UK World

Operation Health for Comic Relief Is the First Time I've Taken on a Deliberate Challenge

Gonza Kagwa | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Gonza Kagwa

It was late last year when I heard about Operation Health for Comic Relief. Putting aside the obvious question "How on Earth did they get my number?" I was immediately paralysed by the size and the timescales of the project. Renovating a dilapidated health centre in rural Uganda in just nine weeks sounded ambitious, but I was immediately sold and knew I had to be a part of it.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Reaching the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Noel Sullivan | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

We switched off our head torches and allowed our eyes to adjust. This was the Arctic region of the mountain, a barren, lifeless area covered in ice and rock. At this altitude the oxygen is half that of sea level. And we would feel the effect of that greater tonight than any other night.

Ebola: Let's Remember the People at the Heart of the Outbreak

Dr Gina Radford | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Dr Gina Radford

When I receive a call that someone has had a terminal diagnosis, or the organist has flu, or what am I going to do about dog fouling in the churchyard - I am, again, reminded that life is not just about facts and figures - it's about experiences, hopes, and concerns.

Obama v Putin: 'Dr. Strangelove' and the Doomsday Machine

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The cold hard fact is that unless Ukraine can somehow stand up to Russian aggression on its own, the response from the West will continue to be limited precisely because Russia is a nuclear power.

Man Down - The Path to Kilimanjaro Turns Against Us

Noel Sullivan | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

The clouds had dropped away again revealing the surrounding mountainside, enormous trees called giant scenacios, dotted the landscape, strange exotic shapes that made you feel like you were on the set of Jurassic Park.

Refugees Are Not Terrorists

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

Filling the cracks in this chaos, the Islamic State has extended its reach into Libya. While Egypt has publically launched airstrikes on Libya following the mass execution of 21 Egyptians by the Islamic State, some European countries seem once again to be readying themselves for military intervention.

Remote Warfare - The Latest (failing) Phase of Counter Terrorism

Jon Moran | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Jon Moran

The reasoning behind these tactics they are not working. They are what military thinker Gian Gentile calls a strategy of tactics, the use of weapons and techniques because they seem to work rather than because they fit any larger long term plan.

'No One Lives Here but Angels' - Halfway to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Noel Sullivan | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

It was like scuba diving, something about being alone in the vastness of nature that makes you feel very small and very alive. Soon, the cloud closed in on us and the beautiful view was replaced with grey, which mirrored the approaching mood.

Does Anyone Care That Shia Are Being Relentlessly Murdered in Pakistan?

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

The global silence on the targeting of the Shia in Pakistan is sickening... Next time you hear a political leader speak about human rights, why don't you ask him where his voice was when Shia were being murdered in Pakistan? The Shia of Pakistan are an asset to Pakistan which should be protected at all costs. As politicians have rightly mentioned, if Jews left Europe, Europe would not be Europe any more. Well, if the Shia of Pakistan left Pakistan, Pakistan would not be Pakistan any more.

For Better or Worse: Child Marriage Is a Violation of Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Globally, marriage is not always something to celebrate. While some 350 couples a day decide to tie the knot in the UK, around the world 41,000 girls every day enter into a union they didn't choose. That's one girl every two seconds married against her will.

With or Without a Vote, Today's Young People Are Making Change

Craig Kielburger | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Kielburger

From homelessness and knife crime, to unemployment and climate change, today's young people are affected by the social challenges they see around them. These issues are impacted in turn by political decisions made in Westminster - so it is important to discuss whether young people under 18 should have democratic input into the political future of their country.

More Shark Attacks? We Have Only Ourselves to Blame

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Shark attacks are on the rise and the reason for this is entirely the fault of humanity... We need to look at it from the point of view of the shark. The ocean is their home. We are stealing their food. We are trespassing on their territory and we savagely slaughter 75million sharks each year, much of which goes to make a soup that has absolutely no nutritional value. When we look into the eye of what we perceive to be a savage monster, we see the reflection of a much more destructive monster - ourselves.

Breaking Media Silence: Three Muslims Killed in Chapel Hill Shooting #MuslimLivesMatter

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

Where is the full on media coverage that we should expect to receive when a tragedy like this has occurred? Where are the protests, the standing united against terror attacks that we see on the news for these killings? Were they not innocent souls that have been taken unjustly?

