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My Life As A Midwife On A Rescue Ship During The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Alice Gautreau | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Alice Gautreau

Alice Gautreau is a midwife working with Medecins Sans Frontieres. In this exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK, Alice talks about her life-saving work on board the Aquarius refugee rescue vessel in the Mediterranean, and the incredible story of helping a woman give birth on board the ship.

Why Mexico Is Proof Anti-Abortion Laws Don't Work

Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez

Since January, following President Trump's reintroduction of the Mexico City Policy (an Executive order that withholds American aid from health organisations that provide or even discuss abortion), that hostility has spiked, with abusive tweets filling our social media feeds. This vitriol directed at Mexican women is infuriating on so many levels and inaccurate on at least three. But while the temptation is either to howl in rage or dismiss it as 'just another tweet', these digital outbursts are symptomatic of the misinformation that persists around abortion and the stigmatisation of women who choose to end a pregnancy.

Just Why Are Asian Names 'Too Confusing' For The British Museum?

Shazia Awan | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Shazia Awan

If anything, we should be holding the British Museum to a higher standard than other institutions on cultural sensitivity. It is, after all, meant to be an institution promoting learning and an awareness of cultural heritage.

Helping The BVI In Times Of Need

Giles Cadman | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Giles Cadman

The British Virgin Islands have been absolutely devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Almost all houses have been destroyed, there is no food, no water and no electricity. Right now, it's crucial that people, especially children, stuck in the BVI get off the islands for the sake of health, safety, and security. Sadly, the location is currently unlivable... My severe disappointment in the UK Government's response to this disaster was only overcome by the extreme altruism and genuine concern for human life and dignity that I've witnessed from all those who care about the BVI and the people in it.

Why Being Just A Tiny Bit Better... Can Make All The Difference

Johnny Luk | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Johnny Luk

I have been pondering about how the world works lately, one of my favourite past times. For example, have you ever noticed there is a pattern of the top 1% of businesses or personalities sucking up all the media profile, funding, and customers, leaving the rest surviving on scrapings and grinding away like bottom dwellers?

Women And Dementia: The Overlooked Majority

Amy Little | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Amy Little

International civil society also has a role to play in addressing the stigma and in delivering change for people living with dementia. We need as many voices as possible to spread the word that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, and not a curse, but one of the most prevalent and under-supported medical conditions the world over. This World Alzheimer's Day - and beyond it - unite with us in recognising dementia as a global women's health, social care and rights issue that can no longer be ignored.

I Went To Antarctica And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Dawn Kelly | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Dawn Kelly

Antarctica is many things: beautiful, harsh, serene, humbling, other-worldly and ferocious to name a few. It's also the golden ticket for wildlife enthusiasts and climate change scientists around the world with tourists understandably wanting some of the action. I was lucky enough to film a documentary there this year and despite it being the best place I've ever visited, I desperately don't want you to go.

Millions Of Refugee Children Are Out Of School And At Risk Of Being Left Behind

Filippo Grandi | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Filippo Grandi

The world's growing refugee crisis is not only about numbers. It is also about time. There are 17.2million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, and half of them are under the age of 18. By the end of 2016, some 11.6million refugees were in a state of "protracted displacement" - meaning that they were in situations where at least 25,000 people have been forcibly displaced for more than five years. For 4.1million refugees, exile has lasted for 20 years or more.

Introducing HuffPost's First Documentary, On Why You Need To Care About Antarctica

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

I went to Antarctica to film a documentary about climate change for HuffPost. Sounds simple, right? Except... I wanted to do something different. I didn't just want it to be something that disappeared into the depths of the internet, or prompted that glassy-eyed look that tends to descend on many of us when the words climate change are uttered. I didn't want to try and match the BBC or Werner Herzog and make something beautiful. We all know Antarctica is beautiful. I wanted to show the other side. The grit, the determination it takes to even get out there. The damn hard side of actually filming in such an unforgiving environment.

North Korea's Founding Day Celebrations Are Giving South Korea Serious Concerns

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary on Saturday, just days after its sixth and...

Why Is No One Talking About One Of The World's Largest Humanitarian Emergencies?

