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Woolmark: Not Worth the Label It's Printed On

Ben Williamson | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Williamson

Last week, I was at Somerset House, where the finals of Woolmark's menswear design competition took place as part of Men's Fashion Week. I had a bloodied "lamb" in tow to show people what's wrong with wearing wool. Everything about the production of wool is objectionable, especially the shearing process which often leaves sheep battered and bloodied...

Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It Is for Some

Naomi Westland | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

The reluctance of foreign leaders to compromise their energy interests by speaking out on the crackdown in Azerbaijan provides the armour Baku needs to protect itself from criticism over how it treats its citizens.

Paris

Russell Brand | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Russell Brand

These men of murder are the symptom of a creed that lies as far away from God as is possible to conceive and do not represent Islam anymore than George Bush, Tony Blair and Halliburton represented Christianity, or ordinary, secular Europeans and Americans when they profited from the bombing of innocent Iraqis.

Why Aren't World Leaders Linking Arms in Abuja? #BagaTogether

Eulette Ewart | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Eulette Ewart

The attacks in France last week were not just about the deaths of 17 civilians, it was also a direct assault on free speech. So yes, it makes sense that significant attention is paid here. But isn't there room for in-depth reporting on more than one important global news story?

Britain's Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is a Disgrace

John Wight | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Responsible for fomenting chaos and carnage beyond their own borders, while at home brutalising their own people, surely it is time for the international community to turn its attention to the Saudis and their utter and complete disregard for anything resembling human rights...

Islam Is Privilege

Aral Balkan | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Aral Balkan

Islam is a set of ideas. It is an ideology. It inherently deserves no more or less respect than any other ideology. That is to say, it inherently deserves no respect whatsoever. Just like any other idea or ideology, Islam also deserves no special protection from criticism or critique. Affording it any such privilege just because it has a supernatural origin story is not compatible with reason. Muslims, on the other hand, are people who have adopted Islam as dogma. It should really go without saying that just like any other person, Muslims inherently deserve to be respected as people, treated with dignity, and have their rights protected.

Is Time Running Out for the Church?

Lisa Pearce | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Lisa Pearce

"I haven't seen my daughter since IS took her. I cried and shouted at them - what could they want with a three year old? She's just a child." The desperate mother told me her story as we sat on a cold, damp floor in Iraq in November. At Open Doors we estimate that there are over 100million Christians persecuted for their faith. And each one has a story. Our 2015 World Watch List report, released today, reveals a devastating picture of what is happening to Christians around the globe.

OPEC May Achieve What the Environmental Movement Is Unable to Achieve

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

How do we shut down Keystone? How do we stop fracking? How do we stop deep-water drilling in the Arctic, the Caribbean and everywhere else? How do we end the ecological disaster of the Canadian Tar Sands? How do we stop the power of Big Oil? The answer is that we can't. We don't have the money, the political power or the military might.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

Today We're All Charlie Hebdo, but We Need to Understand We're Also All Neighbours Now

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

Now I'm not siding with the 'we brought this on ourselves' lot. What I'm saying is we just haven't got to grips with the fact rapid developments in communications technology and transport have well and truly moved the goalposts.

Why the Pen Will Always Remain Mightier Than the Sword

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
BritChick Paris

The 12 people that died this week were not just heroes, they were martyrs. They gave up their lives in the name of freedom of speech. It is for this reason that 7 January must be remembered as a day of enlightenment once the pain and grief ebb away.

Only Through Solidarity Can We Defeat Those Who Would Use Violence to Silence Free Speech

Rachael Jolley | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Rachael Jolley

For those over the years who say they support freedom of expression but with opt outs, or who have argued that freedom of expression doesn't extend to articles, photographs or cartoons which offend them, it should be made clear that freedom of expression gives everyone the chance to debate opinions, and that right is vital.

