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Will we finally see justice for the Marikana miners?

12 December 2016 - 10:45am

It has been four years since the South African Police Services gunned down almost 150 mine workers, killing 34. The South African Presidency has finally announced that some police officers will be charged for these killings, and that compensation will be paid to the families of those that died.

G4S sells Israeli business but should ‘leave Israeli market entirely’

2 December 2016 - 11:30am

G4S has long profited from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, its decision to sell its Israeli business shows that boycott and divestment campaigns work. However, G4S remains complicit in human rights abuses through its ownership and investment in the Israeli police academy. If G4S is concerned about human rights, it must now leave the Israeli market entirely, just as Veolia, Orange, and CRH have done.

Priti Patel has 'serious case to answer' over UK aid money

22 November 2016 - 4:30pm

The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has a serious case to answer in continuing with the privatisation of aid through the CDC Group. Increasing government support to this overseas private equity firm is a slap in the face for taxpayers whose hard earned tax money is going to fund private business ventures in the global South.

Beware: Trump believes in deregulation, privatisation and profits before people

22 November 2016 - 4:15pm

Trump has an agenda that appears to oppose toxic trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but in reality he believes in deregulation, privatisation, and putting corporate profit before people.

Groups across Europe issue statement on TTIP and Trump: "We can defeat them both"

16 November 2016 - 12:45pm

Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.

Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

2 November 2016 - 9:45am

European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). New information now raises questions as to whether the Canadian-based company misused millions of taxpayer dollars destined for international aid by way of companies connected to a high-level DRC politician.

Trade deal CETA signed but on the ropes?

30 October 2016 - 9:15am

On the delayed signing today of CETA by European Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Vicki Hird, Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want, said: 

“This signing ceremony should be seen for what it is – a promotional opportunity designed to push a toxic trade deal and trade agenda that are in trouble.

Patel’s aid for trade approach is ‘utterly wrong’

25 October 2016 - 10:45am

If International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, really wants to help developing countries, she would push for an immediate abolition of the UK’s own global network of tax havens, which fuel secrecy and corruption, and push for public country by country reporting to tackle the lack of transparency in the global financial system.

Controversial CETA trade deal blocked

24 October 2016 - 12:30pm

Canada and the EU have been desperately trying to force a conclusion to the deal in the face of strong opposition in Belgium, where four out of five regional governments are opposed to the deal, echoing concerns in other member states. However, last minute talks have failed with Belgium declaring that it cannot sign the deal and the chair of the EU's trade committee admitting that: "CETA has failed."

CETA deal on the brink of collapse as Canada admits defeat

21 October 2016 - 4:45pm

The European Commission has been desperately trying to conclude CETA this week in the face of stiff opposition across Europe, including within the governments of Belgium, Germany, Poland and others. The Belgian regional government of Walloon has been key to blocking the deal - its Minister-President Paul Magnette has received a hero's reception across social media.

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