UK World

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?

Whatever Happened to Getting Big in Japan?

Chris Cannon | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cannon

Whilst Japanese artists have always struggled to infiltrate the western mainstream, the same cannot be said for western music in Japan. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Queen, Michael Jackson and Oasis all had huge success in Japan in their day, whilst short lived UK punk band Big in Japan played on the popular 80's cliche.

On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 01 November 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The focus of this week's 'On the Streets' is on pieces of art in the public domain that are strong, thought-provoking but playful and are a constant reminder of the human desire to explore unknown horizons.

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future for Women in Afghanistan

Samira Hamidi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Samira Hamidi

While there is still a long way to go, Afghan women have actually achieved so much in recent years. Millions of girls are now in school and you will find women working in a whole range of different professions. The fact that I am writing this now, having just completed a Masters in the UK, says a lot on its own.

The 8th London Korean Film Festival Opens This Week

Hye-jung Jeon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hye-jung Jeon

Korean Film has always had a strong following in the UK and this has led to more and more K-Films being picked up by local distributors. Also in 2013 the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival chose to include a 'Korea Focus' within its programme, inviting leading actors and directors to take part in events and talks.

Theatre's Cue on the Tourism Stage

Sandie Dawe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sandie Dawe

Theatre is not unfamiliar with playing understudy to football or shopping as a popular activity for tourists, but its appeal and contribution is strong regardless... More of our holiday visitors from overseas are going to the theatre, musicals, the opera or ballet (2.8 million) than to a live sporting event (1.3 million) across Britain.

Human Trafficking: the First Gender-Equal Industry

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The human trafficking industry - already the most profitable international criminal enterprise after the drugs and arms trades - is posting higher profits than ever. In 2005, UN estimated that it was a $32billion per year industry, based on International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people suffered from forced slavery.

Syria's Refugee Crisis: History on Repeat and No Superhero to the Rescue

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Cyber City is notable because many of the people there are actually Palestinians from Syria, ie people who were historically already refugees from Palestine. In other words, they're 'double refugees'. If this wasn't bad enough, they're even caught in a sort of geopolitical administrative loophole. As Palestinian refugees they're supposed to fall under the care of the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and not the main refugee agency, the UNHCR. It means that if you're one of the 9,000 Palestinians from Syria who've fled to Jordan you will not be eligible for UNHCR aid.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Comments on Muslims Expose Endemic Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Tun Khin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Given the opportunity to clearly condemn attacks against Muslims, she repeatedly refused to do so. Instead she generalised by saying she condemned all violence and hatred. She has moral authority like no other person in Burma. When she speaks, people listen. If she strongly condemned attacks on Muslims it would make a difference.

Secret Mind Games Behind Drone Wars

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Is it possible that inducing a psychological state of fear and paranoia is not just a side-effect, but indeed part of the tactical purpose behind deploying drones? What would be the longer term mental impact on us, if drones constantly circled overhead where we live, arbitrarily and randomly striking out people we knew, every now and then?

Dubai: Bling, Bling, Ferraris and Slavery

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Athiraman Kannan took off his shoes and laid them on the carpet. It was cool, pleasant and fragrant as perpetual sun lashed the tinted windows of the Burj Al Khalifa. Next he smashed the air vent and started crawling through the twists and turns. He was 148 floors above the city.