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The Fashion Revolution

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

The grounds upon which the eight storey commercial building collapsed were swampy and the cracks on its walls were large. Garment workers were forced to go back to work knowing that this building was unsafe to work in.

Fashion Victims: The Rana Plaza Disaster, One Year On

Jean Lambert | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Lambert

The victims of this disaster must never be forgotten. We must work to ensure no-one endures such appalling conditions in future, and all workers have the right to make a decent living from their labour.

A Spanner in the Works

Mark Younger | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Younger

It is unlikely that the systems could be converted in less than the three years it took for the simpler euro conversion. Given the scale and complexity of the task, it is more likely to take over five years...

Tony Blair, the Violent Islamist's Best Friend

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The former prime minister gives speeches pontificating about the threat from radical Islam in the Middle East, ignoring the fact that his invasion of Iraq helped bolster that threat. And so too does his support for the military junta in Egypt.

If Afusat Must Go Back, Her Little Daughters Are at Real Risk of Forcible FGM

Anj Handa | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Anj Handa

I've been supporting an amazing lady called Afusat since the New Year. With her solicitor's help, we have followed all procedures correctly. Fresh evidence and recent case law was submitted. Yet two weeks later, a short response came back, to say that her case had 'No merit', that she cannot appeal from within the UK and that she must return to Nigeria.

Removing Military Bases From Yemen's Cities

Richard Cashman | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Cashman

On Tuesday 6 August, Reuters reported a military helicopter shot down by rebels thought also to have attacked Yemen's primary oil pipeline. Nine military personnel were killed.

The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Ethiopia's Orthodox Church Vows To Fight Gays

Dan Littauer | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Littauer

Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction, during his Easter message, on Wednesday.

Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

James Snell | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

When the House of Commons voted to reject military action to protect the citizens of Syria from tyranny - both political and religious - MPs plunged this country, and the world, into the terrifying situation that exists in the region today. Non-intervention has cost Britain and NATO respect on the international stage...

There Are Few Places Where the Message of Easter Is as Relevant as the Central African Republic

Dr Alastair Redfern | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dr Alastair Redfern

I have faith in the human capacity for hope and generosity of spirit. Easter is a time for celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and sacrifice into new life. For the children of CAR, who have sacrificed so much, this is our opportunity to give them something to be hopeful about.

When Countries Fall Apart

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I don't see why it would be such a tragedy if Ukraine and Russia redrew their borders, with one, all-important proviso: that it is done in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the people in the region affected, as expressed in a fairly-conducted referendum. After all, that's what is planned for the people of Scotland...

This Easter Don't Play the Monopoly of Persecution Game

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's no monopoly on victimhood and no fixed pattern to religious discrimination and violence. Despite what David Cameron says, Christians aren't unique in being persecuted, and nor are they always unblemished when it comes to dishing out the persecution.

Men Versus FGM

Leyla Hussein | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

Hold onto your horses, this is not a men-bashing blog; I just want to offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism on why many men shy away from discussing FGM and all other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... Before you attack me, I'd like to make it clear that I don't believe all men are guilty from shying away from such conversations and I certainly don't believe that all men who do avoid them condone FGM and other forms of VAWG. The point I want to make is that men need to recognise they have a responsibility to fight against such practices.

Has the Foreign Office Forgotten About Gibraltar? Labour's Five Point Plan to Support Gibraltar

Gareth Thomas | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gareth Thomas

Whilst I've travelled twice to the island in the last six months, unfortunately no Foreign Office Minister has visited the island since the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo formed his administration in 2011. That's why Labour is calling for a Foreign Office Minister to visit the island as soon as possible to witness first hand the unnecessary delays and disruption to travellers trying to cross the border.

On the Brink of Extinction in Russia

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

With rights groups shut down, opposition activists shut away and those attending public gatherings and protests potentially criminalised, Putin's government is overseeing a human rights dark age for Russians - no matter what message their placard bears.

No News From Malakal

Agus Morales | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

Life has disappeared from Malakal, a key town in oil-rich Upper Nile state, South Sudan. The clashes between government and opposition forces have turned Malakal, a square grid bordering the river Nile, into a ghost town. But some people didn't manage to escape - they were forced to witness the horror.

Rwanda Reminds Us That Greatness and Evil Are Enduring Bedfellows

Gillian Walnes | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes

As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the three month Rwandan genocide, we realise that the capacity for greatness in a human being and its polar opposite, the capacity for evil, is something we should never underestimate.

To Trade or to Save - South Africa Considers Legalising Trade in Rhino

Mark Jones | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

The world's rhinos can't wait. We need to stop arguing about legalising trade, and instead focus on what we all want - greater protection for rhinos through better enforcement and reduced demand. Only then will the world have a chance of reversing the alarming and horrific impacts of poaching on these ancient and majestic creatures.

Focusing on Hard-to-Reach Children for Polio Vaccination Campaign in Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

More than six months after confirmation of the first polio case in Syria, Unicef continues to support efforts to tackle the outbreak in all parts of the country. The April nationwide polio round which started this week aims to reach 2.8million children across Syria with a special focus on hard-to-reach children in conflict zones and besieged areas...

Next Time You Find Yourself Staring at the Night Sky, Remember Those of Us Who Can't Enjoy It

Joe Churcher | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Joe Churcher

So why go to the Sahara at all? Simple - to help find a way to halt this infuriating disease in its tracks by raising money for research into finding a cure or at least a treatment to slow its progress. Defying varying degrees of sight loss right up to almost total darkness, a group of us are trying to trek 100km across the Moroccan desert in aid of RP Fighting Blindness.

I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

Valery Gergiev Faces the Music Over Support for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Gergiev is a great conductor but he colludes with an expansionist tyrant. He seems to have little respect for freedom and equality. He is not fit to conduct the LSO.

Confessions of an Australian Republican With a Kate Middleton Style Crush

Jamila Rizvi | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jamila Rizvi

I fell down the deep, dark internet rabbit hole of gazing at seemingly endless photographs of Kate Middleton's outfits. And who could blame me, really? The woman's mix of high end fashion and chain store bargains is something to be marvelled at... But here's where the real problem lies: I'm an Australian republican.

India Five Weeks From a New Promise

Jeremy Cook | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

The figures of this election are mind-boggling. By the time that the election is over, as many as 815million votes could have been cast between six national parties - the main two being the Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party - and around 50 separate individual state parties with voting taking place at more than 925,000 voting stations.