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Crisis point for Syrian refugees

Crisis point for Syrian refugees

The latest Middle East Analysis podcast looks at the desperate situation faced by more than two million refugees living, displaced, inside and outside Syria as a result of the bloody, two-year conflict in the country.

Updated budget analysis: morality, numbers, impacts and delusional economics

Updated budget analysis: morality, numbers, impacts and delusional economics

This afternoon (20 March 2013) the chancellor of the exchequer delivered another UK budget which will have significant implications for the economy, for the most vulnerable in society and for the environment.

Evangelicals co-sponsor Yes to Women Bishops conference

Evangelicals co-sponsor Yes to Women Bishops conference

Yes 2 Women Bishops is holding a conference on Saturday 16 March 2013, from 10.00am to 3.00pm, at Christ Church, New Malden in Southwark Diocese.

Religious freedom and LGBT rights

Religious freedom and LGBT rights

'Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights - are they compatible?' This was the title and theme of the Cutting Edge Consortium meeting in The Jubilee Room (off Westminster Hall) this evening, 11 March 2013.

ESA/WCA: the gap between official claims and lived reality

ESA/WCA: the gap between official claims and lived reality

The #ESAendgame online campaign to collect comments and stories concerning people’s experience of Employment and Support Allowance and the qualifying Work Capacity Assessment (WCA), initiated by disability researcher and activist Sue Marsh, has produced around 430 submissions so far (http://t.co/x2oRAeu0Rd).

International Women's Day 2013: The gender agenda

International Women's Day 2013: The gender agenda

Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

The human cost of WCA and ESA: more #ESAendgame feedback

The human cost of WCA and ESA: more #ESAendgame feedback

Yesterday Ekklesia published a large selection of online responses to disability research and activist Sue Marsh's call for people to kickstart the 'ESA End Game' campaign to challenge the iniquities around Employment and Support Allowance (http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/f31.htm).

This is what ESA/WCA means for sick and disabled people

As part of a new campaign to highlight the highly damaging impact of the government's welfare changes, particularly in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), activist Sue Marsh (http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/) launched #ESAendgame, the first of a range of mobilising activities, on Twitter and on her web page yesterday (6 March 2013).

Upcoming radio programme on Pope Benedict

Upcoming radio programme on Pope Benedict

Middle East expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian, who is Armenian Orthodox but also an independent adviser to the Catholic Church on regional and interfaith issues, is one of the panellists

Beyond Belief: Islam and homosexuality discussion

As the Bill to allow same-sex marriage makes its way through the UK Parliament, BBC religion commentator and broadcaster Ernie Rea and guests on the Radio 4 'Beyond Belief' programme (4.30pm, Monday 25 February 2013) will be discuss whether homosexuality is compatible with Islam, and related questions.