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The New Nigerian Anti-Gay Law Is One of the World's Harshest

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

It has just emerged that last week, in a secret decision made without any public announcement, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria signed into law one of the world's most draconian anti-gay statutes. Whatever the motive for the hush-up, it didn't hold. The world now knows.

Our Hypocrisy When It Comes to Immigration

Liam Beattie | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Beattie

As a child I was always told not to have double standards, as it wasn't only impolite, it was plain stupid. But that's exactly what's happening with how with the tone of debate that some in the media are pushing, downright idiotic and based on mere scaremongering.

EuroMaidan - The Continuing Struggle For Democracy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

EuroMaidan, the mass pro-Europe movement that began in Ukraine on 21 November last year, is now into its second month. Initially, it began as a reaction to the government's suspension of the European Union Association Agreement, and demanded closer integration with the EU. Since then, the scope of the movement has broadened considerably...

Military Reform Is Crucial for Lasting Change in Burma

Hugo Swire | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Over the last three years, tentative but welcome reforms have begun in Burma... But much as we welcome this progress, there is still a huge amount to be done if we are to maintain the momentum towards democracy and to tackle the continuing human rights concerns.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

Five Numbers That Suggest Ariel Sharon Was a War Criminal

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The whitewashing of the late Ariel Sharon's blood-stained legacy was both predictable - and predicted. But that doesn't make it any less forgivable or tolerable.

Djala's Homecoming and the Way Ahead for Conservation

Damian Aspinall | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Damian Aspinall

A few months ago a magnificent silverback gorilla called Djala took his first footsteps back on African soil 30 years after his family was massacred by hunters... The infant Djala was found tortured, starving, chained and close to death by conservationists. He was helicoptered out of the jungle - HIS homeland - and taken on a life changing journey...

GRAPHIC: Lion Found Hanging In Its Cage At Infamous The 'Zoo Of Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Horrifying images have emerged from an infamous zoo in Indonesia dubbed the 'Zoo of Death,' showing a dead lion hanging in its cage. Michael the l...

Risking Rape to Reach a Toilet in India's Slums

Louisa Gosling | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Louisa Gosling

A spate of brutal attacks on young women in India's urban centres, most recently a young woman in Calcutta who died after being gang-raped and set on fire, have drawn world attention. But thousands of other women are preyed upon at vulnerable moments, whether it's riding a bus, walking alone or, in the case of girls like Bhawna, looking for a place to relieve themselves.

What's Behind the Wave of Acid Attacks in Italy

Maria Caspani | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Maria Caspani

Last month, yet another acid attack - more than half a dozen were reported by the media in 2013 - made the newspaper headlines in Italy.

What the West Has Forgotten

Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau

Can you imagine living with one half of a bread loaf a day? With soy salami instead of meat? With the same pair of grey shoes, clothes and life as the next person? With two hours a day of TV programmes transmitting state propaganda? With being forced to have as many as eight children because contraception was illegal, carrying a jail sentence? Everyday.

Visit to Animals Asia Moon Bear Sanctuary in Chengdu, China

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Moonbears, so-called because of their moon-shaped crescent on their chest, imprisoned in tiny cages on horrific bile farms, are commonly starved, dehydrated, and suffer multiple diseases such as malignant tumours that ultimately kill them.

How Many Iraqis Died as a Result of US and UK Intervention?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A war of words has broken out over the veteran journalist John Pilger's allegation that scientific research put the Iraqi civilian death toll at 'up to a million'. Pilger was commenting recently on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme following polling finding most Britons believe only a few thousand died violently in the US and British led invasion, and the years since.

UN Convoy Crosses Conflict Line to Reach Vulnerable Children and Families With Emergency Supplies

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

I took part in a recent UN convoy that delivered much-needed relief supplies to a hard-to-reach area of rural Idleb, in Syria's north-west. An estimated 40,000 displaced people have taken shelter in Khan Shikhon town, in the southern part of the governorate, swelling the town's regular population of around 80,000. They have come mainly to escape fighting their home areas in rural parts of Idleb and Hama governorates... For many of these vulnerable children and families, the humanitarian situation in Khan Shikhon is grim.

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Battle for Eurasian Influence

Daniel Rolle | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Rolle

The recent surge in Tehran's consensual, moderate and constructive relationship building with the US, however, could not take place were it not for a palpable desire on Washington's behalf to entertain an increasingly hospitable Tehran.

The Torture Remains the Same

Shaker Aamer | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Shaker Aamer

They know what they are doing to me is wrong and that's why they are scared. It is not me they are worried about, but they have some metaphorical sense that their mother or father is going to see what they are up to, and wonder what has become of them. Instead of being a brave soldier, they have been reduced to the rank of 'Scrotum Searcher Third Class', and they are told to beat up a defenceless and shackled prisoner with the help of five of their tough buddies.

Rocinha Hits Back With Facts

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

Living in Rocinha as a gringo, (foreigner), I never felt uncomfortable, the love, embrace and inclusion that I received from the community was something I never felt amongst my fellow countrymen and friends back home in the UK.

New Year's Resolutions and Development

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

Even though my volunteer stipend and living conditions may be more than what most people have in-country, living/working overseas has helped me to more fully appreciate/understand other's situations.

The Petra Trail - Pucon

Petra Shepherd | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

The snow-covered and perfectly conically shaped Volcan Villarrica stands at 2840 metres on the south east of Lago Villarrica in Chile's Northern Lake District. It's climbed from the small but extremely popular town of Pucon.

Climate Change: Where Next After Warsaw?

Libby Blanchard | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Public goods problems are not new, though they have often proven difficult to overcome. Despite the less than optimistic conclusion of the Warsaw conference, climate change mitigation needs to be effectively addressed.

We Must Not Forget the Children of the Philippines

David Bull | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
David Bull

The generosity of millions of people has helped make our efforts possible and has brought hope to children who have had to face unimaginable suffering and hardship. We couldn't do it without you. As the card I was given as I left the Philippnes said - thank you to all those who have helped.

The Real Significance of the New South Sudan Civil Conflict

Paul Reynolds | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The latest civil conflict within newly-independent South Sudan is a depressing, avoidable tragedy. This is a part of Africa that has already fought two 'civil' wars in pursuit of independence. It is chronically poor and suffers the worlds highest infant and maternal mortality - and female illiteracy.

Ukraine: The Struggle for Democracy

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The protest is not against Russia or in favour of the European Union. It is about self respect, dignity and freedom. It is part of a movement which has been going on for the past 20 years or so in Ukraine: it is the birth of democracy and it is a long process, an evolution.

The Islamists Are Taking Over Syria, Action Is Needed More Than Ever

James Snell | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been facing disaster - humanitarian and military - for three blood-soaked years. A recent event has rocked this already volatile region, and deepened the divisions within all sections of society, increasing the chance that this war will be even longer and bloodier than first thought. The Islamists are coming, and this represents an even stronger reason for the West to intervene.

A Rush of Journalists

Nazanine Moshiri | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Nazanine Moshiri

There have been very few direct threats towards international journalists in the country, but getting caught up in the crossfire, being robbed, or even sexually assaulted are all daily risks. Some writers still managed to get the story out from a distance, relying on telephone or email interviews, and press releases from Human Rights Watch or Doctors Without Borders to embellish their copy. So, what changed?