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24 November 2014

Countries from the global north have pledged $9.5 billion to help fight climate change. But it's going to take hundreds of billions more.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them.

21 November 2014

Today in Parliament 241 MPs voted in favour of the Clive Efford's private member's bill aimed at preventing the privatisation of the NHS and 18 MPs voted against, which means that it has passed its first reading.

20 November 2014

The battle against the corporate control of seeds is a struggle for many around the globe. Our friend Naira talks about the situtation in Colombia.

19 November 2014

While Cameron was wishing for "rocketboosters" to strap on to the beleagured TTIP trade deal, last week saw a whole host of critical voices cropping up in the press.

17 November 2014

It’s certainly good news that the French government has announced it will not sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement if the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism is included in the text. This, along with the incoming EU president Juncker hinting that it might be possible to jettison ISDS to make TTIP more palatable are signs of real weakness within the TTIP camp. David Cameron senses it and used a column in Monday’s Guardian to try to rally his troops, and shore up fast fading support for the deal.

17 November 2014

It's no wonder that David Cameron felt the need to get so defensive about TTIP at the G20 conference in Brisbane this weekend. With the Independent editorialising against the trade deal today, and the French government announcing that it definitely wouldn't be signing it in its current form, support seems to be crumbling from many different corners.

12 November 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks for our energy justice campaign.

Last month we hosted activists from Colombia and Indonesia who are fighting destructive energy projects in their communities, and who came to the UK to challenge the involvement of London-listed BHP Billiton at their AGM.

Rogelio from FECODEMIGUA, the network of community groups that are fighting the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia, put it like this:

10 November 2014

This morning, we were part a broad coalition of groups serving a lawsuit in Luxembourg against the European Commission for stifling democratic debate on TTIP, and here’s why.

Launch of StopTTIP lawsuit against COM at the ECJ

8 November 2014

In 2013 we asked WDM supporters to share their views with us through our third supporter survey. We did this for one very simple reason: you, our supporters make our campaigns. Therefore by getting to know you better and listening to what you say we can take action to improve and adapt what we do and thereby make our campaigns even more effective.

7 November 2014

A new report on the EU-US trade deal – known as TTIP – has made some dire predictions about the long-term impact of the deal. The peer-reviewed paper from Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA) predicts that over 10 years the average working Britain would be over £3,300 worse off as a result of the lower wages which TTIP will fuel.

6 November 2014

This week, WDM called on the UK Government to stop the backing the corporate takeover of seeds in Africa and beyond, and to protect the seed sovereignty for farmers instead. In just a few days, we’ve got cross-party support from MPs who have signed a ‘Seed Sovereignty’ early day motion in Parliament.

4 November 2014

The battle against coal is heating up. From our very own Carbon Capital campaign to get the banks out of coal to the fossil fuel divestment movement being led by and People and Planet in the UK, more and more pressure is being brought to bear to end the coal industry.

3 November 2014

I can admit it. I used to be a political art sceptic. For a number of years when I was first involved in activism and mobilisations, I felt like the ‘real’ politics was happening on protests and actions and organising meetings. The ‘art stuff’ I thought was at best a sort of aesthetic supplement that made the spaces that we were operating in a bit prettier, and at worst a distraction that prevented more people from getting stuck into the ‘real stuff’. Looking back now, it’s hard not to cringe at my own attitude.

3 November 2014

On the 25 and 26 October, 250 activists, union organizers, agricultural workers and producers met in a small city nestled in the Galician hills

31 October 2014

Last night I was defending the proposition that wealth needs to be aggressively reduced, alongside Jeremy Corbyn MP and Adam Swift at Warwick University.

This is more or less what I said: 

In January, Oxfam found – looking at on 2013 figures – that the 85 richest people in the world, had the same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest. That’s half the world’s population. Just last week Oxfam released new research showing that the number of billionaires had doubled between 2009 and 2014, while most of the rest of the world was facing welfare cuts, recession and falling levels of real income.

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