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

  • January 17, 2011

    The referendum on whether we should use the Alternative Vote (AV) system to elect MPs to the House of Commons, offers us a small but significant change which could make a big difference.

    The arguments over AV have often centred on...

  • January 14, 2011

    Around 280,000 refugees and asylum seekers are living in social housing at present says Annabel Taylor. Cuts in the budget for social housing may spark a second exodus.

  • January 13, 2011

    I had a couple of spare minutes so I thought I would just do a quick response to John Hayward of the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge who has

  • January 11, 2011

    If we are fixated upon privilege or special treatment, we will miss the Gospel message that transformational relationships are at the heart of the faith of Jesus, says Jill Segger

  • January 11, 2011

    Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell argues that freedom of speech includes the right of people to say things that offend both him and others.

  • January 8, 2011

    As I have observed in previous articles arising from my 2011 Ghana trip, economic and political life here is comparatively stable and prosperous, and there has been substantial growth over the past decade - but how benefits are assessed very much...

  • January 7, 2011

    If you want Western-style consumption, you'll find it in abundance at the Accra Mall. But thankfully, there are many in West Africa keen to encourage sustainable tourism that is both environmentally and culturally sensitive.

  • January 7, 2011

    Food prices are rocketing but apparently we're going to be able to avoid hungry rioters because "rice is stable".

  • January 7, 2011

    Eight year-old Romeo Beckham has been included on GQ magazine's list of the “most stylish men in Britain”. He apparently ranks at number 26, ten places behind his father.

  • January 7, 2011

    Travelling around as a comparatively prosperous person in a country marked by significant poverty and inequality is not easy - unless you are largely insensitive to these things, which sadly, some Westerners seem to be, just reckoning that "this...

  • January 5, 2011

    The current government in Ghana has declared that it intends to make the West African nation a 'first world' country by 2020. That is clearly fanciful, but recent oil discoveries mean that huge amounts of money will undoubtedly be spent over the...

  • January 5, 2011

    At the beginning of the first volume of Selena Axelrod Winsnes' English translation of Danish sources on West African history, originally published from 1697 to 1822, there is a reproduction of the opening text from a slave ship captain's log. It...

  • January 5, 2011

    Drawing on the emotional and aesthetic qualities of words is essential for our growth and nourishment, says Jill Segger. But even the best loved texts are only pointers to the truth.

  • January 4, 2011

    New Year celebrations in Ghana have a markedly different feel to those you will have experienced in Scotland, Wales and England.

  • January 2, 2011

    During the past week, many in the Middle East, caught up in the yuletide spirit will have been hoping for a more peaceful world in 2011, says Harry Hagopian. But what are the prospects for peace and stability in the region?

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