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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 trade justice and climate change to migration and aid.

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Here’s what a trade deal with Trump could mean for our NHS


07 June 2019

This week the unacceptably high price of trading with Trump was laid bare as he declared that the NHS would be ‘on the table’ for a future trade deal. He then tried to retreat following a widespread backlash telling another interviewer: ‘I don’t see it being on the table’. Regardless of Trump’s confusion on this, the dangers of a potential US trade deal still are very real.

Brexit trade delusions show why Britain needs to confront its history of empire

The chance for Britain to resume its glorious role as a proud trading nation is one of the defining myths of Brexit. It obscures the reality of ‘free’ trade as an enabling tool of empire, a shameful history which Britain has never truly confronted,

The UK government has blatantly chosen to side with big pharma over patients


28 May 2019

The UK government has recklessly blocked global efforts to tackle big pharma secrecy this week in Geneva. But across the world, people are mobilising to give a strong message that it’s time governments put people over the power of big pharma. 

Around the world people are standing with Ecuador against Chevron

Yesterday Global Justice Now joined 268 organisations, trade unions, movements and networks from different countries representing hundreds of millions of people in signing a letter addressed to President Lenin Moreno Garces expressing concern about Chevron’s actions against Ecuador. It was part of a global day of action in support of Ecuador in its ongoing battle with the US oil giant.

Why is the UK trying to delete all mentions of high drug prices at the World Health Assembly?


21 May 2019

This week in Geneva a resolution is being voted on which could help make drugs more affordable around the world. 

The great aid betrayal


17 May 2019
Aid

Last summer, Theresa May made headlines on a trip to Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, where she declared in the most bullish terms yet the government’s objectives for international aid. The Prime Minister said she was “unashamed” about ensuring that our aid spending “works for the UK”.

Stop Corporate Courts: The Virtual Edinburgh Tour

A tour of five local landmarks linking Edinburgh-based companies to the secretive corporate courts in trade deals

25 years after the triumph of hope: South Africa’s lingering social justice challenges

I still vividly remember the night of 26 April 1994. It was the night of the burial of apartheid and the eve of South Africa’s first all-race elections. In a solemn ceremony, the old apartheid flag was lowered and replaced by the multi-coloured one that symbolises the rainbow nation.

Extinction Rebellion have put climate back in the headlines. What should the next steps be for addressing the climate emergency?

Extinction Rebellion’s sustained and inspiring civil disobedience actions that lasted for almost two weeks have put climate change issues front and centre where they belong. But there are learnings that we must take forward. 

Millions of pounds of UK aid has been spent on profit-making private schools. Why?


19 April 2019
Aid

What do you think we should be spending the UK’s international aid budget on? Vaccines? Dealing with climate change? Helping countries close tax loopholes?

I’m guessing you didn’t say profit-making private schools. But unfortunately, that’s exactly what the UK government has been doing.

Jallianwala Bagh was an atrocity of Empire. But the wrong kind of apology is not worth having


11 April 2019

On 13 April 1919, tens of thousands of Indians gathered at Jallianwala Bagh, a square in Amritsar, Punjab. They were there to celebrate a religious festival and peacefully protest against new laws imposed by the British banning freedom of assembly and protest, laws they had introduced in many parts of India in fear of an increasingly unified movement for independence.

Is the UK prepared for a Super China and its global New Silk Road?

For the first time since the European Union (EU) and China forged the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2003, Brussels has adopted a shift in its approach towards what is currently the world’s second-biggest economy.

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