Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Luke McManus | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

Sikhs Should Honour Joginder Singh's Memory by Fighting Islamophobia

Faisal Hanif | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Faisal Hanif

The news that an elder from the community has passed away is apart from the deep immediate sorrow an event that causes many to look on the future with some trepidation. Death in this context is so much more than just the passing of an individual. It represents the severing of a link to times and sacrifices that are all too distant for many second, generation immigrants.

Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

A Life at the Nexus Of Media and Politics - Part One

Alastair Campbell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I think the pace of change has been greater during our lifetime than in any other period in history, and nowhere more so than in the media; papers, radio and TV active 24 hours a day, deadlines and regional borders effectively gone, news and comment largely fused, trends accelerated by social media which did not exist when I left Downing Street, let alone when I started. Mark Zuckerberg, 29, was not even born when I set out on the Daily Mirror.

Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The real-politik of the region is that Israel has never posed a threat to Islam or Arab nationalism. It's the possible spread of democracy from Israel that Arab leaders have long feared. Shiite Iran, on the other hand, sees itself as leader of the mainly Sunni Islamic world and wants to take that honour away from the Saudis. Israel now seems a much lesser of two evils to the Saudi Royal that could help them curb Iran's ambitions.

Children & ICT - The Global Village In Action

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.

How to Have a Holiday on Very Little Money

Harriet Williamson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

Instead of gritting your teeth when you see a 'just off to the Caribbean for two weeks' status on Facebook, why not start planning something budget-friendly and a little bit different?

Left Unity Will Fight for the Poor If Labour Won't

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

We need a party that will stand by trade unions, not cut them adrift as they face yet another damaging setback for workers' rights at Grangemouth. We need a socialist party, a party that will fight as vigorously to defend the rights of the oppressed as the Tories do to defend the pockets of the privileged. Labour used to be these things, but no more.

Are You Stuck in a Broadband Black Hole?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

When it comes to playing the lottery, most people understand the chances of their dream win are very slight and will shrug off a loss. With the lottery of broadband speeds in the UK on the other hand, losing out can be much more frustrating.

In a Country Full of Darkness, Is It Really Time to Turn on the Lights?

Meredith Berman | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Meredith Berman

With more than 200,000 homes estimated to be in darkness after the recent mega storm 'St Jude' hit UK shores, the question on most people's lips after...

Should England Follow Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in abolishing prescription charges?

Tom Scholes-Fogg | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK
Tom Scholes-Fogg

Prescriptions have been free in some countries within the United Kingdom for a number of years, however with budget cuts, should NHS prescription charges be abolished in England?

Resurrecting UK Reggae: Stylo G Interview

Yomi Adegoke | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yomi Adegoke

For the generation that know Channel AKA as Channel U, Stylo G is a household name. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with what was the anthem of many a...

Ashour Looking to Extend Winning Run at the Squash World Championships

Joel Durston | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

All eyes at the AJ Bell World Men's Squash Championships, the squash world's biggest event, will be on World No1 Ramy Ashour, who is "hungry" to extend his astonishing winning run of 45 straight games.

Challenging Homelessness by King's College London Muslim Students

Faisel Alam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Faisel Alam

The most recent data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a very ominous rise in homelessness, now for the t...

Selling Out to China

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

We've got used to the fact that our car industry is no longer British-owned; that much of our electricity, gas and water is provided by non-UK companies, and that Heathrow airport is owned by a consortium made up of Spanish railways, a Quebec pension fund, and a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. But how do you feel about Britain's nuclear power stations being owned by China?

Exposing Britain's Booming Cannabis Industry

Conor Woodman | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Conor Woodman

Over the last three months, I've been making a film for ITV's Exposure strand on Britain's cannabis industry. I wanted to take a different approach to the usual 'blue light', following the police style of law and order programming that we've seen a lot of on our screens in recent years and get inside the cannabis business to see it from the criminals point-of-view.

Sweetpins Appeals Australians to Kick Cancer: Will National Stockings Day Catch Hold of the Breast Cancer Awareness?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

Till the sultry Angelina Jolie looked at the world in its eye and revealed she had just undergone double mastectomy to reduce her chances with developing cancer, discussions about the killer disease were more done in apologetic tones.

The European Debate

Emily Annear | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Annear

A cross-government audit is currently under way looking at where the EU has powers in the UK. The idea is that each will be examined to see whether it is necessary or whether the power could be "brought back" to the UK. This is Mr Cameron's proposed stance on Europe: take back control while still maintaining EU membership...

A Man For All Seasons (Or How to Dress For British Weather)

Ravi Grewal | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ravi Grewal

The well-dressed man on the street increasingly needs a versatile wardrobe that can cope with everything the British weather system can throw at him. Days like that one in March, where we had blazing sunshine, which turned to hail, and then to snow.

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

OSCE Report Links Human Trafficking and Torture

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The shadowy world of human trafficking is one area where such outrages still occur, with victims raped, imprisoned, held against their will and abused in a number of ways such that we can compare it to, and even consider it to be, a form of torture.

Inequality Is Tearing Apart Our Society

Deborah Hargreaves | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Deborah Hargreaves

Inequality has been rising rapidly in Britain for the past 30 years. The gap between rich and poor has widened and the share of income going to the top 1% has doubled, from 6% to 14%. If the growth in inequality continues at its current rate, we are heading towards Victorian extremes in the next 20 years.

'Crime Wave' Reports Are 'Ruining Romanians Lives'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Hardworking Romanians in Britain are having their lives and reputations ruined by misleading statistics and "scaremongering" rhetoric from the media a...

Robin Hood in Reverse

Horace Trubridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Then there are the many, many people who still think it's OK to use file sharing and pirate sites to download music for free with the justification that the record labels have been ripping us off for years. This "justification" conveniently side-steps the fact that if the record company doesn't get paid then neither does the artist...

The Importance of Recognising Success

Andrew Devenport | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Devenport

Youth Business International's 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit has come to an end after seeing more than 300 people from over 40 countries join together in London to discuss youth entrepreneurship with the aim of creating a blueprint for a global partnership.