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28 July 2011

It seems like a different world now, but just four weeks ago I was sharing a coffee with a French friend of mine, Céline, and bemoaning Rupert Murdoch’s influence over the British press and, with that, public opinion. I simply couldn’t envisage this state of affairs doing anything but get worse and I depressed myself just talking about it. How times change!

26 July 2011

Eight months ago, the world’s most powerful countries tasked the world’s most powerful institutions with investigating what to do about volatile food prices. The World Bank, IMF and others have just delivered their report to the G20.

25 July 2011

Official figures due out tomorrow are expected to show that, despite savage cuts in our public services, growth in the UK economy has at best halted or, in the worst case scenario, shrunk.

Hmm; we were told the cuts imposed on the UK by the coalition would achieve the economic growth that is supposedly essential for recovery of the UK economy.

This brought about a bit of déjà vu for WDM activists who had worked on debt campaigns with our colleagues in the global south during the 1980s and 1990s.

18 July 2011

Emma Rubach. This article originally appeared in The Big Issue

There’s been a lot in the press recently about the fact Britain’s aid budget is one of the few areas of public spending not facing cuts. Despite detractors wondering how we can spend money overseas when we don’t seem to have much to spend at home, the government has been vocally proud of its commitment to helping poor countries out of poverty and to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

14 July 2011

Dan Iles - Regional network assistant (South West)

In an era when direct action is yet again becoming an important part of the activist toolbox, the film Just Do It attempts to open the lid on this often covert form of protest. 

To watch the trailer:

13 July 2011

"Maybe it's time we went the way of Egypt." This was the conclusion of a Nairobi transport worker, who took part in research into how people are responding to the latest spike in food prices. He is not alone. Researchers from the Institute of Development Studies and Oxfam found "significant anger" among many of the communities in Kenya, Bangladesh, Zambia and Indonesia that they visited in recent months.


7 July 2011

This Monday WDM campaigners came to the office with big smiles on their faces. Over the weekend, we’d heard that French Oil giant Total, subject to one of our latest online actions, had apparently cancelled its plans to mine tar sands in Madagascar.

High fives all around. Or?

6 July 2011

MEPs defy financial lobbyists after campaigners across Europe take action

At the end of last week, we joined forces with other European campaigners to try and get as many people as possible to ask their MEPs to vote to start tackling food speculation. Thank you to everyone who took the action, in the end the vote went well!

6 July 2011

For the last year, WDM has been leading the UK campaign to get new rules introduced to tackle food speculation. We've been focusing our efforts on exposing the role of banks, like Barclays, in driving up food prices and we've been mobilising public pressure to get the UK government to support effective regulation on food speculation. 

5 July 2011

I’ve become a bit of a placard and banner geek when it comes to marches and protests. Some people make exhibitions of them, I’ll just have to make do with sharing my favourite ones. This time it’s the ‘my name is Dave’ placard that was at the public sector workers’ strike on Thursday.

30 June 2011

Hadiru Mahdi, Bretton Woods Project

As Christine Lagarde is briefed on her new job as the managing director of the IMF (the World Bank’s sister organisation, set up post-war to promote economic stability) we are left to reflect on the rigged selection process and sad inevitability of her appointment. The legitimacy of the Fund, already in pieces, was dealt a further blow by this debacle.

29 June 2011

I still don’t see the logic in any of this:

1) Reckless banking brings about a global financial crisis
2) The banks are bailed out with taxpayers’ money
3) The public sector pays - cuts and austerity measures are enforced
4) Bankers carry on as usual

28 June 2011

Today, decisions are due to be made on new World Bank ‘climate loans’ to Cambodia, St. Lucia, Mozambique, Nepal and Zambia. To protest against these new loans and say no to the World Bank being involved in climate finance, WDM and the Jubilee Debt Campaign gathered outside the Department for International Development in London. 

28 June 2011

So it’s the big strike on 30 June.  Hundreds of thousands of teachers, workers and public service workers are striking to protest at the governments austerity measures.  Measures driven by a desire to pursue a neo-liberal agenda that will damage public services and open the door the door of privatisation, putting profit before people.

In solidarity with other campaigners in the global south who have been protesting against a similar western-led agenda for years, WDM will be supporting the strike. 

There are several ways to get involved all over the country:

28 June 2011

Rosie Rogers, WDM campaigner

While doing some research on my favourite climate financing body, the UN Adaptation Fund, I came across this quote by Farrukh Iqbal Khan, recent Chair of the Fund appealing to developed countries to contribute generously to the Adaptation Fund...

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