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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.

6 February 2014

2014 Matters launched last week. Alys Mumford, campaign director of Jubilee Scotland, took part in the evening and reports on a broad-ranging and thought-provoking discussion.

6 February 2014

My name’s Lauren and I have been working at WDM on work experience for the past 4 days. It has been a really great week and I have been able to compare my politics lessons at 6th form college to the real world of campaigning.

29 January 2014

It was recently revealed that the 85 richest people now own as much as the poorest half of the world combined. Statements from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos suggest that the arrogance of the economic elite grows as quickly as their wealth.

28 January 2014

A popular media campaign on commodity derivative trading?? Well, yes!

From its launch in the summer of 2010, to the long-awaited victory earlier this month, the World Development Movement’s food speculation campaign was never out of the news for too long. Here are some of the highlights.

In July 2010, the new campaign attracted headlines across the UK media – helped by the ‘choc finger’ incident, in which hedge fund Armajaro used the futures market to buy up almost the entire European cocoa supply, pushing prices to a 33-year high.

23 January 2014

Good memories from years of campaigning on food speculation by Stephanie Lam from Brighton and Hove WDM and Steve Rolfe from Glasgow WDM.

22 January 2014

Since working at WDM, I have often found myself doing unusual things such as dressing up in a shark costume or building a cardboard detonator for an action outside HSBC. I’d only been working at the organisation a couple of months before I was asked to climb into the front of a digger outside RBS to protest against their involvement in tarsands just another day (not) in the office!

21 January 2014

Megan Lewis Campaigner at GroundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa, writes about energy firm Eskom’s devastating environmental record and why they have been nominated for worst corporation for the Public Eye Awards 2013.  

17 January 2014

Guest blog by Foil Vedanta about the inspiring struggle against Vedanta's environmental destruction in India

16 January 2014

Earlier this week EU negotiators agreed legislation which would see limits on food speculation introduced in Europe for the first time. It follows over three years of campaigning by WDM local groups, supporters and staff and our allies. Here’s how…

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