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One Hundred Thousand Tamils Missing After Sri Lanka War

Frances Harrison | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK
Frances Harrison

In March in a small coastal village called Puttumattalan where a hundred thousand people had taken shelter, Murugan says he was ordered to bury 700 people who died trying to cross over the lagoon to the army side at night.

Can New UN Resolution Help Countries Move Towards Universal Health Coverage?

Louise Holly | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Holly

Governments have finally recognised their responsibility to urgently scale up efforts towards universal coverage of affordable and quality healthcare services especially for the poorest.

Internet Governance: Everyone Wants of a Piece of this Pie in the Sky

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

If we had not treated Frankenstein as a piece of science fiction, we may have been living in a more safe and secure world. We have spawned far too many Aladdins for our own good.

This Divided Coalition Makes Progress on Climate Change Harder, Not Easier

Luciana Berger | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

This week the UN climate change conference in Doha comes to a close. Alongside the news of a royal baby and the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, it is l...

Share Your Condom, on World Aids Day?

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Probably they run to be nominated for the 11 Biggest Social Media Disasters 2012, because the idea to share a condom seems quite disgusting to me.

Open Letter to Turkey's Foreign Minister

Lord Gidens | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Gidens

Dear Mr Davutoğlu, Your country has operated an "open-door" policy ever since Syrians first started crossing into Turkey in May of 2011, fleeing violence and regime attacks.

Israel Reacts To UN Vote By Withholding Tax Transfer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Israel has rejected the United Nations' vote on Palestinian statehood and announced it will withhold a £75m tax transfer in retribution, reports the ...

'I'm Going To Have To Give Up Acting'

wenn | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home

Angelina Jolie doubts she will be in the acting limelight for much longer, as she struggles to handle the pressures of bringing up six children with h...

Hague Warns Israel Over Plans For 3,000 New Settlements

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

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has urged Israel to reconsider its plans to expand settlements on the West Bank over fears the move will undermi...

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.