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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. Views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the views of Global Justice Now. 

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.

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Phulbari day of action

A group of Bangladeshi activists contacted Global Justice Now in 2008 to stand with them in their struggle against plans for a UK backed mine that was to built in Phulbari, Bangladesh.  If the proposal for the mine went ahead it would displace 130,000 people, contaminate the water supply of hundreds of thousands and destroyed fertile land.

What's the future for democratic energy in the UK?

Energy democracy projects have surged over the past five years in the UK as the number of community owned renewable energy projects have risen. This UK government’s feed-in-tariff policy has a lot to do with this, where a certain amount of money is paid per unit of energy to anyone who generates their own energy.

Youth voices of resistance at the WSF: how young activists are overturning austerity in the Americas


17 August 2016

We were in Montreal Quebec, at the 12th World Social Forum. There is certainly a lot of learning that youth-led social movements in the UK can take away from the struggles across the pond. Quebec has a progressive political culture. And no, I’m not referring to Trudeau’s electoral win.

Breaking the waves: how communities are taking back control of radio


17 August 2016

From indigenous First Nations communities in Canada to union radio in Bolivia, community-run radio stations are playing an important role in raising awareness of political struggles and connecting activists. Unlike conventional public radio, community radio is not run by states or governments, but is run and sourced by local people.

Is it time for universal basic income in the UK?


16 August 2016

Universal basic income is not a new idea. It was way back in 1795 that Thomas Paine, an American revolutionary, first talked about the citizen's dividend. The idea was to pay all US citizens a regular payment as compensation for "loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property".

Three more reasons why we need to stop CETA


15 August 2016

Last week I joined activists and campaigners from across the globe who came to Canada for the World Social Forum. A major topic of discussion was the problems with TTIP-style free trade agreements and how we can stop them.

Whose land? #OurLand


14 August 2016

Our new research exposes some of the super-rich, global capitalists who have bought into the outdated and undemocratic land ownership system here in Scotland with vast tracts of land - and shows why greater land reform is needed.

Seeds of Freedom Tanzania: A film


11 August 2016

We are told that Tanzania has an abundance of available fertile land, but that production is inefficient, based on many small farms, and needs modernisation through private sector investment in large-scale high-input industrial agriculture. Critics maintain that Africa has been lined up for corporate agribusiness market penetration, with a focus on land and water, food and bio-fuels.

Tax justice and why little has changed since Heart of Darkness


10 August 2016

In 1899, Joseph Conrad wrote a novel which starts in the ever-so-civilised London of the late nineteenth century. It’s called Heart of Darkness, many of you will know it, and essentially it’s about a trader from a transnational corporation, who journeys upriver in Congo to buy ivory, and ends up worshipped as a tyrannical god in the middle of the jungle. 

Behind the Rio games lies a calamity on an olympic scale


05 August 2016

As the Olympics gets underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians and foreigners alike will almost certainly have a great time. Despite the delays, the protests and the Zica virus (now apparently under control), there is a lot going for these Olympics: no other people in the world are as good as the Brazilians at organising spontaneous street parties; the weather is warm but not sweltering; and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Time for a UK agricultural policy that doesn’t subsidise the rich


05 August 2016

Let’s get one thing straight. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a disaster. It is essentially a £50 billion welfare system for the landed gentry and other big landowners across Europe. While people who genuinely need public funds find their benefits cut to the bone, these people get huge amounts of public money for doing absolutely nothing.

How do we hold corporations like Monsanto to account?


03 August 2016

Monsanto may not be a household name in the UK but as one of the world's leading seed and chemical companies, its activities affect us all. Its best-selling weedkiller is made from a chemical called glyphosate that the World Health Organisation has found to probably cause cancer. Yet its use is now so widespread that traces are found in one out of every three loaves of bread in the UK.

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