Je Suis Charlie

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

In the aftermath of an atrocity as horrifying as the Paris murders on Wednesday, it is more important than ever to be crystal clear about the freedoms that we hold most dearly. Freedom of expression, which must always include the freedom to offend and to ridicule. Satire is an essential part of a democracy. Incitement to hatred and to violence are crimes; incitement to mockery is not... Freedom from fear, including the fear of being different, or of speaking out, or of questioning majority beliefs. Above all, the freedom from the fear of being murdered.

Charlie Hebdo Shooting Is a Ferociously Shocking Moment

Jon Snow | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Jon Snow

Even for a hardened news man in a hardened newsroom the mass shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a ferociously shocking moment. We know at least 12 are dead, five are critically wounded and others beside. And those numbers will doubtless change during the day. It happens at a very tender moment for European politics, at a tender moment for the Islamic world. Wracked with violence from northern Nigeria all the way to Pakistan by radical action and bloodletting.

New Counter Terrorism Laws and Civil Liberties

Yasmin Qureshi | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Yasmin Qureshi

Since 2004 the journey of the concept of radicalisation has become central to the study and scrutiny of terrorism. The profound resulting consequences on our society should not be underestimated. There is a stark warning from Kundnani who believes parliamentarians must be cautioned.

Why China Is the Perfect Place to Avoid a Traditional Christmas

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

Here in our modern hotel in the mountains of Moganshan, there were no traces of the area's infamous colonial past that would have had white people served their traditional Christmas fare regardless of practicality, throughout the early 20th Century.

No UN Vote Can Deny the Palestinian People Their Right to Self Determination

John Wight | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

As we enter 2015, just what do the Palestinians have to do to win their right to self determination, freedom, and peace? The world cannot expect the Palestinians to accept the daily humiliation and degradation of occupation quietly.

The Al Jazeera Case: Egypt's Descent Into Fear, Loathing and Televised Raids on Places of Debauchery

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

The Al Jazeera case is of course just the most visible part of the iceberg. Since the 2013 coup and the merciless crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egypt government's suppression of all opposition - and indeed suppression also of "outsider" lifestyles like people perceived to be gay - appears to be boundless.

Terror in the Valley - Hatred Worldwide

Richard Reoch | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

Islamophobia is a global epidemic. The horrific massacre of children and teachers at the Army Public School in Peshawar, in a valley of Pakistan's Khyber Pass, is just the latest in the litany of terror that feeds this mistrust and hatred worldwide.

Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Nigel Chapman | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

For many, it was the first time they'd heard the word tsunami. A decade later, the worst-affected countries - Indonesia; Thailand; Sri Lanka and India - have rebuilt almost all that was destroyed.

Remembering the Tsunami: 'Responding to World Disasters Will Never Be the Same Again'

Laurie Lee | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Laurie Lee

The scale of the disaster and the speed with which entire towns and communities were swept away was something the modern world had never seen before. This was to change the way we prepare for and respond to crises forever.

A Sad Response to a Terrible Tragedy

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The mass slaughter of 142 people, most of them children, in Peshawar last week was a disgusting act. Unfortunately, the Pakistan government's reaction has been unwise, following the pattern set by the United States in 2001: pouring oil on the fire, while ultimately undermining the rule of law.

Islamic State: Can the Laughter for a Bunch of Rapists and Murderers

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

I wonder if something slightly odd has happened in the past six months or so, whereby the attention devoted to the group in the media and political spheres has dwelt unceasingly on their "barbarity" but failed to actually convey the scale of the human rights crimes involved. Has the effect been to almost trivialise the reality?

Islamophilia Cannot Be an Effective Answer to Islamophobia

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Liberals and leftists in the West are right to condemn the bigotry of the majority community, but the fundamentalism of the minority community cannot be spared from criticism. If those identifying as left and liberal fail to criticise the dangerous trends of Islamism, the right will step up for the task. That is a future no one wants and political correctness can do little to fight it.

The Forgetting

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

Nawfal is a gentle little boy. In a crowd of rowdy children, he stands back and quietly observes. He doesn't say much. But I promise you: If you had seen him that day, and if you had the courage to look into his eyes, you would cry just as I did when I got home. I wish you could have seen his eyes and sensed his defeat.