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How One Bear Fought for Our Forebears: The Polarising Effect of Animal Mascots on Human Conflicts

Ania Poullain-Majchrzak | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Ania Poullain-Majchrzak

Around the same time that a snake was gobbling up a sleeping drunkard in India last week, several artists and dignitaries assembled for a wine and cheese evening in the safe environment of the Polish Embassy in London. The reason for this gathering was to celebrate the city of Edinburgh's recent decision to approve construction of a monument to a bear with a storied past.

The Internet: Fine for Shopping, Not Allowed for Important Stuff

John Coventry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Coventry

There was an in-depth look at global campaigning movement Avaaz in Sunday's Observer. Its founder, Ricken Patel, was interviewed about how it builds movements online to secure change. It was a generally fascinating piece, but the headline was bothersome to me...

Campaigning Has Gone Mainstream

Katie White | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie White

Are you persuasive and stubborn? Do you care about things? That's probably most of us, at times. Well then, you could be a campaigner. In the UK - and it appears across the world - campaigning has gone mainstream.

The Death of Communication *Insert Sad Emoticon Here*

Matthew Phillips | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Tech
Matthew Phillips

It is modern life's great irony that, in a world that is better connected than ever before, we have become more incapable of that central pillar of communication: conversation.

Protect Syrians Now - By Putting Serious Dialogue Above Bombs

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ilco van der Linde

We all feel pain when we see the pictures of the gassed children in Syria. We all want the civil war in Syria to end soon; this terrible war that has already been going on for two years, has forced millions to flee and has killed over a hundred thousand people.

Doha, a Process Win that Won't Solve Climate Change

Linh Do | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Politics
Linh Do

Climate change negotiations have concluded in Doha, Qatar as the 'Doha Gateway' was passed within minutes and with much confusion. The outcome represents a historic shift with the introduction of "loss and damage" into the agreement, but will do little to actually limit warming to 1.5 degrees. 

A Dark Day For Online Freedom?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Tech

A law that allows authorities to take websites offline and force them to close has come into effect in Russia. The legislation was passed by the Ru...

Syrian Regime 'Targeting Hospitals'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK

Fighting continues to rage in Syria amid claims the government is targeting hospitals in Aleppo. Syria's second city is one of the key battleground...

'We Will Either Die From The Shelling Or While Trying To Flee'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK

Britain pledged to increase support for Syrian opposition forces on Friday as William Hague warned the resignation of peace envoy Kofi Annan was a "bl...

End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Karuna Rana | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Politics
Karuna Rana

Hundreds gathered on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

WATCH: Syrian Boy Shot Trying To Rescue Wounded Comrade

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK

A young boy lies in the dirt, shot by apparent sniper fire. Another boy attempts to lift him onto the curb and pull him to safety. Before he can...

Syria: Four Dead In Tank Fire

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

Syrian tanks have killed four people in the devastated city of Homs even as the UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan prepared to visit the coun...

Syria: Fallen City Waits For Aid As Cameron Predicts 'Day Of Reckoning'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

The grim discovery of a man who had been shot in the head with his hands tied behind his back near the Syrian capital Damascus led to a funeral protes...

Syrian City 'Preparing For A Massacre' As Regime Nears Full Assault

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK

Syrian opposition fighters and civilians trapped in Homs are said to be "preparing for a massacre". Activists reported people "recording their last...

UK Journalist's 'Burden' After 13 Killed In Syria Helping To Save His Life

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK

The British photographer wounded the attack which killed Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin is suffering with the "burden" of knowing people died to g...

Michael Rundle

'Their Most Effective Weapon'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK

When a war reporter is killed, it is possible to feel as if their work has been silenced. Last reports are left unwritten, or un-broadcast. Stories ar...

Syria Crisis: Massive Smoke Cloud Looms Over Homs After Reported Oil Line Bombing

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK

Billowing black smoke was seen pouring into the sky above the Syrian town of Homs on Wednesday after government forces reportedly bombed an oil line. ...

Syria Crisis: 'Sky Rains Shells' On Another Day Of Violence In Homs, Activists Say

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK

Activists in the beleaguered Syrian town of Homs have described "the sky raining shells" as attacks by government forces intensified after more than a...

'We Are Begging The World' Say Citizens Of Shelled Syrian City

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK

Fresh reports of intense violence by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs have emerged as residents "begged" for international help. The bo...

Michael Rundle

Syrian Lawyers Break Ranks With Regime To Lead Sit-In Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

Lawyers in Syria have defied Bashar al-Assad's regime as it continues a violent crackdown against country-wide protests, by taking part in a series of...

Protesters Demand Assad's Execution

PA | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK

Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters shouted for President Bashar Assad's death in a dramatic escalation of their rage and frustration, defying bull...

Michael Rundle

Syria Claims Cities Under Control, Activists Report Further Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.10.2011 | UK

The Syrian government took journalists on a rare tour of the protest stronghold city of Hama on Wednesday, claiming that it now had the city of 800,00...

Michael Rundle

Online Activists Welcome E-Petitions As Launch Sparks Death Penalty Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics

The launch of the government's new "e-Petitions" website, which from Thursday allows the public to collect signatures online on issues they care about...

Michael Rundle

Explosions Hit Troop-Occupied Syrian City, Reports Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK

Explosions are reported to have rocked the besieged Syrian city of Hama, where more than 120 activists were killed this week, while residents said tha...

One Person Disappears Every Hour In Syria, Group Claims

Huffington Post UK | Olivia Williams | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK

Nearly 3,000 civilians have disappeared in Syria since the uprising against President Assad's regime began in March, an activist group has said. T...