Commentary

Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • January 1, 2012

    New Year was not kept in my childhood home. My parents believed that every day was the beginning of a new year.

  • January 1, 2012

    From my point of view, one of the major stories from 2011 has to be the growth of the Occupy movement - which in many places, not least London, has shown itself to be more than a ragged protest. Rather, it is a movement looking to make a...

  • December 31, 2011

    The political ride in Britain, in Europe and more widely is set to get bumpier, sometimes alarming, and never less than fascinating, says Simon Barrow. But the key question remains: who does (and who should?) call the shots in shaping the...

  • December 31, 2011

    Britain is “a Christian country”, the language, culture and politics of which is “steeped in the Bible”, declared UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently. The Bible provides an "appalling moral compass", biologist and vigorous atheist Richard...

  • December 31, 2011

    December 2011 was characterised by two key Armenian events - one in France and another in Israel. In France, the National Assembly (he lower house of parliament) approved a draft law that would criminalise the denial of the Armenian genocide. Dr...

  • December 31, 2011
  • December 31, 2011

    Middle East specialist and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian is appearing on BBC and Premier Radio programmes over the New Year period, analysing the dramatic changes which have taken place in the region over the past year.

  • December 21, 2011

    The new story in the Middle East and North Africa region is only one year young and it will take a long time before we can pass any definitive judgments about its successes and failures, says regional commentator Dr Harry Hagopian. Here he...

  • December 20, 2011

    The results of the latest ComRes poll, commissioned by Premier Radio, of a sample of ‘churchy’ people are out. They cover church attitudes to the protest outside St...

  • December 20, 2011

    If power is ever to change its mind or examine its thinking, it needs to be taken out of its comfort zone.

  • December 17, 2011

    Blessed are the poor for they will pay the biggest price in reducing the deficit. They will behold the rich and see something good.

  • December 16, 2011

    To the extent that the Palestinians avoid military confrontation with Israel, it will be difficult for Israel to find a pretext to deport masses of people. Moral restraint, anticipation of rage of 1.5 million Muslims, and world opinion will not...

  • December 14, 2011

    Attacks on benefits and services are nothing new, but the situation has now become a crisis, as the latest vote in the House of Lords (http://www.ekklesia...

  • December 13, 2011

    Low growth offers us the opportunity to re-assess our values, says Jill Segger. She suggests that this may be the time to question consumer orthodoxies and to consider a more just and rational use of resources.

  • December 13, 2011

    Church leaders in Guatemala have played a significant role in the struggle to thwart controversial plans by a European energy giant, defending the widely ignored rights of the indigenous community, writes Tobias Roberts, on assignment with...

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