Economy and Politics

  • 24 Feb 2011

    In their first full meeting, Pope Benedict XVI and President Dmitry Medvedev have expressed their desire to strengthen bilateral relations.

  • 24 Feb 2011

    The World Council of Churches has challenged Britain's refusal to recognise access to safe sanitation as a legally-binding human right.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    The government’s ‘publish-what-you-pay’ standard for mining and ‘extractive’ companies across the world is a welcome but partial move, says Christian Aid.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    Water shortages in the Middle East could lead to social unrest unless urgent "blue peace" action is taken, says a new report presented in Geneva.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    The 'Palestine Papers' published by al Jazeera, giving a detailed insight into the negotiating tactics of the PLO leadership, raise crucial and difficult issues for Palestinians, says Harry Hagopian. But could the world community convert the attention into another initiative for peace with justice in the region?

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Yemeni's leader has rejected demands to resign immediately, declaring that protesters must end his rule through elections rather than demonstrations.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Did it start with Tunisia earlier this year, or was it Iran that inspired the trend in 2009 or perhaps even Lebanon as far back as 2005? Was Egypt an isolated albeit epic event or is it one that truly connects the dots in a region riddled with all forms of injustice? How come 'people power' has suddenly re-awakened across the Middle East and North Africa region?

  • 20 Feb 2011

    On Friday 18 February 2011, a former defence minister sat beside me in a Sky News studio and insisted that the Bahraini government is not an oppressive regime. Hours later, Bahraini troops opened fire on unarmed demonstrators.

  • 20 Feb 2011

    How much power can Nimbys be permitted to exercise over the long term well-being of their communities? Jill Segger says that 'localism' and the 'Big Society are actually obstacles to the building of the 'Good Society'

  • 18 Feb 2011

    The Campaign Against Arms Trade has condemned the government's reaction to revelations about UK arms exports to Bahrain and Libya.