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Syria: Before Protesting Against the Barack Obama of 2013, Read the Words of Barack Obama of 2002

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Barack Obama's meteoric ascent to US President started on October 2, 2002, when he addressed an anti-Iraq War rally in Chicago, repeating several times the mantra that he did not oppose all wars, just dumb wars.

After Shock Moscow Election Success for Navalny, Kremlin Learning It Can't Have It Both Ways

Patrick Reevell | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Reevell

A woman outside a polling station in Moscow told me yesterday, that she didn't think it would matter if Sobayanin won honestly in the city's mayoral elections, whose results were released this morning, because "no one will believe it anyway."

We Can Prevent Violence Against Women, but We Need to Talk to the Men Too

Emma Fulu | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Emma Fulu

Violence against women often appears to be so pervasive and complex that it seems insurmountable. But it is preventable. For the first time, a new UN study on men and violence includes data from men themselves, across a number of countries, that tells us why some men use violence against women and how this can be prevented... We must address power imbalances between men and women and promote ways of being a man that value respect, non-violence and equality. This is possible.

Helping Syrian Children Displaced By Conflict Return to a Sense of Normality

Alma Hassoun | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Alma Hassoun

In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away... I was part of a Unicef team that visited a centre where psycho-social support is being made available to hundreds of displaced children in the area.

Even If the Patriarchy Is Laughing at Us Today, It Will Cry in Front of Us Tomorrow!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

Femen is a women's movement with women's ideas, women's slogans, women's bravery, women's actions - we are not run by man... To those who spread the information that man is a founder of Femen, that he is the creator of our ideology, that he picks up girls he likes, I advise you to calm down as it's nothing else but just a lie. 

Syrian Tension Sees Investors Seek Safe Havens

Jeremy Cook | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

With the spectre of a costly period of Western military intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq still hanging over us, the prospect of another conflict in the Middle East, this time against the Syrian regime, has come too soon for many.

Groupies Who Fall For Serial Killers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

Dale Cregan is being bombard with love letters from female fans in prison, according to reports. As the police killer is deluged with smutty shots,...

Does Obama Go It Alone?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the week begins President Obama faces the toughest test of his presidency to date. Through a combination of factors, some of his own making and some beyond his control, he has boxed himself and the US Government into a corner and there appears to be no easy way out.

We Chose to Abandon the Syrian People in Their Hour of Need

Brooks Newmark | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

On Thursday, 29 August, we chose to abandon the Syrian people in their hour of need. I am wracked with guilt and feel ashamed. Yes, democracy had its day and yes, perhaps Parliament is all the stronger for asserting the will of the people. Nevertheless, I still believe it was the wrong decision.

The Week That Was: A Small but Proud Island

Carla Buzasi | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

There is absolutely nothing like someone criticising the British to bring the British together. Remember just before the Olympics last year, when we were all still convinced it was going to be a total flop, and then US presidential candidate Mitt Romney came over, essentially said the same thing, and, well, we all went a little nuts? Fast forward a year and a bit, and with Cameron licking his wounds over his Syria Commons defeat, one of Vladimir Putin's senior aides steps in with a nicely timed insult, and we're lining up behind the PM to defend our glorious nation.

'He's My Friend For Life. I Don't Care What You Guys Think'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

Dennis Rodman has left North Korea after visiting his "friend for life" Dictator Kim Jong-un. In a sometimes foul-mouthed rant, the athlete today f...

Syria - Doing the Right Thing?

Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft

As the leaders of the world's twenty most powerful nations are flocking to St Petersburg, the UK's international development secretary, Justine Greening, made a valiant effort to reduce the toxic political fallout of her prime minister's fiasco over British policy vis-à-vis Syria this week - and perhaps also to save her own skin after failing to vote for the government's motion.

