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3 November 2011

This week the G20 heads of state are meeting in Cannes on the south coast of France. Just over 30km away, the alternative summit, the ‘people’s forum’, is taking place in Nice, where thousands of people from different countries, organisations, social movements, unions and campaigning groups have come to discuss alternatives to the current financial system and take action against it.

31 October 2011

It’s a little disconcerting to walk down the road to Nueve San José and see men and even boys as young as 10 carrying large machetes in the opposite direction. But its coffee picking season here in south-west Guatemala and with school just finished for the year, everyone‘s taking the opportunity to earn what they can.


28 October 2011

A few weeks ago the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, responsible for regulating commodity speculation, voted to introduce position limits. Position limits are essentially rules on how much of the market one particular trader can control at any one time and are one of the key demands of our campaign in Europe.

27 October 2011

Tom Pursey, used to be events officer

On 13 October 2011, we held climate justice public meeting with civil society activists from South Africa, the Philippines and the UK. Here's an audio slideshow documenting the event.

21 October 2011

This week marked an important moment in the global campaign to regulate excessive food speculation. Speculating on food prices is a global problem and can’t be addressed in just one region alone. This week, there were major developments in all three arenas where the campaign is being fought; the G20, the US and Europe.

19 October 2011

Bongani Mthembu is from Umlazi, South Africa’s second biggest township. He is a campaigner with South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, and campaigns against industrial pollution in the area. He is working to educate ordinary South Africans about environmental injustice, and organising demonstrations at December’s UN climate talks in Durban, calling for solutions that also tackle poverty and inequality.

16 October 2011

This recipe is increasingly common for consumers in global food markets. Although unpalatable, it is gaining popularity with investment bankers and hedge fund managers.

16 October 2011

Rosa Fletcher, used to be activism and events intern

Last week, Bandile Mdlalose, general secretary of the South African social movement Abahlali baseMjondolo was in the UK speaking at our climate justice speaker tour events. While she was here she spoke to WDM staff about rising food prices and hunger in South Africa. 

14 October 2011

Eight events in towns and cities across the UK, two amazing activists from South Africa, local speakers, and countless train journeys.... our speaker tour, ‘Africa demands climate justice’ has just come to an end.

However, we were determined when planning this speaker tour that we would avoid simply creating a series of one-off events that people attended and left, feeling better informed about climate justice but taking little else away.

12 October 2011

Maddy Evans, dodgy deals campaigner, Jubilee Debt Campaign

This year people across the world have been inspired by the Egyptian people’s struggle to overthrow dictator Hosni Mubarak. But despite their success, the dictator’s debts continue to burden the country, and the UK is still expecting payment. 

10 October 2011

As a regular reader of this blog you know that we’ve been campaigning for regulation of speculation on food prices for the last 18 months or so. We were therefore pleased to see that the topic of this year’s Blog Action Day, on 16 October, is food. 

7 October 2011

Bandile Mdlalose is general secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack-dwellers' movement in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She represents Abahlali on the civil society committee set up in response to UN climate talks in Durban, working on mobilisation and education.

6 October 2011

We are pleased to see the big NGOs increasingly getting behind our food speculation campaign. A few months ago, Christian Aid published a report linking rising food prices with speculation. Now Oxfam has joined in with a new briefing on financial speculation in agricultural markets. Not a game: speculation vs food security (PDF), comes out strongly in favour of regulation and calls for the same rules that we have been calling for since we launched the campaign last July.

4 October 2011

Bandile Mdlalose

Bandile is general secretary of Abhalali baseMjondolo, a shack-dwellers movement representing tens of thousands of people in South Africa. She's taking part in our speaker tour, Africa demands climate justice, which runs from 3-13 October 2011.

Climate change is one of the main issues facing the world at this moment. We all know that when things go wrong, like when there is an earthquake, a flood or a drought poor people are most vulnerable. And usually the response to these disasters is a second disaster for poor people. 

3 October 2011

It’s no secret that successive UK governments have long favoured a “light touch” approach to regulating the financial sector. And it’s pretty obvious the mess that this has left us in. But until the research published this weekend by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, most people didn’t quite realise the influence of the sector over the UK’s main governing party.

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