Entries by Carla Buzasi from 03/2012

The Week That Was: A Tragedy Continues

| Posted 03.03.2012 | UK

A lot has been written about the human catastrophe currently unfolding in Syria, horrific photos assail us daily, politicians drop sound-bites condemning the violence, but in a few heart-felt sentences the injured photographer Paul Conroy eloquently and dramatically cut through it all. "It's not a war," he insisted. "It's a massacre." Speaking from the safety of his hospital bed in London, having been smuggled from Homs to Lebanon earlier in the week by Syrian rebels, Conroy pleaded with the world to act now or regret forever the atrocities being committed...

International Women's Day - Women in Media

| Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

Across the world today we celebrate the 101st International Women's Day. Back when it started, women didn't have the vote, didn't have equal pay and certainly didn't have the freedoms we currently enjoy, but it's unfortunately as relevant today as it was then, and here's just a small example of why. 24 hours before International Women's Day and I'm at the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference. An event designed to 'examine the most pressing issues and opportunity' in our changing media landscape, to 'debate what the future holds for digital media'. Before I've even arrived, Twitter kindly informs me that of the 42 speakers appearing during the two-day event, only one is a woman.

The Week That Was: A War on Every Front

| Posted 03.10.2012 | UK

If war is a psychological game as much as a military one, this week in Afghanistan we suffered one of our biggest set-backs. The numbers add up to a painful equation. Six men dead. The single largest loss of British life in a single incident in Afghanistan since 2006. The roll-call of British men lost to this war tipping over 400. The sums left a nation in shock and thrust the issue of Britain's involvement in Afghanistan back onto the front pages.

Introducing HuffPost UK Sport

| Posted 03.14.2012 | UK Sport

Today I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost UK Sport, the latest channel on our ever-expanding site. With London gearing up for the Olympics and Euro 2012 only a few months away, it couldn't be a better time for us to add Sport into the mix of topics we cover. Being British, we fully expect there to be plenty of footie written about in our blogs, however, we're also aiming to be a destination for niche sports, where everyone from synchronised swimmers to curling champions can debate the merits of their favourite pastime with other dedicated fans. In keeping with this wide range of sports, we have a real mix of voices from different walks of life blogging for us today, including Lord Coe on the Olympics, Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet on cycling, and Kevin Cahill - founder of Sport Relief alongside Will Carling and Andy Murray.

The Week That Was: World Relations

| Posted 03.17.2012 | UK

As mothers across Britain wake up this morning to bunches of flowers, breakfast in bed and handmade cards, it seems appropriate that one of the biggest news stories of the past week was the sharp increase in the number of women taking up board positions across the UK. I say "sharp increase", in practical terms, the headline-making reality is merely that we are on track to exceed the government's recommendation of 25% of FTSE 100 board positions being filled by women by 2015, hardly a victory for equality, but a step in the right direction if nothing else.

The Week That Was: Sex Tapes and Confessions

| Posted 03.24.2012 | UK

Can we all agree we're bored of the budget, that the hashtag #grannytax was definitely not the reason Twitter was invented, and move onto the real story of the week: Tulisa's sex tape. No, of course you haven't watched it! You and everyone else in the office, I'll bet. Except, it's not just about the sex tape now (let's face it, Z-listers punting those out onto the interweb are two-a-penny), it's about a lesson in how to turn utter humiliation into iconic triumph.

The Week That Was: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

| Posted 03.31.2012 | UK

This week, hundreds of the globe's greatest brains descended on Oxford for the Skoll World Forum, which annually celebrates social entrepreneurship, and this year set out to discuss how we can seize momentum to drive change. As I mingled with other attendees over drinks in the Ashmolean museum, I was asked repeatedly by non-Brits, "what's the big news in the UK right now?". I found myself, much to my embarrassment and their hilarity, attempting to explain what a pasty is, and why the entire country is talking about them, and then why our newspapers are covered in photos of queues of cars outside Esso garages.