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Thank you

19 December 2013

Thank you

Together with our supporters we achieved some amazing things in 2013. We want to share just a few of them with you.

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Vote for Gap in the worst company of the year awards

17 December 2013

Gap have been nominated for the 2014 Public Eye Awards – the name and shame awards for the companies with the worst corporate social responsibility records – for risking the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

11 December 2013

 “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the UNEP report on oil pollution in Ogoniland. We are mobilizing for a series of non-violent direct actions that will cripple economic activity.”

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The on-going walk to freedom

10 December 2013

International human rights day could not be a more fitting day to hold a memorial celebrating the life of a man who dedicated his life fighting for human rights – Nelson Mandela. Today marks the start of what is being called the biggest funeral in history, with more than 100 heads of state alone attending at least one part of it.

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

   

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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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