People and Power

  • May 5, 2011

    For the last 15 months, Ryan Gallagher has here been chronicling the debate around the Alternative Vote (AV) referendum for OurKingdom, the UK section of the groundbreaking openDemocracy website and forum.

  • May 5, 2011

    There was a tremendously good ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ rally last night. We sat in the raked theatre of the Royal Institution where the great 19th century experiments were tested that opened the way to the modern era. Will we be so lucky with the British voting system?

  • May 5, 2011

    Fairer votes campaigners from all parties and none have called upon people across Britain to vote for improving politics and to reject negativity in today's AV poll.

  • May 4, 2011

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain has voted to work with other churches against big companies which avoid paying tax to the detriment of the world's poor.

  • May 3, 2011

    Members of churches, trade unions and community groups are pledging to live on £1-a-day from 2-6 May to raise funds and in solidarity with the global poor.

  • May 3, 2011

    The Salafi-jihadist movement is losing its recruitment pool in the Arab world, says Murad Batal al-Shishani, an Islamic groups and terrorism issues analyst. Al-Qaida and others' latest strategies look elsewhere, and the death of Osama Bin Laden will not affect these plans.

  • May 3, 2011

    The ornate rituals in Westminster Abbey, and Donald Trump’s investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate have something in common, says Heather McRobie: a very pre-modern fixation on blood as a marker of belonging, and heritage as a prerequisite for legitimacy to rule.

  • May 3, 2011

    No matter which way the winds blow in the weeks ahead, it is clear that the majority of Syrians desperately seek reform but they also fear sectarianism and foreign intervention, says Harry Hagopian. Much will depend upon how parties both inside and outside the country, including the power-brokers, choose to respond. An approach which feeds hope at the base rather than replicating top-down diplomacy is needed.

  • May 3, 2011

    The campaign group I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! is organising a flashmob outside London’s City Hall today, on World Press Freedom Day.

  • May 3, 2011

    "I and my group of 9/11 victims' relatives hope we will take this opportunity to restore the US to the path of justice, not war," says Andrea LeBlanc in a moving article for the Guardian newspaper entitled 'America after Osama bin Laden'.