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Please, No More Awards for Tony Blair

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.01.2015 | 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 28.01.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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.

Religion, War and Atheism

Canon J.John | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

Precisely because it is such a frequently used criticism of religious faith, the argument that war is a product of religion is worth considering. After all, we have recently had some horrific imagery from the Middle East that seems to suggest that religion is a bad thing. Nevertheless a number of points strike me.

Jessica Agombar Goes BAM BAM!

Bwoywonder | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Hailing from London E3, Jessica Agombar has rid any notion of Grime being entirely by males. Having rolled deep (pun intended) with Dizzee Rascal and Ruff Sqwad, this young lady has entered the Grime arena to add a fresh approach to the genre she grew up on. Here, he tells us more about her jouney so far.

Treating a Giant Bull Elephant Named 'Tim'!

Rob Brandford | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

It was Monday 10 November when we heard the news, Tim the famous Amboseli Tusker had a serious injury and ground teams had been unable to locate him. It is the type of news you dread, and immediately brings to mind two other mighty Tuskers of Kenya, Mountain Bull and Satao, both killed this year by poachers.

Detained for a Tweet, But We Have No Fear to Speak Out!

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

Human rights defenders are not against the British, European, or American interests in Bahrain. Their interests align with a democratic Bahrain, and we should strive to have business relations which take into account human rights. We would just like these countries to hold Bahrain accountable for human rights violations and to urge the Bahraini government to reform and adhere to democratic ideals.

This Isn't Just About Ched Evans: It's About a Culture of Misogyny in Football

Louise Pennington | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Louise Pennington

This isn't just about asking Sheffield United to take a stand on violence against women and girls. This is about demanding that every single football club stand up for victims of sexual violence and refuse to work with players who commit rape and condemn those who harass, abuse and stalk a victim of sexual violence.

Now the Storm Has Passed

Nigel Chapman | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Just over one year ago a storm of epic proportions devastated the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, thought to be strongest storm to ever make landfall, took the lives of more than 6,200 people and affected over 14 million people across 44 provinces. This included some 5 million children, out of which 1.7 million were displaced. A matter of weeks after Haiyan had wreaked havoc across the country I went to visit the affected areas on behalf of Plan International. Driving out of Tacloban airport, the scenes left an indelible and vivid impression.

The Demise of the Payday Loan?

Sarah Willingham | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Willingham

So many vulnerable people have fallen victim to payday loan companies and if these proposals stop that happening in the future, then I for one will be very happy. Payday loan companies need to be more careful about who they lend to so that those most in need are not punished.

It's the Assets, Stupid

Kitty Ussher | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The recent decision by the Office of National Statistics to undertake large-scale data collection on the distribution of household wealth and assets in Britain has significant implications for public policy...

A Long Time Between Drinks

Tina Arena | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tina Arena

I've always loved London. I feel it's time to reconnect with its culture and the people. And see my audience again after all this time. Personally, I think London has evolved more than most European cities, it's really one of, if not the most dynamic cities in the world.

Join Me in WWF's Battle to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

Andy Murray | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Andy Murray

As illegal wildlife trade has grown and become more organised, it's now the fourth largest illegal transnational trade worldwide after drugs, counterfeiting and people trafficking. According to WWF, the equivalent of about three rhinos were poached every day in 2013. As someone who is very passionate about animals this is something that I really don't like hearing about. The illegal trade in animal parts is the biggest threat to many species and must be stopped. I decided to get more involved and support WWF because I love wildlife. I have since I was a kid.

Animals in War: They Didn't Volunteer - They Had No Choice

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

As well as the millions of human heroes that have given their lives for our freedom, do many of us ever consider those poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind for use in warfare? They didn't volunteer - they had no choice.

Royal Ramblings Meets Sheamus

Danny Stone | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

As WWE began their UK tour, the Royal Ramblings team was fortunate enough to be granted some time with "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus. Intelligent, passionate and determined, the superstar shared his thoughts on WWE's future and his hope that Wrestlemania might one day come to Dublin...

The Euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice - Opinion

Jo Worgan | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mother to a young son on the autism spectrum I have found this opinion piece extremely difficult to write. However, I believe that we have to share the opinions that have been aired about the euthanasia of this little girl.

Surveillance = Killing

Kevin Lo | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Kevin Lo

Reprieve recently filed a complaint with the UK government regarding BT's role in facilitating surveillance that leads to killing. BT has persistently refused to come clean on its collaboration with intelligence agencies. We can only hope that the UK government can get from BT the answers we deserve.

Why I Am Walking Home For Christmas This Year

David Henson | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Henson

Many ex servicemen and women have found it difficult to get a job and others to support themselves financially. In many cases, they don't have friends or even family to turn to and this has resulted in them becoming homeless. The challenge to get their lives back on track seems impossible and many of them just don't know where to turn.

Our Unwillingness to Understand More About Radicalisation Risks Failing Our Youth

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui

Depression is known to cause a pessimistic outlook, an inflexible view of the world, and even suicide. Our research into the root causes of radicalisation - perhaps not surprisingly - found a link between depressive symptoms and sympathies towards terrorist acts. These sympathies being an early marker for risk of radicalisation.

Poppy Hijab - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Dilly Hussain | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The poppy hijab is a counterproductive and patronising campaign, which singles out Muslims as being a suspect community whose allegiance lies elsewhere. Many British Muslims do put their religion before their nationality but that doesn't make them any less integrated.

Mold: A Fiend Who Appears Like a Harmless Friend

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

While there are some opinions that mold (or mould) is harmless, there are umpteen testimonies by people who have been affected by mold growing in thei...

Proliferation of the Protein Trend in UK

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

The protein trend is definitely proliferating. With everyone from avid athletes to Paleo Diet enthusiasts preaching the potent possibilities of protein, the number of people seeking ways to up their intake is poised to grow.

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...