UK World

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

Why I Left My Job for Earth Hour

Holly Welsh | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Welsh

When I joined the Earth Hour team at the beginning of the year, I suspected my time at WWF would not be your ordinary internship, and I'm happy to say I was 100% right!

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.

Cameroon: Helping Central African Refugees Overcome Trauma Caused by the Massacres

Pauline Hede | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Pauline Hede

The coup d'etat that took place in Central African Republic two years ago this week has affected nearly the entire population, leaving over half of it (over 2.5 million) in dire need of assistance. Over 450,000 people have fled the country with almost as many internally displaced.

The Continued Detention of the Chinese Feminist Activists Is a Turning Point - For Better or Worse

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Jemimah Steinfeld

Chinese women can't rely on the government to come to their aid. But when the government does the exact opposite, and actually arrests them, the situation gets a whole lot worse. China's current leader Xi Jinping has intensified a crackdown on dissent.

Into Bahrain's Jaws of Hell

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Nabeel Rajab

Rather than hold the torturers accountable, Bahrain is covering up its abuses. Rather than improve the situation, they have wilfully allowed its deterioration, which is worse now than during martial law in 2011.

A Foreigner in North Korea: A Personal Account of My Two Years Living in Pyongyang

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

North Korea (or DPRK) remains misunderstood by the outside world, partly due to the lack of access by foreign journalists and researchers but also because public opinion about the country has been shaped by overused stereotyping narratives and images. But what I experienced during those two years in DPRK, had nothing to do with the standard stereotypes.

Horns for Sale?

Mark Jones | Posted 26.03.2015 | 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.

Syria's Lost Generation

David Jones | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

It seems there is no end in sight for a whole generation of people who continue to suffer as a consequence of the vicious civil war. Children often pay the biggest price in times of conflict, which exposes them to trauma, exploitation and abuse. Syrian children and their families are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the challenging living conditions. Many are without food and water and have found it hard to endure the harsh winter weather. A large number have to work to support themselves and their families; girls are being married off for their 'safety' and boys are being recruited into armed groups.

Earth Hour: An Opportunity for All of Us to Demonstrate That We Care About Our Planet

Alistair McGowan | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alistair McGowan

I've been an environmentalist for 25 years now... Some people might think I'm a bit of a fanatic. Jeremy Clarkson would, no doubt, belittle my desire for a greener, healthier world for this and future generations by saying I'm an 'arty-farty, Lycra-clad cycling leftie-weftie who knits his own muesli' - or, more likely, would just punch me in the face. But I don't care. Because I know that unless every one of us does our bit (and is clearly told what 'our bit' is), we face a very unpleasant future.

We Must Send the Maldivian Regime a Clear, Unambiguous and Robust Message: Their Behaviour Is Unacceptable

Lord Alton | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Alton

It is in all our interests to send the Maldivian regime a clear, unambiguous and robust message: their behaviour is unacceptable. Mr Nasheed must be released, the charges dropped and the democratic process restored.

Israel: The Millwall of the Middle East

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The desperate measures that Mr Netanyahu went to to achieve his election victory this week were a shock even to jaded old Middle East observers like me. By re-electing him as prime minister at the head of a right-wing coalition, Israeli voters look more than ever as if they have chosen to model themselves on the English football club Millwall, whose supporters' best known chant at matches is "No one likes us, we don't care."

The Idea and Reality of Change: Lessons From the Film Selma

Bukky Olaleye | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Bukky Olaleye

We may not agree with the rhetoric of President Obama, or disagree with the stylisation or representation of the film. What is difficult to contest is the ability of a well told story to impart huge life lessons, to teach, lead, and position us to walk in our own potential and to 'shape the course of things.'

Polar Bears to the Rescue!

Joshua Virasami | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

An ad-hoc party spilled out, placard-wielding polar bears scooted across the terminal on luggage trolleys, the softhearted action, which the bears said was 'testing the waters', had a clear message - 'no new runways', not in Heathrow, and not anywhere.

China

Daniel Lightwing | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

X plus Y does a great job of mirroring some of my own feelings. I can easily relate to the socially awkward young Nathan, away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar land. In the true story, one major difference is that I was interested in China since long before the maths competitions. It started at about the age of 13 when I started reading Chinese novels.

Climate Change: Do What's Right, Not What's Easy

Will Martindale | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Will Martindale

I believe one of an MP's most important responsibilities is to future generations. Yet too often politicians trade future sustainability for short-term populism. Nowhere is this more clear cut than on the environment.

Recognising Rape - In War and Peace

Deeyah Khan | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Rape needs to be understood as a crime of violence against women as women, not as offences the property 'rights' of husbands or families nor a symbolic assault upon the identity a the enemy... A world without rape must start from the respect for women's rights over their own body: in war and peace.

Speaking in Tongues - Thinking Differently on Language Learning

John Worne | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
John Worne

Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.

Syria: 'Doing What We Can, With What We've Got, Where We Are'

Gareth Bayley | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is no imminent solution. Some brave, determined Syrians are digging in for the long haul, soberly measuring out the remainder of this conflict in multiples of five years.That doesn't work for me, nor for the team I lead across Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. We are focused on how we can help right here, right now.

Syria Crisis: Why Aid Is Vital but Not Enough

Saleh Saeed | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

All we can do is continue to provide lifesaving aid and push for solutions, despite the challenges stacked against us. It's important to recognise what we are able to achieve - the international community must keep investing in humanitarian relief and striving for a sustainable peace.

Police Killings in Brazil: 'My Taxes Paid for the Bullet That Killed My Grandson'

Alexandre Ciconello | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK
Alexandre Ciconello

How much longer will it take for the Brazilian authorities to wake up to these horrors and take real action? The lives of thousands of people - many of them young black men - are at stake.

Should Britain Be Arming Ukraine?

Iain Overton | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Overton

Before we throw weapons at the Ukrainian crisis, we need to ask two fundamental questions: does Ukraine really need our arms?  And what would happen to them once the violence ended?

A Healthy Woman Is an Empowered Woman - The Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Through these three programmes, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with out-of-pocket medical bills and the cost of specialist healthcare for patients in need. However, we have found that this model, whilst successful, is ultimately unsustainable.

Kids in Camps

Jezza Neumann | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Jezza Neumann

It should be the right of every child to have an education but more than that - as Grace also says - education is the way to build a country. As a film maker, what I have witnessed is a tragedy. In Africa today, thousands of bright young minds are being lost in a sea of war and displacement.

Ebola: A Turning Point?

Mark Goldring | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam is in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the long haul. We're continuing to work with communities to build understanding of Ebola treatment and how to stay healthy, providing financial support to help families get back on their feet, and helping them guard against infectious diseases by equipping schools and clinics with clean water and sanitation.