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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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Windrush, 70 years on

The hostile environment is not something new; it is part and parcel of British colonialism and its ongoing legacy. Windrush and the hostile environment are just the latest example of this. 

Five reasons Sturgeon should stand up to Big Pharma


24 May 2018

The high price of breast cancer drug Perjeta means it is not currently available to patients in Scotland, but is available in England and Wales. How do we make sure essential medicines are affordable for everyone in the UK?

The vacuum over post-Brexit trade is bringing together strange bedfellows

Campaign organisations came together with trade unions and business confederations last week to propose a new framework for the UK's trade governance model. It is a sign of the times that such organisations are launching this joint initiative.

The day I dressed up in my finest chicken suit to meet Liam Fox

Dressed in a bright yellow chicken suit and with a camera in hand, I’m standing outside Portishead Folk Hall with a handful of other activists. It’s hot! And I can’t help cursing the good weather we’ve all been missing since forever. But I’m here for a reason. And after a 20 minute wait, that reason walks from his car towards us – Liam Fox, the international trade secretary.

A glimpse of the French student movement (from the inside)

France is famous for its rebellions, revolts and revolutions. But these don’t solely belong in the past. France regularly faces upheavals and right now is one of those moments. Strikes and occupations have spread like wildfire across the country in recent months in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial social reforms.

5 things you can do to fight back against the hostile environment


27 April 2018

The recent scandal around the Windrush generation has exposed the true extent of the inhumanity underpinning the government’s immigration policy. Under the government’s Hostile Environment policy, people living here a lifetime have been harassed, sacked, arrested and even deported. But as well as demanding justice for the Windrush generation, we need to go further. Here are some steps you can take to do so.

Colonialism, borders and justice should be in our conversation about migration

In opposing the hostile environment for immigrants, we must link the root causes of poverty and inequality around the world with the rise of migration. The failure to understand and communicate the role of neoliberalism in causing the collapse of working and living conditions in countries of the North has driven anti-migrant sentiments.

The hostile environment won't end with Windrush, we should eradicate it altogether

In June 1948 thousands of people from the Caribbean were invited, by the British government, to come to Britain and help rebuild the country post World War Two. They are known as the Windrush generation, taking the name of the first boat to land here that year. Seventy years later, up to 50,000 of them are facing deportation.  

Liam Fox’s trade deals come up against the reality of public opinion


18 April 2018

Eighty-two per cent of Brits would rather not have a trade deal with the US than sacrifice decent food standards. Only 8% would put a trade deal first. So says a new opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Enoch Powell's racist speech isn't a national treasure. Why is the BBC treating it like it is?

Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech is not just a thing of the past but continues to define how many people see immigration today. We must not, in any way shape or form give it uncritical time or celebrate it. But instead, fight the UK’s hostile environment towards migrants and challenge a culture that normalises this speech.

I spent three days with the Zapatistas. Here's what happened.

This 8 March, as women across the world took part in strikes, demonstrations, and walkouts to mark International Women’s Day, thousands gathered in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, for a three day summit filled with debates, theatre, art, and even sports, all dedicated to ’women in the struggle’. I was lucky enough to be one of them.

If you think Martin Luther King’s story ended with his ‘I have a dream’ speech, think again

King was not only the leading civil and political rights leader in America but he was also an internationalist. He was aware of, and informed by, the independence movements of the global south; he saw the dangers of a new USA neo-imperialist foreign policy - and not just in Vietnam but more widely.

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