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Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.

US Fighter Jets Could Soon Have LASER CANNONS By 2020

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Tech

Not content US Air Force general has predicted that fighter jets could come fitted with attack-based laser cannons as soon as 2020. General Haw...

Europe's Migrant Crisis: The Region's Past, Present, and Future

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.

How Victorious was China's Victory Parade? -- The Potential Dangers of Looking Back

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As seamlessly as Beijing's recent parade that commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan went, how victorious was the victory parade, really? Are there negative ramifications?

The Summer I Understood War

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Hekate Papadaki

War was something that happened on TV until the summer of 2004. A boat carrying Iraqi families had crashed somewhere on the coast of Attica in Greece....

Europe Must Follow UK's Lead on Aid to Syrian Refugees

Rob Williams | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Rob Williams

We care for refugees, but we should be angry as well.

Of Refugees and Realities

Gerry Flynn | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Gerry Flynn

Somewhere as a species we made a wrong turn and ventured forth down a bleak alley that leads to the veritable knife fight in a skip that modern society is becoming. Because what else are money, economics, politics, state borders and so on, but a fiction in which we collectively believe.

My Immigrant Problem

Morna Macneill | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Morna Macneill

photo credit: sadly looking on via photopin (license) I don't know what is going on in Syria. There, I've said it. I am not socially and politica...

We Have Failed Aylan Kurdi - We Must Not Fail More

Rob Williams | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Rob Williams

Syrians have a right to seek a safer future than the reality they face now. If we can't make that happen for them in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, we should not be surprised if they come and look for it here. Seeking protection and education should not be seen as a luxury and survival should never been seen as enough.

Sweet Caress by William Boyd - Book Review

Jez Fielder | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jez Fielder

Bloomsbury have published the much awaited new novel by William Boyd. I've had a copy of Sweet Caress for weeks but was waiting until closer to the publication date to write this review. Trouble is, I was told the 10th September. And they released it on August 27th. And now, of course, you've all read it, haven't you?!

ISIS, The Not So Lone Wolf

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Citizens of Kobane in the refugee camps, Suruç "I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southe...

American WWII Veteran's Tearful Plea

Yumiko Sato | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

After the funeral I said good-bye to George and thanked him for sharing his memories with me. He shook my hand tightly. His eyes were filled with tears.

One Year on From Gaza: The UK Must Stop Arming Israel

Andrew Smith | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The issue goes beyond the immediate humanitarian impact. When the UK sells weapons it not only facilitates future attacks, it also signals approval for the Israeli government and its pursuit of what amounts to the collective punishment and oppression of the people of Gaza.

Vietnam by Christian G. Appy | Book Review

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Robert Bradley

This book is testament to humanity's duo of absolute cruelty and contrasting beauty, when faced with the evil that is human perspective.

How Genocide Can Happen on Our Ordinary Streets

Tim Curtis | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Tim Curtis

"Bosnia is a beautiful place which is in sharp contrast to the evidence of the conflict which is still very much there. Sarajevo is peppered with bull...

Killer Robots Might Be Humanity's Redemption

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Losses will be great, but we have already lost so much at each other's hands. Our victory, however, will be in our united, permanent struggle under the banner of a genuine, universal humanity.

Nothing To See Here, Just Some BOMBPROOF Wallpaper

Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech

The U.S. Army have come up with a special type of wallpaper that minimises the impact of exploding buildings. The difference between this potential...

ISIS and Identity

Heidy Rehman | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Heidy Rehman

Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.

The Human Cost of Drones - A Review of 'Sudden Justice' by Chris Woods

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Woods' book is the first significant, and valuable, contribution to the literature on drones to date. However, the Drone Age has only just dawned, and his work must provoke far more debate than we have seen.

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

Rise of the Political Technologists: "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible" by Peter Pomerantsev

James Snell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

For the critiques of this transparent media manipulation alone, Pomerantsev's book is a vital resource. And it is more than that; he creates a powerfully written, endlessly evocative and terribly recognisable description of the state of Russia today.

It's Time to Rethink Warring Words on Cancer

Sarah Mehta | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Cancer looms large in the imagination. The dreaded C-word is universally feared. Warfare terminology may help to evoke support and to give us an important sense of control in the face of an enemy.

Released from Captivity

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Focus group discussions with internally displaced people living in camps and urban areas reveal that many women and girls - mainly from Yazidis communities - are still missing. Often, they have suffered inexplicable abuse.

The Life That They Had They Gave

Elizabeth Buchan | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Elizabeth Buchan

Would you accept a job knowing you had a probably life expectancy of six weeks? Me neither. Yet, during the Second World War many women did just that. Having been trained by undercover agencies, such as the Special Operations Executive (SOE), they were smuggled into countries occupied by the German Reich tasked to gather intelligence...

Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't?

Wassim Cornet | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Wassim Cornet

The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.