Alexander Matheou | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK
Alexander Matheou

As the International Development Secretary Priti Patel visited Maiduguri last week, the Lake Chad crisis comes into public consciousness for a brief time. But we must all work to ensure that the momentum of public awareness and support is maintained, to make sure that voices of people like Abba and Hadiza are heard in this silent emergency.

Things Fall Apart, The Centre Must Hold

Leonie Le Borgne | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Leonie Le Borgne

Civilians, average citizens, will be increasingly (directly and indirectly) affected by crises and will need to be prepared for a difficult future. We have seen this in Houston this week, in countless contexts previously, and we will see it time and time again.

It's Time To Be Outraged: The Rohingya Crisis

Ali Milani | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

I am proud to lead a student movement that has behind it a history of fighting for global peace and justice. A National Union that so often speaks out even when "society isn't ready." But right now, our silencing on the violence against the Rohingya is deafening.

Everything We Know So Far About North Korea's 'Successful' Nuclear Test

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned North Korea that any provocation will be met with a “massive military response” after the outcast ...

War Between US And North Korea Could Be Deadliest Yet, Germany Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK

The “fire and fury” of a war between North Korea and the US could produce the world’s deadliest conflict yet, Germany’s foreign minister has s...

Trump's North Korea Stance Boosted By Successful Missile Defence Test

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK

Donald Trump’s tough stance on North Korea was boosted overnight, as US missile defences successfully shot down a ballistic projectile during a test...

There's Something Really Odd About North Korea's Latest Missile Test, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK

North Korea’s missile test over Japan this week has puzzled experts, as the secretive state’s report of the launch flames questions about its true...

UN Condemns North Korea, As Kim Jong Un 'Speaks Out'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK

North Korea said on Wednesday it launched a ballistic missile over Japan to counter US and South Korean military drills and as a first step in militar...

North Korea's 'Reckless' Missile Launch Over Japan Sharply Escalates Tensions

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK

Theresa May will go ahead with a three-day trip to Japan this week, despite her “outrage” at the latest North Korean missile test over the country...

We Need To Have A Global Conversation About Disability

Caroline Casey | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Casey

everybody banner I want every single person in the world to feel #valuable. Our diversities should be celebrated, not hidden. We don't want to generate philanthropy or pity - we want to focus on the positive value of people with a disability - and the value they have to add to the global economy.

'If We Don't Get On, They Win': Barcelona Shows Its Own Unique Brand Of Defiance

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK

At first the chants were quiet. One or two people shouting out amid a crowd of thousands. But the lone voices soon multiplied, echoing around building...

Impossible Choice: Why We Cannot Stand Behind Returns To Libya

Gemma Parkin | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Gemma Parkin

It's a strange question to kick off the working day on board Save the Children's rescue ship: Would we rather stop our search and rescue operations completely, and risk people drowning, than return migrants and refugees back to Libya? But that's the question we were forced to ask ourselves - and the answer is clear. This is not an action we can stand behind.

In Yemen, The Cholera Epidemic Is Only Just Scratching The Surface

Eddie Izzard | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Eddie Izzard

Years of under-investment in deteriorating public water and sanitation systems, contaminated water sources, ongoing waves of displacement resulting from conflict, alongside families being unable to afford basic sanitation and hygiene items, have contributed to this recent cholera outbreak. Let's be under no illusion - this is crisis man-made... UK aid has played a big part in this response. Over the last year, the UK government has doubled its humanitarian funding to Yemen, committing £85 million. But for organisations like UNICEF there remains a huge gap in the funding needed to help children in Yemen.

Trump Warns Of 'Fire And Fury' If North Korea Escalates Nuclear Threat

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK

Donald Trump has said North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it escalates its nuclear threat, after US medi...

Face It: There Is No Quick Fix In This Migrant Crisis

Rik Goverde | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Rik Goverde

We're in the heart of the migration and refugee crisis, the big story of our era. Worldwide, more than 65million people have fled their homes. Most of them find refuge in their own countries or region, some try and make it to Europe through the dangerous crossing to Italy, a route on which this year roughly one in 43 people dies. And Italy has been bearing that brunt on its own for years.