North Korea Set Date For Rocket Test

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK

North Korea has announced it will attempt to launch a rocket later this month, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), in what h...

Ex-Israel PM 'Supports Palestine's UN Bid'

The Daily Beast | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

"I believe," Olmert wrote me, intending his statement to be made public, "that the Palestinian request from the United Nations is congruent with the...

UK Should Drop the Double Standards and Say an Unequivocal Yes to UN Recognition of Palestine

Richard Burden | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Proper recognition of Palestine by the UN General Assembly is not the same as peace in the Middle East, but it is a step on the road. Peace can only come from negotiations between the parties and international agreements.

Gaza: Can the Same Actions Produce Different Results?

Sir John Holmes | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Bolder thinking is needed on all sides if deaths in Gaza are going to produce something positive, and not just another nail in the coffin of the two-state solution.

VoIP - The Future of Calling?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Voice over internet protocol is the future of calling. Just like landlines and the telegraph machine, one day even SIM cards will demand their own spot at the technology museum.

Can The UN Agree On Climate Change This Week?

PA | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK

Countries are gathering for the latest round of United Nations climate talks this week as warnings mount over the dangers of failing to tackle global ...

Developing Countries Face 'Climate Finance Cliff', Says Oxfam

PA | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK

Developing countries face falling off a "climate finance cliff" because rich nations are failing to deliver promised money to help them cope with glob...

Respecting Human Rights Demands Accountability for Human Rights Protectors

Noam Schimmel | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

In promoting human rights we ought to show those organizations advancing human rights respect and appreciation but not deference, hold them accountable to the values they strive to represent and protect and critically assess their efforts to do so, and encourage a more prominent place for discussion, dissent, and contestation within the human rights community and society at large about how human rights are advanced.

'Don't Let The UN Take Over The Internet'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech

The United Nations should not be allowed to 'take over the Internet', European MPs have urged. Currently the Internet is controlled by a range of g...

A Different Arab Spring: Has Israel Opened the Gates of Hell by Targeting Hamas?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Preetam Kaushik

An interesting development, although largely symbolic to assuage local sentiments, was the recalling of the Egyptian ambassador in Israel. The Egyptian TV network did not clarify whether the envoy was recalled for consultations or to express displeasure of the Israeli action.

What If the UN Had Spoken Out on Sri Lanka?

Frances Harrison | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

If today the United Nations announced that it had received unconfirmed reports of 50,000 casualties in a war off limits to journalists - wouldn't the world take notice and try and stop the killings? We now know the UN system had this information in 2009 about Sri Lanka and suppressed it. We know this because of an internal review, commissioned by the UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon. It's a report that concludes that the UN's conduct at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka marked a "grave failure" that "should not happen again".

Gaza: Leaders Play to the Gallery, the Innocent Suffer But Will the International Community Act?

Richard Burden | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

The international community must be clear in its call for an immediate ceasefire - that means telling friends that they must stop as well as making the demand on enemies.

Calling for Equality in the Somali Police force - Meet Captain Asha

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

In 1979, newly recruited policewoman, Asha Hassan Hussein, was the first female to ride a police motorcycle to patrol the streets of Mogadishu.

We Can't Keep Ignoring Burma's Rohingya People

Jon Ashworth | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

If the government in Burma really wants to preserve its growing democracy and be seen as a stable state, it is going to have to accept and embrace the fact that it is one of Asia's most ethnically diverse countries; and it needs to reassess its citizenship to accommodate this and that must include granting citizenship to the Rohingya people.

We Need an End to UN Leadership That Is More Secretary than General

Tom Stevenson | Posted 20.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Stevenson

The Security Council is the most prestigious of the UN's organs, charged with upholding the core value of the charter ("to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war"), yet clearly its current form is beyond broken, its composition a farce.

The Free Syrian Army Must Not Execute the 48 Iranian Hostages

Nehad Ismail | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK
Nehad Ismail

I urge the Free Syrian Army to release the Iranian hostages unharmed and without prior conditions.

War Games

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Tech
Ilco van der Linde

Generally I have no problems with targeted ads. I am often as surprised as a little child thinking: how can they know that I am interested in that particular artist or something else. But every time it asks me to start playing War Commander I am shocked to see that 6,600,000 - almost seven million God! - are dedicated to a war game. What does this tell us?

Uncovering the Truth About Sri Lanka's Civil War: a Painful But Urgent Task

Emanuel Stoakes | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Emanuel Stoakes

While peace in Sri Lanka is to be welcomed, a culture of impunity cannot prevail among the nation's political and military elite given the horrific atrocities that, by all indications, probably occurred during the conflict's finale.

The First International Day of the Girl - 11 October 2012

Cherry Healey | Posted 10.12.2012 | Home
Cherry Healey

The aim of this day is to raise awareness to the fact that millions of girls around the world are denied the access to education.

What Will be the 'X Factor' to Ending Global Poverty?

Phil Mulligan | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Mulligan

The opening of the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York each September is celebrated with as much verve by multilateralist groupies as the start of each autumn's new season of the X Factor is by fans of pop culture. Both 'shows' are filled with stars at various points on the azimuth, giving grandstanding performances that appeal to voters. But there the analogy ends.

Grandparents - The Solution Not the Problem

Ian Linden | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Linden

The surprising thing is that most religious leaders, even in parts of the world where the family is "extended" sometimes beyond breaking point, adopt the default definition. Whether in Friday khutba or Sunday preaching, Synagogue or Temple, you will be lucky to hear the word "grandparents" in a sermon on the family.

Horrified Syrians Pull Baby From Rubble Of Bombed Building (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

This is the moment a man wrenched a baby from the wreckage of a Syrian building. In the image in a video from the Shaam News Network, men scramble ...

Why Has the UN's ILO Been Kicked Out of an Island Paradise?

Owen Tudor | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK
Owen Tudor

There's in paradise. The military regime that currently runs the small South Pacific island of Fiji this week added to its pariah status by 'asking' a delegation from the UN's workplace agency (the International Labour Organisation, or ILO) to leave the country.

Beat This Big Ugly Money Consuming Monster

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Over a decade ago, 21 September was chosen for this honorable role but it's still one of the best kept secrets of the United Nations. On Friday at UN Headquarters in NY, a boy will ring a bell, a girl will sing Imagine and at noon, guests will experience one minute of silence.

Iraq is Spiralling Once More Towards Civil War

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The death sentence passed two weeks ago by the Iraqi courts on the exiled Vice President of Iraq, Dr. Tariq al-Hashemi, is another milestone on that country's pathway to disaster and civil war.