Commentary

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

  • April 13, 2011

    Public and private spaces impose differing obligations. That statement might seem so obvious as to be otiose. But many people seem to be unaware that the sharing of space necessitates the exercise of a restraint which manifests and nourishes...

  • April 13, 2011

    Despite substantial, detailed criticism and concern from the medical profession, health planners and the public over his Health & Social Care Bill, Secretary of State Andrew Lansley has shown few signs so far that a genuine rethink will...

  • April 13, 2011

    My colleague Symon Hill's appearance on 4though.tv this evening (13 April 2011), arguing that the mutual inherence of an Established Church and the institution of monarchy compromises the Gospel message of freedom and identification with the...

  • April 13, 2011

    The Channel 4 television 'beliefs' slot, 4thought.tv - which unlike BBC Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' is open to both believers of all stripes and non-believers - has been asking if we should be proud of the Queen's close ties with the Church of...

  • April 13, 2011

    The first steps in a legal challenge to the French ban on face coverings have already been taken. Twelve Muslim women were arrested outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, apparently for an unauthorised protest rather than for wearing the niqab...

  • April 12, 2011

    I have just registered as a participant on Globethics.net - a global network of people and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number resources on ethics, especially through its leading global...

  • April 12, 2011

    The ICT4Peace Foundation’s crisis information management wiki on Libya was created six weeks ago and last updated on 5 April 2011. The first resource of its kind on the web when it launched - and still the most comprehensive curated list of...

  • April 12, 2011

    A new report has been published looking at the use of Information and Communications Technologies for peacebuilding (ICT4Peace), with a Preface by Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  • April 9, 2011

    Some 23 journalists have been threatened with imprisonments, killings and disappearances in Colombia over the past three months. Fifty-seven have been on a 'hit list' during the past 12 months. There have been 1,400 attacks against media workers...

  • April 8, 2011

    Is humanitarian military intervention correctly characterised 'lesser evil'? John Heathershaw considers five questions about the nature and the prospects of intervention in Libya. He asks poignantly where the responsibility is in the much-...

  • April 8, 2011

    Yesterday (7 April 2011) Westminster City Council ignored the opposition and pressed ahead with plans for a by-law which will outlaw rough sleeping and mobile food distribution (i.e. soup runs) in a designated area around the Victoria station in...

  • April 8, 2011

    Though much of the media focus on the issues of asylum seekers and refugees (as well as migration more generally) is filtered through a prism of fear and the instinct to exclude, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) - whose 8-10 April 2011...

  • April 7, 2011

    The hunger fast for a moral US budget has gone spiritually viral, says Jim Wallis. It has brought together Christian, secular, community and service organisations around a clear message: there are clear economic choices to be made, and the moral...

  • April 6, 2011

    Sometimes, as Pascale Palmer says in her moving blog article (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14510), being caught in large chunks of the 24/7 media...

  • April 6, 2011

    After more than two years working for an aid agency you would have thought I’d be used to bad news. But, do you know, the emphasis of CAFOD’s work is about the solution – the good stuff that can and will be done to make difficult situations...

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