UK World

The Ferguson Cop Who Killed Mike Brown Will Never Face Justice, And We All F--king Know It

Adam Jung | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Adam Jung

We don't suspect justice won't be done, we absolutely know it won't. And how do we know? Kelly Thomas. James Boyd. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Kimani Gray.

Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

Justin Forsyth | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The psychological trauma inflicted when children lose their parents, see their homes destroyed, or experience torture, is not easily alleviated, particularly when they have to remain in the stressful and unfamiliar environment of a refugee camp. Save the Children's staff see the signs of this in places like Syria and Gaza, from night terrors and bed wetting to children who refuse to speak.

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Why People Trafficking Must Not Be Allowed to Dictate Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Desperate men, women and children are the modern chattels of the modern multi billion-dollar slave trade in people trafficking. This business according to UN research is worth $15billion dollars a year and involves the control or forced labour of 20million persons.

Mozzy Myth Busting on World Mosquito Day

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

The wily mosquito has been stalking mankind for over 210million years and tragically still kills a child every minute. However, the last decade has seen huge progress with child deaths halved since 2000 and 26 countries on track to eliminate malaria.

Iraq: Cameron's Contradictions

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

The charges against David Cameron over his Iraq policy are well founded. But there are extenuating circumstances... It is time for a root-and-branch review of the principles of British foreign policy, so that they reflect two essential things: the world as it is and not as we would wish it to be; and the British national interest. Or, to put it another way, don't do nation-building and don't intervene in other people's civil wars - we usually make things worse, as in Iraq, and the waste of blood and treasure is unforgivable. If this means hobnobbing with dictators, so be it. Only genocide and threats to world order merit military intervention, as with IS.

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

Why I Keep Being an Aid Worker Despite the Dangers

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Every day the news seems to suggest the World is getting scarier and more dangerous. Iraq, Gaza, Syria, South Sudan - the list goes on. For me reading the news is never a shock. I spend my working life immersed in the horrors, the violence and the poverty that blight the globe.

From Refugee to Aid Worker - Reflections From the Frontline of Response in War Torn South Sudan

Joseph Ngamije | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Joseph Ngamije

When I was 11 years old, I was forced to become a refugee in my own country, Rwanda. I could see how innocent children and mothers suffered from a conflict they have never started. People died including my own brother. Innocent children were massacred. From then on, I developed a spirit of giving justice to those who are helpless, giving a voice to the voiceless, giving protection to the most vulnerable.

The US Needs to Increase Its Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Not Lessen It

Daniel Marriott | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.

Humanitarian Heroes: Important to Us All

Michael Møller | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Michael Møller

Across the world, there are 108 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with more people displaced by violence than ever before. These people have had their lives torn apart by war and natural disaster, and many are starving and in dire need of shelters and medical assistance. Most of them are women and children.

We All Need to Work to Keep Europe Open and Free

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

When we look at the news and we see incident after incident of discrimination, antisemitism and vigilante justice. Whether that's Jewish shops being targeted in Paris or a woman being assaulted for displaying an Israeli flag in Amsterdam, we are surrounded by acts of baseless hatred.

The Problem With Protests: 'A Recurring Disease'

Najite Phoenix | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Najite Phoenix

I see protests in the same way that I see pain killers. In the sense that, they temporarily get rid of the symptoms or ease the pain, but they never eradicate the root of the problem. And unless the problem is properly seen to, it will just keep coming back. Which is why we need to heal society's issues by nurturing society's roots.

An Exploration of Ukraine's EU Neighbours in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

Niki O'Brien | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

As fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues with Russia backing the pro-Russian rebels, implications for Ukraine's Western neighbours are increasingly apparent.

The Soccer World Cup Is Over, but Off the Field Brazil Is Winning

Hans Zomer | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On July 24, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report on human development, showing that Brazil is one of the countries where progress has been greatest over the last 30 years.

The British Origins of America's Political Divide

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

According to the theory, the origins of the Red and Blue state divide go back to the English Civil War of the 1640s, when champions of Parliament fled to Massachusetts and supporters of the King found safe haven in Virginia.

Business Interests Are More Valuable to Bahrain's Western Allies Than Democracy and Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

The reality Bahrain's situation has not improved. Like most countries which saw uprising and revolution in 2011, it has only worsened. I am happy to say that the United States, one of Bahrain's closest allies and whose Fifth Fleet is station in my country, is keenly aware of these problems, though whether they will pressure the government to improve the situation remains to be seen. More concerning - and infuriating - is the British response to Bahrain's crisis.

Are We a Less Caring Country Now?

Bob Morgan | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Quite rightly there is a debate to be had on controlling immigration or even knowing how many people are coming to the UK - but bringing in a certain number of refugees is not about uncontrolled immigration and the two should not be confused.

The Truth About 'Unsafe' Abortion

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Faustina Fynn-Nyame

There are times when the truth about "unsafe" abortion is too much for me too. Often it keeps me up at night. Like the time we had to help a terrified young schoolgirl who took a chokorboma to solve her problem...the chokorboma literally exploded within her, rupturing her insides and burning her inside out. Her body was left unrecognisable. I have never seen anything like it. It was horrifying. Heart-wrenching. Screaming and screaming, the 15-year-old girl was carried into our clinic, shaking uncontrollably and rigid with pain. I can still see her face even now. I will never forget it. She was one of the lucky ones I try and tell myself.

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.

Is Our Failure to Invest in an Ebola Cure 'Morally Bankrupt' or Financially Prudent?

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Natalie Nezhati

It could be said that the investment of resources into a cure that could carry a price-tag of £1m plus per person to turn a profit is, in purely financial terms, a ridiculous thing to do. With many pharmaceutical companies linking their moral accountability solely with their shareholders, for those who contract unprofitable, neglected diseases it's often a case of "bad luck" and in many cases "goodbye".

Living in an Ebola Crisis - 'I'm Just Missing Watching Everton and Doing My Job'

Amjata Bayoh | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Amjata Bayoh

My beloved Everton play their first game of the Premiership season tomorrow. But I will not be able to watch the game this season because the Government has banned all public gatherings until further notice, meaning that no cinema will be showing football games.

Yazidi Refugees in Syria: Lifesaving UNICEF Supplies Delivered

Razan Rashidi | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

"We walked for more than 20 hours with no food or water," says Juan, an adolescent girl who arrived at Nawrouz refugee camp in north-east Syria three days ago, along with eight family members. Juan is from the Yazidi minority group, many of whom are fleeing to Syria from the mountains of Sinjar in Iraq.

Hugo Swire, Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Isn't a 'Bump in the Road'

Mark Farmaner | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Since reforms began the situation of the Rohingya has deteriorated significantly. They have been subjected to two large-scale violent attacks. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence of human rights violations which could constitute crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

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.