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Who Has Time for World War III?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Although the ominous situation in Ukraine directly affects the EU, it is not clear is how much economic pain the US, UK and the EU are willing and able to endure to send a clear and powerful message to Putin that it is time to retreat.

Brussels-Obsessed? You'd Better Worry About the Encroachment of US 'Big Pharma'

Bonnie Greer | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Bonnie Greer

Of course the NHS needs reform. Corruption, where it appears, must be rooted out. No one argues against that. And no, I don't have any answers. But I know is this: we must protect what's left of the NHS. Protect it against the encroachment of hedge funds; cease selling our medical data to private companies so that they can make products to sell back to us.

Focusing Minds on the Human Suffering in Qatar

Gail Cartmail | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Gail Cartmail

Workers explained their circumstances. As we sat with them in the terribly overcrowded 'bedrooms' many wept from sheer frustration. Returning home to massive debts chalked up by payment to labour agents is a humiliating prospect that has led some migrant workers to take their own lives. Agents actively recruit workers in poverty stricken and jobless countries. I wondered about the men I met who will return home alive or uninjured, who will repay their debt and who will survive the shame if they "fail". I looked workers in the eye and felt immense anger at the betrayal of their human rights.

Take Practical Action and Live Below the Line

Gemma Hume | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Gemma Hume

I've run the London Marathon, cycled 100km, done soup diets and climbed mountains, but this has been the most physically and mentally gruelling challenge of my life.

Yemenis Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Chad Anderson | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Chad Anderson

Hassan's story is not unique. More than 4.5million people, like Hassan, will go to bed hungry tonight in Yemen. Hassan tells me that he cannot afford to eat dinner for at least three to four months out of the year.

Shakespeare: A Hit, A Very Palpable Hit

John Worne | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Worne

There's the one thing that underpins all of this - as Hamlet said, 'the play's the thing'. The reason Shakespeare's words are our words, and his works are our children's school work, is the substance. Content is king.

Six Years After Cyclone Nargis

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma and killed at least 140,000 people. I've just been to the delta to see how the survivors have managed to rebuild their lives. This is what I found...

Tony Blair and The Big Picture of Radical Islam

Robin Simcox | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...

We Can Be the Generation to End Malaria Deaths

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

This World Malaria Day we have the opportunity to continue to dismantle malaria's grip on African households and indeed entire economies. In doing so, we will help release the potential of future generations to flourish and move our world decisively to a healthier, more stable and prosperous future.

The Fashion Revolution

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

The grounds upon which the eight storey commercial building collapsed were swampy and the cracks on its walls were large. Garment workers were forced to go back to work knowing that this building was unsafe to work in.

Fashion Victims: The Rana Plaza Disaster, One Year On

Jean Lambert | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Lambert

The victims of this disaster must never be forgotten. We must work to ensure no-one endures such appalling conditions in future, and all workers have the right to make a decent living from their labour.

A Spanner in the Works

Mark Younger | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Younger

It is unlikely that the systems could be converted in less than the three years it took for the simpler euro conversion. Given the scale and complexity of the task, it is more likely to take over five years...

Tony Blair, the Violent Islamist's Best Friend

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The former prime minister gives speeches pontificating about the threat from radical Islam in the Middle East, ignoring the fact that his invasion of Iraq helped bolster that threat. And so too does his support for the military junta in Egypt.

If Afusat Must Go Back, Her Little Daughters Are at Real Risk of Forcible FGM

Anj Handa | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Anj Handa

I've been supporting an amazing lady called Afusat since the New Year. With her solicitor's help, we have followed all procedures correctly. Fresh evidence and recent case law was submitted. Yet two weeks later, a short response came back, to say that her case had 'No merit', that she cannot appeal from within the UK and that she must return to Nigeria.

Removing Military Bases From Yemen's Cities

Richard Cashman | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Cashman

On Tuesday 6 August, Reuters reported a military helicopter shot down by rebels thought also to have attacked Yemen's primary oil pipeline. Nine military personnel were killed.

The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Ethiopia's Orthodox Church Vows To Fight Gays

Dan Littauer | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Littauer

Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction, during his Easter message, on Wednesday.

Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

When the House of Commons voted to reject military action to protect the citizens of Syria from tyranny - both political and religious - MPs plunged this country, and the world, into the terrifying situation that exists in the region today. Non-intervention has cost Britain and NATO respect on the international stage...

There Are Few Places Where the Message of Easter Is as Relevant as the Central African Republic

Dr Alastair Redfern | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Dr Alastair Redfern

I have faith in the human capacity for hope and generosity of spirit. Easter is a time for celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and sacrifice into new life. For the children of CAR, who have sacrificed so much, this is our opportunity to give them something to be hopeful about.

When Countries Fall Apart

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I don't see why it would be such a tragedy if Ukraine and Russia redrew their borders, with one, all-important proviso: that it is done in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the people in the region affected, as expressed in a fairly-conducted referendum. After all, that's what is planned for the people of Scotland...

This Easter Don't Play the Monopoly of Persecution Game

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's no monopoly on victimhood and no fixed pattern to religious discrimination and violence. Despite what David Cameron says, Christians aren't unique in being persecuted, and nor are they always unblemished when it comes to dishing out the persecution.

Men Versus FGM

Leyla Hussein | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

Hold onto your horses, this is not a men-bashing blog; I just want to offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism on why many men shy away from discussing FGM and all other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... Before you attack me, I'd like to make it clear that I don't believe all men are guilty from shying away from such conversations and I certainly don't believe that all men who do avoid them condone FGM and other forms of VAWG. The point I want to make is that men need to recognise they have a responsibility to fight against such practices.

Has the Foreign Office Forgotten About Gibraltar? Labour's Five Point Plan to Support Gibraltar

Gareth Thomas | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gareth Thomas

Whilst I've travelled twice to the island in the last six months, unfortunately no Foreign Office Minister has visited the island since the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo formed his administration in 2011. That's why Labour is calling for a Foreign Office Minister to visit the island as soon as possible to witness first hand the unnecessary delays and disruption to travellers trying to cross the border.

On the Brink of Extinction in Russia

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

With rights groups shut down, opposition activists shut away and those attending public gatherings and protests potentially criminalised, Putin's government is overseeing a human rights dark age for Russians - no matter what message their placard bears.