Economy and Politics

  • 3 Sep 2011

    A few weeks ago I had a holiday in India. I used to live there and so I might be one of the few foreigners who actually loves arriving in Delhi, stepping out of the airport into the cruel heat, sooty air and architecture of the perpetually half-built.

  • 2 Sep 2011

    Events in Syria, though making headlines across the globe, and impacting the lives of everyone inside the country have left the Church in Lebanon tongue-tied it appears. Aline Sara, news editor of NOW Lebanon reflects on the political, religious, social and cultural issues which have led many Lebanese and Syrian Christians to refrain from criticising the regime for its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

  • 2 Sep 2011

    All eyes are now on National Transition Council (NTC) in Libya, following the demise of the Gaddafi regime. A week ago I recorded another Middle East Analysis podcast that seeks to examine the challenges it faces.

  • 2 Sep 2011

    The recent disturbances in England show that fundamental issues concerning the legitimation of government, social justice, and societal stability need to be addressed ever more urgently, says Professor Richard Roberts. He argues that scholars of religion should not simply remain reluctant but paid tools of an industrialised system of defective socialisation that initiates students into informed passivity, but rather the source of a truly critical discourse that broadens the imagination and enhances personal agency.

  • 2 Sep 2011

    Amnesty International has welcomed the Royal Bank of Scotland’s announcement that it will stop investing in companies which produce cluster bombs.

  • 1 Sep 2011

    The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October as part of a wider trip to Africa and hopes to meet with President Robert Mugabe.

  • 1 Sep 2011

    The Methodist Church will pay people at least the Living Wage from today. It is the first major British Christian denomination to implement this policy.

  • 31 Aug 2011

    Representatives of the arms industry and UK government are to speak at a seminar that extols the sale of arms to repressive regimes in the Middle East.

  • 30 Aug 2011

    What started in Tunisia simply cannot stop now in Libya, says Harry Hagopian. It should not only grow but also improve incrementally so that we all stop talking romantically about a one-season 'Arab Spring' and think more pragmatically in terms of an Arab Awakening from a long slumber - a stubborn challenge against those rulers and elites who would prefer their co-citizens to remain dormant.

  • 30 Aug 2011

    Christian Aid is warning that a new UK-Swiss tax deal amounts to collusion with criminality and will seriously damage poor countries.