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Which Way – 1. How eradicating female circumcision can help to end world poverty

Cameron’s unconvincing call to eradicate world poverty by increasing foreign aid brought many questions about which way to go to tackle the issue.  In the run up to the G8 Summit in June, Just York is planning a series of articles looking at some of the numerous possibilities – from ‘benign’ capitalism, through entrepreneurship to indigenously-run charities – with a focus…

A Big IF…. is launched

The IF campaign was launched today in York and in Leeds. Just York campaigners joined with other organisations such as Oxfam, Fairtrade and Christian Aid to march from Coney Street to the Minster with giant 9 foot high letters I and F. The launch took place in the heart of the city on the main…

IF …

The G8 countries are meeting this year in Northern Ireland, under the chairmanship of the U.K. Prime Minister. Christian Aid and all the other overseas aid agencies plan to ask the global leaders to take four specific actions to remove the threats of famine in the developing countries. They will say that it is now…

Groceries – are they a fair deal

************************** Another issue worth writing to your MP about – or to Jo Swinson, Parliamentary Under Secetary, The department of Business (swinsonj@parliament.uk) – is the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill – To ensure that it has the power to actually fine supermarkets that treat their farm suppliers unfairly and so distort the market. Its worth noting…

Bankers might fly

So the Human Rights Festival in York came and went,  and for all its inspiring and informative – and even entertaining – talks, films, poetry, tours and workshops, I’m curious how many York residents were even aware it was happening. And with much of the town seemingly in blissful ignorance – or apathy – about the festival,…

Palabras in the Baños

¿Que piensa usted de Rafael Correa, el presidente?  What do you think of Rafael Correa?  Hope for the world, or hypocrite? Finding out more about Rafael Correa was my main inspiration for visiting Ecuador.  A charismatic indigenous1 leader who had stood up to the Americans, in refusing to have an US base in Ecuador (at least till Ecuador is allowed one in the US) and even more dramatically…

La Gringa and the Ecuadorial Chocolate Cooperative

Another little village in the rain in the Andes*,  this time even closer to the sky at 3550m. Although Ecuador seems relatively more advanced – its had a progressive government since 2006 –  villages in the Andes still cling to the hillsides in the drizzle, llamas and donkeys and people carry heavy burdens and farmers really…

A Letter from Darkest Peru. Part 1

¨Con  José Arista  el  Progresso  llega a todo¨ *  –  election slogan for the regional elections this week in the Amazonas region. *”With Jose Arista progress comes to everyone” In a little town called Maria  –  clinging to the slopes of the Andes 3000m above sea level  –  progress is arriving. All over Peru street lights…

Gasland: Reflections on the City Screen Showing, 28 Nov.

Silent Winter, Silent Spring I think Gasland is a ‘Silent Spring‘ for this decade. Somehow, it manages to remain uplifting and life-affirming, even while setting out a tale of environmental devastation, corporate greed, the corruption of public institutions, and the potential end of multicellular life on this planet. The scenes of the exploding water are…