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Seeing And Imagining A More Inclusive Future This Refugee Week

Almir Koldzic | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Almir Koldzic

The heart and soul of Refugee Week is the belief that the arts can inspire social change and promote connection between people in a way nothing else can. It delights, moves and surprises us but it can also give us the courage to question what we think we know and imagine what we don't. It invites us to discover that those who seem so very different and distant from us only appear that way because we haven't tried - or been given the opportunity - to engage with them as people.

Three Volunteers Explain Why They're Helping Victims Of The Grenfell Tower Fire

Sam Smith | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Sam Smith

The incredible generosity in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen people from all walks of life volunteering to help. Three British Red Cross volunteers share their stories.

What The Queen's Speech Had To Offer On Tackling Our Environmental Challenges

Dr Doug Parr | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Doug Parr

This was a Queen's Speech for Brexit, we were assured. And indeed Brexit dominated it, with a combination of politics and narrow bandwidth squeezing out some much needed legislative action on environmental protection... So how far did the Speech go in addressing the key environmental challenges Britain faces?

Hezbollah Is A Terror Group - Those Flying Their Flag Are Laughing In The Face Of Our Laws

Justin Cohen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Justin Cohen

Hezbollah's record is as clear as groups who've visited their terror on the UK. It was responsible for some one of the worst terrorist outrages against Jews; killing 85 civilians at a community centre in Argentina 23 years ago and another six in the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in 2012. As the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah put it: "If Jews gather on Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."

Dads And Their Daughters: Meet The African Fathers Challenging Harmful Traditions

Himaya Quasem | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Himaya Quasem

As we prepare to celebrate all things fatherly this Sunday, here's a look at three dads in rural Kenya who are standing up and speaking out to stop FGM and early marriage. Not only are they keeping their own daughters safe, they are setting an example to help protect future generations of young girls.

Look, No Huskies! Labour's Manifesto For Our Climate

Barry Gardiner | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Under Labour, at least 60% of the UK's energy will come from zero carbon or renewable sources by 2030, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process and making Britain greener and fairer. Our local energy generation initiatives, will put power back into the hands of communities, funded by a new national investment bank. A Labour government, if elected next week, would actually BE the greenest government ever. No huskies! No sound bites! Just straightforward sensible policies.

Britain's International Development Must Do More To Tackle Conflict

Andrew Mitchell | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Mitchell

Britain is respected around the world for effective leadership on International Development. We now need to demonstrate that after Brexit we will play our part as Global Britain: working effectively with our European allies and others in a new post-EU relationship that delivers and inspires, which embodies our outward-looking international values and emphasises our determination to play our part in making the world a better place.

Ireland Looks Set To See Its First Openly Gay Prime Minister

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK

Ireland looks set to see its first openly gay prime minister after the governing Fine Gael party elected Leo Varadkar as its new leader on Friday. Var...

Feel Anger, Fear, Worry And Pity Over Trump Leaving The Paris Agreement - But Also Feel Hopeful

Rosie Rogers | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rosie Rogers

Last night as I watched Donald Trump pull out of the Paris Accord I found myself in a mix of emotions. Anger, fear, worry and pity for the those who will feel the effects of Trump's reckless decision. But, I am also hopeful. As Trump made his announcement, we saw the world's leaders condemn Trump's move and pledge to take further action to meet the global targets set out in the Paris Accord along with countless states in the USA and business leaders from Google to Apple. So again, it is Trump who is alone in his views, isolated and being left behind.

I Gave 15 Refugees Disposable Cameras To Capture Their Lives - Here Are The Stories They Told

Amy Lineham | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Amy Lineham

In an attempt to diversify refugee narratives I gave out 15 disposable cameras to people living in the camp. With this was an information sheet inviting participants to take photos of anything they wanted and explaining the images would then be shared to an audience outside of the camp.

Children In Yemen Need Our Support To Stop The Spread Of Cholera

Mike Penrose | Posted 29.05.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

More than two years of brutal conflict, a looming famine and now life-threatening cholera that is spreading rapidly - right now, nearly ten million children in Yemen are in extreme danger. Yemen is currently facing a fast-spreading cholera outbreak that is of an unprecedented scale. In the last month, the number of reported cases has nearly doubled since the previous outbreak, and a much more infectious strain seems to be the culprit this time: contaminated water, untreated sewage and uncollected garbage have led to more than 400 associated deaths alone.

