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Why Do Many Calais Migrants Want To Come To Britain?

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

As the demolition of ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais began on Monday, the plight of the some 6,500 refugees living there was brought into fres...

British 'Anarchists' Accused Of Stoking Unrest During Calais 'Jungle's' Destruction

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

French officials dismantling ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais have said British anarchists threatened their efforts more than the migrants bein...

Yvette Cooper Warns Calais Refugee Children At Risk of Trafficking As Camp Demolished

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Yvette Cooper has warned that child refugees risk slipping into the hands of smugglers as the Calais “Jungle” camp is demolished. After violence o...

On Behalf Of 'My' Country, I'm Sorry Too

Gina Lyons | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Gina Lyons

To anyone thinking you are above this, that your life is worth more, that you don't want or need to help anyone in this world, I pity you. This is one world, just the one. And we're breaking it. Now, I know I can only talk for myself on this one. I know I don't have all the answers on what we can do to stop all this, but to to all the refugees in the world, I am sorry too.

Gonzo GoPro: Joining the Action In Le Tour

David J Constable | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Sport
David J Constable

'Would you like to ride in the Tour de France?' 'What?' 'The Tour de France. Would you like to ride in it?' 'But don't you have to be like, you kno...

A Week In The Jungle - Volunteering At The Refugee Camp In Calais

Santosh Carvalho | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Santosh Carvalho

I feel I have a moral duty to speak out about what I've experienced in the "jungle". I'm pragmatic enough to know that solving the entire refugee crisis at Calais will need collective political and social action in Europe. However, it is in our gift to do something about the unaccompanied children and orphans in the camp.

Brexit could be like the Greek bailout

Mark Watts | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Watts

John. F. Kennedy said with reference to the Soviet Union "We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable,"...

The Wild Washerwomen Of Calais

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

By hiking into Calais town to use the launderettes there, asking French men in bars to use their washing machines (haha), and using everything imaginable as clothes horse's, our lovely Wild Washerwomen, against all odds, washed wildly, and continue to wash!

I Watch The Growing Puritanical Attitudes Of Young Muslims With Apprehension

Shazia Awan | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

I've lived all over the UK but South Wales is where my heart is.I was born in Caerphilly and grew up in Cardiff, I love going to the rugby, scoffing Welsh cakes and going out with mates. Cardiff is a vibrant city, we Welsh are some of the funniest, kindest people I have met and I am proud to say I am Welsh and call Cardiff my home.

Data Shows Why Building A Wall In Calais Is Bound To Fail

Natalie Stanton | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Natalie Stanton

If policymakers are serious about resolving the crisis in Calais, they need to take immediate steps to fix this broken system. It has become clear that no progress will be made until funds are invested in educating and empowering the camp's residents, rather than continuing to segregate and dehumanise them.

France Becomes First Country To Completely Ban Plastic Cups, Plates And Utensils

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Tech

If your idea of a perfect summer holiday was picnicking on the French Riviera, then you can bid adieu to your convenient plastic dishware. France has ...

Burkini-Wearing Australian Muslim ‘Threatened And Chased Off French Beach’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK

A Muslim woman from Australia has revealed how she was forced off a French beach – for wearing a burkini. Though the ban on burkinis was overturned ...

Alain Juppé: The Cold, Septuagenarian Conservative May Be The Best Option For French Progressives

Jasper Cox | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jasper Cox

Traumatised by terrorist attacks, depressed by continued economic malaise, desensitised to political scandals, France desperately needs someone who can channel the powerful spirit of de Gaulle, who was caricatured by the magazine Le Canard Enchaîné as the Sun King, Louis XIV. Of the current crop, Alain Juppé looks most able to wear the crown.

The Latest Court Decision On The Burkini In France Is Victim Blaming At Its Finest

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

Such targeting and marginalisation can only lead to increased religious intolerance; as the presidential elections of 2017 loom and debates surrounding Islam in France become ever-more intensified, France needs to find a way of moving towards a more inclusive model of national identity.

17 Horrifying Alternatives To The 'Great Wall Of Calais' As Suggested By The Public

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

The UK appears to have taken inspiration from Donald Trump with the announcement a “great wall” is to be built in Calais to prevent refugees and m...

The UK Has Gone Full Trump And Is Going To Build A Wall To Keep Migrants Out

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

A “a big, new wall” is to be built in Calais in an effort to halt the flow of refugees and migrants crossing the Channel to the UK aboard lorries....

Blockade Pictures Show Why Anyone Coming From Britain Will Find It 'Almost Impossible' To Leave Calais

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK

The main road to the port of Calais is being brought to a grinding halt today, as hundreds of vehicles stage a huge ‘go-slow’ protest that will me...

France Opens First Deradicalisation 'Boot Camp' Amid Criticism From Former Government Advisers

Sam Bright | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Sam Bright

After the events of this summer, another period plagued with deadly terrorist incidents, there is no doubt that France needs to act with haste to quell any future threats. Whether deradicalisation centres will diminish the ability of terrorist groups to hook new recruits is yet to be seen. If the scheme is successful, the French government will have defied its own experts.

Burkini: How A Swimsuit Has Brought The Rule Of Law To Sink On French Beaches

Michael Privot | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Michael Privot

They effectively prevent all Muslim women wearing a burkini - or a headscarf as recent arrests have shown - from going to the beach, a public space. This is a clearly discriminatory measure - both on the grounds of religion and of gender. The bans do nothing to actually empower or "emancipate" women, despite their purported goal according to defenders of the decrees.

Coping With Brexit Abroad

James Vasina | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
James Vasina

Two months after Brexit, the daily life of Britons living abroad has already been shaken by the plunge of the pound and many are taking measures to prepare for further consequences that the "leave" vote could have on them.

Is France Putting It's Own Democracy At Risk Over A Burkini?

Meliha Hayat | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Meliha Hayat

My message to the people of France is much the same, that we should not use religion as a scapegoat and ignore the social issues and divides that are causing friction in our society. That is what feeds extremists elements and gives them more material to spread their message of hate.

France Ban On The Burkini Spurs Worldwide Sales For Leading Islamic Design House

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

One would hope that the French government would be aware that within a democracy nobody has the right to restrict people from wearing the clothes they choose to. The ban has certainly shown that the attempts to deter people from wearing the burkini have been hindered and you may just see more women, expressing their freedom through the inspirational garment.

Why Banning The Burkini Is An Affront To Human Rights And Ultimately Counterproductive

Sanchita Islam | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Sanchita Islam

By enforcing this ban do they think these women will just disappear, is that the aim? What is the objective of such a policy? The Mayor of Cannes argues that the sight of the women in a burkini makes people fearful during this sensitive time - fearful of what exactly?

Guardian Reader Makes Compelling Argument For Banning Suits Rather Than Burkinis

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK

A Guardian reader has made an intriguing case for why suits should be banned instead of burkinis based on the amount of harm caused to him by people w...

The Burkini Is A Problem, But Banning It Is No Solution

Tom J Wilson | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Politics
Tom J Wilson

Europe now appears set to play host to a miserable culture clash. But if political leaders don't act fast we may even see an escalation to outbreaks of sectarian and inter-ethnic violence. What is for sure, however, is that simply trying to outlaw the most visible signs of the problem will be no solution.