If human forgiveness and redemption are possible on one side then they must also be possible on the other
If the left calls all of its enemies homophobes, misogynists and racists then that part of the right will reply with false accusations of their own
One of the effects of social media and the age of transparency is that respected public figures whose actions or track record accorded them respect as a moral authority are unlikely to be produced. Human flaws that were once private matters are now publicly announced
Every time a rich man takes an extra wife, another poor man must remain single. If the richest and most powerful 10% of men have, say, four wives each, the bottom 30% of men cannot marry... The taking of multiple wives is a feature of life in all of the 20 most unstable countries on the Fragile States Index.
Facts alone can never tell you what to believe about a political theory: response to facts is determined by the prior experience of this life to which each of us is shackled
Consider benefit reform, and imagine all the different ways you could describe the truth about a particular policy, each one a pebble of truth on the beach outside the cave. It’s not the Guardian’s or the Mail’s job to pick up every pebble on the beach for your benefit. It’s not anyone’s job: it is a job which is literally impossible
80% of the growth in net property wealth since the early 1990s has been driven by the property price boom, not savings behaviour – the wealthy have become progressively wealthier not from endeavour but luck.
Wealthy individuals tend to have clever accountants. Just think of the Paradise Papers, or the Panama Papers before that.
With the current housing shortage for first time buyers, the fact that cheap new build flats are being bought by international buyers off-plan, long before British buyers have a chance to look at them, is a tragedy
It is far more likely that, at some point, a mass casualty attack will involve something like ramming a tanker load of liquid chlorine into a public space like the entrance to a railway or metro station.
Where there is empirical evidence, the negative impact of wealth taxes on desirable economic behaviour appears much smaller than critics would have us believe.
One might expect a vastly expanded graduate population to be super-literate and highly-cultured. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Many Israeli progressives are looking over their shoulders, wondering if the government is trying to criminalise their every expression of sympathy for Palestinians living under this heinous occupation
I do not see how the return of millions of Palestinian refugees, their children and grandchildren, which BDS campaigns for, is possible any more. The existence of the state of Israel could not possibly survive it
Chinese teachers hired, paid by, and accountable to the Chinese government face pressures to avoid sensitive topics, and American professors report pressure to self-censor.
China’s attempts to exert influence on foreign soil are known to exist on a massive scale - it’s estimated the country spends somewhere between $10-12 billion every year on its efforts
Although Trump supporters were more likely to visit fake news sites than Hillary supporters, the percentage of fake news visits remained only a fractional element of the news diet for people from both political persuasions
For the first time since World War Two, Merkel’s CDU and the centre-left SPD failed, between them, to command a majority of votes cast – an electoral watershed.
If the single currency is to survive in the long-run, member states must secure both a fiscal union and a banking union
While Germany managed annual average growth of 1.1% during the ten years since the financial crisis, Spain has expanded by just 0.1% a year. Italy has actually contracted, by an average of 0.5% per annum, since 2008.
In aspiring to lead the free world in dealing with conflict, as Wilson had with his Fourteen Points, and as Trump does in his attempt to move on the Middle East peace process in the face of a general stasis, the one president saw collegiality as the answer, while the other sees collegiality as the problem
Although Wilson’s Fourteen Points did little to hasten the end of the war, they largely formed the agenda for the peace conference in Paris that followed
Wilson's promise of national independence for the peoples of Central Europe was instrumental in mobilising support among immigrant groups in America
I’m baffled by this sudden muting of such a complex and important issue and such a humanitarian crisis, particularly since all of the issues which refugees are fleeing are now prevalent globally.
Even the sympathetic coverage failed to individualise and humanise the people who made these journeys.
backdoor influence of some of the world’s wealthiest only increases the frustrated voicelessness felt by many in today’s western democracies.
Talking about waste and diarrhoea is not glamorous and isn't as moving on TV as a baby albatross eating plastic.
Iran, like all autocracies has been on what William Dobson dubbed ‘the dictator’s learning curve’ since 2009. Just as protest movements teach tactics to one another, adopting similar slogans such as ‘Enough!’, so the autocracies quietly share how to repress dissent, increasingly without bloodshed.
While President Rouhani wants to reintegrate Iran’s economy into the wider world, his hardline opponents regard prosperity as the thin end of the wedge for the abandonment of the puritanical mores of the Islamic Republic. They need the more reassuring world of Iran as a universal pariah since it ensures their dominance.
These tactics only help to foster ignorance of the past and a false sense of security for navigating the future.
The UK does not have any mechanism to recognise mass atrocities, which meet the threshold, as genocide.
With 6 out of 10 of the most affected countries being Commonwealth nations, their heads of government have an opportunity when they meet in London next April to change all of that.
We now face a host of social challenges from having forgotten the second kind of freedom: freedom from internal obstacles
Audio-drama is an astonishingly rich art-form. Attention — from programme commissioners, writers, actors, listeners and critics — should be paid.
With audio, there isn’t any fourth wall to break. While I’m listening, I’m there-and-not-there: no other dramatic experience comes close.
Saudi Arabia’s shift in its politics, economics and interpretation of Islam will have repercussions within the region.
In the three years since Operation Shader began, British air power has made significant progress in helping free 5.5 million people from Daesh rule.