Economy and Politics

  • 13 Sep 2011

    The Green Party in England and Wales has used its autumn conference in Sheffield this weekend to call for an immediate moratorium on fracking.

  • 13 Sep 2011

    Especially in areas where affordable housing is scarce, many of us – even if not about to be displaced ourselves – have friends or relatives who are about to lose their homes, with all that this involves, says Savi Hensman, explaining why the government’s programme of draconian cuts to housing benefit are so harmful.

  • 13 Sep 2011

    Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however much time you’ve got, you can help to tackle the arms fair today. The most important thing you can do is simply to speak out by telling someone about the fair and why you oppose it.

  • 13 Sep 2011

    UK ministers have invited the governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Algeria to send delegations to the London arms fair, which starts today.

  • 12 Sep 2011

    A call for solidarity with the poor has been delivered to a gathering of religious, political and civil society leaders from across the world by the WCC.

  • 12 Sep 2011

    Children are nine times more likely than adults to be affected by new benefit caps, says the Children's Society

  • 12 Sep 2011

    Warships arriving at the London arms fair have been delayed after their route was disrupted by critics of the arms trade taking nonviolent direct action.

  • 11 Sep 2011

    Over the past ten years we have witnessed the birth of the neologism '9/11' and the horrid and inaccurate phrase 'global war on terror'. Some of what happened in those ten intervening years is now history, says Harry Hagopian. But much of it continues to resonate across the globe, calling us to a change of outlook and action. Revolutions and popular revolts across the Middle East and North Africa region vindicate the standpoint that real changes should come from within and do not necessarily get imposed militarily upon a whole people anymore.

  • 11 Sep 2011

    The head of the the World Council of Churches, which brings together over 340 major Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, Peace Church and indigenous Christian communions in conversation with the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, is from Norway - a country which has been exposed to the horror of terrorism recently.

  • 11 Sep 2011

    What are the principal lessons of the ten years of war since the 11 September 2001 attacks? Paul Rogers, professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, gives some crisp answers. He has played a prominent role in the Oxford Research Group, has written extensively on related global and regional issues, and his first openDemocracy column was published a few days after 9/11.