Economy and Politics

  • 3 Oct 2014

    Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini authorities to release a human rights activist detained for posting tweets deemed insulting to the country’s Ministry of Interior.

  • 2 Oct 2014

    Thinking about how to respond to ISIS/IS, and in view of the perilous realities of Iraq and Syria, have we tended to ignore the increasing tensions in Palestine and the relationship between all these? Regional commentator and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian argues that ISIS cannot be dealt with by brute force and must be countered by political solutions that re-enfranchise the peoples of the region.

  • 2 Oct 2014

    Campaign Against Arms Trade has called on the UK government to end the sale of tear-gas to the government in Hong Kong, following its use against pro-democracy protestors.

  • 2 Oct 2014

    Concerns have been raised about a new wave of executions in Iran, after it emerged that authorities in the country last week executed a man for 'heresy'

  • 1 Oct 2014

    The UK government may limit free speech for law-abiding members of minority communities in order to defend British values such as free speech and respect for minorities, home secretary Theresa May has threatened.

  • 1 Oct 2014

    In his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Ekklesia associate and regional adviser/expert Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the on-going fight to contain and repel IS/ISIS and the pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. He also updates on moves to bring stability to Libya.

  • 30 Sep 2014

    'Timor mortis conturbat me' – the fear of death disturbs me. These words, from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, first became a literary device in medieval times, bracketing human follies and fears within the ambit of our common mortality.

  • 30 Sep 2014

    In 2008, the banks collapsed, and everything changed. The then Labour government, anxious to avoid economic meltdown paid billions to bail them out whilst starting on a programme of public sector cuts that would only increase under the Coalition.

  • 30 Sep 2014

    The Chancellor’s Conference speech contained a statement about disabled people and benefits which was misleading, but went largely unchallenged by the mainstream media. Mr Osborne promised a two year freeze on working age benefits if the Conservatives are re-elected but made a point of saying, "disability benefits will be excluded". Is that true?

  • 30 Sep 2014

    Afghanistan’s new government under President Ashraf Ghani must put the focus on tackling the country’s persistent human rights issues, says Amnesty International.