UK World

'They Can Lock Me Up, But They Don't Get to Silence Me'

Rachael Jolley | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Rachael Jolley

When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.

Menstruation Matters: That's the Bottom Line

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, women and girls face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods. They lack access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and are forced to use improvised materials, such as rags, that are uncomfortable and can lead to leaks and infections.

Remembering Houla - Why Sectarianism Cannot Be Part of Syria's Future

Gareth Bayley | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

Let's keep firmly focused on the need to bring perpetrators of massacres like Houla to justice. The UK has a long-standing commitment to accountability for atrocities committed in the Syrian conflict. This commitment will not falter. That is the message from the Houla massacre: the need for justice and accountability. Not the perverted logic of sectarianism.

Why Eurovision Should Unite Over Anti-Gay Laws, Once Again

Liam Beattie | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

I would like to wish 28-year-old Polina Gagarina the best of luck, however she will not be receiving my support, and I hope this will be the case for many fellow LGBT viewers across Europe. The Eurovision song contest may be just that, a singing competition, but it is a platform that celebrates diversity and gives a voice to so many voiceless groups in our continent.

Palmyra: A Lament

Robin Lustig | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.

Obama's New Twitter Account Just Smashed A World Record

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech

If there is ever anybody who can beat Iron Man using something as mundane as Twitter, it would be Barack Obama. The US President now holds the Gui...

Call the Midwife! Citizens Demand the Right to Safe Births for Every Woman, Everywhere

Laura Robson | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Laura Robson

As civil society groups advocate for progress on maternal and child health at the World Health Assembly this week, recent experiences in Madagascar demonstrate how community mobilisation can bring about positive change.

Austerity Has Brought a Humanitarian Crisis to Greece

Jo Simmons | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

Sixty percent of young people are unemployed and have seen their dreams quashed as wave after wave of painful austerity measures battered Greece. Make no mistake - the country's staggering decline is unparalleled in peacetime.

Letter Addressing the Mosaic International Leadership Programme

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

When I established Mosaic back in 2007 it was my hope that we might be able to encourage young people in the United Kingdom to realize their talents and potential. I hardly dared hope then that Mosaic would go on to develop an innovative International Leadership Programme which now touches the lives of young people in eighteen different countries. I have long believed that today's world poses challenges to all of us that can only be resolved by effective and sustained partnerships across national boundaries. Climate change, poverty, violence and instability can only be tackled by individuals coming together from across the globe.

Nepal Earthquake Was the Single Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Lisa Rutherford | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Lisa Rutherford

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...

The Tories Promised to Protect LGBT Asylum Seekers Five Years Ago, So Far They Have Failed - Now It Is Time to Deliver

Paul Dillane | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Paul Dillane

This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.

Palmyra

Dom Joly | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Dom Joly

The news that Isis is possibly about to over-run Palmyra in Syria hit me especially hard. It feels strange to be so affected by the plight of a ruined town so far away, especially when you equate it to the hundreds of thousands of human victims of this murderous conflict but as Stalin so sensitively put it- "one death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." Palmyra, on the other hand is a symbol- a symbol of a tolerant, multi-cultural Syria.

The Plight of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Constitutes a Humanitarian Emergency

Mike Adamson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.

How We Can Protect Children in Nepal

David Bull | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
David Bull

It is now two weeks since a deadly earthquake struck Nepal but, with the media attention currently focused on the results of our general election, it is so important that we don't lose sight of the dangers that children are facing in the aftermath of this disaster.

Nepal's Race Against Time as the Monsoon Season Approaches

Fadi Itani | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Fadi Itani

The earthquake occurred on 25 April, at 11.56am local time, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. It has caused a recorded 7,676 deaths so far, with 16,392 people injured, 284,455 houses destroyed, and 234,102 houses damaged.

This Mother's Day, Let's Stop Penalizing Women for Having Children

UN Women | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
UN Women

Progress of the World's Women shows that it is possible to close these gender gaps, in both rich and poor countries, with the right mix of economic and social policies. The evidence is abundant and the solutions are clear: stop penalizing women for having children, and start recognizing and supporting women's unpaid care work.

Aid Is Getting Through to Some of Nepal's Most Remote and Devastated Villages

Fadi Itani | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Fadi Itani

Helping people out of poverty is full of challenges, so it is not surprising that responding to disasters is even more problematic. Being able to find ways to overcome these problems is what makes the difference between an emergency and a catastrophe.

How I Reported the Horrors of the Nepal Earthquake on a Smartphone

BBC Radio 5 live | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
BBC Radio 5 live

Most events I go to are a mixture of good and bad, hope and despair. But this day was one of unremitting misery. Nothing good happened. Nobody was saved, the only people pulled from the wreckage had died days before.

Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

Sarah Brown | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

We have an opportunity in Nepal to apply the best of what we have learned globally to be a partner saving lives and enabling the Nepali people to rebuild their country. The coordination of some of the greatest humanitarian and development leadership of our time will not only save lives, it can lead to increased resilience for the Nepali people. This will require that we leave 'business as usual' by prioritising and funding education in this response. And we should leave it behind permanently by creating a Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies and increasing our ability to rapidly respond, coordinate and deliver education in ways that save lives now and for many years to come.

French Far-Right Founder's Bitter Response To Daughter He's 'Ashamed' Of

The Huffington Post/AP | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was suspended Monday from the party he founded - and then immediately tried to severe all ties with t...

In and Around Kathmandu, Almost a Million Children Are in Urgent Need of Help

Ewan McGregor | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ewan McGregor

We can't change the terrible experience these children have already lived through, but we must try to ensure that each and every one of the children affected are kept safe, and provided with the food, water and supplies they so desperately need.

Nepal Earthquake: We've Seen Utter Devastation

David Bull | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
David Bull

Our colleagues on the ground in Nepal are reporting that the earthquake is like nothing they have ever experienced and describe utter devastation. They report dwindling supplies of water and food, power outages, and downed communication networks.

The World's Hardest Exam

Marcus Ereira | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Is it coincidence that Asian countries including Korea top the educational performance charts? Should we follow their lead? I think the answer lies in two parts...

The Perilous Road to Kathmandu

Tanya Barron | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today we need to head into Kathmandu and towards the epicentre. Colleagues have children they need to see. And we need to be close to the epicentre to help manage our response. The reports coming in from rural districts around the epicentre are alarming. Our staff are telling us that many, many buildings have collapsed. Homes, schools, hospitals. The hope is that since the earthquake struck on Saturday lunchtime, casualties will be minimised as fewer people would have been in public buildings.

The West Has the Blood of Drowning Migrants on Its Hands

John Wight | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
John Wight

The drowning of 800 people in the Mediterranean is a crime against humanity, the ultimate responsibility for which lies not with the people traffickers operating the boats involved, as some assert, but Western governments that have destabilised the nations from which those refugees are so desperate to escape they are willing to risk their lives in the process.