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  • 27 Sep 2010

    Treating any politician as a near-deity, and giving him or her absolute power, is a dangerous course, says Savi Hensman. In concentrating power in his own hands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa resembles the ruthless Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    There have been mixed reactions to the New York summit evaluating the UN Millennium Development Goals, set out a decade ago to reduce global poverty.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    On the International Day of Peace, the US military (or possibly the CIA) marked the occasion with two further drone strikes in South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing a handful of alleged militants. Ian Davis looks at what needs to change.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    Many Americans and Europeans are taken aback by the suggestion that collaborating with religious groups on matters of shared concern is a necessity for human flourishing in many parts of the world, says Scott Appleby. They shouldn't. Both bridge-building and bridge-burning wear many labels in today's world, secular and religious. Literacy and engagement are needed to distinguish the positive from the negative, not hardened ideology.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    The received wisdom perpetuated by the government is that deep and immediate public spending cuts are necessary and beneficial, says Simon Barrow. But there are strong economic arguments that point towards investment in long-term sustainability rather than hitting the most vulnerable to reduce the deficit.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    A human rights organisation for tribal people has called for a tourist boycott of Botswana until its government ends persecution of the Bushmen.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    The International Criminal Court has been urged to decide whether to investigate alleged crimes committed during the 2008-9 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.

  • 27 Sep 2010

    Labour's new leader, Ed Miliband, has praised the work of Christian Socialist Movement, one of the party's recognised affiliated bodies.

  • 26 Sep 2010

    I had two votes in the Labour leadership election. One as a member of the Labour Party and one as a trade unionist.

  • 26 Sep 2010

    The National Council of Churches USA wants government officials and church leaders to act on "comprehensive immigration reform."

  • 26 Sep 2010

    Amnesty International is demanding the release of a 19-year-old blogger and student detained in Syria without charge or access to the outside world.

  • 26 Sep 2010

    In a newspaper interview, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams says there is "no problem" with gay clergy and bishops, if they are celibate.

  • 26 Sep 2010

    The Labour Party's new leader Ed Miliband has moved quickly to emphasise his centrist views and to refute claims in the right-wing press that he is too left-wing.

  • 25 Sep 2010

    The Methodist Relief and Development Fund is urging leaders of rich countries to follow up on their pledges at the Millennium Development Goals Summit.

  • 25 Sep 2010

    Jubilee Debt Campaign, which works for the cancellation of poor country debts, wants the Export Credits Guarantee Department reformed, not abolished.