UK World

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

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.

We Will Not Abandon Raif Badawi

Richard Reoch | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Richard Reoch

Asked about the case in the House of Lords last week, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said that the UK government stands by "freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression". But, she said, "we have to recognize that the actions of the Saudi government in these respects have the support of the vast majority of the Saudi population."

Hong Kong's Future

Sarah Kwong | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Sarah Kwong

Beijing has written a bill which, if passed, will allow Hong Kongers to vote for their own leader in 2017 - as long as the Communist party approves of the three candidates put forward. Hong Kong, gloriously and rightfully autonomous since it's release from Britain in the late nineties, was promised 50 years of making their own choices and rules. This bill undermines that promise.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

No, Ambassador: It's Not 'Meddling' to Call for Free Speech in Saudi Arabia

Robert Sharp | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Robert Sharp

As the Badawi case has shown, dissent in Saudi Arabia, as in many countries in the Middle East, is brutally suppressed. Yet Saudi Arabia is in fact a signatory to the Arab Charter on Human Rights in 2009, a document that guarantees the right to freedom of expression. Campaigners are asking Saudi Arabia to adhere to the standards it has set for itself.

Join the Race to Turn the Lights on in Africa

Akon | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Tech

You're probably reading this post on a computer or mobile device via a vibrant glow emitted by the screen. So readily available to many of us, light and power only becomes evident in their unexpected absence - the frustration of dead batteries, power outages and darkness. Yet for 622million people in Africa, energy poverty is the norm. Home to one-sixth of the world's population, Africa receives only 4% of the world's energy supply... Inspired by my own childhood I knew that we could electrify Africa now, and we could do it quickly.

Migration - Choosing Freedom Over Xenophobia

Desmond Tutu | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Desmond Tutu

Xenophobia is a prison - a Robben Island of mind and matter - that can never lead to peace or happiness. Of mind, because society is a reflection of the images we create of each other, and it is these perceived images that fight and hate.

From Baby Posters to Immigration: The Danish Election Explained

Alex Forrest | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Forrest

Rather like Birgitte Nyborg, the fictional prime minister in the Danish drama Borgen, Thorning-Schmidt has been staging a political fight back. Over the last few months, she's gained ground on her main opponent, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Why I'm Joining the Biggest Climate Change Lobby in History

Will Green | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Green

To put plainly, if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty. If we want to ensure that hard-won development gains are not wasted, we have to take decisive action on climate change.

No 'Olympic Truce' for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Baku: Barred From Entry and Deported on the Eve of the First European Games

Melody Patry | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Melody Patry

After sending renowned Azerbaijani human rights activists and journalists to prison, the country's authorities have decided to ban foreign journalists and rights groups from the European Games. This latest move highlights the lengths to which Azerbaijan will go to prevent people from seeing what's really going on within its borders.

By Denying Amnesty International Entry to Baku, Azerbaijan Has Proved Right All Our Criticism

Naomi Westland | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

Azerbaijan is using these Games as a PR tool to launder its image to the world. It wants to show itself as a modern, dynamic, progressive country. What's going on behind the scenes, however, is the complete opposite.

Speak Up About Climate Change for the Sake of Those You Love

Sophie Dodgeon | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Sophie Dodgeon

When it comes to climate change, the talk is often about the impact on future generations. The implication is that consequences are still some way off in the future and, despite the scary headlines, we don't need to worry too much about them now. But for those of us who are deeply concerned about the effect carbon emissions are having on people and planet, this isn't helpful.

Too Young to Marry

Alex Harris | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Alex Harris

Victims of child, early and forced marriage typically have children very young and because their bodies aren't ready for childbirth, around 70,000 girls die in labour every year... I've uploaded a selection of our child bride images into the 'how old am I' app and here are the results. A picture says a thousand words, but the age says so much more.