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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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Highlights of the year: what we achieved together in 2018


20 December 2018

Brexit, Trump, trade wars, climate catastrophe, creeping fascism. Fear of what the future holds was never far from the minds of global justice campaigners in 2018. But the only way to build a better future is to organise and campaign – to light a candle rather than curse the darkness.  

Happy Birthday Global Justice Now Scotland


17 December 2018

This winter, the Global Justice Now Scottish office celebrates its twentieth birthday. Time to look back at some of the highlights of the last two decades. 

Zwarte Piet: blackface is the colonial hangover that's lasted too long


05 December 2018

I open the curtains to see fairy lights twinkling in my neighbour’s house. I open the kitchen door and see little crumbs on the table, traces of a mince pie eater. And then I open Facebook to see the annual arguments about blackface. Yep. It’s nearly Christmas.

Leading the world backwards: Governments are merely agreeing to disagree on trade and global warming

As world leaders finalised the Group of Twenty’s (G20) Agreements in Buenos Aires, Argentina, government and civil society climate representatives started arriving in Katowice, Poland for the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

It's time to get privatised medicines out of our public health system


03 December 2018

It’s good news for the NHS and patients. After years of big pharma having patent control over a medicine and hiking up its price extortionately, a drug that treats rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, adalimumab, is being replaced with much cheaper alternatives.

Climate breakdown is a crisis, let's act like it is

Many of the common responses to climate change focus on consumer choices; driving less, buying an electric car, meat-free Mondays, ‘eco’ light-bulbs, reusable coffee cups, in other words: faux solutions to retrofit ourselves into ‘green’ capitalism.

Climate justice and extinction

I rebelled this Saturday. The plan was to block five London bridges and get dozens of people arrested as a way of growing the movement against climate change. Thousands of people came out across London as part of Extinction Rebellion. People had travelled from all over the country and for many of them it was the first time they’d taken part in civil disobedience.

What Theresa May’s Brexit deal means for global justice (if it happens)


15 November 2018

Global Justice Now took a ‘remain and reform’ position in the EU referendum – to stay in the EU in order to transform it. We feared that leaving would lead to an outpouring of xenophobia and racism, and would potentially unleash a wave of deregulation and liberalisation, especially through trade deals. We were right to be worried.

Brazil: If he threatens my existence, I'll be resistance


30 October 2018

As I start drafting this article, we’re 30 minutes away from the moment we’ve been so anxiously waiting, when the results of the tensest Brazilian presidential election in my lifetime will be released.

Join us to put the Hostile Environment on trial

This November the hostile environment will be out on trial in front of a panel of expert jurors. Join us, hear evidence and make real links with on the ground groups that are fighting for the rights of migrants and refugees.

The occupations and protests at Hambach Forest in Germany are a global flashpoint for the climate movement

Hambach Forest was a 12,000 year old, 5,500 hectare behemoth, but over the last 40 years 90% of it has been cut down for coal mining. Rich in biodiversity, the sliver of forestland left is still home to 142 types of birds and 13 protected species.

Global sacrifice zones and why ‘we’ are not in this together


22 October 2018

This September, I had the pleasure of attending The World Transformed. All the talks and workshops I attended left me in awe of the strength, beauty, and resolve found in left-wing movements in the UK and beyond, but there was one event which really struck a chord with me.

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