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The Dark Side of the Planet: Where the Death Penalty Is King

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.

Fifa Feeling the Heat Over Qatar World Cup Decision?

Tony Jimenez | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

Another day, another predictable public relations disaster for FIFA. With this summer's World Cup now just a matter of months away, and Brazil's preparations still lagging alarmingly behind schedule, the governing body has hardly covered itself in glory of late.

Executions Make a Mockery of Any Justice System

Sherif Elsayed-Ali | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Sherif Elsayed-Ali

One of the biggest justifications for the death penalty is that it supposedly acts as a deterrent against committing the most serious crimes. But let's call this argument what it really is: wishful thinking. There is simply no convincing evidence that the death penalty deters from crime more than other forms of punishments. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary.

Don't Abandon Afghanistan Again - Its Poorest People Need and Deserve Our Support

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

We need to focus as never before on the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the country, investing above all in the infrastructure of basic health and education services that will help lift people out of poverty. Afghanistan needs more schools, more health clinics and more trained teachers and health professionals to staff them.

Egypt Must Overturn Death Sentences Given to Morsi Supporters

Ian Lucas | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

The shocking news that 528 supporters of former Egyptian President Morsi have been sentenced to death represents a worrying reversal of recent progress towards a democratic future for the people of Egypt.

Our Fight to Save Our Friend Yashika

Lee Pedder | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lee Pedder

Last Thursday; we discovered that Yashika's work may never pay-off and that her dreams may never come to fruition. We were then informed that she would be removed from the life that she had built here and sent back to Mauritius, the very place that her mother had worked so hard to remove her from. Her life here would be ruined and the educational endeavours that she has made, nullified.

A Voice of Hope for India's Unprivileged

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

MUMBAI -- Popular narratives about India typically divide the country into two neat halves. An aspirational urban middle class, whose command of English has seen the country surge as an IT superpower, and a wretched underclass, living in poverty, in remote rural expanses, cut-off from the very technologies that has India making the headlines from Bangalore to the Bay Area.

Who Are Japan's Grass Eaters?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Lately my friends have been asking me the most strange question: "Who are Japan's grass eaters?" Initially I thought they were referring to vegetarians or people who ate grass, but it turned out to be something entirely different.

The World's Forgotten Crisis

Rob Williams | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Rob Williams

A new War Child report, released this week, marks exactly a year since a coup sent the Central African Republic (CAR), a country mired in protracted emergency, spiralling into even deeper crisis. We are also two weeks away from the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide - a tragedy which robust peacekeeping could have prevented. If you think this could never happen again, have a look at CAR, where children as young as three years old have been raped and left with horrific injuries. Other children have been killed, maimed and even beheaded.

Kosovo and Crimea: US/EU Double Standards

David Morrison | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Question: Why was it permissible for the US and most EU states to recognise Kosovo as an independent state in 2008 (contrary to the wishes of Serbia) but, according to these states, it is not permissible for Russia to recognise Crimea as an independent state in 2014 (contrary to the wishes of Ukraine)?

Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

Barbara Frost | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

You may be surprised to learn that over the past decade, a third of the money pledged by aid donors for water and sanitation has failed to be delivered. That's US$27.6 billion out of the US$81.2 billion committed since 2002. This is a staggering amount of money. It could have helped hundreds of millions of people gain access to water and sanitation.

Never Has the Phrase 'Adapt or Die' Been So Apt

Ben Price | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

The world over, we are seeing ever more cases of extreme weather, from the recent floods in the UK to wild fires in Australia. With each incident comes the familiar assurances that - this time - the necessary action will be taken to make sure there is no repeat. The reality is we have no choice, as every country faces the fact that climate change - and its impact on the weather - is no longer a distant prediction, but a daily reality. And for the poorest people on the planet, the need to change is not just a matter of saving money, but saving lives.

Jessica Elgot

This Indian Journalist Beat Edward Snowden To Be Digital Activist Of The Year, And You Might Just Agree

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

For Shu Choudary, journalism should be like oxygen: vital, always available and owned by no one. "No one owns the air, not me, not you, everyone ha...

