UK World

Is the Public's Perception of Journalism Really the Fault of Journalists?

David Spereall | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
David Spereall

From my own experience, the reality is quite different to what he portrays. Leveson has been on the minds and lips of most editors I've met. Local papers, for all their concerns about plummeting distributions and bank accounts running dry, are more wary of their ethics than ever before. One lost libel case could shut them down.

Catching the Conscience of a Kim: The Globe Takes Hamlet to North Korea

Harriet Garland | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Garland

Aptly enough, the Globe is embarking on a global tour - visiting every country to perform the tale of the tortured protagonist wrestling with how to avenge the murder of his father. One of the countries the Globe plans to visit is North Korea.

Clampdown on Free Speech in Russia Might Be Temporary

Marina Kim | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

When the fuss about Crimea dies down, the grip on the freedom of speech must lessen, and the self-imposed iron curtain must go up. I might be in the minority but I am optimistic that it is going to happen.

BBC Apology Only Emboldens Dictatorial Regimes

Hoe-Yeong Loke | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Hoe-Yeong Loke

I was one of the 10 participants on a trip to North Korea in March 2013, involving students of the London School of Economics (LSE) and undercover journalists of the BBC. When I saw the BBC's apology, following an inquiry by the BBC Trust, I was baffled - it was an apology which I neither needed nor asked for.

Pistorius Knowingly Broke Fundamental Gun Law

Cassandra Ward | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Cassandra Ward

A firearms exam completed by Oscar Pistorius suggests the star knew better than to shoot blindly at a suspected intruder, the court heard today. Firearm licence facilitator, Sean Patrick Rens read out the test which included scenario-based questions involving correct firearm protocol if under attack.

The Case Against Qatar

Sharan Burrow | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

When will the workforce behind the richest country in the world and the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup be treated as human beings with decent housing, fundamental rights and no longer live with the enslavement of kafala? Qatar is a country without a conscience.

Syria Must Not Become a Forgotten Crisis

Sir Nick Young | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Three years ago, the world watched in shock as Syria slowly descended into bitter conflict. Once thriving communities have been utterly destroyed. Nine million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance, with their future looking perilous and uncertain. The scale of the humanitarian crisis which results from a conflict of this kind can be overwhelming. But we cannot let ourselves forget its human face.

Hany: A Young Syrian's Dreams, Interrupted

Melissa Fleming | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Melissa Fleming

"If I am not a student, I am nothing." Hany's home is a wooden frame and plastic sheets. Thick carpets line the floor and long cushions serve as sofas. A wood stove offers warmth. A TV connected to satellite brings news from Syria.

In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

James Snell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The crisis engulfing Crimea is a grave one. Vladimir Putin's armies have cut the region off from the rest of the nation, and are insisting on an illegal referendum in order to give elusive legitimacy to a brazen act of aggression. Now is not the time for the West to take options off the table - even rather unpalatable ones.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

Mehdi's Minute: On Bob Crow's Death, Cameron's Visit to Israel and Nigel Farage's Private Life

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative take on the reaction to Bob Crow's death; David Cameron's visit to Israel and meeting with Tony Blair; and the explosive allegations against Ukip leader Nigel Farage? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Putin's Dangerous Folly

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

With Russia integrated into the borderless world economy, all sides have a great deal to lose. Unless the West is willing to engage militarily, the only obvious way to get Putin's attention is by imposing real economic sanctions that have a real effect. However the New Russia cannot be isolated by sanctions without severely damaging Russia's trade partners and investors in the West.

This Is Not Cold War Russia, This Is Imperial Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

There has been a lot of rhetoric by politicians and commentators claiming that what we are seeing today is Cold War behavior and a resurgence of Soviet Russia. Not only is this view wrong, it completely misunderstands Vladimir Putin's intentions. What we see Russia doing in Crimea today is not Cold War Russia, it is Imperial Russia.

Famous, Rich and Hungry for Sport Relief Aims to Show the Complexity of Food Poverty in the UK

Gilly Green | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Gilly Green

Behind the fun, the fundraising and the baths of baked beans involved in raising money for Sport Relief and Red Nose Day, there's a serious message. And it is this. Poverty and injustice blights millions of lives across the world, including here at home in the UK...

Hail to Syria's Heroes

Dr Rola Hallam | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Dr Rola Hallam

The Syrian people have suffered more than most can possibly imagine. March 15th will mark the third anniversary of this barbaric war on civilians and a campaign is gathering to both show solidarity and inspire political change. Three years of failure by the world to end the appalling suffering.

Life in Lebanon Is Worse Than During the Darkest Days of Civil War

Najla Chahda | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Najla Chahda

In the days leading up to 15th March, the third anniversary of the start of the conflict, people all over the world will be holding vigils to remind their governments that giving up on Syria is not an option.

Is Noam Chomsky Right That the US Doesn't Want Regime Change in Syria?

Ian Sinclair | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

Noam Chomsky is probably the most influential leftist on the planet right now. So when he argues the US "has shown no indication it wants the rebels to win in Syria", as he did recently in an interview with the Voice of Russia, his opinion carries a lot of weight amongst progressives...

Three Years on: The Grim Nuclear Legacy of Fukushima

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a "post-apocalyptic landscape"... The decontamination operation will cost unknown billions and is expected to last at least 30 years. It is a grim legacy.

A Wake-up Call to Lithuania and Brussels to the Growth of Fascist Ideology and Anti-Semitism

Dr Efraim Zuroff | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Efraim Zuroff

This morning I woke up to a brilliantly sunny day here in Vilnius, Lithuania, and for the first time I can remember, I cursed the good weather. That is because I am in the Lithuanian capital to protest against today's neo-Nazi/ultranationalist march, one which is a stark reminder of the dark days of the Holocaust in this country...

Almost Four Years on, One Syrian Family's Painful Testimony on Life as a Refugee in Jordan

Justin Byworth | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Byworth

Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of so many of its 22 million people. This civil war is now thought to have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

End Child Marriage: Empowering Today's Adolescent Girls and Tomorrow's Women

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Lakshmi Sundaram

The women of tomorrow are entering adolescence today. We know it can be one of the most challenging times in these girls' lives. Let's make sure they have the tools and support they need to overcome these challenges.

Yarmouk: The Drowned and the Not-Yet-Saved

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Things are truly desperate. Two out of every three people in Yarmouk are now said to be suffering malnutrition, and at least 128 people have starved to death since last July.

In Syria There Is Little Help for Anyone, Let Alone Those in Dire Need

Roger Hearn | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Roger Hearn

Imagine the horrors of healthcare in a warzone: children having limbs amputated because of a lack of medical supplies and equipment to treat their wounds. Patients knocked out with iron bars, rather than face an operation without anaesthetic. A newborn baby dying in an incubator because of power-cuts... For millions of people inside Syria - this is the reality of their lives now.

President Maduro Is Calling for Peace and Dialogue - It's Opposition Extremists That Want Violence

Álvaro Sánchez | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Álvaro Sánchez

Once again Venezuelans face violent and unconstitutional attempts to destabilize the country and oust the elected government. Sadly, this fits a pattern witnessed time and again since Hugo Chavez first came to power in a landslide victory in 1998...

How William Hague Deceived the House of Commons on Ukraine

David Morrison | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

In a statement on 4 March 2014, Foreign Minister William Hague deceived the House of Commons about the legitimacy of the new regime in Ukraine... He led the House to believe that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, had removed President Yanukovich from power on 22 February in accordance with the Ukrainian constitution.