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Is democracy reasonable and possible for the MENA region?

Is democracy reasonable and possible for the MENA region?

The latest podcast from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the prospects for democracy in a region battered by violence and conflict.

Support 'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey'

Support 'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey'

'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey' is a short music documentary depicting life stories of five musicians from the Soweto township.

Lord Harries' amendments to Lobbying Bill considered today

Lord Harries' amendments to Lobbying Bill considered today

Amendments in line with recommendations in the second Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement (CCSDE) report on the government's Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill have been tabled by Lord Harries, the former Anglican Bishop of Oxford, for debate at Committee Stage in parliament on Monday 16 and Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Day of action against austerity: 'Can you afford Christmas?'

Day of action against austerity: 'Can you afford Christmas?'

As winter comes, the impacts of the government's cuts in social spending and welfare are increasingly tangible, as more and more people struggle to make ends meet.

Funded PhD studentships in Critical Religion available

Funded PhD studentships in Critical Religion available

Critical Religion at the University of Stirling is among the subject areas offering Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Awards under the Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland schemes in the Arts and Humanities.

ATOS and DWP stand accused over flawed 'fit for work' assessments

In an important new paper from the Centre for Wefare Reform (http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org), leading independent disability campaigner Kaliya Franklin, part of the Spartacus network, carefully analyses how government policy has undermined the objectivity of the medical assessments on sick and disabled people used by the private medical firm ATOS.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013

Today, 3 December 2013, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations.

The church needs sexual healing

The church needs sexual healing

Ekklesia associate Savitri Hensman will be appearing on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, and then on local station Radio Berkshire, on the morning of Sunday 1 December – talking about the Pilling report on sexuality in the Church of England, and hopefully getting the chance to mention her own important Ekklesia research paper, 'Church views on sexuality: recovering the middle ground'.

Representations of Islam in the media

Representations of Islam in the media

On Monday 18 November 2013 the two Edinburgh branches of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will be meeting together to look at representations of Islam in the media.

Just under four weeks to reach 100,000 signatories for crucial welfare petition

Just under four weeks to reach 100,000 signatories for crucial welfare petition

The e-petition seeking a comprehensive, cumulative impact assessment of the UK government's welfare reforms has now exceeded 82,000 signatories - and has four weeks to reach its target of 100,000.