UK Afghanistan

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

Why Afghanistan Still Needs Foreign Aid

Subrata De | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Subrata De

Without outside help, things would be different. The fight for women's rights would falter; humanitarian assistance would be limited; access to education, healthcare, livelihoods support and employment would drop. Rural youth, who we have helped into work, would potentially be free to join opposition groups. The road to democracy and security would be compromised.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

Internet Stardom Forces 'Little Messi' And His Family To Flee Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK

The family of a five-year-old Afghan boy who captured hearts around the world have been forced to flee Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and...

Afghanistan - Dying is Easy, Staying is Not

Jawed Nader | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Jawed Nader

In Afghanistan, dying is easy, staying is hard but not impossible. We should support those Afghans who have chosen this difficult path. Instead of throwing up their hands in fury at Afghan refugees arriving in Europe, international donors should be helping Afghans build a more secure and stable Afghanistan. Instead of cutting aid, it must be improved and increased.

Chios chronicle: Here's how Europe welcomed a young Afghan man who fled the Taliban

Conor Fortune | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Conor Fortune

By Conor Fortune, News Writer at Amnesty International You can't stop a ship dead in its tracks, but sometimes you can change its course. And that'...

Up to 1,000 Asylum Seekers at Risk of Being Returned to Afghanistan as Major UK Refugee Charity Challenges the Government's Policy

Sam Bright | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Sam Bright

With many politicians already calling for a more compassionate approach from the UK towards refugees, there will surely be mounting pressure on the government to reconsider its stance and to provide sanctuary for those at risk of depravity and insecurity if they are returned to Afghanistan.

Army Begs People Not To Fall For Story About Refugee Swimming To France With A Pot Noodle

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

A beleaguered army regiment has implored people to be more alert to spoof stories after an "absolutely ridiculous" article claiming soldiers were bein...

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.

A Visit From Ross Kemp Was A 'Factor' In Helicopter Crash Crew's Focus

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK

A visit from Ross Kemp was a "contributory factor" to the focus of a British crew of an Apache helicopter that crashed almost eight years ago in Afgha...

Why There Is No PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mark de Rond

Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.

Picture This: The Full Truth and Nothing But the Truth Over Torture During the War on Terror

Kate Allen | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Mr Obama's rhetoric over US torture is one of condemning the actions and adjuring us to "leave" them "where they belong - in the past". As if that answers to the seriousness of what took place. Few people would be content with a political arrangement which went no further than the condemning-and-leaving tactic if we were considering the everyday crimes of theft, fraud, assault or rape. I don't see why an official US programme of organised kidnap, illegal imprisonment and serial assault should be any different.

How Goats Helped The US Waste Millions In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK

An attempt to boost Afghanistan's cashmere industry by shipping goats from Italy to the war-torn state was among the "ill conceived" reconstruction pr...

British Aid Worker Who Tried To Smuggle Afghan Girl Into UK Avoids Prison

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK

A British aid worker and former soldier who tried to smuggle an Afghan girl into Britain has avoided a prison sentence. Rob Lawrie was given a susp...

War by Other Means, Peace by All Means: A Century of Sport and War

Stephen Cooper | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

In October 2009, I set out on a rugby tour to France with thirty teenage boys. I had uncovered the sad story at our London club, Rosslyn Park, of a lost Great War memorial; a 1919 press clipping stated 72 had died, but no names. Some 109 names of men who lived, loved, played, fought and fell have now emerged from club records and lost memory.

Afghan Military Ask NATO For Help As Taliban Besiege Helmand Town

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK

The Afghan military has rushed reinforcements to a southern district threatened for days with takeover by the Taliban, the country's defense minister ...

British Troops Back In Helmand As Taliban 'Overruns' Former Stronghold

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK

British troops have been deployed to Afghanistan to help local forces as they fight to take control of a key town after it fell back under Taliban con...

#WhatWouldYouDo?

Simon O'Connell | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

For decades, Mercy Corps has worked with refugee and displaced populations, we know that building walls does not work. Europe's Schengen Agreement must remain in place and we must avoid the simplistic pretence that fences can be placed at our borders to preserve our economic well-being and security.

Articulating My War

William Shield | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
William Shield

I've come to realise that Afghanistan has forever changed me. It has ruined me, destroyed part of me. It has left an intangible impression upon me. At the same time, it has made me, matured me, grown me, expanded my potential as a human being, taught me the importance of life, love and the little things.

Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Russia-Iran Style Cooperation in Syria Could Prove Possible in Afghanistan, But With Greater Success

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Twenty-five years ago the Soviet Army returned home after nine years of fighting in Afghanistan. After the soviet withdrawal, the country plunged into...

Corbyn Shelves Foreign Policy Speech In Wake Of Paris Murders

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has postponed a keynote speech on UK foreign policy in the wake of the Paris attacks. The Labour leader had been set to signal he wou...

A Former Soldier Will Today Defy Medical Science To Lay A Wreath At The Cenotaph

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK

In 2010, Army Sergeant, Rick Clement, stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. The resulting explosion tore off his legs and his genitals and he was f...

Afghan Woman 22 Accused Of Adultery Is Stoned To Death In Sickening Video

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK

A 22-year-old woman has been stoned to death by a group of men identified as Taliban insurgents, after she was accused of adultery. Afghan official...