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Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines & Money

20 November 2017 - 4:30pm

Between 25-30 November, we will be hosting frontline activists from Uganda, Philippines and Colombia to challenge the Mines and Money Conference in London – the premier space for the global mining industry and its destructive deals. Our speakers will be sharing stories of resistance, successes and alternatives to mining – and opposing mining violence and current threats from extracitivism in their communities. Join us!

War on Want at the Latin America Conference 2017

16 November 2017 - 12:30pm

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time:  9.15am - 5pm (War on Want event, 10.45am to 11.45am)

Location: Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. 

Tickets: https://latinamericaconference.wordpress.com (£10 for waged, £8 unwaged)

 

Shack fires are political: Abahlali baseMjondolo mourn the death of a baby

13 November 2017 - 10:45am

Yesterday, at around 1:30 am a fire broke out in the Foreman Road Settlement in Clare Estate, Durban (South Africa). The fire started when a candle fell, setting the Xulu family home on fire.The familiy lost their two year old child and other members of the family are in a critical condition at King Dinizulu Hospital. The fire razed through the settlement affecting about 800 other families. 

The fight against Big Oil continues

10 November 2017 - 2:15pm

Today we remember the lives of the Ogoni Nine: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel and John Kpuine. On 10 November 1995, the Nigerian government executed these nine leaders of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on trumped up murder charges. Ken Saro-Wiwa and his comrades were on the frontline of a struggle against Big Oil in the Niger Delta, in this case, it was Shell – assisted by the Nigerian government.

President Santos of Colombia in the UK to receive awards while his repression continues in Colombia

9 November 2017 - 2:45pm

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has travelled to the UK to receive two international awards from Chatham House and Kew Gardens. However, while Santos is being awarded with these prizes, communities in Colombia are currently engaged in an intense period of protests, which began 12 days ago.

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

8 November 2017 - 7:45pm

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

Responding to news of International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s resignation, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is clearly the right outcome. The scandal of Priti Patel’s ‘secret’ meetings with Israeli politicians has worsened as more details emerge, including the implication that Number 10 colluded in keeping some of the meetings secret.

Patel Must Go, says War on Want

7 November 2017 - 2:45pm

More details have emerged on International Development Secretary Priti Patel's 'vacation' meetings with Israeli officials. Downing Street has admitted that she discussed with Israel the idea of giving the country British foreign aid cash.

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

UK trade bill launched within hours of public ‘consultation’ closing

7 November 2017 - 12:45pm

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, launched a new trade bill today. Although the bill will return power over trade negotiations from the EU to the UK, that power has not reached the public: the bill launched within hours of a public consultation closing, meaning the input of thousands of responses from members of the public could not have been considered.

Letter to Foreign Office: Gdeim Izik Political Prisoners, Occupied Western Sahara

7 November 2017 - 11:30am

We were asked by our Saharawi partners to write a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs expressing our deep concerns over the severe sentences handed out by the Moroccan court against the Gdeim Izik 24 Saharawi activists. The letter has been signed by several trade unions' General Secretaries.

For more information, you can read the text of the letter below or download the PDF here.

ParadiseLeaks Response: The Time to Act Is NOW

6 November 2017 - 10:00am

Responding to #ParadiseLeaks Owen Espley, Senior Economic Justice Campaigner, War on Want said:

“Leak after leak demonstrates how politicians have failed to tackle a system that enables wealthy corporations and the rich to hide their wealth and avoid paying their fair share of tax, whilst ordinary people suffer from low pay and cuts to essential public services. The UK Government has the power to prevent its Overseas Territories and Dependencies from being used as tax havens, tough talking means nothing if it is not followed up with action.

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