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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.

Latest posts

UK aid money needs to stop going to 'unhealthy development'


27 September 2016

Global Justice Now is right to demand that the UK’s aid budget should benefit the world’s poorest, not big business.

The future of our trade campaign: your thoughts


23 September 2016

The recent months have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for our trade campaign. Needless to say that with the likely failure of TTIP* and the ever more pressing threat of CETA**, our staff, activists, members and supporters have been very busy.

Farm Heroes Vs Monsanto: defeat corporate power in our new game


22 September 2016

In our latest game, Farm Heroes vs Monsanto, you can help a gang of cutsie farm animals take on the global seed and pesticide magnate Monsanto (fittingly represented as the fat cat).

Corporations running the world used to be science fiction - Now it's a reality.


12 September 2016

Today, of the 100 wealthiest economic entities in the world, 69 are now corporations and only 31 countries*. This is up from 63 to 37 a year ago. At this rate, within a generation we will be living in a world entirely dominated by giant corporations.

TTIP is on the floor, the referee is counting down…


02 September 2016

We’ve had an incredible victory this week. Some of the leading proponents of the EU-US corporate trade deal, known as TTIP, have said that the deal is dead.

 

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.

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