UK Afghanistan

Don't Deport Me, I'm British

Bashir Naderi | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Bashir Naderi

When people like me who have arrived in the UK as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children turn seventeen and a half, the Home Office starts the process of removing us back to our countries of birth. The system requires us to prove why we should be allowed to stay and why we should not be sent back. The Home Office thought it safe for me to go back to Afghanistan, so under the system I was automatically detained and placed behind bars ready to be removed from the country.

Refugee Week: Female Refugees - The Silent Refugee Community

Lily Beaumont | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Lily Beaumont

Refugee week is an important time in which to reflect both upon the issues within refugee communities in the UK and upon how the UK society as a whole...

Different Pasts, Shared Future - What The Theme Of This Year's Refugee Week Means To Me

Farid Mall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Farid Mall

The journey was stressful, my wife cried a lot, but we did our best to hide it for the sake of our young boys. We finally arrived in Gatwick Airport on 16th September 1998, very thankful to be safe.

Afghan Boy Found At Heathrow Airport To Be Placed In Council Care

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK

An Afghan boy found alone at Heathrow Airport should go into council care in England, a High Court judge has decided. The child, believed to be about ...

Photo Shows Combat Photographer Who Captured Her Own Death In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK

The US Army has released a dramatic photo taken by a combat photographer who captured her own death on camera. The image was taken by Specialist (Spc)...

After The Mother Of All Bombs, The New Malalas Using Education To Pioneer Peace

Natasha Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

The Middle East produces strong women. Against a backdrop, often, of oppression, war and terror, they have learned to survive in some of the world's d...

Marine Alexander Blackman Could Walk Free From Prison Within Weeks

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman could be freed from prison within weeks after the Court Martial Appeal Court on Tuesday sentenced him to seven years f...

Ministers Accused Of 'Hiding' Details Of £1m Compensation Deal With Jamal al-Harith

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of “hiding” and unnecessarily refusing to answer questions about whether or not and when a former British Guantanamo B...

'Little Messi' Afghan Boy Finally Meeting His Hero Is The Sweetest Thing You'll See Today

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

A six-year-old Afghan boy who captured hearts around the world with his homemade Lionel Messi shirt has finally met his hero - and was so thrilled he ...

I Served in Afghanistan And Learned I'm Not A Cold-Blooded Killer

William Shield | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
William Shield

I adopted the kneeling position for accuracy, slowed down my breathing, did a quick estimate of distance, the wind, and adjusted my rifle aim accordingly. I then put a small amount of pressure on the trigger

Medicating The Man

William Shield | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

bmm banner.jpg My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.

The Fear Of Losing White Male Privilege Is Felt By All Of Us

Anber Raz | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anber Raz

My mother was 17 when she came to the UK from Pakistan. Like many young women, she dreamed of travelling and getting a first-rate education abroad in a safe and happy country. Her reality turned out to be very different. When she went shopping, shopkeepers often smiled at her with their "good old British charm", but then refused to accept payment directly from her. They kept a jar of water filled with dishwasher soap and asked her to drop money in there lest her brown skin rub off on them.

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

Is Judgment Day Coming For US Troops In Afghanistan?

Claudia Hyde | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Claudia Hyde

Whatever direction US foreign policy takes come January, all eyes will be on the ICC to see how it adapts to these new challenges, and how it embraces the opportunities it is presented with. It must not grow complacent.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Britain's Seven Covert Wars

Mark Curtis | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Britain is fighting at least seven covert wars in the Middle East and North Africa, outside of any democratic oversight or control. Whitehall has in effect gone underground, with neither parliament nor the public being allowed to debate, scrutinise or even know about these wars...

Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.

Why Is A Western Life Worth More Column Inches Than A Syrian One?, Asks John Simpson

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK

If you live in the United States, you’re 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are by a terrorist. Or, as veteran foreign c...

While Afghanistan's Government Prepares To Host A Summit On The Country's Future, Its Achievements Are Fragile And Failures Endless

Zabihullah Noori | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Zabihullah Noori

As up to 70 countries and 20 international agencies gather, corruption in the country is at a record high. In the two years since it was established, the National Unity Government (NUG) has very limited economic achievements, such as completing the previous Government's left-over development projects or signing off a couple of international agreements for power and gas supply.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

Supporting A Taliban Bomb Maker's Claims Of Abuse? Jeremy Corbyn Is Part Of A Deeper Lack Of Empathy For Our Veterans

James Wharton | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
James Wharton

We need to get behind our veterans, and that includes you, Jeremy Corbyn, You can start doing this by distancing yourself from the materials on display this weekend at the Momentum event in Liverpool and by reassuring our troops of your support, not by threatening them.

Tony Blair 'Very Sorry' Over Soldiers' Abuse Investigation 'Ordeal'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK

Tony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afg...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

Before I tackle the House of Lords Children in Crisis report on unaccompanied refugee children in the EU, I really need to replace that mould-riddled ...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

It was a woman I'd never met who finally swung it. As I lay on a plump mattress under a duck down duvet one night in late April, I thought about what she, Liz, had done with her day. While I'd been sitting on my backside, shuffling words around and working my way through a variety of nut-based snacks, she'd been putting out fires, breaking up knife fights and comforting dozens of bewildered children who know her as a second mum.