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Terror in the Valley - Hatred Worldwide

Richard Reoch | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Richard Reoch

Islamophobia is a global epidemic. The horrific massacre of children and teachers at the Army Public School in Peshawar, in a valley of Pakistan's Khyber Pass, is just the latest in the litany of terror that feeds this mistrust and hatred worldwide.

Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Nigel Chapman | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

For many, it was the first time they'd heard the word tsunami. A decade later, the worst-affected countries - Indonesia; Thailand; Sri Lanka and India - have rebuilt almost all that was destroyed.

Remembering the Tsunami: 'Responding to World Disasters Will Never Be the Same Again'

Laurie Lee | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK
Laurie Lee

The scale of the disaster and the speed with which entire towns and communities were swept away was something the modern world had never seen before. This was to change the way we prepare for and respond to crises forever.

A Sad Response to a Terrible Tragedy

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The mass slaughter of 142 people, most of them children, in Peshawar last week was a disgusting act. Unfortunately, the Pakistan government's reaction has been unwise, following the pattern set by the United States in 2001: pouring oil on the fire, while ultimately undermining the rule of law.

Islamic State: Can the Laughter for a Bunch of Rapists and Murderers

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

I wonder if something slightly odd has happened in the past six months or so, whereby the attention devoted to the group in the media and political spheres has dwelt unceasingly on their "barbarity" but failed to actually convey the scale of the human rights crimes involved. Has the effect been to almost trivialise the reality?

Islamophilia Cannot Be an Effective Answer to Islamophobia

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Liberals and leftists in the West are right to condemn the bigotry of the majority community, but the fundamentalism of the minority community cannot be spared from criticism. If those identifying as left and liberal fail to criticise the dangerous trends of Islamism, the right will step up for the task. That is a future no one wants and political correctness can do little to fight it.

The Forgetting

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Nawfal is a gentle little boy. In a crowd of rowdy children, he stands back and quietly observes. He doesn't say much. But I promise you: If you had seen him that day, and if you had the courage to look into his eyes, you would cry just as I did when I got home. I wish you could have seen his eyes and sensed his defeat.

A Day in the Life of a Chlorine Sprayer

Agus Morales | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

The body is put in an MSF vehicle and taken to the morgue. There can be no traditional burial rites, which involve washing and touching the body because of the risk of infection. This makes an already heart-breaking situation even worse for the family. They will never see the baby again...

If Mary and Joseph Tried to Reach Bethlehem Today, They Would Get Stuck at an Israeli Checkpoint

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

'Tis the season of Nativity scenes. But here's a question to consider: would Joseph and Mary even have been able to reach Bethlehem if they were making that same journey today? hatever your view of Jesus or Muhammad, if you are a Palestinian resident of the West Bank you are a victim of the longest military occupation in the world.

Tsunami: Survivors' Stories

Luke Simon | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Luke Simon

The incredible humanity displayed by the Thai people during our search for Piers prompted us to try and raise some money for them to try and give something back to the islanders who had lost everything. It was also would be a great way to honour Piers' life and create a legacy in his memory.

Peshawar: Lost for Words

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Being at a loss for words is never ideal for a journalist, yet the mind-numbing massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar has left me struggling... The 132 children of the Army Public School in Peshawar who died in last Tuesday's attack were its latest victims. They will not be the last.

Terror, Us and the Absence of Love

Sunita Pattani | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
Sunita Pattani

Yes, there is immediate action that needs to be taken to manage the current atrocities that people are suffering, but we also need a long-term plan. A plan that our current education system is not executing. This plan not only needs to take into consideration intellect, but it needs to place a heavy focus on the heart. It's not just about 'out there' and changing society, but rather the focus begins with each one of us taking a deep look within.

The Normalisation of Relations Between the US and Cuba Is a Victory for Right Over Might

John Wight | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The announcement that the US and Cuba are to begin the process of normalising relations after decades of a US-imposed economic blockade and policy of undermining the Cuban Revolution is long overdue.

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.