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Toxic Platitudes: The Importance of a More Holistic Approach to 'Peacebuilding' in South Ossetia

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it.

We Need a Global Apollo Programme to Tackle Climate Change

Richard Layard | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Richard Layard

Blindingly simple logic dictates the goal of this programme. Once carbon-free energy costs less to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the fossil fuels will just stay in the ground. So the target for the GAP is to reduce the cost of clean energy and to do it fast. Within 10 years base-load electricity from wind or sun is to become less costly than from coal throughout the world.

Blatter's Inaction on Human Rights Must End

Alex Porter | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Sport
Alex Porter

In the wake of this media frenzy, there is a unique opportunity to hold Fifa to account not only for their corruption, but also for the lives their greed has cost. Blatter can no longer claim ignorance of the endemic corruption within his organisation and he must be held to a standard that does demand he "watch everyone all the time".

Search and Destroy Does Not Save Lives

Meinie Nicolai | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Meinie Nicolai

Europe has been quick and unified to launch a war on smugglers but has shown no political willingness to offer immediate alternatives to these dangerous journeys... Clearly, no political willingness exists in Europe to carry the legal responsibility to provide protection and assistance for people in distress calling for help in the waters just off European shores.

Unsung Hero Killed in the Line of Duty

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Nineteen year old Isra'a Yasser Al-Habash was another Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer working with Ayman in Douma that day. Tragically, she was killed by the mortar fire.

The UK is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

The bombardment has been supported by the US and the UK, with both governments giving political and military support to the Saudi regime.

Nepal: Invisible Destruction

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

Sameer hastens up steep slopes and shoots down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around him, in stark contrast to the picturesque panorama, homes have turned into piles of rubble, burying clothes, food and furniture underneath...

The Trauma of Coping With Your Period in Nepal - Now

Holly Miller | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Holly Miller

On top of ensuring women have the privacy they need by supplying tents and building temporary shelters for each family affected by the earthquake, ActionAid is providing women in affected communities in Nepal with vital sanitary kits. We've given out 10,000 already.

'They Can Lock Me Up, But They Don't Get to Silence Me'

Rachael Jolley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Rachael Jolley

When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.

Menstruation Matters: That's the Bottom Line

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, women and girls face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods. They lack access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and are forced to use improvised materials, such as rags, that are uncomfortable and can lead to leaks and infections.

Remembering Houla - Why Sectarianism Cannot Be Part of Syria's Future

Gareth Bayley | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

Let's keep firmly focused on the need to bring perpetrators of massacres like Houla to justice. The UK has a long-standing commitment to accountability for atrocities committed in the Syrian conflict. This commitment will not falter. That is the message from the Houla massacre: the need for justice and accountability. Not the perverted logic of sectarianism.

Why Eurovision Should Unite Over Anti-Gay Laws, Once Again

Liam Beattie | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

I would like to wish 28-year-old Polina Gagarina the best of luck, however she will not be receiving my support, and I hope this will be the case for many fellow LGBT viewers across Europe. The Eurovision song contest may be just that, a singing competition, but it is a platform that celebrates diversity and gives a voice to so many voiceless groups in our continent.

Palmyra: A Lament

Robin Lustig | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.

Obama's New Twitter Account Just Smashed A World Record

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech

If there is ever anybody who can beat Iron Man using something as mundane as Twitter, it would be Barack Obama. The US President now holds the Gui...

Call the Midwife! Citizens Demand the Right to Safe Births for Every Woman, Everywhere

Laura Robson | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Laura Robson

As civil society groups advocate for progress on maternal and child health at the World Health Assembly this week, recent experiences in Madagascar demonstrate how community mobilisation can bring about positive change.

Austerity Has Brought a Humanitarian Crisis to Greece

Jo Simmons | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Jo Simmons

Sixty percent of young people are unemployed and have seen their dreams quashed as wave after wave of painful austerity measures battered Greece. Make no mistake - the country's staggering decline is unparalleled in peacetime.

Letter Addressing the Mosaic International Leadership Programme

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

When I established Mosaic back in 2007 it was my hope that we might be able to encourage young people in the United Kingdom to realize their talents and potential. I hardly dared hope then that Mosaic would go on to develop an innovative International Leadership Programme which now touches the lives of young people in eighteen different countries. I have long believed that today's world poses challenges to all of us that can only be resolved by effective and sustained partnerships across national boundaries. Climate change, poverty, violence and instability can only be tackled by individuals coming together from across the globe.

Nepal Earthquake Was the Single Most Frightening Experience of My Life

Lisa Rutherford | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Lisa Rutherford

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...

The Tories Promised to Protect LGBT Asylum Seekers Five Years Ago, So Far They Have Failed - Now It Is Time to Deliver

Paul Dillane | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Paul Dillane

This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.

Palmyra

Dom Joly | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Dom Joly

The news that Isis is possibly about to over-run Palmyra in Syria hit me especially hard. It feels strange to be so affected by the plight of a ruined town so far away, especially when you equate it to the hundreds of thousands of human victims of this murderous conflict but as Stalin so sensitively put it- "one death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." Palmyra, on the other hand is a symbol- a symbol of a tolerant, multi-cultural Syria.

The Plight of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Constitutes a Humanitarian Emergency

Mike Adamson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.

How We Can Protect Children in Nepal

David Bull | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
David Bull

It is now two weeks since a deadly earthquake struck Nepal but, with the media attention currently focused on the results of our general election, it is so important that we don't lose sight of the dangers that children are facing in the aftermath of this disaster.

Nepal's Race Against Time as the Monsoon Season Approaches

Fadi Itani | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

The earthquake occurred on 25 April, at 11.56am local time, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. It has caused a recorded 7,676 deaths so far, with 16,392 people injured, 284,455 houses destroyed, and 234,102 houses damaged.

This Mother's Day, Let's Stop Penalizing Women for Having Children

UN Women | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
UN Women

Progress of the World's Women shows that it is possible to close these gender gaps, in both rich and poor countries, with the right mix of economic and social policies. The evidence is abundant and the solutions are clear: stop penalizing women for having children, and start recognizing and supporting women's unpaid care work.

Aid Is Getting Through to Some of Nepal's Most Remote and Devastated Villages

Fadi Itani | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

Helping people out of poverty is full of challenges, so it is not surprising that responding to disasters is even more problematic. Being able to find ways to overcome these problems is what makes the difference between an emergency and a catastrophe.