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Caricatures of Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer stand either side of a ballot box. There is a map of the UK in the background with the British flag on it and ballot papers with the main candidates are flying in the air.
John | Better World Info

UK General Election - 4 July 2024

Since the Brexit vote in 2016, the UK has endured a revolving door of Prime Ministers, bringing with it instability, weak economic performance, and lack of leadership. This July Brits will take to the polls in what is predicted to be a landslide Labour victory. With little to differentiate the policies between the two main parties and both struggling with internal divisions and controversies, Better World Info highlights the merits of independent candidates and outsider parties which could offer a fresh hope for the British public who are ready for change.

UK General Election - 4 July 2024
Men and women holding a flag in Ukrainian colours, with anti-war messages.
Better World Info| Mei Lau

Russia - Ukraine War 2022

Now entering its third year, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine began back in February 2022. This unique platform provides 10,000 resources from a peace perspective. Find in-depth information on NATO and U.S. involvement, weapons exports, sanctions, peace voices, and neglected diplomacy. Uncover the disastrous humanitarian fallout and the devastating global ramifications.   ➡️ betterworld.info/UkraineWar - Please help to spread the word of peace.

Russia - Ukraine War 2022
Official USANG portrait of Jack Teixeira. A young white American man looks into the camera wearing his U.S. Air National Guard uniform
USANG | Public domain

Pentagon Leaks 2023

Labelled the biggest U.S. national security breach in years, the leak primary consists of classified documents regarding the Russian war. Fears are mounting over the diplomatic fallout, including whether the information may prove valuable to Russia, if the U.S. can be trusted with such high-level intel, and over apparent U.S. spying on its allies. Jack Teixeira, a technology staffer with the Massachusetts Air National Guard is currently under investigation for violations of the Espionage Act.

Pentagon Leaks 2023
A view of British troops from behind who are standing infront of a British flag
Flickr | Defence Imagery

UK Military Budget & Alternative Security

Tired of bloated military budgets, underfunded peace efforts, and lack of social investment – Rethinking Security are looking to curb military spending by challenging government policies that fail citizens and the planet. After four failed wars, the Covid-19 pandemic, damning climate reports, and now the cost-of-living crisis, can the government still justify massive military budgets with the very low probability of future military threats? Let's prioritise non-violent conflict resolution which tackles the root causes of wars. Focus on sustainable spending and use of resources, reject all involvement with nuclear weapons including funding, and restrict arm exports.

UK Military Budget & Alternative Security
A group of older men and women sitting on chairs smiling holding painted plates about not selling the NHS
Flickr | Garry Knight

Privatization of the NHS

Despite huge unpopularity from the general public, and promises to not sell, Johnson’s Conservative government continues to threaten the British healthcare system. Contracts have been signed to outsource more and more operations. The threat of a post-Brexit UK/US deal is ever looming. We explore the cuts, the protests, and key updates here.

Privatization of the NHS
Image by A_Matskevich from Pixabay

Belarus Protests

The Belarusian democracy movement began in response to the sixth re-election in 2020 of Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime who they consider a dictator. Many people doubt the official election result because the media and critics have been censored for years. The movement is growing and demands for democracy and freedom of speech persist.

Belarus Protests
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Brexit - where are we now?

Since the UK referendum in 2016, the world has watched the withdrawal process from the EU with curious eyes. From the very beginning it was marred with deadlocks, voting controversy, delays, extensions, and a seemingly never-ending transition period. We cover the trade deals, Article 50, the economy, environment, energy, and many more issues yet to be agreed on.

Brexit - where are we now?
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Pro's and con's of high speed rail in the UK

To cope with increasing passenger numbers work has commenced on a second high-speed rail line in the UK. Great for commuters, not so much for the environment or anything sitting in its path. Delays and further reviews have set back progress over various concerns including noise, CO2 emissions, and the destruction of ancient woodlands.

Pro's and con's of high speed rail in the UK
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