The case against TTIP

28 April 2016 - 10:00am
War on Want in the news

War on Want in the New Statesman. Read Helen Lewis' article The case against TTIP: Let’s not weep for a US trade deal.

Mark Dearn, a senior trade campaigner at War on Want, who gives me a quick run-through of why the agreement has attracted such widespread protests, including a march by 150,000 people in Berlin last October. “It’s the biggest trade deal in the history of the world,” he says. “It’s negotiated in secret: all the EU currently publishes is its offers. They don’t publish the US offers and they don’t publish the consolidated text – the legally binding documents.”

“Eighty per cent of US beef is full of growth hormones or antibiotics that are banned in the EU,” Dearn says. “Forty per cent of US grain uses banned pesticides.” The US also permits “acid washing” of meat to remove contamination. “The EU views that as a form of moral hazard; it makes you think it doesn’t matter what you do [in the factory] up to that point, because you’re killing microbes at the end.”

Latest news

HSBC faces protest for profiting from human rights abuses

17 April 2018 - 11:45am
HSBC is a major shareholder in companies which supply weapons and military equipment to Israel, which uses extensive and often lethal military against Palestinians, including the recent killing of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.
 
Over 18,000 people around the UK have contacted HSBC Group Chief Executive John Flint, expressing their concerns on this issue, and HSBC branches in over 20 locations across the UK have been the focus of regular protests and pickets.
 
Read more

Spring edition of Up Front out now: Why we won't be silenced

11 April 2018 - 3:15pm

War on Want’s values and our mission are the same today as when we were founded: to be a radical and fearless force for equality and social justice.

Read more

Join the conversation

What an incredible campaign victory by a really inspiring coalition of anti-militarism activists! Please watch this… https://t.co/WmZLMPFW2k 14 hours 46 min ago
“We know that when we get together, we are powerful. We won’t let them win.” Ali and Lauren in . The… https://t.co/fNlVRdZ4v3 18 hours 6 min ago
RT : We are the McStrikers! We will not be silent! https://t.co/S3UxGdbj95 18 hours 43 min ago