Globalisation and Development

  • 9 May 2007

    President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil's has said that his country will bypass the commercial patent on a crucial anti-AIDS drug manufactured by Merck, the US pharmaceutical giant, in order to ensure that those who desperately need treatment can get a cheaper, generic Indian-made version.

  • 9 May 2007

    With the G8 summit only one month away, the Pope has backed a call from a worldwide delegation of bishops to put poverty at the heart of the agenda.

  • 6 May 2007

    The small Chinese city of Macau has become the new East Asian Las Vegas, say church leaders and labour activists, claiming that gambling and corruption are leading to social ruin.

  • 5 May 2007

    Rich countries like the UK have to redouble their efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions and must aim to make cuts of at least 80 per cent by 2050, says Christian Aid, responding to the latest UN global warming report.

  • 5 May 2007

    Global politicians need new resolve to pressure the Sudanese government to end the Darfur tragedy. Trade is one of the levers they can use, says Christian Aid's regional manager. A peace deal must address underlying causes of conflict.

  • 4 May 2007

    Concerned stockholders have a chance to pressure the Sudanese gvernment to stop the killing in Darfur through responsible economic action, argues the general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA.

  • 4 May 2007

    The news that the US is tentatively exploring contacts with Iran, despite President Bush's rhetoric, is surely a sign of hope in a conflict-ridden region.

  • 4 May 2007

    Religious communities can and do make a positive contribution to peace and justice in Africa, say diplomatic representatives meeting with Nordic church leaders at an interfaith meeting on women's development priorities.

  • 3 May 2007

    The head of the World Council of Churches has sent a strongly-worded letter to the Turkish government after three Christians were murdered by extremists in Malatya earlier this month. Other abuses are cited.

  • 3 May 2007

    Fairtrade campaigners have expressed their alarm at the announcement by Asda Wal-Mart that it has slashed the price of loose bananas by approximately 17p per kilogram (kg) to 68p per kg.