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Do Elephants Deserve Foreign Aid?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Zac Goldsmith MP is calling on the UK government to release some of its billions of 'Foreign Aid' money to help stop the decimation of wildlife in developing nations. We at Care for the Wild helped to draft the wording of Zac's Early Day Motion (EDM) and fully support it, but why?

From Zero to Zero: Syria's Double Refugees in Lebanon

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

All any of these families want is to go home, to return to what they knew, to resume normal lives. The only way this will happen is for the conflict to end, for peace talks to begin to allow a safe return to pick back up the lives left behind. No one is suggesting that is likely to be any time soon.

Make Cities Safer for Girls

Angela Singh | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Singh

One year ago, a young woman was repeatedly gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, India. The student, who had hopes of becoming a doctor, died two weeks later.

Bangladesh Hanging of an Opposition Political Leader Can Lead the Once Moderate Country Into Political Darkness

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

On Thursday 12 December Bangladesh hanged the Islamic leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, despite pleas from, among others, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. CNN reported that two UN human rights experts called on Bangladesh to halt the execution "because of concerns that Mollah did not receive a fair trial".

Independence Is the Longest of Battles: Impressions From South Sudan

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

I approached Juba with trepidation. In the few years since I last came it has become the capital of the world's youngest country and everyone that visits keeps telling me how quickly it is changing.It was also the city chosen by the African Union to commemorate World AIDS Day earlier this month.

India's Reinstatement of the Anti Gay Act Is Hideous, But Amazing Things Have Come Out of It

Poorna Bell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

If the nation's leading papers can unite behind gay rights (something we take for granted here in Britain) when the previous approach to mainstream journalism and taboo topics has been to pretend something doesn't exist, then surely that is a triumph.

Definitely Not Sign Language

Katie Hopkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

I am no expert. But even to the untrained eye you could tell he was not doing what he should be. The guy looked about as bored as most of us get watching X Factor - glancing occasionally to the heavens for inspiration or to see if the rain was ever going to stop.

Italian Men Seek Help to Stop Them Battering Wives and Partners

Maria Caspani | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Experts working in gender violence say there are only a few centres across Italy dedicated to helping violent men challenge and change their behaviour, though the scale of the problem deserves greater resources.

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Musings on Congress, Iran, and Mandela

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

On Tuesday, as world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans gathered in a giant stadium to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced off against his political foes in a much smaller arena: the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Palestinian Director Scandar Copti Talks About Ajami, Oscars and His New Script

Hannah Gal | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

With a new script in development 'in which nobody dies', Copti currently teaches aspiring filmmakers at Abu Dhabi's NYU from where he tells me about the importance of passing knowledge on to others, yearning for peace in the Middle East and moving on from the overwhelming high of Ajami.

There's No Place Like Home - Bringing Syrian Children in From the Cold

Anita Tiessen | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Temperatures can fall to as low as minus six. In previous winters families have been known to burn their possessions just to stay warm. For little children, struggling against the cold and the wet, the brutality of winter could prove deadly.

Relief Groups Aren't Doing Much in the Philippines and Neither Is the Mayor

Keb Darge | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Keb Darge

On about day 10 the mayor appeared and took charge of distributing relief goods. This involved men with automatic rifles, light and heavy machine guns, grenade launchers etc., protecting the relief boxes until the Mayor had shifted "the good stuff" into his newly commandeered storage buildings.

Ex Senior Army Legal Advisor's Words Give Comfort in Guantánamo Bay

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

I sent Shaker Aamer the sermon Reverend Nicholas Mercer delivered in October which denounces the UK's involvement in the tortuous and horrifying tactics used in the 'war on terror' and its continued denial of justice to those still subjected to those same practices. Shaker, clearly touched, wrote back almost immediately.

'He Lies Motionless on the Road': Peacekeeping Soldier Shot in Central African Republic

Alex Thomson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Alex Thomson

Almost at once one of the soldiers falls, apparently shot, a few metres forward of our position. He lies motionless on the road. Their target appeared to be civilians who had run up a side street from the main airport road.

