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Drones: Life-Savers or Life-Takers?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

To brand the entire technology as 'immoral' is unfair. The drone debate must be approached with reason, not hijacked by the same type of short-sighted, hysterical activists whose blind, misguided ideology focuses more banning every type of human development which, with refinements, could actually aid some of their own overarching aims. Most people partner drones with the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, but the technology actually dates back to 1917 when the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane made its maiden flight in the United States.

Promise Keepers: It's Time to Deliver for Women and Girls

Michael Holscher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Holscher

One of the most surprising and to my mind worrying statistics I have come across recently is that 38% of the 220million women we need to support have actually used contraception before. That means that for whatever reason, having once been able to control their fertility these women have had their access to contraception blocked, and we have failed them.

The Week That Was: Weathering the Storm

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As I type, the death toll in the Philippines stands at a suspected 1,200 people, with an expectation that that number can only grow. Bodies lie in rivers; towns have been razed to the ground thanks to Typhoon Haiyan wreaking havoc across a country that needs no introduction to the devastation a natural disaster can cause. Having family living in Manila myself, I am used to paying more attention than the average Brit each time the country makes headlines, whether that be for earthquakes, kidnappings, civil unrest or charges of corruption. This time round, the whole world has its focus.

Live From SLOW LIFE Symposium

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sonu Shivdasani

We have just kicked off our fourth SLOW LIFE Symposium and I look forward to three days of serious and interesting discussions with a group of some of the most influential minds in sustainability.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

The Impact of Volunteer Travel: An African 'Orphan's' Perspective

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wycliffe Sande

As someone who was actually an 'orphan' in Uganda, the subject of volunteers and the impact they make is particularly close to my heart. My own personal story will hopefully provide a new perspective to the debate, and explain why I believe that you can learn something from everybody you meet in life.

Arab Spring or Arab Autumn? The West Should Support Arab Women to Speak Out

Sherine Ibrahim | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sherine Ibrahim

So why is the west failing to make democracy and women's rights central to aid and trade policies in the region? Why does the EU's aid package to the region - which is supposed to link funding to democratic reform - make no mention of women's rights among the benchmarks governments must meet to keep the money flowing?

Whatever Happened to Getting Big in Japan?

Chris Cannon | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cannon

Whilst Japanese artists have always struggled to infiltrate the western mainstream, the same cannot be said for western music in Japan. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Queen, Michael Jackson and Oasis all had huge success in Japan in their day, whilst short lived UK punk band Big in Japan played on the popular 80's cliche.

On The Streets - The Freshest Global Street Art 01 November 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The focus of this week's 'On the Streets' is on pieces of art in the public domain that are strong, thought-provoking but playful and are a constant reminder of the human desire to explore unknown horizons.

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future for Women in Afghanistan

Samira Hamidi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Samira Hamidi

While there is still a long way to go, Afghan women have actually achieved so much in recent years. Millions of girls are now in school and you will find women working in a whole range of different professions. The fact that I am writing this now, having just completed a Masters in the UK, says a lot on its own.

The 8th London Korean Film Festival Opens This Week

Hye-jung Jeon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hye-jung Jeon

Korean Film has always had a strong following in the UK and this has led to more and more K-Films being picked up by local distributors. Also in 2013 the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival chose to include a 'Korea Focus' within its programme, inviting leading actors and directors to take part in events and talks.

Theatre's Cue on the Tourism Stage

Sandie Dawe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sandie Dawe

Theatre is not unfamiliar with playing understudy to football or shopping as a popular activity for tourists, but its appeal and contribution is strong regardless... More of our holiday visitors from overseas are going to the theatre, musicals, the opera or ballet (2.8 million) than to a live sporting event (1.3 million) across Britain.

Human Trafficking: the First Gender-Equal Industry

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The human trafficking industry - already the most profitable international criminal enterprise after the drugs and arms trades - is posting higher profits than ever. In 2005, UN estimated that it was a $32billion per year industry, based on International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people suffered from forced slavery.

