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A Soldier's Account Of His Afghan Deployment Set To "Mad World" Is Haunting

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Video of an American battalion's deployment in Afghanistan set to the Gary Jules' and Michael Andrews' version of the classic ballad "Mad World" has r...

Turn Words Into Action Involving Women for Lasting Peace

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

In a world so afflicted by conflict, extremism, and displacement, we cannot rely only on the ripples of hope sparked by the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. We need the full strength of our collective action and the political courage of the leaders of the international community. Anniversaries, after all, must count for more than the passing of years. They must be the moment for us to turn words into action.

A Little More Conversation, A Little Less Action

Jess Phillips | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

The truth is, I don't know what the hell to think. I don't want to drop bombs that kill innocent civilians. At the moment I can't see how more bombs upon bombs would help. But I also think sitting doing nothing is not an option either. I've spoken to Syrian constituents of mine who think the UK should take military action. I've also read accounts of Syrian children scared of the sky. For every action a perfect and equal opposite reaction. What galls me about this more than anything, is that my role in this, my vote, my shuffle through the lobby is so widely discussed and dissected in the media, by my party, by their party by people in the country and it is all still speculation. No vote has been called. No discussion has been had.

'Superstar' Politician Mocked The World Over For Car Crash Political Interview

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK

The deputy mayor of a Sydney suburb is being roundly ridiculed the world over, after an awkward interview announcing his political ambitions left a ne...

International Day of the Girl

Lily Caprani | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK
Lily Caprani

Today is international Day of the Girl and I am already anticipating the voices of doubt that will question why we celebrate - and sound the alarm - over global girls' rights so loudly each year. And they will question why, this year in particular, the Day of the Girl shines a spotlight on adolescent girls.

Six Months of Brutal War in Yemen Puts Millions of Children in Danger

David Bull | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
David Bull

As we mark six months of conflict in Yemen, we must continue to call for all parties to respect the lives of civilians and children. We must continue to work to improve the lives of these children so that they can enjoy their childhood again.

Britain's Asylum Policies Must Be Shaped by Our Best Traditions, Not Our Worst

Stephen Hale | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.

A Multi-Agency Approach Is Needed to Successfully Tackle FGM

Javed Khan | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...

20ft Python Attacks Pet Shop Owner, Police Respond Admirably

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK

A pet shop owner has been viciously attacked by a 20-ft python whilst a horrified customer looked on. Terry Wilkins, the owner of Captive Born Rept...

Is Putin's Syria the Road to Armageddon?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

This time it's not Crimea or Ukraine but President Bashar Hafez al-Assad's Syria where Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun to establish his very own 'Caliphate' in the Middle East. And because he has 'The Bomb' nations stand by helplessly as he defiantly ignores their condemnation and doesn't even wait to see if anyone will lift a finger to stop him.

I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

Lajos Zoltan Jecs | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Lajos Zoltan Jecs

What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.

Just What Syria Needs: More Bombs

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

It comes down to this: should the UK use what little international influence it still has to encourage the resumption of international peace talks - and could David Cameron and Philip Hammond bring themselves to champion the cause of the EU as an essential part of the mix? Or would they rather ask the House of Commons to approve RAF bombing raids in Syria, even though they must know full well that a few more bombs - even if they carry "Made in Britain" markings - are unlikely to make a blind bit of difference?

The Global Impact of Forests

Steve Backshall | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

People in the UK are starting to take an awful lot more interest in where their goods come from, demanding that we know as much as possible about the provenance of our food, and making our choices accordingly. Most now know that eating free-range eggs and chicken at least shows you care that animals aren't tortured so we can eat.

13 Americans Who Think More Guns Are The Solution To Gun Crime

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK

Thursday's mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon has brought the issue of American gun laws into focus yet again. Ten peop...

This Guy Took A Selfie Every Day For 8 Years

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK

Hugo Cornellier is a 20-year-old YouTuber known for his impressive time lapse films. But his biggest project has spanned eight whole years - and ha...

She Could Have Been My Daughter

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

I have worked for over 20 years helping women around the world to rebuild their lives and fulfil their potential. The crisis that Syrian, Iraqi and Nigerian women are facing right now is playing on my mind every day - I do not want to wait any longer to provide the support they need right now.

Humans Of New York Are Doing Something Special For Refugees Coming To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

'Humans of New York' has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency to deliver the personal stories of those fleeing North Africa. Brandon St...

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Shell Quitting the Arctic Is a Monumental Victory - Let's Keep Campaigning for a Greener Future

Emma Thompson | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Emma Thompson

Yesterday Shell announced it was quitting its Arctic drilling programme. Let me just repeat that in case you, like me, couldn't quite fathom this wonderful piece of news: Shell is quitting its hunt for dirty oil in the Arctic. The thing is about these oil companies is they try and make us believe they rule the world, that their tomorrow is the only tomorrow. But today shows that the future can be rewritten. Shell execs might not publicly admit that our movement stopped them - but reading between the lines we can all see public outrage on Arctic drilling was a huge concern for them.

The Co-Founder Of #ShoutYourAbortion Has Been Viciously Attacked By Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Lindy West, a co-founder of the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign which aims to de-stigmatise discussion of the procedure, has fallen victim to internet tro...

Piercing the Heart With Virtual Reality

Reuben Steains | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Reuben Steains

Empathy is about seeing the world from someone else's perspective so as to share their feelings and this is where VR's strength lies. It can be a powerful empathy machine if you feel you're there, in someone else's... erm... eyes.

Yemen - The Unknown Humanitarian Crisis

David Jones | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

Today marks the six month anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen, which has affected the lives of 21million people, including 9.9million children. With the situation deteriorating every day, the world's biggest humanitarian crisis continues unabated.

Migration and the EU: An Institution Crumbling?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.

Malaria - A Prototype for the Global Goals?

James Whiting | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
James Whiting

This weekend it's out with the old and in with the new as we welcome a new era for international development, including a target to eradicate malaria once and for all... The battle against malaria is well under way, but we have to go the distance to win the war.

The Horrifying Truth Behind Dolphin Shows

Thareeya Deasakorn Khamkar | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Thareeya Deasakorn Khamkar

On 11 September, a young Risso's dolphin is driven into and trapped in the cove. She lands at the feet of Ric O'Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and ex-dolphin trainer turned activist, who is helpless to intervene. Exhausted, she gives up the will to live, takes a final breath and sinks to the bottom of Taiji cove, never to be seen again.