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Colombia: What next in the quest for lasting peace?

7 October 2016 - 5:15pm

The aftermath of the decision that shook Colombia last Sunday was charged with frustration that quickly turned into confusion, yet the response from social movements and Colombians around the world has been definitive: we must defend the peace process. A version of this article was carried by the Morning Star.

Government gives green light to anti-democratic pension investment policy

7 October 2016 - 3:30pm

After months of waiting, the government has finally responded to a consultation on its controversial new policy that will prevent local authorities from democratically deciding how their pensions should be invested. It has ignored 98% of respondents. This article first appeared in Ethical Consumer.

Liam Fox's TTIP and CETA support shows he has no intention of 'taking back control'

6 October 2016 - 12:15pm

Little noticed at this week's Conservative Party conference was the news that international trade secretary Liam Fox has endorsed the two secretly negotiated trade deals, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), between the EU and the USA, and the EU and Canada respectively. An edited version of this article was first carried by politics.co.uk.

Theresa May’s workers’ rights review is flawed from start

5 October 2016 - 3:15pm

The prime minister has announced that: ‘Flexibility and innovation are a vital part of what makes our economy strong’ - but flexibility can only ever be code for exploitation. An edited version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

Trade deal predicted to spell economic disaster for UK And Europe hangs in the balance

22 September 2016 - 5:45pm

After tens of thousands of people once more took to the streets of Europe to protest secret trade deals this week, the EU faces a critical moment. This article appeared in Huffington Post.

Africa: The Scale of the UK's Involvement in Africa's Resources Is Staggering

14 September 2016 - 2:15pm

Africa's natural resources are being appropriated by foreign private interests who are leaving a devastating trail of social, environmental and human rights abuses in their wake. A version of this article first appeared in African Arguments

The rush to oppose TTIP – and what it means for CETA

1 September 2016 - 11:00am

One by one we have seen Germany, France and now Austria condemn the EU-US trade deal, TTIP, and any chance of its success. But what explains this apparent about-face from politicians who were previously all too keen to label TTIP’s opponents as ‘anti-trade’, ‘anti-US’ or even more simply, as peddling ‘myths’. A version of this article was first carried by politics.co.uk

Time for Tax Justice: Apple must pay and the European Commission must go further

31 August 2016 - 10:30am

A sweetheart tax deal between technology giant Apple and the Irish government has turned sour. Until all multinational companies are forced to publicly report the profits they make and taxes they pay everywhere they operate tax dodgers will continue want their cake and eat it.  It’s time for tax justice. This article was first carried by the Independent.

'Outpourings of public anger' not enough, says War on Want's John Hilary

22 August 2016 - 12:30pm

As the image of a Syrian boy injured by an air strike in Aleppo goes viral, Al Jazeera asks: Do powerful pictures make a difference? John Hilary, War on Want's Executive Director, appears on Al Jazeera's Inside Story. 

Byron Burgers and Sports Direct are two sides of the same coin

8 August 2016 - 12:00pm

The first shots have been fired in the run up to formal Brexit talks. Theresa May’s tour of European capitals is complete, and we are seeing a real danger that the call to ‘control our borders’ will be used not only to restrict freedom of movement but to further weaken the rights of those migrant workers who are already in the UK. We can’t let this happen.  An edited version of this article was first carried by politics.co.uk

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