Commentary

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

  • September 9, 2010

    Despite deep fissures in Kyrgyz society in the aftermath of the upheavals, external intervention would be counterproductive, advises John Heathershaw. Instead, foreign governments should concentrate their efforts on reducing the stakes of the...

  • September 8, 2010

    In my diary for today – Wednesday 8 September – I had written, “Arrest Tony Blair”. Along with several others, I had planned to join the queue at Blair's book signing in London. On reaching the front of the queue, each of us would have...

  • September 7, 2010
    There are some authors whose speaking voice one hears clearly when reading their written words.
  • September 6, 2010

    Voicing concern over an aggressive agricultural policy that can damage the environment and displace thousands of rural workers and indigenous communities, is not pessimism - it is the manifestation of

  • September 6, 2010

    Land rights in Brazil have fuelled conflict at every level within the country for more than 500 years, writes Pascale Palmer, exploring the issues that lie behind Brazil’s “agricultural miracle” and the struggle to feed the planet in the face of...

  • September 5, 2010

    If you've ever campaigned for political change you've probably had someone tell you to “live in the real world”. But witnessing to the truth that Jesus taught involves acting in accordance with the realities our society denies.

  • September 4, 2010
  • September 3, 2010

    Voters are weary of spin, contemptuous of the moral deformities of "being on-message" and disillusioned with the journey from managerial "what works" politics to the messianic certainties, says Jill Segger. A different compass is needed in Labour...

  • September 3, 2010

    Anglicans worldwide are in a tangle over structure and belief, says Savi Hensman. However, for those ready and willing to engage with others, not simply debating specific issues but exploring underlying beliefs about God and love of neighbour,...

  • September 3, 2010
  • September 2, 2010

    Whatever the truth behind today's story about the Foreign Secretary and his special adviser, the way it has been reported is clear evidence that casual homophobia is alive and well in the British media.

  • September 2, 2010

    The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, which put out a nuanced statement a few days ago making its criticism of some of Pope Benedict's pronouncements very clear, while hoping that his upcoming visit

  • September 1, 2010

    I thought that Tony Blair had lost the ability to shock me. But within a few seconds of picking up his newly published memoirs today, I realised I was mistaken.

  • September 1, 2010

    Deeply embedded in the religions of the Abrahamic tradition in this region, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, is the sense of loving your neighbour as being rooted in the adoration and love of God, says Mark Beach. Despite the complexities of the...

  • August 31, 2010

    It is one thing to sit in a comfortable, safe environment and talk about the courage needed to embrace nonviolence in the context of active armed conflict, writes Garland Robertson. It is something quite different to embrace nonviolence...

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