CETA: the toxic EU-Canada trade deal

May 2016

EU-Canada deal CETA (Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement) is one of a series of secretly negotiated 'new generation' trade deals which undermine democracy and destroy basic rights. This briefing from War on Want explains how CETA's 'corporate court' ISDS mechanism will enable North American corporations to sue EU governments for policy decisions affecting big business profits, lead to the locked-in privatisation of public services, and give big business the power to destroy new regulations before they see the light of day.

WOW_CETA brief FINAL.pdf

Up Front: Democracy under attack

April 2016

Today, our right to protest is under attack. UK civil society groups have seen their voices stifled by new legislation such as the 'gagging law', and crackdowns on the right to take collective action. In this edition of Upfront read about the UK government's assault on our democratic rights and how the crackdown on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is intensifying.  Read too about some the successes War on Want has achieved with the use of collective action for a more socially just and equal world.

Upfront: Democracy under attack

Local Government and Ethical Procurement- debate tomorrow - Briefing

March 2016

Briefing for MPs on BDS in advance of the Local Government and Ethical Procurement

Westminster Hall debate,  Tuesday 15 March 2016  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Download here

BDS debate MP briefing.pdf

Mercenaries Unleashed: The brave new world of private military and security companies

February 2016

Private military and security companies (PMSCs) burst onto the scene 15 years ago, following the declaration of a ‘war on terror’ and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. 

This vast private industry, now worth hundreds of billions of dollars, is dominated by UK companies reaping enormous profits from exploiting war, instability and conflict around the world.  

The time has come to ban PMSCs from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war. 

Mercenaries Unleashed

The Zombie ISDS

February 2016

The investor-state dispute settlement system (ISDS) allows foreign companies to sue governments in their own privileged judicial system for any changes in public policy that affect their profits. The people of Europe overwhelmingly rejected ISDS when consulted by the European Commission.

The EC responded with a revised proposal promising to replace the ‘old’ ISDS system, with a ‘new’ and independent system: the Investment Court System or ICS.

The Zombie ISDS

Annual Report and Accounts 2014-2015

February 2016

It has been another productive year for War on Want, delivering notable successes.  Here are the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15.

Report and Accounts 31 3 2015.pdf

Rough Trade: The threat of TTIP to small businesses in the UK

January 2016

The controversial EU-US trade deal TTIP seeks to grant US corporations greater access to the markets of Europe without complying with EU social and environmental standards. 

This report reveals how such unfair competition will result in the loss of thousands of small businesses across Europe, and at least 680,000 jobs.

It also charts the rising opposition to TTIP within the business community, including the launch of Business Against TTIP.

Rough Trade, 2016.pdf

Public Services Under Attack

October 2015

Our public services are under attack from a new generation of trade deals being negotiated behind closed doors. This report from War on Want and key European partners shows how the EU-US treaty TTIP and the EU-Canada treaty CETA will make any privatisation of public services effectively irreversible in future. The report also highlights the corporate lobby groups that have dictated the EU's agenda, to the long-term detriment of European people. It is published as part of the European campaign against TTIP, CETA and all the EU's free trade deals.

Public Services Under Attack, 2015.pdf

Extracting minerals, extracting wealth: how Zambia is losing $3 billion a year from corporate tax dodging

October 2015

Zambia has abundant natural resources - including minerals and agriculture yet gains little tax revenue from the extraction of its resources, leading to lost oppportunities to invest in public services such as education and health.

WarOnWant_ZambiaTaxReport_web.pdf

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