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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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Doing more harm than good? Our latest report on the UK's development bank, CDC


15 February 2020
Aid

Amid the recent back and forth over whether the Department for International Development will be merged into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, very little attention has been paid to the role of the UK's development finance institution, CDC, in UK development policy.

Freedom of Movement 2.0 Party – a day to imagine a world without borders

We currently live in a dystopian world of borders. In the past couple of weeks Greece has revealed plans to install a ‘floating wall’ in the Aegean sea to deter migrants from attempting to enter Europe. Trump has announced he will expand his travel ban to citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. And Boris Johnson has deported 17 Jamaicans many of whom have been in the UK since they were children. None of this is natural, and none of this should be normal. On 15 February we will gather  to listen, discuss and dance to the utopian ideals of open borders. Join us!

Trump in your trolley: how big business is pushing for lower standards through a trade deal with the US


23 January 2020

Big business wants to use a US-UK trade deal as a way to get deregulation that they have long been pushing for. Transnational corporations try to justify this by saying it would be easier for them to produce to one set of standards, but somehow it is always the lowest common denominator that they push for, not a raising of standards across the board.

We are nearing a climate ‘point of no return’ – climate activists are not terrorists!

Many know by now that another two-weeks long United Nations negotiation on climate change ended with the world’s richest countries and biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses blocking agreements on mitigation, adaptation and recovery.

Resisting Empire 2.0: why we're protesting the UK-Africa Investment Summit


16 January 2020
Aid

For many, the idea of encouraging more foreign investment in African countries make sense. This is certainly the government's hope as they approach the first UK-Africa Investment Summit, to be held in central London on Monday 20 January.

What has Meghan Markle taught us? The UK needs to educate itself on racism and white privilege – here's a start


14 January 2020

Today #whiteprivilege has been trending after a discussion on This Morning. Here’s a quick list of resources.

If the racist Right to Rent initiative is scrapped, could it be the end for the hostile environment?


10 January 2020

On Tuesday 14 January the government is appealing the court ruling which called to scrap or change the discriminatory Right to Rent initiative. If they lose, it could be the beginning of the end of the hostile environment.

Election 2019: Where the parties stand on climate justice

We have a few more days before the 2019 elections. Rival parties are promising a raft of tougher policies, higher budgets and commitments to protect our environment and address the ongoing planetary climate emergency.

Election 2019: All the main parties are competing on global justice – except for one


09 December 2019

Normally during election time it’s sad to see global issues relegated to the bottom of the political agenda. This hasn’t been the case in 2019. The party manifestos are full of pledges that we’ve been pushing for over the last few years. Here are my own highlights that I want to share – and I hope Global Justice Now supporters feel proud.

Big tech companies have too much power. But Trump wants to lock it in


04 December 2019

The leaked trade papers from meetings between the US and UK revealed how a trade deal with the US could be used to create and lock-in new rules for the digital economy. The US government is pushing an agenda to protect big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook from regulation.

UK officials conspire with Trump to force feed us chlorinated chicken


04 December 2019

Would you be happy to buy chlorine washed chicken? No? Nor would I. But leaked papers from secret trade talks between the US and UK show that both governments have been discussing how best to sell factory farmed chicken like this to ‘sceptical’ consumers like you and me.

When Trump said climate change was off-limits, the UK didn't even put up a fight

The US has banned mention of climate change from trade talks that Trump’s administration has been holding with the UK. Leaked documents show that the UK raised the issue of climate change only to be bluntly told it is off limits because it is too politically sensitive and a ‘lightening rod issue’.

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