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

Tax Justice! Irelands Role In International Context

December 2015

As part of War on Want's and EPSU's three year tax justice training project, a seminar about Ireland's place in the international tax system was held in Dublin hosted by EPSU's affiliate CPSU in December 2015. This report provides a summary contributions to the seminar. 

Tax Justice Irelands Role in International Context.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

Tax - what is it good for?

October 2015

Download the latest tax action card here and print it yourself  or available soon from Order Materials

Tax evasion cost the UK economy £73.4bn in 2013-14, and is likely to grow beyond £100bn by 2018-19 if the UK government does not take action. Reducing tax avoidance, evasion and debt could significantly increase government income and undermine the argument that there is no alternative to austerity.

Tax - What is it Good For.pdf

No TTIP, no silencing support for Palestinian rights

September 2015

We, the undersigned, oppose the dangerous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the related attempts by some US politicians to use the TTIP process to restrict freedom of political expression and campaigning in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

Follow link below for full letter and signatories

No TTIP, no silencing support for Palestinian rights

Upfront: Fighting for justice- the next 5 years

September 2015

We have published a dymanic strategy to help us rise to the challenges in the fight for justice over the next 5 years. It is a statement of our vision for a world free from poverty and oppression, a declaration of our values and a record of the amazing victories we have secured with our partners in the struggle for socail justice around the world. This edition of Upfront looks at the highlights of our strategy and our work. 

749_WOW_UPFRONT_SEPT15_PRF6.pdf

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