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Reggie Bügmüncher Becomes The Unlikely Star Witness Of The BA Plane Fire

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK

Had Reggie Bügmüncher been anywhere else on Tuesday, the world would have probably never known about the unusually named sideshow performer from Phi...

Summary Execution by Drone Could Have Come Straight Out of an Orwell Sequel

Kate Allen | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK
Kate Allen

Amnesty is concerned that if we allow this to become the norm, we could have countries all over the world conducting aerial executions of perceived enemies on the basis of secret, unchallengeable evidence. Would we honestly be so relaxed if this was an announcement from Moscow, or Beijing, or Pyongyang or Oceania?

Take Pride in Sexuality AND Religion

Jonny Freeman | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

When I speak to people about religion and sexuality, the most common response is "its okay, I have no problem. People can be who they want to be". Bearing this phrase in mind, it got me wondering why religion can't become a passionate part of Pride.

Can the Public Take the Migrant Crisis Into Its Own Hands?

Vidhya Ramalingam | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Vidhya Ramalingam

Ministers from all 28 EU member states are meeting on 14 September for an emergency session on the migration crisis and how to respond. While European leaders arrange their travel to Brussels, the public is taking matters into its own hands.

Save Syria's Children Campaign

Amy Treasure | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

The boat the family had boarded was carrying them from war torn Syria bound for the Greek island of Kos. Sadly, their journey did not end in jubilation that they had fled to safety but has ended in a tragedy that has touched the hearts of many.

Does It Matter That a Single Photo So Influenced Our Concern for the Refugees?

Adam Seldon | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

The case for Britain taking in more refugees should not have been so reliant on this single photo. This time, the photo managed to encourage the government to take a more sympathetic stance. But next time, there might not be images like this to rely on. Next time, there might not even be a photo.

We Have Failed Aylan Kurdi - We Must Not Fail More

Rob Williams | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Rob Williams

Syrians have a right to seek a safer future than the reality they face now. If we can't make that happen for them in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, we should not be surprised if they come and look for it here. Seeking protection and education should not be seen as a luxury and survival should never been seen as enough.

Are Newspapers Correct to Use Such Shocking Images on Their Front Pages?

Phil Hall | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Phil Hall

A toddler lies dead on a beach, his young life having been ended as he and his family desperately tried to escape war-torn Syria for a better, seeming...

My Grandpa Arrived Here on a Boat. What Would He Make of This Crisis?

Leah Kreitzman | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Leah Kreitzman

I imagine he was scared, that the journey was long and tough, that they didn't know what to expect when they arrived and how they would be greeted. 100 years later, what would he make of the migrant and refugee crisis unfolding daily on Europe's shores?

The Day a Picture Woke Us From Our Compassionate Sleep

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

The crisis of suffering of immigrants is not a one-off tragedy, but part of the brutality of modern life. But if we are to learn something exceptional from it, let it be that while compassion may be costly and requiring of courage, commitment and sacrifice, it is absolutely fundamental to improving the plight of humanity.

Every Picture Tells a Story - That's Why Migration Is One of the Most Difficult to Tell

Louise Ridley | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Louise Ridley

Pictures of people we label 'migrants' are, of course, just pictures of people. Many of them have difficult lives that are not only made up of snapshots of fear and uncertainty, but all those moments in between.

Pakistan's Bid to Hang a Disabled Man

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

It is rather chilling to imagine what will be taking place in the coming days, as Pierrepoint's Pakistani descendants ponder how best to kill this man. They will presumably be pulling out their paraplegia charts, factoring in the weight of his wheelchair, and wondering how best to roll Abdul Basit into place, all in the name of justice. Let us hope that sanity prevails.

This Is Not a Migrant Crisis, This Is a Refugee Crisis

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Millions are on the move. War is not the only contributing factor - climate change is tightening its grip on the planet, and the industrialised west continues to burn fossil fuels while poorer countries pay the price. The UK has to play a significant part in alleviating the suffering.

As Egypt Jails Al Jazeera Journalists, the West Still Tolerates El-Sisi

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Since taking power in a military coup in 2013, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has been every bit the tyrant, showing utter disregard for civil rights. And the Obama administration has long claimed it would lift the embargo only if Egypt showed "credible progress" toward restoring democracy."

Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

Helping the Victims of Islamic State's 'Religion of Rape'

Lisa Pearce | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Lisa Pearce

Cala is one of over 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by IS. They are 'objects', to be used and abused as their new owners see fit. The rapists from IS justify their actions by praying before and after they rape the girls, turning their atrocities into a religious act.

Emotions Run High As Alison Parker And Adam Ward's Colleagues Return To Work

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

The WDBJ 7 Breakfast programme has returned to air after the murders of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The broadcast is the first by the ...

20,000 People Just Had The World's Biggest Tomato Fight

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

As many as 20,000 people hurled tomatoes at each other at an annual festival in the Bunol district of Valencia, Spain on Wednesday. La Tomatina inv...

Virginia Shooting Suspect Tweets Video Of The Attack (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

A man suspected of shooting a Virginia news crew dead during a live broadcast has uploaded camera phone footage of the attack to his Twitter account. ...

The Voyage of the Damned - and the People of Hope

Richard Reoch | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The shame of the St Louis, now memorialized in holocaust museums around the world, is a timely reminder. Since the beginning of this year some 340,000 people have piled into boats or trekked overland to reach Europe. They have been called a "swarm", "marauders" and "cockroaches". By August, more than 2,000 had drowned crossing the Mediterranean.

WDBJ 7 News Team Killed Live On Air In Virginia Shooting (DISTURBING IMAGES)

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

- Shooting leaves reporter and cameraman dead, interviewee injured- Broadcast live on Virginia station WDBJ 7, footage depicted gunman- Gunman uploads...

Marcy Borders 'The Dust Lady' Of 9/11 Has Died Of Stomach Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

It has become one of the defining images of September 11, 2001. A smartly-dressed woman stands in disbelief, visibly distraught, covered from head-to-...

Family Tear Open Coffin After 'Hearing Screams' Of Dead Teenager

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

Relatives of a teenager thought to have been buried alive in Honduras say they are devastated at the final confirmation of her death. Neysi Perez, ...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean 'Migrants' but We Should

Judith Vonberg | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Judith Vonberg

By rejecting the term and using 'refugee' instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the illiberal voices telling us that migrants are not worthy of our compassion.