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Many economic commentators, and those working in banking and finance, thought that the worst of the global economic recession had gone away. They were wrong. It looks to be back with a vengeance.
In most religious traditions there is a commitment to giving money to the poor, and more radically to various kinds of economic sharing within communities.
The G8 summit of world leaders in France in May 2011 announced billions of dollars of 'aid' for the Arab Spring. Yet it was the G8 who armed and financed the dictators of Egypt and Tunisia, who have now been overthrown.