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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.

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Food and poverty: a tale of two countries


14 May 2015

Whichever side of the Border you live, it is the best of times for the haves, and the worst of times for the have-nots.  But the two governments north and south have very different views about why this is happening and what to do about it. 

Are the wheels starting to fall off TTIP?


13 May 2015

In a shock vote for President Obama yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have allowed him to 'fast track' trade agreements like TTIP. Although only a procedural vote, the fact that Democrats in the Senate united to dismiss the motion makes it significantly less likely that Obama will succeed, with commentators saying Obama's trade strategy is now 'in tatters'.

Beyond the politics of fear


12 May 2015

The outcome of the 2015 election is that myopia, fear and scare tactics have triumphed over an outward looking, hopeful vision of what we could achieve in the world. To be sure there were moments of light: women dominating political debates and the promise that we stop haemorrhaging wealth on weapons of mass destruction.

More smoke and mirrors: State apathy towards enforced disappearance of students outrages Mexico

On 26 September 2014, students from a rural teacher-training college crossed the Mexican state of Guerrero to protest against education conditions.  Forty-six of them never returned.  Two were killed that night in a clash with police, along with three bystanders; a third was found dead the next day with his face flayed; forty-three were abducted by the police.

The world: an issue missing from this election campaign


05 May 2015

The general election campaign so far has been a miserable and myopic affair, even by the already low standards set by previous contests. Go down an average street across the UK and you’d be hard pressed to tell there’s an election on at all. No posters, no rallies (gosh how terribly un-British that would be) and no politicians trying to get our vote.

Cleansing the souls of the international arbitration industry


01 May 2015

“It’s alright, sarge, they’re just about to exorcise the building” mutters a policeman over his walkie-talkie.

Not just transition? Coal and a Colombian miners union

Last week, along with colleagues at London Mining Network, global union IndustriALL, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Justice for Colombia and War on Want, we hosted Jairo Quiroz and Igor Diaz, members of Sintracarbon, the union that organises workers at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia.

Eyes wide shut on ISDS - implications of the Bilcon vs Canada case


30 April 2015

Recent agreement among congressional leaders on a “fast-track” bill may have been a victory for the Obama administration’s trade agenda.

US: trade deals and resistance


29 April 2015

Ask people on the streets in the USA about TTIP and they are less likely to know what you’re talking about than if you ask the same in the UK. Certainly the secrecy around the deal in the States is even more intense than in the UK, and the media is complicit with a similarly business-pages-only coverage afforded to the negotiations. There’s another dimension: that of NAFTA and TPP.

Should aid money be used as a tool for expanding free markets?


27 April 2015

Ask a particularly extreme proponent of the free market how they see the future, and they might conjure up schools run by Coca-Cola and education programmes administered by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Or they might see hospitals operated as companies by nurse-entrepreneurs who compete for private equity funds. 

Why we're not so sweet on industrial agriculture


23 April 2015

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) will be marching from Bury St Edmunds to the British Sugar factory on April 29 from 1pm-4pm. The LWA is a coalition of producers across the UK who are fed up with the un-level state of affairs between corporate and small-scale farming.

Tackling trade in the Fast Track - a report from the USA


22 April 2015

I'm in the USA for the next round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations in New York, and it's certainly a busy week for trade policy.

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