UK World

The Week That Was: Summer Spirit

Carla Buzasi | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

If Instagram is to be believed, there wasn't a single person not drinking Pimm's or tanning their pasty legs on a small patch of grass in the UK on Saturday. Without making excuses, the Pimm's consumption was only fair given the frayed nerves of the nation at large. Westminster might like to think the population cares deeply about the Falkirk saga, but what most people cared about this week, when it came to domestic issues at least, was a slender 26-year-old and his tennis racket.

Egypt: A Very Messy Revolution

Robin Lustig | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Like sharks that have tasted blood, the vast crowds that gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square this week wanted another victim - and on Wednesday night, they got one. For the second time in less than 30 months, they forced a president from power - and just like in February 2011, it was the army that wielded the fatal blow.

Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They Now?

Cat Carter | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

The crossing point is metres away from where I'm standing and I can see into Syria. Vicious clouds of sand and grit surround us, and the sun is beating down - the average temperature here is 40 degrees. Trucks stream past us, crammed with sacks of food and desperate refugees...

A Coup or the Birth-Pangs of True Democracy in Egypt?

Lindsey Hilsum | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Lindsey Hilsum

Egypt proves the point. Former President Morsi was fairly elected, but he didn't govern democratically because he didn't understand the basic point: in a real democracy winning an election does not mean winner-takes-all majority rule.

Egypt's Revolution Enters a New Stage

John Wight | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
John Wight

The Egyptian people have discovered their own power. What the world has witnessed in Tahrir Square over the past few days and nights is a free people making its own history. We in the West have no right to judge them negatively - we who have yet to make ours.

Mob Power Can Corrupt, Too: Bad News for Egypt's Future?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

The millions of protestors in Egypt who have brought down a president will today be experiencing the heady thrill of wielding the ultimate power - the jailing of their own leader. But power distorts thinking and emotions and there are strong lessons from psychology and neuroscience to predict that these crowds may live to regret what they have done.

Building Bridges Through Business

Tun Musa Hitam | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Tun Musa Hitam

This is a critical moment for the world. Powerful current of economics, finance, religion, population, science and culture threaten to pull us apart, but at the same time offer the opportunity to build the bridges that can forge bonds between nations.

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 2

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

It's late evening when I receive a text from someone I was sitting with earlier. "Police are coming, things are starting, watch out, we're running..." In front of me in Taksim Square, riot policemen are assembling alongside the infamous 'TOMA' riot control vehicles. Between them and thousands of heckling protesters, a group of activists are joining hands to form a human chain.

Women for Women International Celebrates Grand Opening of Women's Opportunity Centre in Rwanda

Bidisha | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK
Bidisha

Last Friday, Women for Women International opened its landmark Women's Opportunity Centre in Kayonza district, Rwanda. The WOC will serve as a centre of excellence and innovation supporting women's economic and social development in the region through training, employment, and business opportunities.

Going to the Revolution: My Experience of Protests in Cairo

Alastair Carr | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

The protests are exciting. I was lucky enough to see history being enacted. However my excitement and wonder are diluted with sadness. Sadness seeing a monolithic population divided and hearing that buildings are being burned down, people killed and women assaulted wantonly.

Kazakhstan: David Cameron's Oil-Slicked PR

Neil Durkin | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

As the news headlines have mentioned many times, this is the first-ever visit from a British prime minister to this vast, oil-and-gas-rich country, fictional home of Borat, but very real land of repression and human rights abuse. How to play it if you're the British prime minister? On the face of it, it's tricky politics.

'I Think Government Should Stop Meddling With Women's Vaginas' - An Interview With Noushin Arefadib

Robert Pollard | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Pollard

Noushin Arefadib is a 29-year-old Iranian Australian who works for Centre for Social Research (CSR), a Delhi-based NGO seeking to eradicate female foeticide, facilitate social justice and empower women through their Gender Training Institute (GTI). Here, she talks about the nature of the work carried out by CSR, and her broader view of feminism around the world.

Fierce Wildfire Kills Arizona Firefighters

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

A deadly wildfire fuelled by fierce winds has claimed the lives of 19 members of the same fire crew, northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The fire starte...

How Much Difference Can One Leader Make?

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

If there had been no Mandela, or if Mandela had been a different kind of man, would South Africa's destiny have been different? How much difference can one man make? These are not, I know, original questions. But I think, for obvious reasons that I don't have to spell out, this may be a good week to ponder them.

Natural Riches, the Risk of Conflict - And What to do About It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

For a developing country facing high poverty levels, a growing population with high expectations despite a poor revenue base and weak institutions, bu...

Australian Politics Is a Global Embarrassment

Emily Verdouw | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Emily Verdouw

Yet again, here we are, another leadership contention, more spiteful words, contradictions and backstabbing from the Labor party on a whole, and now Rudd is PM again. A man enamoured by his own celebrity. Australian politics has suffered an immense loss in credibility and the Australian public is embarrassed.

Markets Can Expect Yet Another Steamy Summer

Jeremy Cook | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Since the beginning of the credit crunch in 2008, and throughout the on-going financial crisis to date, for whatever reason it has been during the summer months that the markets have experienced the most tumultuous of times.

Australia's Barrier Reef Endangered in Shale Oil Debate

Frontier | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Frontier

Some believe that the economic benefits and creation of jobs and income for the state will outweigh the problems the increase in shale oil activities will cause towards the reef, whereas others are adamant that it would be "environmental vandalism"

Healing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions For Tackling Drought In Africa

Bidisha | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Bidisha

The poorest people are affected by these issues the most - in particular, women and children. Lack of water leads to the failure of crops which would be eaten or sold at market; the absence or extreme diminution of these can lead to starvation and poverty.

Twice Exiled - Palestinian-Syrian Refugees Find Little Support in Egypt

Patrick Keddie | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Patrick Keddie

Mohammed is a thin man in his sixties, with pale blue eyes. His family fled Haifa during the nakba in 1948 - the forcible displacement of Palestinians to make way for the nascent Israeli state -and settled in a refugee camp in Syria, where Mohammed was born.

North Korea : Assessing Its Cyber Capabilities

Colin Pattinson | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Colin Pattinson

It would seem likely that many have over-estimated the ability of a likely budding cyber program. The North Korean regime is not unlike a multitude of other nations who are all scrambling to acquire necessary cyber capabilities.

Iran: So Did the Sanctions Work After All?

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This is probably not something that I should mention in polite company, but do you think the presidential election results in Iran last weekend just might have proved that international sanctions do work after all?

Arm the Syrian Rebels and Forget Geneva 2

Nehad Ismail | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

I believe the US administration and the EU have welcomed Geneva 2 as a ploy to procrastinate and avoid making firm commitments to help the Syrian people.

Naming Our Gorillas: Conserving Our Environment, Empowering Our Communities

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

This weekend in Rwanda's Virunga National Park, communities will gather to give names to the 12 mountain gorillas born in the last year. It may seem strange to name gorillas but for Rwandans, the ceremony we call Kwita Izina is both a celebration of a conservation success and a focal point for the country's commitment to preserving our environment.

Never Negotiate With the Taliban

James Snell | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

What an incredible act of disrespect to the soldiers who died bravely to battle for Afghan freedom. What a betrayal of the poor downtrodden Afghans, promised an end to theocratic tyranny in 2001. Are we to simply leave, triumphantly, with a treaty or two, and expect everything to be fine?