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Tracing Sexuality in Indian culture

Shweta Kothari | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shweta Kothari

It is peculiar that repressing sexuality is a relatively recent phenomenon in India, sexuality was not a taboo always! The first literature on the science of sexuality, the nude artistry in Ajanta caves in South India and the erotic 9th century Hindu temples, are profound evidence in favor of sexual expression, found in both sculptures and scriptures in India.

The Government Reforms and Future Election of Aung San Suu Kyi to the Presidency Are Only the Beginning on Burma's Long Road to Being an Inclusive, Democratic Society

Mark Hendrick | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hendrick

Since 2010 the Burmese military Government has embarked on an agenda of reform and modernisation, the speed of which has taken many by surprise. The reforms have seen the release of 1,100 political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the relaxation of restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression...

Education: What Can We Learn From Other Countries?

Chris Jones | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The British education system is failing millions - or at least that's what you might think from some of the stories in the news. It's a common sentiment, especially after the PISA report showed just how bad our 'stagnating' ranking was...

Faith-Inspired Action - The Essence of Ramadan

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

We asked a sample of over 5,000 people about their attitudes to Britishness and British values, to religious charities and to Ramadan. The results paint what for me is an unsurprisingly positive picture of Britain's Muslim community, one that I believe much better reflects what we are about than the narrow stereotypes that dominate some sections of the media.

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before - There Was This Ticking Bomb...

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Quite contrary to the claims of the ticking bomb acolytes, torture is not something that governments are somehow "denying themselves" in the fight against terrorism or other criminals. Instead, as Amnesty confirms, torture is actually "flourishing" in the modern world. The last thing we need is people coming up with exotic ways to justify it.

A Stimulus Every Country Needs

Nigel Chapman | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Chapman

What happens this week in Brussels will be an important signal from global leaders about their commitment to key development and human rights issues and their resolve to work together. The life chances of 57 million children out of school weigh in the balance.

Shedding Light on the Threat of Terrorism at Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Quintan Wiktorowicz | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Quintan Wiktorowicz

Citing a confidential assessment by former South African police chief Andre Pruis, British media is trying to make the case that Qatar is too vulnerable to terrorism to serve as host. As someone who has worked on counter-terrorism issues for nearly 20 years, I find this argument wrong for three key reasons.

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

Amira's Story

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Every night, when Amira goes to bed in the crowded room that she shares with her five young children, she lies awake, frantically worrying about what the following day has in store for them. Will she be able to find food? Will the children be safe if they venture out, into streets where gunmen, bombs and bullets are a constant threat?

Young People Need to End World Hunger But We Have to Work Together

Ayrton Cable | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Ayrton Cable

I find it hard to believe that today around half the food we produce is thrown away, while people like Mapangano are hungry. I think this is unfair and we need to solve this. Young people have the ambition, creativity and energy to find a solution but we need to talk and we need to work together.

Bombing Iraq: Death and Destruction as Instruments of Statecraft

Matt Carr | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Today, faced with gloomy possibilities in Iraq that include the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state... the Obama administration is once again considering air strikes as a policy option. And as Iraqi cities once again loom in the Imperium's bomb-sights, it's instructive to cast our eyes back on this less-than-glorious relationship between the United States, bombs and Iraq.

13 Facts You Didn't Know About Economics

Ha-Joon Chang | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Ha-Joon Chang

Economics is politics and it can never be a science. Yet the dominant neoclassical school of economics succeeded in changing the name of the discipline from the traditional 'political economy' to 'economics' at the turn of the 20th Century.

Blair's Supporters Should Stage an Intervention - And Make Him Shut Up About Iraq

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In an era of dreary politicians, the silver-tongued Blair continues to beguile us. He is the Cristiano Ronaldo of politics: slick, skilful, über-confident and astonishingly arrogant... Is he mad or bad? Deluded or dishonest? It no longer matters. Blair's reputation lies in tatters. More than half of Brits believe their former prime minister was wrong to invade Iraq; one in five tell YouGov they think he should be tried as a war criminal. Blair can try to pretend he lives a normal life but when he goes to a book signing, people pelt him with eggs

Bold West African Drug Policy Proposal Should Be Taken Up, And Taken Further

Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft

Fact: Most people will simply never get anything out of networking. BUT help is at hand. Although it can take a while to become a master at networking, it only takes a few quick corrections to stop repelling people from you. Here are four of the main reasons people fail miserably at this crucial game.

10 Unforgettable Views to Add to Your Bucket-List

Madison Taylor | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

The summer break, especially for university students, is a time to travel and to tick off a few things on your bucket list. Obviously though, as students, our budgets are tight and often in-disposable so an affordable holiday to Zante is usually the only obtainable option. But there is no harm in dreaming of many possibilities right?...

The Immiseration of Yarmouk

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

This photograph of people in the besieged area of Yarmouk [photo from recent update] waiting to get some food at an outdoor soup kitchen is yet another reminder of what it's come to in Syria. Gruelling blockades, endless indiscriminate bombardment, destitution, pain, hunger.

The Obligation to End Preventable Deaths and a Stunted Childhood Is a Responsibility We All Bear

Dame Tessa Jowell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Tessa Jowell

Six out of the world's ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, but their potential will not be realised without long-term improvements to education, health and the opportunity for women to give birth in environments free from violence. The further prize is increased productivity and economic growth.

Election Day in Kabul

Mohammed Subhan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Mohammed Subhan

Here is a plea - not just from me - but from my generation of young Afghans. The soldiers you have lost did not die in vain - the money you have spent has not been wasted - PLEASE - don't throw away what you have achieved. We are going to need your help for a few more years yet. It won't be forever - but it will be longer than two and a half years.

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

The World Cup Injury XI

Toby Cryne | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Toby Cryne

As naturally born pessimists we have instead taken a look at all those poor sods who won't be going to the finals in Brazil. We'd feel sorry for them if they weren't essentially being paid to sit down for the next few months. Such a hard life.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

A Fictitious ISIL to Scare Us Away From the Truth in Iraq

Lord Maginnis | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

We need to be careful not to be duped again by Maliki and his Iranian masters. Let us put aside the ISIL and focus on what Maliki has done and is doing to that country. Iraqi people have been victimised for more than 11 years.

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.

Iraq - The End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What folly. What crass, indescribable, unbelievable folly it was to invade Iraq in 2003. I wonder what George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair think now as they read of the latest disasters to befall that wretched land. Do they still say that Iraq is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein? Do they? Really?