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I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

Valery Gergiev Faces the Music Over Support for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Gergiev is a great conductor but he colludes with an expansionist tyrant. He seems to have little respect for freedom and equality. He is not fit to conduct the LSO.

Confessions of an Australian Republican With a Kate Middleton Style Crush

Jamila Rizvi | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jamila Rizvi

I fell down the deep, dark internet rabbit hole of gazing at seemingly endless photographs of Kate Middleton's outfits. And who could blame me, really? The woman's mix of high end fashion and chain store bargains is something to be marvelled at... But here's where the real problem lies: I'm an Australian republican.

India Five Weeks From a New Promise

Jeremy Cook | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

The figures of this election are mind-boggling. By the time that the election is over, as many as 815million votes could have been cast between six national parties - the main two being the Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party - and around 50 separate individual state parties with voting taking place at more than 925,000 voting stations.

Unlocking the Potential of the World's One Billion People With Disabilities

Dominic Haslam | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

Last week I heard that Lawrence, a young boy I met a while ago in Kenya, had passed his exams and scored in the top 25 per cent of children in the country. What is exceptional is that Lawrence is blind.

Algeria's Election: A Date With Destiny

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

You might say 17 April is a date with destiny for Algeria. Under pressure to secure the Maghreb and important oil and gas fields, surely Algeria in 2014 won't be tempted to swerve toward Egypt's current draconian behaviour. Will it?

Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

Just how serious are the World Bank and IMF about tackling the scourge of extreme inequality? The question is an important one. Through their financial power and their thought leadership, these two institutions still have major influence over the policies of governments across the world.

Brinkmanship Risks Taking Israelis and Palestinians to the Edge

Toby Greene | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Toby Greene

The wider international community can play a role at this critical moment. To keep open the window for a negotiated solution, Europe and the United States must make clear their expectation that the Palestinians should refrain from unilateral steps and stay at the table.

The Ongoing Need for Military Commissions

Robin Simcox | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

Do not be fooled by the conviction of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden's son in law. His successful prosecution in a civilian court does not mean all terrorists can be tried in this way. Military commissions such as those in Guantanamo Bay will continue to play a vital role.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.

Support for Children in the UK on Their Own Is Needed Now

Matthew Reed | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

By providing children with a guardian in law, the government could guarantee that any child who arrives in the UK on their own would have one trusted adult in their life who has their best interests at heart. Someone who understands the complicated system they will have to face...

More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

Investing in Sisterhood - Rwanda's Women Lead the Way 20 Years on From the Genocide

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

In 1994 in the space of 100 days up to one million people were killed in Rwanda, in a calculated act, fueled and perpetrated by Hutu extremists in the then ruling government. It was one of Africa's defining moments, and one of the greatest crimes against humanity of the late 20th century, causing a shock wave across the world that still echoes today.

World Health Day: Governments Need to Step Up to the Plate

Karen Sadler | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Karen Sadler

Monday is United Nations' World Health Day, where those of us working to improve the health of people across the globe traditionally deliver a clarion call to galvanise people into action. It's a moment when, to paraphrase Kofi Annan, we remind world governments that health is to be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for.

Rwanda - 20 Years on From the Genocide We Must Do More to Prevent Conflict

William Hague | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
William Hague

On this day in 1994 the Rwandan genocide was unleashed. Extremist members of Rwanda's Hutu majority set about slaughtering Tutsis and moderate Hutus, irrespective of age or gender. More than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of murder, rape and torture. I am in Rwanda today to commemorate the genocide, pay respect to the victims and honour the ordinary people of Rwanda for their remarkable efforts to rebuild their country after experiencing unimaginable horrors. But today we must not only pause and remember the genocide, its victims and survivors; we must also reflect on the lessons of that experience...

Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice

Jody Sabral | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jody Sabral

While it seems Turkey's LGBT community have a long way to go to ensure legal recognition and protection, Michelle's new role in the media is a courageous new front in the fight for equality.

Making Sure Coffee Farmers Get Their Due

Harriet Lamb | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We can only ever be constructively dissatisfied because the scale of the task remains so great. Millions of farmers are lining up to join Fairtrade, but they can only sell as much on fairer terms as the companies and the public buy.

Afghanistan Has Turned a Corner

Duncan Anderson | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Duncan Anderson

When one considers the security situation, the threats made by the Taliban, and the miserable weather, the election result has been quite phenomenal. There is something immensely humbling to see groups of people holding up their dyed fingers, as much as to say 'Suck to you, Taliban!'

Forgotten Crisis: Why Aren't We Talking About South Sudan?

Sir Nick Young | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Reports of continued fighting in South Sudan are worrying. But even more distressing is how little attention this humanitarian crisis is generating. Let us not underestimate the scale of the crisis in the world's newest nation.

Living in the Shadow of Genocide

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

We live, 20 years after the murder of an estimated 800,000 people, in the shadow of Rwanda. And this weekend, on the anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, is a good time to contemplate the significance of that shadow.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Neighbour Carrying a Huge Burden

Penny Sims | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Penny Sims

Yesterday the number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN in Lebanon passed one million. Most Lebanese people will tell you the real number is much higher.

Animals Should Never Be 'Surplus to Requirements'

Mark Jones | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

The storm of protest that rained down on Copenhagen Zoo following the killing and butchery of Marius, a healthy young giraffe, did not discourage its officials from announcing a few weeks later that a pride of lions - maybe even the ones to whom Marius was publicly fed - had similarly been killed...

Standing #WithSyria

Jo Wood | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Wood

I thought that we lived in an era that looked back on the horrors of Rwanda and Yugoslavia and said 'never again' and meant it. Sadly I think the crisis in Syria proves all of us wrong and we are all collectively guilty for allowing the country to collapse as it has. Three years on and we see both a biblical level exodus combined with a levels of violence that few of us could have imagined in our wildest dreams. Over nine million people, nearly half of the country, forced from their homes and on the move exposed to a new life of uncertainty, poverty and too often despair.

Don't Free Spy Jonathan Pollard

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Ivan Eland

Some in the United States also questioned whether Pollard should remain in jail, because, after all, he had "only" been spying for a cherished U.S. ally. However, instead of questioning whether Pollard should be behind bars, perhaps proponents of his release instead should be questioning the cozy U.S. relationship with Israel.

A Ray of God, a Ray of Hope for Afghanistan

Farzana Balooch | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Farzana Balooch

In spite of the uncertainty we currently face, the endurance of my people throughout conflict, and in particular the resilience of women, gives me hope for Afghanistan's future. I pray that they have learned from this last decade and can use that learning to build a better future for us all.