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Our blog links experiences in the UK to issues affecting people globally, and covers everything from energy justice, climate change and the WTO, to TTIP, food sovereignty and aid.

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Joint action against tax havens


04 November 2011

With the G20 counter summit being held less than 20km from one of the world’s most famous tax havens, it was apt that a recurring theme in the workshops and at the mobilisations has been tax justice. Yesterday, on the first day of the G20 talks, hundreds of people took the twenty minute train to the Monaco border for an action against tax havens.

Bringing together the 'occupy' movements: part I


04 November 2011

Yesterday I went to the first international gathering of the occupy movements and 'Indignados' at the G20 alternative summit. ‘Towards convergence of the movements from the Mediterranean region’ was a space for people from different groups and countries to share their experiences and think about working towards a coordinated international movement.

The price of coffee


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.

Skeletons in the Cupboard? Dictator debts must be investigated.


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. 

Oxfam gets behind our demands for regulation of food speculation


06 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.

Government promotes ‘a culture that glorifies violence’


18 August 2011

Last week David Cameron condemned a “culture that glorifies violence” in our inner cities. Yet next month, from 13-16 September, his government is co-organising the world’s largest arms fair in London.

New film: curing RBS of its oil addiction


11 August 2011

Do films motivate people any more than other kinds of campaign communication? Well, here’s one we produced on a very tiny budget aimed at informing an audience of the basic issues of our campaign to clean up the bailed out banks

We should learn more from different development models


03 August 2011

Gordon Peters, WDM Edinburgh group

Sustainability has become a rather slippery term. In fact looking at donor aid agency agendas it seems as if sustainability is the nice, ecologically well-meaning dressing up of policies which continue to accelerate market penetration of southern livelihoods.

Stepping into activism – WDM groups gathering


28 July 2011

Rosa Fletcher, used to be Activism and events intern

Making a movement: WDM’s groups gathering is taking place on Saturday 17 September in Nottingham. Find out more and let us know you’re coming.

I always find it daunting taking that first step into a local group meeting, running through my head is the idea that everyone will know each other except me. However, I am always amazed at how welcoming people are towards new members in these situations.

The mighty may fall


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!

Cuts have not brought about economic growth


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.

Just Do It - Out in cinemas from 15th July


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:  www.justdoitfilm.com

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