News Briefing and Comment

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  • 27 Aug 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza and expressed hopes for a political process towards a durable peace.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    To be made to pause and to listen anew can be to experience the subduing of “all our words and works.” It doesn't happen all that often so to have been offered this grace twice in the space of a week demands that I pay attention to blessing.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    Africa’s last huntiing Bushmen have given formal notice of their intention to sue the Botswana government over its “unlawful and unconstitutional” attempts to starve them off their ancestral land.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    According to analysis from the UK online HR resource XpertHR, annual pay rises are delivering a median 2.5 per cent increase.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    The UN has cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying limitations prevent the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for an end to the presumption of innocence for those visiting war zones and powers to remove UK citizenship for those supporting a “terrorist state”.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    Oman joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on 20 August, says Human Rights Watch.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    The UN has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on 24 August and handed over to UN peacekeepers.

  • 23 Aug 2014

    UK home secretary Theresa May has promised to get tough on “non-violent extremism” as well as terrorism. Unless this is narrowly defined, such measures may undermine civil liberties and do more to promote than to counter violence.

  • 23 Aug 2014

    As hostilities in Gaza and Israel resumed after the collapse of the ceasefire earlier this week, Amnesty International has renewed its call on the UK government to suspend all arms export licences for Israel.

  • 22 Aug 2014

    A new report from the TUC says the majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families.

  • 22 Aug 2014

    Having recently decided to take part in my local half marathon in Oxford, I thought it would provide a good opportunity to raise funds for Ekklesia. In the first of a series of blogposts about my run, I explain what drives me to do long distance running, and some thoughts about the training so far...

  • 22 Aug 2014

    On 24 March 1980 in El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero was celebrating Mass in the chapel of a cancer hospital. In his homily he spoke of the Eucharist as a sacrament of solidarity, justice and peace. Moments later, the Archbishop was shot through the heart. As Pope Francis calls for this courageous and inspiring man to be beatified, Bernadette Meaden highlights the significance of his life and death for Christian social witness, as it resonates across the years.

  • 21 Aug 2014

    CND has welcomed political opponents uniting to reject Falmouth as an alternative to the Clyde nuclear warhead depot.

  • 21 Aug 2014

    Figures published by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal that courts wasted an estimated £230 million of taxpayers’ money last year by needlessly locking up people on remand.