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Amid Protests, Istanbul Biennale Retreats Indoors

Simon Johns | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Simon Johns

The biennale, the city's most important contemporary art event, was to originally go on show in public spaces, including Gezi Park, that are slated for demolition amid Turkey's frantic urban-redevelopment boom...

Yemeni Women Call for Change

Noora Al Shami | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Noora Al Shami

The phenomenon of forcing young girls to marry hasn't stopped and we hear sad stories every day. We want that to change - and believe that change is within our grasp... Women shouldn't have to be victims. I suffered domestic violence but now I'm speaking out. I refuse to live under the ruins of my past.

Let There Be Light: Berlin's Festival of Lights Sets Art Capital Aglow

Emily Wasik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emily Wasik

Berlin's ninth annual Festival of Lights kicked off last week, one of the best-known illumination festivals in the world, running from October 9 to October 20.

The Art That Condemns Rape

Aaminah Patel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Aaminah Patel

Casting an eye over the growing number of productions and artistic campaigns that are inspired by Jyoti's story proves that the aftermath of the case is becoming more significant than ever.

The Outlook for Disabled Children in Romania

James Thornberry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Just over twenty years ago the world was horrified by the images that emerged from Romania of emaciated disabled children and orphans living in horri...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Jiàoyù , Jiàoyù, Jiàoyù

John Worne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

We have a booming export industry which is taking China by storm and returning billions to the UK economy. Fashion? Cars? Films? TV? All growing nicely, yes, but not the winner.. .In fact it's Education, Education, Education, as Chinese-speaking readers will have already deciphered in the title.

How Red Nose Day Has Empowered Women in Africa

Kirstie Allsopp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kirstie Allsopp

Scolastica, a 33-year-old single mother and urban chicken farmer in Tanzania, set up her poultry business in 2005, itself a brave step for a woman to make in such a patriarchal society. Things ticked along relatively well. But when three years ago, a virus swept through her flock and killed 600 of her 900 birds in less than a week - even someone with the drive and determination of Scolastica thought her dream was over. That's when Comic Relief stepped in and her luck began to change.

Taiji Claims They Can Have Their Dolphins and Eat Them Too

Melissa Sehgal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Melissa Sehgal

Visualise dolphins jumping and performing tricks for tourists as they clap and cheer. Children laughing as their parents sit nearby. Then visualise the fresh scent of newly spilled blood, the screams of mothers as their babies are ripped from their sight and dead bodies being dragged away one by one.

World's Wealthy One Percent Highlights Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth, who constitute two thirds of the world's population, own just 3% of the world's wealth. This is clearly nuts. This hasn't happened overnight. The global disparity between incomes has been spiralling out of control over the last few decades.

Jailing Greenpeace Activists Will Harden Attitudes to Russia

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Russia's overreaction in prosecuting Greenpeace protesters, including the two journalists, is set to unfold into an international scandal that will seriously damage country's global reputation.

Harrods Capitulate and Finally Cut the Crap

Tony Wild | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Tony Wild

On Monday evening the main BBC London News carried a short report that gave me particular pleasure: "Harrods have withdrawn Wahana Estate Kopi Luwak from sale," the presenter said...

Egypt's Anti-Christian Sectarianism Is Another Sign Its Revolution Is a Battered Wreck

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A new Amnesty report paints a bleak picture of Muslim mobs smashing their way into Coptic Christian churches in Upper Egypt this August. The attackers, sometimes hundreds strong, beat up worshippers and church staff, stripped out all the valuables (right down to air conditioning units and electric cables) and then burnt buildings to the ground.

Social Business and Philanthropy - Is There Room for Both?

Michael Harris | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Harris

In Johannesburg, Unilever's CEO Paul Polman summed up our predicament neatly to a room of 1,250 young leaders from across the globe: "Never before has a generation faced such devastating problems," but crucially in the same breath "never before has the same generation had the tools to fix them."

The New Libya

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

News of the abduction of Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, recently made the headlines around the world. The former human rights lawyer, who for decades fought against Qaddafi's regime from his exile in Geneva, was being held captive by a militia that supposedly is allied to his own government. How did such an absurd situation come about?

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

Damian Collins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.

Still Running to Stand Still

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

There's been confirmation once again this week - if confirmation were needed - that the UK has a problem with basic skills. The first round of the OEC...

Give the Arts an International Day of Honour

Ana Tzarev | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Looking far into the history of man, it is apparent that the epochs of each civilization are marked by one common trait: a great flourishing of the arts.

Azerbaijan's Pre-Election Crackdown on Dissent: Why I'm Taking It Personally

Ruth Dawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ruth Dawson

When I was 17, I was arrested while peacefully participating in a protest. So when I heard that 17-year-old Azerbaijani activist Shahin Novruzlu had been arrested, it really struck a chord with me. But the similarities start and end there...

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.

RAW 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award: Malala Wins Top Human Rights Award

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Victoria Sadler

That Malala speaks with wisdom and a spirit beyond her years has been noted many times before. But as this 16 year-old girl concluded her speech with "There is a long journey [ahead] for me" one could only hope and pray that it is also a safe one.

Lampedusa: Not Just Italy's Crisis

Laura Padoan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Laura Padoan

The tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily - once the landing place for Phoenicians, Greeks and Arabs - is again the focal point for migration in the southern Mediterranean, brought sharply into focus by the sinking on Thursday of yet another fated vessel just half a mile from its coast.

Walking to Promote Global Development and Girls' Education From India to Indonesia

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

A little over a year ago I highlighted the work of PAWA, the Pan Asian Women's Association, which focuses on global development and girls' and women's empowerment across multiple territories. By raising and carefully apportioning funds for credible, manageable-scale local charities, PAWA's work covers 30 countries from Iran to Japan, Indonesia to Kazakhstan.

Gambling on Our Future: Overpopulation and Overconsumption

Chantal Lyons | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK
Chantal Lyons

Overconsumption and overpopulation are intertwined. The prospect of 10 billion people or more living as we in the developed nations do now is frightening but unrealistic, I think; environmental degradation will crush that aspiration before it can reach full term.

Kenzo Featuring BLUE

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

It's been a good year so far for BLUE Marine Foundation, the UK-based ocean conservation charity I'm involved with. In fact, it's been a good three years since startup. And this week was no exception: I felt a big flicker of pride when I saw the fantastic partnership that BLUE has developed with Kenzo come to life on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week on Monday.