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Contrary to the Headlines, Athletics Is Clean and Rio Will Be Incredible

Ewan Somerville | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...

Why the Trident Vote Is a Masterclass by the New PM

Paul Baines | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Baines

The Trident vote is a smart bit of work by the new PM - a chess move on the board of Westminster that signals what we can expect from Theresa May in the coming years.

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

15 Shocking Pictures Of Euro 2016 Fans Showing Their True Colours

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

1) These England and Russia fans about to clobber each other senseless. 2) This disgraceful art vandal. 3) These England fans photobombing a Russian...

Video Captures Ultras Attacking Again After England And Wales Fans Chant 'F*** Off Russia'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

Video has emerged showing the extent of the violence in the latest clash between England fans and 'ultras' In Lille, a day after UEFA handed Russia a ...

The Russian Ultras Who Want To Show English Hooligans ‘Are Girls’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

MMA trained, equipped with knuckledusters and mouth guards Bumbags used to conceal weapons Operate in small, compact and mobile groups Euro2016 is ‘...

Thousands Urge Fifa To Ban Russia From Hosting 2018 World Cup

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

Close to 22,000 people have signed a petition urging Fifa to ban Russia from hosting the 2018 World Cup. It comes as Uefa handed Russia a suspended di...

Russian MP Applauds Euro Violence Saying 'Keep Up The Good Work'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK

A Russian MP has extended his congratulations to the country's football fans for their "good work" after 150 of them were on Monday blamed for the vio...

Forget the Euros, For the Best Football Look to the Americas

Matthew Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

If you get a chance to stay up after the Euro games are done and catch the Copa America, or to see some of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do so. It's the best the beautiful game currently has to offer.

Pressure Mounts For Russia To Lose 2018 World Cup Host Status After Fans' Violence

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

Russian fans charging England fans after the final whistle. Scary.https://t.co/ITipeni505— Mr. C (@dorrian60) June 12, 2016 Outraged England ...

Government Policy Needs a More Realistic Approach to Russia

Daniel Kawczynski MP | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Kawczynski MP

In search of his country's Tsarist roots, Vladimir Putin has steered Russia on a course towards unforgiving political authoritarianism, buttressed by state capitalism and legitimised by orthodox religiosity and patriotism.

Daily Mail in 'Gets It Completely Wrong About Fur' Shocker

Mark Oaten | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mark Oaten

I am always 100% in favour of a free, balanced and well-informed press. Sadly, the Daily Mail has once again slipped from those lofty ideals.

How One Syrian Family Has Started Reshaping Global Refugee Policy

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.

Brexit: Are the Eastern Europeans Mad to Let the UK Leave?

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

What is amazing is that these Eastern European states are prepared to let the UK leave the EU over a relatively small amount of money concerning benefits paid to its UK-based citizens. A man from Mars would look at this and think they were mad.Let us hope they do not have cause to regret that action

Watch Russian Fighter Jets Fly Dangerously Close To US Warship

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech

Update: Russia has denied breaching safety measure after its aircrafts were filmed flying close to a US warship. Its defence ministry said "Russian pi...

Nagorny Karabakh: An Old, Forgotten but Decidedly Dangerous Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.

Putin Has Made A Typically Putin Claim About The Panama Papers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK

Vladimir Putin has claimed that that the Panama Papers document leaks are part of a US-led plot to weaken Russia and denied any links to offshore acco...

We Got a Global Agreement on Climate Change - We Need the Same Global Action to Regulate Tax Havens

Marina Kim | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Marina Kim

Public register is perhaps too much to ask, but the pressure should be on the introduction of the global private register accessible for the international law enforcement authorities, if we really want to fight corruption. Those countries and territories that refuse to implement the register should face sanctions.

Intersectionality and NUS LGBT+ Conference 2016: Defending No-Platform and Condemning Gay Men

David Browne | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

On Thursday, a remarkable event occurred in student politics: university students and high-profile allies protested openly against the NUS, and in fav...

No Survivors After Russia Plane Crash

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK

A plane flying from Dubai has crashed in bad weather while landing in Russia, killing all 62 people on board. The Boeing 737-800, operated by budget c...

Trump's Gentlemanly Romance With Putin Is Over

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics

Moscow officials hit out at Donald Trump on Thursday, ending a fledgling gentlemanly romance between Russian authoritarian Vladimir Putin and his bewi...

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...

Ambassador Makes Extraordinary Claim About Russia's Bombing Of Syria

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

Widespread claims that Russian bombing of Syria killed hundreds of civilians are "propaganda" and none were actually killed, the country's ambassador ...