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How Can We Find These Children?

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jaki Scarcello

What can we do when a tragedy of this magnitude prevails in a country which is distant and unknown to us? Have we become too good at turning away and assuring ourselves we can do nothing?

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Today is a very sad day for me. The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always has been. His passion for nature as profoundly strong as ever and he was just as outspoken as ever.

The Cursed Twins of Madagascar

Kiki King | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kiki King

Meeting the unluckiest woman in Madagascar changed my views on motherhood forever. Despite standing almost 6ft tall, Carolin ducks her eyes when she smiles, shyness getting the better of her. She hides her inner steel. She lost everything because she refused to abandon her children. She is the mother of twins: three sets of twins.

What Will Mr Putin Do Next?

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

As things stand, the pro-separatists insist that they will go ahead with the referendum, with or without Mr Putin's blessing. But at least now he can claim that he did what he could to halt it - and hope, in so doing, to lift the threat of further sanctions being imposed.

As the Emergency Response Teams Leave, the British Red Cross Is Stepping Up Its Long-Term Recovery Efforts

Sir Nick Young | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

This week, the British Red Cross is launching a long-term recovery programme in the Philippines as the disaster-prone country continues to recover from super-storm Haiyan and braces itself for the onslaught of this year's typhoon season. But as we mark six months since the typhoon hit, many organisations specialising in emergency response are leaving and the levels of support have dwindled, even though the needs remain immense.

Nigeria's May Day: Northern Christians Cry for Help

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We pray that God will help our security forces bring Boko Haram's campaign of hate to a swift end before the whole country is sucked into a religious war.... Nigerians are proud people. We are able to take care of our own problems and often are the first to offer assistance to other African neighbours. But we are desperate and we are fighting for our lives. We cannot let evil triumph.

Stoning Gays to Death? Life in Prison for Being LGBT? Britain Cannot Stay Silent Any Longer

Dr Purna Sen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Purna Sen

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in London this week as the honoured guest of the Commonwealth Business Council. Yet just 10 weeks ago President Museveni made it punishable by life imprisonment to be a lesbian or gay man in his country. Anybody daring even to speak up for the rights of LGBT citizens can now go to jail for seven years.

Intense Fighting in Syria Hampers Vital Polio Vaccination Efforts

Razan Rashidi | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Speaking from Syria, UNICEF health facilitator, Dr. Suliman Najem said that reaching remote communities is particularly challenging in a region that has been badly affected by the three-year old conflict.

Labour Call for Government Statement on Search for Nigerian Schoolgirls

Ian Lucas | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

It is vital that in the crucial days and weeks ahead, the UK government work with its international partners to add their weight and expertise to the search, and make clear what part they are playing in global efforts to assist the Nigerian government.

Beyond Relief in the Philippines

Mark Goldring | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

If this process is not done well - everyone loses. Families are being forced to choose between safety and putting food on the table. Yet jobs do not feature in the government's relocation plans. It is an omission they need to fix urgently.

Kris Maharaj Case: Most of Us Fail the Jurors' Test

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Much has been made in recent months by populist politicians of the 'need' to convict more people for certain crimes. But what this hardline approach ignores is the troubling way in which we judge other people.

Zimbabwe Part One: Meet Harare International Arts Festival

Josephine | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Josephine

The Lay's Global Stage was a covered indoor space with comfy tiered benches for around 400 people... We'd be back to headline this same stage on the Saturday night, for what would prove to be, not just the best gig of our trip, but one of the most rewarding of my entire time performing live.

Yemen to Ban Child Marriage and FGM

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

Yemen is likely to vote on a comprehensive 'Child Rights Act' over the coming months, which would ban both child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Poorna Bell

Meet The Indian Man Who Revolutionised Sanitary Pads

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As most men take the ostrich approach when it comes to women’s menstruation, the achievements of Arunachalam Muruganantham – the man who invented ...

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

From UK To Uganda: Youth Exchange With Benefits

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

As Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, youth groups which can educate people about issues such as sexual health and professional development couldn't be more relevant. In 2012 78% of the Ugandan population were below 30 years of age...

Nigeria We Hail Thee!

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

Nigerians are raging because in the world's largest black populace, we have a government that can no longer guarantee security and is not shame-faced enough to step up to the plate. Our president continues to stew in puerile denials, whilst a part of the country, as big as some as some European nations burns to the ground.

Sleepless in South Sudan

Aimee Ansari | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

I smelled the decaying bodies in Haiti after the earthquake and I got ill because of the terrible fumes of the dead buried under buildings in Lebanon after the bombings. That was nothing compared to the massacres and violence happening in South Sudan now. I won't go into the details; they're too gory, too much everything.

A Fight For Gender Equality In India: 'The Spice Girls'

Karen Ruimy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

When their father died suddenly, the women were under immediate attack. Not only from fellow spice traders, but incredibly, also from family members. The men around them attempted to wrestle control of the business from them. Slurs on their name rapidly turned to threats and physical abuse.

We Must Not Turn a Blind Eye to the Election of Narendra Modi, India's Milosevic

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Will Foreign Secretary William Hague express "deep distaste" if, as the polls suggest, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is declared prime minister of nuclear-armed India after 12 May? Will the EU have the guts to downgrade diplomatic ties with the world's biggest democracy?

50 Something In A 20 Year Old Democracy

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Trevor Kleinhans

Twenty years ago I was standing in a mixed race voting line, all of us petrified of what lay ahead and now here we are in a democratic South Africa. As a 50 something year old gay white male that has lived in this country his entire life, I can assure you it has been no bed of roses, and is still not anywhere near one.

Forget the Lok Sabha: All Eyes on the Supreme Court

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

India's marathon election draws to a close in the coming weeks. While observers caution that opinion polls in this vast nation can often be inaccurate, many expect controversial opposition candidate Narenda Modi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to become the nation's next Prime Minister.

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.