this week in Addis Ababa to develop a strategy to defend their food sovereignty. Civil society representatives from countries were the G8 has already signed agreements for the New Alliance were deeply concerned as their seed and land laws have been changed in order to prioritise corporation's interest.

War on Want was invited to the meeting following our support and actions against the G8 leaders private investment initiatives during the G8 Forum in London. Our Mozambican partner UNAC commented that corporations included in the New Alliance have already approached the movement of small-scale farmers to lure them with financial support to run agricultural projects. Augustihno, UNAC's advocacy leader told War on Want's Graciela Romero that they have rejected to meet with corporations and aid agencies trying to convice them to implement their initiatives. He said that they will make small-scale farmers dependant of seeds and chemicals sold by corporations.

The environmentalist Vandana Shiva participating in the meeting was vocal against the so called New Alliance. She condemened it and urged the African civil society to defend their seeds and food sovereignty. She also delivered a public speech in the national theatre of Addis Ababa where the general public had the opportunity to hear the negative impact of the use of genetic modified crops in India, Uganda and Burkina Faso. 

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Topshop bosses attacked on Bangladesh safety

24 July 2013, Press releases

Topshop, now being sued by Rihanna for using her image on T-shirts without permission, faces more controversy today for not having signed up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord.

The anti-poverty charity War on Want urged the public to press Topshop's parent company, Arcadia Group, to join other leading fashion retailers that have signed the Accord.

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G20-OECD tax plan 'papering over cracks in a broken system'

19 July 2013, Press releases

The OECD action plan published today on tax avoidance papers over the cracks in a broken system, rooted in an outdated and irrelevant model of corporate taxation.

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UK slammed over Israel arms deals

17 July 2013, Press releases

British ministers today came under scathing criticism, after MPs revealed the government has sanctioned almost 400 export licences for arms sales to Israel.

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La Via Campesina: The peasants' struggle, relevant as ever!

12 July 2013, Latest news

La Via Campesina, the world’s largest peasants’ movement, held its sixth international conference last month in Jakarta. The conference marked 20 years of the plight and resistance of peasants around the globe. About 500 people from 70 countries in all continents gathered to celebrate their victories and plan for the future.

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Tags: events | food justice | food sovereignty | indonesia | overseas news | programmes

   

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Campaigners slam Gap & Walmart's sham safety plan

10 July 2013, Latest news

Today, a new safety plan proposed and backed by Gap and Walmart was unveiled in the US in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster which killed over 1,100 people, mainly female garment workers, in Bangladesh in April. The plan, called the "Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety" is proposed as an alternative to the Bangladesh Safety Accord - a comprehensive, legally binding, life saving agreement already signed by over 70 major brands and retailers.

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