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Jan De Volder
As the Islamist group Boko Haram is said to be surrounding the city of Maiduguri in the latest stage of its campaign of violence against Christians and Muslims alike, an expert on the country considers why the authorities are powerless to halt its progress
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World leaders gathered in New York this week had to face two serious challenges to the well-being of the people of this planet, especially its poorest and most disadvantaged members – climate change, and jihadist terrorism in the name of Islam.
Climate change often means less rainfall. Less rainfall often means crop failure. And that is when people starve. This was the warning given by Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, chairman of the Kenya bishops’ conference’s Justice and Peace commission,...
Smiling Pope Francis has brought about a vast change in the way the Catholic Church is regarded by its ordinary members. He has made it seem not just fit for human habitation, but warm and welcoming.
If Westminster politicians thought that an earthquake in Scotland would leave the political foundations intact south of the border, they were fooling themselves. They have realised rather late that ties that bind nations are often more tenuous than they appear.
Profound and probably irreversible changes in the relationships between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are a prospect to be welcomed, whatever the actual result of the referendum on Scottish independence next Thursday.
There has been no indication of a split in the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales regarding the forthcoming extraordinary synod in Rome.
A writer in The New York Times, reacting to the horrific execution of a second American journalist by Islamic jihadists, remarked “Isis is awful, but it is not a threat to America’s homeland.” Nobody could say that about Britain.
The heart-rending and in many ways heart-warming story of little Ashya King illustrates a weakness in the way public authorities view parental rights. Ashya, who is five, had an operation for a brain tumour and was kept in hospital while further treatment was arranged.
Public outrage at the full extent of child abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is heightened by the knowledge that so far no public official has been called to account over the affair. Once again, institutions with a duty to protect children have given greater priority to protecting themselves.
In most armed conflicts in the world, the objectives of each side are reasonably clear. In eastern Ukraine, however, they could not be more confused. In the area of its common frontier, Russia has tried hard to provoke and support an insurrection by so-called separatists. Unlike what happened in Crimea, this does not look like a simple grab for territory.