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Responding to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom's speech at the Oxford Farming Conference on 'Ambition for food and farming industry', NIck Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

Aid campaigners have accused DfID and the government of ‘inviting scandal’ by trying to divert billions of pounds more of UK aid money through its private equity arm despite repeated criticisms that it hasn’t been able to demonstrate its development impact. The accusations are made in a new briefing that has been submitted to members of the Bill Committee who are currently considering the government plans.

This confirms our fears that Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy will be modelled on putting the narrow self-interest of big business ahead of decent jobs, human rights, environmental protection or building a fair society here in Britain. The delusions of empire on which the government is basing its rhetoric is simply disguising the fact that most people in Britain didn’t vote for policies like this.

A new briefing outlines a gradually emerging picture of what kind of policies the current government is likely to pursue in a post-Brexit world, gleaned from a series of speeches, interviews and meetings of senior political and military figures.
 

These shocking allegations against one of DFID’s biggest private contractors is the latest piece of evidence against the current drive to outsource more of the aid budget to expensive consultants in the UK rather than to address conditions of structural poverty and inequality in countries where it is needed.


Last night activists obliterated the words ‘democracy’, ‘environment’ and ‘justice’ with gold spray paint outside the offices of a Canadian mining company, in a protest designed to draw attention to the corporate court system being proposed under the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA.

Gabriel Resources is a Canadian mining company that is currently using a similar corporate court system to the one that is at the heart of the Canada-EU trade deal, to sue the state of Romania over the refusal to grant a mining permit for what would have been the largest open cast gold mine in Europe.

The head of the National Audit Office (NAO) today said that it is a “significant challenge” for DFID’s private equity arm CDC “to demonstrate its ultimate objective of creating and making a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places,” as a new report was launched.

From a luxury housing and shopping complex in Kenya, to gated communities in El Salvador, the CDC has an appalling record of funding developments in the global south that make a mockery of any notion of aid money going to help vulnerable communities that lack access to basic resources

European parliamentary leaders are attempting to block a move for the controversial new corporate courts system in the EU Canada trade deal (CETA) to be scrutinized by the European Court of Justice.

A coalition of civil society groups and trade unions from across Europe have issued statements today saying that:

“Trade deals like TTIP and CETA have given oxygen to Trump. The best way to defeat him is to remove that oxygen – to stop these trade deals and build a democratic economy that works for everyone.”

A controversial security industry summit being held at the Tower of London was targeted by protesters this morning, who accused the event of “ profiting from migrant suffering.” Campaigners say that while the public face of the European Custody and Detention Summit is careful to spin itself as a networking event to share best practice, a leaked copy of the summit’s agenda exposed both the commercial motivations and the involvement of a series of disreputable companies in the sector.

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