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ISIL - Winning the War

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Fighting ISIL on the homefront is perhaps the most challenging mission of all. We have already seen that both American Citizens and British Subjects have not only been the victims of ISIL, some have left their homes and joined the fight on the side of ISIL. Both president Obama and prime minister Cameron are feeling the public pressure to respond to this home grown threat.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Why Obama's Strategy Against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Is Likely to Fail

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

The strategy of "degrading and destroying" ISIS this way is therefore likely to fail without a comprehensive political solution involving an equitable share of power for the Sunni population in Iraq, a withdrawal of American support for Syrian rebels, and the forcing of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states to stop sponsoring Islamist terrorist groups throughout the region.

South Sudan's Leaders Must Do More to End Crisis

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan. It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of hope for the future, now embroiled in such a painful and destructive war with itself. When I first visited South Sudan less than two years ago I was struck by the optimism and hope that filled the air but today it is an entirely different story.

Why Are Human Rights So Easy to Violate and Hard to Protect in Times of Conflict?

Michael Møller | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Michael Møller

So what do we do? How do we bring the rule of law back into these increasingly violent equations? We must work together to build balanced societies with more respect for the rule of law. If we manage to do so, conflict would erupt less frequently and human rights would not be so easily violated.

Our Obligation to the Memory of the Victims of 9/11

Jon Snow | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

Thirteen years after 9/11, an English speaking voice articulates the beheading of an American hostage. There are hundreds of western Muslims in the ranks of Islamic State (IS). In waging unwise and horrific war themselves in Iraq, western powers have forfeited their capacity overtly to bolster moderate regional forces in Syria and Iraq.

Scotland: The Strategic Choice

Sir John Holmes | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

We recognise the appeal of separate nationhood, but the choice is about much more than that: the everyday lives of the people of these islands, our collective future security, our jobs and our livelihoods. Cutting Scotland out of the UK would cause massive upheaval and risk for both Scots and all other Britons.

To the Leaders of South Sudan: Look Into Your Heart and Ask for Forgiveness for the Things You've Done

Aimee Ansari | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

Before this conflict started in December, there was no inspiring and unifying vision of what South Sudan could be. The hope and optimism that came with independence is gone. Instead, there is now fear, mistrust and disillusionment between the people of South Sudan. An amazing opportunity has been squandered. It may take years to re-build a sense of unity.

Time to Be a Girl

Samantha Barks | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Samantha Barks

In May, I travelled to Madagascar with WaterAid where I was lucky enough to meet two amazing girls, Solo and Ze. In their village, access to clean water on tap was just a dream. Every day, they had to walk down a difficult path to a dirty pond to collect water for their families.

South Sudan's Invisible Children

Saul Guerrero | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Saul Guerrero

From UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to Hollywood A-lister Keira Knightley - the world has begun talking about the impending food crisis in South Sudan. And with good reason. We can now deliver a humanitarian response that was unavailable in the famines of the 1980s and 1990s.

G4S' Guantánamo Contract is a British Embarrassment

Kevin Lo | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

The largest security services firm in the world, British company G4S, has accepted a £71million contract to run "base support operating services" at Guantánamo Bay... The UK government cannot turn a blind eye at a British company running a torture facility. The British public deserves an explanation.

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

Dreading Going Back To School? These Students' Journeys Might Just Change Your Mind

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Who hasn't cheered when school has been cancelled due to a smattering of snow, or inadequate heating or air conditioning? And who hasn't moaned whe...

Tony Blair and the War in Iraq

Lord David Owen | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

I followed up concerns I had expressed at that meeting with a letter to Blair on 12 November, arguing that there had to be a political strategy involving the Kurds to help topple Saddam Hussein. Blair replied: 'We are not working to bring down Saddam Hussein and his regime. It is not for us to say who should be President of Iraq, however much we might prefer to see a different government in Baghdad.' This exchange encapsulated the UK's particular problem...

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

A World Without a Globo-Cop

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I can't think of anywhere that would have been less appropriate as a venue for this week's Nato summit than the UK. A United Kingdom that within the next couple of weeks may become shatteringly disunited... Inward-looking, backward-looking, suspicious of its neighbours: everything that Nato is meant not to be. And this at a time when the world is a more dangerous place than it's been in decades. So why are Western leaders - because it's not just David Cameron - so dismally unable to confront the dangers?

Times that Try Men's Souls

Ian Linden | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

We are in the midst of a geopolitical crisis in Africa and the Middle East. It is acutely felt by communities of faith who suffer a new barbarism as they watch their hallowed values drowned in blood. But it is no less a crisis for international commitments to human rights.

ISIL: Where Do We Go From Here?

Emily Stacey | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

In order to fight ISIL on the scale that is required, a coalition is needed between the West and their allies, a task that one would hope is being drafted behind the scenes at the NATO summit as we speak...

Why Did the British Authorities Treat This Bahraini Rights Activist So Badly?

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

It is undoubtedly true that there are some barbaric extremists who pervert the meaning of Islam - many of whom may now be associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. All the more reason, then, for us to identify our friends in the Islamic world, and treat them well. Why, then, did the British authorities treat my friend Nebeel Rajab, his wife, his 16-year-old son, and his 12-year-old daughter so badly?

The Forgotten Victims of Terror

John Denham | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Denham

Ethnic and religious minorities have faced appalling violence from ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria. But another community has suffered at the hands of very similar ideologues for far too long. Decisions at this weekend's NATO conference may help determine their future too...

It's the Occupation, Stupid

Stephen Kinnock | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Kinnock

The history of Israel-Palestine is undoubtedly complex, but its present is actually far less so. For when you boil all the issues down to their essence, the fact is that the presence of 550,000 Israeli settlers on land that has been internationally recognised as occupied is what drives this conflict. The two-state solution will continue to be a pipe-dream unless and until Israel decides that it's prepared to end the occupation: it's as simple as that... The world knows that this must never be allowed to happen again, and it recognises more clearly than ever that the onus is now on Israel to come to the negotiating table in good faith. The peace process has seen many false dawns, but it's just possible that this time it could be different.

Kids, Eat Your Verts - Languages Are Good For You

John Worne | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to language learning, I start this new school term like all those other parents sending their kids to a new school: a little anxious, a little excited, and hopeful for a brighter linguistic future.

The Persecution of Christians

Canon J.John | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Yes, you may find Christians to be dull, boring people with beliefs that you find ridiculous and a morality that you find oppressive, but such people act as the glue and the framework in society.

Not Sexist to Leave Male Circumcision Out of the Debate and Only Focus on Female Genital Mutilation

Leyla Hussein | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

I do not agree with the practice of circumcising a male baby for non-medical reasons, as babies and children cannot give consent. Having said that, I cannot accept a comparison of male circumcision to FGM. The practices themselves, as well as the intent behind them, are fundamentally different.

Foreign Fighters, the Home Security Threat & ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

We need to stem the tide of those who are going to become foreign fighters--taking a long hard look at what their motivations are and what we can do about them and also stopping the instigators inside our countries--particularly in Europe to be stopped.