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What I Know About War in Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

I'll tell you what I know about war in Ukraine, and life there. Some of you will scream "you are not there!" and that's right, I'm not in Ukraine but in France, and the war is not where I am but in Ukraine. However, as are all Ukrainians, I'm living this war too, even though I'm far away from it. It's like a long-distance relationship, and I know those very well.

Food, Spies & Sanctions

Craig Todd | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

Why a food ban? Quite simply, it will hurt the EU nations, and far more severely than any sanction that has been imposed on Russia by the EU so far... little notice has been paid to Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower and current rector of Glasgow University, who has been granted a 3 year stay in Russia, and will not be extradited back to America.

US Airstrikes Against ISIS - America's Selective Humanitarian Interventionism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The issue I want to raise is why the U.S. has decided to intervene now? Whilst I'm totally against any western military intervention in the Muslim world, one can't help but question the thought process of foreign policy makers in Washington.

America and the Kurds: A Case for Fresh and Urgent Rethinking

Gary Kent | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Fresh thinking is required. The KRG is operating a twin track policy of seeking to defend itself against Sunni extremists and helping build the democratic capacity of Baghdad while also pursuing the course of independence. The two go together.

Do You Believe in the Death Penalty?

Neil Durkin | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Opinion polls already show slowly diminishing US public support for the death penalty and these high-profile horrors are surely tipping the balance still further... Capital punishment is a botched experiment with justice. If you still believe in the death penalty, it's time to change your mind.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

Tolerate Thy Neighbour

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

The first amendment in the United States is a wonderful thing. It means you can say whatever you like about anything... But with the increasing popularity of Facebook comment section fights, and chatroom brawls, I'm seeing more and more often that people seem to forget that freedom of speech goes both ways.

The Edgy Ambience of US Supermax Prisons

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

In certain London bars I reckon the bare monastic cell look is considered quite cutting edge. By contrast, ADX Florence is beyond cutting edge (unless it's prisoners cutting their wrists in despair). ADX Florence's ambience is an altogether bleaker affair, one which seems designed to crush people and push them right over the edge.

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.

A Global View on Responsible Mining - a reality in the 21st century

Catalin Hosu | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Catalin Hosu

In the past years, there has been a massive movement against mining in general and against gold mining throughout the world. The voices that stand aga...

Why Watching the World Cup With an American Sucks

Meredith Berman | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Sport
Meredith Berman

I cheered during replays thinking it was live television. I screamed 'come on America' most definitely 900 times throughout the duration of the game. I made it very clear of my feelings of how England is terrible at the sport and we are better than you.

Why Feminists Owe Amanda Knox Nothing

Selene Nelson | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Selene Nelson

Her "Foxy Knoxy" status is an irrelevance. No one has "failed" her. She has failed herself, and she fails the Kercher family each and every day she protests her innocence. There is only one female victim here - Meredith Kercher - and how dare Basile allow Knox's PR spin, and her own wilful ignorance, to conceal that.

The Importance of Soft Power

Stephen Liddell | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Most people are familiar with what is known as Hard Power. The idea that someone with more swords, bigger guns and overwhelming military ability can force someone to do something against their will but which is almost entirely in favour of those holding the gun. History is full of situations, the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans all the way through to the British, French, American and Russians...

Most Fanatical World Cup Fans Yet?

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Sport

The US may call it soccer and use jargon like 'shut-out', 'in the wheelhouse' and 'in the six' but you have to hand it to their fans. They are one ...

It's Still About the Oil

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

The Iraq war was always about oil. The ISIS extremists who are trying to seize control of the country's largest refinery know that. Everyone was braced for the battle for Baghdad. But first they went after the oil. Just like the Americans.

What US Refused to Believe: Without Saddam Iraq's Fate would be Sealed

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

With Iraq it was a case of naivety, blind stupidity or a gamble that has been first gradually and now speedily evolving the wrong way thanks to a new player the Syrian war created called ISIS. It's an extremist pan Islamic war machine determined to create a Mid East wide caliphate. And it may force NATO back into this land...this time oil is at stake...the magic phrase for military action.

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.

The Roaming Scribe: Three Restaurants in Chicago

Lynn Houghton | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Houghton

Grace on the West Loop plus Publican and MOTO in the meat packing district are all part of Chicago's emerging nouveau cuisine scene.

On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Mike Gerrard | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

To take the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is to make a journey through the USA's history, through immigration, revolution and Prohibition to the modern global business world. The Beams were originally called Boehm and arrived in America from Germany in 1740, setting up as farmers.

Planet Appetite: Panama City Beach, Florida

Rupert Parker | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Located on the North West coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach offers 27 miles of white sand and emerald green waters

An Anti-Obvious Place to Visit in California - Salvation Mountain - Salvation Not Mandatory

Madame Allsorts | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Madame Allsorts

At the moment I'm spending some time in Los Angeles, and I wanted to share a little place I found. It feels fit for anyone who fancies leaving Holly in the wood, and road-tripping into the obscure to find a little art with a heart. T

Why #YesAllWomen Is Not Just About Women

Maria Caspani | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

This is nothing like a woman being catcalled on her way to work. This is a guy with serious issues who committed multiple murders. He wasn't just a misogynist or a sexist man who thinks women are objects owned by men. Rodger fits the profile of a sociopath.

Why Wealth Inequality Does Not Matter Any More - But Should

Roifield Brown | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Roifield Brown

Since the global crisis of 2008 there has been much talk about the widening wealth inequality gap throughout all Western nations. This debate is most pronounced in the Anglo-Saxon countries, which uniquely amongst the developed Western economies have traditionally had the widest disparities.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.