News Brief

  • 23 Oct 2014

    More than 100 prisoners apprehended in UK-funded drug arrests now face execution in Pakistan as the country’s two-year death penalty moratorium looks set to end.

  • 23 Oct 2014

    Amnesty International has strongly criticised the UK government’s decision to exclude Kincora Boys’ Home from its inquiry into child abuse in the UK.

  • 22 Oct 2014

    As the Synod on the Family ends, Savi Hensman examines the greater openness with which the Roman Catholic Church is now debating sexuality.

  • 22 Oct 2014

    A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government for “safeguards” to ensure compliance with international law.

  • 21 Oct 2014

    The fourth Cutting Edge Consortium Conference will take place on 1st November 2014 at Conway Hall, Red Lion’s Square from 10am to 5pm (registration from 9.30am). The theme of this year’s conference is “Equality and Religion in a Changing World”.

  • 21 Oct 2014

    The World Council of Churches has involved its member churches and partners in a World YWCA campaign, “NoXcuses for Violence against Women”.

  • 21 Oct 2014

    Research from Shelter reveals than one in 10 renting families have suffered health problems in the past year because their landlords have failed to deal with bad living conditions.

  • 21 Oct 2014

    Recognition of the Armenian genocide does not start with the UK, or the USA and Israel, but rather with Turkey itself. And the past century has shown us how hard it is to wrest recognition from Turkey. Similarly, the creation of a sovereign Palestine does not start with the EU or the Arab league as much as it does with Israel, says Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian. Yet it seems increasingly difficult to get those with most power to accept political truth-telling as an essential component of any attempt to achieve justice, peace and security for peoples involved in long-standing conflicts.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Ebola, war, terrorism, injustice, inequality, squalid government, torture. Sometimes the inventory of cruelty and suffering seems overwhelming. The temptation to spiral into despair and the cynicism born of helplessness can assail us all. But sometimes a glimmer comes in the darkness and smallness no longer seems to equal futility.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    In a brilliant piece in the Guardian, Ha-Joon Chang comprehensively demolishes the economic ‘recovery’ claimed by the coalition government, dismissing as an ‘economic fairytale’ its claims of success.