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London 2012 - One Year On...

John Worne | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
John Worne

It's a bit 'last year' in 2013 to talk up 2012 but, as we approach the first anniversary of the London Olympics, there's good evidence that 2012 has changed what the world thinks about us.

Musings on America: Land of Extremes

Benedict Rogers | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

I love America; I have many American friends; and I value America's leadership in the world. You could not find a more pro-American Brit than me. And yet - there I was, sitting peacefully and quietly by a pool in San Diego, reading, when 'Boom' - the drone-strike hit. A gaggle of loud Americans descended and the peace was shattered.

The New Gang in Rio Slum Wear Uniform

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The fact is while the UPP and Military Police (Police Militar) feed a lie to the media that the pacification programme is working and winning the hearts and minds of the residents in the Favela da Rocinha, the reality on the ground is that one gang has been replaced by another in uniform.

The Week That Was: Something to Celebrate

Carla Buzasi | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

July 2013 is most likely to go down in history as the month the heir to the throne was born (it can't be that much longer, can it?), but this week delivered plenty of other reasons to pop the champagne corks. Whether it was England's cricketers keeping the Aussies in check at Lords, the glorious weather continuing to toast the country from top to toe, or the historical moment when gay marriage finally became legal, cracking a smile hasn't been difficult these past seven days.

India School Meal Tragedy - Unforgivable, But Avoidable

Unni Krishnan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Unni Krishnan

School meal programmes, no doubt, are a lifeline and shock absorber for millions in such situations. This is why the case of children dying in India's eastern state of Bihar as a result of contaminated meals, is such a tragedy.

Rio Governor Calls Emergency Meeting as Leblon and Ipanema Suffers Night of Violent Protests

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral has called on an emergency meeting in a bid to contain the violence as the streets of Leblon and Ipanema were last night turned into a scene from Tahrir square in Egypt as protests turned violent.

The Seventh and Final Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

So for me, the strike is over: not for any particularly good reason, just because it has gone on a week, and it is time to pass the baton over to Frankie Boyle. I was not sure when I began how long I would go for, since I had never foregone food for 48 hours before. I am satisfied with a week - it is longer than I expected to last, though less time than I could have.

Dubai Authorities Offer A Brilliant Incentive To Lose Weight: Gold

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If you decide to go on a diet there's no better incentive than losing weight, right? Wrong. In Dubai, if you shed pounds you gain gold. According t...

The Sixth Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

It's hardly the same, but three days ago, my wife announced that ketosis had begun with me. Two evenings ago, she took away my car keys. Last night, I was short of breath when it came to blowing up balloons (so too, it seemed, was my mother, but then she is 86). Finally, the force feeders came for me.

Gang Shootout Puts Dent in Rio Slum Pacification Programme

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The announcement of the World cup and Olympic games in 2014 and 2016 respectively turned the dynamics of the way favelas were neglected by the State. The governor of Rio and mayor shortly announced afterwards that they would be deploying a new tactic called "pacification" to combat crime and liberate the favelas from the control of drug gangs.

Ending Nuclear Testing: Waiting for the US Senate to Take the Lead

James Kearney | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
James Kearney

By leading through example, President Obama and the Senate would be demonstrating political strength while opening the door for the other remaining states to ratify. In the end, ratification of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty would demonstrate the United States' commitment to global leadership and strategic foresight. Ultimately, ratification would bolster US national security and make its citizens safer.

The Humanitarian Blind Spot

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

The concept of the diversity of a population seems obvious when we think about it. The diversity of our own society is well recognised by policy makers and service delivers alike, and the public debate recognises that men and women of different ages have different needs, and are affected by events and changes in society differently.

The Fifth Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

The combination of lack of sleep with lack of food does seem to be the worst part of going on hunger strike... The notion of being coerced into feeding does make me think of the procedures described by Shaker Aamer in my call with him two days ago. Things in Guantánamo have gone from worse to terrible.

Russia's Cold War on Human Rights

Allan Hogarth | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

The Russian authorities, it appears, are fighting an internal 'Cold War'. It's a war of attrition and containment that has seen civil society attacked through the introduction of legislation aimed to restrict their activities... This onslaught on human rights shows no signs of abating and it's time the international community took this seriously.

Fifteen Indian Inventions and Discoveries That Shaped the Modern World - Part 1

Abhaey Singh | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

As India prepares to celebrate its 67th Independence Day next month, this blog post, the first in a new series about an India that many of us know little about, lists the first four of fifteen ground-breaking contributions that India has made to the lives that all of us lead today in Britain, and around the world.

Corruption and India's Growth Aspirations

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

From ancient times to its post-liberalization phase, many global commentators have tried to contain India within a description. Foreign visitors, from...

George Zimmerman's Acquittal Proves That Malcolm Was Right

John Wight | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
John Wight

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida on the night of February 26 2012 - and the controversy that has erupted over the acquittal of the man responsible, George Zimmerman - confirms that race remains an ever-present corrosive in US society, despite the election of the nation's first black president in 2008.

The Fourth Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

The more I do this, the more I set my own petty experience is contrast to Guantánamo. I supposed I had a good sense all along about the suffering that Shaker and the other 165 prisoners were going through, because I have been there so many times (28 to date) and witnessed what is happening first hand. But it is a message we need to get to the world, and every word that people read is a small step in the right direction.

From Mosquito Nets to Life-saving Moisturiser: The London Team Tackling Global Health and Development

Bidisha | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

Academic and medical research lies at the core of the advocacy and consciousness-raising that global health journalists undertake, although the details of their vital labour, fieldwork and analysis are often unseen by lay readers.

Lebanon on the Brink: How Syria's Neighbour Has Become a Victim of Its Own Generosity

Johan Eldebo | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Johan Eldebo

There is a palpable fear across Lebanon. The country has seen war and knows what it looks like. Sectarian violence has increased in recent months, and as refugees keep arriving the expectation is that the number could double by Christmas. Lebanon's future is now intimately tied with Syria's, and a solution to the conflict in Syria must be found for the entire region.

The Week That Was

Carla Buzasi | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Walking around London this week, you'd be forgiven for thinking half the capital had been taken over by zombies, with tourists and locals alike standing stock still, gazing upwards with mouths agog. The reason? Not that strange orb of light in the sky we'd half forgotten even existed, but the tiny moving dots making their way up the Shard. On Thursday at 4.30am, six women from Greenpeace set out with a mission to climb London's latest addition to the skyline, with the sole intention of highlighting Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic...

Spare a Thought for the Hazaras of Quetta

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Llewelyn Morgan

A month ago, on June 15th, a bus carrying students home from the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, Pakistan, was hit by a female suicide bomber.

Lebanon Says: Being Gay Is Not a Disease and Needs No Treatment

Dan Littauer | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Dan Littauer

Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) stated on Thursday. LPS made it clear that the statement was in response to allegations of arrest and mistreatment of LGBT people in Lebanon.

Living Through a Crisis: Greece Under Austerity

Emily Stacey | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Emily Stacey

On the beaches, the picture is worse. Dimitri has run a popular local beach situated in one of the island's liveliest towns for over twenty years. This year, however, he has suffered under the tight grip of the government.

The Real Story Of The Discovery Of America

Endeavour Press | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Endeavour Press

On 6 August 1497, almost precisely five years since Christopher Columbus had first set sail for the New World, his Venetian rival John Cabot navigated his tiny ship Matthew back up the River Avon to the English port of Bristol.