Bono's sermon

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity…

Will Make Poverty History be forgotten?

Well, let’s hope not, but one could see it happening. Here are various jumbled up quotes from articles I’ve been reading because my drawing is not going according to plan. The UK is concerned that the international focus will move on from development now Russia has assumed the presidency of the G8 So says this…

Will ‘Make Poverty History’ continue?

This e-mail has come to my attention (posh way of saying someone sent it to me): Dear friends, ******************************************************* THE FUTURE OF MAKE POVERTY HISTORY – WHAT DO YOU THINK? ******************************************************* At the last Make Poverty History assembly it was clear that some agencies felt the MPH campaign should be looked on as a campaign…

Will 'Make Poverty History' continue?

This e-mail has come to my attention (posh way of saying someone sent it to me): Dear friends, ******************************************************* THE FUTURE OF MAKE POVERTY HISTORY – WHAT DO YOU THINK? ******************************************************* At the last Make Poverty History assembly it was clear that some agencies felt the MPH campaign should be looked on as a campaign…

People to send Christmas cards to

Tony Blair The World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting is from the 13-18 December in Hong Kong. One of the items on the agenda is the subsidies to western farmers which have an effect on the ability of famers in poor countries to seel their goods. The KickAllAgriculturalSubsidies blog is a good place to find links…

Present Aid

In case there are any absurdly organised people out there who are already thinking about buying Christmas presents… You may or may not have come across Oxfam‘s Oxfam Unwrapped, where you can buy Christmas presents for people which in fact go to poor people elsewhere in the world to help them help themselves. The site…

Trade justice lobby

Trade justice lobby

Today I went to London to join in with the Trade Justice lobby of Parliament, the main event of the campaign since the G8 demonstrations in the summer. They are saying 8000 people were there and I can well believe it, although the news has been rather overshadowed by other political events today. The BBC…

Nestle fair trade coffee

A Nestle coffee has been awarded the Fairtrade mark. Nestle, as you will be aware, is being boycotted by lots of people including the Methodists. As Tim Worstall says: “It’ll slightly divide the movement. Is Fairtrade about raising the prices to smaller farmers? Or about bashing big business?” So, are you up in arms? Or…

What did the G8 achieve?

Opinion seems to be divided as to whether the G8 summit was a success. ‘Good but not great‘, says the Economist, a view shared by the Guardian, who describe it as a ‘missed opportunity’. This piece on the BBC seems optimistic, and Geldof and Bono appeared to be quite positive about it on the news…

220000 march in Edinburgh

Newsnig8t remains the best source for latest on the ground news from Edinburgh. He says at least 120000 were there, though a few newspaper reports are saying rather more. I thought this was interesting too: The big battalions have been mobilised by the churches – dwarfing the sizeable contingents of the campaign groups and the…

Make Poverty History media coverage

Make Poverty History media coverage

Watching Live8. Fantastic that the Make Poverty History campaign has been getting so much media coverage, not just via Live8 on the TV today but also in the papers. The Sun even has a Make Poverty History CD today including part of Nelson Mandela’s speech from Trafalgar Square. Who would have thought this would happen…

Make Poverty History cartoon

Make Poverty History cartoon

Click here to see the larger version of this cartoon on the main CartoonChurch.com site. Subscribers are welcome to use this cartoon in their own publications – you can find all the information about doing that via the link. I’m sadly not in Edinburgh this weekend. Having been to the demonstrations in Brighton, Trafalgar Square…