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  • Denial of the Armenian Genocide should concern us all

    April 24 marks the anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, during which the Ottoman state murdered 1.5m Ottoman Armenians. But while it might have begun 102 years ago, in a sense, the genocide did not end; the inheritor Turkish state then embarked on a project of denial – the final stage of genocide.

  • How the BJP has come to dominate lower-caste politics

    Hindu nationalists have reshaped Indian politics using the idea of cross-caste Hindu unity.

  • Liberating Mosul is one thing – next comes the real challenge for Iraq

    The battle to fully recapture Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) is in its final stages – and it is rapidly intensifying. On March 17, 200 civilians were killed in airstrikes on western Mosul mounted by the US and the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition. Lt Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, suggested that the US might be directly responsible for the deaths: “because we struck in that area, I think there’s a fair chance that we did it”. This is the latest in a series of incidents involving collateral damage. Townsend suggested that the fighting in Iraq’s second city is “probably the toughest and most brutal close-quarters combat that I have experienced in my 35 years of service”.

  • Teachers' Conference

    The Lancaster University Religious Studies Programme would like to invite GCSE and A Level Religious Studies teachers to a series of free Teachers’ Conferences on the subjects of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The theme throughout all three days is 'Teaching Religion through Primary Sources'. The conferences will take place on 10, 11, and 12 July

  • Families can’t tackle obesity alone

    Governments must act to combat childhood obesity, warn experts following major European Commission-funded study. European governments must act to help families improve their children’s health and tackle the obesity epidemic.

  • Theresa May must decide: is she with Trump or against him?

    It was not supposed to be like this. The broad grin on Theresa May’s face as she strode around the White House hand-in-hand with Donald Trump betrayed the delight the British prime minister clearly felt at being the first foreign leader to be invited to an audience with the new American president. The message from Downing Street was that May’s visit symbolised the UK’s commitment to the much-fabled “special relationship” with the United States. To top it all, an invitation for an official state visit to the UK was very publicly extended to Trump, and accepted.

  • Pope and archbishop hope ‘unity pilgrimage’ will calm their own warring factions

     Twitter10  Facebook59  LinkedIn1  Print Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, are on a pilgrimage together. It’s a long one – measuring in distance the thousand and more miles from Canterbury to Rome and a journey of more than 500 years in the making, but the two religious leaders hope that their respective churches will follow in their footsteps to a new, closer, relationship that heals ancient hurts.