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COP21: The Next Two Weeks Are Crucial For Our Grandchildren - Including Mine

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

I can only urge you to think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine, and of those billions of people without a voice; those for whom hope is the rarest of sensations; those for whom a secure life is a distant prospect. Most of all, I urge you to consider the needs of the youngest generation, because none of us has the right to assume that "for our today they should give up their tomorrow." On an increasingly crowded planet, humanity faces many threats - but none is greater than climate change.

Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Syria: Why I Am a Reluctant Bomber

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

In the interests of taste and decency, let us look away from the gruesome spectacle of the civil war that has engulfed the Labour party and concentrate instead on the far more serious conflict in Syria. So here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself (with my answers) before you decide whether you agree with David Cameron that the UK should now join the international military action against IS in Syria.

The Global People Project

Sarah Kwong | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

I came across Helen and Hugh at a TEDxBrixton talk last month. They were presenting some video clips from their travels, a collection of narratives and findings born from seemingly simple answers. The work was beautiful, but why travel lands afar and set up such a big operation to film snippets with strangers?

Just Imagine... The Harrowing Journey of a 12-Year-Old Boy, Risking His Life to Find Safety

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

For three months you live like this, trying every night. You are getting weaker, sinking deeper and deeper into a hole of depression and despair. One Sunday you spend the whole day in the makeshift Jungle church, praying something with change, that night, you make the journey with a renewed sense of hope. Suddenly you find yourself hiding under the train. You are alone, the other boys you made the journey with have been caught and sent back. Your little body just fits in the gap between the train and the track. The train starts to move, you slide inside it and hide under a lorry.

Internet Dating Is the Norm for Millions - For Millions More, It's Child Marriage

Tanya Barron | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Approximately 15million girls worldwide are married each year - that's one girl, aged under 18, married off against her will every two seconds. Married to a man chosen for her, sometimes two or three times her age, and who she may never lay eyes on until the day of the ceremony.

To Avoid Repeating Mistakes in Our Past, The Government Should Listen and Take Action on Syria

Baroness Jolly | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jolly

Military action in Syria is not a move to be taken lightly, that is why our leader, Tim Farron, joined by all our past leaders, have written to Prime Minister David Cameron outlining our position. To avoid a repeat of the mistakes in our past the government should listen and take action.

How We're Ensuring Syria's Refugee Children in Lebanon Have the Opportunity to Learn

Sarah Brown | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

Lebanon has seen its population increase by 25% with 1.2million Syrians fleeing over the boarder to safety. This autumn​ nearly​ 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon have gone back to school as a result of the shift system, many for the first time since the conflict began, and ​during my visit, I​​​​​ wanted to see the difference this has made to their lives.

The Ethics of Tourism

Steve Backshall | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Steve Backshall

At the end of the summer, I did something out of character. I went on holiday. Usually if I get time off I go and climb a mountain and come back more tired and haggard than I was before, but this was a proper break in Namibia. It gave me the unusual privilege of seeing the safari business from a tourist's perspective.

Any Global Deal on Climate Change Must Put the Poorest Women and Children First

Lindsey Coulson | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lindsey Coulson

I've always believed that together our voices are stronger. That's why, on Sunday 29 November my family, myself and friends will be joining ActionAid on The People's Climate March ahead of world leaders coming together on 30 November for crucial talks on tackling climate change. This is a huge chance to demand urgent action now and for good.

Much-Needed Support When Leaving the Army

Sarah Bushbye | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Sarah Bushbye

There is always a comradery between people in the forces, whether you are serving or not but when you leave, you are often separated from that community. Forward Assist reopens that link by providing a fun and relaxed environment that allows you to find confidence in yourself through rediscovering the strengths and skills cultivated in the Army, that were lost in the process of suffering through difficulties associated with the huge life changing step of leaving the forces.

Our First Reaction to Atrocities Like Syria Will Always Be to 'Do Something' - But It Is Vital That We Do the Right Thing

Graham Allen | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Graham Allen

Parliament, by delaying the rush to war has done a further great service by winning vital thinking time. This has enabled all of us, especially Government, to better comprehend the incredibly complex, multi-dimensional nature and history of the regional conflict... The evil of Islamic State must be beaten, their cruelty plumbs new depths of inhumanity and immorality, self-justified by perverted religious fundamentalism. To defeat them cannot happen on the battlefield alone. To do that we need to be smart and not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Why the Cancelling of Timbuktu's Music Festival This Weekend Was Significant

Johanna Schwartz | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Johanna Schwartz

The cancelling of Timbuktu's music festival this weekend is significant. In the past couple of weeks I've been getting emails about music making a return - something Mali has been desperately waiting for. I heard through my friend and colleague Andy Morgan that Manny Ansar, the director of The Festival in the Desert, possibly the most remote and awesome of all the festivals, seemed hopeful of bringing it back to Mali.