G20 Leaders Must Set a Date for Peace Talks on Syria

Emma Seery | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Seery

During the summit, leaders of the 20 largest economies have a golden opportunity to work together and find a political solution to the crisis. Military intervention is not the answer, and risks making the lives of ordinary Syrian families worse and failing to stop the bloodshed. If the G20 is serious about giving these families a hopeful future, they should be focused on bringing all the parties in Syria to the table to find a peaceful solution.

London, Paris, New York: Some Things You Just Can't Bottle

John Worne | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
John Worne

This week I was a panellist at the launch event for the inaugural Ipsos MORI Top Cities survey - a worldwide poll that crowned London as the most popular city in Europe, but forced us to tip our bowler hats to New York as the global winner. But in amongst the data were a few fascinating phenomena...

Brazil Invests in Its Historic Cities

Flavio Dino | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Flavio Dino

A survey carried out by Embratur (Brazilian Tourism Institute) among tourists that visited Brazil for the Confederations Cup in June, showed that, between games, their main interest was to visit our historic and cultural attractions. This was also the case during World Youth Day.

The UK, the Pacifics and Climate Change: A Truly Global Challenge

Hugo Swire | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This week, the Marshall Islands will host the 44th Pacific Island Forum, and I will be there to represent the UK as a Dialogue Partner. The key theme will be tackling climate change.

US Military Intervention in Syria: Kosovo revisited

Omar Mashjari | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Omar Mashjari

Over two years later since the conflict started and with a reported 100,000 already killed, the latest from the Obama Administration is that the US will proceed with a military intervention in Syria, even without British support.

European Convention on Human Rights - 60 Years On

Dr Ian Patel | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Ian Patel

Today marks 60 years since the European Convention on Human Rights came into force. The UK government's relationship with the Convention and its Court in Strasbourg has always been fraught - now so more than ever before.

Laying the Iraq Ghost to Rest on the Road to Damascus

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

At no point in the last two-and-a-half years has the spectre of Iraq been more sharply evident than in the events surrounding Secretary of State John Kerry's statement of the United States' intelligence and national-security case for limited military intervention in Syria following the apparent use of chemical weapons in attacks on Damascus...

Cutting Us Down To Size: Working to End Female Genital Mutilation

Bidisha | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bidisha

Was it to do with the control of women's and girls' bodies? Was it an older generation demonstrating that they had the ability to show authority, to violate their young? Was it about traumatised women visiting the same pain on girls, using custom as an excuse, in some subconsciously re-enacted cycle of abuse?

Born in South Sudan

Agus Morales | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Giving birth can be risky in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state, which has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. To help make childbirth safer, Médecins Sans Frontières midwives are working with traditional birth attendants - and a pregnant doll.

"Kill the Rapist?" Why a Film Inciting Mob Justice Won't Solve India's Sex Crimes

Priya Shetty | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Priya Shetty

While the filmmakers say they are on a mission to "empower" women, such an all-guns blazing approach threatens to incite a dangerous streak of mob justice. India already has a long and gruesome history of people taking the law into their own hands - with violent and bloody consequences.

Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

James Snell | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

As a country, we have shirked this challenge. We have ran and hid from that bully Assad, far away from his Sarin strikes, and his blatant disregard for both human life and the tenements of International Law. We should not be running scared, we have both the means and the morality to stop him in his evil re-conquest of a former fiefdom.

We Must Act on Syria

Andrew B Neville | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew B Neville

For me the solution seems clear cut, military action must be taken to stop the Assad regime destroying Syria and its citizens, literally. We cannot end up with another situation like Rwanda where in the eyes of then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the world could not bring itself to act. That must not be allowed to happen again.

Syrian Refugees Just Want to Return to Their Homes... If There's Anything Left of Them

Kate Rose | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Kate Rose

It's a hard thing to imagine, a war zone.... Most adults are unable to work, their children unable to attend school, and it's difficult to afford basics like utilities, water and health care. So they sit in their homes and wait, while children slowly give up on their dreams for the future.