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Nelson Mandela - Our Global Icon

Emily Kasriel | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Emily Kasriel

When I arrived in South Africa as a BBC reporter, Mandela was already President.... I feel privileged to have witnessed at first hand a small but telling demonstration of his style of leadership that embody his vision, emotional intelligence and wisdom.

China: Absent Conscience and the Taste of Fear

Sarah Hardy | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Sarah Hardy

Apparently animals that have been brutally tortured to death taste better than those that have been humanely killed for human consumption. Say the people of the economic powerhouse that is China.

Mandela: Let's Not Talk About the Batik-Style Shirts

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

I imagine that today, fashion writers around the world will be mentioning Mr. Nelson Mandela's penchant for Indonesian batik-style shirts. Let's not do that here. Instead, let's talk about his life's work for a more just, more humane world.

Leaders Tributes to 'Hero Of Our Time' On Social Media

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

David Cameron has announced Downing Street's flag will fly at half-mast on Friday as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary S...

David Cameron in China: Statesman or Salesman?

Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren

In the last few days, with the spotlight shining on Britain's relationship with China, there have been only warm words from David Cameron about "a dialogue of mutual respect and understanding". As Mr Cameron was still in the country, Tibetan nomad Kunchok Tseten set himself alight in protest against China's rule...

One Year on, Indian Women Continue to Be Blamed and Shamed for Being Raped

Joanna Jolly | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Joanna Jolly

This past year has seen positive changes in India, but many rape victims continue to be both blamed and shamed. While the public outcry has made it easier to report rape, there is still some way to go before all victims receive the justice they deserve.

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Tackling Food Waste - Food for Thought

Adam Shaw | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Adam Shaw

With so many people going hungry or even starving, it seems obscene for so many of us to throw away so much food in so many parts of the world. It has been estimated that 1.3billion tonnes of food goes to waste globally each year. It is both a technical problem and a problem of attitude.

A Tale of Two Catastrophes

Justin Byworth | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

The tragedy and loss brought on by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has triggered an overflow of generosity from the British public along with acres of media coverage. However quietly fading away from the daily headlines, Syria is also watching its children's futures cruelly slip away from them.

Women at War: Bangladesh's Political Future Unsafe, Unpredictable

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Preetam Kaushik

The impending elections in January 2014 can further the disparity, simply by leaving the choice between devil and the deep sea. Enchanted as always, other countries will watch this voyeurism of poverty and political instability with only as much concern and curiosity as the election results unfold post polling, just to see if their predictions were close enough.

Giving Birth in Sierra Leone: Not Just Women's Stuff

Robin Lustig | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sierra Leone should be one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa, with its diamonds, iron ore and bauxite reserves. Yet, the vast majority of its people live in grinding poverty, and the country has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On health, though, it is making progress.

Will They Ever Let Us Back to Our Families?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Shaker Aamer

I know I will leave here one day, perhaps soon. I have long been cleared, for six years now. But what of the other men here? Again, I worry about the 80 people who have not been cleared more than I do about myself and the other 83 who have. Some might get a trial of sorts, but scores never will. They say it's because they can't use the evidence against them in court. Even if we believe this excuse, we might well ask why the evidence is inadmissible - is it because they tortured the men? If so, then a thousand years of experience tells us that the statements are certainly unreliable, and probably false.

In a Disaster Situation, Time and Space Go Out the Window

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

Working under this kind of pressure also requires that we overcome hurdles together and that we celebrate successes, big or small. It's amazing to see the group spontaneously applaud their colleague for getting a record number of concept notes in, for getting those airplanes to deliver the food to the far flung areas or for winning a big grant from an institutional donor...

Drawings by Syrian Refugee Children Reveal What Is Going on Inside Their Heads

Tatiana Nasser | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Tatiana Nasser

Another Syrian refugee, nine year old Samar from Daraa, drew a woman who was smiling and crying at the same time, holding a flower in one hand while her other hand was missing. When Samar talked, she alternated between sharing the feelings of fear and hopelessness she experienced in Syria and the security and stability she is now feeling in Lebanon.

American Jailed in Dubai for Posting Spoof Video About Youth Culture

Rori Donaghy | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

Shezanne Cassim has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2006, having moved there after graduating... In October 2012 he made a 19-minute mockumentary about a fictional martial arts school that teaches people how to throw sandals in a joke about young people in Dubai who call themselves gangsters but are in fact known for behaving well.

'One Word, Dumb'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

It's arguably the most stupid way possible to pass the time while waiting for a train. Police are investigating a video featuring two giggling mor...

A Joint East African Visa May Just Be the Ticket to Kick Start Life-Changing Developments

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Wycliffe Sande

It was announced that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed a joint tourist visa, opening up all three countries to visitors, much like the Schengen visa system in Europe. Sadly the visa does not yet include Tanzania, which means visitors will now have to pay extra for the Tanzanian leg of their East African safari, but hopefully this will change in the due course.

America's Descent Into Madness - God Says No to Birth Control

Paul Vale | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Vale

To what extent should an employer's religious beliefs affect the rights of its employees? You're quite correct - they shouldn't. Once you pass from the private sphere into the public sphere - the marketplace, for example - employees are protected from the whims of employers by the law. This is fairly straightforward stuff, yet amazingly this simple premise is set to be challenged in the US.

Wake Up to What's Happening in Geneva

Andrew Wilson | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Wilson

When I hear critics of the World Trade Organization, I'm increasingly reminded of the great moment in Monty Python's Life of Brian where a bunch of would-be Judean rebels ask "what have the Romans ever done for us?"... Fast-forward to the present day and criticisms of the WTO might well be met with a similar riposte.

Why It's Time to Visit the Philippines

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

When we drank our first San Miguel Light on Siargao Island to toast our small victory against the travel overlords, the sense of relief among our group was muted. We'd just reached the Philippines for a two-week beach, spa and city break, just a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the centre of the country, 70 kilometres north of our first stop.

Powerful Video Set In The UK Shows Reality Of Being A HIV-Positive Mother In Africa

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us will never know what it's like to be a HIV-positive mother in Africa, and all the challenges that entails. But one powerful video has taken...

Typhoon Haiyan: The Hardest Ride of My Life

Michael Angelo Suarez | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Angelo Suarez

On the way to Salcedo we passed through several towns - all affected to varying degrees by the power of the typhoon. The worst was Hernani - most houses had been washed out to sea or destroyed. The ashphalt had risen up together like mountain ranges combining - the force required to do that is incredible.

Appeasing the Ayatollahs of Iran With a Dodgy Nuclear Deal Will Not Work

Nehad Ismail | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

At this critical stage, the World needs clear answers to the following: Does the world trust Iran to honour its obligations? Have the Iranian negotiators accepted "unannounced rigorous inspections of every site and every facility without exceptions? And without any "ifs" and "buts"?

The Power of Hope

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The corporate sector must play a lead role in helping to change priorities, to save our planet and create more hope. But this can only be accomplished if individuals within the corporate sector, and for that matter the government sector, are willing to change their attitudes, not be overly greedy and consider what might be best for those most impacted, those living in poverty and asking "them", and civil society, what they want.

Aid Efforts Expanding as Inflatable Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital Arrives in Tacloban

Yann Libessart | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Yann Libessart

The team in charge of installing the inflatable hospital is arriving. It's with real joy that I meet up with old friends. Eric, my firm friend from Quebec with whom I already shared adventures in Burundi and Haiti. I had bumped into Daniel the mechanic in Nigeria, Damien the Aussie in Niger, Aurélie the electrician last summer when we were carrying on a vaccination campaign in a refugee camp in South Sudan.