May 2014

29
May
2014
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Thatcher backed Ugandan crackdown

Iron Lady endorsed British mercenaries training Ugandan paramilitary unit in conflict 'worse than Amin era'

Margaret Thatcher gave her approval to British mercenaries working with a Ugandan paramilitary unit during the bloodiest human rights abuses in the East African country's civil war, newly-released documents reveal.

Falconstar Limited, run by ex-SAS officers Jeremy Trevaskis and Peter Le Marchand, trained the Ugandan Police Special Force, a notorious group implicated in mass killings, beatings and rape during President Milton Obote's crackdown after the fall of Idi Amin.


23
May
2014
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Investigating Companies: A Do-It-Yourself Handbook

Our Do-It-Yourself Handbook shows you how to look into a company you’ve got an issue with, and how to find and understand key pieces of information about it.


13
May
2014
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Lord Howell's latest 'frack the north' gaffe

 

Osborne's father-in-law:

    • Frack “remote (derelict) areas” such as in the North East and North West

    • Government's views on fracking “MUCH too optimistic” and “seriously flawed”

Tory peer Lord Howell, who was forced to apologise last year for saying that fracking should take place in the North East because it was "desolate", has made a new call for fracking in “remote (derelict) areas” such as in the North East and North West, and all areas “where the industrial revolution has left the worst historical scars”. He added that fracking should initially take place “ideally in derelict or wasteland areas with no nature or environmental significance”.


12
May
2014
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'Prevent these Israeli war crimes that kill our dreams and kill our children'

Yosra Ash Shawa - Killed by an Israeli drone. Photo given to Corporate Watch by Basil Ash Shawa

Unpiloted aircraft, known as drones in the arms industry, have become Israel’s weapon of choice in its attacks on Gaza. Since January 2012 drones have killed more people in Gaza than any other aircraft. In 2013 Corporate Watch carried out interviews with several victims of Israeli drone strikes. These interviews are intended to give a voice to the survivors and to be a resource for those campaigning against the companies profiting from the manufacture of equipment used in the Israeli state’s crimes in Gaza.

We arranged to meet Basil and Mona Ash Shawa (sometimes spelled Al Shawa) at their apartment in Gaza City in November 2013 to discuss the murder of their only daughter, 18 year old Yosra, in an Israeli drone attack during Operation Pillar of Cloud. During that operation 201 out of the 255 fatalities were killed by drones.


09
May
2014
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Trade Unions join protest against SodaStream

Members from eight UK trade unions joined the long running weekly picket of SodaStream’s only UK shop, EcoStream in Brighton, on Saturday May 3. Members from The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), National Union of Journalists (NUJ), University and College Union (UCU), National Union of  Teachers (NUT), Solidarity Federation (SolFed), Unison, Unite and GMB all showed up to show solidarity with Palestinians workers living under occupation. There were also representatives from Brighton Benefits Campaign and Defend the NHS present.


06
May
2014
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Poverty wages and child labour in the settlement of Beit Ha’Arava

The gates of Beit Ha’Arava settlement, closed to Palestinians except settlement workers – photo taken by Corporate Watch, January 2013

During January and February 2013 Corporate Watch conducted interviews with Palestinians who work in the illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley. Part one of our findings can be viewed here.