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WATCH: Drug-Smuggling 'Super Tunnel' Discovered

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The discovery of a drug-smuggling super tunnel running 160 yards between Mexico and the US has left officials stunned. The secret underground tunne...

From Badgers to Elephants: Killing in the Name Of...?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Let's look at British wildlife first. In addition to the badgers, recently we've seen the authorisation of the destruction of buzzard nests and eggs - another so called protected species - simply as they were interfering with pheasant shooting...

Racism Here, Racism There, Here's Racism, There's Racism, Everywhere Racism

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Racism is a serious problem in Sweden, and the OECD survey proves this. But it's also a major problem in many other countries, and it's time that we look seriously at ourselves and think about what we mean by nationalism.

An Open Letter from Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The context is this. The most cynical and sinister elements in NI society have been very violent and vocal over the last year, at huge cost to the local economy and at huge damage to the reputation of the province.

Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

Javed Khan | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing. How many more of them are out there? What are the signs that we missed? Are we spotting others before it's too late? Nobody could have failed to be affected by the harrowing story of a 10-year-old girl trafficked from her home in Pakistan to Manchester.

Who Knew Halloween Could be Horrific for Human Rights?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Acheson

Allegations of child witchcraft are increasingly being levied against children, leading to many youngsters being harmed, abused or killed. Breaches of children's human rights are not uncommon. We've all heard of child marriage, trafficking and sexual abuse. Now we can add 'witchcraft exorcism' to the list.

When Will Africans Get the Justice They Deserve?

Olivia Warham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

As the African Union summit in Addis heaped contempt on the International Criminal Court, it is unlikely its members reflected on how rarely they act to protect African civilians from mass atrocities committed by their own rulers.

What's Behind Russia's Recent Race Riots?

Robert J Lee | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Robert J Lee

Russia is as different from Western Europe as a bear is from a house cat and although it is often said that Russia and the West face a similar struggle with mass immigration, the truth is far more complex.

Fossil Fuel Free Europe Tour Lights Up the Way to a Divested Future

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Sunday night in Berlin saw the launch of the European Fossil Fuel Free, championing a European wide divestment campaign similar to the one which has seen several US universities divest from fossil fuel stocks from the top 200 fossil fuel companies.

Londonistan Opens for Business With the Muslim World: Shari'ah Student Loans and Sukuk (Bonds) to Come

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

The 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), held for the first time outside of the Muslim World, is finally here. The Mozlumms [sic] have arrived for what in many ways seems like a friendly cricket test match.

A Call to Respect Aid Workers in Syria

Sir Nick Young | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Targeting and endangering these brave aid workers, who play no part in the conflict and who simply seek to help those most in need, is wholly unacceptable. The humanitarian tragedy that continues unabated in Syria is deplorable and more must be done to ensure aid reaches the vulnerable, and those delivering it are protected.

NSA Spying - America's Breach of Trust

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

For those of us who thought the Cold War James Bond - 007 era with all of its spying and intrigue was over, the latest revelations that the US National Security Agency - NSA - has been spying on America's "friends" has disabused us of that idea. Spying is clearly alive and well.

The Paradoxes of the Rosia Montana Mining Project

Oana Romocea | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Oana Romocea

The arguments supporting the project which are used by the Canadian mining company, Gabriel Resources and borrowed by many Romanian politicians... seem reasonable at first glance. Well, that is until you put them in context and realise the paradoxes lying behind them. Let's take them one by one...

US Should End Its Cold War Stance on Cuba

Lee Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lee Brown

When the UN votes on the US blockade of Cuba this week, the US is likely to face opposition from nearly every other government in the world. But, if past experience is any guide, the US will simply ignore this. It will continue exacting unnecessary suffering on the Cuban people through a cruel and counter-productive policy.

How Should Businesses Navigate the Complex EU Referendum Debate?

Natasha Thomas | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Natasha Thomas

David Cameron once famously promised not to "bang on about" Europe. But 2013 has been the year when the battle lines over Britain's future in the European Union hardened, forcing political and business leaders from across the spectrum to take sides on this issue.

Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Sandhurst

Gareth Milner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gareth Milner

On Friday the 25th of October 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi visited and spoke at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). I'm extremely privileged to have attended this event. Whilst writing this I've attempted to add value to the notes/scribbles I took.

Does the Bible Have a Role to Play in Social Care - In China?

Ben Whitnall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

At the conference on the role of Christianity in China, which was sponsored by Bible Society, a government official called on the Church to take care of China's growing number of elderly people. 'It is a big challenge for the authorities and for the Church,' said government spokesman Wang Xinhua.

Egypt's Epidemic of Nonsense

Patrick Keddie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Patrick Keddie

Egypt is a great country for conspiracy theories - the nuttier, the better. In relation to penises, animals or the national football team, talk of agents and conspiracies are amusing and, although genuinely believed by some, are widely shared as a joke. But when they are used to shut down debate or demonise groups of people they become more sinister and even deadly.

Breaking the Silence: Giving a Voice to the Unheard

A.J. Higginson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

A silent epidemic known as 'corrective rape' has ravaged the country, where the victims are being brushed aside as society frowns upon them and their lifestyle. Men brutally rape lesbians in what they see as an attempt to 'correct' their sexual orientation.

The Regards of Women in Italian Cinema

Valeria Bilello | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Valeria Bilello

I was in London last week for the premiere of One Chance and my eyes have been sparkling since I have arrived. A premiere is always a very special occasion: seeing the culmination of your hard work, as well as enjoying the fun and prestige of the red carpet.

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

Why We're Launching Femen in the UK

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Inna Shevchenko

We are naked soldiers of feminism. We are Femen, our tactic is 'sextremism'. And we are bringing it to UK!

Bring Ukraine Closer to the UK - And How a New Festival of Culture Will Do the Job

Lada Firtash | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lada Firtash

The festival Days of Ukraine in the UK was created by The Firtash Foundation - an organisation which I founded along with my husband Dmitry in 2008. We were aware that many people in Europe didn't truly understand what modern Ukraine was like and that we needed to spread the word about what a unique and innovative nation we come from.

My Top 14 Bonkers Things About the World

Marcus Chown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Marcus Chown

My latest book is about everything... from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human evolution to holography. In researching and writing it, I began to appreciate more and more what a wonderful world we live in -one far more incredible than anything we could possibly have invented. Here are just some of the bonkers things I learnt.

Dramatic Developments: An Alliance With Harrods

Tony Wild | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Wild

In a highly unusual move, Harrods have introduced me (me, of all people!) to Matthew Ross, the producer of the ethical 'Sijahtra' kopi luwak that they have been selling for a few months. I met him a couple of days ago and was impressed - and fascinated.