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13
Jun
2017
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Vinci, Company Profile

Corporate Watch profiles controversial French construction giant, Vinci. 


26
May
2017
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Exploring and opposing green capitalism

On 8 May Corporate Watch held a symposium on green capitalism, bringing together activists, academics and anyone who was interested, to discuss trends within green capitalism, how to oppose them and possible alternative approaches.

The symposium was organised following the publication of our A-Z of green capitalism in which we explored the idea and related themes, including genuinely ecological alternatives.

Green capitalism is often presented as a way of addressing environmental problems without having to change underlying economic systems. However, put simply, it is a contradiction in terms as capitalism is fundamentally reliant on the exploitation of nature and natural resources (as well as people!). But the idea of green capitalism is also used as an effective way of undermining ecological resistance and efforts towards systemic change.


16
May
2017
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Iraqi deportations: the airlines helping the Home Office deport refugees to war zones

The Home Office is trying to deport dozens of refugees to Iraq, with at least 30 people currently held in detention centres awaiting forced removal. But instead of using high-profile charter flights, the Home Office is now turning to a handful of major airlines to take Iraqi deportees as scheduled passengers: Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, and Qatar Airways. Strong resistance by deportees and supporters may yet win out though, and several flights have been cancelled in the last week.


08
Apr
2017
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The Hostile Environment: turning the UK into a nation of border cops

A run-down of the Home Office's "hostile environment" measures against migrants, from NHS charges to the renting ban.


07
Apr
2017
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People behind Cuadrilla win state approval to keep identities secret

UK fracking company and target of environmental protest, Cuadrilla, is using new legislation designed to increase corporate transparency to hide the identity of the people who control it.


According to documents filed at Companies House, the four individuals that ultimately control Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Ltd, the UK-registered parent company of the Cuadrilla group, are using an exemption in the government’s ‘Persons of Significant Control’ legislation, introduced last year to protect their identities.


Previous disclosures have shown Cuadrilla is majority owned by the investment funds Riverstone Holdings and AJ Lucas. But the attempt to withhold information suggests others may be involved, with a Chinese state-owned oil firm previously rumoured to be a possible investor.


The government introduced Persons of Significant Control (PSC) legislation in June 2016. Its aim, in the words of then Business minister Baroness Neville Rolfe, is to:


06
Apr
2017
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Drax's dirty energy

 

Ahead of Drax's AGM, Biofuel Watch, give us the low down

 

On 13 April, Drax Plc, operator of Drax Power Station, will be holding its AGM in York, sparking protests both locally and in London where its major investors have their offices. Campaigners will be highlighting Drax's involvement in dirty energy, its links with climate change and deforestation, and its continued reliance on government subsidies – which could instead be going to support genuinely renewable energy – to keep afloat.


31
Mar
2017
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Economics for a finite planet

As part of our Green Capitalism project, one contributor, Benjamin, gives their take on the idea of 'steady state economics' - an ecological approach to economics where economies remain at a stable size instead of growing over time, and resource consumption is kept within ecological limits. Please note the views are the authors and do not represent Corporate Watch’s position.


24
Mar
2017
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Hyde Housing: strapped for cash or hungry for profit?

Hyde Housing has told residents it “can no longer afford” to run four community centres on estates in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Islington. In a statement, the housing association said its finances have been put under strain by government reforms and that the main priority must be “building new homes to help address the housing crisis”. Local residents and groups that use the centres are campaigning against the moves, which will see the community spaces either knocked down or leased out to outside organisations to manage.


07
Mar
2017
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The Round-Up: rough sleeper immigration raids and charity collaboration

Homelessness outreach charities are helping Immigration Enforcement round up and deport London's migrant rough sleepers.


06
Jan
2017
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Deportation Charter Flights: Collective Expulsion in 2017

Titan Airways deportation plane photo by James Bridle

Profiling the UK's mass deportation charter flights and some of the companies that profit from them.