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G4S' Guantánamo Contract is a British Embarrassment

Kevin Lo | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

The largest security services firm in the world, British company G4S, has accepted a £71million contract to run "base support operating services" at Guantánamo Bay... The UK government cannot turn a blind eye at a British company running a torture facility. The British public deserves an explanation.

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

Dreading Going Back To School? These Students' Journeys Might Just Change Your Mind

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Who hasn't cheered when school has been cancelled due to a smattering of snow, or inadequate heating or air conditioning? And who hasn't moaned whe...

Tony Blair and the War in Iraq

Lord David Owen | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

I followed up concerns I had expressed at that meeting with a letter to Blair on 12 November, arguing that there had to be a political strategy involving the Kurds to help topple Saddam Hussein. Blair replied: 'We are not working to bring down Saddam Hussein and his regime. It is not for us to say who should be President of Iraq, however much we might prefer to see a different government in Baghdad.' This exchange encapsulated the UK's particular problem...

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

A World Without a Globo-Cop

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I can't think of anywhere that would have been less appropriate as a venue for this week's Nato summit than the UK. A United Kingdom that within the next couple of weeks may become shatteringly disunited... Inward-looking, backward-looking, suspicious of its neighbours: everything that Nato is meant not to be. And this at a time when the world is a more dangerous place than it's been in decades. So why are Western leaders - because it's not just David Cameron - so dismally unable to confront the dangers?

Times that Try Men's Souls

Ian Linden | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

We are in the midst of a geopolitical crisis in Africa and the Middle East. It is acutely felt by communities of faith who suffer a new barbarism as they watch their hallowed values drowned in blood. But it is no less a crisis for international commitments to human rights.

ISIL: Where Do We Go From Here?

Emily Stacey | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

In order to fight ISIL on the scale that is required, a coalition is needed between the West and their allies, a task that one would hope is being drafted behind the scenes at the NATO summit as we speak...

Why Did the British Authorities Treat This Bahraini Rights Activist So Badly?

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

It is undoubtedly true that there are some barbaric extremists who pervert the meaning of Islam - many of whom may now be associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. All the more reason, then, for us to identify our friends in the Islamic world, and treat them well. Why, then, did the British authorities treat my friend Nebeel Rajab, his wife, his 16-year-old son, and his 12-year-old daughter so badly?

The Forgotten Victims of Terror

John Denham | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Denham

Ethnic and religious minorities have faced appalling violence from ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria. But another community has suffered at the hands of very similar ideologues for far too long. Decisions at this weekend's NATO conference may help determine their future too...

It's the Occupation, Stupid

Stephen Kinnock | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Kinnock

The history of Israel-Palestine is undoubtedly complex, but its present is actually far less so. For when you boil all the issues down to their essence, the fact is that the presence of 550,000 Israeli settlers on land that has been internationally recognised as occupied is what drives this conflict. The two-state solution will continue to be a pipe-dream unless and until Israel decides that it's prepared to end the occupation: it's as simple as that... The world knows that this must never be allowed to happen again, and it recognises more clearly than ever that the onus is now on Israel to come to the negotiating table in good faith. The peace process has seen many false dawns, but it's just possible that this time it could be different.

Kids, Eat Your Verts - Languages Are Good For You

John Worne | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to language learning, I start this new school term like all those other parents sending their kids to a new school: a little anxious, a little excited, and hopeful for a brighter linguistic future.

The Persecution of Christians

Canon J.John | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Yes, you may find Christians to be dull, boring people with beliefs that you find ridiculous and a morality that you find oppressive, but such people act as the glue and the framework in society.

Not Sexist to Leave Male Circumcision Out of the Debate and Only Focus on Female Genital Mutilation

Leyla Hussein | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

I do not agree with the practice of circumcising a male baby for non-medical reasons, as babies and children cannot give consent. Having said that, I cannot accept a comparison of male circumcision to FGM. The practices themselves, as well as the intent behind them, are fundamentally different.

Foreign Fighters, the Home Security Threat & ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

We need to stem the tide of those who are going to become foreign fighters--taking a long hard look at what their motivations are and what we can do about them and also stopping the instigators inside our countries--particularly in Europe to be stopped.

Putin's Crossing and the 'Chocolate King'

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

'Dear comrade Putin,' says a woman who has lost a leg by a shrapnel during shelling near her home town in eastern Ukraine, 'we're told that fighters and weapons are coming across from Russia. Take pity on us because we're choking from grief and in blood. Please take back your men.'

Notes From A Caribbean Island...

Ian Baxter | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Baxter

So you might think Cuba is a rather sad place with not a lot of hope. But that's not the Cuba I saw. As if buoyed on by its musical heartbeat (Salsa and Rumba are everywhere) I saw a Cuba where the human spirit is very much alive.

My Enemy's Enemy is My Friend - Bashar al Assad and The West

Dilly Hussain | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

If there is any lesson to be learnt from history, it is that political alliances always shift according to self-interest. This is also apparent in playground politics between children - you change friends and foes according to benefits.

Despair in the Desert - In One of Iraq's Deadliest Places

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

In the school I sat with Sherman Haj, a woman of around 40 who looked at least 10 years older. She had arrived at the school with her two youngest children nearly two weeks previously. Sherman Haj was still grappling with the sudden shock of how her life had been torn apart.

After the Islamic State Deluge, Who Will Save Iraqis?

Neil Durkin | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Following the horrific killing of the US photo-journalist James Foley, international anti-Islamic State rhetoric has gone up a notch. World leaders are all inveighing against the group. But in truth it's still not really clear what's being done to help the Yezidis, the Christians, the Shi'a Turkmen, the Shabaks, and indeed anyone in Iraq (including Sunni Muslims) threatened by the Islamic State and other armed jihadi groups.

Surprise! This Country Eats The Most Calories

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) released a list of the daily calorie intake of countries around the world, and the d...

IS Is Pure Evil; So Is Assad: We Must Be Prepared to Fight Them Both

James Snell | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Assad regime supports IS, and is also responsible for the murder of thousands of civilians. Is it churlish to point out that it has also avoided punishment for chemical weapons attacks and other savageries and actions of calculated callousness?

Scotland - It's About Democracy, Stupid

Jean Muir | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Muir

Much has been written about how the upcoming independence referendum represents a divorce between Scotland and England. But if we're making relationship analogies, let's just say that historically the British government is a power-hungry polygamist and Scotland is just the latest in a long line of unwilling wives to leave.

Boycotting Israeli Goods Is Intellectually Bankrupt

Dermot Kehoe | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Dermot Kehoe

How does protesting against the presence of kosher goods on the shelves of Tesco or Sainsbury's help the cause of peace in the Middle East? How does it advance Palestinian people's right to statehood? How does it help Israelis live a peaceful, secure life?

Why I As a Muslim, Will Not Apologize For Foley's Death

Fila Magnus | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Fila Magnus

This group who claims to be speaking for all Muslims, truly isn't. They don't speak for me. And I have given them no right to represent me, I have given no approval, in the actions of what they're doing. None of what they do, is complacent to the rules of Islam, none of what they do, signifies Islam in any way. In short - THEY. ARE. NOT. MUSLIMS.