World Issues

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.

Wake Up and Smell Sustainable Industry in South Sudan, Says George Clooney

Anna Hart | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anna Hart

Clooney believes that coffee production represents an exciting opportunity to "change South Sudan so that they can help themselves and not rely on aid from people who they really don't want to have aid from' and encourage "the sort of national dignity which can help a young, struggling country succeed".

Sierra Leone - Finding Hope in Hunger

Ranvir Singh | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Ranvir Singh

As the plane touched down in Freetown, my thoughts turned to my baby son, at home. I'd come to a country where one in five children dies before the age of five. I'd read that fact over and over again and - as I stepped onto the dusty tarmac in Sierra Leone - a mixture of guilt and relief mingled inside, knowing my own flesh and blood was healthy and safe.

Not All Immigrants Are Islamist Fruit Pickers

Harry Cooper | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

As an immigrant, I find the debate around immigration unbelievably irritating, especially in the UK. On the basis of most headlines in the British press, it's easy to get the impression that all immigrants exist purely to steal jobs from hapless Brits or scrounge money off our apparently generous welfare system.

The Power of the Crowd

Julie Meyer | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Meyer

The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.

Learning to Improve for the Future

Claire Blackburn | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

Learning and accountability is firmly on the NGO agenda nowadays and for Action Against Hunger, it is something we take very seriously. We dedicate a lot of energy into evaluating our programmes, learning from them and, fundamentally, holding ourselves to account for them.

We Need to Talk More Openly About Dying

Joe Levenson | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Levenson

If we were all able to discuss our end of life wishes and make plans in a more confident and better-informed way it's likely we would see huge improvements in people's experiences at such an important time for them and those close to them and that we would be less scared of dying.

Is It a Trap? Playing Political Football with Fuel Subsidies in Kurdistan Region

Shwan Zulal | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Shwan Zulal

High fuel prices and long gas station queues in Iraqi Kurdistan have led to calls for a government subsidy on fuel. But one industry analyst thinks that's a terrible idea. He explains why.