staff writers's blog

Commons debate highlights damaging existing impact of nuclear weapons

Though the recent cross-party attempt to gain a House of Commons vote against the £100 billion renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system was defeated by the Conservative-led Government, with support from a number of Labour MPs, important points were put on the record about the humanitarian and environmental impact of these WMDs.

A lower benefits cap will hit the least well-off

A lower benefits cap will hit the least well-off

Cutting benefits for the least well-off doesn’t help people move into work – evidence shows it just makes them poorer, says Helen Barnard, programme manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Syriza has to tackle embedded tax abuse

Syriza has to tackle embedded tax abuse

While the focus over Syriza’s win in the Greek general election is understandably the EU and debt, the really big issue facing the anti-austerity coalition is much more deeply embedded and will take longer to solve – corruption driven by debt.

Americans divided on state versus religious interference

Americans divided on state versus religious interference

Nearly half (46 per cent) of Americans say they are more concerned about the government interfering with the ability of people to freely practice their religion, while an equal number (46 per cent) say they are more concerned about religious groups trying to pass laws that force their beliefs on others.

Public discussion: Inequality and taxation in a globalised world

Public discussion: Inequality and taxation in a globalised world

The Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics at the London School of Economics is holding a public conversation on Tuesday 20 January 2015 (6.30-8pm) at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, on 'Inequality and Taxation in a Globalised World'.

Parliamentary briefing: a new year of war?

Parliamentary briefing: a new year of war?

On Monday 19 January 2015, Jeremy Corbyn MP is hosting a meeting in the House of Commons to look at the new war stirrings in the light of recent global events.

Martin Luther King Day: towards a 'world house'

Martin Luther King Day: towards a 'world house'

In 2015 Martin Luther King Day falls on Tuesday 19 January. There is a moving article on the website of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change by Dr King's widow, Coretta Scott King (who died in 2006), herself an important author, activist and civil rights leader.

Peace Sunday marked across England and Wales

Peace Sunday marked across England and Wales

Catholic parishes across England and Wales have celebrating Peace Sunday this weekend, sharing the 2015 peace message of Pope Francis: 'Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters'.

Day of action planned against unjust job sanctions

Day of action planned against unjust job sanctions

Social justice activists and trade unionists are preparing nationwide protests against the cruel use of benefit sanctions. They will take place on 19 March 2015.

Facing down division: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

Facing down division: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

The 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts this weekend, on Sunday 18th January.