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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 people...my 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 | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

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.

Syria War Could 'Spread Across Region', Kofi Annan Warns

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK

The violent struggle between the Syrian government and opposition forces risks tearing the country apart and spilling over its borders to spread secta...

The Paralympics Human Rights Medal Table

Phil Mulligan | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Sport
Phil Mulligan

Following such a successful Olympic Games in London, the Paralympics will now place disability on a global podium. But how will the various disability issues rank at these games and which medals should be awarded to them?

The Road to Damascus, Laden With Bombs

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK
Jasdev Singh Rai

That beautiful Biblical narrative 'road to Damascus' when Saul became Paul, began serving Christ and humanity is fast becoming a road to 'war'.

FIRST LOOK: Beyonce Films 'I Was Here' Charity Video In Stunning White Dress

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Entertainment

Beyonce has given fans a sneak peek at her next music video for her single I Was Here, filmed in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, with...

Human Trafficking - Power of the Few and Apathy of the Masses

April Salchert | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK
April Salchert

I always believed, if I was given the choice between rape and death, death would be my answer. Yet, not many rape victims are given that choice.

Diplomacy Does Not Stop at the Door of the UN

Douglas Alexander | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Politics
Douglas Alexander

We must not miss this chance to press the Syrian people's case. Russia and China have failed to live up to their responsibilities. As the United Kingdom hosts the Olympics, let's make sure we live up to ours.

In the Final Hours of Talks on Arms Trade Treaty, It Is Now Time for the Government to Deliver not Disappoint

Douglas Alexander | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Douglas Alexander

In newspaper articles, letters and parliamentary questions, we urged the government to use the final days of the talks to come out clearly stating their commitment to a robust and comprehensive agreement. But the government let us down.

Irrelevance, isolation and weakness: the real price of Tory Europhobia

Nicholas Wright | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics
Nicholas Wright

Last week I visited Portsmouth for the first time in years. One of the historical homes of Britain's navy down the centuries, today it feels more like a quiet backwater with just continental ferries to disturb the peace.

Syria 'Moving Chemical Weapons To Airports' Rebels Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

President Bashar al-Assad has begun moving chemical weapons to airports in case of "external aggression", according to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). ...