1. Nommo

One of my favourite albums is called Nommo by the group Slovo. It fuses Icelandic vocals, a New York rapper and a Kurdistani poet with sounds of Gaza City, traditional West African instrumentation and a speech by Charlie Chaplin.  A truly excellent global manifesto of hope and justice – and the music is superb too.

2. Climate change and the young Evangelicals

For many outside America the anti-science take on climate change by many Republican Presidential candidates has been disturbing and bizarre. But there is hope in the shape of the Young Evangelicals for Climate Change. As this article explains: “If someone we love and respect gives us the greatest gift in the world … how we treat that gift reflects what we feel about the giver.”

3.  The Newsroom – Sky Atlantic, Tuesdays, 10pm

Fans of White House drama series the West Wing will be happy to know its creator Aaron Sorkin has now turned his attention to the world of the media. Currently showing on Sky Atlantic here in the UK, the Newsroom, is an idealised portrait of what Sorkin believes American TV news shows should and could be.

4. Wealth doesn’t trickle down – it just floods offshore

Tax dodging is big news right now from Jimmy Carr and Gary Barlow to Amazon and Vodafone. This recent article in the Guardian shows how tax havens have been used to rob the world’s poorest countries of $21 trillion. “Enough money to put Africa back on its feet or solve the Euro crisis”. Powerful reading.

5. Christian Zionism’s own reality check

An interesting and thoughtful look at the Israel/Palestine conflict and the way some Christians engage with the narrative.

Written by Joe Ware // Follow Joe on  Twitter

Joe is from Sheffield and being a northern immigrant to the capital is still enjoying the novelty of London. A journalist by trade he enjoys writing about many things, among them faith, international affairs and global justice. He also has a morbid fascination with American politics (what other kind is there?) and is an avid follower of the Green Bay Packers. Can often be found wandering along the Thames listening to Radio 5Live.

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