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Joint statement: The UK must show leadership on UNRWA and the rights of Palestinian refugees

7 September 2018 - 12:45pm

As a group of UK-based humanitarian, development, human rights and faith organisations working to support the rights of the Palestinian people, we are deeply concerned by the implications of the US’ decision to end all funding to UNRWA and call upon the UK government to demonstrate its support for the agency and the Palestinian refugees it serves at this critical time.

Climate Home News: Rich countries cannot be allowed to buy their way out of climate change

5 September 2018 - 1:15pm

Favouring market tools over real pollution cuts in the richest countries is a recipe for climate disasterwrites Asad Rehman, Meena Raman, Tom Goldtooth and Nnimmo Bassey for Climate Home News

This week’s UN climate negotiations in Bangkok begin four months of climate summits that could make 2018 the year that world governments chart a path toward tackling climate change.

Middle East Eye: UK aid to Gaza is absurd while it sells guns to Israel

23 August 2018 - 1:30pm

The new UK aid package ignores the root cause of the problems facing Palestinians: Israel's occupation and apartheid regime, writes Ryvka Barnard for Middle East Monitor

The UK is pumping development and aid money into Gaza and the West Bank, while also selling weapons to Israel that are used to demolish, besiege, and destroy the same communities the UK claims to be helping.

Celebrating the Grunwick strike 40 years on

20 August 2018 - 1:30pm

It's been 40 years since the Grunwick strike ended. On this day in 1976, six Asian women workers at Grunwick factory walked out in protest over the sacking of a fellow worker. The strikers were challenging racist and sexist abuse, and poverty wages.

The Guardian: Diverse and grassroots, the Trump marches were how protest should look

23 July 2018 - 12:00pm

Last week’s demonstrations showed that to tackle the far right, the traditional left has to give way to grassroots activism, writes Shaista Aziz and Asad Rehman for the Guardian.

Parliament fails to win democratic oversight on trade

17 July 2018 - 4:00pm

Responding to votes on scrutiny of trade agreements in the Trade Bill, senior trade campaigner at War on Want Jean Blaylock, says: “Democratic oversight of trade is not rocket science. MEPs in the European Parliament and members of Congress get an automatic vote on trade deals. Why shouldn’t MPs?

To stop Trumpism in its tracks, turn to trade

14 July 2018 - 2:15pm

  • 250,000 people marched in central London yesterday, making this Britain’s biggest demonstration for over a  decade
  • Actions took place in more than 50 cities across the UK, with major protests in Edinburgh
  • At Chequers talks, President Trump described the US-UK relationship as ‘the highest level of special’ but said trade deal only possible if there were ‘no restrictions’ on US firms

The dark heart of Trumpism threatens us all

12 July 2018 - 4:45pm

Commenting on the enormous Stop Trump demonstration co-organised by War on Want as a partner in the Stop Trump Coalition, executive director Asad Rehman, says:

“A world that faces the multiple crisis of inequality, climate change and war requires solutions based on justice and solidarity. The politics of Donald Trump offer nothing but bigotry and hatred, sacrificing the poorest and most vulnerable to the interests of rich elites.

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