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Foreign Fighters, the Home Security Threat & ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

We need to stem the tide of those who are going to become foreign fighters--taking a long hard look at what their motivations are and what we can do about them and also stopping the instigators inside our countries--particularly in Europe to be stopped.

Putin's Crossing and the 'Chocolate King'

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

'Dear comrade Putin,' says a woman who has lost a leg by a shrapnel during shelling near her home town in eastern Ukraine, 'we're told that fighters and weapons are coming across from Russia. Take pity on us because we're choking from grief and in blood. Please take back your men.'

Notes From A Caribbean Island...

Ian Baxter | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Baxter

So you might think Cuba is a rather sad place with not a lot of hope. But that's not the Cuba I saw. As if buoyed on by its musical heartbeat (Salsa and Rumba are everywhere) I saw a Cuba where the human spirit is very much alive.

My Enemy's Enemy is My Friend - Bashar al Assad and The West

Dilly Hussain | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

If there is any lesson to be learnt from history, it is that political alliances always shift according to self-interest. This is also apparent in playground politics between children - you change friends and foes according to benefits.

Despair in the Desert - In One of Iraq's Deadliest Places

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

In the school I sat with Sherman Haj, a woman of around 40 who looked at least 10 years older. She had arrived at the school with her two youngest children nearly two weeks previously. Sherman Haj was still grappling with the sudden shock of how her life had been torn apart.

After the Islamic State Deluge, Who Will Save Iraqis?

Neil Durkin | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Following the horrific killing of the US photo-journalist James Foley, international anti-Islamic State rhetoric has gone up a notch. World leaders are all inveighing against the group. But in truth it's still not really clear what's being done to help the Yezidis, the Christians, the Shi'a Turkmen, the Shabaks, and indeed anyone in Iraq (including Sunni Muslims) threatened by the Islamic State and other armed jihadi groups.

Surprise! This Country Eats The Most Calories

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released a list of the daily calorie intake of countries around the world, and the d...

IS Is Pure Evil; So Is Assad: We Must Be Prepared to Fight Them Both

James Snell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Assad regime supports IS, and is also responsible for the murder of thousands of civilians. Is it churlish to point out that it has also avoided punishment for chemical weapons attacks and other savageries and actions of calculated callousness?

Scotland - It's About Democracy, Stupid

Jean Muir | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Muir

Much has been written about how the upcoming independence referendum represents a divorce between Scotland and England. But if we're making relationship analogies, let's just say that historically the British government is a power-hungry polygamist and Scotland is just the latest in a long line of unwilling wives to leave.

Boycotting Israeli Goods Is Intellectually Bankrupt

Dermot Kehoe | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Dermot Kehoe

How does protesting against the presence of kosher goods on the shelves of Tesco or Sainsbury's help the cause of peace in the Middle East? How does it advance Palestinian people's right to statehood? How does it help Israelis live a peaceful, secure life?

Why I As a Muslim, Will Not Apologize For Foley's Death

Fila Magnus | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Fila Magnus

This group who claims to be speaking for all Muslims, truly isn't. They don't speak for me. And I have given them no right to represent me, I have given no approval, in the actions of what they're doing. None of what they do, is complacent to the rules of Islam, none of what they do, signifies Islam in any way. In short - THEY. ARE. NOT. MUSLIMS.

Jihad, Utopia and 'Muddled' Foreign Policy

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

The brutal Assad regime, under father Hafez and son Bashar, has perpetrated some appalling atrocities and we can't be proud of cooperating with it, but it is the only force in the region capable of defeating ISIL.

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

Girl Gang Assemble

Kate Nash | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Nash

"What could I do about this stuff? What is my area of expertise and how can I take action about things that I care about and can actually help with?" I don't want to do it alone. I'm powerless that way. I need a group of cool, passionate people who care and want to talk about serious shit but also use entertainment, creativity, storytelling and music to do it - blend entertainment with reality...

Iraq: Left Foot Forward's James Bloodworth Goes to War Again

Ian Sinclair | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

We are, it would seem, being misled about Iraq once again. On 12 August 2014 the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said the UK was only providing hu...

No 'Just God' Will Stand For What You Do Either Mr Obama

Dilly Hussain | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

There has to be a balanced approach by world leaders and humans in general to the death of civilians irrelevant of race, ethnicity, nationality or religion. President Obama's selective wording in which crimes a 'Just God' would stand by and stand against is as farcical as his statements on global peace and stability.

UN Workers on the Frontline Against Extremism in Iraq

Ian Richards | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK
Ian Richards

"Father, how far are they from Baghdad?" asks Husam's 14 year-old son as he sees the military helicopters fly overhead, bringing the injured back from battle. It's a question that makes him very uncomfortable. The "they" is the ISIS, otherwise known as Daash or Islamic State, and reputed to have already infiltrated the Iraqi capital with sleeper cells. Husam could leave. Like other UN staff he's been offered evacuation. And having seen fellow workers lose members of their families and having had to three times repair his house for explosion damage, you wouldn't blame him.

UK Silent on Growing Numbers of Political Prisoners in Burma

Mark Farmaner | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled since the start of 2014, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.

Is Ebola Coming to the UK?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

An outbreak like this is a tragic event, and naturally the stories and images we see and hear in the media are bound to heighten our concerns about what it means for us. I've spoken to a lot of people recently who are worried about it spreading to our UK shores.

Why I Oppose Anti-Semitism

Russell Brand | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Russell Brand

My support of the petition has been attacked as anti Semitic. I understand anti Semitism to be a hatred of Jews, the denial of the right for Jews to have a homeland, the denial of the horrors of the last century and the plight of the Jewish people throughout history. This is obviously not my position, anti Semitism, Islamaphobia and homophobia are all prejudices that I resolutely reject, like any right-minded person. In the context of the accusation that I face, anti Semitism must be taken to mean opposing big businesses making profit from violence against Palestinian people.

What I Know About War in Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

I'll tell you what I know about war in Ukraine, and life there. Some of you will scream "you are not there!" and that's right, I'm not in Ukraine but in France, and the war is not where I am but in Ukraine. However, as are all Ukrainians, I'm living this war too, even though I'm far away from it. It's like a long-distance relationship, and I know those very well.

The Ferguson Cop Who Killed Mike Brown Will Never Face Justice, And We All F--king Know It

Adam Jung | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Adam Jung

We don't suspect justice won't be done, we absolutely know it won't. And how do we know? Kelly Thomas. James Boyd. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Kimani Gray.

Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

Justin Forsyth | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The psychological trauma inflicted when children lose their parents, see their homes destroyed, or experience torture, is not easily alleviated, particularly when they have to remain in the stressful and unfamiliar environment of a refugee camp. Save the Children's staff see the signs of this in places like Syria and Gaza, from night terrors and bed wetting to children who refuse to speak.

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Why People Trafficking Must Not Be Allowed to Dictate Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Desperate men, women and children are the modern chattels of the modern multi billion-dollar slave trade in people trafficking. This business according to UN research is worth $15billion dollars a year and involves the control or forced labour of 20million persons.