UK War

Fleeing Under The Fog Of War

David Taylor | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
David Taylor

On Monday morning the worlds worst kept military secret, the invasion of Mosul, became even more public as it propelled itself up the news agenda. The long planned for offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, Iraq's second city, has begun.

The Pillow Case War

Bradley Rand Smith | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Bradley Rand Smith

This was the dream: Gaza, the West Bank. Today. A wedding is being planned between two young lovers, their families excited and exhausted as the gr...

On Comfort Blankets And War

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anindya Raychaudhuri

Maybe, just maybe, if we stopped worshipping national flags, stopped considering dying in the name of a flag as anything other than a shameful waste - maybe if we instead valued a child's comfort blanket or toy a little bit more - we might finally move beyond the curse of partition. Until then, I, for one, desperately need a comfort blanket of my own.

Amid Growing Tensions In The Balkans, A Museum For Peace Is Born

Jasminko Halilovic | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Jasminko Halilovic

Today, our hope that the majority chooses exclusively peace is still stronger than our fear of naivete. One war is more than enough for a lifetime, and we hope to provide a peaceful childhood for our offspring. The War Childhood Museum's message comes from a generation that learned this lesson firsthand, and never has it rung truer: peace has no alternative.

Is Britain In A State Of Hidden Civil War? Time To Face Facts

Chris Erskine | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Erskine

Voices and ideas from the areas of food, land, travellers, domestic violence, poverty, asylum and debt are all vital to finding grains of truth that allow us to face up to our Hidden Civil War. To face difficult truths in troubled times, we require deep collaboration, reflection and above all, listening.

War Dogs

Harry Crawford | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Funny? Sure. Dramatic? Nope. War Dogs was brought off the boil too early. It's a film of two halves, and that's never entertaining. Hangover instigator Phillips gives it a shot, but ultimately this is The Big Short with big guns smacked with a little Lord of War egoism for kicks. On the plus side, I like that Philips is investing comedy in this way. Imagine if more comedies were this unique?

The Astonishing Numbers Behind International Arms Dealing

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

We look at the eye-popping facts and figures behind the shadowy world of arms trafficking, from the unbelievable costs of weaponry to the profit made ...

True Islam Is the Solution to Religious Disharmony, not the Cause

Damir Rafi | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

As a society, we have every right to feel afraid as terrorist attacks creep ever nearer to our own lives. However we must not let that fear turn either to hatred or apathy towards the unjustified victimisation of innocent Muslims.

Will You Cast My Vote in the EU Referendum?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I've screwed up: I'm going to London on the day of the EU referendum so I can't vote. I know I know, I should have organised a postal vote but I didn'...

The EU: More Important Than Nato

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

I am Italian by birth, but I have lived in the UK for nigh on 23 years. I have been working, paying taxes and doing voluntary work in this country for 16 of those. My wife is British, and both of my children were born here. The UK is the place that I and my family call home.

For Children in Crisis, Education Cannot Wait

Mike Penrose | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together world leaders and the humanitarian community for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with the aim of making bold commitments to reduce the impact of the unprecedented wars and disasters we are seeing today.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

Empathy: Digital, Done, and Dusted

Max Sanderson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Tech
Max Sanderson

Empathy is arguably one of the - if not, the - most crucial factors to the success of Homo sapiens as a species. Without it, we would not be able to form the social bonds that allowed us to fast-track evolution through culture and communication.

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

Pacifism is Not Passivism

Iris Maxfield | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

I'm a pacifist and I will fight for this cause.

A Shameful Silence

Luke Boddam-Whetham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Luke Boddam-Whetham

In 2012/13 I had the good fortune to travel to Yemen, that beautiful country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. I was working with a local organisat...

Six-Year-Old Girls in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp Draw Tanks, Soldiers and Blood

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

We woke up early for the two hour drive from the city, into the midst of the desert, and there it was... Barbed wire, security and dust; we had our passports and equipment thoroughly checked before entering. As we drove through the camp the vastness of it became clear, sand-coloured shelters in every direction, as far as the eye could see; the homes of 85,000 Syrian refugees.

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

We value authenticity in the museum, and it's always nice, when visitors ask, "That's not real, is it?" to be able to say "Oh yes, everything is real". The Mary Rose may only be 40% of a ship, but she's 100% genuine.

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

After Brussels, We Cannot Fight Terror With Terror

Damir Rafi | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

With at least 30 people killed in Brussels and hundreds injured, and with dozens injured in Istanbul only a few days earlier, the world yet again watches, helpless in horror at the cruelty of the perpetrators and silent in mourning the innocent victims.

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Five Years on From the Uprising, the UK Is Still Fuelling Oppression in Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Last month made it five years since activists across Bahrain rose up against the authoritarian Al-Khalifa regime. Their protests followed the Arab Spring movements that had taken off across the Middle East and represented a peaceful call for human rights and democracy.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.