Economy and Politics

  • 6 Sep 2011

    The debate on Scottish independence in advance of a mooted 2016 referendum is only just beginning, but Simon Barrow suggests that the contours of a fresh agenda on both sides is already emerging in surprising comments from representatives of the Westminster parties north of the border.

  • 6 Sep 2011

    Anti-arms trade campaigners have launched a media blitz in East London to protest against the forthcoming arms fair at the ExCel Centre.

  • 5 Sep 2011

    The North-east of Scotland has been let down by the recent decision by the Court of Session to reject the objections of local residents to the controversial Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, say Scottish Greens.

  • 5 Sep 2011

    Even if the government is able to push its Health Bill through Parliament in its present form, there may be a heavy political price to pay later, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is needed for the NHS.

  • 4 Sep 2011

    Christian leaders in Australia have welcomed a ruling from Australia's highest court that Australia cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysia.

  • 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.