Bribery & Corruption

David C. M. Carter | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

Bribery and corruption - like beauty and so many other lofty moral issues and ideals - are always in the eye of the beholder. I recall in 1980 worki...

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

Mandela: Let's Not Talk About the Batik-Style Shirts

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

I imagine that today, fashion writers around the world will be mentioning Mr. Nelson Mandela's penchant for Indonesian batik-style shirts. Let's not do that here. Instead, let's talk about his life's work for a more just, more humane world.

'Want To Advertise In The Daily Mail?' This Is The Best Response EVER

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

This could be a smackdown that really hits the Daily Mail where it hurts - their bank balance. Conservative councillor Nigel Fletcher received an e...

A Better Way to Boycott the Winter Olympics

Planet Ivy | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Sport
Planet Ivy

Rather than placing responsibility on the athletes, it might be more effective for the sponsors of the 2014 games to pull out of their lucrative deals with the IOC. According to the official Olympics website, commercial partnerships generally contribute up to 40% of Olympic revenue. If the corporations that sponsor the Olympics revoked their support then the IOC will take note.

Not All Opinions Are Valid

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
B.J. Epstein

Why do we allow many countries to continue to have laws that are clearly prejudiced against LGBTQ people? For some reason, we tend to be cultural relativists when it comes to LGBTQ rights. We act as though it's okay for every culture to make its own rules about which people it will treat with respect and dignity. We tend to assume and accept that Russian culture might be different and thus that Russians have the right to, for example, not allow same-sex couples to adopt children or act in a "pro-gay" way. We may disagree, but we find it hard to step in and enact sanctions or boycotts. Because, after all, it's their culture, their beliefs.

Stephen Hawking Joins the Growing International Boycott Campaign Against Israel

John Wight | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The decision by Stephen Hawking to add his support to the international campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has predictably resulted in a furore.

Stephen Hawking Is Right: Israel Must Be Boycotted

Ben White | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben White

Stephen Hawking made a good decision - and he is not the first or the last. Palestinians have been using tactics like boycott for decades. With the BDS call, now more and more people around the world are hearing their appeal for action.

Why I Won't Be Boycotting Primark

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ilana Winterstein

In response to a boycott, brands may cut production or pull out of factories. This would lead to the loss of jobs, garment workers struggling to feed their families and families being unable to send their children to school.

Why I'm Boycotting Rihanna

Jacob Brookman | Posted 07.04.2013 | Home
Jacob Brookman

I'm boycotting Rihanna the brand because I am incandescent at any kind of acceptance of domestic violence. We are in a different environment to 30 or 40 years ago, when cigarette advertising, drink driving and bigoted comedians were accepted norms. I hope to drive this conversation forward.

Others Should Follow Waitrose's Lead - Put Shell on Ice!

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

This was meant to be a blog about Waitrose's relationship with fossil fuel giant Shell (Waitrose had been considering plans to open up shops in Shell petrol stations across the country), calling on Waitrose to end their partnership with the mass polluter. But Waitrose must be mind-readers because on Wednesday they did just that.

Alan Titchmarsh Brands Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan 'Barbaric' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK

Mild-manned man of gardening Alan Titchmarsh has come out swinging for the animal kingdom by taking America's billionaire "Dog Whisperer" to task over...

The Bahrain Grand Prix: Another Case of Burying Heads in the Sand?

David Hobbs | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Sport
David Hobbs

Mike Gatting famously demonstrated some jaw-dropping naivety 22 years ago when, on the eve of a rebel England cricket tour to South Africa in 1990, he revealed: "I don't know much about how apartheid works but one way to find out is by going there."

Shutting Windows: Against Cultural Boycotts

B.J. Epstein | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
B.J. Epstein

If we decide that cultural boycotting makes sense whenever we disagree with a particular group or don't like those people or their actions, then we are saying that we have no urge to learn, to gain access, to get closer. And how much have we lost then?