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Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

Pipeline Politics and Benefits to Europe and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week's large Oil and Gas conference in Erbil, which I attended, marked the probably inexorable progress of the Kurdistan Region to economic independence and better and more reliable relationships with the rest of Iraq and with Turkey...

Are Private Schools Undermining State Education in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

A child's background, and particularly their economic situation, should never determine their education and ultimately their future. Sadly, for many young people in modern Britain, this is still very much the case.

Knowledge and Networks Are the Key to Unlock British Business With China

Oliver Shiell | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Oliver Shiell

The message from Beijing is clear: the all-important political will that is so evidently present from Downing Street must be met with an enhanced commitment from Britain's business community.

Poll Reveals Widening Gap Between Britain And European Union

The Huffington Post | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A survey of more than 5,000 voters in the UK, Germany, France and Poland finds that Britons are far more hostile to the European Union and its policie...

Let's Talk WITH Young People, Not Just ABOUT Them.

Matt Daw | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

Misrepresenting someone or something is a big thing. It has potentially vast repercussions, a fact recognised by defamation law, and by the huge fees paid to advertising and PR companies by major brands and public figures. But not everyone has the money or expert advice to take these routes to controlling how they are represented by others.

The Biggest Threat to Society - The Clitoris

Leyla Hussein | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

So why, despite all the talk and the years of work, is FGM being ignored by the UK government? Why is it not discussed in the same way any other form of child abuse is? After 11 years I have come to this conclusion: We, the British, refuse to engage in conversation on race, sex and gender; our inherent conservatism gets in the way of having an honest discussion on this subject. Because FGM only affects women and girls, it's practiced to control female sexuality and primarily affects black children, it's not to be discussed.

Russell We Love You BUT the Revolution Starts at the Ballot Box

Michael Sani | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Sani

If the government isn't talking with the people because the people are not interested, or don't know what the government is, let alone who. Then why don't we educate and empower the people, when they are young and if we manage to inspire them they may actually want to register to vote as though it's a rite of passage.

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 Family...one 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.