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Get the latest news and analysis on global justice issues and join in the debate. Our bloggers include Global Justice Now staff as well as activists from around the world who work on a broad range of subjects.

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.

If you've got something to say and are interested in blogging for us, please get in touch with Morten.

Latest posts

Are dogs and fences really the answer to the migrant "crisis"?


31 July 2015

Today David Cameron announced that additional security personnel, sniffer dogs and fences will be sent to Calais to stop “migrants” from entering the UK. He couldn’t be more wrong in his approach. We need to address the conditions forcing people to migrate, not build more fences and walls.

Of islands and ghost towns: Here and no further for Germany's lignite mines

A friend of mine recently told me about her visit to a small village in Germany’s Rhineland, some 50 kilometres from Cologne. It was a beautiful summer’s day and she took a walk enjoying the peace and rural bliss around Holzweiler until a voice shouted, “I wouldn’t go there!” A man walking his dog approached. “It’s a ghost town! There’s only a few souls out there.”

Changing the world, one weekend at a time


24 July 2015

It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day, especially in London where months slip away with little change. And then, from time to time, you step into the unknown and suddenly just three days away can have a profound effect.

‘It’s a story of corruption, greed and ineptitude’ - UK aid and Nigeria's energy privatisation

Sitting in the Oxford sunshine, Ken Henshaw is telling me how proud he is of the solar panel on his Port Harcourt house. ‘In Nigeria, you are your own government and energy company!’ he jokes, describing the lengths to which he has gone to connect his home to a power source. He also had to buy a pump to access clean water, and runs his own sewage system.

Financing nothing but fine words: It’s time to take tax seriously


21 July 2015

The Financing for Development Conference, held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), came to a close on 17 July. The conference was meant to provide a practical yet ambitious framework for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (more on the SDGs in my next blog). Did it succeed? That depends on who you ask.

What's the point of 0.7% aid target if it gets spent on malls and luxury hotels?


21 July 2015

The news that the Department for International Development (DfID) is ploughing an additional £735m into its private sector investment arm, the CDC group, should serve as a serious wake up call for the slumbering development sector.

The anti-fracking movement unites in the Basque Country

In recent weeks, the anti-fracking movement has sent shockwaves through the fracking industry by winning several important victories.

Greece stands humiliated at the hands of neoliberal fanatics


15 July 2015

No-one will be able to blame Alexis Tsipras for the destruction of the eurozone. Far from the militant leftist portrayed in the media, Tspiras has shown himself to be excessively cautious, making concession after concession in his desire to protect the Greek people from further impoverishment.

Why we shouldn’t let the fight against TTIP become a platform for UKIP


09 July 2015

After yesterday’s unfortunate vote in favour of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the European parliament, UKIP was quick to present itself as the forefront of the campaign against the dangerous EU-US trade deal.

Are the Koch brothers trying to influence TTIP negotiations?


09 July 2015

The latest release of lobbying data on the European Commission’s Transparency Register has raised concerns that the fossil-fuelled Kochs are trying to influence the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Disappointment reigns as ISDS-lite gets the nod in Strasbourg


08 July 2015

Our representatives in Europe rejected a great chance to deal a body blow to TTIP today.

TTIP in the EU: Rejecting democracy at every turn


07 July 2015

After many twists and turns, MEPs decide tomorrow what sort of Transatlantic Trade and Investment deal (known as TTIP) they want the European Commission to negotiate on their behalf with the USA.

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