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  • 3 Feb 2011

    Egyptian authorities are harassing journalists, says Index on Censorship. They have also hijacked a cellphone company to send out pro-regime texts.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Specialised news agencies such as ENInews need financial empowerment to sustain editorial independence. They need more support from churches and religious-backed organizations, says Peter Kenny. More importantly, they need backing from the mainstream secular community as well.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Western stereotypes frequently cast Muslims as either "good" (quietist) or "bad" political, with Sufis wholly identified with the former camp, says Omid Safi. This dichotomy ignores a third group of Muslims: Those who, whether mystically inclined or not, want to neither destroy the world nor acquiesce to the wishes of the Empire, but rather seek to redeem the world by speaking truth to power.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Sylvia Boyes, 67, has begun a fourteen-day prison sentence following her nonviolent action against the Trident nuclear weapons system.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    'Faith-based' programmes often get a bad press, especially when they are seen to compromise welfare with proseytising motives. But Jonathan C. Bergman shows in relation to the experience in Haiti, one year after the tragic 2010 earthquake, that there is another, positive side to the story.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Greens in Scotland have criticised the vote by Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs to block a proposed tax on large retailers.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    The annual observation of a world-wide Interfaith Harmony Week is taking place during the first seven days of February 2011.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    The Pakistani government should immediately drop blasphemy charges against a 17-year-old student and ensure his safe release from detention.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    The plight of Christians in the Middle East and a call for churches to seek just-peace in the world are among the agenda items for the WCC Central Committee.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    The Egyptian government should stop what appear to be organized attacks on pro-democracy demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • 2 Feb 2011

    A very interesting debate has been going on about the Alternative Vote in the last 24 hours, since ten Church of England bishops (three of them retired) came out in support of an empowering reform of the system at the upcoming referendum on 5 May 2011.

  • 2 Feb 2011

    Mubarak backers have attacked protesters against the Egyptian regime in Tahrir Square, Cairo, but so far do not seem to have quelled the demonstrators.

  • 2 Feb 2011

    In the midst of popular uprisings against oppression across the Middle East, an important identity question faces hard-pressed Christian minorities, says Harry Hagopian. Can these Christian communities play their role as fully-fledged Arab citizens rather than solely as ‘Arab Christians’.

  • 2 Feb 2011

    Thousands of people are set to take to the streets in a 'day of anger' in Yemen tomorrow, demanding economic and political change.

  • 2 Feb 2011

    The writings of Gene Stoltzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, who died in March 2010, has been compiled in a book and will be available for purchase in the near future.