Freedom

A Reason To Smile

Maggie Currie | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

In reality, happiness is not the exclusive right of those people who appear to have unlimited time and don't seem to have any troubles to speak of. Some of the happiest people on the planet are often those coping with the most serious challenges.

If John McClane Became a Priest

Adam Hamdy | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Hamdy

Running a marathon in one of the world's hot spots would seem risky to most people, but Doug has a history of undertaking endeavours that would make other people blench.

There Can Be No Masochism in the Face of Terror

James Snell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Reality as we know it is becoming repetitious. There has been another terrorist attack in a European capital. Once again an artist has been targeted. Once again an entire people have been attacked.

Freedom of Speech: The Right NOT to Say Whatever You Like

David Mooney | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
David Mooney

You aren't being censored. The times when freedom of speech is restricted are remarkably rare and they exist for the greater good, rather than to stop you insulting whoever you like. It's probably correct that the police get involved when someone tries to post bacon through the door of a mosque, even if they claim to be exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Ping Pong

Lisa Edwards | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I'm childfree-by-choice, as it happens, and my life is often like that Ping Pong night, complete with a continous rolling sidebar of questions from friends and strangers, although they get less frequent as I get older and out of the baby-making zone.

Articulating the Impossible

William Shield | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
William Shield

You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.

Prosperity Can Save the World

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Joana Alfaiate

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama have come together to champion prosperity. The two leaders highlight the importance of economic growth - but they define prosperity as being also the rule of law, peace and freedom...

Ten Lessons You Will Learn Travelling Solo

Chloe Gunning | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

You are guaranteed to meet some amazing people while travelling. Everyone is far more willing to strike up a conversation with strangers. I met a few special people who, after just a few days, I felt like I had known for years and years.

Bite the Bullet: Why Britain Should Condemn Bahrain

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Bahrain is failing to improve its human rights record and its ally the United Kingdom is turning a blind eye. As the British Foreign Affairs committee calls on the Foreign Office to come down on Bahraini human rights abuses, we must ask: why isn't the Foreign Office doing just that?

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 14.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 29.01.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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.