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  • 3 Oct 2006

    Thirty UK Church leaders have signed a statement calling for the closure of the government arms sales unit, the Defence Export Service Organisation (DESO).

  • 3 Oct 2006

    A European network of Christian churches has launched a new plan to tackle global warming from the standpoint of North/South equity.

    Called Climate Justice Now, the new climate initiative will build on work already begun in the Netherlands.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    Russia's school year began recently with debate raging about the appropriateness and efficacy of a course on Orthodox Christian culture amid reports that four regions were making it mandatory and another 11 introducing it as an optional subject – writes Sophia Kishkovsky for Ecumenical News International.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    For many years my Lenten season reading has included Emmanuel Charles McCarthy's booklet, The Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love [PDF file here]. When George W. Bush responded to the court decision declaring his recent war-on-terrorism wiretapping unconstitutional by saying, "Those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live," I thought about the spiritual implications of Bush's words, and that reminded me of McCarthy's booklet.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    The coup in Thailand (19 September, 2006) remains a great puzzle for many. The issue is not so much why it has happened, but its popularity. There were reports of people giving flowers and cold drinks to soldiers on the streets. In Chiangmai, kids would not stop bothering their teachers until they were taken to see the tanks. In fact, according to one recent survey, 83% of Thais nationwide are in favour of this coup.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    Toward the beginning of the Saddam Hussein's second trial for genocide against the Kurdish people, three different coloured posters appeared on the streets of Suleimaniya. On one, the face of a frightened Saddam Hussein peered out behind jailhouse bars. The message on the poster asks, "What punishment would begin to fit the crimes he committed?" Another showed Saddam pointing a gun at a column of people, and bore the statement, "The forced exodus of the Kurdish people is a violation of human rights." A third read, "Humanity does not accept mass graves."

  • 3 Oct 2006

    As the party conference season is confirming, there are few places in British political life more crowded than the centre ground right now.

    For the Liberal Democrats the middle has been traditional territory. New Labour came to power by swinging away from the old left and back into the consensus zone. And now, in a move that has taken the commentariat by surprise, David Cameron is repositioning the Conservative Party as a force for creative moderation, too.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    John Paul II's papal rule was largely defined by his relationship with a global conflict between West and East.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    Campaigners for the rights of migrants have discovered an unusual ally. The leaders of Britain's biggest businesses have called for unlimited migration from Bulgaria and Romania when the two former Eastern Bloc states join the European Union next year.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    Amish communities across the United States are in shock after a gunman yesterday shot dead at least three girls and injured seven others before killing himself in an attack on one of their schools in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. It is feard the casulaty list will increase

  • 3 Oct 2006

    Two senior United States church leaders have sent out a clear message to the White House and the religious right that God cannot be co-opted as a ‘warrior divinity’ serving national or sectional i

  • 3 Oct 2006

    All new Church of England schools should have at least a quarter of admission places available to non-Christians but Parliament should not expect the same commitment from other faith communities, the chair of the C of E Board of Education has told the Secretary of State for Education.

  • 3 Oct 2006

    The chairperson and founder of the group Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors, Margaret Kennedy, has said that the BBC Panorama documentary attacking the Catholic Church over child sexual abuse

  • 2 Oct 2006

    BBC and Catholic Church in row over child sex abuse

    -02/10/06

    The Roman Catholic Churc

    BBC and Catholic Church in row over child sex abuse

    -02/10/06

    The Roman Catholic Churc

  • 2 Oct 2006

    European churches call for climate justice

    -02/10/06

    A European network of Christian ch

    European churches call for climate justice

    -02/10/06

    A European network of Christian ch