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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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Reclaiming Democracy: Say the Unsayable!


18 July 2016

This weekend at Take Back Our World festival in Devon, I spoke alongside two inspiring activists, one from London, one from Barcelona. The theme of our session was Radical Democracy- and amongst many other things, we all agreed that democracy is in crisis. 

Cerrejon coal in Colombia: rehabilitating the land, removing the humans


18 July 2016

Last month, Global Justice Now and Colombia Solidarity Campaign (both of them member groups of London Mining Network) supported me to take part in a delegation to La Guajira in Colombia, visiting communities affected by the massive Cerrejon coal mine.  Cerrejon is the largest opencast m

Developing countries recognise that the global trade system is broken, Brexit is the UK’s moment to do the same


15 July 2016

In response to the seismic political and economic events that have shaped the past decade, a growing number of countries are rethinking their trade relations. This has been most apparent in the spate of cancelled Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and new investment protection models. Countries are also now beginning to flex their muscles in response to Brexit.

Brexit and the direction of our trade campaigning


15 July 2016

It’s impossible to assess the state of play with trade policy and agreements in the UK without using the word ‘uncertainty’ right now. There are claims and counter claims over where we stand regarding the various trade deals the UK is involved in.

A tale of two food systems


15 July 2016

Take away a farmer’s land, take away their seeds systems, and take away their independence. Now sell them a collection of expensive chemical fertilisers, one size fits all seeds and pesticides every year ; all chaining them into a system of debt, and dependence on multinational corporations.

I thought I could get away from Brexit in Outer Mongolia…. I was wrong


13 July 2016

Outer Mongolia has, like Timbuktu, always been one of those places well known (from an anglo-centric perspective) for being very far away from the UK. However, the Asia-Europe People's Forum held in Ulaanbaatar wasn't far enough away for the subject of Brexit not to be an ever-present shadow over discussions.

Defending and extending rights to freedom of movement


12 July 2016

Many people voted to leave the EU because they were fed up of the effects of an economic system which generates growing inequality, and of a political elite which has left their communities to rot while they look after the interests of banks and big business. They are right to be fed up.

But by building on years of anti-migrant propaganda from the press, the main leave campaigns persuaded too many of those people that the answer to their problems lies in somehow halting migration. Others, the Little Britain Tories, were not economically marginalised of course, but signed up to the anti-migrant rhetoric anyway.

It feels like the tragedy of a generation, but we need to gear up not give up


27 June 2016

It’s been a couple of days since the shocking referendum result, and it feels no better than it did on the night.

The Big 6 are ripping us off: Why are our politicians not backing a fairer system?

Buried under the referendum results last Friday was the final report from a two year inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the energy market, carrying a set of recommendations for making a fairer system -or so it was hailed.

We’re leaving the EU, but we’re not giving up


24 June 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union opens up a world of uncertainty. It will take some time before we know what the full impact will be. It could be years before we fully exit but the leave vote represents a significant victory for the politics of fear and hate that dominated the campaign.

Why Brexit would be terrible for our campaigns for trade, food, energy and migration justice


22 June 2016

The latest polls show that the referendum battle is very close and leaving the EU could be a real possibility. While we’re critical of the way the EU currently works, we think it’s very important we stay in.

The Africa Energy Forum - this is not what energy democracy looks like

Energy ministers from across Africa will be hosted at a swanky London hotel next week for a conference where hundreds of businesses will pay up to £3,000 for the chance to pitch their business to these state officials.

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