News Brief

  • 17 Sep 2014

    The UN General Assembly has opened its 69th annual session with its new President declaring it a historic opportunity to formulate a transformative development agenda

  • 16 Sep 2014

    The publication of a new report outlining in economic terms the global benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy has been welcomed by Christian Aid.

  • 16 Sep 2014

    Ka’apor Indians in the Amazon rainforest have formed an indigenous 'army' to combat illegal invasions of their land, following the government’s failure to protect their territory.

  • 15 Sep 2014

    I wrote yesterday, 16 September 2014, about attitudes in England towards the Scottish referendum.(http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20831) England, Wales and Northern Ireland – as well as places further afield – will be affected by the result. Like many English people hoping for a Yes vote, I’m motivated mainly by a desire to get rid of Trident.

  • 15 Sep 2014

    Sustained funding and support is vital if the UN and its partners are to continue assisting millions of Iraqis affected by the crisis in the country, says the UN's top humanitarian official

  • 15 Sep 2014

    As diplomatic initiatives gather pace to build a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world, three British Churches are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident.

  • 14 Sep 2014

    I've been wary of blogging about Scottish independence, not least because I'm well aware of how many English people are writing about it in a way that implies they know more than the Scots. It seems that the referendum debate is engaging thousands of people in Scotland who were previously seen as apolitical. I don't doubt that they know more about the issues than commentators in London.

  • 14 Sep 2014

    An independent Scotland could be the start of something even bigger: disaffected voters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland motivated to find a different society, say Molly and John Harvey, senior church figures in Scotland. They write with only days to go before the historic referendum on self-government.

  • 13 Sep 2014

    One of the big last-ditch Scottish referendum pitches by the three dominant Westminster parties and their friends in the City of London is to appeal to voters to reject self-government and instead accept the opinion and sway of the giant transnational banks – the likes of Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

  • 12 Sep 2014

    Over 30 African religious leaders, scholars and members of civil society have issued a Declaration opposing violence towards, and misinformation about, LGBTI people.