Freedom

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Three Myth Busters About the Land of the Free

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Joana Alfaiate

The image of the US as the Land of the Free is being put into question. Ferguson, plus the cases of Tamir Rice, Darrien Hunt and Eric Garner, exposed America as an intolerant country where many are not free. The Prosperity Index shows this is true not only for African Americans, but for all citizens across the board..

Poetry On the Street, Is Freedom of Speech Antisocial?

Jenny Florence | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

Yesterday, I walked into the shopping centre of my local town, and I came across an artist at work. His poetry, written in chalk, spanned the pavement and I, like many others, paused to read. His work seemed to be aimed at generating thought and reflection, and if this was the case, it was certainly working.

Drop These Four Words and Set Yourself Free

Magdalena Glistak | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Glistak

When I got to my 30s, I grasped what were the most dangerous words that had been incorporated into my vocabulary.Realising that has set me free. Free from the invisible bondage that was limiting me and preventing the inner light from shining through.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

What to do After You Have Broken Up With a Controlling Partner

Maggie Currie | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

On leaving your toxic, manipulative relationship you may well be bombarded with a ton of verbal and text communication trying to get you to change your mind. Don't give in to it. Your ex will try to make you feel guilty, they will try to make you feel that it is all your fault, they will try to make you go back with the promise that they will change. They won't change. Don't give in.

Zimbabwe University Bans Students From Kissing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Zimbabwe has banned kissing or hugging on campus and anyone found engaging in such activities would be immediately evicted from thei...

Hate and Its Tentacles

Patrick Cash | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Cash

I've experienced homophobic abuse in London three times. The first happened when I was 22, and I was caught in a heaving Friday night crowd outside Tottenham Court Road tube station. Across a sea of faces, I made eye contact with a young, white male with a shaven head. He snarled at me: 'fucking poof!'

Life as a Monk: How I Discovered Self-Discipline Is the Road to Freedom

Simon Haas | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Haas

When I was a young boy, I wanted to be an archaeologist. I read about the discovery of the ancient cities of Troy, Tiryns and Mycenae, and dreamed of excavating the legendary golden city of Dwarka, lost under the Arabian Sea off the coast of India.

Make Your Own Choices

Nicole Latchana | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Latchana

It is not always our choice what information we absorb, our attention is being stolen left, right and center by greedy corporations eager to posses our consciousness with their brands.

The Flight to Mumbai

Ben Dalton | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

Now I'm in the departures lounge at Mauritius airport. Beth has just left on her shining Emirates jet to Dubai to catch her connecting flight, leaving us lesser mortals at gate 2: Air Mauritius to Mumbai.

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

Shoppers of the World: Unite and Take Over

Rodney Collins | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Rodney Collins

"SHOPPING SHOULD BE FUN!" Earlier this month, we stepped aboard the H.M.S. Saxifrage in London for a half-day summit, The Big Shopping Pop-Up. Th...

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.

Why the World Needs Childfree Women

Claudia Spahr | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

The western woman has power, education and compassion. She creates, connects and integrates... Childfree ladies can transform their lives radically overnight and act on impulse... Motherhood shouldn't define being a woman and we shouldn't let the 'mother-tick-yes-or-no-box' divide us.

Five Reasons Why the Assisted Dying Bill is Long Overdue

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

The Assisted Dying Bill is long overdue because we can't keep forcing people to die in pain and misery against their will, or pressuring the terminally ill into committing gruesome acts of suicide as a last resort. We must realise that the right to life includes the right for individuals to make an informed decision to die in the way that they perceive to be the most dignified.

Free - A Manifesto

Joseph Finlay | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Free is good. We should make as many things as possible free... Everyone will feel more free because of the lack of gates/checkouts and the reduction of the use of money will free our minds from having to constantly think about money.

Emergency Data Retention Legislation: I Have Nothing to Hide, So Why Should I Care?

Allen Scott | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Allen Scott

As a rule of thumb, call me kooky if you will, but I prefer my politicians to be educated on the subjects they vote upon which affect my life. This is not something that should be pushed through at the blink of an eye, as it is something which is quite profound...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Finding Bugs In The Garden Is Better Than Homework

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

Do we want our young ones to grow up with strong and independent minds... or do we want them to be brainwashed by 'The Regime', ending up lacking control of who they are?

The Threat of Russian Expansionism Is Not Over

James Snell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, Russia has been its own nation, but one which sought to exert the same influence on nearby countries as it did in its previous incarnation. President Putin, a former official in the sinister KGB, well schooled in the police state methodology, seeks to replicate this today...

Modern Design and a Lack of Privacy

Zahid Ayden | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

The self-proclamation of freedom is a cherished right we have in a modern democratic country where we are able to express religious values, disenfranchisement with the Monarchy, criticism of the government and an expression of individual identity without persecution.

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

Extremist Groups Are Using Social Media Strategically

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Ruwayda Mustafah

In using social media efficiently, ISIS attracts sympathisers globally and maximises its amplification. Unlike previous terrorist organisations who were only given a platform by mainstream media outlets and had to adhere to mainstream media's narrative and political frameworks -- ISIS now operate in an entirely unregulated social media platform that gives them sufficient room to manipulate potential sympathisers.