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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.

Uganda's High Court has ordered the closure of a chain of private schools run by an American company, Bridge Academies International, over concerns about poor sanitation and its curriculum.

According to one report, the schools had received £5.5 million in UK aid money in the last year.

The signing ceremony on Sunday means that CETA has been brought back from the dead for now – but it is a ticking time bomb. The Wallonia parliament has a promise that they will be able to stop the ratification of CETA when they get a formal vote on it, and unless there are substantial changes, they – and hopefully other parliaments – will use that veto. What’s more, the whole ‘corporate court’ concept will now go to the highest European court to adjudicate on its legality – something which risks invalidating the EU’s entire trade agenda.

This morning in London, protesters dressed as zombies posed outside the European Commission office in London with a banner saying “Stop CETA rising from the dead – Toxic trade deals belong in the grave.”