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Common Concern for Christians in the Middle East

Common Concern for Christians in the Middle East

 

Wednesday 23rd December: This week over 60 MPs and peers wrote to the Prime Minister to ask that the crimes against minorities in Syria should be treated as genocide. That letter echoed another warning by Prince Charles that Christian communities in the Middle East were ‘being targeted like never before by fanatical Islamist militants intent on dividing communities that had lived together for centuries’. In America, two Rabbisfrom the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO have now added their voice to the policy discussion, calling in the Wall Street Journal for the State Department to admit these refugees to the US.

In a discussion based on this article, here Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein explain why Middle East Christians present a special case for humanitarian concern:

All Change in South America!

All Change in South America!
Britain (and the EU) may need to up the economic stakes
 
Friday 18th December: David Cameron will focus EU renegotiation plans on moving to a more competitive Europe. But however strong the single market may be, Europe must still trade with the world. In South America, openness and free trade are now winning the day, says Jocky McLean.
 
The political landscape of Latin America has changed in recent weeks. The Chavista regime in Venezuela  has suffered its first electoral defeat in sixteen years. In Argentina, the right-wing candidate for the presidential election won after twelve years of socialist rule - first by Nestor Kirchner and then his wife Cristina. Likewise in Brazil, the opposition in Congress is attempting to impeach unpopular left-wing President Rousseff. In Cuba, it is hoped that warmer relations with the US may lead to political and economic reform. South America is now re joining the global race.

Opening the way for Disruptors

Opening the way for Disruptors

The Digital Economy, like others, must be free to compete, says Everline's Russell Gould

As Britain pushes for competition and open markets in Europe, a new battle ground will be on the digital economy.   Russell Gould, COO of Everline, explains the foundations for building Britain’s digital success worldwide.

Britain’s digital industry is moving apace. On it depends much of Britain’s future economic growth and that of its success story, the Small and Medium sized businesses (SMEs). So if it is to flourish we must get the policy right and tackle the problems that exist.

Tougher Decisions...Make Britain Safer

This week’s vote should not be seen as a green light
to muddled foreign policy, says Sheila Lawlor
 
Friday 4th December: When this week Parliament voted for air strikes in Syria on a motion which invoked the UN’s call to eradicate the Islamic State’s (ISIL) safe haven there and in Iraq, motives were mixed. The Prime Minister warned, in heightened tones, of the threat to British security manifest both from the attacks on the beaches of Tunis and those plotted on the streets at home. To make Britain safe we should, he said, respond to the calls for help from our allies, the French, and strike the head of the snake at its headquarters in Raqqa.
 

A Political or Fiscal Coup?

A Political or Fiscal Coup?
Political Management may be the first step for Structural Reform
 
As the Chancellor is hailed for his largesse in the public spending review, Dr Gerard Lyons warns that the economy has some way to go:
 
Thursday 26th November: Growth is the key. That remains the crux in the wake of this week's Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review. 
 
Yet, for the moment, the growth projections for the economy have been largely overshadowed by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) upward revision to tax revenues and downward revision to debt interest rate payments, the net effect of which was to allow the Chancellor an extra £27 billion to play with over the next five years. This, along with increased taxes, for instance on firms through the apprenticeship levy and on second homes and through higher council tax, allowed the Chancellor to stick to his plans of a £10 billion budget surplus by the end of this Parliament. He was able to achieve this despite abandoning his cuts to tax credit, and easing the overall pace of the squeeze on public spending.

'The economy still has some way to go to achieve balanced growth ....'
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