Veronique Mistiaen is an award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, who has worked as an editor, foreign correspondent and reporter in the UK and the US over the past 25 years. She covers human rights, social issues, global development and the environment - and has been published extensively in national and international media, including in the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Economist, Newsweek, BBC News, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Le Monde, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, the Caravan and many more.
Reporting from across the developing world, she often focuses on communities and people struggling to adapt to changing and difficult circumstances, telling their stories of survival, resistance, environmental activism and economic empowerment.
She is also a university lecturer and runs training in the UK and internationally on constructive journalism and reporting diversity in conflict areas.
She is bilingual English/French. She blogs at https://therighthuman.blogspot.co.uk/
Over the last three years, Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist living in the UK, has been watching from a painful distance the war eviscerating his homeland: its people, its cities and villages, its past and present, and its memory.
This Sunday was World Leprosy Day 2013, but few people are likely to take notice. Few might even know that leprosy still exists today. But it does: it affects more than 15 million people across the world and each year nearly a quarter of a million new cases are detected: that is almost one person diagnosed every two minutes - the time to read this blog post.
To mark the anniversary of the devastating <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_England_riots" target="_hplink">riots</a>, which spread across the country last summer, the arts charity, <a href="http://www.artagainstknives.com/" target="_hplink">Art Against Knives</a>, is hosting an exhibit exploring notions of freedom and safety in London's Hackney's diverse community.
A controversial exhibit in East London, close to the Olympic Park, is calling attention to the Olympics link to <a href="http://www.dow.com/" target="_hplink">Dow Chemical</a> and one of the world's worst industrial disasters.