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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.

We Day to Me Day: The Damaging Effect of Voluntourism

Iram Sarwar | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

While the day was meant to be an opportunity to inspire a generation to become global and active citizens, the message that the day purported revealed a dark side to our desire to help those in the developing world.

The Future of the Commonwealth

Hugo Swire | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This government has made no secret of its strong support for the Commonwealth. But no institution today can be complacent. People rightly want to know why institutions exist and what they achieve. The European Union is familiar with this sort of scrutiny - and in recent times, the UK and others across Europe have been asking how it can become more competitive, more flexible and more democratically accountable. The Commonwealth's challenge is very different. It has to explain to all of us how it can be relevant to us in a 21st century world, a world of competing bodies and organisations covering every area of international activity.

International Men's Day - Not in My Name

Liam Beattie | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

This year's International Women's Day has the theme of 'Equality for Women is Equality for all' as designated by the United Nations. Within that theme...

The Inspirational Women Behind the Slums of Kibera

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

To celebrate International Women's Day I went to Africa with Sport Relief earlier this week to visit two projects working hard to empower young women living in the continent's biggest slum. Here are the eight things that inspired me the most during my time in Nairobi, Kenya...

When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Mark International Women's Day by Getting Girls in School

Sarah Brown | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Sarah Brown

Increasingly the attention on girls and women at the heart of social and economic development means that how girls are educated and what skills women bring to the workplace come to the fore. I have just returned from a remote and rural part of northern Ghana where I travelled with Sport Relief to see how the education projects they support - Voluntary Service Overseas and Afrikids, are making a difference for marginalised and vulnerable children.

How Can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Secure a Stable Future?

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Given the precarious legal and constitutional framework on which the current status of Crimea has been built since the Soviet period, a purely legal "solution" taking recourse to past institutional arrangements is unlikely to be possible or even desirable. What is required is first and foremost a political decision and a commitment to put it on a sound legal and constitutionally as well as internationally agreed basis.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

EUSSR Lessons of Democracy to Ukraine

Marina Kim | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

Forget about Putin. His personality is way too fascinating - in a sinister kind of way - to discuss issues as they are, without letting emotions come into play. In fact, forget about Russia at all. Let's think Ukraine and let's think democracy, as that is the major value the EU is meant to be bringing to this born-again country.

Ukraine: The West Defending Democracy or Just Playing Politics?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

America and the European Union are playing politics, not defending democracy in rushing to support the revolutionary government in Ukraine. On the other hand, Russia's invasion of the country mutes its legitimate view that this was nothing more than an undemocratic coupe.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Mind the Gap: What the Public Thinks About Charities

Dan Corry | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Today NPC publishes research with Ipsos MORI looking at the public's attitude to charities. There is a wealth of interesting material uncovered by the polling and set out in our report. But in thinking about the research a number of things have occurred to me that are particularly worth sharing.

What Fukushima Means to Me

Yumiko Sato | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As the third year anniversary of The Great Tohoku Earthquake approaches on March 11, what does Fukushima mean to us, Japanese? The answer depends on who you ask...

If Trees Could Give Off Wi-Fi Signals

Mudabbir Khalid | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Mudabbir Khalid

We are connected to this world in more ways than imaginable, in the ground and in the air; everything is made up of the basic building blocks of life, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Trees are one of these givers of life, and how humans and trees correspond to give each other life is one of the most fundamental, yet essential aspects of ecology that much of the world lets slip from their minds...

Witness Claims Pistorius Asked Him to Take Blame for Accidental Restaurant Shot

Cassandra Ward | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Cassandra Ward

A witness has testified in the trial of Oscar Pistorius that the Olympian asked a friend to take the blame for firing a shot in an upmarket restaurant. Boxer, Kevin Lerena, appeared at Pistorius trial as a prosecution witness and outlined the events of the shooting, which took place at Tasha's restaurant, in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on 13 January 2013.

Lebanon: Being Gay Is Not a Crime Nor Against Nature

Dan Littauer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed today.