#BrusselsLockdown Photos Cast City In A Surreal Apocalyptic Light

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

A military-enforced lockdown in the Belgian capital Brussels has provoked scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie as heavily-armed troops gua...

University Cancels Yoga Classes 'Due To Cultural Appropriation'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A university's free yoga class has been cancelled after students complained the practice represented "cultural appropriation". The University of Ot...

What Are You Thankful For?

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Stacey Hirlam

I desperately want to see the good in people and the good in the world.  I need it to be safe as my arms for my children and the protection of my classroom walls for my pupils can only stretch so far.  I hope this post is causes no offence or harm.  I just hope it makes you thankful for your lot in life.  I know I am.

Airline's Ill-Timed #FlowThroughIstanbul Campaign Suffers Awkward Takeover

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK

An ill-timed social media hashtag intended to promote tourism in Istanbul has been taken over by Twitter users who quickly made the obvious connection...

These Are The Rising Right-Wing Parties Poised To Exploit Paris Attacks Fears

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.11.2015 | UK

The aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris which left at least 130 people dead has seen a raft of criticism of the European Union's immigration poli...

Paris: A Few Home Truths

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Why do we insist on ignoring what stares us in the face? The suicidal fanatics who threaten to kill us in the name of their perverted brand of Islam are not refugees from Syria, or deranged zealots from the mountains of Pakistan: they are, with only very few exceptions, men and women who were born in our hospitals, educated in our schools and who grew up in our cities... Many of the attackers were already known to the police. Some had records as petty criminals. Others had clear links to identifiable terrorist groups. So as we still struggle to comprehend the crime that was committed in Paris last Friday night, perhaps we should start by examining what is going on under our noses.

Dear Bigot, Here's Everything You Have Wrong About Muslims (Part 1)

Chris York | Posted 21.11.2015 | UK
Chris York

I have a confession to make. I'm tired. Tired of rebutting the same old clichés and contradictions that you and your rabid CAPS LOCK brigade constantly spout every time something like the awful events in Paris last week occur. So I've decided to do us both a favour and bring a dispel a few of those repetitive falsehoods you're so fond of.

Isis Represent a New Fascism, a New Totalitarianism - We Won't Fight It by Shunning Those Who Flee It

Yvette Cooper | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

Isis want to be the caliphate - the crusading home for Muslims fleeing the injustice of the West. Instead the opposite is happening. Europe is providing safe haven to Muslims persecuted by Isis brutality... This is a battle against totalitarianism, a battle for our values, and a battle for hearts and minds. Isis seeks to cow us and to divide us. Each time extremists have tried before to spread fear and hatred in Europe, they have failed and our continent has stood firm. We need to stand firm once again - that means supporting security, solidarity and sanctuary too.

Syria: Vienna (Hard) Ball

Gareth Bayley | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

A day of discussion yielded that plan in the form of the second Vienna statement, as well as agreement on an International Syria Support Group which would drive the plan forward. Nothing in this world is perfect. Critics have lined up and will continue to do so to pick holes in the plan and tear it down (that's what they do after all). But I think it's good, and here's why.

It's No Joke: The State of the World's Toilets

Barbara Frost | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

On this World Toilet Day, it's time for the world to make good on our promises - and while we all love a bit of toilet humour, the state of the world's sanitation really is no joke.

The Syrian Refugee/Islamic State Terrorist Nexus Explained In One Handy Infographic

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK

As soon as it emerged that a Syrian passport of questionable provenance had been found close to the scene of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, media o...

We Are All Victims of Terror - Don't Turn the Refugees Away

Lliana Bird | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Lliana Bird

Never again, we all said. Yet here we are, facing the greatest refugee crisis since World War Two and we are once again talking about shutting our doors to the people who need our help the most... Our rejection and maltreatment of refugees plays into the hands of ISIS who rely on any anti-Muslim sentiment in the West to boost recruitment and incite anger. A large number of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq are from the West. We understand why people are scared. We are scared too, but so are the refugees. And turning them away is not the solution. We are all victims of terror now. We should let it unite us not divide us.