Colombia: High Court ends trade unionist’s case against BP

13 October 2016 - 10:30am

‘Big Oil’ is a violent business, Colombian trade union activist, Gilberto Torres, knows only too well. Kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries in 2002, Gilberto was held for 42 days, and released after fellow oil workers shut down pumping stations and refineries, across Colombia, in protest. 

Colombia: What next in the quest for lasting peace?

7 October 2016 - 5:15pm

The aftermath of the decision that shook Colombia last Sunday was charged with frustration that quickly turned into confusion, yet the response from social movements and Colombians around the world has been definitive: we must defend the peace process. A version of this article was carried by the Morning Star.

Battling Giants: Frontline resistance against BHP Billiton

6 October 2016 - 3:30pm

SPEAKER TOUR: 15-21 OCTOBER 2016

BHP Billiton is the world's biggest mining company. Its record of catastrophic environmental damage and forced displacement of indigenous communities stretches back decades.

Join us for a week of action against BHP Billiton, to hear testimonies from people fighting for their livelihoods and culture in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia, and plan how we can work together to beat the company.

New report: UK government accused of 'arming repression' in the Persian Gulf

6 October 2016 - 7:15am

The UK government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf, making a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights. Driving government complicity in state violence in the region is a secret ‘Gulf Strategy Unit’ and a murky network of British officials and corporations operating in the region and focused on trade, oil and 'internal security'.

Peru: The Hugo Blanco Galdos School for Environmental and Social Leaders

2 September 2016 - 4:45pm

War on Want partner, The Plataforma Interinstitucional de Celendin (PIC), launched The Hugo Blanco Galdos School for Environmental and Social Leaders: a space for community building through sharing, feeling and stimulating convergence between the anti-mining struggles of communities in the northern provinces of Peru.

It's time for Sports Direct to stand with migrant workers

7 September 2016 - 2:15pm

Sports Direct's AGM has done little to reassure the reatiler's migrant workers.The majority of migrant warehouse staff have only been offered a ridiculously slow move to permanent contracts. It would take 28 years before they are on permanent contracts.

Chilcot report: The heavy legacy of the Iraq war

5 July 2016 - 10:00am

History cannot be undone. The stark reality of the 2003 Iraq war remains - horrific bloodshed in the hunt for oil. War on Want opposed the war, joining millions more people in the biggest mass protests the country had ever seen. Yet we were all ignored. Take your pick: the refugee crisis, the rise of Islamic State, the war in Syria, not to mention the numerous other conflict zones around the world. They are all in one way or another connected to the illegal Iraq war and following occupation.

Oil Justice Now! Stop Corporate Impunity

21 September 2015 - 11:30am

OIL JUSTICE SPEAKER TOUR: 12-23 OCTOBER 2015

Big oil companies are devastating communities across the world. Their operations have forced people from their land, polluted the environment, and led to widespread human rights violations. To highlight the human rights abuses in Colombia, the Oil Justice Project - a collaboration between War on Want, Deighton Pierce Glynn and the Colombian NGO COSPACC - is welcoming Gilberto Torres on a UK-wide speaker tour from 11 - 23 October 2015.

Securing Democracy in UK Trade Policy: Developing a transparent and democratic approach to trade agreements

November 2017

The UK Government has introduced a new Trade Bill, but provisions to make trade policy accountable to Parliament are sorely lacking and must be incorporated. The Government currently has unchecked powers to negotiate and ratify trade agreements in secret without public or Parliamentary oversight. This huge democratic deficit must be corrected.

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The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

21 November 2017 - 11:00am

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

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