Peace

10 Things The World Can Learn From Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

So much of the news is focused on what a country isn't doing right or the terrible tragedies happening within its borders, that we often forget the we...

Why I'm Pro-Israeli AND Pro-Palestinian

Lliana Bird | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Lliana Bird

Eslam wrote back to my sister in tears. She saw that yes, Israelis are human too! That they are shown the same images as she is. That no one hates her for simply being a Palestinian. That there are people out there who really care for her and her safety. And most of all that there is a chance for peace. She was overwhelmed by all of our love for her. And I decided that this article would instead be dedicated to her. To her strength, and that of all those on BOTH "sides of the fence" who question what they are told, acknowledge that we are all in fact the same, and reach out to each other with hope for peace for ALL.

Kindness: An International Value

Georgina Jones | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

family and friends but also to unite strangers through a value that can be included in every aspect of life. Kind acts do not have to be newsworthy to involve a positive chain and this effect is often present in everyday kindness we see and do like helping a stranger carry their luggage upstairs.

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

James Snell | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a tear to my eye.

The Right Place to Live - Forever or for Now

Anna Roth | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

You know that feeling you get when you first enter a place and you know you've come home? When we find the right place to live, it gives us a sense of peace and enjoyment. Somehow everything just feels right.

Lets Use Harmony as a Tool for Peace

Marsha Nuriya Lee | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Marsha Nuriya Lee

One busy day the phone rang and I was asked to help with a film about a musician named Branislaw Huberman. I was too busy to help. That is,until I was told his story. And that was my entrance into the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra world and why I agreed to lead the British Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

India Aims for Economic Growth on Top of a Volcano

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Last week I was in India on the historic day that Mr. Narendra Modi took oath as the new prime minister of the country during a spectacular ceremony, ...

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Racism and Xenophobia in Our Age

Barry Navarro | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barry Navarro

In times of austerity and economic crisis, the most vulnerable members of society are often scapegoated. Inflammatory and divisive rhetoric about issues such as migration is increasing, which can fuel tensions between communities.

Lighting the Candle: Why the World Needs Good News in Order to Understand the Bad

Clare Finney | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

It was the worst natural disaster there in two decades. That, in a country where natural and human disasters seem the norm, is saying something - yet in a way that's part of the problem: so accustomed are we today to the view of Afghans as victims, it's becoming difficult to hear stories like that of Aab Barik and still be moved.

Fight, Flight or Tend and Befriend?

Nick Clements | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

A new theory is starting to gain strength in terms of our behavioural responses to threats. It stems from the difference in female and male response to stress. I think this new work strikes a very potent cord, and actually could be an important turning point in our connection to the world.

A Letter of the Spirit: Using Art to Let Love and Peace Resound

Ana Tzarev | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Since 2012, I have committed to an ambitious, challenging, and incredibly rewarding endeavor, the crux of my career as an artist: I wish to fill all corners of the world with flowers, making a beautiful bouquet to be shared by every nation.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 28.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 07.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 02.05.2014 | 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...