Omnichannel Retailing in the Gulf - an Ongoing Challenge

Mark Artus | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Artus

This stems from a major difference between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures; in the UK, ecommerce leads the way, with consumers preferring the convenience and speed of browsing and ordering online to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In the Gulf, however, 'mall culture' remains dominant.

Building a Family Through International Surrogacy

Daisy Organ | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Daisy Organ

Building a family should be a time of excitement, anticipation, exhilaration and all sorts of other emotions. By taking a few small steps to prepare beforehand there is no reason why international surrogacy can't be a safe and happy start to parenthood.

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

This Is Not Cold War Russia, This Is Imperial Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

There has been a lot of rhetoric by politicians and commentators claiming that what we are seeing today is Cold War behavior and a resurgence of Soviet Russia. Not only is this view wrong, it completely misunderstands Vladimir Putin's intentions. What we see Russia doing in Crimea today is not Cold War Russia, it is Imperial Russia.

End Child Marriage: Empowering Today's Adolescent Girls and Tomorrow's Women

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Lakshmi Sundaram

The women of tomorrow are entering adolescence today. We know it can be one of the most challenging times in these girls' lives. Let's make sure they have the tools and support they need to overcome these challenges.

How Can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Secure a Stable Future?

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Given the precarious legal and constitutional framework on which the current status of Crimea has been built since the Soviet period, a purely legal "solution" taking recourse to past institutional arrangements is unlikely to be possible or even desirable. What is required is first and foremost a political decision and a commitment to put it on a sound legal and constitutionally as well as internationally agreed basis.

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Top Five Myths of the Ivory Trade

Rob Brandford | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Rob Brandford

What if we told you that the wild African Elephant, a species so iconic to us all, might be extinct by 2025 and that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks? Sadly, that's the bleak reality facing the species and its set to continue unless action is taken against the trade in ivory.

Sochi Olympics - An Opportunity for Peace?

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

The Sochi Olympic Games are taking place in a region of tightly interwoven conflicts, the roots of which lie as much in contemporary military, political and social upheaval and the post-soviet geo-politics as in historical events and their various interpretations among different Russian and Caucasian populations...

Storms on the Climate Horizon

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.

International Students - It's Not Just About Recruitment, But Retention as Well

Richard Brooks | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Structurally and psychologically, many universities are just not built to deal with anything that isn't the traditional, white 18 year old undergraduate student. Rather than Universities UK worrying about the decreasing numbers of international students, and the millions of pounds of revenue lost that could entail, we need to be doing more about the international students who currently study here.

Does Business Hijack International Development?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

There are a new cast of heroes and villains on the international development scene. They are not governments, charities, NGOs, but businesses. Firstly, two caricatures - the big, evil business vs. the small, ethical enterprises. On the one hand, the Nestlés pushing breastmilk substitutes, the BPs oozing oil. On the other hand the newly applauded, smaller heroes

WATCH: Students' Epic Snowball Fight

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Jackson Meyer captured this epic snowball fight between students in Oregon State University. The innocent snow fight involved hundreds of students...

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

Forestry Deal Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining.

Back Towards the Brink in Iraq as Old Tensions Are Renewed

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

We are seeing old tensions and new combine, pushing Iraq once again to the edge of a very steep cliff. In 2008, sectarian violence was at a high level, but the trend was downward from the heights of the civil war that started in earnest in 2006; now the trend is, if anything, upwards...

A Disaster Resilient Planet? Living With Disability and Disasters

Hannah Wanja Maina | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Hannah Wanja Maina

We live in a precarious world. Disasters caused by floods, cyclones and earthquakes have become an increasingly common occurrence. Being involved in a disaster is terrifying. Think about how much more terrifying it can be if you have a disability...

Elephants in Crises - An International March

Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE

We witness the terrible impact of the ivory trade in our work every day. Since 8 September, we have been called on to rescue 14 orphaned elephants in just 18 days. To date we have arrested 1,406 poachers and our veterinary teams have successfully treated over 500 wounded elephants.

The Importance of Recognising Success

Andrew Devenport | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Devenport

Youth Business International's 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit has come to an end after seeing more than 300 people from over 40 countries join together in London to discuss youth entrepreneurship with the aim of creating a blueprint for a global partnership.

As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

Andrew Hammond | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared to pre-industrial levels, but could potentially still be held to 0.3 C (0.5 F) with deep, speedy cuts in emissions.

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

Syria and the Risk of Western Disengagement

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

While the US-Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is a welcome sign that diplomacy has a central part to play in this crisis, the retreat from early talk of military action also suggests a growing reluctance on the part of the US and UK to intervene directly in the Middle East. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, it is certainly something new.

Sarah LeFanu: The Writer Who Travelled From Outer Space to Mozambique Via Bath

Bidisha | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Since discovering it, I've kept an eye on Sarah LeFanu's work, which combines depth and diversity, intelligence and wit.

Wena Poon: The Fearless Global Author Grossing Genres, Art Forms and Publishing Platforms

Bidisha | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Wena Poon is a Chinese author who was born and brought up in Singapore. She later moved to America, where she studied English Literature at Harvard and later qualified as a lawyer, also at Harvard.

Think Twice Before Ordering a Slice of Traditional Values

Agnes Callamard | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Traditional values have no place in the international human rights framework. They mask an insidious agenda to obscure and legitimise discrimination. The international community must not allow momentum to build that will further entrench this dangerous narrative, which threatens to erode international human rights protection.