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16 September 2014

As the big decision on Scottish independence draws close, thoughts are turning to what comes next - whatever the outcome. 

15 September 2014

It is with great sadness that we have today learned of the death of our good friend and benefactor Jim Dobbin MP.
On behalf of the Rochdale World Development Movement I would like to record an appreciation of the life of Jim Dobbin, and to extend our sympathy and prayers to his wife Pat and their 4 children.

Jim was a founding member of our Rochdale Group, and his support, since then, discreet but none-the-less effective, locally, nationally and internationally, has never waned.  Indeed, his encouragement and guidance have sustained our group through some difficult times.

9 September 2014

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade


9 September 2014

Dear Secretary of State,
Re: The inclusion of ISDS in Canada trade agreement

On 25 September the European Commission and the Canadian government are planning to initial the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at an event in Ottawa, Canada. The text for this trade deal includes a proposal for an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

9 September 2014

African farmers' ability to freely save and trade their seeds is under increasing threat from powerful seeds companies and a variety of complex new laws.


3 September 2014

WDM activists who took part in the successful campaign to tackle food speculation may well remember the name of Sharon Bowles MEP, a Liberal Democrat who chaired the European Parliament's economic affairs committee. In a shocking revolving doors case, she has now joined the financial sector.

28 August 2014

Whatever the outcome of the independence referendum on 18 September, surely everyone in Scotland would like to see a Scotland able to exert control over its own policies through democratic processes. TTIP threatens this.

26 August 2014

Today is Phulbari Day.  It marks the day when, eight years ago, a protest by local people against an open pit mine in Phulbari, Bangladesh resulted in  three people being killed and many more injured as the crowd was fired upon by paramilitary officers.

22 August 2014

We’re now in the third full day of the European Summer University for Social Movements organised by the European Attac network. WDM activists have been learning about struggles across Europe against austerity, climate change and corporate power, and getting involved in planning co-ordinated European campaigning too.

22 August 2014

The Attac summer university, a gathering of over 2,700 people from across Europe, is the perfect place to form and maintain European alliances. Here I have met old friends from the food sovereignty movement and made some interesting new ones.

21 August 2014

Thirty activists from the UK, mostly from WDM groups, are in Paris for the Summer University of Attac – the global justice network founded two decades ago to fight the power of finance. 

13 August 2014

Fracking is just one example of how the corporate grip on power is getting stronger in the UK. Therefore the World Development Movement will be at Reclaim the Power camp in Blackpool this weekend to resist fracking and to link up with other movements against the corporate power grab.

13 August 2014

This August the World Development Movement will be going to Reclaim the Power in Blackpool and the Attac’s European Summer University in Paris to link up with activists from across the UK and Europe fighting against the corporate takeover of our democracy, our energy, and our food.

8 August 2014

I met Ines Perez earlier this summer in Colombia, where I was visiting people affected by the Cerrejón coal mine. Ines is from Tabaco, a community that was brutally pulled apart by the mine. The eviction of Tabaco, or the ‘cleaning up of the community’ as it was called, was one of the darkest moments of Cerrejón’s 30 year history. It took place thirteen years ago tomorrow.

7 August 2014

The UK’s biggest coal bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group has responded to WDM’s campaign for them to kick their addiction to financing companies engaged in coal mining and coal-fired power.

6 August 2014

Yesterday, Coca Cola announced it would expand its business activities in Africa. The corporate giant announced it will increase investments in Africa by $5 billion over the next 6 years, bringing the total to $17 billion by 2020. Coca Cola is part of the latest wave of corporations moving in to Africa to secure markets, land, resources and labour which promise vast corporate profits. 

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