UK World

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

Why We're Launching Femen in the UK

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Inna Shevchenko

We are naked soldiers of feminism. We are Femen, our tactic is 'sextremism'. And we are bringing it to UK!

Bring Ukraine Closer to the UK - And How a New Festival of Culture Will Do the Job

Lada Firtash | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lada Firtash

The festival Days of Ukraine in the UK was created by The Firtash Foundation - an organisation which I founded along with my husband Dmitry in 2008. We were aware that many people in Europe didn't truly understand what modern Ukraine was like and that we needed to spread the word about what a unique and innovative nation we come from.

My Top 14 Bonkers Things About the World

Marcus Chown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Marcus Chown

My latest book is about everything... from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human evolution to holography. In researching and writing it, I began to appreciate more and more what a wonderful world we live in -one far more incredible than anything we could possibly have invented. Here are just some of the bonkers things I learnt.

Dramatic Developments: An Alliance With Harrods

Tony Wild | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Wild

In a highly unusual move, Harrods have introduced me (me, of all people!) to Matthew Ross, the producer of the ethical 'Sijahtra' kopi luwak that they have been selling for a few months. I met him a couple of days ago and was impressed - and fascinated.

Amid Protests, Istanbul Biennale Retreats Indoors

Simon Johns | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Simon Johns

The biennale, the city's most important contemporary art event, was to originally go on show in public spaces, including Gezi Park, that are slated for demolition amid Turkey's frantic urban-redevelopment boom...

Yemeni Women Call for Change

Noora Al Shami | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Noora Al Shami

The phenomenon of forcing young girls to marry hasn't stopped and we hear sad stories every day. We want that to change - and believe that change is within our grasp... Women shouldn't have to be victims. I suffered domestic violence but now I'm speaking out. I refuse to live under the ruins of my past.

Let There Be Light: Berlin's Festival of Lights Sets Art Capital Aglow

Emily Wasik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emily Wasik

Berlin's ninth annual Festival of Lights kicked off last week, one of the best-known illumination festivals in the world, running from October 9 to October 20.

The Art That Condemns Rape

Aaminah Patel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Aaminah Patel

Casting an eye over the growing number of productions and artistic campaigns that are inspired by Jyoti's story proves that the aftermath of the case is becoming more significant than ever.

The Outlook for Disabled Children in Romania

James Thornberry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Just over twenty years ago the world was horrified by the images that emerged from Romania of emaciated disabled children and orphans living in horri...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Jiàoyù , Jiàoyù, Jiàoyù

John Worne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

We have a booming export industry which is taking China by storm and returning billions to the UK economy. Fashion? Cars? Films? TV? All growing nicely, yes, but not the winner.. .In fact it's Education, Education, Education, as Chinese-speaking readers will have already deciphered in the title.

How Red Nose Day Has Empowered Women in Africa

Kirstie Allsopp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kirstie Allsopp

Scolastica, a 33-year-old single mother and urban chicken farmer in Tanzania, set up her poultry business in 2005, itself a brave step for a woman to make in such a patriarchal society. Things ticked along relatively well. But when three years ago, a virus swept through her flock and killed 600 of her 900 birds in less than a week - even someone with the drive and determination of Scolastica thought her dream was over. That's when Comic Relief stepped in and her luck began to change.

Taiji Claims They Can Have Their Dolphins and Eat Them Too

Melissa Sehgal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Melissa Sehgal

Visualise dolphins jumping and performing tricks for tourists as they clap and cheer. Children laughing as their parents sit nearby. Then visualise the fresh scent of newly spilled blood, the screams of mothers as their babies are ripped from their sight and dead bodies being dragged away one by one.

World's Wealthy One Percent Highlights Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth, who constitute two thirds of the world's population, own just 3% of the world's wealth. This is clearly nuts. This hasn't happened overnight. The global disparity between incomes has been spiralling out of control over the last few decades.

Jailing Greenpeace Activists Will Harden Attitudes to Russia

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Russia's overreaction in prosecuting Greenpeace protesters, including the two journalists, is set to unfold into an international scandal that will seriously damage country's global reputation.

Harrods Capitulate and Finally Cut the Crap

Tony Wild | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Tony Wild

On Monday evening the main BBC London News carried a short report that gave me particular pleasure: "Harrods have withdrawn Wahana Estate Kopi Luwak from sale," the presenter said...

Egypt's Anti-Christian Sectarianism Is Another Sign Its Revolution Is a Battered Wreck

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A new Amnesty report paints a bleak picture of Muslim mobs smashing their way into Coptic Christian churches in Upper Egypt this August. The attackers, sometimes hundreds strong, beat up worshippers and church staff, stripped out all the valuables (right down to air conditioning units and electric cables) and then burnt buildings to the ground.

Social Business and Philanthropy - Is There Room for Both?

Michael Harris | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Harris

In Johannesburg, Unilever's CEO Paul Polman summed up our predicament neatly to a room of 1,250 young leaders from across the globe: "Never before has a generation faced such devastating problems," but crucially in the same breath "never before has the same generation had the tools to fix them."

The New Libya

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

News of the abduction of Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, recently made the headlines around the world. The former human rights lawyer, who for decades fought against Qaddafi's regime from his exile in Geneva, was being held captive by a militia that supposedly is allied to his own government. How did such an absurd situation come about?

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

Damian Collins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.

Still Running to Stand Still

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

There's been confirmation once again this week - if confirmation were needed - that the UK has a problem with basic skills. The first round of the OEC...

Give the Arts an International Day of Honour

Ana Tzarev | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Looking far into the history of man, it is apparent that the epochs of each civilization are marked by one common trait: a great flourishing of the arts.

Azerbaijan's Pre-Election Crackdown on Dissent: Why I'm Taking It Personally

Ruth Dawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ruth Dawson

When I was 17, I was arrested while peacefully participating in a protest. So when I heard that 17-year-old Azerbaijani activist Shahin Novruzlu had been arrested, it really struck a chord with me. But the similarities start and end there...

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.