Oil uprising: Two decades after Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death, the Ogoni struggle is reigniting
12 March 2014
Nigeria erupted in protest in January 2012 when the government announced it was to remove the subsidy on domestic fuel supplies. Despite exporting 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, Nigeria doesn’t have the refining capacity to meet domestic demand and has to import petrol. The fuel subsidy uprising went on for almost two weeks and offered a glimpse of the country’s simmering social unrest.Add Comment
RIP Bob Crow, a staunch internationalist
11 March 2014
We at War on Want are greatly saddened at the passing of Bob Crow, a staunch ally in the fight for workers' rights. We remember him as a friend of Palestine, a champion of working people, and someone who was undaunted in standing up for what he believed in.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and all of those whose lives his touched. Many individuals have a better quality of life thanks to the battles he fought.Add Comment
Drop trade talks
10 March 2014
Read our joint letter on TTIP trade negotiations in The Times today.Add Comment
Can we reach one million for the Robin Hood Tax?
18 February 2014
Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call million strong.
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, the new Robin Hood Tax video takes a cheeky look at what the news could report in 2024, after the tax is a huge success, of course!
Life under occupation in Western Sahara
17 February 2014
John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, offers initial reflections from the first UK parliamentary delegation to occupied Western SaharaAdd Comment
Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'
14 February 2014
With the start of 2013 the 'War on Terror' has burst back into the headlines. The attack on a BP gas plant in Algeria sparked declarations from David Cameron which identified North Africa as the new front line. Already the UK has backed military intervention in Mali and upgraded military support for Algeria and Libya. In Algeria, Cameron announced a strengthened 'military partnership' to combat terrorism and "improve security in the region", and in Libya he pledged more British training for security forces and support for securing the country's borders.Add Comment
Experts rank Gap the world’s worst company for failing Bangladesh workers’ safety
24 January 2014
A jury of experts have awarded Gap the ‘Public Eye’ award for the worst company of the year for its failure to sign a binding agreement to make factories safe in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh earlier this year.
In making their decision, the panel ranked Gap’s behaviour worse than HSBC’s involvement in land-grabbing, Syngenta, Bayer & BASF’s production of bee killing pesticides and mining giant Glencore's impact on communities around the world.
Why this year’s Davos could be bad for our health
23 January 2014
Tomorrow sees the start of the World Economic Forum, the annual Davos gathering at which the transnational capitalist class looks to the year ahead and celebrates its continuing domination of the global economy. Open only to invited guests from the highest echelons of the corporate and government elite, the event sees no need to be modest in its pretensions. This year's forum is entitled simply 'The Reshaping of the World'.
Two Davos participants who are definitely seeking to reshape the world over the coming year are US Trade Representative Michael Froman and his European counterpart Karel de Gucht. The two men will discuss how they can complete negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the summer of 2015, an ambitious task given the time usually taken by trade negotiations.
If they succeed, the deal will change the way in which we order our social existence forever.Add Comment
UK government responds to call to abolish the UK’s tax havens
13 January 2014
Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.
The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.Add Comment
Act now to end the violent repression of Cambodian garment workers
06 January 2014
In the last week at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent crackdown on a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Despite massive support by garment workers for the legitimate strike, the government has used excessive violence to crush the protests, and many union organisers are still either missing, under arrest or wanted by the police.Add Comment
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