Why We Need to Think Again About How We Deal With Humanitarian Crises

William Garvelink | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
William Garvelink

As disasters continue to increase in lives lost and in damage costs it is time for the international community to look again at the fundamentals of disaster response and invest in training the real First Responders, the families and communities affected by these emergencies.

Europe on the Brink

Robin Lustig | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Western leaders who'll be meeting for emergency talks in Europe next week have an unusually important judgement call to make: do they believe President Putin when he says he intends to go no further in Ukraine?

For Our Most Powerful and Hypocritical Leaders, Crimes Are Those That Others Commit

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Is there a better case study in brazen hypocrisy than the ongoing crisis in Crimea? Not just on the part of the loathsome Vladimir Putin, who defends Syria's sovereignty while happily violating Ukraine's, but on the part of western governments, too.

We Should Have Intervened in Syria

James Snell | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria lies broken, bloodied, but not quite dead. Faint flickers of national life before the civil war remain, but these are fast being snuffed out; victims of territorial conflict, over which existing democracy and the soothing voice of international arbitration can exert no influence.

Should Prince William Destroy the Royal Ivory?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

The truth is that destroying works of art and trying to erase history isn't the answer... in itself. We cannot and should not attempt to erase history. What has happened has happened, but what is important is that we learn from history, use it to better ourselves, use it to remedy the issues that once presented themselves and that once burdened us and tarnished our names.

Why We Must Work Alongside the UN So the Voices of Street Children Can Be Heard

Andrew Johnston | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Andrew Johnston

Many of us have seen children on the streets when we have been holidaying abroad. Out late seemingly with no place to go. They may be less noticeable here, in the towns and the cities of the UK, but the reality is that 100,000 children here run away from home each year...

Reeva 'Seated In Defence Position' as Oscar Fired Shots

Cassandra Ward | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Cassandra Ward

A ballistics expert has testified in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius that Reeva Steenkamp was bent down in a brace position as the Olympian shot her. Speaking of the gunshot wound in Reeva's right arm, Cpt Mangena said: "In this instance the deceased was most probably seated in the defence position"...

The Catholic Church's Tough Message for Business

Cardinal Vincent Nichols | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Cardinal Vincent Nichols

We need to move beyond tinkering. There needs to be demonstrable change, driven by a sense of urgency. A clear purpose, founded on human dignity and the common good, can inspire people to come together... But this is not a quick fix. It is a journey that will take many years.

A Shadow of War Over Europe

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

Make no mistake - the Cold War is back. As with the first Cold War the main task is to ensure that it does not turn hot. Paradoxically, the way to achieve that is for NATO, with all the clarity it can muster, to tell Putin that a move against the Baltic states would be met by military retaliation. It is the message that should come out of the crisis summit which president Obama has called for next week. It's scary, but Putin, like so many of his predecessors, understands all too well the language of force.

Crimea Will Always Be Ukrainian... This Is Our Land and We Won't Give It Away to Anyone!

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Yulia Tymoshenko

I feel sorry for the people of Russia. They are being led into a totalitarian abyss of economic and spiritual collapse which goes hand-in-hand with poverty and devastation. Using degrading and immoral means, the Russian government has destroyed the notion of truth with their mad propaganda for the occupation of Ukraine.

Is the Public's Perception of Journalism Really the Fault of Journalists?

David Spereall | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
David Spereall

From my own experience, the reality is quite different to what he portrays. Leveson has been on the minds and lips of most editors I've met. Local papers, for all their concerns about plummeting distributions and bank accounts running dry, are more wary of their ethics than ever before. One lost libel case could shut them down.

Catching the Conscience of a Kim: The Globe Takes Hamlet to North Korea

Harriet Garland | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Garland

Aptly enough, the Globe is embarking on a global tour - visiting every country to perform the tale of the tortured protagonist wrestling with how to avenge the murder of his father. One of the countries the Globe plans to visit is North Korea.