• October 26, 2016

    In a 1944 article for Tribune George Orwell asked 'What is facism?' – a question arguably more easily answered then than it is today..

  • July 11, 2016

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) has offered prayers for peace in the USA while condemning acts of violence in recent days that have shocked the nation and people around the world.

  • December 7, 2012

    Human rights defenders in the Americas are facing escalating intimidation, harassment and attacks from security forces, paramilitary groups and organised crime.

  • November 9, 2011

    A strong majority (60 per cent) of Americans believe that their society would be better off if the distribution of wealth were more equal.

  • January 28, 2011

    The extraordinary arc of Barack Obama’s popular appeal tells a deeper story of America: of how the relationship between liberalism and religion was forged, then frayed and broken, and how the president’s rhetoric offered the mirage of healing. Theo Hobson asks what, if anything, can be recovered from the ashes of a once-potent compact.

  • October 19, 2010

    The long-awaited new book on American religion and its impact from Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell introduces us to complexities and contradictions which often get overlooked public debate, says Martin Marty. Does religion unite or divide? Experience says 'both'. But exactly where, how and why remains important for a rounded view.

  • August 25, 2010

    Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis is back on track for execution, despite doubts about his guilt raised during a June evidentiary hearing.

  • August 23, 2010

    New report from the Pew Research Centre shows more than 50 per cent of Americans support same sex civil unions.

  • September 7, 2009

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

  • February 25, 2009

    Metropolitan Jonah, the new head of the Orthodox Church in America, says he "laughs off" any comparison made between himself and US President Barack Obama as a reformer and agent of change.