staff writers's blog

Animal scientists oppose badger cull

Animal scientists oppose badger cull

Back on Sunday 14 October 2012, The Observer newspaper published a letter from some of the world's leading animal scientists, explaining why they believe that the badger cull started by the UK government this week risks becoming a costly distraction from nationwide TB control.

The challenge of inter-faith engagement

The challenge of inter-faith engagement

Just Festival and its predecessor, the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, has been concerned over the years to strike up a genuine personal, artistic, spiritual and cultural conversation among the different religions and beliefs that make up our country.

Israel-Palestine: two sides, one justice

As Archbishop Elias Chacour, a Palestinian and citizen of Israel who has struggled tirelessly and nonviolently for a just peace in the land has observed: a settlement in Israel-Palestine, which must offer security and recognition for all people, is not just about politics. It is about disarmed truth, and recognising in each other a wounded brother and sister, not an enemy or a threat.

How about changing the world?

How about changing the world?

Those with a vision of a better society often find the vested interests against a more just, peaceful and sustainable world immensely dispiriting.

Last chance to hear Soweto Melodic Voices

Last chance to hear Soweto Melodic Voices

Today (Friday 23rd August 2013) at 4pm will be the last chance to see five-star rated Soweto Melodic Voices at Just Festival in Edinburgh.

Personal revelations from the 1953 Iran coup

Personal revelations from the 1953 Iran coup

The recent revelations about direct CIA involvement in the 1953 Iranian coup d'état (known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup) bring back very personal memories for Yousef Ahadi.

Animal cruelty, farming and ethics

Thirty years ago, very little was heard of 'animal theology', and our relationship with the natural world, both flora and fauna, was far less discussed in philosophical and policy circles.

2014 and beyond: Scottish identity and citizenship

Though many are frustrated by the tit-for-tat style of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum campaign, it is undoubtedly a vital and exciting moment in the country's long history.

Coptic communities under fire

Coptic communities under fire

It would be wrong to say that the recent escalating attacks on Christians in general, and Copts in particular, in Egypt are a new thing. There is a long history of intolerance towards minorities. But the intensity and ferocity of what is happening right now cannot be overlooked.

Can banking really be ethical?

Can banking really be ethical?

Following hot on the heels of 'Business for the other 99%' at St John's Church this evening is an important session that is part of the joint Quaker and Just Festival lecture series, looking at Ethics in the economy in relation to peace building.