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  • 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 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.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Senior UN officials have called on the government of Iraq to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty after a new report on the rise of executions in the country.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns over the abuse of British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer, in a letter to his lawyer at the legal charity Reprieve.

  • 18 Oct 2014

    The pro-inclusion network Accepting Evangelicals (AE) is celebrating its tenth anniversary today, as the group meets in London, at St John's Church in Waterloo, for its Annual General Meeting.

  • 18 Oct 2014

    In the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, a movement galvanised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is organising a large rally today (Saturday 18 October 2014) in Glasgow, to the put the case for social justice at the heart of policy and power.

  • 18 Oct 2014

    Within hours over 550 people have signed a petition to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, calling for reinstatement of eight sacked seminary professors.

  • 18 Oct 2014

    The future of a flagship Episcopal seminary in the US is in doubt after its board ignored pleas from across the world to reinstate sacked faculty members.

  • 17 Oct 2014

    A public hearing of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has revealed details of UK security services’ policies on the interception of private calls between lawyers and clients.

  • 17 Oct 2014

    When Lord Freud’s remarks about disabled people and the minimum wage became public, many people, myself included, reacted quickly and with anger. Did we over-react? Taking his words in context, was Lord Freud being "compassionate" as some of his defenders claimed, in wishing to find ways of getting severely disabled people into work?

  • 17 Oct 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to step up its efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis and turn pledges into action.