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The UK government has published a statement today that highlights the fierce opposition to British company GCM Resources’ plans for a massive open cast coal mine in Phulbari, north-west Bangladesh. The statement notes protestors “calling strikes, blockading roads and occupying the company’s local offices”.

Social justice campaign group Global Justice Now today calls on the next Labour leader to “take big business out of politics” and end Britain’s unhealthy dependence on finance. In a set of policy proposals, campaigners tell candidates that if they’re interested in re-engaging ordinary people in politics and fighting inequality, they need to transform the role Britain plays in the world. 

A coalition of environmental and human rights organisations from the UK, Romania and Canada have called on prime minister David Cameron to intervene in an international case which is pitting a Canadian mining company against the government of Romania. The group argues that under new trade agreements like TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) such cases will radically expand, targeting the British and other European governments.

Today we have slammed the conditions imposed on Greece as part of its latest ‘bailout’ package. Campaigners say the programme is not simply misguided, but an attempt to ‘create a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean’, regardless of the level of suffering that entails.

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:

Our response to the deal with Greece being reached over the debt crisis.

Last night activists from Global Justice Now and Jubilee Debt Campaign projected “Cancel Greek Debt” in giant letters against the German embassy in West London, below a a mock-up of German Chancellor Angela Merkel  as the three wise monkeys (‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’). The series of projections also included a the slogan “OXI – no to Debt and Austerity.”

Campaigners have expressed dismay today that the European Parliament ignored the voice of millions of European citizens to express a positive opinion on TTIP (the US-EU trade deal). After angry scenes in Strasburg in which MEPs accused Parliamentary president Martin Schulz of “shredding the rules of procedure”, several much fought amendments were not voted on.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 8 July) sees the European Parliament plenary session vote on a position paper on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. The vote had originally been scheduled to take place in June but was postponed on a technicality at the last minute by parliament president Martin Schulz.

Responding to the early results of the Greek referendum which predict a comfortable 'no' vote, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

This morning we teamed up with Jubilee Debt Campaign to hold a solidarity protest at the ‘Elgin Marbles’ in the British Museum with a banner saying "OXI No - No More Looting - Support Greece"

This morning Edinburgh council unanimously passed a motion to express concern about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on local services, jobs, suppliers and democracy. The decision came shortly after Lewisham council unanimously passed a similar motion yesterday evening. 

Millions of pounds of UK aid money have been invested in a project in Tanzania which is destroying the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, driving them into debt and impacting the local environment, according to a new report by The Oakland Institute released today in collaboration with Greenpeace Africa and Global Justice Now.