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Learning From the United Nations General Assembly 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we've learnt from the MDGs, progress cannot occur in silos. We need to learn from each other, we need to educate each other, and we need to work together to achieve real change.

The UK Has Picked the Wrong Friends in Bahrain

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Perhaps it is too much to expect that the British should adopt an "Ethical Foreign Policy", as once they promised, but please let us not choose the most immoral alternative. The government must intervene at once to insist that Nabeel's exercise of his right to free speech while he was our guest in Britain cannot form the basis for his detention upon his return home.

Iraq and Syria: A Better Way

Robin Lustig | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Peace, like democracy, cannot be imposed from above, or from outside. But if the two sides in Syria's civil war can agree to at least a few temporary local truces, they may be better able to turn their attention to IS. That's certainly what would be in their best interests, and in the interests of their foreign backers, whether Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey.

TTIP - Four Letters That Spell Rising Poverty

Martin Whitlock | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

The danger of TTIP is that Europe and America will start exporting their significant levels of poverty to each other at a much faster rate than at present - a potentially disastrous chase to the bottom in which poverty increases inexorably as real wages continue to fall.

What Would Chinese Rule Mean for Hong Kong?

Jody-Lan Castle | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jody-Lan Castle

The fight goes beyond the call for a full democracy. It is the protection of the very basic rights of a population, under threat of a state that finds the idea of human rights laughable. And to those who don't realise what that has meant yet, remember... you only know what you've got, when it's gone.

Why I Wore a Hijab for a Week

Kate Leaney | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaney

I stand in solidarity with the Muslim community because some of the greatest examples of love, hospitality and compassion have been modelled to me by good friends who happen to also be Muslim, but unfortunately this is not the view of Islam or its followers that is championed through our media sources of late.

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister

Callum Macrae | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Callum Macrae

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.

Hong Kong Protests - China's New Tiananmen Moment

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

Karl Marx once famously said: 'History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.' I wonder if China's second Tiananmen moment would be a tragedy, too. Because I do believe that what's happening in Hong Kong at the moment bears all the hallmarks of a Greek tragedy.

I Love to Travel - Some Would Tell You Not to Date Me

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Whether it's sipping a glass of cold sangria after a long trek up a hill in Barcelona, paragliding off of a cliff in Turkey (this IS refreshing, I promise) or the cold shower after an extensive day of sight seeing, camera snapping or for the more traditional out there, map reading, I bet there's something about going abroad, into the unknown that quenches this thirst.

UNFCCC and Post-2015 Development: More Than the Sum of the Parts

David Nussbaum | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
David Nussbaum

New York, 25 September 2015. There is no denying the fundamental and inextricable link between climate change and development. The latest Intergovernm...

Miracles Happen

Martin Zinggl | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK
Martin Zinggl

Besides all the drama currently taking place in West Africa, miracles sporadically happen right before our eyes. Just like this Ebola epidemic will write history, since last week our Ebola case management centre in Foya will probably also appear in history books. We are glad to announce that so far in Foya we discharged both the youngest, and the oldest recovered Ebola patient.

Whither Japanese Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

For the moment, Japan seems intent on launching its plan for a new 'scientific' whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. Whilst it has some allies, the issue drives a wedge between Japan and many other nations. Japan may be able to deflect charges against whaling, including that it is cruel, by casting such criticism as a form of anti-Japanese cultural imperialism. Our only hope is that, given the ICJ ruling is above any rhetoric or politics, perhaps those in power in Japan will be better able to see that commercial whaling is ecologically unsound, uneconomic and, in terms of international relations, disastrous.

The Yoga of Optimized Desire Can Save Earth From its End

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

When a consumerist turns away from the shelves of supermarket, with just about how much he/she needs, and does not fall prey to hoarding, the chain collapses to a moderate one. This way, nature won't see an enemy in man. And, that will be the path to earth's redemption.

