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15 April 2014

With the recent confirmation by the IPCC that climate change is caused by humans, urgent action is needed to counter the impact it will have on lives around the world. The massive scale of the problem and the difficulties of combating it, mean that governments and NGOs have looked to increasingly diverse projects for solutions

10 April 2014

Manchester being the place it is one can find all sorts of causes and campaign groups through the internet and networks, but fail to interact with them in the integrated way some fondly enjoin groups to do. So, whilst putting out feelers and finding our inboxes and facebook pages flooded with postings from worthy groups one doesn’t like to cut out, we ended up using personal contacts and experiences to help us launch the new Agribusiness campaign on a wet Saturday morning in suburban Manchester.  

3 April 2014

On Monday, a group of executives from big companies like Monsanto and Unilever went to the Department of International Development to thank the UK government for their help in taking control of Africa's food. Thanks to UK aid money, these companies are set to make vast profits in Africa, so its no wonder they want to celebrate and acknowledge the role of the UK govenrment.

2 April 2014

The whole world is set to experience climate chaos according to a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC). The IPCC has this week released it’s Fifth Assessment Report; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. The report confirms that climate change is happening and that humans are driving it.

31 March 2014

Today a group of smartly dressed business people from companies including Diageo, Monsanto and Unilever turned up at the UK government's Department for International Development (DfID). They were carrying a cake, a gift for development secretary Justine Greening, to say thanks for all the help her department has given their companies to expand their reach in Africa.

27 March 2014

Today we laid Tony Benn to rest. I felt very privileged to be able to attend his funeral and pay my respects to such an inspirational and life-long campaigner for social justice.

19 March 2014

In a refreshing change from Scottish independence referendum media coverage dominated by questions of currency and EU membership (important though they are), our second 2014 Matters debate in Dundee looked at the issues of poverty, power and inequality.

11 March 2014

A new video produced by SourcedTV for Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) focusses on how new EU-US trade deals risk expanding fracking and explains other implications of the controversial investor-state dispute settlement clauses. CEO’s Pia Eberhardt sheds some light on the issue.

21 February 2014

Last week, global corporation Unilever announced that it is to triple its production of tea in Tanzania. It’s the latest outcome of Unilever’s partnership with the Tanzanian government, formed in 2013 to much fanfare, to ‘reinvigorate’ the Tanzanian tea sector.

19 February 2014

Last week was an unusual week. It was the worst week of commuting I have ever known. On Tuesday it took me a record three and a half hours to get into work from where I live near Heathrow airport! But a platform punch-up I witnessed during that long, miserable journey did make me think about how climate change is already causing conflict in places as diverse as Hayes and Harlington station in England and Lake Turkana in Ethiopia.

19 February 2014

It's not hard to work out who is behind the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). With its hugely undemocratic and dangerous provisions that will enable corporations to sue governments for defending their citizens, the clues are blatantly obvious that this EU-US trade deal is about strengthening the rights of corporations to profits – above all else. Whether it’s in healthcare, environment or energy, big companies are set to profit from the rules being rewritten in their favour.

13 February 2014

Yesterday about 15,000 members of Brazil’s biggest movement, the Landless Workers Movement (MST), marched to the headquarters of Brazil’s federal government from the camp where the MST’s sixth congress is taking place.

10 February 2014

This morning we joined Algeria Solidarity Campaign and Platform to protest our government's attempts to secure gas and arms contracts with Algeria's repressive regime.

10 February 2014

I have just spent the week at the MST congres, in Brasília, having spent a few days in São Paulo trying to get to grips with a city that has more than 11 million inhabitants.

6 February 2014

Sarah Reader is preparing for her trip to Brazil to take part in the Landless Workers Movement Congress.

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