The history of Russia is fascinating - the wealth and extravagance of the Tsars, through revolution, cold war, and violent political and social upheavals. It makes me wonder what is going on in a country, in a community, that it has to start looking for scapegoats.
We recently conducted a survey amongst parents to see which resources they tend to turn to help them broach tricky topics such as running away, bullying, death etc. with their children. The new research revealed that parents like using prompts such as books, magazines, TV storylines and websites to help them talk to their children about these 'tricky topics'.
We need to have a society where more credit is given to those who, because of their inside knowledge of organisational wrong-doing, chose to expose the truth. Unless this happens, the sort of scandals in the seen in the NHS, finance and banking and politics in terms of false expenses, to name but a few, will continue with monotonous regularity.
Today we mark the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. The events that took place on this day 18 years ago began a chain of events that led to the deaths of over 8,000 men and boys and the forced removal of 30,000 women and girls. The horror and the barbarism perpetrated in and around Srebrenica in the days that followed 11 July evoked the darkest days of the Second World War; days many hoped would never be repeated in Europe.
f the UK runs with shale drilling at the expense of getting its act together with an energy mix that works towards true sustainability, it only makes things more difficult further down the line.
The issue of drug use has been discussed recently due to critics arguing that events such as Glastonbury promote the culture of illegal drug taking. I can picture many of you, who are perhaps a bit naive when it comes to drug use reading this with a look of disgust on your face, but let's just consider the facts for a moment before we jump to the conclusion that if cannabis is legalised the UK will become a massive drugs ghetto with tens of millions of people suffering from mental health issues such as schizophrenia.
I read about Channel 4's decision to broadcast the call to prayer and I was bouncing off the walls. The provocation is essential. Whilst Nesrine Malik over at the Guardian argues that this is "busy-bodying do-goodery" and the MailOnline calls it a divisive and cynical stunt, my counter argument is that this goes beyond just the non-Muslim community. The provocation is also important for mainstream Muslims.
Forcing every internet user into a limited child-friendly 'utopia' is not only an exaggerated response, but coddling to the point to be unrealistic. Corruption is everywhere - capping every 'sex', 'breast' and 'penis' is futile.
Mental health is core business for the police but it is not their responsibility alone. The NHS should be providing an appropriate place of safety for people suffering a mental health crisis and any response should be a joint one, involving all key partners including the ambulance service and social services.
Chris Grayling may have been forced into a humiliating climb-down on his plans to eliminate client choice from criminal legal aid, but don't jump for joy just yet. It's just one battle in a war on many fronts. Other aspects of his legal aid reforms are just as egregious and he shows no sign of backing down on them. Today, Grayling will be appearing before the Justice Select Committee for a grilling by a panel of MPs. Questions that MPs on the committee should ask him include...
The hue and cry at Channel 4's Ramadan broadcasts and call to prayer highlights the way religion is jumping back into the headlines in an unhelpfully sensationalist fashion.
Research on shale gas reserves by the British Geological Survey has bolstered George Osborne's dream of bringing about a new dash for gas in Britain. The survey looked at the amount of gas trapped underneath Lancashire and Yorkshire, and it found lots of the stuff.
The internet isn't a privilege, it's an essential. Social housing tenants are less likely to own computers, and may see home broadband as a luxury spend. They may not possess the necessary skills to use the internet or hardware due to a lack of training, particularly if they have been out of work for a long time.
It's quite a wonder to behold, how 'Tommy Robinson' is fast becoming the Hugh Grant of far right nationalism. While poor old Nick Griffin, a fading light, does everything he can to capture our attention, his younger rival is racing rapidly up the Hate Hit Parade.
It's clear that the biggest priority of all with regards to Uzbekistan is securing the safe passage of UK military equipment from Afghanistan back through Uzbek territory. In February the UK agreed to gift £450,000 of military kit to the country to secure such passage. Defence minister Philip Hammond said he was confident the kit would not be used for 'internal repression'. But even if this supposed confidence is not misguided, what message does it send that a government which just a few years ago was under strict arms embargoes from the EU and US on human rights grounds (for massacring hundreds of its own citizens in Andijan in 2005) is now enjoying military gifts from the UK?
Tell MAMA has recorded over 200 anti-Muslim incidents, both online and offline in nature, during the post-Woolwich period. Such incidents have included targeted hate statements and anti-Muslim abuse, through to property being damaged, anti-Muslim literature being circulated and mosques being targeted.