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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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Debt burdens on the rise in impoverished countries


22 May 2012

Guest post by Tim Jones, Jubilee Debt Campaign

Debt payments by the most impoverished countries are set to rise over coming years as part of the fallout from the global financial crisis. The new report from Jubilee Debt Campaign, The state of debt, shows how this threatens to extend the 30-year pattern of debt crises across the globe, from the Mexican debt crisis of 1982 to the Eurozone crisis today.

Interview: learning from history


10 May 2012

Author Tim Gee will be speaking at our Scottish campaigner convention on the 19th May. Here he talks to WDM Scotland about his new book on the history of social movements across the globe - Counterpower: Making Change Happen - and how history has shaped his own global justice campaigning.

Relearning the alphabet for WDM


09 May 2012

Guest post by Lucy Hurn, south west London group

Last week Lucy from our south west London group kicked off her fundraising challenge with a difference: doing the alphabet the hard way. Here she explains.

I blame the WDM London groups Christmas social! For some reason, no doubt spurred on by beer, a few of us started talking about doing the Berlin marathon. Having found that was already booked up, our plan changed to Amsterdam. Which begins with an ‘A’. And that’s where it all started…

Progressive responses to European austerity


08 May 2012

Among the many participants at Corporate Europe Observatory’s EU in Crisis conference this weekend were a host of WDM allies – people we’ve campaigned with against water privatisation, on climate justice and on debt cancellation. This time they were coming together with other organisation and movement representatives to debate the Eurozone crisis and organise against the dead hand of austerity and corporate capture which is gripping the continent.

Action by campaigners ensures UNCTAD can continue to work on economic development


01 May 2012

Last week we reported how developed countries, with the UK as one of the worst offenders, were attempting to remove the remit of UNCTAD to work on economic development issues – including food speculation.

Bullying in Doha


23 April 2012

The World Development Movement's food and finance campaigner Christine Haigh reports on attempts by rich countries to silence the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN body providing an alternative perspective on the global economy.

Who will you vote for Greenwash Gold?


17 April 2012

Yesterday I went to the launch of ‘Greenwash Gold’: the campaign against Olympics corporate sponsors: Rio Tinto, Dow Chemical and BP. Although there are other controversial sponsors of the games such as Coca Cola and McDonalds, the coalition of groups running the campaign have chosen to focus on these three companies.

Blood for silver, blood for gold: The assassination of Bernardo Vásquez


23 March 2012

Guest post by Jonathan Treat

Bernardo Vásquez was the second anti-mining activist to be shot dead in Oaxaca in the past two months. Three others at the scene of the assassination of Vasquez were also shot and remain in serious condition.

"One thing is clear: this was a political hit. Bernardo was murdered because he dared to speak out." (Dawn Paley)

Use a WDM image for your Facebook timeline cover


16 March 2012

Facebook timeline is here. Show your support for the World Development Movement by using one of our specially designed Facebook timeline covers. 

Rio+20: the financialisation of nature


14 March 2012

Guest post James Angel, used to be campaigns and policy intern

We might have hoped that the 2008 financial crash would have presented us with an opportunity to rethink the power and influence that the financial sector has amassed since its deregulation in the 1970s. But, far from this, since the crash we’ve seen ever-increasing financialisation.

Virtually #occupy the World Water Forum!


12 March 2012

Guest post by Meera Karunananthan, The Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians, Food and Water Watch and Focus on the Global South invite you to virtually Occupy the World Water Forum – a corporate trade show aimed at giving the world’s largest water multinationals privileged access to high-level policy making behind closed doors.

Working towards a fairer food system


09 March 2012

Guest post by Homaira Abdullah, used to be activism and events intern

As we come to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight, we have a chance to reflect on what Fairtrade has achieved and how it fits into the wider narrative of food sovereignty.

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