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How Can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Secure a Stable Future?

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Given the precarious legal and constitutional framework on which the current status of Crimea has been built since the Soviet period, a purely legal "solution" taking recourse to past institutional arrangements is unlikely to be possible or even desirable. What is required is first and foremost a political decision and a commitment to put it on a sound legal and constitutionally as well as internationally agreed basis.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

EUSSR Lessons of Democracy to Ukraine

Marina Kim | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

Forget about Putin. His personality is way too fascinating - in a sinister kind of way - to discuss issues as they are, without letting emotions come into play. In fact, forget about Russia at all. Let's think Ukraine and let's think democracy, as that is the major value the EU is meant to be bringing to this born-again country.

Ukraine: The West Defending Democracy or Just Playing Politics?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

America and the European Union are playing politics, not defending democracy in rushing to support the revolutionary government in Ukraine. On the other hand, Russia's invasion of the country mutes its legitimate view that this was nothing more than an undemocratic coupe.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Mind the Gap: What the Public Thinks About Charities

Dan Corry | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Today NPC publishes research with Ipsos MORI looking at the public's attitude to charities. There is a wealth of interesting material uncovered by the polling and set out in our report. But in thinking about the research a number of things have occurred to me that are particularly worth sharing.

What Fukushima Means to Me

Yumiko Sato | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As the third year anniversary of The Great Tohoku Earthquake approaches on March 11, what does Fukushima mean to us, Japanese? The answer depends on who you ask...

If Trees Could Give Off Wi-Fi Signals

Mudabbir Khalid | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Mudabbir Khalid

We are connected to this world in more ways than imaginable, in the ground and in the air; everything is made up of the basic building blocks of life, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Trees are one of these givers of life, and how humans and trees correspond to give each other life is one of the most fundamental, yet essential aspects of ecology that much of the world lets slip from their minds...

Witness Claims Pistorius Asked Him to Take Blame for Accidental Restaurant Shot

Cassandra Ward | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Cassandra Ward

A witness has testified in the trial of Oscar Pistorius that the Olympian asked a friend to take the blame for firing a shot in an upmarket restaurant. Boxer, Kevin Lerena, appeared at Pistorius trial as a prosecution witness and outlined the events of the shooting, which took place at Tasha's restaurant, in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on 13 January 2013.

Lebanon: Being Gay Is Not a Crime Nor Against Nature

Dan Littauer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed today.

Fighting to End Newborn Deaths Across the World

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In an effort to save millions of newborn lives, we are urging all global leaders to take a stance this year and commit to a blueprint for change, namely, the Five Point Newborn Promise. This agenda focuses on training and equipping enough skilled healthcare workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

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Syrian Refugee Camps May Be A Breeding Ground For Terrorists, Says Malala Yousafzai

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Syrian refugee camps may be a breeding ground for terrorism, Malala Yousafzai has warned. The 16-year-old education campaigner, who was shot in the...

Western Hubris and Events in Ukraine

Dr Lee Marsden | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Lee Marsden

Crimea has only been part of Ukraine since 1954, a technical decision by Khrushchev, which made little practical difference as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was an integral part of the Soviet Union. If it should wish to re-join Russia then so be it.

Televising High Profile Cases Would Be to Everyone's Benefit

David Lammy | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
David Lammy

Why is it that in Britain our criminal courts remain untelevised? Why is it that high profile cases - like the current phone hacking trials in the Old Bailey, which has huge repercussions for our democracy and will be closely followed around the world - can only be conveyed to us as second-hand information?

The Lesson for British Eurosceptics From Ukraine - Europe Matters, and Europe Works

Jack Butler | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Europe isn't perfect, and nor is the EU. Neither are 'finished projects', so to speak. The Ukrainian revolution is a powerful reminder that not all the former Soviet republics democratised at the same time, or at the same pace, and we all know that the EU is hardly a paradise for democracy.

Putin Is Playing Chess While the West Is Playing Checkers

John Wight | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sight of Russian soldiers in the Crimea is evidence that western hegemony, long held as the sine qua non of global affairs, is no longer a given. It is also further evidence that when it comes to foreign policy, Vladimir Putin is playing chess while his counterparts in Washington, London, and throughout the EU are playing checkers.

Her Name Was Reeva Steenkamp

Louise Pennington | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

When Steenkamp was killed in February 2013, media outlets like the Sun and the Daily Mail chose to run articles featuring Steenkamp in bikinis; as if Steenkamp only mattered because she was beautiful and, by default, white. I thought this, only with live coverage of the trial, would be debased as humanity could get. I was wrong.

In the Ukraine Powerplay, the West Has Much to Answer For

Paul Embery | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

It wasn't just Russia that breached the sovereignty of Ukraine. The West did it too. And, in doing so, it set the scene for one of the most precarious international crises for a generation... The Eurocrats and oligarchs have failed Ukraine. Its people now need to look to each other in the fight for justice and liberation.

The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Life Imprisonment

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Kris Maharaj has been in prison for 27 years. Setting his innocence aside for a moment, he is no better off now than when he joined Thomas Knight on Florida's death row. He was 75 years old in January. Recently, the Florida Parole Commission sent him a letter scheduling his "initial parole interview": it will be held, they say, in April 2042. By then, Kris will be 103 years old. Perhaps more accurately, he will be dead.

Why China's One Child Policy Is Actually a Brilliant Solution to Reduce Overpopulation

William Tong | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Tong

It is a brilliant solution to reduce overpopulation and its results shows its effectiveness, but no more. Simply put, the costs of this solution, outweigh the benefits that it would bring. It worked in the past, but even the Chinese government has acknowledged the problems it's created and thus, step-by-step the one-child policy is being loosened.

The Anti-Gay Law: Uganda's Shame

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Anna Bacciarelli

At the start of this week Uganda's President heralded a new low for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country by passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill...

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

Why PMQs Must Go

Alan Clarke | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Clarke

Bar one or two exceptions, Prime Minister's Questions is exactly the same every week. It is not that it never deals with the serious issues of the day - it does, it is just when these occasional days occur, the result is a solemn affair that journalists and MPs agree is disappointing. Indeed, such a PMQs only really occurs when there is no other choice remaining.

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.