Us and Them in Nigeria

Ian Linden | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

Solidarities grounded in ethnicity and faith do not always win over other criteria: who might prove less corrupt, who might distribute oil wealth more widely, even to the poor, who might perform the minimal requirement of a functioning state, the provision of security to its citizens?

Jungle Fever. Under Canvas on Kilimanjaro.

Noel Sullivan | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

I called to Dan and Lauren to bring the camera over as the monkey lazily flopped down out of the tree and into the grass to start grazing. I think seeing any animal in it's natural habitat is always unforgettable but this was brilliant. I felt like Dian Fossey.

Why we Need to Revolutionise our Study of Cities

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.

Help Us Make a Very Real Difference to the Lives of Those Ex-servicemen and Women Struggling on Civvy Street

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

In Russia, where I was born during the Soviet war with Afghanistan, we were taught to unconditionally respect our returning veterans - regardless of whether we agreed ideologically with the reasons they had been sent to war. It's an axiom that has stuck with me ever since.

Why Britain Needs a Nature Manifesto

Tony Juniper | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Tony Juniper

Nature is not a drag in meeting social and economic goals. The reverse is the case. Perhaps more of them would be able to see this if only they spent a little time reading the evidence confirming this alternative reality, much of which was officially collected at considerable public expense.

In the Name of Morality

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

After the brutal murder of its captured pilot, Jordan says it intends to step up its air strikes against IS targets and to defeat "this terrorist organisation [that] is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values." The most useful role for the UK and other foreign powers would be to assist, with logistical, training and intelligence support, the efforts of Jordanian, Iraqi and Kurdish forces to defeat IS... Not only because it is a brutal, murderous sect threatening vital UK interests by infecting British-born fighters and others with the virus of its perverted ideology but equally because it is bringing misery to tens of thousands of people in both Iraq and Syria who now live in areas controlled by the sect.

FGM: In My Country of Somaliland 97% of Girls Are Cut - I've Saved Some But What About the Rest?

Sadia Abdi Alin | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Sadia Abdi Alin

I am speaking out because I believe in breaking the culture of silence that is so prevalent in my country. Women and girls are mutilated and they also risk a lifelong sentence of pain, infection, infertility and even death... Only when this violation is clearly banned by law and people are held accountable and fear the penalties will it end.

We Have the Opportunity to Bring an End to FGM Within in the Next Generation

Mary Creagh | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Today is a vital date for London not least because in the UK an estimated 103,000 women have undergone FGM and 20,000 girls are at risk... We must seize the opportunity to empower millions of women and girls around the world. For a long time international development has been seen as something 'we' do to the rest of the world. That is an outdated worldview which must be broken down.

'Operation Health' Has Given Me Hope Again

Francis Odokodit | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Francis Odokodit

Simply put - the clinic is not fit for humans. We have rats on the floor, bats in the ceiling and nowhere near enough space for the 1,400 patients that seek our help each month. Consultations on the floor or in the corridor are common practice and with no space to exercise quarantine controls, the risk of cross-contamination amongst patients is high...

The Most Dangerous Road

Ben G. Jones | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

When taking public transport in the UK, we complain about delays, engineering works, and a lack of air conditioning. On the route from Bukavu to Uvira, the threat of forest fires, bandits and death by machete is a daily reality...

Welcome to Africa

Noel Sullivan | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

The flight to Kilimanjaro was an eventful one. On the first flight to Nairobi, Lauren, Dan and I may have consumed a little bit too much alcohol. I won't go into details but it involved sleepwalk mugging of a fellow passenger, six sick bags and a nose bleed.

The Saudi Royals: Not People to Do Business With

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I understand the need for diplomatic niceties to be observed. That's why when a royal head of state dies, I'm perfectly happy for one of our royals to attend the funeral. But why on earth do we have to send the prime minister as well? ... Wouldn't it be nice if, like Germany, we could halt our arms sales to what is undoubtedly one of the nastiest regimes on the planet. And when the new king dies - he's already 79 - perhaps we could send Prince Charles on his own. I'm sure he'd manage just fine.