Peace

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Bringing Meaning to My Work

Ana Tzarev | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

"Why?" It is a question that others always ask of us, and that, as artists, we continually ask of ourselves. Words are a good place to begin, but so much gets lost the moment we begin to write or speak. This is why I paint.

Poorna Bell

Blue Skies, Dogs And Baby Tortoises: HuffPost Editors Reveal What Makes Them Happy

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With happiness recognised by the UN as a 'fundamental human goal', we thought it high time to check in with the things that make us smile, ahead of th...

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

President Maduro Is Calling for Peace and Dialogue - It's Opposition Extremists That Want Violence

Álvaro Sánchez | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Álvaro Sánchez

Once again Venezuelans face violent and unconstitutional attempts to destabilize the country and oust the elected government. Sadly, this fits a pattern witnessed time and again since Hugo Chavez first came to power in a landslide victory in 1998...

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

LGBT Rights and Peace: Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Phil Vernon | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

While it is clearly important for peacebuilders to pay more attention to the marginalisation and repression of LGBT people, it's not always so obvious how we should do so...

Quiz: Are You Happy?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Happiness: most of us assume it's just a state of being affected by different things. How good your job is, how many pairs of shoes you have, whether ...

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

Thailand in Crisis: Peace, Pheu Thai and PDRC

Porndee Chua | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Porndee Chua

From the onset of the coup in 2006, politics, and the figure of Thaksin Shinawatra remains a deeply polarising issue in Thailand. In November 2012, Thaksin was invited to speak in Cambridge...

Peace in Times of War

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

While the world focused on the Geneva II Conference on Syria, worried about the apparent intractability of that conflict, a very different sort of development has taken place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Saturday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict, which originated in 1968.

Poorna Bell

Screw Blue Monday: Why The 'Unhappiest Day Of The Year' Is A Total Crock

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Part of our Say No To January campaign also includes saying no to ridiculous, teeth-gritting things such as Blue Monday, allegedly the unhappiest day ...

Bombs, Bullets and Burkas? It's the Bravery and Boldness of Afghan Women We Must Support

Karla McLaren | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Karla McLaren

What fragile progress on women's rights there has been in recent years is down to the work of Afghan women activists, and it will be down to them to ensure that progress is protected and bettered in the months and years ahead. But their ability to do so will be seriously undermined if their security cannot be assured.

Peace and Goodwill for Bethlehem in London?

Kester Brewin | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kester Brewin

Earlier this week I attended a fantastic meal put on as part of the 'Bethlehem Unwrapped' festival put together by creative director Justin Butcher. The food was cooked by celebrated chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Ottolenghi is Israeli and Tamimi Palestinian.

D-Day for Northern Ireland

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

Decision Day for Northern Ireland's politicians has arrived. For months now, they have gathered at round-table talks chaired by retired US diplomat, Dr Richard Haass, to tackle some of the region's thorniest problems: flags, parades and the past...

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

What Can the World Learn From the Man Who Became One of the Most Influential Voices in History?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Nelson Mandela was an angry young man who resorted to violence in the face of apartheid; however, after twenty-seven years in prison he understood the need to forgive and to work together with past "enemies" for the good of his nation and for mankind in general...

Will Declarations Between Kinshasa, M23 Herald Peace for DRC?

Maria Lange | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Maria Lange

The 'declarations', which are separate but contain essentially the same points, were supposed to be signed earlier this month, but this was delayed because of disagreement about the title of the document.

Peace and Reconciliation - A Legacy of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Sajda Khan | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

The world mourns the loss of one the world's most revered statesman. Eulogies at his memorial service reminisce over his noble characteristics, wish him a peaceful repose and beckon humanity to embrace his legacy...

Feng Shui for the Soul

Sacha Knop | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

Feng Shui, a popular ancient Chinese Philosophy focusing on creating harmony in our private and business environment, is based on this. Practicing Feng Shui gives balance, fun and success in our life, love and work. When we create an environment that we truly relate to, we automatically feel happier.

Mandela - What Now?

Simon Cohen | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Simon Cohen

Mandela has passed, but his message lives on through all of us. Whenever we confront words, policies, ideas that seek to place us in a status of being apart, may we have the courage and imagination to stand up for our fellow travellers. What now? It's up to all of us.

Messed Up World

Clare Macnaughton | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Macnaughton

My son Ben, aged 10, has written, performed and released a song asking for peace. It's called Messed Up World by Ben Macnaughton & Anthony Clark and we are raising funds for SSAFA - a military charity.

The Solution Is Not the Problem

Josh Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

I want to tell you two stories. They are very different. But together they make one coherent point, rarely discussed in our media: the solution to the grinding Israel-Palestine conflict is not the problem...

Rebuilding the World on Foundations of Love and Peace

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

For those of us who have known the heavy weight of war - whether we have witnessed its toll on a beloved veteran, lost a soul held dear, or outlived the fight ourselves - the message of the poppy is not felt only on Remembrance Day.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...