UK World

There Is No 'Wave' of Anti-Semitism

David Cesarani | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
David Cesarani

invoking the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule is not only inappropriate - it is inflammatory and insulting to the victims. Raising the spectre of 'anti-semitism' will not help anyone cope with the threat posed by Jihadists and extreme Islamists. We (all) face a specific menace that demands specific counter-measures.

Forests for the Future

Tony Juniper | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Tony Juniper

Will a high level meeting taking place in London today add momentum to efforts to save the world's remaining tropical forests? ... If we don't keep the forests then it's not only wildlife that will suffer, but human societies too, and not just those living in and around the forests, but right around the world.

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

Cat Carter | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.

Should Liam Neeson Have Spoken Out About the Problem of Guns in the United States?

Iain Overton | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Overton

Gun control may even become a taboo subject for A listers, born out of fear of alienating swathes of American movie goers. And so a valuable voice - that of the celebrity - in the battle against the impact of gun violence both in the US and worldwide is in danger of being silenced.

Navalny Versus Putin

Damon Boughen | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

A few weeks ago Alexei Navalny walked out of court in Russia and straight into a protest against Putin, to many people's surprise. The surprise was not that he arrived at the protest and was subsequently rearrested but that he was released at all...

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

The Chilcot Inquiry - When Will We Finally Get the Truth?

Ibrahim Taguri | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ibrahim Taguri

It is time for answers and the longer the publication of this report is delayed, the further we get from every finding out the truth. This has gone on long enough. It's been postponed time and time and time again. And we are just not any further or any closer to the truth than we were in 2003.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

Rising Inequality in the Global South: Time to Focus on the Solutions

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Winnie Byanyima

Today Oxfam announced that the combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked. Inequality is spiralling out of control, but consensus on taking action against this issue of our time is gathering pace.

Why Aren't UK Ministers Manning the Free Speech Barricades for Raif Badawi?

Kate Allen | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

So take that Riyadh: we're going to continue having a close dialogue with you. Messrs Cameron and Ellwood have only spoken on Badawi's plight when asked. There have been no big ministerial statements, no press releases, no primetime media interviews, and no carpeting for the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Once again, it seems that ministers are content to wear the Saudi muzzle... As the UK government knows full well (not least because Amnesty International regularly tells it so), Saudi Arabia's human rights record is a roll-call of shame.

Je Suis Un An Enfant Syrien Mort De Froid (I Am a Syrian Child Dying From Cold)

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

It can no longer be ignored now that Syria's future generations are paying heavily for a catastrophe they did not create, one that is placing an obstacle to their present and future. These children are crying for help and it remains uncertain whether anyone is listening.

Woolmark: Not Worth the Label It's Printed On

Ben Williamson | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Williamson

Last week, I was at Somerset House, where the finals of Woolmark's menswear design competition took place as part of Men's Fashion Week. I had a bloodied "lamb" in tow to show people what's wrong with wearing wool. Everything about the production of wool is objectionable, especially the shearing process which often leaves sheep battered and bloodied...

Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It Is for Some

Naomi Westland | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

The reluctance of foreign leaders to compromise their energy interests by speaking out on the crackdown in Azerbaijan provides the armour Baku needs to protect itself from criticism over how it treats its citizens.

Paris

Russell Brand | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Russell Brand

These men of murder are the symptom of a creed that lies as far away from God as is possible to conceive and do not represent Islam anymore than George Bush, Tony Blair and Halliburton represented Christianity, or ordinary, secular Europeans and Americans when they profited from the bombing of innocent Iraqis.

Why Aren't World Leaders Linking Arms in Abuja? #BagaTogether

Eulette Ewart | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The attacks in France last week were not just about the deaths of 17 civilians, it was also a direct assault on free speech. So yes, it makes sense that significant attention is paid here. But isn't there room for in-depth reporting on more than one important global news story?

Britain's Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is a Disgrace

John Wight | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Responsible for fomenting chaos and carnage beyond their own borders, while at home brutalising their own people, surely it is time for the international community to turn its attention to the Saudis and their utter and complete disregard for anything resembling human rights...

Islam Is Privilege

Aral Balkan | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Aral Balkan

Islam is a set of ideas. It is an ideology. It inherently deserves no more or less respect than any other ideology. That is to say, it inherently deserves no respect whatsoever. Just like any other idea or ideology, Islam also deserves no special protection from criticism or critique. Affording it any such privilege just because it has a supernatural origin story is not compatible with reason. Muslims, on the other hand, are people who have adopted Islam as dogma. It should really go without saying that just like any other person, Muslims inherently deserve to be respected as people, treated with dignity, and have their rights protected.

Is Time Running Out for the Church?

Lisa Pearce | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Lisa Pearce

"I haven't seen my daughter since IS took her. I cried and shouted at them - what could they want with a three year old? She's just a child." The desperate mother told me her story as we sat on a cold, damp floor in Iraq in November. At Open Doors we estimate that there are over 100million Christians persecuted for their faith. And each one has a story. Our 2015 World Watch List report, released today, reveals a devastating picture of what is happening to Christians around the globe.

OPEC May Achieve What the Environmental Movement Is Unable to Achieve

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

How do we shut down Keystone? How do we stop fracking? How do we stop deep-water drilling in the Arctic, the Caribbean and everywhere else? How do we end the ecological disaster of the Canadian Tar Sands? How do we stop the power of Big Oil? The answer is that we can't. We don't have the money, the political power or the military might.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

Today We're All Charlie Hebdo, but We Need to Understand We're Also All Neighbours Now

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

Now I'm not siding with the 'we brought this on ourselves' lot. What I'm saying is we just haven't got to grips with the fact rapid developments in communications technology and transport have well and truly moved the goalposts.

Why the Pen Will Always Remain Mightier Than the Sword

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
BritChick Paris

The 12 people that died this week were not just heroes, they were martyrs. They gave up their lives in the name of freedom of speech. It is for this reason that 7 January must be remembered as a day of enlightenment once the pain and grief ebb away.

Only Through Solidarity Can We Defeat Those Who Would Use Violence to Silence Free Speech

Rachael Jolley | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Rachael Jolley

For those over the years who say they support freedom of expression but with opt outs, or who have argued that freedom of expression doesn't extend to articles, photographs or cartoons which offend them, it should be made clear that freedom of expression gives everyone the chance to debate opinions, and that right is vital.

Je Suis Charlie

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

In the aftermath of an atrocity as horrifying as the Paris murders on Wednesday, it is more important than ever to be crystal clear about the freedoms that we hold most dearly. Freedom of expression, which must always include the freedom to offend and to ridicule. Satire is an essential part of a democracy. Incitement to hatred and to violence are crimes; incitement to mockery is not... Freedom from fear, including the fear of being different, or of speaking out, or of questioning majority beliefs. Above all, the freedom from the fear of being murdered.

Charlie Hebdo Shooting Is a Ferociously Shocking Moment

Jon Snow | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Jon Snow

Even for a hardened news man in a hardened newsroom the mass shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a ferociously shocking moment. We know at least 12 are dead, five are critically wounded and others beside. And those numbers will doubtless change during the day. It happens at a very tender moment for European politics, at a tender moment for the Islamic world. Wracked with violence from northern Nigeria all the way to Pakistan by radical action and bloodletting.