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Ukraine: Could EU Referendum have Prevented Bloodshed and Chaos?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The desire of many people to join the EU is the fantasy that membership will be the remedy for the country's economy. And you can bet many workers would like the luxury of being able to seek work anywhere in the EU.

Reflections on South Sudan

Tony Baldry | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

One would have thought that the international community, including the UN, the US and the EU, would have been swift to have condemned a failed coup d'état, i.e. the seeking of seizing power and control of the country by the barrel of a gun rather than through the ballot box.

The Ukrainian Crisis and the Echoes of the Cold War

Joe Pennell | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Pennell

Beneath the pallid smog of billowing smoke that hangs above Independence Square in Kiev, the belligerents of the civil war pause for breath in a conflict that few can be sure will not resume. If it does, the rebels that hide behind their barricades, and the state forces that try to haul them down, may discover that - beneath the burnt-out tyres, barrels, and rubble - the unexpected weight of history lies very much alive and unwell.

The Case of Romanians' 'Benefit Tourism' Is a Myth

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

The reality is that in the case of Romanians 'benefit tourism' is a myth because from 5.7million working age benefit claimants in the UK last year, only 1,740 were Romanians, which represents 0.03% of the total claimants, or 1.45% of the Romanian community in Britain. To compare, the percentage of working age benefit claimants for the whole UK population is 9.5%.

My Journey to World Sufi Spirit Festival (Part Two)

Karen Ruimy | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

It is truly an ancient and global stage for a mystical tradition whose own history witnessed the building of the very walls of the fort of Jodhpur when Rao Jodha laid the first corner stone in 1459.

Miranda Barbour is a Sad Fantasist Not a Prolific Serial Killer, and She Has Played an All Too Eager Media

Martin Newman | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK
Martin Newman

Her story came out of the blue. A seemingly unnecessary, unprompted confession to a local newspaper reporter that she had committed anywhere between 2...

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As Kiev erupted into violence this week, the world's media made its way to the city's makeshift morgues and, once again, made record of a country taking democracy into its own hands. There has been no end of dramatic imagery emerging from the city, but perhaps the most moving piece to resonate around the world was the YouTube video I Am A Ukrainian, which made post-grad student Yulia the voice of a country in two short but powerful minutes. The sale of WhatsApp to Facebook may have been the big financial and tech news of the week, but arguably it was Tinder that deserved the headlines. In a certain Russian town, the dating app saw a 400% increase in users in the past seven days...

A Requiem for the World's Revolutionaries

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It gives me no pleasure to say this: revolutions are often in vain. It is, alas, too easy to be swept up in the excitement of young protesters taking control of the streets... TV cameras blinking down from the balconies of nearby hotels give us the impression of a people in revolt, an unstoppable wave of protest, sweeping away oppression and corruption.

My Journey to World Sufi Spirit Festival (Part One)

Karen Ruimy | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

This weekend I will be performing my new creation El Camino with my inspired and inspiring creative collaborator Youth, and we will be appearing at the World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur.

A City Without a Museum

Simon Johns | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Simon Johns

Some may argue that a city museum in Istanbul would be redundant. Istanbul is itself a living museum, they might say as they trip over unmarked relics and ruins that literally dot the streets here. But this lets people off the hook for the wholesale destruction Istanbul has faced on a near constant basis since, well, always. Istanbullus like to eulogise their city but don't seem particularly interested in preserving it.

We Can Help Millions of Children Who Are Living in Danger

David Beckham | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
David Beckham

Right this second all around the world, millions of children are in danger. Huge numbers of children are caught up in emergencies, like conflicts in Syria and South Sudan and natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In the Philippines 1.7million children were forced from their homes when the Typhoon swept through their communities. I saw myself how children's lives have been destroyed and how they are slowly recovering with the help of UNICEF. As a father, it was a moving experience and the memories of the children I met will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Forcing Mothers to Breastfeed Is No Way to Help Children

The Conversation UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

By maintaining that breastfeeding is a right for all children, the clause aims to foster strong mother-child relationships. This idea (and suggested duration) is taken from the Qur'an. But the Qur'an itself doesn't stipulate mandatory breastfeeding.

