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The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

We started this. That's what I can't help thinking every time I hear about the latest death and suffering in Syria. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, we set off a chain of events that led inexorably to the killing fields of Damascus and Aleppo.

Celebrating Cruelty-Free Fashion at Mahiki

Meg Mathews | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Meg Mathews

The idea that fur is springing into fashion again is absurd, even though that's the line the fur trade has tried to sell to reporters for more than a decade. You may see more fur on the catwalk, but that's because fur is so cheap that furriers have resorted to paying designers to use it. Its presence on the catwalk does not reflect what people are wearing on the high street.

Connected Women Are Empowered Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sevi Simavi

Access to a mobile device can be life-changing, particularly for women. The Cherie Blair Foundation's research with the GSMA revealed that 9 out of 10 women in developing markets feel safer because of their mobile phones; 8 out of 10 feel more independent with access to mobile technology and more than half have used a mobile phone to earn additional income.

I Signed Away My Possessions Because I Couldn't Read

Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan

My first husband married me when I was 12 years old. We travelled to Jordan to live together. He took a little girl with him who didn't know anything about life... I signed a paper I couldn't read because I wanted to make him happy - or maybe I didn't want to endure his anger. He started to treat me very badly. I was abused. We were eventually divorced.

Travelling With Friends

Kerry Christiani | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Christiani

"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them," Mark Twain once quipped. How right he was. Travel can make or break a friendship, so before you journey to the other side of the globe, only to realise that your best mate is your polar opposite...

Ethiopian Minister's Twitter Account Deleted After Slamming Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Ethiopia's Minister of Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs official Twitter account has been deleted on Tuesday night, after she slammed Uganda for passing it's anti-gay law.

No Child Should Be Born to Die

Karen Elson | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Karen Elson

I cannot imagine being in labour and forced to trek miles and miles in the hope to deliver in safe conditions. One woman I met Kula, delivered her baby on the side of the road in the dark with the threat of snakes and other dangerous animals to contend with. She had walked miles from her village to the one where we met to hire a canoe. She didn't make it as far as the village before she gave birth and her baby only made it as far as the water's edge when it passed away as she waited for two hours for a canoe to take her and her newborn baby to the clinic. Kula's story shocked Kate and I to the core. We were overwhelmed with grief for her.

Shine a Light - A Music Video for Jyoti

Casandra Prerost-Singh | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Casandra Prerost-Singh

Just before the first anniversary of her death, I found myself in Delhi with fellow filmmaker Bruno Acard making a music video in English and Hindi of a song inspired by these tragic events entitled Shine a Light and Navjyoti ki Oar.

Angela Merkel Visit: Lessons From Germany for David Cameron

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

German chancellor Angela Merkel is being treated like political royalty, a consequence of her country's economic power as well as prime minister David Cameron's desperate need for friends in Europe. Few would argue about the position of Germany as the economic powerhouse of the European Union but what can Britain learn from the German economic model?

Sex Work and the Swedish Model: Modern Prudery or Enlightened Ambition?

Mason Forbes | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Mason Forbes

A carefully orchestrated campaign to criminalise the buyer of sexual services is set to be centre staged this year. Emotions, prejudice, feminism, ideology and religion are creating a vortex, and revolving at its centre is the question as to whether selling and purchasing sexual services is right or wrong. Where are the rights of sex workers in this debate, have they been consulted and has their voice been heard?

Ethiopian Minister Slams Uganda for Passing Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Zenebu Tadesse, Ethiopia's Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs has taken to twitter criticizing the passing of Uganda's anti-gay law, on Monday. Tadesse tweeted: "There is no place for hate, discrimination in my beloved Africa. It's not Governments' business to make dress code or anti-gay laws #Uganda."

Ukraine: How Can We Help?

Sir John Holmes | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Any government which starts to kill its own citizens while they are engaging in legitimate protest has forfeited the right to go on governing (would that the same applied in Syria - but we are long past that point there). At the same time, it was and is impossible not to worry about what might happen next.

Reinvigorating, Refreshing and Reviving Relations With the UK-Russia Year of Culture

Alexander Yakovenko | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Alexander Yakovenko

The UK and Russia are nations that have both been blessed with rich cultural heritages with great artists, composers, writers and performers known throughout the world. And alongside this history, we also have vibrant contemporary cultures which is why I am delighted that this year, starting on 24 February, has been designated the first UK-Russia year of culture.

Sochi: Where Were All the Pink Panthers?

Roobla | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Sport
Roobla

One of the most iconic moments from the history of the Olympic games is the shot of John Carlos and Tommie Smith giving the Black Panther salute at the 1968 games in Mexico City on the winner's podium...

The Bizarre Spectacle of the Pakistan's Negotiations with the Taliban

Murtaza Hussain | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Murtaza Hussain

Perhaps the greatest folly of all is the belief that negotiations can actually lead to a durable and lasting peace with the Taliban. Past agreements have quickly collapsed due to the organization's military expansionism and desire to expand their writ all over Pakistan; something they make no secret of even today.

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.