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Six Months of Brutal War in Yemen Puts Millions of Children in Danger

David Bull | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
David Bull

As we mark six months of conflict in Yemen, we must continue to call for all parties to respect the lives of civilians and children. We must continue to work to improve the lives of these children so that they can enjoy their childhood again.

Britain's Asylum Policies Must Be Shaped by Our Best Traditions, Not Our Worst

Stephen Hale | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.

A Multi-Agency Approach Is Needed to Successfully Tackle FGM

Javed Khan | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...

20ft Python Attacks Pet Shop Owner, Police Respond Admirably

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK

A pet shop owner has been viciously attacked by a 20-ft python whilst a horrified customer looked on. Terry Wilkins, the owner of Captive Born Rept...

Is Putin's Syria the Road to Armageddon?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

This time it's not Crimea or Ukraine but President Bashar Hafez al-Assad's Syria where Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun to establish his very own 'Caliphate' in the Middle East. And because he has 'The Bomb' nations stand by helplessly as he defiantly ignores their condemnation and doesn't even wait to see if anyone will lift a finger to stop him.

I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

Lajos Zoltan Jecs | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Lajos Zoltan Jecs

What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.

Just What Syria Needs: More Bombs

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

It comes down to this: should the UK use what little international influence it still has to encourage the resumption of international peace talks - and could David Cameron and Philip Hammond bring themselves to champion the cause of the EU as an essential part of the mix? Or would they rather ask the House of Commons to approve RAF bombing raids in Syria, even though they must know full well that a few more bombs - even if they carry "Made in Britain" markings - are unlikely to make a blind bit of difference?

The Global Impact of Forests

Steve Backshall | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

People in the UK are starting to take an awful lot more interest in where their goods come from, demanding that we know as much as possible about the provenance of our food, and making our choices accordingly. Most now know that eating free-range eggs and chicken at least shows you care that animals aren't tortured so we can eat.

13 Americans Who Think More Guns Are The Solution To Gun Crime

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK

Thursday's mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon has brought the issue of American gun laws into focus yet again. Ten peop...

This Guy Took A Selfie Every Day For 8 Years

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK

Hugo Cornellier is a 20-year-old YouTuber known for his impressive time lapse films. But his biggest project has spanned eight whole years - and ha...

She Could Have Been My Daughter

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

I have worked for over 20 years helping women around the world to rebuild their lives and fulfil their potential. The crisis that Syrian, Iraqi and Nigerian women are facing right now is playing on my mind every day - I do not want to wait any longer to provide the support they need right now.

Humans Of New York Are Doing Something Special For Refugees Coming To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

'Humans of New York' has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency to deliver the personal stories of those fleeing North Africa. Brandon St...

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Shell Quitting the Arctic Is a Monumental Victory - Let's Keep Campaigning for a Greener Future

Emma Thompson | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Emma Thompson

Yesterday Shell announced it was quitting its Arctic drilling programme. Let me just repeat that in case you, like me, couldn't quite fathom this wonderful piece of news: Shell is quitting its hunt for dirty oil in the Arctic. The thing is about these oil companies is they try and make us believe they rule the world, that their tomorrow is the only tomorrow. But today shows that the future can be rewritten. Shell execs might not publicly admit that our movement stopped them - but reading between the lines we can all see public outrage on Arctic drilling was a huge concern for them.

The Co-Founder Of #ShoutYourAbortion Has Been Viciously Attacked By Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lindy West, a co-founder of the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign which aims to de-stigmatise discussion of the procedure, has fallen victim to internet tro...

Piercing the Heart With Virtual Reality

Reuben Steains | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Reuben Steains

Empathy is about seeing the world from someone else's perspective so as to share their feelings and this is where VR's strength lies. It can be a powerful empathy machine if you feel you're there, in someone else's... erm... eyes.

Yemen - The Unknown Humanitarian Crisis

David Jones | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

Today marks the six month anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen, which has affected the lives of 21million people, including 9.9million children. With the situation deteriorating every day, the world's biggest humanitarian crisis continues unabated.

Migration and the EU: An Institution Crumbling?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.

Malaria - A Prototype for the Global Goals?

James Whiting | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
James Whiting

This weekend it's out with the old and in with the new as we welcome a new era for international development, including a target to eradicate malaria once and for all... The battle against malaria is well under way, but we have to go the distance to win the war.

The Horrifying Truth Behind Dolphin Shows

Thareeya Deasakorn Khamkar | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Thareeya Deasakorn Khamkar

On 11 September, a young Risso's dolphin is driven into and trapped in the cove. She lands at the feet of Ric O'Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and ex-dolphin trainer turned activist, who is helpless to intervene. Exhausted, she gives up the will to live, takes a final breath and sinks to the bottom of Taiji cove, never to be seen again.

Gaza Is a Horrific Humanitarian Disaster That We Cannot Allow to Continue

Sarah Champion | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

My trip showed me the hidden scandal, breaking every international law, the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. I believe this will make a two-state solution virtually impossible. Right now, as well as the barrier, Israel is very actively building settlements on Palestinian land and using the protection of the Israelis housed in the settlements as the justification for military rule. If we truly want to see peace in the region, this blatant flouting of the law simply cannot be allowed to continue.

Refugees Face Impossible Choices

Louise Finan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Louise Finan

For those of us who have been following the humanitarian fallout of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq, the distressing images of men, women and children seeking refuge throughout Europe come as no surprise.

One Woman's Visit To McDonalds Ended In Tears For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

A woman from Chicago has written of her surprise and admiration for a McDonald's employee pictured helping an elderly customer eat his meal. Destin...

Tackling Forest Fires Is Vital for Tackling Climate Change

Tony Juniper | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Tony Juniper

In many countries the most visible symbols of climate change are linked with the fossil fuel economy. Gas guzzling 4X4 vehicles, expanding airports and coal-fired power plants understandably among them. But what of land and forests?

That Insane Aids Drug Price Hike Could Have Profound Implications For The TTIP Deal

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A leading NHS doctor has spoken out against the former hedge fund manager at the heart of the scandal around a 4,000% increase in the price of a life ...