War

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.

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

How Twitter Has Changed Warfare Forever

Danny Coleman-Cooke | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Coleman-Cooke

It is clear that social media is now an indispensable part of the toolkit for anyone involved in modern conflict, but it also seems likely that its impact will help shape military tactics and decision making in the future. Political commentators occasionally refer to the 'CNN effect', where emotive TV pictures encourage governments to both enter and exit wars and humanitarian disasters.

Social Media and Modern Warfare

Adam Fisch | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

I'm actually not 100% sure that social media inherently is good. Yes, it's possible for people to post real-time news, yes it encourages every individual to voice their thoughts and be accessible but what happens when the social media news agenda gets hijacked?

Imagining a World Without War

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.

When the World Goes Made

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

You will change your life if you begin to see where you are doing what you complain about in the world. Sure it is a smaller version than a full-blown war but it is a war never the less. Stop the inner war and you start a revolution.

Celebrating the Freedom of the World War One Centenary

Alastair Macartney | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Alastair Macartney

We remembered too not just those from the First World War, but all wars past and present including those serving right now in Afghanistan and other Operations around the world. And, of course, it's not just the soldiers themselves but the families that give their all in support of those brave men and women.

Remembering the First World War

Endeavour Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

Monday 4th August will see us finally reach the landmark occasion of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war between the United Kingdom and Germany and what for most people would be the start of the First World War.

Let's Honour All War Veterans

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Countless brave birds served and died with our Allied forces. They crossed battle lines and helped influence key battle decisions by delivering vital messages. These intelligent, gentle birds were the first recipients of the Dickin Medal - animals' Victoria Cross - for contributing to the rescue of thousands of human aviators.

Words of War

Alex Martinez | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alex Martinez

Perhaps that is why writers, in whatever form or style or language, feel so compelled to continue writing about war - because, for the most part, the lessons these stories have to teach us aren't being learnt; the implications of the lies they expose aren't being absorbed.

Law, War and Human Rights

Toby Cadman | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

On 11 September 2001 and then on 7 July 2005 our outlook changed. We were struck with a level of fear and vulnerability that allowed principles that we once held dear to suddenly evaporate. In some circles torture suddenly became justified under exceptional circumstances. The war on terror emerged and the rule of law fell away.

The Villagers of Leavesden unveil a new WW1 Memorial

Stephen Liddell | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Across the country and around the world, old and tired looking WW1 memorials are being repaired. Most places have refurbished their existing memorial...

South Sudan Is Locked in a Cycle of Violence

Elizabeth Ashamu Deng | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world's newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Amnesty International's Elizabeth Ashamu Deng looks at some of the problems facing South Sudan today.

Who Is Really Paying the Price of Fighting in South Sudan?

Luol Deng | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Luol Deng

I know what it's like to lose your childhood to war. When I was five and conflict raged in Sudan, my family and I were amongst the lucky ones to leave for Egypt. Four years later we were granted asylum in the United Kingdom. Inspired by legendary South Sudanese basketball player Manute Bol, my siblings and I took up basketball which helped us fit in. Like Manute, I was lucky enough to turn the sport I loved into a career as a professional NBA player in the United States.

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

Voices of Hate

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Ever since the discovery on Monday of the bodies of the murdered Israeli teenagers, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, and ever since the discovery on Wednesday of the body of the Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdair, murdered apparently in revenge, I have been hearing voices in my head...

Jordan: The Jewel in the ISIS Crown

Nikita Malik | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

A boy in Syria, no more than ten-or eleven-years old, faces the camera clutching a passport emblazoned with the words "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."..

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...

Bombing Iraq: Death and Destruction as Instruments of Statecraft

Matt Carr | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Today, faced with gloomy possibilities in Iraq that include the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state... the Obama administration is once again considering air strikes as a policy option. And as Iraqi cities once again loom in the Imperium's bomb-sights, it's instructive to cast our eyes back on this less-than-glorious relationship between the United States, bombs and Iraq.

Why We Should Be Grateful to Football: Sport and the Decline of Conflict

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport
Steve Taylor PhD

I'm not a big football fan either, but, as a psychologist, I'm aware that the game carries a lot more weight than may be at first apparent. In fact, I believe that the world as a whole has a great deal to thank football for, because of the social and psychological benefits it has brought over the last 100 years or so.

Iraq - The End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What folly. What crass, indescribable, unbelievable folly it was to invade Iraq in 2003. I wonder what George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair think now as they read of the latest disasters to befall that wretched land. Do they still say that Iraq is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein? Do they? Really?

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'.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

Sexual Violence, the Weapon of War That Has Ceased to Die

Anita Tiessen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

A critical component in addressing sexual violence is to build a protective environment to prevent children and women for being exposed to violence. In the midst of crises, even the most basic risk-mitigation efforts that can be life-saving are often deemed non-essential and overlooked.