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The return of the dogs of war: what's it like to be a soldier for hire?

6 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in the Guardian. “We did our first investigation into this 10 years ago when it was going haywire around Iraq and Afghanistan,” says John Hilary, executive director of War on Want. "Fast-forward 10 years and the UK government has explicitly said it is not interested in any form of regulation [of private security companies], just self-regulation.”

British dogs of war behind surging billion-pound mercenary market

3 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in the Daily Mirror. For too long this murky world of guns for hire has been allowed to grow unchecked. In letting the industry regulate itself, the government has failed: only binding regulation will do. The time has come to ban these companies from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.

Britain is at centre of global mercenary industry, says charity

3 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in the Guardian. Private military contractors ran amok in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a trail of human rights abuses in their wake. Now we are seeing the alarming rise of mercenaries fighting on the frontline in conflict zones across the world: it is the return of the ‘dogs of war’.

TTIP, refugees and a UK-Eurotunnel tribunal

2 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in the Independent. A War on Want Freedom of Information request  revealed that the UK was forced to pay €8 million to Eurotunnel for costs incurred preventing migrants entering the UK between 1999 and 2002. The Eurotunnel case was an example of the controversial Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) – secret tribunals where private companies can sue national governments for loss of profits. 

TTIP: Rotten to the core

2 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in the Morning Star. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a mockery of democracy.

Businesses unite against TTIP

31 January 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want in Ethical Consumer. According to the European Commission's own TTIP survey for TTIP, less than 0.5% of UK small businesses are involved in export to US markets. 'TTIP was crafted by and for big business' says the War on Want's new report.

Informal trading: surviving is not a crime

4 January 2016 - 12:00pm

With growing precarity in work and soaring unemployment, informal trading is fast becoming a means of survival for billions of people globally. Yet despite despite its growth, informal street trading is still regarded as illegal with traders facing harassment and persecution from governments. 

Going Underground: John Hilary talks #TTIP

14 December 2015 - 1:30pm

Watch Now! John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, talks TTIP. This free trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA is a threat to jobs, public services, food safety, the environment, our very democracy and much more...

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