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Vote for Gap in the worst company of the year awards

17 December 2013, Latest news

Gap have been nominated for the 2014 Public Eye Awards – the name and shame awards for the companies with the worst corporate social responsibility records – for risking the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Angela Davis to put G4S in dock

12 December 2013, Press releases

The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.

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Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

11 December 2013, Latest news

 “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the UNEP report on oil pollution in Ogoniland. We are mobilizing for a series of non-violent direct actions that will cripple economic activity.”

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New UK drone ‘field tested’ on Palestinians

11 December 2013, Press releases

The new Watchkeeper drone being developed for the UK military is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which left many Palestinians dead, including children.

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The on-going walk to freedom

10 December 2013, Latest news

International human rights day could not be a more fitting day to hold a memorial celebrating the life of a man who dedicated his life fighting for human rights – Nelson Mandela. Today marks the start of what is being called the biggest funeral in history, with more than 100 heads of state alone attending at least one part of it.

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Tags: abahlali | evictions | housing | informal economy | overseas news | programmes | right to the city | south africa

   

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WTO ‘deal’ condemned by trade campaigners

06 December 2013, Press releases

Reacting to news coming out of the WTO ministerial conference in Bali today (6 December), John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, said:

“Any suggestion that there is a deal to celebrate from the WTO talks in Bali is absurd. The negotiations have failed to secure permanent protection for countries to safeguard the food rights of their peoples, exposing hundreds of millions to the prospect of hunger and starvation simply in order to satisfy the dogma of free trade. It is time to end the WTO charade once and for all, and focus instead on undoing the harm it has already caused across the world.”

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Osborne tax avoidance reforms ‘tinkering around the edges of a broken system’

05 December 2013, Press releases

Responding to tax avoidance measures in the 2013 Autumn Statement, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:

“Today’s “largest package of measures to tackle tax avoidance”, since the Chancellor’s “largest ever package of measures to tackle tax avoidance” announced in the March 2013 Budget, is yet more tinkering around the edges of a broken tax system to try and grab headlines. These technical tweaks will do almost nothing to stop giant multinationals likes Amazon, Starbucks or Google dodging billions of pounds in tax every year. In fact this government has made it easier for these tax avoiding giants to deprive the government of vital revenue for tackling inequality and funding public services."

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Tags: tax | tax dodging | tax justice | tax not cuts

   

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The Struggle for the Right to the City in Durban, South Africa

03 December 2013, Latest news

In Durban, South Africa, we are struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly. This is our politic and we are in solidarity with this politic where ever we find it.

We are aware that poor people in England are under attack from an alliance between the rich and the state. We are aware that all the major political parties in England work for this alliance and not for the people. We are in solidarity with your struggles and we are willing to act in solidarity with your struggles as we have acted in solidarity with struggles in places like Haiti, Palestine and Turkey.

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Tags: abahlali | informal economy | overseas news | right to the city | south africa

   

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We've come to destroy your rice- excellent documentary on Colombian seeds laws

03 December 2013, Latest news

Take a minute to watch this excellent documentary about the controversial seeds certification law implemented in Colombia under the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the United States. It shows riot police confiscating 'illegally produced' rice grown by peasant farmers, and later destroying it.

The documentary created a huge stir in Colombia and played an important role in gaining public support for the agrarian strike this summer and increasing hostility to the free trade agreement. The documentary shows the absurdity of the seeds certification laws which are being forced on the populations of countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia via free trade agreements with the world's most powerful economies.

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War on Want debates Bermudan Premier over tax haven status

03 December 2013, Latest news

Listen to War on Want's tax campaigner Murray Worthy take on the Premier of Bermuda on the BBC over the island jurisdiction's 'tax haven' status and how we can effectively tackle the global scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion.

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Alliance Boots ‘transactions may have enriched chief at taxpayers’ cost’

28 November 2013, Press releases

  • OECD complaint details more than £400 million of related party deals
  • Complaint follows weeks after report cited over £1 billion tax avoidance

As the parent company of Britain’s largest high street chemists Boots opens its pharmacist convention in the tax haven Monaco, new evidence today emerges about the firm’s related party transactions, involving more than £400 million.

These deals appear to have enriched Alliance Boots executive chairman Stefano Pessina at the expense of the company and UK taxpayers.

New research by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and the US labour federation Change to Win has triggered a complaint today with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Cameron pressed on Google Bermuda 'tax dodge'

26 November 2013, Press releases

David Cameron today faces pressure to abolish the UK’s tax havens as a charity singled out Bermuda as a key target amid reports that Google has increased the royalty payments it shifts through the island to avoid tax.

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The UK’s tax havens are coming to London

25 November 2013, Latest news

This week Britain’s top tax havens are coming to London for their annual summit with the UK government, hosted by the Foreign Office.

The British Overseas Territories may be the last remnants of the old British colonial empire, but they make up the backbone of the ‘British secrecy empire’ – the UK’s global tax haven network. According to the Tax Justice Network, the UK and its overseas tax havens combined rank as the most significant tax haven in the world, ahead of the world’s most famous tax haven, Switzerland.

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Interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo

22 November 2013, Latest news

Great interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of the South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, a movement with which War on Want is proud to have a longstanding partnership. With many thanks to SACSIS for the video.

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Fighting for your Right to the City

18 November 2013, Previous events

War on Want brought together activists from across the world fighting for their Right to the City on 7 November 2013. The inspirational contributions showed how we too can take back the streets by demanding affordable housing, services, secure places of work and a right to shape our cities.

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