UK War

Leaders Define Eras - So How Did We Get Here?

Jared Joffe | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jared Joffe

When you look back at the global leaders over time, you can get a fairly strong idea about the state of the world in each particular era.

The Tweet That Fed Eight Million People In War-Torn Yemen

Khadija Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Khadija Ahmed

It's not so often in the media that we hear of the happenings in Yemen, but a lot is happening, a lot has happened. Since 2015 over 11,000 deaths have happened in Yemen. 2.2 million severely malnourished children stand to die in the coming months. Health facilities are almost non-existent. Whilst 80 percent of its population wait for aid to emerge through its blocked corridors, in the shadow of a dreadful famine.

RIP To Celebrity Pedestalling

Kylie Barton | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Kylie Barton

68 celebrities died in 2016. Over 56 million people died in total. So, the RIP posts spamming our Facebook walls are for 0.00012% of the people who actually passed in 2016. Wouldn't it be better if we put all our 'mourning' energy into use, to combat some of the ills that contribute to the deaths of millions?

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

This Christmas, Thousands Of Children Are Wishing For Peace

Aleema Shivji | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

Children are most at risk. With the innocence of youth, they fetch water, collect wood and play football. On a path, they step on an invisible landmine, or reach for a brightly coloured cluster bomb found in a bush. In a split second, if they survive, their life will be devastated - changed forever.

Boris - Bold Or Brazen?

Alicia Kearns | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Alicia Kearns

Although publicly, being a critical friend may feel right - indeed it may be right - and will be welcomed by many who want their politicians to just be honest and say what they believe, it may not be the best way to affect policy change in our ally Saudi Arabia, or the most effective diplomacy.

The Solemn Message Behind The Reality Christmas Cards

Leigh Daynes | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Leigh Daynes

Together, our aim is to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes - and that those people really need our help. Armed conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq have made people of all faiths and of none lose their families, homes and livelihoods.

In Aleppo, Death Is Everywhere

Gareth Bayley | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

Aleppo has been in the news for months, but the brutal reality of this humanitarian catastrophe has never been as bad as this. Simply put, the Assad regime and its backers are trying to turn eastern Aleppo into a coffin.

The Men Are Revolting

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anthony Lorenzo

bmm banner.jpg All Trump had to do to win was to expound a version of brash masculinity that people have been crying out for ever since it suddenly wasn't okay to keep slaves, or rape your wife, or sack someone for being black, or force a trans woman to use a male bathroom.

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

'Mum, Where Were You The Day Trump Was Elected?'

Nick Compton | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Would you do something for me? It will only take a moment of your time if you have a second to spare. Please. Turn to the person next to you and ask them if they're okay. Ask them if they need advice or a friend. Ask them if they need a shoulder to cry on.

The Insidious Propaganda Surrounding The Poppy

John Wight | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
John Wight

Refusing to wear a poppy is not to be unpatriotic or disrespectful of the far too many young working class men that our blood-soaked ruling class have used as cannon fodder throughout the nation's history. Refusing to wear a poppy is to refuse to be a pawn in their game.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

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.