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The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...

Refugees? Or Referendum?

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Beware of big numbers. Thursday's London donor conference on Syria made all the right noises - they always do - but if past experience is anything to go by, the right noises rarely translate into ready cash.

Wife Who Crashed Her Own Funeral To Spite Murderous Husband Has One Inspirational Message

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

"Surprise! I'm still alive!" These are the words Noela Rukundo never thought she would have to say. Five days earlier, Noela had been visiting h...

Education Is a Right for Every Child

Myassar Itani | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Myassar Itani

It is very important for Syrian children to have an education. I don't see them as refugees. It is just a label that the society gave them. We are not looking into a dark future where people are divided into those who were refugees and those who were not. What they are now are children. Simply children. And all children have the right to learn and continue their education.

Why Do Whales Strand?

Steve Backshall | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Steve Backshall

The recent beaching of sperm whales on our east coast, and simultaneously in Europe, has once again called attention to undersea soundscapes. Sperm whales are very special creatures, possibly more dependent on acoustics, and more sensitive to it than any other animal in the sea.

Please Tell me Something Good

Fi Glover | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Fi Glover

Good news struggles to find its place in the news agenda. As an editor, or journalist, at what point do you say that a policy or a scheme or a venture has become successful enough to justify attention with so much else to cover? How do you avoid a good news story looking like a puff piece?

Ensuring There Is No Lost Generation for Syria

Lily Caprani | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

I visited Za'atari refugee camp and met children who have fled Syria for their lives. I heard the same tales of losing homes, their schools and their friends. And stories of unimaginable violence and danger. These children should be going to school and playing with their friends, dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up. These children are the future of Syria and they urgently need protection and the chance of an education before a whole generation is lost to the conflict.

The Situation in Calais Is a Test of Our Principles, Humanity and European Co-Operation

Diane Abbott | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The camp is a fragile and desperate place. There are thousands of people, including babies and very young children, living in freezing conditions with no education, limited food and healthcare. The efforts of the volunteers and agencies responding to the crisis are remarkable, but it is quite clear that much more needs to be done.

The UK Must Recognise Eritreans as the Refugees That They Are

Freshta Sharif | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Freshta Sharif

We have all heard about the terrible situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq causing people to risk their lives and make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. However, what I have sadly come to realise is that not so many of us have heard much about the Eritreans also making this crossing.

8 Reasons Ted Cruz Is More Terrifying Than Donald Trump

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK

As this year's race towards the White House enters its crucial caucus stage, the shock of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump losing to Senator Ted Cr...

This Week, The World Must Rise to the Challenge on Syria

Justine Greening | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

I believe the London Conference can be a turning point for the Syrian people who have endured so many horrors since war engulfed their country. One conference can't end the fighting or undo the suffering but it can be the moment when we rise to an unprecedented challenge with an unprecedented response. In London I want the world to offer a different story on Syria and a new vision of hope to its people. This is an historic opportunity and the whole world must grasp it.

The Week That Matters for Syria and the World

Andrew Mitchell | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Mitchell

The international community is guilty of a grotesque lack of action and effectiveness. The authority of the UN - set up after the second world war precisely to ensure that this could never happen again - is being flouted and grossly undermined by this paralysis and failure. For everyone's sake this catastrophe must now be brought an end.

The Time to Act for Syria's Children Is Now

Roger Godsiff | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Roger Godsiff

Denying children like Fatima their right to education is already having a devastating effect on their lives. But it also has serious, far-reaching consequences for societies and economies across the region. We must act now for the futures of Syria's children.

Nudes and Niqabs: Drawing the Line

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Let's be clear: wearing a niqab is not regarded as a religious requirement by the vast majority of Muslims. Even in President Rouhani's Iran, women do not cover their faces. It is a cultural tradition with its origins in the Arabian peninsula, exported by preachers who follow the teachings of wahhabism.

Can Africa Afford Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

A lot of the blame for this unfinished business falls on the persisting inequalities in education, not the least of which is related to poverty. The 2015 GMR underlined this fact, showing that in low and middle income countries, the poorest children are 4 times less likely to go to school than the richest, and are 5 times less likely to complete primary education.

Millions of Children in Yemen Are Trapped in a War They Cannot Escape

Julien Harneis | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Julien Harneis

What can be done to protect the children in Yemen? The warring parties and those advising them, including the United Kingdom, must work to ensure that civilians are neither killed nor injured, and that schools and hospitals are not bombed.

