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Breaking the Law: China Rounds Up Its Lawyers

Harriet Garland | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers," Dickens wrote, envisaging the 'bad people' as the lawyer's clients no doubt, rather than the government. Yet in China nearly 200 lawyers have been rounded up and hauled in for questioning over the last week in an unprecedented crackdown on the profession.

This Summer, Across the Greek Islands, Boats Filled With Refugees Are Nothing Unusual

Owen Fay | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Owen Fay

What passes for routine these days means that within an hour the crew on board has spotted, hailed and rescued forty-four men, women and children. All Syrian, all fleeing the war. This summer, across the Greek islands, this is nothing unusual...

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

A Chance for a Global Tax System That Works for All - Not Just the Richest

Adriano Campolina | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Adriano Campolina

A just and global solution to the problems of international taxation is required if developing countries are to realise economic self-sufficiency. But if developing countries cannot have a meaningful voice in global tax rules, then they have every justification for going their own way.

Will Financing for Development 2015 Be 'Good News for the Poor'?

Justin Welby | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Justin Welby

The outcomes of this conference will be important for laying the groundwork to agree the SDGs and the UN climate talks later this year. I urge leaders to deliver a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency. lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor.

Women in Sport - Scoring for Equality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Sport
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Deeply entrenched, discriminatory notions of women's diminished status, whether the issue is a playing field or a paycheck, harm individual women and girls. They are denied their rights and blocked from achieving their full potential. Such norms also undermine sport itself, tarnishing notions such as fair play and open competition. It is time to overturn the barriers and stereotypes.

Telling a Global Story - World Leaders Must Turn Words Into Action

Rosanne White | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rosanne White

It is time for all UN Member States to step up and shoulder some of the load, a message that over 20million people from across the globe are shouting out loud and clear to their governments as part of the action/2015 campaign.

The Yazidi Women - A Vulnerable Community in Desperate Need of Our Help

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

It is very clear that rape is being used as a weapon of war here and more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable women. Global leaders need to step in and take more of a stand against ISIL before it is too late and a whole culture has been wiped out and many lives ruined.

Britain Must Think About Its Relationship With Burma Over the Treatment of the Rohingyas

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

While the EU continues to struggle with the Mediterranean refugee crisis, South East Asia has been facing a potential catastrophe as Burma's Rohingya flee their homes in search of safety across the Andaman Sea. The scenes of thousands of people stranded on boats and the harrowing discovery of mass graves have recently commanded the world's attention, but the Rohingya minority's desperation is not new and they are no strangers to injustice.

Narco State: Inside Mexico's Drug Cartels

Stuart Ramsay | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Stuart Ramsay

The Mexican authorities and the United States drug enforcement agencies are struggling to even remotely control the trafficking of drugs across Mexico's borders. Like a multinational company it is driven by the market. For now the demand is high. So the supply keeps coming...

Egyptian Students Are Spending Ramadan Behind Bars For Speaking Out Against The Government

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of Egyptian students are spending Ramadan in prison for "expressing their opinions". Egyptian media reports suggest that students have be...

Greece: "Bet Your Bottom Dollar That Tomorrow There'll Be Sun'

Alex Papasimakopoulou | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK
Alex Papasimakopoulou

What we're saying is visit Greece, keep coming like you always have. If anything, this country and its remarkable people need you more than ever. People are calling it solidarity holidays. We'll just say that you can have some of the best experiences of your life while helping to keep a proud country on its feet.

Truth and Justice Are Antidotes to Violence and Hatred

Queen Noor of Jordan | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Queen Noor of Jordan

Fifty years after having said "never again" following the holocaust, Europe was the site of the Srebrenica Genocide which opened another bloody chapter in our collective global history, a chapter that, also, has yet to be closed.

A Modern Greek Tragedy

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Jason Aiginitis

The current Greek government won the elections under the slogan "Hope is Coming". Is "hope" seeing our grandparents crying and dying in front of ATM machines? Is "hope" people literally threatening to kill their brothers over political disagreements? Is "hope" a government that cannot take responsibility for their mistakes?

Clear Skies and 100% Chance of Abortion Pills Delivered by Drone in Poland

Julia Ellis-Kahana | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech
Julia Ellis-Kahana

A drone is the vessel of contemporary warfare that most effectively proliferates destruction. To take the ultimate unmanned weapon and find a way to use it to promote the human rights of women is radical.

The Islands of Tears

Sam Barratt | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Sam Barratt

For Greece and Italy, a breakthrough can't come too soon. This year alone, 100,000 refugees have arrived on the southern shores of Europe. With the UN saying there are a record number of people displaced by conflict this year, this crisis isn't going away anytime soon.

Why Unicef Won't Rest Until We Reach Every Child in Danger

David Bull | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
David Bull

For too long, the world has tolerated widespread violence against children that leaves millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities, presenting a significant barrier towards reaching overall development aims. Chad, for example, has the third highest rate of child marriage in the world. Child marriage often compromises a girl's development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence... The future of countries like Chad depend on us ensuring that the promises we make to the world's children in September are upheld, and that we fulfil our commitment to ensure that no child is left behind, no matter their circumstance.

Pakistan Government Receives Billions of UK Aid but Fails To Stem 1,000 Deaths From Heatwave

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Sayed Bukhari

If this happened in the UK there would be a national outrage but in Pakistan there is something of a twisted inevitability to this kind of disaster which is becoming almost an annual occurrence in recent times.

A Critical Year for the Commonwealth

Ellie Cumbo | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ellie Cumbo

If this longstanding institution is to live up to its potential as a global model of diverse states working to tackle common challenges and seize common opportunities, it needs the right leadership at this crucial moment. For the sake of the people and the countries that rely on the Commonwealth, and those who could benefit from its flourishing, let us hope their governments choose wisely.

We Are Surely Not Yet a Nation Whose Instinctive Response Is to Say 'Our Door Is Closed'

Graham James | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Graham James

We must try to find sustainable long-term strategies which will address the underlying problems and help people to stay where in almost all cases they would rather be, namely their own home country. As the conflict continues in Syria, it should be acknowledged that the UK has committed £800million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items to people in desperate need in Syria and in the region. But safe and properly organised routes to humanitarian protection, for those who really need it, should also be part of the response.

How to Budget Whilst Travelling

Frontier | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Travelling on a budget is not so hard though, once you get the hang of it, and it makes your travels that much more special as you can really appreciate what you've worked so hard for! So here are some useful tips for keeping your spending under control whilst also making the most out of your travels!

Yulin Dog Meat Torture Festival Will Go Ahead Despite Celebrity Pleas

Julia de Cadenet | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Julia de Cadenet

Leading campaign group NoToDogMeat have been actively trying to stop the horror of this summer's solstice of greed and barbarism. For a moment it looked like we were about to meet with success as it was hinted that it was to be banned this year. However it has already started.

Reporting The Real Human Story Behind Greece's Financial Meltdown

Anna Foster | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Anna Foster

Some parents, deciding they simply can't afford to keep their children, take them to the hospital and leave them there. Others are so broken by the stress of the financial crisis that they can no longer care for their sons and daughters.

Nepal's Children Pay the Highest Price - Earthquakes Threaten Education Progress

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

The Ministry estimates the total damage to the country's education system at US$313.2 (£204.7) million, mainly to infrastructure. Demolition and debris removal, construction of temporary learning centres, child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, plus school repair costs total US$32.5 (£21.24)million.