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The Struggle for the Right to the City in Durban, South Africa

03 December 2013

In Durban, South Africa, we are struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly. This is our politic and we are in solidarity with this politic where ever we find it.

We are aware that poor people in England are under attack from an alliance between the rich and the state. We are aware that all the major political parties in England work for this alliance and not for the people. We are in solidarity with your struggles and we are willing to act in solidarity with your struggles as we have acted in solidarity with struggles in places like Haiti, Palestine and Turkey.

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Tags: abahlali | informal economy | overseas news | right to the city | south africa

   

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We've come to destroy your rice- excellent documentary on Colombian seeds laws

03 December 2013

Take a minute to watch this excellent documentary about the controversial seeds certification law implemented in Colombia under the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the United States. It shows riot police confiscating 'illegally produced' rice grown by peasant farmers, and later destroying it.

The documentary created a huge stir in Colombia and played an important role in gaining public support for the agrarian strike this summer and increasing hostility to the free trade agreement. The documentary shows the absurdity of the seeds certification laws which are being forced on the populations of countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia via free trade agreements with the world's most powerful economies.

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War on Want debates Bermudan Premier over tax haven status

03 December 2013

Listen to War on Want's tax campaigner Murray Worthy take on the Premier of Bermuda on the BBC over the island jurisdiction's 'tax haven' status and how we can effectively tackle the global scourge of tax avoidance and tax evasion.

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The UK’s tax havens are coming to London

25 November 2013

This week Britain’s top tax havens are coming to London for their annual summit with the UK government, hosted by the Foreign Office.

The British Overseas Territories may be the last remnants of the old British colonial empire, but they make up the backbone of the ‘British secrecy empire’ – the UK’s global tax haven network. According to the Tax Justice Network, the UK and its overseas tax havens combined rank as the most significant tax haven in the world, ahead of the world’s most famous tax haven, Switzerland.

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Interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo

22 November 2013

Great interview with Bandile Mdalose, General Secretary of the South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, a movement with which War on Want is proud to have a longstanding partnership. With many thanks to SACSIS for the video.

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The founder of South Africa’s biggest social movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, S’bu Zikode’s UK tour

08 November 2013

Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement War on Want is proud to have a long-standing partnership with. S'bu Zikode was a key founder of the movement in KwaZulu-Natal, his home province, in 2005 and was the first President.

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Tags: abahlali | housing | overseas news | overseas work | right to the city | south africa

   

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Honk your horn against sweatshop exploitation!!

05 November 2013

Thank you Central Foundation Girls School!

As part of their project for Citizenship class, Fahima, Nadia and Ruhina made this short film of their activities to raise awareness of War on Want's Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops campaign.

If you would like War on Want to deliver a sweatshop related workshop to your class to help motivate a group around a related subject, please email Nadia at nidle@waronwant.org or visit our schools page.

 

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Thank you knitters and stitchers!

16 October 2013

A big thank you to everyone who visited the Upcycing Academy at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2013

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Boots' billion pound tax dodge

14 October 2013

New research shows that Alliance Boots, the high street chemist and pharmaceutical giant, has avoided more than £1 billion in tax since it went private six years ago through taking on excessive debts, profit shifting and corporate restructuring. This report, Alliance Boots & The Tax Gap, published by War on Want, Unite the Union and Change to Win, exposes the full scale of Boots' tax avoidance for the first time.  

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Video: Rana Plaza sweatshop disaster survivors: "We need compensation"

11 October 2013

Please watch and share this video of the workers and families in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by the companies that sourced from the factories in the Rana Plaza, to ensure that they are not forgotten.

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