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One Year On - The Sparks Which Could Reignite 'Hot War' in Ukraine

Richard Howitt | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

The last week has left me in no doubt that this is quite literally a fight for Europe within Ukraine. Europe has to consider very carefully the consequences for all of us whether it is a fight we can afford to be lost and to decide for ourselves exactly what constitutes victory or defeat? Cold war, hot war or no war at all.

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Eurotunnel Services Return To Normal After Migrant Activity Causes Holiday Gridlock

PA | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK

Eurotunnel services have returned to normal after migrant activity in France caused long delays and left British holidaymakers seething on one of the ...

Click Here for More Power: How Can Petitions Open Up Parliament?

Tom Bage | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Bage

Platforms like Change.org are opening up politics because they put power directly into the hands of the people and it's good that Westminster is evolving to reflect that. But if Parliament's formal petitions process is going to achieve its full potential it should ditch the focus on arbitrary numbers and 19th Century committees and embrace a more open model fully fit for the 21st Century.

Monsoon Season Brings More Danger to Nepal's Children

David Bull | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
David Bull

Saturday marks three months since the first Nepal earthquake hit and although we're hearing less and less about it in the media, children are still in danger. With the country now in monsoon season and heavy rain, flooding and thunder storms expected, your support is needed now more than ever.

Hunting the World's Most Wanted People Smuggler

Alex Crawford | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Alex Crawford

There is no rule of law and much of the state infrastructure is crumbling with government employees complaining about not being paid. And it's here in Tripoli where the Italian investigators traced Ghermay to, where they believe he's living and from where he manages his multi-national human trafficking business. And it's here he will carry on operating, safe in the knowledge he can't and won't be caught - no matter the protestations and political pledges to crack down on the gangs and the networks. Because Libya is anarchic and that means the smugglers can operate with impunity.

Into the Black: Channel 4's 'Escape From Isis'

Neil Durkin | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

The lined, worried face of Khaleel al-Dakhi, the stark beauty of the purple-flowered landscape through which his team drive - flatlands beneath mountains and then spooky mountain roads littered with burnt-out cars. It all begins to hit you.

Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

This Summer, Across the Greek Islands, Boats Filled With Refugees Are Nothing Unusual

Owen Fay | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Owen Fay

What passes for routine these days means that within an hour the crew on board has spotted, hailed and rescued forty-four men, women and children. All Syrian, all fleeing the war. This summer, across the Greek islands, this is nothing unusual...

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

A Chance for a Global Tax System That Works for All - Not Just the Richest

Adriano Campolina | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Adriano Campolina

A just and global solution to the problems of international taxation is required if developing countries are to realise economic self-sufficiency. But if developing countries cannot have a meaningful voice in global tax rules, then they have every justification for going their own way.

Will Financing for Development 2015 Be 'Good News for the Poor'?

Justin Welby | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Justin Welby

The outcomes of this conference will be important for laying the groundwork to agree the SDGs and the UN climate talks later this year. I urge leaders to deliver a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency. lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor.

Women in Sport - Scoring for Equality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Sport
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Deeply entrenched, discriminatory notions of women's diminished status, whether the issue is a playing field or a paycheck, harm individual women and girls. They are denied their rights and blocked from achieving their full potential. Such norms also undermine sport itself, tarnishing notions such as fair play and open competition. It is time to overturn the barriers and stereotypes.

Telling a Global Story - World Leaders Must Turn Words Into Action

Rosanne White | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rosanne White

It is time for all UN Member States to step up and shoulder some of the load, a message that over 20million people from across the globe are shouting out loud and clear to their governments as part of the action/2015 campaign.

The Yazidi Women - A Vulnerable Community in Desperate Need of Our Help

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

It is very clear that rape is being used as a weapon of war here and more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable women. Global leaders need to step in and take more of a stand against ISIL before it is too late and a whole culture has been wiped out and many lives ruined.

Britain Must Think About Its Relationship With Burma Over the Treatment of the Rohingyas

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

While the EU continues to struggle with the Mediterranean refugee crisis, South East Asia has been facing a potential catastrophe as Burma's Rohingya flee their homes in search of safety across the Andaman Sea. The scenes of thousands of people stranded on boats and the harrowing discovery of mass graves have recently commanded the world's attention, but the Rohingya minority's desperation is not new and they are no strangers to injustice.

Narco State: Inside Mexico's Drug Cartels

Stuart Ramsay | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Stuart Ramsay

The Mexican authorities and the United States drug enforcement agencies are struggling to even remotely control the trafficking of drugs across Mexico's borders. Like a multinational company it is driven by the market. For now the demand is high. So the supply keeps coming...

Egyptian Students Are Spending Ramadan Behind Bars For Speaking Out Against The Government

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of Egyptian students are spending Ramadan in prison for "expressing their opinions". Egyptian media reports suggest that students have be...

Greece: "Bet Your Bottom Dollar That Tomorrow There'll Be Sun'

Alex Papasimakopoulou | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK
Alex Papasimakopoulou

What we're saying is visit Greece, keep coming like you always have. If anything, this country and its remarkable people need you more than ever. People are calling it solidarity holidays. We'll just say that you can have some of the best experiences of your life while helping to keep a proud country on its feet.

Truth and Justice Are Antidotes to Violence and Hatred

Queen Noor of Jordan | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Queen Noor of Jordan

Fifty years after having said "never again" following the holocaust, Europe was the site of the Srebrenica Genocide which opened another bloody chapter in our collective global history, a chapter that, also, has yet to be closed.

A Modern Greek Tragedy

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Jason Aiginitis

The current Greek government won the elections under the slogan "Hope is Coming". Is "hope" seeing our grandparents crying and dying in front of ATM machines? Is "hope" people literally threatening to kill their brothers over political disagreements? Is "hope" a government that cannot take responsibility for their mistakes?

Clear Skies and 100% Chance of Abortion Pills Delivered by Drone in Poland

Julia Ellis-Kahana | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech
Julia Ellis-Kahana

A drone is the vessel of contemporary warfare that most effectively proliferates destruction. To take the ultimate unmanned weapon and find a way to use it to promote the human rights of women is radical.

The Islands of Tears

Sam Barratt | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Sam Barratt

For Greece and Italy, a breakthrough can't come too soon. This year alone, 100,000 refugees have arrived on the southern shores of Europe. With the UN saying there are a record number of people displaced by conflict this year, this crisis isn't going away anytime soon.

Why Unicef Won't Rest Until We Reach Every Child in Danger

David Bull | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
David Bull

For too long, the world has tolerated widespread violence against children that leaves millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities, presenting a significant barrier towards reaching overall development aims. Chad, for example, has the third highest rate of child marriage in the world. Child marriage often compromises a girl's development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence... The future of countries like Chad depend on us ensuring that the promises we make to the world's children in September are upheld, and that we fulfil our commitment to ensure that no child is left behind, no matter their circumstance.