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Issues of the Week with William Morris of the Next Century Foundation

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William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, discusses the new political issues of the week.

William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, discusses the new political issues of the week.


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William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, discusses the new political issues of the week.






A theology for a post coronavirus world?

Some personal reflections from William Morris on what God is, and what God can and cannot do, in view of the acute crisis that coronavirus-covid 19 has created for each and every one of us. Support the show (


Coronavirus - a conversation with Veronica and William Morris

Hind Bensari - - is embarking on an experiment that she hopes will lead to a documentary. She is collecting VOICE NOTES from all around her, in order to keep track of what we are experiencing at this unusual moment in time / history. If you wish to contribute do send her a voice note (no text, no videos) which answers or tries to answer some or all of these four little questions: No need to reveal who you are, this VOICE NOTE can even be sent to Hind from an...


Netanyahu rides again - with Benny's help

Such extraordinary news from Israel: In an astonishing betrayal of everything he once stood for, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is set to partner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a unity government, serving initially as Foreign Minister but then taking over from Netanyahu as prime minister in September 2021. Gantz’s unexpected decision to join forces with Netanyahu obviously and immediately led to the collapse of Blue and White, with the party’s second in command Yair Lapid rejecting...


On Coronavirus and on the capricious nature of God

Dealing with what is for many an existential issue. As we move forward in this ever deepening world crisis, what could we be doing, indeed what should we be doing, to cope? And who is to blame? God? Or you and me? Support the show (


Iraq needs a Prime Minister - Now

Since the failure of Mohamed Tawfiq Allawi to form a government things in Iraq have been going nowhere. Technically the President has a 15 day window, a breathing space in which to find a new premier. There is a name being touted - but is anyone willing to take on this poisoned chalice. Support the show (


Coronavirus - reflections on a catastrophe

As the Coronavirus pandemic reaches epic proportions, and this great leveler takes its toll on the elderly and the weak, William Morris, the Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, reflects on the implications of this catastrophe. How to beat back the coronavirus The coronavirus is here The big picture: The magic...


Syria: Turkey goes Head to Head with Russia

President Erdogan of Turkey is facing down Putin of Russia - and this time at least, Bashar al Assad is not the big factor. But the the consequence is, as ever, that the ordinary people suffer. This overview is based on feedback from Syrians on the spot. Support the show (


Iraq goes down to the wire

Mr Mohamed Tawfiq Allawi, Prime Minister designate, is trying manfully to form a cabinet that is at least quasi independent. But the Kurds want the same old system that everyone else wants to see the back of. And Mohamed Tawfiq Allawi has become obstreperous. And now everyone seems to be against him - and Iraq is in its worst political crisis since 2003. Support the show (


Lent - means sacrifice? Or what?

It's that time of year when Christians get heavy in the pre Easter quasi-fast they call Lent. But what about if you have lost hope? What then? What matters when the chips are down and you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. William shares a few very personal thoughts. Support the show (


Bishop Philip of Truro wades in on Christian Persecution

The Bishop of Cornwall (a.k.a. Philip, Bishop of Truro) was commissioned by the UK government to write a report on the persecution of Christians and he opens by quoting a Times Newspaper editorial that says "Across the globe, in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Christians are being bullied, arrested, jailed, expelled and executed. Christianity is by most calculations the most persecuted religion of modern times. Yet Western politicians until now have been reluctant to speak out in support...


Shamima Begum et al

Shamima Begum has lost the first stage of her appeal against the removal of her citizenship. The judge decided she was not "stateless". According to information we have received, Shamima returned to the UK in secret on Christmas Eve and is being kept in an undisclosed location. According to the world at large, Shamima remains in Camp Roj, a refugee camp in the Hasakeh region of northern Syria along with hundreds of other ISIS brides and their children. Regardless of the truth of the...


Netanyahu Refuses offer of talks with Iran

The new Sultan of Oman, HRH Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq, has offered to facilitate negotiations between the State of Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Prime Minister of Israel declined to accept the offer. Support the show (


Iran and America - their competition for hegemony in Iraq

William Morris, the Next Century Foundation's Secretary General, addressed lecturers at Takrit University in Northern Iraq as a precursor to discussions the subject of which was, at Takrit University's behest, the role of Iran and America respectively in Iraq. This podcast was made in the aftermath of that meeting and reflects salient points from that discussion. Support the show (


Regarding Racism - 75 years after the Holocaust why is it still here?

Antisemitism and Islamophobia seem to be everywhere, along with a new Spirit of Parochialism. But why, and whose fault is it? (the picture used with this podcast shows the Dachau Memorial) Support the show (


And back to the issue of Cancer again

Cancer is a killer. But even when people get through it, they are rarely actually "cured". They have to make every day count. And your worldview is never the same. Support the show (


Is Syria falling back into chaos?

Forty Syrian soldiers and fifty rebel troops have been killed in fighting in Idlib province. Car bombs and heavy fire were used in an attempt by the National Liberation Front rebel alliance to retake positions in the Maarat al-Numan area. The rebels were supplied and supported by Turkey. All this because Bashar al Assad won't agree to Erdogan taking a lead role in peace negotiations. Can there be a way forward that brings an end to chaos? Support the show (


A Brave New World or Mere Parochialism? The UK example

We are moving into a new era of British politics exemplified by moves to remove the British Second Chamber, the House of Lords, to the provincial town of York. Aspects of this new regionalism are encouraging. But is the motivation a move towards a smaller and more parochial and less inclusive world? And is this a symptom of a wider worldwide malaise? Support the show (


Seeking a UK with a Foreign Policy worth boasting about?

The United Kingdom has a new government under the leadership of Boris Johnson. Will he go on with the same aggressive foreign policy Britain has been noted for in the Middle East? Or will he stay his hand and become a little more cautious? Support the show (


Choosing Corbyn's Successor - a Champagne Socialist or the Darling of the Left?

So who will it be: Profile: Sir Keir StarmerProfile: Rebecca Long BaileyProfile: Lisa NandyProfile: Jess PhillipsProfile: Emily ThornberrySupport the show (


A Lament for a Sultan

The Sultan is dead. Long live the Sultan. In a world in which leadership is usually characterised by hubris, Sultan Qaboos was one of the best. God rest his soul. Support the show (