Pascale Palmer's blog

G20 and beyond: restless for justice

G20 and beyond: restless for justice

What a difference a day makes. I sketched out some lines to write on the way to the G20 in Cannes, buoyed up rather by the appearance of Dr Rowan Williams on the front page of the Financial Times on Wednesday.

G20: Thinking beyond growth

G20: Thinking beyond growth

It’s the G20 in Cannes this week. You’ve got to love the French for putting the summit in one of the most glamorous towns on the Cote d’Azur, but I suppose they’re versed in security down there, what with the film festival and all. I expect it’s pretty similar logistics ensuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can move safely from uber-yacht to La Croisette to the Carlton Hotel, as it will be for the 20 wealthiest nation heads of state to shuffle to the convention centre.

The stakes are high in the battle against instant gratification

The stakes are high in the battle against instant gratification

Mexico is chewing over whether a two-year opt out clause in the marriage contract might lessen the mess of divorce.

Responding to the reality of the East Africa drought

Responding to the reality of the East Africa drought

Southern Ethiopia is being devastated by a drought that has taken the lives of more than 300,000 livestock, threatening the future of the pastoralist communities who rely on them.

Poverty and mega-wealth in India

Poverty and mega-wealth in India

A few weeks ago I had a holiday in India. I used to live there and so I might be one of the few foreigners who actually loves arriving in Delhi, stepping out of the airport into the cruel heat, sooty air and architecture of the perpetually half-built.

The riots, the media and Twitter

I have recently spent the night reading about and watching the (in the first instance) London riots unfold from my hotel room in India. I have lived in Lewisham since 1998 and to see aerial images of cars along the main streets on fire and shops I know well looted has been surreal.

Legal Davids and Goliaths

Legal Davids and Goliaths

Thirty-three Peruvian farmers have recently received out-of-court settlements for the alleged torture they suffered after protesting against a UK mining company’s proposals to set up camp on their land.

East Africa: Behind the famine

Millions of people across East Africa are looking down the barrel of the worst famine for 60 years. Thousands of families have picked up their possessions to walk towards what they hope is better pasture land, towards countries that might hold the promise of food.

Resisting climate change scepticism

Resisting climate change scepticism

It is a pretty sad day when the Polish European Union (EU) Commissioner says he isn’t sure whether human-made climate change actually exists.

Stand up for the poorest by sitting down with your MP

By the time you read this I imagine I will be in amongst the throng of more than 1,200 people travelling to Westminster to lobby their local MPs on making life better for the poorest in the world.