News Brief

  • 7 Oct 2014
    When my twin sister and I were very sick with the measles, aged six, it didn’t even occur to me that a home visit from the doctor was anything less than our due. I bet it occurred to my parents though. Having grown up in a world without the NHS, I bet they were grateful that they didn’t have to think about how to pay the doctor for his trouble, or for the medicines he left that helped relieve our symptoms and reduce the fever that was undoubtedly causing them concern.
  • 7 Oct 2014

    New legislation to overturn a law shielding perpetrators of human rights violations would bring justice a step closer to the victims of General Pinochet, says Amnesty.

  • 7 Oct 2014

    US federal judge Gladys Kessler has ordered that videotapes of Abu Wa'el Dhiab being force-fed in Guantánamo Bay are to be made public.

  • 6 Oct 2014

    Scottish charities have spoken trenchantly on their concerns about the growth of poverty in Scotland under current UK government policies. The Sunday Herald newspaper this weekend (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/united-against-a-war-on-the...) published a range of views following policy announcements at the Conservative Party Conference.

  • 6 Oct 2014

    Charities and poverty experts have spoken out about the deeply damaging effect of UK government welfare policies on Scotland’s poorest families.

  • 6 Oct 2014

    A group of leading aid agencies warn that parts of South Sudan could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.

  • 6 Oct 2014

    The West has a lot to answer for in terms of its colonial past, influence over the region and propping up of dictators. But this also means that it should have learned much over the years. So can it exercise some humility and apply those lessons intelligently? Ekklesia associate and MENA region expert Dr Harry Hagopian looks behind the horrific killing of Alan Hennings to ask what sustains IS/ISIL and what can be done to marginalise them.

  • 5 Oct 2014

    The WCC General Secretary has welcomed publication of an open letter by a group of 126 Muslim scholars to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of IS.

  • 5 Oct 2014

    Over 300 Anglicans and members of other churches have signed an open letter to bishops who are secretly gay, encouraging them to 'come out' about their sexuality.

  • 4 Oct 2014

    A war between Christians and Muslims which seems never-ending. Religious leaders who tell the faithful that if they die fighting a ‘holy war’ they will have eternal life. This was the scenario in the Crusades of the mediaeval period, and the religious leaders who promised such rewards for martyrdom were the Popes, the leaders of Christendom.