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  • 17 Mar 2014

    Green politicians have responded to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband's recent pronouncements on a potential EU referendum.

  • 17 Mar 2014

    There is plenty to be disturbed about over Russia's internal policies of repression, its external policies of forced intervention and control, and a political and economic system shaped by the gangster capitalism which Western advisers went in to enthusiastically benefit from after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • 16 Mar 2014

    A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 28 days in prison for non-payment of fines for numerous nonviolent peace protests against war.

  • 16 Mar 2014

    Christian Aid says the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo province of Katanga is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    The House of Lords is to vote on plans which would allow the Home Secretary to deprive millions of Britons of their citizenship.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    An “inter-generational dialogue on faith, culture, HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights” was initiated last week.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    'The Scottish Media, the Referendum and Beyond' is the title of an important meeting to be held at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace EH1 2JL, at 7.30pm on Monday 17 March.

  • 15 Mar 2014

    The voice of the prophets was essential, the late Tony Benn argued, to challenge wrong-doing and wrong motives – to provide direction for the rulers who would listen, and stubborn unyielding opposition when they would not. This, he believed, should be the role of the church in relation to government. The Rev Benny Hazelhurst, former vicar of Tolpuddle, recalls a man of vision and social hope, who died on 14 March 2014.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to seize computers and cars from people supposedly guilty of benefit fraud, according to media reports. This could reduce their chances of getting work and access to everyday activities, harming families and communities.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    Authorities in Pakistan are refusing to allow access for an independent medical assessment of a British man sentenced to death earlier this year on blasphemy charges.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    A couple of days ago, I sat in a packed church in a Cambridgeshire village to hear Rowan Williams speak about food banks. The former Archbishop of Canterbury was measured and carefully non-party political in his observations. His address was a model of the power which is exercised when discernment is coupled with commitment to truth and justice.

  • 14 Mar 2014

    The Public Accounts Committee report 'Contracting out Public Services to the Private Sector' has been welcomed by accountability campaigners.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Tenants across England are facing ‘revenge evictions’ just for speaking up about bad conditions, a Shelter study has found.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Iran executed 331 people for drug-related charges in 2013, a new report published by the non-profit organisation Iran Human Rights reveals.

  • 12 Mar 2014

    A young man I know, (I’ll call him David) who left school just before the global banking crisis, was very keen to get out into the world of work and get a job. His politeness and enthusiasm paid off, and he got a minimum wage job with a discount store, where he worked hard and was always ready to get on his bicycle and go in at short notice, to cover staff absences etc. Then, David became old enough to be paid the adult minimum wage, and was no longer wanted. He had become more expensive, so was sent back to the Jobcentre, his loyalty and hard work disregarded.