Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Sunday 18th August
 
A nuclear free world will only be realised once the United Nations is strengthened, says the former Bishop of Oxford. Lord Harris of Pentregarth also told a House of Lords debate on nuclear proliferation that the UK should axe its Trident deterrent. He told peers that a world without nuclear weapons would, “need much stronger international arrangements to resolve disputes without recourse to war.”
World IssuesThe Church of England– April 2009
 
Following the announcement by Cadbury, that its Dairy Milk bars will receive Fairtrade certification this summer, Mars has pledged to move away from using cocoa picked by trafficked children. Mars has committed to ‘certifying its entire cocoa supply by 2020’ and as a first step one of its leading brands Galaxy, will be certified from early 2010, through the Rainforest Alliance as, ‘free from trafficked and exploited labour’. Campaigners report that thousands of children and young people are trafficked onto cocoa plantations in Africa. Attention now turns to Lindt, Hershey and Nestle to see if they have any response to their competitors pledging to end child exploitation in their supply chain.
World IssuesChristianity– June 2009
 
Pope Benedict XVI called for the tearing down of the walls that are being built in the Holy Land as a necessary condition for peace. The Pope mentioned two kinds of walls. First, the reinforced concrete ones being built by the Israelis across the Holy Land which partly encircle Bethlehem. Second, those which the pontiff said were even worse – the walls being built in the hearts of Israelis and Palestinians alike as a result of their 60 year old conflict.
World IssuesThe Universe– May 2009
 
President Barack Obama last night declared the US lost its "moral bearings" with gruesome interrogations of suspected terrorists, leaving the way open for possible prosecution of those who authorised them. Mr Obama has said he does not want prosecutions of CIA agents and interrogators who took part in water boarding and other harsh methods, as long as they acted within the advice from superiors that such practices were legal.
World IssuesThe Sentinel- 22 April 2009
 
Four Iraqi Christians were killed in Baghdad and Kirkuk on April 1 and 2. The perpetrators are as yet unknown. "The killing of four innocent people within two days has put a renewed fear in our hearts…What we need is a more safe and secure Iraq for all Iraqis, especially for the Christian’s who have faced ethno-religious cleansing," said Julian Tainmoorazy, president of Iraqi Christian Relief Council.
World IssuesEvangelical’s Now- May 2009
 
Three Christian men, all in their 80’s were released from a military prison on shipping containers in Eritrea, without enough food and medical care Open Doors said. Eritrea ranks ninth on Open Doors list of worst persecutors worldwide, and is especially harsh on Christians who share their faith with others.
World IssuesEvangelical’s Now - May 2009
 
The global economy is on track to shrink by up to one per cent this year in the first worldwide con traction for 60 years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. In a gloomy report to the G20 countries, the IMF made a severe downgrade to previous predictions, forecasting global activity to decline by around half a per cent to one per cent this year. It said advanced economies would see their sharpest declines in the post-war era.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 20th March 2009
 
Gary Lineker is supporting a project to stage a football world cup for street children. The former England striker spoke at the launch of the Street Child World Cup, which is being organised by a network of groups led by the Christian-based human rights charity Amos Trust. ‘It is great that the Street Child World Cup will use this game, which is loved all over the world, to help give kids a fairer deal,’ Gary said. Teams, formed by organisations working with street children and representing eight countries across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, will compete in the tournament, which will take place in South Africa in March 2010, before the Fifa World Cup. The final will be held to coincide with the arrival in the country of international dignitaries, policymakers and leading football figures.
World IssuesThe War Cry - 28th March 2009
 
Christian aid’s local partners in Zimbabwe helped in the response to the cholera outbreak which affected the entire country. According to the World Health Organisation more than 12,000 cases had been reported and close to 600 people had died at the time of writing in December. In Bulawayo, the second largest city, the Dabane Trust, a Christian Aid partner is providing an emergency response in both the city and in the outlying rural areas. “The sewage system has just completely broken down,” says Stephen Hussey, the programme coordinator for Dabane.
Dabane donated 2,000 litres of fuel to the city council of Bulawayo so its sanitation teams could go out to the suburbs. It has also cleaned four large water containers which are on standby for distribution of clean water.
World IssuesLife and Work – February 2009
 
British troops are set to be out of Iraq by the summer, it emerged today. Defence sources have indicated that the withdrawal is likely to begin in March and could be complete by June, according to reports. The news comes after intense negotiations with Iraqi authorities over the role of UK forces.
World IssuesThe Sentinel December 10th, 2008
 
The commitment of rich countries to their aid targets is likely to come under great pressure. The IMF has calculated that there was a huge shortfall between commitments and actual aid delivered to sub-Saharan Africa from 1990-2005. The likely depth of the downturn in rich countries suggests that this shortfall may rise sharply.
World IssuesChristianity – January
 
Same-sex marriages are now legal in California, following a ruling that a ban on these was contrary to the American constitution and therefore illegal.
World IssuesProtestant Truth - September-October
 
You wouldn’t think that teenagers and bishops would have much to talk about, let alone make pacts together but this stereotype has been turned around due to The Lambeth Talk, a four day consultation in July. The voices of young people were heard on key issues such as poverty, wealth and the environment at the Lambeth Conference due to an initiative organised by the Diocese of Leicester. Thirty bishops and 100 young people from 17 different nations discussed the themes of faith, life and power. The topics discussed were later covered during the Lambeth Conference, where the bishops were able to amplify the voices of the young people within the programme. As a result, bishops made promises to pay more attention to the needs of young people in their diocese.
World IssuesYouthwork – September
 
Same-sex “marriages” are now legal in California, following a ruling that a ban on these was contrary to the American constitution and therefore illegal.
World IssuesProtestant Truth - September-October
 
More than two million people have emigrated to the UK in the last 16 years. Migrationwatch said government figures showed 2.3 million foreigners moved to this country between 1991 and 2006. Eight per cent of them – around 200,000 – were from Eastern Europe. Net migration in the period was less than two million as around 422,000 people left the country.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - June 2nd 2008
 
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