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2017: A Year To Restore Hope For Children

Sarah Brown | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Sarah Brown

The voices we heard in 2016 delivered unexpected political outcomes but I am not sure that we have yet fully understood what the message was. What is abundantly clear is that many people feel short-changed on hope. They want action. We must challenge our current circumstances both by acknowledging where we are and by calling for more and for better - better government, better funding and fairness, better life chances.Following an extraordinary year, here are my revised campaign priorities for the changed world in which we now live.

Far From Driving Turkey Into The Hands Of Extremists, The Vile Attack In Istanbul Must Bring Turks Together

Baroness Hussein-Ece | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Hussein-Ece

Rather than driving Turkey into the arms of extremists, as the gunman presumably wanted, the result of this vile crime should be to bring Turks together - a reminder that the country's great and enduring strength lies in its secular traditions, and I hope future.

The World Is Welcoming 2017 In Spectacular Style

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK

Sydney’s famous harbour bridge has been lit up in spectacular style to welcome 2017. Australia’s best known city sent up a dazzling tribute to 201...

9 Important Stories From 2016 You're Likely To Have Missed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

We might live in an ever-more connected world, but some news still seems to pass us by. And given this year’s wall-to-wall coverage of Brexit and th...

The Queen's 2016 Christmas Broadcast

Her Majesty The Queen | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK
Her Majesty The Queen

Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ's example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows. I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Vladimir Putin Intrigues Everyone With His Prediction Of Donald Trump's Victory

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

Vladimir Putin on Friday said that his country correctly predicted Donald Trump would win the US presidency during a blockbuster press conference in w...

New Media Players Find Original Ways Of Covering An Old Story

James Painter | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
James Painter

In the UK, amongst those who self-identify as 'highly interested' in the environment, the BBC comes out top as a media source by a considerable margin, but Huffington Post and BuzzFeed do well against more established brands.

How Do You Cope In A Shrinking World If You're The World's Largest Land Mammal?

Rob Brandford | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Rob Brandford

Across the world, species of wildlife are fast disappearing, silently becoming extinct. Thankfully, charismatic elephants seem to hold a special place in many people's hearts and, for that, I'm thrilled.

Donald Trump's Terrifying Nuclear Pledge Prompts Fierce, Bleak Reaction

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK

Donald Trump has said America must expand and strengthen its nuclear weapons. In a tweet, Trump appeared to suggest the US should enlarge its arsenal ...

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead During Live Press Conference In Ankara

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK

The Russian ambassador to Ankara has been shot dead by a gunman during a live press conference, amid chaotic scenes at an art gallery in the Turkish c...

Universities Must Act Now And Provide Refugee Scholarships

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

An education is not a piece of paper that you get as you Instagram a photo of yourself in a cap and gown. Education is a doorway to a better future. It can help you find the voice to fight, open the the eyes of those who have never seen beyond their front door and break the cycle of poverty. Education is knowledge and that can change everything.

Haunting Images Reveal The Horrifying Effect War Has Had On Aleppo

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK

The devastation and destruction of Aleppo has been laid bare in heartbreaking before and after photographs. The city, formerly Syria’s largest and a...

Are You Made Of The Stuff That Makes History?

David Morrissey | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
David Morrissey

This winter, WaterAid is reminding us of the power of this natural resource, which unites us biologically and physically. Clean water is a basic human need that transcends the countries, cultures and the kilometres between us. Just to survive, we need around 2.4 litres of water every day. Yet, while there is enough water in the world to meet everyone's basic needs, 663million people across the world struggle to even access enough clean water to drink.

We Need To Talk About The Balfour Declaration

Toby Greene | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Toby Greene

Britain must also recognise that unlike in 1917, it does not have the power to enforce its will. The future will be shaped by Israelis and Palestinians. Britain should use 'it's best endeavours' to improve the chances of the pragmatists among them who recognise that two national homes is the only way to reconcile the demands of two nations, and end a century of conflict.

Oasis In A Drought

Laurie Lee | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Laurie Lee

East and Southern Africa is suffering a terrible drought as a result of El Nino. Zimbabwe is one of the most badly affected countries with an estimated four million people - over a quarter of the population - considered to be going hungry.

Mexico, We Are Watching

Vanessa Berhe | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Vanessa Berhe

Solidarity needs to cross borders and in this case, international solidarity will be essential if we want stop this bill from going through. We do not need more victims, we need more survivors. We do not need more numbers, we need more Karla's. Mexico, be careful on how you vote. The world will be watching.

Syrians Send Harrowing Final Goodbyes From Aleppo As Government Forces Close In

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

Heartbreaking messages from people living in Aleppo, Syria portray the horror of the current situation in the besieged city. The Syrian army and its a...

Can Bhutan Teach The World To Be Happy?

Ed Amory | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Amory

Bhutan, total population around 700,000, measures its GNH or Gross National Happiness, and uses the data from the index to help decide how to share out government spending.

As Air Pollution Kills Thousands Every Year, Will The London Mayor's Plans Be Enough?

Ryan Browne | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ryan Browne

I sympathise entirely with Khan's attempt to tackle something which his predecessor Boris Johnson actively suppressed while in office. And as a fellow asthma-sufferer, I think that his intention is genuine and that the gesture couldn't come sooner. There are handy websites and apps now which monitor the levels of air pollution - but they inevitably place the onus on individuals to avoid breathing in toxic air rather than the causing factors of pollution. By aiming policy at individuals, this falls short of the drastic overhaul of London's dirty air we need urgently.

The Solemn Message Behind The Reality Christmas Cards

Leigh Daynes | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Leigh Daynes

Together, our aim is to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes - and that those people really need our help. Armed conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq have made people of all faiths and of none lose their families, homes and livelihoods.

Why We Interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's Speech

Clara Connelly | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Clara Connelly

Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.

Mother Of Brit In 'Plot To Kill Donald Trump' Says He's Fearful Of Harsh Sentence

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

The mother of a British man who tried to grab a policeman’s gun in an alleged attempt to kill Donald Trump said her son is “terrified” the US pr...

Pakistani Airlines Flight Crashes Into Mountain After 'Disappearing' From Radar

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK

A Pakistan International Airlines flight carrying more than 40 people crashed on Wednesday en route to Islamabad from the northern city of Chitral, a ...

How One Young Man In Nepal Proved 2016 Wasn't Completely Hopeless

Caroline Frost | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Caroline Frost

I've been one of thousands wringing their hands in consternation for the future, and that's as a resident of incubated West London, immune from so many almighty challenges - economic, cultural, environmental - faced by inhabitants of much more precarious places. But bizarrely, it was a young man in an environment that typifies the latter who I had the good fortune to talk to earlier this year, and his words seem like beacons of compassion, confidence and hope as I start pondering how 2017 can be better.

Angela Merkel Cheered As She Declares Britain Can't 'Cherry Pick' Over Brexit

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK

Angela Merkel today issued a clear signal that she does not intend to give Britain much leeway in its Brexit negotiations - as the EU’s chief Brexit...