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Dangerous Childhoods Marred by Violence

Anita Tiessen | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

I met Bryan, who is also 11. He loves cycling, but he's only allowed to cycle down the road as far as his mother can see him. One of the reasons that he can't go any further is that his older brother did. His brother ended up in a gang and he died six months ago. He was just 17. Being a mother in El-Salvador is a high-wire emotional act...

I'm a Survivor of 'Honour' Based Violence, We Need to Ensure Girls Don't Feel Abandoned Like I Did

Laila | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK
Laila

Homa, my middle sister "rebelled" in tiny, typical teenage ways, by ripping her jeans and listening to music. When Homa was 16 she overheard our stepmother and dad making plans for her to marry a 40-year-old. We'd met him when we'd been taken to visit the family, but we'd had no idea we were being displayed as potential brides.

Zimbabwe University Bans Students From Kissing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Zimbabwe has banned kissing or hugging on campus and anyone found engaging in such activities would be immediately evicted from thei...

Would Terrorism Disappear Without Media Coverage?

Jake Warren | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Jake Warren

Terrorism and the media have a symbiotic relationship, without attention a terrorist act remains confined to it's immediate victims. However, with the oxygen of publicity from the media and with intention of sating public demand for information and sales, this coverage can actually result in effective propaganda for the perpetrators of such acts.

Why Arming the Kurds Is the Only Option - Even for Anti-War Progressives in the West

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It isn't a contradiction to be anti-war and left-wing at the same time as being pro-Kurd and in favour of arming the Kurds. I have been a long-standing opponent of western military interventions in the Muslim-majority world, almost all of which - from Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 to Libya in 2011 - have resulted in civilian bloodshed and terrorist blowback. But I'm not a pacifist.

For the World's Poorest Women Poverty Is Always a Sexual and Political Issue

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It was India's father, Gandhi who famously said that 'poverty is the worst form of violence'. What he didn't say, but what is worth pointing out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is that poverty is a form of violence dealt to some with more brutality than others.

EU Leaders Needs to Create Right Climate for 2030

David Nussbaum | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
David Nussbaum

On Thursday and Friday of this week, Prime Minister, David Cameron, will join his counterparts from across Europe at the EU Energy Council. Their task - to decide upon the level of ambition Europe will set itself for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

A Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

Jane Ellison | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ellison

Efua was a truly inspirational woman, and it was a great honour to work with her. We will continue to remember her, in our work to achieve her vision to end FGM in a generation. Surely there can be no greater tribute to her than this - that we work tirelessly to protect future generations of the girls she cared so deeply about.

Mama Efua's Dream Will Come True Without Her

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Hekate Papadaki

We are left with the responsibility to carry the task through, but Efua has paved the way. Efua was loved like few people I've known and she has changed the lives of more girls than would ever come to know her. She will be greatly missed and the thoughts of all of us are with her family.

Fleeing for Freedom

One Young World | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
One Young World

I am a North Korean defector who escaped the hardship of the region in 2007. Korea has remained in the media spotlight in recent weeks due to the unprecedented disappearance, and reappearance, of leader Kim Jong-un. Countless people have spoken about the missing dictator, but very little attention is being focused on the invisible victims of the Kim regime...

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Arms sales are not apolitical acts. On one hand, they bolster the buyers by giving them a British endorsement as a fig-leaf of respectability, but they also buy the UK government's political support and compliance. As the crackdown continues to escalate it is becoming increasingly clear that decisions being made in support of arms sales are having serious consequences for the victims of state repression.

Making Farming Sexy

Harriet Lamb | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

While 500million smallholder farmers work to overcome the odds, a handful of global companies control the transport and distribution of our food supply. Rampant consolidation of food companies has created an 'hourglass economy' with millions of farmers selling to a handful of companies - who in turn sell to millions of consumers.

Am I a Bad Parent for Taking My Son to See the Harsh Reality of Child Trafficking?

Tom Herbert | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Herbert

It was under a giant mango tree in a remote village monastery in South East Asia earlier this year that I felt closest to my son.

It's Time to 'Walk the Walk' for Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Growing numbers of people are becoming aware - and becoming angry - of injustices that are based simply on sex, both in the UK and worldwide. Along with high profile celebrity interventions, social media campaigns driven by young people are bringing these issues to the fore, while on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, taboos that have long remained intact are being broken. Girls' and women's rights are on the radar of politicians, too.

Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Are Killing Civilians: They Must Not Remain Secret

Jack Serle | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Jack Serle

Conventional operations are starting to wind down in Afghanistan - we are months away from the international troops leaving. But drone strikes are likely to continue. Drones are widely assumed to be a clean, remote way of pursuing western counter-terrorism objectives there. Yet in its work on Pakistan, the Bureau has shown on countless occasions that drones are not as surgical as claimed.

Ebola: Is Europe Immune... to Racism?

Michael Privot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Michael Privot

The spread of Ebola - and its containment - is a collective human responsibility that goes beyond racial, gender and class divides. European States should ensure equal access to health care in order to preserve social cohesion and avoid a deterioration of the situation.

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

A Passage to India

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Sir Michael Snyder

India is rightly celebrated for its IT expertise, but is keen to broaden perceptions of its capabilities. The Prime Minister's new 'Make in India' initiative is intended to encourage the growth of the manufacturing sector.

'Mostly They Kidnap Sunnis': Iraq's Sectarian Abyss

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

We need a non-sectarian Iraqi government and a non-sectarian response to ISIS - so say the politicians, all singing from the same hymn sheet. But it's easier said than done of course. Not least when powerful Shi'a politicians in Iraq continue to shield their religious brethren with the AK47s and a record of using them against Sunni civilians.

"We Are All Kobane": Rallying Cry of Resistants Against Fundamentalism

Caroline Fourest | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Caroline Fourest

It was an emotional Maryam Namazie, an Iranian Marxist in exile, who stepped onto the stage to read out a message in support of Syrian Kurds: "We are all Kobanians".

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ian Scoones | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Ian Scoones

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

Nepal - Please Stop the Mass Animal Slaughter

Joanna Lumley | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Joanna Lumley

I am so sad to hear that another Gadhimai Festival will be held in Nepal this November. The festival, which is only about 250 years old, takes place every five years. At the last festival, in 2009, it is estimated that around 500,000 water buffaloes, goats and chickens were slaughtered, having their heads severed in a mass sacrificial killing. Families, including young children, came to watch the bloody spectacle. The sacrificial killing is held to please the goddess Gadhimai, to avert evil and bring prosperity. Animal sacrifice is banned in many Indian states, but people travel from northern India to Nepal with their animals to sacrifice them at the festival.

The Girl Generation - Let's End FGM Once and for All

Leyla Hussein | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

11 October, is the International Day of the Girl Child. I can think of no better way to mark this important day than by the launch of The Girl Generation, the Africa-led global campaign to end FGM in a generation.

Two People Were Awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but the Internet Is Only Buzzing Over One of Them

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Despite the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to two people this year, the Internet still seems to be solely focused on Malala's achievement, whilst almost completely ignoring the fact that Kailash has done a lot of impressive work himself (evidently so, if he's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for it).