Towards the end of last month, on a Sunday of all days too, I woke up to be confronted with deeply distressing images of the ongoing and violent standoff at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi (Kenya) and also of the horrid attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar (Pakistan).
Scotland is getting it wrong. This is the bold assertion of Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish, a passionate polemic on Scottish culture, society and politics (including key issues like land reform) by award-winning journalist Lesley Riddoch.
"A constantly developing situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region requires an equally constant and developing vigilance," comments regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian in introducing his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
David Cameron has expressed considerable sympathy for the plight of young professionals, in secure jobs and earning good incomes, who are unable to get on to the property ladder, or climb up to the next rung. He has personally championed Help to Buy, even bringing forward stage two of the policy so that people did not have to wait for the help he felt they so badly needed.
"A day taking the hierarchy out of gender" is how our partners the Anabaptist Network and Mennonite Trust (in association with Peace Church and Woodbrooke College) are describing their event on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the International Mission Centre (IMC) in Birmingham.
As Ekklesia reported this week, Korean church and peace activists in Busan are taking part in a 40 day fasting and prayer vigil against nuclear weapons from 30 September to 8 November 2013, coinciding at the end with the World Council of Churches Assembly there – and drawing attention to the consolidated action of churches against weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
“Health tourism: the TRUE cost”: “Foreigners using NHS cost Britain up to £2 BILLION a year, government reveals – 100 times more than previously claimed” declares a Daily Mail headline. Yet the reality is very different, and there is little evidence that many people visit the UK for the purpose of getting free medical treatment.
In his latest Middle East Analysis vodcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian turns attention towards North Africa today and more specifically, Libya.