Economy and Politics

  • 30 May 2014

    Poverty and militarism feed over each other. Unemployment has always been good news for army recruiters in need of people desperate for a livelihood. So it's no surprise that the recruitment of unemployed people has been formalised in a scheme in the English Midlands. Could this be a sign of the way things are heading? The government is already forcing unemployed people to carry out unpaid labour through 'workfare' schemes. Will they soon be forcing them into army training?

  • 30 May 2014

    The mass sentencing of 55 people at a stadium in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is a charade which will only exacerbate tensions in the region, says Amnesty.

  • 29 May 2014

    The expulsion of an estimated 700 migrants and asylum-seekers from camps in Calais in northern France risks aggravating the health problems authorities say prompted the evictions.

  • 29 May 2014

    Two weeks ago my friend Yvonne became so ill doctors felt it necessary to put her into a medically induced coma, to save her life. Thankfully, she is now out of the coma, receiving regular kidney dialysis, but still quite sick.

  • 28 May 2014

    We must not be trapped in a narrative of overwrought claims if we are to understand and respond to Ukip's increased vote, says Jill Segger. She suggests the mainstream parties must show respect for the voters and humility about their own failures.

  • 28 May 2014

    The Security Council has extended the UN Mission in South Sudan and revised its mandate to give priority to protecting civilians.

  • 27 May 2014

    Legal charity Reprieve has threatened action against the UK government for failure to investigate the role of UK telecoms giant BT in facilitating covert US drone strikes in Yemen.

  • 26 May 2014

    Ukip has emerged as the winning party in the European elections with 24 seats, including one in Scotland, with an increase of 11 seats on 2009.

  • 26 May 2014

    Nigel Farage's smug grin is all over the media this morning. But the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have been defeated by a monster of their own creation.

  • 24 May 2014

    During the BBC’s local election coverage David Dimbleby described Nigel Farage as ‘the man whose hour has come’. Despite UKIP winning control of no Councils (and their share of the vote actually falling compared with 2013) the media and the party seemed determined to portray a small tremor in the political landscape as a UKIP ‘earthquake’. But I would suggest that if any cracks are about to appear, they will be in UKIP itself, not the political Establishment it claims to reject.