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The government played the public for fools, and lost

28 June 2017 - 1:30pm

War on Want in Red Pepper. The recent High Court ruling against the government proves that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics are totally legitimate. They are legal ways to hold government and companies to account, and they are being fought so hard because they are so effective.

Thousands take on the fight for decent housing in South Africa

27 June 2017 - 4:15pm

Close to ten thousand shack dwellers and people living in informal housing took to the streets of Durban to protest against state sanctioned violence against them. The protest, held yesterday, was to draw attention to the fact that shack dwellers, hostel dwellers and those living in squalid government housing are being killed during violent eviction clashes with police and anti-land invasion units. 

A victory for local democracy and the BDS movement

27 June 2017 - 3:00pm

War on Want in Ethical Consumer. When it comes to taking on abusive regimes it is clear that local council divestment works. This victory will give new energy to our movement to stand up for human rights and justice.

Report: Bad Company – BP, human rights and corporate crimes

24 June 2017 - 11:15am

Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the BP Portrait Award on Tuesday 20th June, our friends at Culture Unstained issued a formal complaint to the National Portrait Gallery, alleging BP’s human rights record breaches the Gallery’s own ethics rules.

Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today’s Algeria

23 June 2017 - 2:15pm

War on Want in the New Internationalist. Power rests in the hands of a corrupt military and political oligarchy that denies people the right to self-determination, writes War on Want's Hamza Hamouchene.

Colombia: a win for people power

23 June 2017 - 12:30pm

They took on the government and won. After years of state neglect, the people of Buenaventura in the Colombian pacific took to the streets to demand peace and dignity. Following three weeks of intense civic strike and non-stop negotiations, they emerged victorious.

Independent: Government acted unlawfully by restricting 'ethical' boycotts of Israel

23 June 2017 - 11:45am

War on Want in the Independent. In a victory for local democracy and the fight for human rights, the High Court has ruled that the government cannot block local councils from divesting from companies complicit in human rights abuses.

Campaigners win legal challenge over government’s 'anti-democratic' pension regulation

22 June 2017 - 12:30pm

Today the High Court ruled that the government cannot block local councils from divesting from companies complicit in human rights abuses. This is a victory for local democracy and the fight for human rights. 

The Queen's Speech highlights a government out of touch with its people

22 June 2017 - 9:15am

The Queen’s Speech wholly ignored the seismic political shifts and horrific events which have brought renewed public engagement in politics and staunch opposition to an ideologically-driven, political agenda of austerity and deregulation. 

Struggles and stories of resistance in North Africa and West Asia (NAWA)

21 June 2017 - 3:15pm

This blog is based on the NAWA Senior Programme Officer's trips and work with partners, local organisations, social movements and activists in the region during the last few months. It is a small step towards highlighting some stories of resistance and social justice struggles.

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