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'Nujeen Was One Of The Lucky Ones' - Help Us To Protect More Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...

The Case For A Public Enquiry On The War In Libya

Mark Curtis | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Cameron resigned as an MP two days before the Committee enquiry was published, which is hard to believe was coincidental. If MPs are concerned about being lied to and about whether Britain is a rogue state in international affairs, they should now demand a new public enquiry.

As Europe Fails To Act, 60,000 Refugees Are Living In Appalling And Unsafe Conditions In Greece

Ghias Aljundi | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Ghias Aljundi

Theresa May talked about the importance of a global response to the refugee crisis but she did not offer any more resettlement opportunities and of course, the UK is playing no part in this emergency programme to relocate refugees from Greece... I saw too much suffering in Greece and this pain shatters my heart. I do not like to be angry but I am full of anger and I am disgusted by this terrible indifference. The people I met last week were full of warmth, compassion and dignity, despite their despair and exhaustion, and they deserve so much more.

French Ban Disposable Coffee Cups - Will Britain Follow Suit?

Suzanne Themps | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Suzanne Themps

The French government has made a bold decision this week in the name of reducing waste and tackling climate change - good on them! By committing to ban disposable cups and plates by 2020 - except those that are completely compostable - France is taking a huge step towards tackling the one million coffee cups that reach landfill every minute. Perhaps it's time that Britain took the leap?

Fast Fashion: Can It Be Sustainable?

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

sustainable fashion.jpg In many ways, we have reached a stand-off between these two fashion industry camps - a stand-off that drives heated debate in every fashion industry forum, and much frustration. Yet, the challenges of sustainability are common to all of us, to every fashion consumer and to every business owner.

Sainsbury's Food Waste Shows Hunger For Change

Edd Colbert | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Edd Colbert

Supermarkets are finally feeling the pressure when it comes to food waste, and Feedback will be monitoring them closely over the next year to make sure that they 'taste the difference' between ambitious gestures and committing to effective long term actions to prevent food waste.

The Importance of Home

Andy Murray | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Sport
Andy Murray

Having a child of my own has strengthened my commitment as a Unicef UK Ambassador and one of the reasons I created Andy Murray Live, a new exhibition tennis event, to raise much-needed funds to help support vulnerable children. And when deciding where to put on the event there was one place that felt right, Glasgow. My home town.

One Year Into The Global Goals And The UK Is No Further Ahead

Stephen Twigg | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The Global Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly a year ago this week. As those assembled in New York prepare to celebrate their first birthday, back in the UK the Government's response remains slow and disappointing.

Cracking The Israeli-Palestinian Security Challenge Is Possible - But It Requires Thinking Outside The Box

Brig Gen Michael Herzog | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Politics
Brig Gen Michael Herzog

Over twenty years have elapsed since Israel and the Palestinians launched the Oslo process towards a permanent two-state solution and much ink has been spilled on trying to understand why it has failed. To me, one thing is clear: there are real gaps between the parties on all core issues. Do not believe those who tell you that the parties ever came "that close."

Corbyn's Plan For Local Renewable Energy Could Raise Community Energy To A New Level

Leo Murray | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Leo Murray

The renewable, decentralised energy future described in Corbyn's manifesto was once considered a pipedream, but it is now the mainstream view of where we are headed, endorsed by establishment voices from the National Infrastructure Commission to the National Grid to Energy UK - the trade body that represents the interests of the Big Six. But to realise this future in a way that citizens and consumers will accept and welcome, Governments need to do much more...

Boris Johnson Is 'Comfortable' With My Partner's Kidnap, Torture And Death Sentence

Yemi Hailemariam | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Yemi Hailemariam

>My British partner, Andargachew "Andy" Tsege, has spent over two years on Ethiopia's death row for daring to speak out against one of Africa's most brutal dictatorships... The Foreign Office claims that doing more for Andy "would have consequences for [our] relationship with Ethiopia..." So Boris is more worried about offending a totalitarian state than repatriating a British citizen to his family. This is appeasement. When did those who represent Britain become so cowardly?

The Triumph Of The Ugly Tomato

Orsola de Castro | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Style
Orsola de Castro

sustainable fashion.jpg If chemicals in food are a concern, chemicals in clothes should also be, and just as we have started to question the origin of what we eat, we need to apply those same health self-care principles to the clothes we wear, as the skin absorbs almost as much as the stomach does.

