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A Shared Global Vision Of A Sustainable World

Nick Blandford | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK
Nick Blandford

Are there solutions that give as much as they take? This question guided the Sustainable Development Plenary Session, which rounded out the first action packed and inspiring day of the One Young World Summit 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Refugees in Yemen: First the Africans, Now the Syrians

Omar Mashjari | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Omar Mashjari

Even though Yemen is unable to feed its own population, it currently hosts at least 250,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Iraq according to the conservative figures of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"All Bets Are Off for Brazil's Future", Says Porritt

Green Futures | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Social unrest and greater scrutiny of former President Lula's legacy mean all bets are off as far as the future of Brazil in concerned, says Jonathon Porritt, Founder-Director of Forum for the Future.

Syria Today: Between Scylla and Charybdis?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

The frightening alternative for this 30-month war will be that the macabre spectre will continue to haunt Syria, extend to its neighbouring countries, with more refugees, further radicalisation of society and a failed state not unlike Somalia.

Brit Polar Explorers Take on Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK
Ben Whitmarsh

His name is Ben Saunders and he is about to walk the equivalent of 69 marathons back to back. That's 9 and a half hours of walking per day over 110 days. And he is doing it in the South Pole.

Turkish Government Still Making a Hashtag of Social Media

Simon Johns | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

After branding social media a "scourge" at the height of the Gezi Park protests in June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has had a change of heart. The ruling AKP government recently hired a 6,000-strong brigade of social media operatives to direct public opinion and win hearts and minds.

The Education Emergency Facing Syria's Children

David Bull | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Bull

When we think of a humanitarian emergency, we don't necessarily think first of education. We think of immediate, life-saving needs, like clean water, health care and shelter. Of course, in Syria and across the region, these supplies and services are absolutely vital for children and families living with the daily consequences of conflict and displacement. However, learning is just as urgent. Almost two million Syrian children have been forced to drop out of school over the past year. For refugee children, being in school offers a safe space to remember that they are children, to feel hope for the future, to play and to begin the process of healing the emotional damage of all they have experienced.

Harrods! Cut the Crap

Tony Wild | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Tony Wild

my online petition,, has been signed by 45,000 people in the six days since it launched. It's aim: to persuade Harrods to discontinue their involvement in this cruel and corrupt trade. Will they listen? Judging by their current reaction, no. At least, not yet. Maybe we'll have to shout louder...

Mexico, Freedom and Revolution: To Pena Nieto

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

Today, 2 October, FEMEN writes an open letter to the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto for being directly responsible of the cruel dictatorship that Mexico is currently living. Disguised as a false democracy, Mexico lives oppressed, terrified and threatened, with no possibility to express freely, no political opposition and a non-existent separation of powers.

WATCH: 'Pregnant' Two-Year-Old Boy Gives Birth To His Parasitic Twin

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

Doctors have been left stunned after a two-year-old boy, admitted to hospital after his stomach had become so distended that he had begun to suffer br...

Why I Welcome the UK Announcement for the Global Fund

Andy Murray | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Sport
Andy Murray

There was some good news last week as the government has announced it will significantly increase its support for the Global Fund over the next three years - subject to other countries following its lead. The UK is doing sterling work to champion the fight against three of the world's biggest, preventable killer diseases - Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This support will enable hundreds of millions of lives to be transformed and help give families, communities and entire countries the chance to thrive and reach their potential.

FREED: 92 Abducted Children Rescued By Chinese Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK

Chinese police have remarkably rescued 92 abducted children and detained 301 suspects in the latest operation to crack down on the country's chronic c...

Leading Russian Gay Activist Dies Aged Just 36

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

One of Russia's most prominent LGBT activists has died aged just 36 years old. Alexei Davydov, a diabetic who was on dialysis, contracted an infect...

Leading Russian Gay Activist Dies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

One of Russia's most prominent LGBT activists, has died at just 36 years old. Alexei Davydov, a diabetic who was on dialysis, contracted an infecti...

Over 110 States Agree to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict - Perhaps International Solidarity Isn't Dead After All?

Howard Mollett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Howard Mollett

It goes without saying that preventing sexual violence in conflict is not an easy task. The declaration adopted yesterday represents an important step at the political level, which should not be sniffed at. Yet how it translates into action in the DRC peace process, and in funding for those working to prevent and respond to this violence on the ground, will be the test of its rhetoric.

We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar

Damian Collins | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Like most people I have been appalled to read the recently published stories about the terrible conditions in which the builders and workers in Qatar who are constructing the infrastructure that will support the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that country, are being subjected to. It is shocking to hear about their lack of basic human rights and how so many have died working on projects there. The organisers in Qatar say that they share our concerns, as do Fifa, but they must show the world that they are clearly making a massive effort to stop these practices, and ensure the health and dignity of the workers.

Unbowed By Terror

Joseph Kabiru | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Joseph Kabiru

Kenya is no stranger to terror attacks: fifteen years ago in 1998, one of the worst terrorist bombings in the country took place, when the US Embassy in Nairobi was hit, resulting in the deaths of more than 230 Kenyans.

Myths Are Obscuring the Truth About the Indian Economy

Tanjil Rashid | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tanjil Rashid

India now sits on the brink of a currency crisis. In a rupee avalanche of Himalayan proportions, India's currency has depreciated 14% since the beginning of the year, hitting an all-time low in August of 68 to the dollar. Despite the rejuvenatory efforts of India's new "rockstar" central banker Raghuram Rajan, the rupee's value remains below 60 to the dollar...

Young People Are Showing the Way to Battle Climate Change

Jon Snow | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Jon Snow

In contrast to the scepticism of us cynical and over-worked adults, the awareness amongst children of both the tenderness of our planet and the fatal threats from climate change is undiminished.

Scandalous Tails

Joanna Lumley | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Joanna Lumley

Here were pigs on slatted floors, covered in excrement, lame pigs, injured, bleeding pigs, dying pigs, dead pigs left to rot. It was a horror film - but so much worse than seeing a horror movie, because this was reality. So I'm shocked, shocked that any farmer worth that honourable title would treat their pigs like that. I'm shocked that governments, vets and farmers' organisations haven't seen that the law is followed. I'm shocked that the European Commission is only starting to take action.

Blood on Your Hands, China: The Link Between Ivory Consumption and Al Shabaab

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

So... what's the link? How did an ivory bracelet help cause this tragedy? How does dining with ivory chopsticks lead to the killing of pregnant women, families and children out shopping? The truth is that they are absolutely intrinsically linked.

G20 Wrangling Belies the Growing Importance of Russo-British Trade Relations

Paul Slinger | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Slinger

Much is written about Russia and about doing business there. Understandably there is a tendency for the media to gravitate towards more controversial stories - as last week's G20 highlighted.

Messed Up

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The world, especially governments, which come from people as I keep reminding myself, is out of control, and it has been for some time. A friend in a very serious tone recently said to me, "don't worry, God is coming soon."

Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the UN is back on centre stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

'Sex Jihad' - A New Role for Extremist Women in Militant Jihadi Groups?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK
Anne Speckhard

When Ayman Zawahiri's wife, the al Qaeda successor to Osama bin Ladin, was asked in 2009 about the permissible roles of women in waging jihad she wrot...