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The truth about Akmal Shaikh

The truth about Akmal Shaikh

The fine campaigning group Reprieve issued a statement today which sets out very clearly why China's execution of a man with mental health problems is beyond any justification.

’Tis the season to be spiteful?

’Tis the season to be spiteful?

Peace on earth, goodwill to all? Stuff that. Zealots in our misnamed ‘culture wars’ are much keener on promoting discord than harmony. Well, that's how it seems.

Catching up with old Nick

Our news briefing service has been able to help 'break' a couple of media stories recently, one of which has important Christmas ramifications.

Hear Desmond Tutu's speech in Copenhagen

Hear Desmond Tutu's speech in Copenhagen

An MP3 audio file of the press conference given at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and others is available for downloading.

SPCK creditors need to act now

SPCK creditors need to act now

The SPCK/SSG Bookshops saga continues. Those campaigning for a fair resolution of the frightening mess that hit a major British Christian book chain are now urging creditors to come forward.

Klein on government climate action

Klein on government climate action

Award winning author and journalist Naomi Klein will join a panel of experts invited by Christian Aid to debate climate change action in Copenhagen.

Boys behaving badly?

Boys behaving badly?

Potentially the biggest corporate case in British legal history, concerning the persistent corruption allegations against arms giant BAE Systems, is being treated rather lightly by some sections of the media.

Adair Turner and more than just capital

Adair Turner and more than just capital

The financial regulator who recently called for a Tobin-like tax on banking is unapologetic about the fuss he caused, and determined to re-interate basic questions about what economics really is.

Tracking law and religion

Tracking law and religion

Legal matters involving religion are making big headlines these days. A new database resource will help those wanting to follow the issues in detail.

Remembering Kennedy

Remembering Kennedy

Ted Kennedy was an outspoken advocate of social justice, but also (as he himself recognised) a deeply flawed person.