Uncontacted Tribes Are Not Only The Most Vulnerable Peoples On Earth - They're Also Vital To Its Future

Sir Mark Rylance | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sir Mark Rylance

Only through a global outcry and sustained pressure on governments, multinationals, and international bodies like the UN will the most vulnerable peoples on the planet stand any chance of surviving. I've added my voice to this call, and urge others to do the same.

Trachoma Has Blinded Two Million Across The World - But It Can Be Eliminated

HRH The Countess of Wessex | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
HRH The Countess of Wessex

Malawi has shown what can be achieved. Blinding trachoma is endemic in 54 countries across the world, yet global elimination is well within our grasp through a proven strategy of better sanitation and hygiene, antibiotics and simple, inexpensive surgery. But the organisations battling trachoma need help to complete this critical work.

'A Child Is A Child Wherever They May Be' - Why We Must Act To Protect Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

One child moving is one child too many and this is why ahead of the G7 summit in Italy next week, Unicef is calling on governments to adopt a six-point agenda for action to protect these children and ensure their well-being.

Trump's Leak Of Classified Information Threatens The UK

Michael Day | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Trump either didn't have the wherewithal to know how dangerous the things he was revealing were, or he just didn't care. For us in Europe, it seems the Trump administration has been a case in vicarious schadenfreude aside the odd fear of war in Asia or the Middle East that in any case seems so distant that it doesn't affect us directly. But for all the amusement gained from Sean Spicer hiding from reporters in the bushes around the White House or the such like, the fact remains that Trump's negligence or duplicity might impact closer to home than we would have previously have thought in the most terrible of ways.

Five Reasons Why Trump Can't Tear Up The Paris Agreement

Emily Buchanan | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Emily Buchanan

Trump is threatening to pull out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark commitment struck by nearly 200 nations aimed at limiting global warming to well below 2°C. As the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. plays a massive role in achieving this. It's hard to imagine how we'll do it without them. But there's hope.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Help Syrian Refugees Find A Home In The UK

Zahra Hankir | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Zahra Hankir

It's difficult to overcome that stubborn sense of helplessness when confronted with the staggering realities of this war, particularly in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump. How can we conceivably make a lasting difference knowing that almost half a million people have died since the conflict erupted in early 2011, and that roughly five million have had to flee their homeland, oftentimes perishing along the way? What can we possibly do? Crowdfunding can't end wars. But donating to one of the many charities that support Syrian refugees, including Homes for Syrians, is a form of action that a lot of us have the privilege to take. Whether it's £5 or £50 or more, every single penny goes a long way.

Reflections On Meeting Iraqi Christians In Jordan

Justin Welby | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Justin Welby

Yesterday we visited St Paul's Anglican Church in Amman, Jordan. It is an extraordinary place - a congregation made up of Jordanians, a few Egyptians, some Syrians (though many of these have been resettled) and Iraqi refugees.

Turkey's Journalists Are Under Siege - You Can Help Them Like You Helped Us

Peter Greste | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Peter Greste

Detaining journalists has a chilling effect on everyone, making them afraid to speak out. So while #FreeTurkeyMedia is about getting journalists out of prison, it is also about creating a better future for human rights in Turkey and sending a clear message to those around the world who seek to silence free speech.

Marine Le Pen's Most Controversial Election Pledges

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face centrist independent Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 run-off of the 2017 French presidential election. After sec...

The Latest Climate Change Documentary Tells A Positive Story. Here's Why That's Important.

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

The recurring narrative of Tomorrow is one of hope. And it's an important change in tone; the climate change discussion is overwhelming, and quite frankly, terrifying. And it's all too tempting to bury your head in the sand when it comes to taking action. Hopefully this film will inspire people to take action...

Foreign Aid Is A Vital National Interest Essential In Ensuring A Safer World

Bill Gates | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Bill Gates

Given the recent wave of newspaper stories suggesting the UK's aid money isn't being well spent, I feel it is important for someone like me who works on foreign aid every day to make the case for the facts. So, let me be clear...

Turkey's Erdogan Declares Victory In Close Vote, But Opponents Contest Result

HuffPost UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is thanking allies and supporters for the passage of a constitutional referendum he backed that greatly expands...

Boris Johnson Wades Into North Korean Missile Row Amid Rising Tensions

HuffPost UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned North Korea to comply with the United Nations (UN) after its failed missile launch. “They must stop these...

Easter Is About Service And Hope - Let's Show It To Refugees As Well

David Burrowes | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
David Burrowes

At Easter Christians will be remembering how Jesus Christ showed the ultimate service and hope of eternal life through his death and resurrection. Let us resolve to show some of that service by giving some of our most vulnerable a new life, and a hope for the future.