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Your Kid Is Changing the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When she's not mastering writing and maths, 11-year-old Somran Bakhshi is creating an app to help disabled citizens in Ilford navigate public transport to visit free museums and galleries in London. Somran is a student and budding activist at Gearies Primary School where pupils are part of the WE Schools programme that encourages them to solve social problems and build a bridge to the wider community.

The Misery of Grande Synthe: It Is Time for UK to Act to Bring Children to Safety

Mike Adamson | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

We believe our government should proactively examine asylum claims for vulnerable families in Grand Synthe with young children and a UK connection. By working closely with the French Government, we can accept asylum transfers through discretionary clauses in a mechanism known as the Dublin regulation.

Russian Nanny Claims 'Allah Ordered Me' To Decapitate Four-Year-old Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

A nanny from Uzbekistan accused of decapitating a four-year-old girl in Moscow has claimed "Allah ordered" her to kill the child, as prosecutors told ...

Visiting North Korea as a Tourist Isn't Just Dangerous: it's Exploitative and Amounts to Dictatorship Fetishism

Michael Day | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Otto Frederick Warmbier will be released one day after a suitably impressive American dignitary has come to usher him home, the same cannot be said for the majority of the people living under the Kim Regime though, which is all the more reason not to be complicit in their suffering.

Volunteerism - Today's MBA for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Remember that gung-ho teen who stopped you at the shopping centre for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow's millionaire entrepreneur.

There's Been Some Rather Unexpected Consequences Of Falling Global Oil Prices

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

A fierce oil price war causing costs to tumble the world over is having some extraordinary effects. While oil producing nations continue to pump mi...

From Northern Ireland to Northern France - Why I Can't Bear the Destruction of the Calais Camp

Eamonn Maguire | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Eamonn Maguire

It saddens me that I must now prepare myself to see the sudden loss and destruction of so many months of hard work put in by many volunteers and refugees who have come together to create a vibrant community providing essential services to those most in need.

Human Rights Law Could Save The Refugees We're Ignoring From Losing Their Homes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti & George Bowden | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

The Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp will be partially bulldozed but "communal" facilities such as churches and schools will survive, a judge in France ha...

We Must Put the Rights of Ordinary Humans First

Salil Shetty | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Salil Shetty

The stakes for humankind have never been higher. The fact that we have the highest number of people uprooted from their homes since the Second World War - 60million - and 20million of them have been pushed out of their home countries - is a serious wake up call. The UN Security Council and the so-called international community continues to watch helplessly as Syria faces a complete meltdown. But it's not just Syria - Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Burundi, North Korea are all in a precarious condition. It is time for world leaders to stop playing politics with the lives of civilians - children, women and men. It is time to protect the human rights of ordinary people.

Illiteracy Is the Root Cause of Almost Every Major Problem Humanity Faces

Lily Cole | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Lily Cole

There are 757million illiterate people in the world right now. And this is not a developing world problem: one in five children in the UK, or one in four in the US, leave primary school unable to read and write properly. Illiteracy is not a sexy or exciting topic. It's not confronting in its raw emotional power... People aren't directly dying or overtly suffering of illiteracy. As far as global issues go, it may feel a little vanilla. But when you look at the relationship between illiteracy and most other global issues, a statistical pattern emerges.

Putin Can Conquer Syria but He Can't Hold It: How Russian 'Victory' Could Turn Into a Quagmire

Michael Day | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Michael Day

The streets of Britain will be less rather than more safe if Assad achieves a 'victory' over the rebels. Isis will have a powerful new recruiting tool and tensions between the Sunni and Shia communities in the UK, may reach the level of tension of that between Muslim and Jewish communities.

110-Year-Old Woman Gives Interviewer Ultimate Shade

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.02.2016 | UK Comedy

A supercentenarian with a penchant for whisky refused to play ball with a television reporter, by throwing blistering shade on attempts to coax a conv...

Japanese Whales

Steve Backshall | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Steve Backshall

Japan has once again sent whaling vessels into the Antarctic refuge, harvesting whales for 'scientific research', which they claim is allowable through a loophole in international law. In 2014, the UN's International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica as its so-called 'scientific whaling' is not compatible with the ICRW, the rulings of the IWC, or international law.

Never Mind the 'Thaw', Are Human Rights Still in the Deep Freeze in Iran

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The idea of a springtime in relations between Iran and the rest of the world is fanciful, a false spring no less. A new, slightly warmer relationship between London and Tehran might indeed lead to scheduled BA flights... but I'm unconvinced that anything fundamental has changed or is likely to do so.

Pope Francis Suggests Contraception For Zika Protection

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK

Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception. The Pope said that those infected by the v...

Why There Is No PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mark de Rond

Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.

America's 'Most Hated Man' Claims He's Lost $15m In Kanye West Bitcoin Heist

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK

What goes around, comes around. Martin Shkreli, the shamed former drugs baron who unscrupulously hiked the price of life-saving medicines, appears...

Boycotting These Israeli Goods May Soon Make You A Criminal

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK

The boycotting of goods produced on settlements in the West Bank by local councils and public bodies is to be outlawed, the government will announce t...

My Partner Has Been Kidnapped For 600 Days

Yemi Hailemariam | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK
Yemi Hailemariam

Unbelievably, this Saturday 13th marked 600 days of Andy's ordeal. We still have no idea what is going to happen to him. The Ethiopian government is refusing to let me and Andy's kids see him, will not say whether he will be executed or not, and has rejected all his calls for a lawyer. The authorities won't even allow the British government - supposedly a 'close ally' - to regularly visit him, despite Ethiopia's international obligations.

Yemen: A Nation of Children the Hashtags Forgot

Fiona Bruce | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

A lack of profile sadly does not mean a lack of problems and as the war trundles on, attempts to distribute aid are severely hampered by fighting, damaged ports, closed airports, blocked humanitarian corridors and a country-wide lack of fuel. The figures speak for themselves and behind every one of these statistics is a human tragedy.

Syria: History's Verdict

Robin Lustig | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

I have been granted a sneak preview of a history book due to be published in 2061. In view of the latest headlines about a 'partial cessation of hostilities' agreement in Syria, I thought you might be interested to see it, so here's an extract:

The Second Edition of the World Tourism Forum Held in Istanbul

Zorica Loncar | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Zorica Loncar

The second edition of World Tourism Forum was held in Istanbul between 4th to 6th February. Considering that the summit is in its second year this was...

I Am Not Illegal, I Am Not a Crime - I Am a Refugee

Taffan Ako Sharif | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Taffan Ako Sharif

The people that are coming are people who have invested a lot both humanly and financially to get to Europe. You pay thousands of dollars per person just to get on these small rubber boats from Turkey to Greece in hopes of not drowning. You become illegal. You are a crime. You hide in trucks filled with people dead and alive, all fighting for one thing: freedom. The issue becomes even more personal for me when I know that my mother and I have walked the same path as these children have.

The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...

Refugees? Or Referendum?

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Beware of big numbers. Thursday's London donor conference on Syria made all the right noises - they always do - but if past experience is anything to go by, the right noises rarely translate into ready cash.