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The More Effective Torture Is, the More Important It Is That It Should Be Banned

Matthew Scott | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Scott

If torture worked, the need to criminalise it would be even more imperative than if it were ineffective because the temptation to use it would then be even greater. If torture did not work there would be no need to use it. It was largely because the CIA believed, or persuaded itself, that it did work that it became such a widespread practice.

Give Peace a Chance - Run With Youth

Ettie Higgins | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Ettie Higgins

The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.

Why Are We Letting MI5 and MI6 Off the Hook?

Madeleine Fry | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Madeleine Fry

An in-depth and open inquiry about the intelligence community's actions during the 'war on terror' is well overdue. For once, actually following the Americans' recent example would be a good place to start.

Building Resilient Health Systems Begins at Home

Kara Hanson | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Kara Hanson

The Ebola crisis in West Africa has shown what happens when local health systems lack the resilience to respond to shocks. Acute shortages of health workers, poor infrastructure, and lack of trust in health systems have allowed the epidemic to spread rapidly and cost many lives.

Romania: Memories of a Successful Revolution

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I was just getting into journalism as the countries of Central Europe started to throw off the Soviet yoke, but I knew little about Romania and had hated it when I visited in 1986. I had just got my foot in the door at Scotland on Sunday, an Edinburgh-based Sunday paper, and I was asked to cover the Romanian revolution, propelling me from the obscure foreign news section to the front page.

Starter Guide to (Re)Engaging With Africa

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

I glean some insights from this year's speakers regarding their take on 'moving home', particularly for those who have spent most of their lives outside of the continent. On balance, they identify the availability of skilled human capital as a crucial element to fuel development although highlight a few things to consider before heading back.

Islamic State, Sex Jihad and Sexual Slavery

Anne Speckhard | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

Similar to young men from the West who have joined the hundreds of youth from European and Northern American countries to join IS, Western women who have gone also appear to be off their track emotionally, occupationally and are generally lost in their daily lives.

On the Trail of Mexico's Drugs Gangs - Talking to the Hitmen, Vigilantes and Victims

Stuart Ramsay | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Stuart Ramsay

Vigilantes fighting Mexico's drugs cartels are operating an unofficial, illegal jail where they have locked up gang members for "crimes" including murder. The discovery of the jail, high in the Sierra Madre mountains, provides new evidence of how far the government's complicity with the cartels and its failure to stop the violence has driven people to take the law into their own hands. ..

We Must Not Continue to Let the Poorest Suffer the Effects of Climate Change Alone

Philip Goodwin | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Philip Goodwin

The people of dryland Africa are not responsible for climate change. Yet they are being asked to pay the price with their lives... At the same time we have a duty to help those who are suffering the worst impacts of our actions.

The Great Ape Robbery

Mark Jones | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Our remaining closest cousins are having enough difficulty coping with the damaging impacts people are having on their habitats. They can't afford any more losses through the greedy actions of a few people who only see their value in terms of what a foreign zoo or private individual will pay for them.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict by Empowering Women

Felicity Gerry | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Gerry

To end sexual violence in conflict, there needs to be more women in senior positions within the UN and other international organisations, more female ambassadors to the UN; and more women in the police and military.

On Human Rights Day We Need to Look at Whether We Are Failing Children in England?

Paola Uccellari | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Paola Uccellari

Maybe Human Rights Day, 25 years after the promises in the UNCRC were made, is the time to reclaim children's human rights, when children need them.

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele

Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean Deserve Protection, Not Russian Roulette

Carlotta Sami | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Carlotta Sami

Mhere is no reason at all for which people should risk their last hopes and often die at sea. The time has come for the EU institutions and Member States to step up their collective action to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures to those in need of international protection and increase legal alternatives to prevent people from having to undertake these dangerous sea crossings.

0.7% Towards a Better Future

Stephen_Brown | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen_Brown

Through our support for Overseas Aid, Britain saves a life every two minutes and today an overwhelming majority of MPs voted to guarantee it in law. Spending just 70p out of every £100 in tax collected is changing the face of our planet - to the betterment of the world's poorest and yes, to us too.

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

The Illegal Wildlife - It's Closer to Home Than You May Think

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

The trade is real, it does affect us - no matter where we live. With your support we can and we will close it down. With your support we can and we will close it down. We need your help to tackle wildlife cybercrime.

My Son Is Not a Terrorist But He Was Terrorised

Ashfaq Ahmad | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Ashfaq Ahmad

This week marked the 11th anniversary of the day that changed our lives forever. On 2 December 2003, my son Babar Ahmad was accused by the Metropolitan Police of being an al-Qaeda terrorist, an allegation made after officers brutally assaulted him and mocked his religion.

Is It Time to Leave Planet Earth?

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Ok, so what if 2014 turns out to be the hottest year on record? One freak result proves nothing. But here's another one of those unfortunate statistics that, in a sane world, should persuade the climate change sceptics finally to admit defeat: 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred since the beginning of this century. Nothing to do with us? Sorry, the evidence is overwhelming

Getting Our Stories Straight at COP 20 in Lima

Samantha J Smith | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

There's a revolution going on outside the halls of the UN's COP 20 climate change talks in Lima, Peru. Industry is taking action on climate change. People are taking to the streets. The weather is changing...

Race Inequality Is Real, Whether We Choose to Recognise It or Not

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Dr Omar Khan

The first step in ensuring that a third generation of British-born ethnic minorities doesn't experience the same imbalance is recognising the extent of these inequalities. It's no good to argue that race doesn't matter anymore, when all the evidence shows that BME people still experience disadvantage over every significant measurement of quality of life in Britain.

MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...

Why One Perdue Chicken Farmer Broke the Conspiracy of Silence

Philip Lymbery | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...

Turkish President Preaches to the Choir

Simon Johns | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent string of off-key statements are music to the ears of both his supporters and an opposition that loves to poke fun from the sidelines but offers scant intelligent counterpoint.