• August 11, 2015

    A severe funding shortfall in Iraq is pushing the United Nations World Food Programme to cut the amount of aid it delivers to nearly one million displaced people.

  • July 1, 2015

    Yesterday, I wept in a cinema – something I had not done since, at the age of 10, I was utterly undone by the death of Bambi's mother.

  • June 10, 2015

    Millions of people in Iraq are in need of greater assistance, says the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the country

  • March 20, 2015

    The body investigating British abuses in Iraq says it will not request as evidence the US Senate report on CIA torture, in the case of two Pakistani men tortured and rendered by the UK and the US.

  • January 5, 2015

    The government is facing calls for the publication of the Chilcot report into the war in Iraq as a matter of urgency before the general election on 7 May 2015.

  • October 20, 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.

  • October 7, 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.

  • October 2, 2014

    Thinking about how to respond to ISIS/IS, and in view of the perilous realities of Iraq and Syria, have we tended to ignore the increasing tensions in Palestine and the relationship between all these? Regional commentator and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian argues that ISIS cannot be dealt with by brute force and must be countered by political solutions that re-enfranchise the peoples of the region.

  • October 1, 2014

    In his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Ekklesia associate and regional adviser/expert Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the on-going fight to contain and repel IS/ISIS and the pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. He also updates on moves to bring stability to Libya.

  • September 30, 2014

    'Timor mortis conturbat me' – the fear of death disturbs me. These words, from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, first became a literary device in medieval times, bracketing human follies and fears within the ambit of our common mortality.