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Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

Drones, 'War Porn' and Manipulation

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Oggy Boytchev

The reality is that the footage we, war journalists, capture in the field isn't always 'striking' or insightful. In many cases we are forced to stand a good way from the frontline for our own safety, or if we are on the frontline, we can't stay there for long... unmanned remote control drones fitted with high definition gyroscopic cameras will change the role of the war reporter.

Rift Between Communist 'Brothers'

Hung Nguyen | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Hung Nguyen

Nguyen Ngoc, a strong looking 82-year-old man, is famous in Vietnam for his novels depicting the country's brave people in the wars against the French and the American in Central Highlands. He is now leading the fight in a new front, a tireless campaign to stop a project in which Chinese companies are heavily involved in Central Highland, known as Tay Nguyen in Vietnam.

Going Global in a Digital World

Andrew Miller | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Andrew Miller

Adopting a digital-first strategy has helped drive continuous innovation and improvement of our editorial content. It has given us the chance to develop new, immersive ways of storytelling. Doing so has required the development of new technologies, like our recently launched new Guardian app or our award-winning interactive features, to improve how our content is delivered to readers and to ensure that our editorial teams have the best tools to bring their stories to life.

Youth is More Than the Theme of the Day; It's the Theme of the Decade

Kate Redman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Redman

The number of young people experiencing the impact of slow economic growth is at an all-time high. Currently, they make up 18% of the population in developing countries; and constitute 12% of the population in developed countries.

How Twitter Has Changed Warfare Forever

Danny Coleman-Cooke | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Coleman-Cooke

It is clear that social media is now an indispensable part of the toolkit for anyone involved in modern conflict, but it also seems likely that its impact will help shape military tactics and decision making in the future. Political commentators occasionally refer to the 'CNN effect', where emotive TV pictures encourage governments to both enter and exit wars and humanitarian disasters.

Urgent Health Needs in Gaza

Nader Karem Alfarra | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Nader Karem Alfarra

This conflict is so difficult for older people. I am trying to keep daily contact with all the older people we have been working with... Older people have lived through so much in Gaza and we want to do whatever we can to support them and to improve their lives.

The Link Between Rising Antisemitism in Europe and the Jewish State

Hannah Gal | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton is right in suggesting that Antisemitism might be fueling the current criticism towards Israel.

Psychology of Ebola Crisis Reveals Biological Weapon Potential

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

What doctors and health agencies learnt from Kikwit will be largely driving the response of authorities today - but have all the correct lessons really been grasped? Particularly as regards the psychological dimension of an epidemic, where panic can be even more contagious, with wider effects?

The Brazilian Guarani's Fight For Survival

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

The Guarani's land rights are protected - on paper - under the Brazilian constitution, but loss of territory caused by big business and urban expansion not only threatens the roofs over their heads, but disrupts the traditional Guarani relationship with the physical and spiritual world.

Reform the UN Now

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

This isn't to kick sand over the UN. What Woodrow Wilson started with the League of Nations, and what became the United Nations, is our first real go in history of international peace. We haven't had WW3 yet.

Only France Can Stop Its Dodgy Arms Deal With Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

France has made it clear that it is not cancelling the €1.2 billion deal to sell two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the Russians.

The Tricycle Theatre Scandal: No One Expected the Spanish Inquisition

David Krikler | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
David Krikler

Does anyone believe that the good people of the Tricycle harbour a 19th Century hatred of Jews as a racial enemy to be destroyed, as professed by Houston Stuart Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler or the Hamas Charter? Notwithstanding an eccentric auntie or two, I would say that the answer to that is no.

From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab World Has Abandoned the Palestinians

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right - led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia. Pity the poor Palestinians. Their territories are occupied by the Jewish state; their cause is abandoned by the Arab world.

John Kerry Should Set Timelines and Benchmarks to See Progress on Deteriorating Situation of Rohingya in Burma

Tun Khin | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tun Khin

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Burma tomorrow. Just days before his visit, more than 100 security forces came to an internally displaced...