Iraq: War Without End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Six weeks ago, I wrote: "We should be in no doubt: we, the West, are back in Iraq." And so it has come to pass. It is difficult to see how it could have been otherwise, once the murderers of Islamic State (or Isis or Isil, take your pick) started killing American and British journalists and aid workers on video. ... We have entered a bizarre Alice in Wonderland world in which Washington, Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh and Doha all seem to be lining up on the same side. The Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis even seem to have deployed some of their own aircraft, which I suppose at least proves that they do know what they're for.

ISIS Must Be Stopped But Not By the West - Arm the Kurds

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

To save lives and protect human rights, the genocidal fundamentalists of ISIS must be stopped. But not by the West and not for the reasons often advanced by David Cameron and Barack Obama... The truth is that if the US and UK are serious about fighting ISIS they should start by aiding the people on the ground who know the region best, have local roots and who are already leading the fight against the jihadist menace - the peshmerga army of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq and guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers Party and allied movements in Syria.

'Surviving Ebola'

Shaunagh Connaire | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Shaunagh Connaire

As I was leaving Sierra Leone, the president declared a public health emergency. He'd finally acknowledged that his country was in crisis. Now we're six months into the outbreak and the CDC are predicting as many as 500,000 Ebola cases by the end of January. What was very much an avoidable epidemic may now become endemic in a part of the world already crippled by poverty.

Attacking the Islamic State in Syria Is Justified and Right

James Snell | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Islamic State is a hideous organisation. That is well known to all but the most blinkered and casual of observers. The Syrian and Iraqi peoples have suffered under the heel of its potentates and acolytes for months, even years.

The Consequences of Climate Change Will Transcend Party Politics - The Fight Against It Should Too

Clare Finney | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Finney

As with the Scottish referendum, so with climate: there are two options - change, or be changed irreversibly. The consequences of either have sod all to do with politicians, but in the latter the entire planet is screwed.

Mobile Technology Overcomes Barriers to Financial Inclusion for Women

Cherie Blair | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Research shows that if you empower a woman, you empower a family, a community, and indeed a nation. This is because women invest 90% of what they earn back into their families' health and education, making a lasting difference. Yet while there are so many smart and hard-working women out there, many of them struggle in particular with access to banks and loans. Today, more than 2.5 billion adults in the developing world are considered 'financially excluded'. This means that they do not have access to basic financial services, such as savings, bank accounts, or credit. The majority are women.

It Takes More Than Words to Beat Ebola

Adrian Lovett | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Adrian Lovett

It is hard to imagine a crisis with the severity and reach of the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping West Africa. The outbreak of this deadly virus has presented the biggest global health emergency we've seen in years, perhaps even decades.

'We Want to End Gender Inequality - And to Do That We Need Everyone to Be Involved'

Emma Watson | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Watson

If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are - can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It's about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too - reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves... I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, To be the he for she. And to ask yourself if not me, who, if not now when.

One Year to Go: World Leaders Must Put Ending Violence Against Children on the Global Agenda

Baroness Stern CBE | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Stern CBE

New global data from Unicef shows that millions of children around the world suffer physical violence every day. Around 120million girls under the age of 20 (about one in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives; boys are also at risk, although there is no global estimate due to the lack of comparable data in most countries... I hope very much that the world leaders, starting to gather in the chambers of the UN as I write, will make a commitment over the next year to champion a target to end abuse, exploitation and violence against children.

Carry on Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.

Weather Lore

Kirsty McCabe | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Tech
Kirsty McCabe

Cows lying down, red skies in the morning and a feeling in your bones. Must be rain on the way. But hang on, what happens if only half the cows in a field are lying down - are they giving a 50 per cent chance of rain? Who taught the cows to predict the weather in the first place? Hmm, is there actually any truth in weather lore?

The First 'War on Terror' Was a Failure - Do We Really Need a Sequel?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Military action might make us feel better about ourselves and it might even "degrade" Isis but it won't "destroy" it (to use Obama's preferred terminology). How will dropping bombs destroy the hate-filled ideology behind the terrorist group? How will air strikes prevent foreign fighters returning home to the west to carry out revenge attacks?