Women Are Part of the Solution to Extremism

Deeyah Khan | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.

What's Next for the UK Minimum Wage Increase?

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

The minimum wage has long been controversial. This week, workers in the UK will be the latest to join the debate.

Watch What You Say

Duncan Craig | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Duncan Craig

The headline in Wednesday's Manchester Evening News read "Glamorous teaching assistant escapes jail despite admitting having sex with teenage pupil" ...

Ten Tips for Britons Joining Aid Convoys to Europe

Dilly Hussain | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

PHOTO: Dilly assisting Waseem Iqbal distribute aid in the Sudanese quarter of "The Jungle" refugee camp in Calais. After reading and seeing the med...

A Beginner's Guide to Going Vegan: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Turned to the Dark Side

Kate Menear | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Menear

In this piece I volunteer myself as your plant-based sensei. If you're thinking about going vegan or have done so recently, here are 10 helpful insights I wish I knew before I turned to the dark side...

Time for the EU to Embrace Change

Julia Pamilih | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Julia Pamilih

It is time for the EU to be brave. Greek tensions may be simmering under the surface for now, but the EU should pursue a policy of debt relief and take decisive action before the Greeks once again teeter too close to a Grexit. It's in everybody's best interests for the EU to be strong, and further prolonging Greek suffering is not conducive to a happy union.

Is It a Compliment or Is It a Bit Sexist? Flowchart Diagram for Dummies

Kate Menear | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Menear

COMPLIMENT-GATE! At least that's what the Daily Mailers are already calling it. (By the way when exactly did the suffix 'gate' become a way to belit...

Pensioner Prisoners - New Regimes for an Aging Population

Jerry Petherick | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

The prison population, in common with the rest of the UK, is aging. Recent figures show that in 2002 just over one in 20 prisoners was aged 50 or ove...

The Coming Syrian Regional War? A Full Briefing

Paul Reynolds | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The current question before the political leaders of the USA's allies such as the UK is 'how can we address the refugee problem at source, and how far should our escalating military efforts against ISIS and the Syrian regime go ?'.

Calling Palestine 'Palestine' in the European Parliament is actually quite important

Alyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Today marks a symbolic victory for those who believe that an Israeli-Palestinian peace is only possible if both sides are treated as equals. The European Parliament voted yesterday to change the name of its "Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council" to the "Delegation for Relations with Palestine" by 344 votes to 282.

Take Pride in Sexuality AND Religion

Jonny Freeman | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

When I speak to people about religion and sexuality, the most common response is "its okay, I have no problem. People can be who they want to be". Bearing this phrase in mind, it got me wondering why religion can't become a passionate part of Pride.

Debate Rages on in Nevada Over "Groom Mine" Beside Area 51

James Mahon | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
James Mahon

35,000 Britons are employed in mining. An industry with a strong industrial past that still remains a major contributor to the British economy esti...

Heartbreaking Images of Syrian Boy Drowned on Shore: PM David Cameron Must Act Now

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

As the images unfold of the reality of the refugee crisis, Europe is busy squabbling over numbers of how many people should be "let in". The heart- re...

Europe's Migrants: Urgency and Empathy Needed

Alistair Burnett | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

In many reports you could be forgiven for forgetting many of these migrants are fellow human beings who have risked their lives to escape Syria, Iraq, Eritrea or Sudan and make their way to Europe to seek sanctuary.

The UK Just Took A Massive Step Towards Normalising Relations With Iran

PA | By Sam Lister, Press Association Political Correspondent | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK

Britain's embassy in Iran has reopened in a sign of the diplomatic thaw between the two nations four years after the building was shut when it was sto...

From East London to the East End of Glasgow: We Should Look to Lagos

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Last month an article in the Economist contended that, despite being "crowded, noisy and violent", Lagos is a positive model for the rest of Nigeria - maybe for the whole of Africa and that's the reason why the British Council has a long-standing relationship with this nation.

Labour MEPs Have Achieved Much in the European Parliament But the Best Is Yet to Come

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It's only by having a strong Labour voice, as part of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament that we can hold the Commission to account effectively on issues like Greece.

Clearing the Way: How Can Universities Remain Attractive in the Face of Financial Pressures and Corporate Alternatives?

Jon Bennett | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Jon Bennett

This week, the pressure is on for students to find a place and for universities to win them over. But after the mad rush to bring in last minute recruits will come the even bigger challenge; to compete successfully over the long term in a marketplace with more players and more competition than ever before.

Philip Hammond's Comments on Migrants Risk Legitimising Xenophobia in the UK

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

On Sunday, the UK's foreign secretary Philip Hammond spoke candidly on the Calais situation, and more generally Europe's 'migrant crisis'. In a series of comments made in Singapore, he decried a situation where "Europe can't protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa."

Why the West Wants to Invest in Education in the UAE

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Having the seventh largest oil-reserves in the world, UAE was guided into its quintessential element by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - ...

Don't Send the Queen to the Guillotine: A Bungalow Will Do

Matthew Bevington | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Matthew Bevington

56p might not sound like much. If you follow the Royals' interpretation of their cost to the state, it's practically negligible. How lucky we are to b...

What Happens When You Don't Listen

Laura Maisey | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

The problems people have with barefoot running, I think, is that they are not actually running barefoot. When I run barefoot, the fear of standing on stones makes me lift my arches up and land lightly on my feet.

Food Waste - Volunteering in Nicaragua with Raleigh International

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Rebecca Tracy

I'm sure we've all seen it in our flat, house, friend or family's home. A pile of food sitting on the worktop rotting away. Or that piece of fruit that we forgot to throw out which has morphed into a blue-green furry alien.

Royal Ramblings: GFW's UK Invasion!

Danny Stone | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Over a year ago, we highlighted Global Force Wrestling as one to watch, citing its claim to be "the most fan-interactive and immersive wrestling exper...

Unless Elections Modernise, Turnout in the EU Referendum Could Struggle to Surpass 50%

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

Participation is the bedrock of any democracy and the decision on whether or not the UK stays in the EU will affect us all. In order to obtain true value for money, time, and energy, it is essential that we ensure this decision meets the litmus test of democracy and is made by as many of us as possible.