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Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Last week, a stark-naked Petr Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through his own scrotum, affixing it to the stone pavement in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square. Over Skype this week, Pavlensky and I discussed why he isn't planning any more similar protest stunts in the near future.

Yemen to Finally Ban Child Marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

With no minimum age of marriage in Yemen, while Hiba and others are out of danger for the moment, without any legal sanctions to support them, these girls remain at serious risk. However, things may be about to change at last.

Is 'De-Americanization' The Way Forward?

Lauren Razavi | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lauren Razavi

I like the US as country and I love Americans as people. I feel comfortable enough generalizing to that effect. But I'm often so overwhelmed by "American-ness" these days, that I feel in danger of neglecting opportunities for new perspectives and daily variety in favour of the US. It's a real effort to escape from this risk in the Britain of today, and indeed in much of the Western world. One country should not hold that particular power over the rest of the globe.

The Chilcot Inquiry Sinks Into the Sand

Matt Carr | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ignorance for his criticisms of the democratic system and the limitations of the right to vote. This week, however, the British public were presented with further evidence of how hollowed-out the democratic process has become, when the Chilcot Inquiry revealed that it was being denied access to 25 notes sent by Tony Blair to George Bush, and 130 documents relating to conversations between the two architects of the Iraq War, in addition to dozens of records of cabinet meetings.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: World Must Act on Climate Change

Lidy Nacpil | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Lidy Nacpil

I have many friends and colleagues in the worst hit area. These friends and colleagues lost children. They lost parents and grandparents. They had their families shattered. They had to drag bodies out with their bare hands. They are still without proper food, water or shelter.

From Egypt and Iran to Palestine and Syria!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either! Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today. The inescapable conclusion - the revealing truth if you will - is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy - and perilously so too.

China Takes First Steps on Path to Beauty Without Cruelty

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign team has been working hard with Chinese policymakers, regulators and scientists to change the requirement to test cosmetics on animals, and this latest development is testament to our efforts.

Show Off or Show Down? Colombo Is Ready for a Party as the Commonwealth Rolls Into Town

Steve Crawshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Steve Crawshaw

For Rajapaksa and his government, it is obviously a privilege to be hosting CHOGM - a surprising choice, by any measure, given the country's dismal human rights track record, including disappearances, war crimes and what a UN report described as "a grave assault on the entire regime of international law". Rajapaksa wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan government comes out of this with reputation enhanced.

Why the Genius of Opera Legend Wagner Is Deeply Cherished by the Chinese

Lady Linda Wong Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lady Linda Wong Davies

When I was child my father, Dato Wong Kee Tat, a Chinese-Malaysian philanthropist, instilled in me a deep appreciation of classical music and my childhood and teenage years were steeped in the German canon of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and much opera by Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.

Somaly Mam Opens Cambodian Beauty Salon Staffed by Former Trafficking Victims

Lisa Anderson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Anderson

With the hope that new jobs in the beauty industry will provide new lives for girls scarred by sex slavery, Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam cut the ribbon for a beauty shop bearing her name in one of the country's prime tourist destinations.

The Religious Right Makes an Unexpected Comeback in British Jewry

Jonathan Romain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Not so long ago, the ultra-Orthodox were such a small percentage within British Jewry that it was assumed they would fade away with time. It was their communities that had suffered most in the Nazi extermination camps.

CARE's New Report Reveals Pitiful Spending on Gender in Emergencies Globally

Howard Mollett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Howard Mollett

According to the latest UN statistics, of the total population affected by Typhoon Haiyan, an estimated 47,600 women are at risk of sexual violence. In the evacuation centres, an estimated 2,250 women are also at risk. We know that disasters impact men and women differently - but how can we get better at factoring this into account in international aid efforts?

A Male Child Is Still Important for Some Nigerian Women

Maria Caspani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Amaka is the protagonist of "B for Boy", the first feature film by Nigerian director Chika Anadu, which was screened at this year's London Film Festival. It is a courageous tale of being a woman and a mother in contemporary Nigeria and of the social pressure that is still put on women to produce a male child.

Arafat's Legacy

Barak Seener | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Barak Seener

A viable Palestinian state obviously requires territorial concessions on the part of the Israelis. It also depends on the Palestinian willingness to abandon the spirit of Arafat's resistance that has contributed nothing to the well-being of the average Palestinian.

Jewels of Afghan Culture

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

We will continue our cultural relations work well beyond the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year; because we firmly believe that, along with the promotion of governance, security and development, the promotion of culture is a critical fourth foundation of Afghanistan's future.

The Opening of MMP+ the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts

Karen Ruimy | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMP+) is a new home for the arts, somewhere that with all the political and social unrest you see every day in North Africa, will send out a message to the rest of the world that Morocco is a country where contemporary culture can and will triumph over reactionary thinking.

Good News: Tokyo Just Got Closer

John Worne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

Which two cities are more connected than you'd think? London and Paris or New York? Nope, the surprise winner when you look at Loughborough University's impressively-named Information-rich Visualisation of Dense Geographical Networks figure 1c is... London and Tokyo.

74 Countries Celebrate Food Revolution Day

Food Revolution | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Food Revolution

Food Revolution Day is all about joining together with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to make noise about good food and essential cooking skills and we couldn't be more amazed at just how many people embraced the day!

Drones: Life-Savers or Life-Takers?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

To brand the entire technology as 'immoral' is unfair. The drone debate must be approached with reason, not hijacked by the same type of short-sighted, hysterical activists whose blind, misguided ideology focuses more banning every type of human development which, with refinements, could actually aid some of their own overarching aims. Most people partner drones with the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, but the technology actually dates back to 1917 when the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane made its maiden flight in the United States.

Promise Keepers: It's Time to Deliver for Women and Girls

Michael Holscher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Holscher

One of the most surprising and to my mind worrying statistics I have come across recently is that 38% of the 220million women we need to support have actually used contraception before. That means that for whatever reason, having once been able to control their fertility these women have had their access to contraception blocked, and we have failed them.

The Week That Was: Weathering the Storm

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As I type, the death toll in the Philippines stands at a suspected 1,200 people, with an expectation that that number can only grow. Bodies lie in rivers; towns have been razed to the ground thanks to Typhoon Haiyan wreaking havoc across a country that needs no introduction to the devastation a natural disaster can cause. Having family living in Manila myself, I am used to paying more attention than the average Brit each time the country makes headlines, whether that be for earthquakes, kidnappings, civil unrest or charges of corruption. This time round, the whole world has its focus.

Live From SLOW LIFE Symposium

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sonu Shivdasani

We have just kicked off our fourth SLOW LIFE Symposium and I look forward to three days of serious and interesting discussions with a group of some of the most influential minds in sustainability.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

The Impact of Volunteer Travel: An African 'Orphan's' Perspective

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wycliffe Sande

As someone who was actually an 'orphan' in Uganda, the subject of volunteers and the impact they make is particularly close to my heart. My own personal story will hopefully provide a new perspective to the debate, and explain why I believe that you can learn something from everybody you meet in life.

Arab Spring or Arab Autumn? The West Should Support Arab Women to Speak Out

Sherine Ibrahim | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sherine Ibrahim

So why is the west failing to make democracy and women's rights central to aid and trade policies in the region? Why does the EU's aid package to the region - which is supposed to link funding to democratic reform - make no mention of women's rights among the benchmarks governments must meet to keep the money flowing?