Can a London Summit Save our Wildlife from Extinction?

Mark Jones | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Something historic happened in London on 13 February. Representatives from 41 countries, plus the European Union and a handful of multilateral environmental agencies, came together for the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Can You Find Kurdistan on a Map?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

This picture was taken in the outskirts of Erbil city, Kurdistan. I was passing by a local café recently and decided to have tea with Gozleme, wh...

Congo Court Finds Briton Guilty of Killing Friend

Simon J Clark | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Simon J Clark

A joint British-Norwegian citizen was found guilty of killing his friend and cellmate in the Democratic Republic of Congo even though there was expert evidence to suggest he was innocent.

Why It's Capitalism That Drives Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Not Tradition or Culture

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

What was once played out in plain view is now a much more hidden event. Where once the seas turned blood red, now they are more blue. So did something change? Yes, something did - Taiji tried to go underground to mask the brutality of this annual slaughter.

Is Immigration the European Union's Death Knell?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Immigration may well prove to be the death knell of the EU as we know it. But if it is, it will not have been due to immigration itself but rather to Brussels' tone deaf, inflexible, and insensitive response to the issue. The matter is highly emotional and goes to the very heart of people's values, sense of fairness, cultural identity and social cohesion. Trying to counter that either with cold numerical and economic arguments or with dismissive insults of xenophobia is not only futile, it is grist to the mill for the political parties which have successfully made immigration their main platform and that seem on track to form the largest single grouping in the European Parliament after the May elections. But it's worse than that. The Brussels response will be constructed by many as being absolute proof of a type of Union they reject.

Let's Point the Finger at Those Who Are Really Cheating the System, Not Migrants

Jessica Smith | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jessica Smith

Over the last five or six years, as poverty and hardship have deepened, unemployment soared and inequality increased across Europe, so has xenophobia festered - with the rise of far-right parties such as Golden Dawn in Greece, and uncomfortable parallels can be drawn between the current socio-economic climate and that of the 1930s, which paved the way for Hitler's rise to power.

Governments Must Do More to Help Charities Earn Public Trust

John Low | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
John Low

Unfortunately in too many countries charities face a climate of suspicion and repression. Heavy handed government policy and the politicisation of charity regulation is undermining the trust of the public which is vital in the development of a thriving charity sector and civil society more broadly.

What Is Going on in Venezuela?

One Young World | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
One Young World

The world needs to know about the critical situation of Venezuela and to understand that the regime is taking every possible measure to oppress its people and cover the truth. If the only resource Venezuela has available to inform the world about what is happening is social media, then let's use it strategically to cause the greatest impact internationally.

Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

Merkel's EU Data Network Is No Substitute for Surveillance Law Reform

Nick Pickles | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Pickles

Angela Merkel's call yesterday for a European network "so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic" is hardly surprising given the revelations of how German and other European citizens have had their data indiscriminately collected as they use web services based overseas.

Britain's Religious Leaders Right to Stand Up for Europe's Roma

Kate Allen | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Kate Allen

Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.

Russia Should Follow Plushenko's Olympic Example: Know When It's Time to Quit

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Evgeni Plushenko, bowed out of the competition right before he was to take the ice in the singles event. As disappointed as he undoubtedly was (not to mention the fans), 31-year-old Plushenko has the rest of his life ahead of him, with a stack of Olympic hardware to his name and a celebrity brand to build upon. In time, his decision may be seen as noble- or at the very least, inevitable. Sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to quit. Street protesters in Ukraine and besieged civilians in Syria are probably hoping that the Russian government will follow their golden boy's lead and have the nerve to admit that their current foreign policy just isn't cutting it anymore.

Inspired By the Resilience and Courage of Women in Sierra Leone

Angela Rippon | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Angela Rippon

Visiting Sierra Leone - a country best known for the atrocities and devastation caused by an 11-year civil war (it is estimated that 250,000 women were raped) - isn't probably high on most people's list of things to do.