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Does Priti Patel even understand how aid works?

26 October 2016 - 1:15pm

The International Development Secretary suggested that aid spending should not ‘exclude the whole areas of trade and trade opportunities’. Yet free trade agreements are a disaster for most people in poorer countries. A version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

Report praising companies on human rights criticised as 'whitewash'

21 October 2016 - 7:30am

It is not the responsibility of civil society groups to ‘motivate private sector stakeholders’ to respect human rights. We are demanding strong regulation and accountability of the private sector. Why are we providing them with a choice about whether or not to respect human rights? War on Want in the Guardian

‘Oil and Money 2016’ is not a conference, it’s a crime scene

17 October 2016 - 1:45pm

The annual event is a kick in the teeth for the communities of the global South that are being driven off their land and forced to endure the destruction of their environment and exhaustion of their natural resources on which they depend. An edited version of this article was first carried by the Independent.

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

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