• May 13, 2009

    The furore about MP’s expenses has temporarily overshadowed all other political issues, says Simon Barrow. But it is perhaps better seen as a symptom of a much wider disconnect between governors and governed.

  • October 14, 2008

    The rapidly changing relationship between religion and state was the focus of a dialogue between ten Chinese and nine European scholars and religious leaders representing Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and traditional Chinese religions

  • September 26, 2008

    The main British party conferences were about to sidestep the economy, but the latest bank crunch has made the topic unavoidable, says Simon Barrow. But do politicians or the churches have anything meaningful to say?

  • September 25, 2008

    One could ask of any state how its political character and practices are intertwined with ethical or moral considerations.

  • August 26, 2008

    With Barack Obama and John McCain joining battle for the November US presidential elections, a leading evangelical Christian figure organised a candidates forum refreshingly free of rancour, say observers.

  • August 21, 2008

    The United Kingdom rates committed campaigners such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King far more highly than celebrities and more than one in ten would be prepared to break the law to campaign for a cause they believed in.

  • June 30, 2008

    We hear a lot about the 'religious right' in the USA. But what about religious opinion of the centre and left?

  • June 27, 2008

    The brutal pre-election repression of Robert Mugabe's regime may at last have brought the world to a tipping-point of disgust.

  • April 22, 2008

    Barack Obama recently got into trouble for suggesting that alienated rural voters in Pennsylvania seek refuge in religion, rifles and rejection of outsiders.

  • April 3, 2008

    The global revival of religion has raised fundamental questions about its role in politics and its claim that it serves as a principle of identity, indispensable to the continuing survival of communit