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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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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.

3 reasons you should join us for Freedom of Movement on Saturday


15 March 2019

On 23 March 2019, Our Future Now will host an afternoon and evening of learning, resisting and dancing. We present this event in the spirit of protest against our current border controls, and in celebration of solidarity beyond difference. We will explore what a world with freedom of movement for all could look like. Here are three reasons why you should join us:  

Our cultural picks of the month


14 March 2019

Things to read, listen to and watch. Here are some cultural picks put together by people at Global Justice Now. 

How racist myths built the population growth bogey-man

The environmental movement in the Global North needs to address the elephant in its white and middle-class room – the myth of overpopulation as a driver of climate extinction.

From Serena Williams to women fighting dictatorship, here are the badass women who inspire us


08 March 2019

This International Women's Day we asked the badass women at Global Justice Now to write a little something about the women who inspire them. From tennis players to actors and activists, here are the badass women who we love. 

Happy International Women's day!

The last year of incredible women-led movements around the world


07 March 2019

This International Women's Day, as tens of thousands globally take part in this year’s Women’s Strike, we look back on some of the many incredible movements led by and for women around the world since 8 March 2018.

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