Personal Memories of Mandela and the Fight Against Apartheid

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

Solidarity with oppressed people is critical - it can make all the difference. The first time I saw Nelson Mandela was a few months after his release, in June 1990, when he came to a meeting of European charities in Strasbourg and thanked us for our support during the years of struggle. He knew the difference that support had made through those difficult times.

The Situation for Elephants Is Desperate - Please Help

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

The amount of money now washing around Asia and the seemingly unquenchable demand there for ivory, particularly in countries such as Vietnam and China, has caused the price charged on the black market to soar. Indeed in many places ivory is now worth more per ounce than gold. The result has been an almost unprecedented slaughter on the savannahs. Some 100 elephants are being killed per day in Africa, and at present rates of poaching the surviving population in the wild risks being decimated within a decade. Chad had 15,000 elephants. Now it is 400.

The Human Rights Act: A Charter for Victims, Not Villains

Emily Thornberry | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

With all the hullabaloo coming from the Tories about human rights, it's too easy to forget that the 1998 Act recognised rights of the victims of crime long denied under English law. If we were to allow the Chris Grayling and his cronies to tear up the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights from which it is derived, we would set back the cause of victims' rights by decades.

Typhoons Like Haiyan Are the New Normal - So When Will Leaders Start Taking Disaster Preparedness Seriously?

Dr Mohamed Ashmawey | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mohamed Ashmawey

So, do we write off countries like the Philippines as simply 'disaster-prone', and ready our emergency relief teams for the next Haiyan? Absolutely not. We must act now on the knowledge that climate change is driving an increase in extreme weather, and provide better protection against the impact of climate-related disasters.

Where Is the Next Nelson Mandela?

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

It's absurd, I know, but wouldn't it be nice to think that one day another Mandela figure will emerge, someone with the same burning sense of justice, unquenchable courage and personal integrity? Absurd, yes, but we can dream, can't we?

One Thousand Days of Syria's Conflict: Childhoods Stolen and Futures at Risk

Rosie Thompson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Rosie Thompson

Today marks the thousandth day of the conflict. For over two and a half years, children have lived through a nightmare of death and destruction. Losing their homes, their schools and the carefree lives they once knew.

Beyond Mandela - Why Today's Leaders Don't Match Madiba

Richard Wilson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Wilson

Why is it that so many of our political giants, from Obama to Blair, let us down? And what is it about Mandela that made him somehow immune to the public image damage that is the standard bi-product of political office?

What Do Trafficking Survivors Need to Rebuild Their Lives?

Katie Nguyen | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

abuse and suffering. For most survivors, it is just the start of a long, difficult road to clear the hurdles that stop them rebuilding their lives, a women's rights conference heard on Tuesday.

How Can We Spread UK Generosity?

John Low | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
John Low

Our new research revealed that a higher proportion of the UK give money to charity than in any other country in the developed world. The World Giving Index ranks 135 countries on their generosity and allows us to compare the giving environments of nations across the world.

Mandela and Me

Rafiq Rohan | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK
Rafiq Rohan

I arrived at the Robben Island prison on a wintry and cold day and was escorted to my prison cell in B-Section from the admissions section by a fellow comrade and prisoner, Tokyo Sexwale. By then, Nelson Mandela had been removed to Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town in preparation for his release... Other prisoners and comrades beamed at my presence and welcomed me very warmly and it was almost by-the-way that one of the remarked that I was allocated the cell from which someone famous had departed - a Mr Nelson Mandela.

Field Diary: A Visit to Jordan's Borderlands

Toby Fricker | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Toby Fricker

The 200 to 500 refugees who arrive daily in Jordan now cross at the north-eastern border areas, which, despite challenging desert conditions, are safer to reach from the Syrian side. "Only the badly wounded cross here now," Salah tells us.