staff writers's blog

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

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

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?

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'

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

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

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

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

Tackling attacks and abuse against Muslims and Jews in France

Izza Leghtas, who is Western Europe researcher at the NGO Human Rights Watch, has written an important dispatch on why France must now tackle intolerance against Jews and Muslims in the aftermath of the appalling Charlie Hebdo killings.

On not forgetting: extending the truce beyond Christmas

Before we leave 2014 and the centennial remembrance of the 1914 Christmas truces behind, and as we approach the Twelfth Night, here are some final words on the subject from former Irish president Mary McAleese.