UK World

Holiday Resort In Turkey Rocked By Explosion

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK

The Turkish holiday resort of Antalya has been rocked by an explosion leaving several people injured. “It could be an explosion caused by an acciden...

Why Do Many Calais Migrants Want To Come To Britain?

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK

As the demolition of ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais began on Monday, the plight of the some 6,500 refugees living there was brought into fres...

British 'Anarchists' Accused Of Stoking Unrest During Calais 'Jungle's' Destruction

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

French officials dismantling ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais have said British anarchists threatened their efforts more than the migrants bein...

Plane Carrying French Officials Crashes In Malta, Killing At Least Five

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Five French nationals died on Monday when their plane plummeted to the ground at Malta International Airport. Sky News reported those involved were EU...

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Mike Adamson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.

Britain Is The Fourth Best Place In The World To Be a Young Person

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Britain is the fourth best country in the world to be a young person, a new study reveals. A global youth development index compiled by the Commonwe...

How Do We Spread The Environmental Message Across Higher Education Institutions?

Louis Sherman | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Louis Sherman

More and more students appear to be wanting to get in on the environmental movement, something I have seen first-hand while at university in Bournemou...

Boris Johnson Needs To Stop Grandstanding And Help Get My Constituent Out Of An Iranian Jail

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

In his speech at the Conservative Party conference, Boris Johnson talked at length about the influence of "Global Britain". But where is this influence when it comes to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe? For once the foreign secretary should stop grandstanding and knuckle down to the real work of securing my constituent's freedom from an Iranian prison cell. Getting one young Hampstead mother out of jail might not be the kind of glorious, earth-shattering diplomatic triumph that Mr Johnson dreams of. But it would mean a huge amount to the people caught up in this nightmare.

Defiance Through Laughter And (Gentle) Clowns

Samantha Holdsworth | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Holdsworth

What a crazy week to be a clown, as the Director of Clowns Without Borders and a performer myself, I can say that with some authority. The spate of "evil clown" sightings has lead many people to ask me if it'll affect our work; not at all. We're clowns! We're resilient, if we get knocked down, we simply dust ourselves off and get back up. It's why after centuries we're still here making people laugh.

The New UN Secretary General Must Not Allow Religion To Override Human Rights

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

When acting as Secretary General I would urge Guterres to embrace rather than obstruct the expansion and strengthening of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gay Rights. The world will be watching and hoping fervently that he will not be unduly influenced by regressive religious forces.

What's Next For The Children Of Calais?

Lily Caprani | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that in the coming days and weeks hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children in Calais, many of whom have the right to be with family in the UK, will finally be brought to the UK ahead of the imminent demolition of the camp. After many months of campaigning on this issue at Unicef UK, we are thrilled about the announcement. Children have been languishing in the camp in Calais for far too long, with every day being another day they are alone and in danger. Another day that they could fall prey to traffickers.

Britain Must Not Delay In Halting Arms Sales Fuelling Bloodshed In Yemen

Mark Goldring | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

It is not too late to help bring this conflict to an end, and to send the strongest possible message that killing civilians will not be tolerated. To do that, Britain should not delay another day in halting the arms sales that are fuelling this bloodshed and put all its diplomatic effort behind finding a political solution.

Why Aren't Sierra Leone's Girls Going To School?

Megan Lees-Cowan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Megan Lees-Cowan

International Day of the Girl Child is about standing with girls like Isatu so that she can create the future she wants for her daughter. It serves as an important reminder to all of us to examine gender inequality in our own communities and our global community. Tackling these problems won't just benefit girls, it will benefit everyone.

The Dislocated Ones

Trevor Hardy | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

The world is an increasingly complex place. Traditional institutions designed to hold together society have lost the authority they once had. Public trust in government, the financial sector and brands is at an all-time low. Racial division, climate change, inequality and terrorism dominate headlines.

Greece Can't Deal With Thousands Of Refugees Alone - Every Country, Including Britain, Must Step In

Elliott Williams | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Williams

It's clear that Greece can't deal with tens of thousands of people alone. Every country has to step in and share responsibility, including the UK. The pressure is growing - our leaders need to welcome more people and help families to stay together. Barzani, Yazan, Jamila and others in a similar position deserve a decent life beyond a 'refugee' camp. I hope they get the chance to enjoy the life they should.

When It Comes To Fracking, It Seems That Democracy Doesn't Count For Much

Hannah Martin | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Hannah Martin

Through overturning the decision, Westminster politicians have effectively declared that fracking industry profits are more important than the concerns of British people... While today's news is not what we wanted, this is far from the end of the story. As Lancashire resident Pat Davis said this morning: "this travesty of justice will not be accepted."

UK Development Aid: Money (Literally) Well Spent

Alistair Burnett | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Since taking up her post a few months ago, Britain's new International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has been talking up how she's going to crackdown on waste and fraud in the way her budget is spent. In her first speech to a Tory party conference as Secretary of State at the weekend, she continued in this vein, promising to "follow the money" to root out waste and corruption. A laudable ambition which no one can argue with. But what constitutes "waste" seems to depend quite a bit on your overall view of aid.

While Afghanistan's Government Prepares To Host A Summit On The Country's Future, Its Achievements Are Fragile And Failures Endless

Zabihullah Noori | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Zabihullah Noori

As up to 70 countries and 20 international agencies gather, corruption in the country is at a record high. In the two years since it was established, the National Unity Government (NUG) has very limited economic achievements, such as completing the previous Government's left-over development projects or signing off a couple of international agreements for power and gas supply.

We've Got To Start Joining The Dots Between Poverty And Abuse

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we want to ensure that women's life chances aren't narrowed by gender, that girls born today won't face the limitations and closing off of opportunities caused by the combination of poverty and abuse, we've got to start joining these dots.

Why Is Britain Confiscating Passports For The Syrian Regime?

Chris Doyle | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Chris Doyle

It appears that foreign powers, including those with the most appalling human rights records, can demand that passports of their citizens can be confiscated by foreign powers. The question is why is the British government going along with this? Amazingly enough despite all the heated condemnatory language, the British government has done just that on behalf of the Assad regime.

Election Violence And Sexual Harassment In Gabon

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Problems are only taken seriously when they too affect men, like in the case of the elections. The streets were filled with violence because men were unhappy with their rights not being respected. It's about time that around the world too take to the streets too to demand that their rights be respected.

Syrian Artists Imagine More Peaceful Future In Wake Of Crisis

Julia Karlysheva | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Julia Karlysheva

Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.

'Nujeen Was One Of The Lucky Ones' - Help Us To Protect More Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...

The Case For A Public Enquiry On The War In Libya

Mark Curtis | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Cameron resigned as an MP two days before the Committee enquiry was published, which is hard to believe was coincidental. If MPs are concerned about being lied to and about whether Britain is a rogue state in international affairs, they should now demand a new public enquiry.

As Europe Fails To Act, 60,000 Refugees Are Living In Appalling And Unsafe Conditions In Greece

Ghias Aljundi | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Ghias Aljundi

Theresa May talked about the importance of a global response to the refugee crisis but she did not offer any more resettlement opportunities and of course, the UK is playing no part in this emergency programme to relocate refugees from Greece... I saw too much suffering in Greece and this pain shatters my heart. I do not like to be angry but I am full of anger and I am disgusted by this terrible indifference. The people I met last week were full of warmth, compassion and dignity, despite their despair and exhaustion, and they deserve so much more.