UK World

Getting Everyone in the Picture: Don't Forget Girls

Nigel Chapman | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered. While this number is split fairly evenly between male and female, we have to take into account that young girls and women already have to break down significant barriers just to be treated equally. If they are not registered, the barriers to participation become even more prominent.

'You Just Have to Keep Going'

Noel Sullivan | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

I should be more excited but the tiredness is keeping my emotions at bay. It's probably a good thing. As Sunday draws closer and we buy final bits and pieces to add to the ever expanding kit the challenge we have set ourself is clear. We are about to embark on one of the toughest, most exhilarating moments of our lives.

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

A Time of Tears, Sorrow, Stigmatisation and Isolation

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work with partners in country and in the diaspora communities to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola and ensure support is available to help the recovery from this outbreak.

Eighty Moments That Shaped the World

John Worne | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
John Worne

Eighty years is within a single lifetime of today - but for many it will feel a long time ago. The pace and scale of change in science and technology, international relations, arts and culture - and the way societies work and people live - must seem vast through the eyes of a those who have lived through them.

In Pictures: 80+ Arrests, Pepper Spray and Scuffles As Occupy Clear Outs Begin in Hong Kong

Tom Grundy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

At least 80 people were arrested, according to police, as part of one of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest camps was cleared on Tuesday. Bailiffs were on site to enforce a court order to clear obstructions from a relatively small part of the encampment on the Kowloon Peninsula. Most of the clearance was performed by an agency with bailiffs and police on hand to assist.

It's Important to Focus Attention on Violence Against Women That Is Endemic

Polly Neate | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Neate

After today, two women a week will still be killed in England and Wales, at the hands of a partner or former partner. The police will still receive one call every minute relating to a domestic violence incident. Three quarters of a million children will still witness domestic violence every year. This is not a counsel of despair. There is much we can do

The African Islamic State

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

This year I have watched from close quarters as a country has been torn apart. A militant Islamic group has successfully exploited an opportunity to carve out a sphere of influence in a riven nation. In a society divided by ethnic and - more prominently - religious loyalties, decades of tension between communities has manifested as sectarian violence.

Of Russia, Figs and Boarding Passes

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In places like the Vladikavkaz market, informal communities who have no idea what NGOs are may prove themselves much stronger and more dynamic in the defence of their interests than the marginalised NGOs themselves, which Russia attacks in a Cervantian manner reminiscent of tilting at windmills.

What Has the G20 Meant for Australia?

Alex Malley | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Alex Malley

As they clear up the convention centre in downtown Brisbane, Australia and take down the banners and start returning the city to normal, this is the ideal time to reflect on what exactly hosting the G20 leaders meeting has meant for Australia, and moreover for the global community.

And The Happiest Place To Live In The World Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Winter weather getting you down? Feeling the effects of SAD? You might want to consider migrating, as a new map showing the happiest countries to ...

Child Rights Anniversary Places Spotlight on Ebola

David Bull | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK
David Bull

In every region of the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organisations see their work for children, and transformed the way children are able to participate in their communities and societies. Today, children across the UK and the world are celebrating this momentous day.

Violence Against Religious Minorities in Iraq and Syria

Rt Revd Nick Baines | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Rt Revd Nick Baines

We live in a contingent world and do not have the luxury of choosing our friends; we share a seat with anyone who offers. And we must never lose our focus on the individual amid the complexity of the global.

'They Mock Our Face' - My Day at the Anti-Black Pete Protest in the Netherlands

Claire Fernandez | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Claire Fernandez

'Welkom in Gouda', giant letters announced to welcome the thousands of Dutch people who came to welcome the national 'arrival' of Saint Nicholas and his black faced helpers, the Black Petes (Zwarte Pieten in Dutch) on 15 November. The anti-Zwarte Piet protesters, on the other hand, were only welcomed by far-right hatred, biased journalists and police brutality...

10 Disturbing Government Cover-Ups

AllTime10s | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

From missing bombs to nuclear incidents, these are just a few of the most worrying things governments have tried to hide....

10 Countries With The Most Immigrants

AllTime10s | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics

Everyone is always harping on about immigration. Millions of people cross international borders every year to live somewhere new, but which countries ...

World Toilet Day: EU Should Make Sanitation a Development Priority

Catherine Bearder | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

Today marks UN World Toilet Day. In Europe we might question the need for a special commemorative day for something that for us is so trivial and commonplace. But for many people around the world, this is no joke.

Best Rooftop Bars in the World

BarChick | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BarChick

Forget the views from the overpriced tourist traps, get yourself sky high and gaze down across the classic NYC skyline. One side shows off uptown and midtown's finest; the Empire State, Met Life, etc and the other side gives a lookout to Wall Street and One World Trade Centre, so park yourself in the middle and get the best of both worlds. Check the loos before you leave too.

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

The G20 at a Crossroads

Adriano Campolina | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Adriano Campolina

The global financial system failed in large part because it only served rich countries - and within rich countries, it served rich people more than everyone else. In order to build a better system, we need to make the interests of those who have been excluded from our top priority. If large developing and emerging countries are to play a constructive role in this process, they must stand in solidarity with poor countries and with the poor in their own countries. To do otherwise is to condemn ourselves to a never-ending cycle of boom and bust - with the poorest continuing to suffer most.

#VogueEmpower in India: It Starts With You

Vogue.fr | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

A new social awareness initiative is igniting desire for change the world over, with a colourful campaign to encourage people to think, talk and act on issues surrounding women's empowerment in India. From inspiring real-life stories, to interviews with India's most powerful voices, it's not only raising awareness that's at at the core of Vogue India's mission.

You Don't Need to Be Bill Gates to Be a Philanthropist - The Young Professionals Are Getting in on the Game

Tim Farron | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

This is not a party political issue. I'm not saying that we shouldn't sort out those deep structural issues holding us all back. In my view, this is absolutely not a substitute for Government aid and I am incredibly proud that the Lib Dems are making it law for Government to invest 0.7% of GDP in overseas Aid. But 21st Century philanthropy is no longer for the astronomically rich.

WHO Is Wasting Vital Ebola Crisis Cash on Ineffective Smartphone Applications

Sophia Salenius | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Put bluntly, WHO is wasting vital funds from the Ebola crisis kitty on a piece of kit that will not work in West Africa and costs too much to operate.

Europe Is Dragging Its Feet on Conflict Minerals

Michael Gibb | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Gibb

We are at a critical juncture. The Bangladesh Accord, the Modern Slavery Act, and conflict minerals legislation in the US and central Africa, are landmark achievements that show that business can be done responsibly and need not take place in the shadows. By dragging its feet instead of building on these achievements the EU risks undermining this progress...

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Emily Wasik | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Emily Wasik

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the cr...