What is missing from our public life, as illustrated by the Chancellor’s budget, is an ethic of conversion which produces the fundamental changes to individuals so that they can leave behind the culture of poverty, says Graeme Smith. Without this, and relying on the carrot and stick ethic, we can expect the ranks of the poorest merely to grow.
Poverty is a stark social and spiritual issue as well as an individual one, churches in Europe are saying as the European Union launches a special year to highlight the fight against its dehumanising effects.
Douglas Alexander, UK secretary of state for international development, has presented honorary OBE to Dr Daleep Mukarji, director of Christian Aid, in recognition of a career dedicated to the struggle against global poverty.
US police have staged preemptive armed raids targeting protesters and alternative media around the Republican National Convention - including thousands of people demonstrating about war world poverty throughout the week.