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WHO Is Wasting Vital Ebola Crisis Cash on Ineffective Smartphone Applications

Sophia Salenius | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Put bluntly, WHO is wasting vital funds from the Ebola crisis kitty on a piece of kit that will not work in West Africa and costs too much to operate.

Europe Is Dragging Its Feet on Conflict Minerals

Michael Gibb | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Gibb

We are at a critical juncture. The Bangladesh Accord, the Modern Slavery Act, and conflict minerals legislation in the US and central Africa, are landmark achievements that show that business can be done responsibly and need not take place in the shadows. By dragging its feet instead of building on these achievements the EU risks undermining this progress...

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Emily Wasik | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Emily Wasik

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the cr...

Now the Storm Has Passed

Nigel Chapman | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Just over one year ago a storm of epic proportions devastated the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, thought to be strongest storm to ever make landfall, took the lives of more than 6,200 people and affected over 14 million people across 44 provinces. This included some 5 million children, out of which 1.7 million were displaced. A matter of weeks after Haiyan had wreaked havoc across the country I went to visit the affected areas on behalf of Plan International. Driving out of Tacloban airport, the scenes left an indelible and vivid impression.

Tacloban: Still the Struggle for Survival

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Hundreds of twinkling candles adorned fishing boats off the shore of Tacloban on Saturday evening (8 November) during a vigil to remember the 6,000 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.

Focusing on Water - The World's Most Valuable Resource

Barbara Frost | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5 billion people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise.

Religion Is Important - And Not Just the Bad Bits

Ben Ryan | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK
Ben Ryan

While welcoming an opportunity to engage in those issues it is also important to challenge the implication that positive change is something which struggles to come out of religions. Traditional they may be, but mainstream religion has, and continues to have, an enormous positive impact on UK society and a great capacity to create positive change.

An Allegation of Blasphemy Spells Death in Pakistan

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Last week, Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi, a Christian couple who had spent years in modern-day slavery in Punjab province in Pakistan, were brutally beaten and burned to death at the brick kiln where they work after they were accused of blasphemy for desecrating the Holy Qur'an.

The Fall of the Wall, Russell Brand and the 89ers

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Twenty-five years ago, on 9 November 1989, I was on shift at The World Tonight as a newly-arrived presenter. It was the night the Berlin Wall was breached and history was made. I don't need to try to remember what I felt that night because I kept a recording of the programme. So here's what I said at 10pm on the night the Cold War finally ended.

The Long Road to Recovery After Typhoon Haiyan

Tanya Barron | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

A year ago, a storm of biblical proportions devastated the Philippines. In Tacloban, one of the worst hit cities, it shattered Bernadeth's house and brought havoc to her community. For months, the teenager and her family stayed in an evacuation centre.

Ebola: What Can I Do to Help?

Nick Brewer | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Nick Brewer

I can't bring about a cure to Ebola. I don't have much to offer. I'm not a doctor. I'm not a millionaire. But I don't have to just stand by and watch. I could give from what I have. I'd encourage you to think, what do you have to give?

Young Nations Need Support

Tony Baldry | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The rarity of these new, liberal democratic nations is illustrated by the speculation in the media and elsewhere that a newly independent Scotland would have a lot to learn from three-year-old South Sudan. The inference is clear: Establishing a fully functional government and the apparatus of the state is a phenomenally difficult task.

For Me, Government Action on Global Health Is Personal

Adrian Lovett | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

At ONE, we're working very hard to urge all governments to do their part. The good news for the UK is that others are stepping up, so the UK's share of the cost can fall a little. For a contribution of £1.2 billion over the next five years, averaging just £8 per year for each UK taxpayer, British support could save 1.5 million lives. What can be the argument for doing less?

The Truth Will Out: UK Involvement in Libyan Rendition and Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...

The Ebola Epidemic Is at Risk of Becoming a Tragedy of Truly Global Proportions

Douglas Alexander | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Douglas Alexander

Now is not a time for excuses, now is a time for action. The very fact we are in the midst of a crisis on this scale is proof that the international community has not yet done enough. This epidemic can, and must, be overcome. But the question now is how many more will have to die before it is, how many of those tragic deaths could have been avoided.

Shoot for the Stars... Especially When the Stakes Are So High

Annemarie Meyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Annemarie Meyer

Some years ago when I was living and working in rural Uganda I got malaria. As I took the long bus journey to the hospital, shivering and sweating, I was asking myself would I get there in time? Would the local hospital have the right treatment available for me? Why hadn't I been able to prevent myself getting malaria?

Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Wendy Bruere

The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.

Only Joined Up Thinking Solves Climate Change

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Climate change will not be tamed whilst the world is in the grip of capitalism gone mad. The profit motive has become greater than the need to save ourselves. Not all growth is good and we must stop believing it is.

China, Does it Matter to Britain?

Stephen Fear | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

I would urge anyone wanting to enter this lucrative market to look at joining one of the many associations, and also writing to the commercial department of the British Embassy for advice. That's what they're there for. Its easy to look up on the Internet and should be the first place to visit if you know nothing of exporting.

ISIS, Its Victims, Our Obligation to Intervene

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

We can't intervene everywhere. We have challenges at home. Our resources are limited; so, too, our ability to affect outcomes. Good intentions do not suffice. Sometimes trying to do the right thing can make things worse. So when an atrocity unfolds, how do we decide when to intervene?

Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women

Peter Ryan | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Peter Ryan

Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence

Change...What Change?

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Executions have surged under President Rouhani, with Iran now having surpassed China in executions per capita. Since Rouhani's ascension to the presidency, 650 people have been executed, with 250 executions in early 2014 alone.

The Impact of One Young World

One Young World | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

It was the moment where the whole audience of over 1,000 people palpably hung on every word of her terrible story. She spoke of fleeing North Korea as a young teenager, witnessing the murder of a family friend and the rape of her mother, burying her father and finally being deported to South Korea from Mongolia.

The Outsiders' Fetish for North Korean Fascism

Sebastian Murphy-Bates | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Sebastian Murphy-Bates

Praising these guided tours serves a political purpose for a government that has cultivated a theocratic cult of oppression and starved its people to the point of stunting their growth. Praise contributes to the fiction the regime wants to project: that they are running a prosperous, grand society that is open to scrutiny.

If a HK Banker Murdered Two Women, It's Probably Another Woman's Fault

Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Jessica Elgot

The reporting of this tragedy has been almost exclusively focussed on how the two women were purportedly sex workers, although Hong Kong police have not said as much. The killings are immediately characterised as American Psycho-style murders, giving them an aura of glamour. And predictably, within hours of his arrest, there was another woman in Jutting's life to cast blame on.