Syria's Refugee Crisis: History on Repeat and No Superhero to the Rescue

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Cyber City is notable because many of the people there are actually Palestinians from Syria, ie people who were historically already refugees from Palestine. In other words, they're 'double refugees'. If this wasn't bad enough, they're even caught in a sort of geopolitical administrative loophole. As Palestinian refugees they're supposed to fall under the care of the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and not the main refugee agency, the UNHCR. It means that if you're one of the 9,000 Palestinians from Syria who've fled to Jordan you will not be eligible for UNHCR aid.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Comments on Muslims Expose Endemic Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Tun Khin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Given the opportunity to clearly condemn attacks against Muslims, she repeatedly refused to do so. Instead she generalised by saying she condemned all violence and hatred. She has moral authority like no other person in Burma. When she speaks, people listen. If she strongly condemned attacks on Muslims it would make a difference.

Secret Mind Games Behind Drone Wars

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Is it possible that inducing a psychological state of fear and paranoia is not just a side-effect, but indeed part of the tactical purpose behind deploying drones? What would be the longer term mental impact on us, if drones constantly circled overhead where we live, arbitrarily and randomly striking out people we knew, every now and then?

Dubai: Bling, Bling, Ferraris and Slavery

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Athiraman Kannan took off his shoes and laid them on the carpet. It was cool, pleasant and fragrant as perpetual sun lashed the tinted windows of the Burj Al Khalifa. Next he smashed the air vent and started crawling through the twists and turns. He was 148 floors above the city.

Shocking Eurozone Figures Could Be a Turning Point

Nick Beecroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nick Beecroft

The last week has brought news of dangerously low inflation in Germany, and we learnt that German retail sales had plunged in September, Eurozone unemployment edged up by 0.2% to 12.2%, and the Consumer Price Index across the Eurozone is estimated to have risen only 0.7% in the last year.

1984 Sikhs' Kristallnacht

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

It was between the 31st October and 3rd November in 1984, that Sikhs in Delhi and other various parts of India were systematically targeted and massacred on a large scale. According to the even most conservative estimates, 8,000 Sikhs were killed over the four-day period, out of which 3,000 were in the capital city alone.

Rosia Montana: Will a Vocal Minority Deny Romania its Right to Huge Benefits?

Catalin Hosu | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK
Catalin Hosu

It is not for me to suggest that Rosia Montana holds the only solution to Romania's problems; nor that it is the only project with the capacity to boost Romania's economy; nor that it will single-handedly solve the area's unemployment. However Rosia Montana is one possible solution to so many of these problems.

WATCH: Drug-Smuggling 'Super Tunnel' Discovered

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The discovery of a drug-smuggling super tunnel running 160 yards between Mexico and the US has left officials stunned. The secret underground tunne...

From Badgers to Elephants: Killing in the Name Of...?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Let's look at British wildlife first. In addition to the badgers, recently we've seen the authorisation of the destruction of buzzard nests and eggs - another so called protected species - simply as they were interfering with pheasant shooting...

Racism Here, Racism There, Here's Racism, There's Racism, Everywhere Racism

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Racism is a serious problem in Sweden, and the OECD survey proves this. But it's also a major problem in many other countries, and it's time that we look seriously at ourselves and think about what we mean by nationalism.

An Open Letter from Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The context is this. The most cynical and sinister elements in NI society have been very violent and vocal over the last year, at huge cost to the local economy and at huge damage to the reputation of the province.

Human Trafficking: It's What We Don't Know That Is Most Disturbing

Javed Khan | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

When you're dealing with victims of crime it can sometimes be what you don't know that's most disturbing. How many more of them are out there? What are the signs that we missed? Are we spotting others before it's too late? Nobody could have failed to be affected by the harrowing story of a 10-year-old girl trafficked from her home in Pakistan to Manchester.