Economy and Politics

  • 11 Apr 2012

    New research suggests it would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – twenty percent more than previously thought.

  • 11 Apr 2012

    Unlock Democracy have today launched a 'vote match' website to help people in London decide how they should vote in the mayoral elections to be held on 3 May.

  • 7 Apr 2012

    At present the symbolism of the Royal Maundy service in York ritualises economic inequality, the subservience of the Church to the Crown, and the sanctification of an unjust order, says Simon Barrow. Maybe a ritual re-ordering of it could help remind Christians, and the Established church, that we are called to oppose injustice and who who "act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus" (Acts 17.7)?

  • 6 Apr 2012

    “Egypt isn't a country we live in, but a country that lives within us” is a renowned saying from the late Pope Shenouda III. Following his death and questions about succession to his role, says Dr Harry Hagopian, the question now is whether Egypt will continue living within the Copts, and more pertinently how. This involves complex political, cultural, social and religious issues.

  • 5 Apr 2012

    Amnesty International have called for the release of three young women arrested for staging an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral.

  • 4 Apr 2012

    Image manipulation, trivia and opportunist deceit have brought our politics low, says Jill Segger. She suggests we all need to examine our attitudes and loyalties if the decline is to be arrested.

  • 3 Apr 2012

    There is a serious need for all guerrilla groups in Colombia to commit to halting kidnapping of civilians and ending hostage taking, says Amnesty.

  • 3 Apr 2012

    The need for substantial change in the political system, and among large parties, has been signalled by the sensational by-election result in Bradford West.

  • 2 Apr 2012

    Last week a House of Commons enquiry committee called on the government to abandon plans to legislate 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) for official development assistance (ODA).

  • 2 Apr 2012

    From 6 April 2012, some poor UK households may lose tax credits due to them because of inadequate communication by the government. Numerous low-income families already face drastic tax credit and welfare benefits cuts. But even some of those still entitled to child or working tax credit may not receive this.