Nigeria: Lies, Half-Truths and No Statistics

Ian Linden | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

For violent religious extremism, what ISIS is doing, what Boko Haram is doing, what some Theravada Buddhists are doing to the Rohingya in Myanmar, is not only the enemy of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Myanmar and Nigeria but the enemy of our common humanity.

Forget 2003 - The Iraqi People Need Our Help Now

James Snell | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

In Iraq, right now, an ancient culture is being exterminated, wiped from the face of human history. The Yazidi minority had, until recently, found relative safe haven in Kurdish-controlled areas... However, recent reversals have forced both the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to withdraw their forces from the region, as ISIS continued its murderous advance across the north and west of the country.

Will Hammond Keep Human Rights 'At the Very Heart' of Foreign Policy?

Benedict Rogers | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

With the departure of Burt, Hague and now Warsi, the FCO is left without any ministers who show any deep personal commitment to human rights... It would be unfair to prejudge Philip Hammond and Baroness Anelay, Sayeeda Warsi's replacement, this early on. Instead, one must simply appeal to them to prove the sceptics wrong.

Immigration Policy: Silver Bullets That Never Hit Their Target

Keith Vaz | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

The rise of Ukip, the vitriolic discussion over the relaxation of border controls relating to Romania and Bulgaria, the abolishment of the UKBA and now the problems at the Passport Office, show that immigration is, without doubt, an all-consuming issue for the public and one that is going to be at the front of voters' minds on and before 7 May 2015. However, the government, rather than shadow boxing with Ukip by continuing to make claims over a net migration figure they have no control over, should create a structure that ensures immigration is given its full attention. After all you can have as many silver bullet policies as you like, but without the gun to fire them you're never going to hit the target.

In This Very Challenged Region, Ebola Is Evolving Into a National Disaster

Dr Benjamin Black | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Dr Benjamin Black

Occasionally everyone stops what they are doing; the doctors, nurses, and cleaners. Everyone. All attention is directed to the decontamination exit from high risk zone. A patient is being discharged. Like a celebrity the survivor is surrounded by an excitable crowd of whooping and clapping. The beaming faces of the crowd reflected in the broad smile and shining eyes of the survivor. It is an intensely emotional moment, though often bittersweet.

Those Who Kill UN Staff in Gaza Must Be Held Accountable

Ian Richards | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Over the past four weeks the world has watched a humanitarian tragedy unfold in Gaza. For UN staff like me it has been particularly tough. Nine of our schools have been attacked, 11 of my colleagues have been killed. They include Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, a school principal, Inas Shaban Derbas, a 30 year-old teacher and the youngest, Abdallah Naser Khalil Fahajan, who at 21 was a school attendant. UN chief, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called the most recent attack on Sunday, which took place next to a boys' prep school in Rafah and led to nine deaths including that of a colleague: "a moral outrage and a criminal act."

Culture Is a Contact Sport

John Worne | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Sport
John Worne

Sport is one of the universal languages which connect people and cultures... Sport is primal, basic, essential and everywhere... Sport and great sporting events are a massive draw. But the best of all is when sport is shared alongside culture. And here Glasgow excelled.

We Tortured Some Folks...

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Barack Obama's now rather famous phrase from the end of last week is quite something... Torture is a worldwide scourge, affecting three-quarters of the world. Acknowledging that it's as wrong when used against "terrorism suspects" as it is against political opponents or even minor criminal suspects is... well, progress.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

International Community Must Strenuously Push for a New Ceasefire in Gaza

Osama Damo | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Osama Damo

We sleep in the corridors where the building is strongest and jump at the slightest of sounds. The other day my wife put a bottle of water down loudly and I ducked for cover, thinking it was another air strike. Another time we heard a loud whistling noise and ran to the corridor, only to realise it was a car with a high-pitched engine going past. I have feared for my life too many times.