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Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

Dilly Hussain | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Whilst there is absolutely no justification for the killing of women and children in Islam, Muslim leaders have made the all-too-common mistake of apologising and condemning a crime which was not carried out in the name of religion. Rather, the unfortunate event that occurred was as a result of an ongoing cycle of violence that began in 2001.

Keeping the Christmas Spirit

Canon J.John | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Forgiving may seem marginal to the seasonal celebrations but if it isn't done then any Christmas spirit is going to be contaminated and you may find that (pun intended) your past poisons your present.

A Cycling Revolution

Rae Mullins | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

My journey into this flourishing two-wheeled world was certainly eye opening. There is a whole cycling scene that I simply had no idea existed. Lets kick off with 'Critical Mass'. Who knew that on the last Friday of every month hundreds of cyclists meet under Waterloo bridge for a "self-organized, non-commercial, celebration, spontaneous gathering

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Mental Health Services

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

This is the reality of a lack of funding for mental health. The over-burdened services, pared down to the bone. There are no beds left, there is little access to counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy... All I have to offer is a listening ear. That, and a tissue.

Ignore the Cynics: Make 'Academics and Character' the Goal of Education

James O'Shaughnessy | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
James O'Shaughnessy

As any parent knows, nothing is more important or more challenging than helping children grow into good, kind and responsible young people. Yet this essential task of character development is full of paradoxes.

Women Accessing Abortions Must be Protected From Religious Extremists

Pavan Dhaliwal | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Pavan Dhaliwal

This must not be mischaracterised as an issue of freedom of speech. The right to free speech must be balanced with the right for women to seek advice and treatment in confidence and free from intimidation. Anti-choice campaigners are free to protest in public spaces, but it is unacceptable for them to be positioned outside clinics where women are trying to enter. These are not political protests. The campaigners' tactic is now to make women feel so scared, ashamed and insecure that they refrain from accessing a service they are perfectly entitled to.

An Open Letter to The NHS From a Young Mother with Depression

Chazz Thomas | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chazz Thomas

I know you don't have unlimited resources. I know I'm only one of several million people in the UK who needs help for depression. But what am I supposed to do? What are any of us supposed to do who can't afford to pay for therapy?

Why Breastfeeding Is Not Like Peeing - At All

Sophie Brown | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Brown

We're still puzzling out what ostentatious breastfeeding might look like - flashing bosom beacons? Blinged-up breasts? A regal wave of a tiny hand? Whatever he had in mind, the act of feeding an infant is as likely to be ostentatious as the act of feeding oneself: which is to say, very unlikely.

Rabbits: I Can't Fix This With a Wave of a Wand...

Evanna Lynch | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Evanna Lynch

Sometimes, I do get overwhelmed by this stuff and it's hard to see so much cruelty and know that you can't just fix it all with (forgive me) a wave of your wand. But the only way you can really fail is by failing to try to make a difference.

We Must Not Continue to Let the Poorest Suffer the Effects of Climate Change Alone

Philip Goodwin | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Philip Goodwin

The people of dryland Africa are not responsible for climate change. Yet they are being asked to pay the price with their lives... At the same time we have a duty to help those who are suffering the worst impacts of our actions.

Lizzy Clothing: #GetLizzy Collection

Bwoywonder | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Style
Bwoywonder

LIZZY is a street wear brand that carries the mantra, aspire to inspire, a fundamental part of its design and represents its place of conception, Lon...

What Does God Want at Christmas?

Canon J.John | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Although there are an infinite number of stupid answers there are far fewer stupid questions and sometimes the most childlike questions are actually vitally important. Asking the question, 'What does God want at Christmas?' is therefore not as childish as it sounds.

Do You Know What a Christmas Cracker Is?

Roobla | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roobla

Apparently, on most of the rest of this planet, Christmas crackers aren't a thing. Nobody knows what they are, and nobody much cares either. Crackers are a thing in the UK, Ireland, and a few commonwealth countries like Australia, South Africa, and Canada. Nobody else has a stocking-stuffing CLUE what they are.

Russell Brand's Daily Mail Tweet Is An Epic Moral Dilemma

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK

Twitter may well fall over backwards in confusion after polarising comedian Russell Brand tweeted the mobile number of a journalist from polarising ne...

The Terror Case of Ryan McGee That Never Was

Dilly Hussain | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Not a single article in the British press mentioned the word 'terrorist' in reference to McGee's case. The hypocrisy and double standards of the British justice system and the media is as clear as daylight.

Getting Back to the Future of Voting

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

So yes, it is fair to say that our current methods of voting in the UK are incredibly out-dated and simply do not reflect the culture change that has occurred in the Google Generation.

The Bubble Won't Pop

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

Concerns of a real estate bubble in London are overblown - in fact, we must not be concerned, we must change our perspective. We should be thrilled by the multiple benefits and opportunities that London's housing boom has provided and will continue to provide.

Things You Shouldn't Send In The Post No. 192: Anthrax

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Tech

There are some things that you should just double check: whether it's making sure that you've locked the door, seeing if that shirt actually fits or m...

Pre-Charge Police Bail: An Assault on Liberty

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

70,000 people are languishing in a form of legal limbo in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - neither charged nor free. More than 5,000 of these people have been on police bail for more than six months. Indeed, some entirely innocent people have been left on pre-charge bail for years before their cases have been dropped or thrown out of court.

Just Say No! to Ouija

Canon J.John | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Who, in an age of the Internet, online gaming, Facebook and 3-D televisions would want to move a pointer around on a board in the hope of getting messages from the spirit world? The astonishing answer is, quite a lot of people!

Please, No More Awards for Tony Blair

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

As it happens, I'm not one of those who believe that Blair is evil incarnate. I met him on only a handful of occasions during his time as prime minister, and I was always left with the impression of a man possessed of almost messianic certainty that he was put on earth to make it a better place and rid it of bad people. I do believe that he made an appalling error of judgement in backing President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was an error that involved the UK in one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of recent times...

Here We Go Again... It's Time to Get Serious About Our Flood Defences

Simon Thomas | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's time to stop idly watching the decimation of our communities, and instead look to implement a multi-billion pound, long term water management infrastructure plan that will safeguard these wet little isles for decades to come.

How to Turn Mindless Shop-Fest Into Mindful Adventure

David Pearl | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

Are the wide open spaces of Nature intrinsically more inspiring than urban landscape? No doubt Machu Pichu, the Himalayas and the Okavango are uplifting but they're also thousands of expensive, carbon-spewing miles away. Can't we find the miraculous on our own doorstep?

The Impending Crisis, Swept Under the Carpet

Paul M. Davies | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Paul M. Davies

At 19 years old I was hideously unprepared for the caring role thrust upon me. Yet, when my girlfriend's health deteriorated overnight, I willingly stepped up to meet the challenge. We're now married and I give my wife full-time, around the clock, care. Along with millions of other carers in the UK, the avoidable cost of caring has changed my life beyond recognition.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.