New Funding For English Language Learning: Good Effort, But Must Try Harder

Stephen Hale | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

We're renewing our call on the government to ensure that every single refugee and asylum seeker receives eight to twelve hours of English classes for two years. Our polling demonstrates the strong public support for this with 73% recognising the benefits for communities and for Britain.

We Must Help The 28million Children That Have Been Driven From Their Homes By Violence And Conflict

Lily Caprani | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

The world is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis and we really must do more to help these children. Ahead of the world refugee summits, we have a chance to do more to protect millions of child refugees and we call on world leaders to be strong and bold in their commitments to do so.

Yes, I'm Actively Addicted To Heroin - And Shaming Me Doesn't Help

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

The need for secrecy and the attendant shame kills lawyers and unemployed people, magazine sellers, rock stars and sex workers. When we use alone, there is no one to rescue us if we take too strong a dose, or if we use drugs that (thanks to prohibition) are not what we thought they were. In my country and others, we impose so much deadly shame on people who use drugs.

What I've Got In Common With Rita Ora, Jamie Cullum, Ben Elton And Neil Gaiman: We've All Got #Refugenes - Have You?

Lliana Bird | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lliana Bird

So often refugees are painted as a burden on societies, but these rich family histories show that refugees are just as capable as we are of achieving greatness and contributing to society, if given half a chance - and who knows what wonderful things their children and grandchildren may end up accomplishing.

Why More Sportswomen Like Fu Yuanhui Should Shine the Spotlight on Period Taboos

Louisa Gosling | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Gosling

We need to talk openly about this issue to remove the stigma that surround periods, and ensure finding solutions for menstrual hygiene management are included in efforts to improve health, education, and access to sanitation facilities. Fu Yuanhui is one sportswoman who inadvertently shined a spotlight on this issue. But together, we can all help break the stigma surrounding periods.

Profound Threat To Orcas And Other Marine Wildlife Returns!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

An old enemy has re-emerged to threaten again the survival of marine top-predators, such as orcas, other dolphins, and other marine animals.This pollutant foe was first identified in the 1960s ... recent research has shown that it was only diminished, and far from extinguished as a source of harm or even extinction.

Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This year, while we're marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it's troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border...

Aleppo Is Not the New Srebrenica - It's the Old Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Mitchell's "new Srebrenica" line echoes Jan Egeland, the United Nations official who's responsible for trying to broker humanitarian access in Syria. The effectiveness - or otherwise - of UN efforts to deliver aid into Syria has been one of the many vexed issues of this crisis. With Srebrenica (as with Rwanda) the UN failed abysmally. Is it going to fail with Syria as well? Let's fervently hope not. And let's hope that Aleppo stays at the centre of international attention. Because, even without a standalone massacre of Srebrenica's magnitude, Aleppo is already a frightening humanitarian emergency. Aleppo isn't the new Srebrenica, it's the old Aleppo. And that's easily bad enough.

'It's Better to Die From One Bullet Than Being Slowly Killed Every Day' - The Cruel Fate of Refugees Forsaken in Nauru

Anna Neistat | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Anna Neistat

Having worked in most of the world's conflict zones over the last 15 years, I thought I had learned enough about suffering, injustice and despair. But what I saw and heard on Nauru will haunt me forever.

A Doctor's View From a Refugee Camp in Greece: The Refugee Crisis Is a Moral Crisis for Europe

Andrew Moscrop | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Moscrop

Outside the clinic, bleaching beneath the Greek sun, there are rows of tents; accommodation for almost two thousand people. Refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have lived under these canvases for months already. They have been stranded after Europe closed its borders and the EU devised a controversial and morally compromising plan to return refugees to Turkey. There are more than fifty camps like this in Greece, for tens of thousands of refugees. In this camp, like most others, roughly a third of the inhabitants are children, and many are unaccompanied by family.

Loving the Stranger: How the Church of England Can Help Victims of Modern Day Slavery

Philippa Rowen | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Philippa Rowen

Many thanks to the Prime Minister for taking modern slavery seriously and funding our dedicated public sector; but exploitation will not stop without the help of the public. The Church is in the position of moral leadership which we should use both to inspire and also support all of those touched by this crime against our humanity.

The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the Point?

Jen Gale | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Jen Gale

Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.

Laughter, Trauma and Building Resilience

Peter Fonagy | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Peter Fonagy

We have many tools at our disposal to help people in overcoming mental health problems and we have come very far in developing effective treatments. But we can - and must - go further. Rigid seriousness can exaggerate threats, amplify slights and close down our openness to different ways of responding to things. Humour can protect us...