Resource

The New Colonialism: Britain's scramble for Africa's energy and mineral resources

July 2016

The report reveals the degree to which British companies now control Africa’s key mineral resources, notably gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas and coal. It documents how 101 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) — most of them British — have mining operations in 37 sub-Saharan African countries. They collectively control over $1 trillion worth of Africa’s most valuable resources. The UK government has used its power and influence to ensure that British mining companies have access to Africa’s raw materials. This was the case during the colonial period and is still the case today. 

While the scale and scope of the UK’s involvement in the exploitation of Africa’s mineral resources is staggering, so too is the trail of social, environmental and human rights abuses left in its wake.

The New Colonialism

Latest news

Electronic Intifada: EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

11 August 2017 - 11:15am

The EU admits that Israel systematically violates international law through its military occupation and attacks on Palestinians, yet continues to reward the Israeli government and arms companies with research money, contracts and trade deals that feed its war machine, War on Want says.

Read more

Reaction: Fortress EU is creating conditions for exploitation of migrant workers

10 August 2017 - 12:00pm

Responding to the release of Verisk Maplecroft Modern Slavery Index that exposes modern slavery increasing across the EU, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The rise in modern slavery and extreme exploitation of migrants across the EU is an inevitable consequence of “Fortress Europe”. Irregular workers are often afraid to approach the authorities to complain about exploitation through fear they'll be detained or deported, and treated as criminals.

Read more

Join the conversation

Marikana women speaking at packed @StrikeARock screening now Join their protest tomorrow #London #Justice4Marikanahttps://t.co/7JZ4VBzkw5 23 hours 41 min ago
"You strike a woman you @StrikeaRock" Don't miss the launch screening tonight. #RememberMarikana Free tickets:… https://t.co/WGiTfDbuZ8 1 day 5 hours ago
Tonight we screen this powerful story of sisterhood & resistance since the #MarikanaMassacre @StrikeARock Tickets:… https://t.co/glwQU0rHI6 1 day 9 hours ago