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Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

Merkel's EU Data Network Is No Substitute for Surveillance Law Reform

Nick Pickles | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Pickles

Angela Merkel's call yesterday for a European network "so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic" is hardly surprising given the revelations of how German and other European citizens have had their data indiscriminately collected as they use web services based overseas.

Britain's Religious Leaders Right to Stand Up for Europe's Roma

Kate Allen | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Kate Allen

Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.

Russia Should Follow Plushenko's Olympic Example: Know When It's Time to Quit

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Evgeni Plushenko, bowed out of the competition right before he was to take the ice in the singles event. As disappointed as he undoubtedly was (not to mention the fans), 31-year-old Plushenko has the rest of his life ahead of him, with a stack of Olympic hardware to his name and a celebrity brand to build upon. In time, his decision may be seen as noble- or at the very least, inevitable. Sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to quit. Street protesters in Ukraine and besieged civilians in Syria are probably hoping that the Russian government will follow their golden boy's lead and have the nerve to admit that their current foreign policy just isn't cutting it anymore.

Inspired By the Resilience and Courage of Women in Sierra Leone

Angela Rippon | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Angela Rippon

Visiting Sierra Leone - a country best known for the atrocities and devastation caused by an 11-year civil war (it is estimated that 250,000 women were raped) - isn't probably high on most people's list of things to do.

February in New York: The Vogue Paris To-Do List

Vogue.fr | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

We've been celebrating all things made in Manhattan with our ultimate NYC to-do list. From the best boutiques, to the ultimate dining destinations, we've turned to Vogue Paris girl Emily Didonato and the Vogue Paris editors, to line up the ultimate New York itinerary. Get your passports ready!

Education Is the Key to Changing Russia

James Wharton | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
James Wharton

We do need to tell President Putin and those horrendous vigilante gangs who hunt down gay men and women on the streets of Russia that what they are doing is vehemently wrong; and we do need to be explicit in singling this European country out over its human rights reputation, but we must allow time and the opportunity for education.

Why a Swiss Yes Could Lead to a Scottish No

Robin Lustig | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.

Mira's Young Chefs - Hands-on, Educational and Fun Cooking Classes

Food Revolution | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Food Revolution

I come from a family that appreciates and enjoys the pleasures of cooking, eating and sitting around the table, and sharing a meal with family and friends.

Meet the Kilimanjaro Team

DJ Lora | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
DJ Lora

If you happened to catch my last blog, you will already know that on the 22nd of February 2014 I will begin my expedition to the summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in aid of the women's health charity, Wellbeing of Women.

If We Want to Save Wildlife, We Must Save the Rainforests It Lives In

Andrew Simms | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Simms

The trade and policing measures agreed today do not fit the nature and scale of the challenge. Many of Africa's most precious species will soon face extinction unless we tackle this problem at its roots, and keep the door to rainforest destruction closed.

Live Below the Line Challenge 2014: Raising Awareness on Poverty

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

The annual global anti-poverty campaign Live Below the Line 2014 challenges people to experience living on only £1 a day for food and drink. The challenge runs over 5 days from the 28th April to 2nd May 2014 in the UK and on various other dates in participating international countries.

A Bitter Valentine's Day

Shaker Aamer | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Shaker Aamer

It's 14 February. In Britain it will be Valentine's Day. In 2002, it was the day I arrived in Guantánamo Bay, and the day my youngest child was born - Faris, whom I have never been allowed to touch... I have no doubt justice will prevail and the light of the truth will shine all over the world. What is happening to us and others is a small price for justice, peace, and happiness which will cover the whole world soon. Always, after total darkness, the sun rises again. I hope to see the sun of justice, peace, and happiness with my own eyes. It will be a great day. If I don't get to see that sun, please remember that I have endured all this in the name of Justice.

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

A layer of our political elite still thinks that Britain's power and status can be secured by Cold War weapons. But others already understand that the challenges lie in climate change, hunger, injustice - and the asymmetrical warfare in varying forms that those problems will increasingly bring if unresolved. This is where the thinking of our political class needs to be.

Patrick Finucane - Still No Inquiry 25 Years on From Murder With Collusion Written All Over It

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

Twenty-five years ago today, loyalist gunmen sledge-hammered their way into the Belfast home of lawyer Patrick Finucane and shot him dead in front of his wife and young children. By anyone's definition, this was a murder with collusion written all over it. Yet, twenty-five years on, the UK government still refuses to establish an independent public inquiry into his death. The Finucane family and the public are denied the full truth.

World Radio Day: Empowering Women Through Radio

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates radio as a way to communicate and promote access to information, freedom of expression, gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

Stop Denying People Their Right to Health

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

Across the world, ethnic and cultural minorities are marginalised and experiencing more poverty and worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, but there is a lack of statistical information around this. By measuring national averages, the MDGs cover up this situation and fail to incentivise countries to breakdown of data into sub-national groups.

You Should Argue More

Max De Lucia | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Max De Lucia

So whilst it might occasionally infuriate me, I couldn't ask to be part of a better team. One of the good things we can do between us is know when to call it a day, kick back and relax. Or at least we think we do. The Sagres have just been cracked open and it's never seemed like a better time to make the statement that cats are just so much better than dogs.

Terrorism and Citizenship

Diane Abbott | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

In the debate the Home Secretary claimed that the whole point of the measure to make it easier to remove certain people from the UK. However she was unable to explain how she was going to remove people whom she had rendered stateless and so would have no passport.

Don't Forget Child Soldiers - They Are Still on the Front Line

Sarah Dean | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sarah Dean

12 February marks The International Day Against The Use Of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day. It's an annual commemoration of children around the world caught in conflict but should also act as a reminder that this is a problem that is far from over.

Twelve Years a Guantánamo Slave

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Well, not exactly a slave, but a slave of the Guantánamo system. I'm talking about Shaker Aamer, the former UK resident who is still - still - marooned at the notorious US detention centre in the Caribbean almost exactly 12 years after being taken there during the height of George W Bush's frenzied and law-breaking "war on terror".

Ten Things You Need to Know About Illegal Wildlife Trade

Neil D’Cruze | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Neil D’Cruze

In February 2014, the UK Government will host a land mark international conference focused on the illegal wildlife trade. To find out why this issue is featuring so highly on the global political agenda, read a list of the 10 things you need to know about this issue.

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

Sunder Katwala | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sunder Katwala

As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities fully mark the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, can it find common ground to reflect Australian and Canadian pride in the birth of a nation, Indian and Pakistani concerns about getting the form of recognition right, and South African scepticism about the contemporary relevance of a conflict fought between long lost Empires?

For Better or Worse, the 2014 Olympics Has Put Sochi on the Map

Francisca Stewart | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

I don't know about you, but for me, Sochi has never been a household name. That is, until it became the host of the 2014 Olympics. Now you can't get people to stop talking about this place. So obviously this made me want to learn more about it...