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Drop trade talks

10 March 2014, Latest news

Read our joint letter on TTIP trade negotiations in The Times today.

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Top designer and charity join forces for fashion victims

07 March 2014, Press releases

The anti-poverty charity War on Want is joining forces with political activist and fashion designer Katharine Hamnett to step up efforts to protect garment workers making clothes for British high street retailers.

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Western Sahara report back, House of Commons

07 March 2014, Previous events

The first ever British parliamentary delegation to occupied Western Sahara reported back to a packed public meeting at the House of Commons on 25 February 2014. Here is video evidence from three members of the delegation, plus testimony presented to the meeting by leading Saharawi human rights defender Brahim Dahane. 

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Successful Palestinian lives, British profits speaking tour

03 March 2014, Previous events

Thanks to everyone who supported and attended War on Want’s “Palestinian lives, British profits” speaking tour events with our partner organisation ADDAMEER, Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (24 Februrary - 1 March).

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Drone "field tested" on Palestinians to fly over UK

24 February 2014, Press releases

The Watchkeeper drone, due to fly over British skies this week ahead of trials in Afghanistan, is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which have left scores of Palestinians dead, including children.

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G4S targeted in Israeli 'apartheid' drive

24 February 2014, Press releases

The British security corporation G4S today faces heavy pressure to end its contracts with Israel’s prison system, amid new claims over the provision of equipment to prisons where Palestinians are illegally detained without charge or trial.

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Can we reach one million for the Robin Hood Tax?

18 February 2014, Latest news

Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call million strong.

Starring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, the new Robin Hood Tax video takes a cheeky look at what the news could report in 2024, after the tax is a huge success, of course!

 

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Life under occupation in Western Sahara

17 February 2014, Latest news

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, offers initial reflections from the first UK parliamentary delegation to occupied Western Sahara

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Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

14 February 2014, Latest news

With the start of 2013 the 'War on Terror' has burst back into the headlines. The attack on a BP gas plant in Algeria sparked declarations from David Cameron which identified North Africa as the new front line. Already the UK has backed military intervention in Mali and upgraded military support for Algeria and Libya. In Algeria, Cameron announced a strengthened 'military partnership' to combat terrorism and "improve security in the region", and in Libya he pledged more British training for security forces and support for securing the country's borders.

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TTIP: A Recipe for Ruin

14 February 2014, Previous events

VIDEO: War on Want Executive Director John Hilary outlines the threat posed by the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated in secret by the European Commission and US government.

 

 

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Stitched Up Launch: Exposing the Fashion Industry

13 February 2014, Previous events

On the eve of London Fashion Week, War on Want’s Nadia Idle was on stage at the launch of a new book exposing the dark side of the fashion industry:  Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion, by Tansy Hoskins, gives a timely dressing down to high street chains exploiting overseas garment workers.

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Experts rank Gap the world’s worst company for failing Bangladesh workers’ safety

24 January 2014, Latest news

A jury of experts have awarded Gap the ‘Public Eye’ award for the worst company of the year for its failure to sign a binding agreement to make factories safe in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh earlier this year.

In making their decision, the panel ranked Gap’s behaviour worse than HSBC’s involvement in land-grabbing, Syngenta, Bayer & BASF’s production of bee killing pesticides and mining giant Glencore's impact on communities around the world.

Gap Never Again Demonstration Oxford Street - iDJ Photography 24

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Why this year’s Davos could be bad for our health

23 January 2014, Latest news

Tomorrow sees the start of the World Economic Forum, the annual Davos gathering at which the transnational capitalist class looks to the year ahead and celebrates its continuing domination of the global economy. Open only to invited guests from the highest echelons of the corporate and government elite, the event sees no need to be modest in its pretensions. This year's forum is entitled simply 'The Reshaping of the World'.

Two Davos participants who are definitely seeking to reshape the world over the coming year are US Trade Representative Michael Froman and his European counterpart Karel de Gucht. The two men will discuss how they can complete negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the summer of 2015, an ambitious task given the time usually taken by trade negotiations.

If they succeed, the deal will change the way in which we order our social existence forever.

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Davos summit: One year on, Cameron has ‘spectacularly failed’ on corporate tax dodging

21 January 2014, Press releases

On the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, War on Want's tax justice campaigner Murray Worthy said:

"A year ago in Davos David Cameron famously declared that big business must 'wake up and smell the coffee' at the public outrage over corporate tax dodging and that he would 'look our people in the eye and say that when they work hard and pay their fair share of taxes we will make sure that others do so as well'.

"But he has spectacularly failed in his promise to make these companies pay; despite some tinkering around the edges of tax havens' secrecy at the G8 this summer, the rules haven't changed and the reality hasn't changed. The companies that exploit and abuse the world's tax rules are still able to pick if and when they pay tax, leaving the rest of us footing the bill.

"This week, Cameron will once again be sitting side by side with these ruthless corporate giants in Davos, making sure that he can look them in the eye and assure them that for all his talk last year, he won't be making them pay."

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UK government responds to call to abolish the UK’s tax havens

13 January 2014, Latest news

Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.

The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.

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