Pre-Conceived Ideas - We All Have Them

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

I was visiting the Cuttack Leprosy Hospital and Home, a government facility that Lepra supports to provide high quality reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation for people living with disabilities as a result of leprosy.

Why We Should Commit to Discussing Politics More in the Classroom

Imelda Redmond | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imelda Redmond

Our report recommends that consistent class time should be devoted to discussing political affairs. We're calling for schools to do more to provide young people with opportunities to learn about political parties and processes, and engage with political debates and ideas. This is something that needs to happen to get more young people engaged with mainstream politics and to make our political process more democratic.

For Families Fleeing War, Grande Synthe Camp Represents Abandonment

Karl Pike | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Karl Pike

I am certain politicians of all parties would agree that young families should not be left to live like those currently in the camp at Grande Synthe. In supporting the work of MSF and others, we hope both the UK and French Governments will assess the humanitarian need at the camps and provide assistance.

Extreme Global Inequality Is Out of Control - Something Must Be Done

Diane Abbott | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

I agree with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB that a crackdown on global tax havens is a necessary step towards ending this rampant global inequality. Indeed, it is also a necessary step towards international development more broadly... A Labour Government will genuinely tackle tax avoidance and work for ambitious global agreements on international development that seek to tackle inequality and its drivers.

Why Humanitarian and Pakistani Icon Abdul Sattar Edhi Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Ziauddin Yousafzai | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Ziauddin Yousafzai

Edhi not only epitomises the very creation of the Nobel Peace Prize based upon Sir Alfred Nobel's principles of social activism through peaceful means, he is a shining example of how sheer fortitude can create a legacy of real change. I hope his story is heard loudly when the nominations for the 2016 peace prize draw to a close in the coming weeks. In these bleak times whereby we are deluged with humanitarian crisis after crisis, the world can learn much from Edhi's simple yet profoundly illuminating code of conduct - 'live and help live'.

Join Us at a Little Gig and Help Raise Money for the Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Lifetime

Jeremy Pritchard | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Pritchard

Being in a band means there isn't always much we can do to help causes through our work. So if we're asked, we try to take the opportunities. What's going on in Syria at the moment is so obviously pertinent, so present. The politics are enormously complicated and we don't profess to know half enough about it. But at its core is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, and human beings who simply want to survive, who want their children to be safe. So, we and some other great musicians are doing a little gig this Friday 22nd to help raise money for Syria (we're DJing).

For Hope in Syria, First You Need a Bit of Confidence

Gareth Bayley | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

'Happy New Year!'. 'HNY2016!'. 'Kull a'aam wa enta bi-khayr'. It's that time of year when people give each other a boost and wish them well for the year ahead. Syrians remain incredibly generous in wishing me, 'love, peace and happiness' for 2016. I return the favour, usually with an invocation that Syria see peace, or at least a better year than last year. How hard can that be? Well, hope for peace was in short supply in early 2015. Early 2016 looked better

It's Time to Break the Chains of Dependency for Girls and Women

Justine Greening | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Throughout history, girls and women have often been invisible outside the home. Even now, in 2016, there are countries where women are prevented from getting a job, from owning their own land and even from setting up a bank account. This strips them of their independence. For every aspect of their lives, these women are completely reliant on someone else. It's time to break these chains of dependency. Now we have the chance. Today, the UN Secretary General announced he is establishing an expert team of leading politicians, expert economists, charity heads and business leaders to jumpstart a global movement on women's economic empowerment. I'm privileged to be joining this High Level Panel, alongside the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and many eminent names who will be announced over the next few weeks.

We Are Experiencing a Crisis of Global Inequality That Is More Than Just Deeply Unjust, It Is Bad for Us All

Katy Wright | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katy Wright

Inequality has been shown to impact on the durability of economic growth and increases the chances of future financial shocks; it undermines social cohesion and equality for women; and it increases political instability. In a surprising echo to Aicha's words, the self-proclaimed zillionaire Nick Hanauer wrote in 2014 that "if we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us"... Economic and policy changes in recent decades - including deregulation, privatisation, financial secrecy and globalisation, especially of finance - have supercharged the age-old ability of the rich and powerful to use their position to further concentrate their wealth.