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13 Facts You Didn't Know About Economics

Ha-Joon Chang | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Ha-Joon Chang

Economics is politics and it can never be a science. Yet the dominant neoclassical school of economics succeeded in changing the name of the discipline from the traditional 'political economy' to 'economics' at the turn of the 20th Century.

Blair's Supporters Should Stage an Intervention - And Make Him Shut Up About Iraq

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In an era of dreary politicians, the silver-tongued Blair continues to beguile us. He is the Cristiano Ronaldo of politics: slick, skilful, ├╝ber-confident and astonishingly arrogant... Is he mad or bad? Deluded or dishonest? It no longer matters. Blair's reputation lies in tatters. More than half of Brits believe their former prime minister was wrong to invade Iraq; one in five tell YouGov they think he should be tried as a war criminal. Blair can try to pretend he lives a normal life but when he goes to a book signing, people pelt him with eggs

Bold West African Drug Policy Proposal Should Be Taken Up, And Taken Further

Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft

Fact: Most people will simply never get anything out of networking. BUT help is at hand. Although it can take a while to become a master at networking, it only takes a few quick corrections to stop repelling people from you. Here are four of the main reasons people fail miserably at this crucial game.

10 Unforgettable Views to Add to Your Bucket-List

Madison Taylor | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

The summer break, especially for university students, is a time to travel and to tick off a few things on your bucket list. Obviously though, as students, our budgets are tight and often in-disposable so an affordable holiday to Zante is usually the only obtainable option. But there is no harm in dreaming of many possibilities right?...

The Immiseration of Yarmouk

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

This photograph of people in the besieged area of Yarmouk [photo from recent update] waiting to get some food at an outdoor soup kitchen is yet another reminder of what it's come to in Syria. Gruelling blockades, endless indiscriminate bombardment, destitution, pain, hunger.

The Obligation to End Preventable Deaths and a Stunted Childhood Is a Responsibility We All Bear

Dame Tessa Jowell | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Tessa Jowell

Six out of the world's ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, but their potential will not be realised without long-term improvements to education, health and the opportunity for women to give birth in environments free from violence. The further prize is increased productivity and economic growth.

Election Day in Kabul

Mohammed Subhan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Mohammed Subhan

Here is a plea - not just from me - but from my generation of young Afghans. The soldiers you have lost did not die in vain - the money you have spent has not been wasted - PLEASE - don't throw away what you have achieved. We are going to need your help for a few more years yet. It won't be forever - but it will be longer than two and a half years.

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

The World Cup Injury XI

Toby Cryne | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Sport
Toby Cryne

As naturally born pessimists we have instead taken a look at all those poor sods who won't be going to the finals in Brazil. We'd feel sorry for them if they weren't essentially being paid to sit down for the next few months. Such a hard life.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

A Fictitious ISIL to Scare Us Away From the Truth in Iraq

Lord Maginnis | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

We need to be careful not to be duped again by Maliki and his Iranian masters. Let us put aside the ISIL and focus on what Maliki has done and is doing to that country. Iraqi people have been victimised for more than 11 years.

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.

Iraq - The End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What folly. What crass, indescribable, unbelievable folly it was to invade Iraq in 2003. I wonder what George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair think now as they read of the latest disasters to befall that wretched land. Do they still say that Iraq is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein? Do they? Really?

We Can Free Young Women Across the World From Violence and Poverty

Hardeep Singh Kohli | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Hardeep Singh Kohli

In India we witness the horrific killings of two teenage girls and far too many reports of random, senseless rapes. Lives are being devastated, families torn asunder, communities shattered. Enough. Time to raise our game, raise our gaze and raise our children. Properly...

Sexual Violence, the Weapon of War That Has Ceased to Die

Anita Tiessen | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

A critical component in addressing sexual violence is to build a protective environment to prevent children and women for being exposed to violence. In the midst of crises, even the most basic risk-mitigation efforts that can be life-saving are often deemed non-essential and overlooked.

The Rape Victims Who Still Wait for Justice

Emime Ndihokubwayo | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Emime Ndihokubwayo

The truth is that sexual violence - in warfare and otherwise - is still a choice someone has made. And at the moment it is a choice that will likely never see any form of redress or retribution. By teaching women who have been raped about their rights, supporting them to prosecute rapists and getting them vital medical support, we are not only helping survivors get the justice they deserve and crave, we are making a statement.

Please Don't Forget the Protections That Survivors Need

Kolbassia Haoussou | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Kolbassia Haoussou

On behalf of all survivors worldwide to you here today, experts, ministers, states offi-cials please, while you're trying hard to make the world a better place, while you are trying to bring us justice, please don't forget the protections that survivors need to participate in this process.

Male Politicians and Diplomats Must Follow William Hague's Lead and Be Champions and Allies in Ending Sexual Violence Against Women

Alice Allan | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alice Allan

For too long violence against women has been viewed as 'a women's issue'- and when it comes to politics, the issue is usually given to the 'gender ministry' or tagged onto the role of a female minister whatever her official portfolio might be. Whilst working at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), I remember how civil servants were scurrying around trying to find a woman (Lynne Featherstone as it turned out) to be the government's champion on violence against women and girls globally. But at the time she was a Home Office Minister. Why weren't we asking the male foreign secretary to be the champion? The person who has the ability to discuss these issues at the highest levels with their male counterparts?

What Have Brazilians Got Against the World Cup?

Victoria Gill | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Gill

Everyone is up in arms except for the Cariocas. Because if the World Cup were the Hunger Games, Rio is the pre-selected surviving Tribute. Brazil can almost afford to mess up this week because it's guaranteed a lifeline to wipe the slate clean in Rio in 2016. No one is complaining about what's happening in Rio.

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Ending the Horror of Rape and Abuse Against Children in Conflict

Lord Ashdown | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.

Foreign Policy Must Adapt to Tackle the Threat of Boko Haram

Martin Edobor | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Nigeria has the potential to be a thriving nation with a thriving economy, a beacon in a region that has been through decades of difficulty. Boko Haram is preventing this vision becoming a reality. It must be stopped.

Bringing Hope to the Children of Haiti - How Soccer Aid Changes Lives

Lewis Hamilton | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Sport
Lewis Hamilton

With the Formula One season in full flow, you could be forgiven for thinking that my life at the moment is focused on non-stop training, qualifying and racing. It's often difficult to find time for anything else, but earlier this month I was able to visit Haiti with Unicef, the world's leading children's organisation, to make an appeal film for this year's Soccer Aid, which returns for the fifth time on Sunday 8 June.... No child, no matter where they live in the world should go hungry or lose their life because they or their family don't have enough to eat. That's why I'm asking everyone to tune in on June 8 and give what they can.

D-Day and Bergdahl: Thoughts on the Forgotten Casualties of War

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Is Bergdahl a deserter? A traitor? Is he, as some critics in the US have implausibly suggested, a real-life incarnation of Nicholas Brody of the TV series Homeland, a captured US serviceman who may have switched sides? Or is he one more casualty of war, a man whose wounds can't be seen but are real nonetheless? It's perfectly possible, of course, to be both.