UK World

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

From UK To Uganda: Youth Exchange With Benefits

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

As Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, youth groups which can educate people about issues such as sexual health and professional development couldn't be more relevant. In 2012 78% of the Ugandan population were below 30 years of age...

Nigeria We Hail Thee!

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

Nigerians are raging because in the world's largest black populace, we have a government that can no longer guarantee security and is not shame-faced enough to step up to the plate. Our president continues to stew in puerile denials, whilst a part of the country, as big as some as some European nations burns to the ground.

Sleepless in South Sudan

Aimee Ansari | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

I smelled the decaying bodies in Haiti after the earthquake and I got ill because of the terrible fumes of the dead buried under buildings in Lebanon after the bombings. That was nothing compared to the massacres and violence happening in South Sudan now. I won't go into the details; they're too gory, too much everything.

A Fight For Gender Equality In India: 'The Spice Girls'

Karen Ruimy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

When their father died suddenly, the women were under immediate attack. Not only from fellow spice traders, but incredibly, also from family members. The men around them attempted to wrestle control of the business from them. Slurs on their name rapidly turned to threats and physical abuse.

We Must Not Turn a Blind Eye to the Election of Narendra Modi, India's Milosevic

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Will Foreign Secretary William Hague express "deep distaste" if, as the polls suggest, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is declared prime minister of nuclear-armed India after 12 May? Will the EU have the guts to downgrade diplomatic ties with the world's biggest democracy?

50 Something In A 20 Year Old Democracy

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Trevor Kleinhans

Twenty years ago I was standing in a mixed race voting line, all of us petrified of what lay ahead and now here we are in a democratic South Africa. As a 50 something year old gay white male that has lived in this country his entire life, I can assure you it has been no bed of roses, and is still not anywhere near one.

Forget the Lok Sabha: All Eyes on the Supreme Court

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

India's marathon election draws to a close in the coming weeks. While observers caution that opinion polls in this vast nation can often be inaccurate, many expect controversial opposition candidate Narenda Modi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to become the nation's next Prime Minister.

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.

I came here to stay

Thomas Azier | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Azier

All I know I wanted to build something from and give something to this city. 'Hylas' became the name of my album. It's a story about a boy who's trying to find water on an island and gets seduced by water nymphs. In the end they drown him and he becomes one of them. The nymphs as a metaphor for Berlin, this record became my ode to this wonderful phoenix.

Now We Are Dziesięć

Thomas Prosser | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Thomas Prosser

Ten years later one may nonetheless argue that these waves of immigration have been comparatively successful. Whatever the growing pains such groups have encountered integrating into British society, the predictions of sceptics have largely failed to materialize.

Goldman Environmental Prize: Celebrating 25 Years of Environmental Activism

Veronique Mistiaen | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Veronique Mistiaen

I have met and interviewed many of these environmental heroes over the years for various publications in the UK and the US, and have been in awe of their commitment, resourcefulness and personalities.

The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett Proves That the Death Penalty Is Barbaric

John Wight | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
John Wight

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma this week is yet more evidence that the death sentence is barbaric and has no place in a civilized society.

Bangladesh - A Year On

Damon Boughen | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Damon Boughen

A year ago this week 1,129 people lost their lives when the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, trapping thousands of garment workers as it fell. 12 months on, much has changed, and much has remained static.

Building Boats to Rebuild Livelihoods in the Philippines

Katharine Tengtio | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Katharine Tengtio

For the people of Dulag, like so many other people across the Philippines, there is still a long way to go before the life that they had before can be restored. With the support of locals, and those abroad, progress is being made and hope remains afloat.

The Cost of Living Crisis Facing Urban Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Barbara Jackson | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Barbara Jackson

Contrary to public perceptions, the majority of Syrian refugees do not live in formal refugee camps like Zaatari and the soon-to open Azrak camp. In fact 80% live in towns and cities in Jordan. These urban refugees have reached the limits of their ability to cope.

The Power of Female Education

Anna Rhodes | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Rhodes

The events occurring in Chibok are sickening, as is the minimal media coverage. This supposed insurgency in Birmingham is alarming, but the fact that such events are occurring highlights resistance within the female community. Women all over the world risk their lives every day by sending their daughters to school or attending themselves.

Who Has Time for World War III?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Although the ominous situation in Ukraine directly affects the EU, it is not clear is how much economic pain the US, UK and the EU are willing and able to endure to send a clear and powerful message to Putin that it is time to retreat.

Brussels-Obsessed? You'd Better Worry About the Encroachment of US 'Big Pharma'

Bonnie Greer | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Bonnie Greer

Of course the NHS needs reform. Corruption, where it appears, must be rooted out. No one argues against that. And no, I don't have any answers. But I know is this: we must protect what's left of the NHS. Protect it against the encroachment of hedge funds; cease selling our medical data to private companies so that they can make products to sell back to us.

Focusing Minds on the Human Suffering in Qatar

Gail Cartmail | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Gail Cartmail

Workers explained their circumstances. As we sat with them in the terribly overcrowded 'bedrooms' many wept from sheer frustration. Returning home to massive debts chalked up by payment to labour agents is a humiliating prospect that has led some migrant workers to take their own lives. Agents actively recruit workers in poverty stricken and jobless countries. I wondered about the men I met who will return home alive or uninjured, who will repay their debt and who will survive the shame if they "fail". I looked workers in the eye and felt immense anger at the betrayal of their human rights.

Take Practical Action and Live Below the Line

Gemma Hume | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Gemma Hume

I've run the London Marathon, cycled 100km, done soup diets and climbed mountains, but this has been the most physically and mentally gruelling challenge of my life.

Yemenis Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Chad Anderson | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Chad Anderson

Hassan's story is not unique. More than 4.5million people, like Hassan, will go to bed hungry tonight in Yemen. Hassan tells me that he cannot afford to eat dinner for at least three to four months out of the year.

Shakespeare: A Hit, A Very Palpable Hit

John Worne | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Worne

There's the one thing that underpins all of this - as Hamlet said, 'the play's the thing'. The reason Shakespeare's words are our words, and his works are our children's school work, is the substance. Content is king.

Six Years After Cyclone Nargis

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma and killed at least 140,000 people. I've just been to the delta to see how the survivors have managed to rebuild their lives. This is what I found...

Tony Blair and The Big Picture of Radical Islam

Robin Simcox | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...