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Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Wendy Bruere

The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.

Only Joined Up Thinking Solves Climate Change

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Climate change will not be tamed whilst the world is in the grip of capitalism gone mad. The profit motive has become greater than the need to save ourselves. Not all growth is good and we must stop believing it is.

China, Does it Matter to Britain?

Stephen Fear | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

I would urge anyone wanting to enter this lucrative market to look at joining one of the many associations, and also writing to the commercial department of the British Embassy for advice. That's what they're there for. Its easy to look up on the Internet and should be the first place to visit if you know nothing of exporting.

ISIS, Its Victims, Our Obligation to Intervene

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

We can't intervene everywhere. We have challenges at home. Our resources are limited; so, too, our ability to affect outcomes. Good intentions do not suffice. Sometimes trying to do the right thing can make things worse. So when an atrocity unfolds, how do we decide when to intervene?

Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women

Peter Ryan | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Peter Ryan

Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence

Change...What Change?

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Executions have surged under President Rouhani, with Iran now having surpassed China in executions per capita. Since Rouhani's ascension to the presidency, 650 people have been executed, with 250 executions in early 2014 alone.

The Impact of One Young World

One Young World | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

It was the moment where the whole audience of over 1,000 people palpably hung on every word of her terrible story. She spoke of fleeing North Korea as a young teenager, witnessing the murder of a family friend and the rape of her mother, burying her father and finally being deported to South Korea from Mongolia.

The Outsiders' Fetish for North Korean Fascism

Sebastian Murphy-Bates | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Sebastian Murphy-Bates

Praising these guided tours serves a political purpose for a government that has cultivated a theocratic cult of oppression and starved its people to the point of stunting their growth. Praise contributes to the fiction the regime wants to project: that they are running a prosperous, grand society that is open to scrutiny.

If a HK Banker Murdered Two Women, It's Probably Another Woman's Fault

Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Jessica Elgot

The reporting of this tragedy has been almost exclusively focussed on how the two women were purportedly sex workers, although Hong Kong police have not said as much. The killings are immediately characterised as American Psycho-style murders, giving them an aura of glamour. And predictably, within hours of his arrest, there was another woman in Jutting's life to cast blame on.

Hopes and Dreams: It's Time to Act

Michael Holscher | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Michael Holscher

Hope has many faces. It is the face of a woman in Tanzania who has borne seven children and finally, for the first time in her life, has access to modern contraception. It is the face of an Ethiopian teenager, married off as a child, who decides to postpone her second baby until she can finish school herself.

'Kim Jong-Un' Pays a Visit to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement Camp

Tom Grundy | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

The main Umbrella Movement 'Occupy' site in Hong Kong received an unusual visitor, on Friday, in the form of a Kim Jong-Un impersonator.

Slow-Down In China Leaves Me Searching For Positives

Nicola Horlick | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Nicola Horlick

Of course, it seems absurd to many that the world is concerned about Chinese growth slowing from 7% to 10%. But most countries in Europe would kill to achieve any growth at all at this point. The UK seems to be the exception in Europe with the IMF predicting that UK growth will be 3.2% in 2014, falling to 2.7 % in 2015.

Our Unwillingness to Understand More About Radicalisation Risks Failing Our Youth

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui

Depression is known to cause a pessimistic outlook, an inflexible view of the world, and even suicide. Our research into the root causes of radicalisation - perhaps not surprisingly - found a link between depressive symptoms and sympathies towards terrorist acts. These sympathies being an early marker for risk of radicalisation.

The World Is Gathering to Discuss Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, But the UK Government Won't Even RSVP

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

Why not attend? The government explanation for non-attendance - once you get beyond complaints that the conference goals are 'unclear' - is that the conference may talk about the possibility of a negotiated global ban on nuclear weapons. Our government doesn't believe that such a ban is negotiable. So herein lies the contradiction.

Accessing Cancer Treatment in Post-Conflict Gaza

Wendy Bruere | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Nisreen and her 13-year-old twin sons evacuated their house in Abasan, Gaza, during the recent 50-day conflict with Israel - and returned to rubble. "We found our house had been bombed and bulldozed. We couldn't even see where it used to be. My sons were so shocked, so sad," says Nisreen. "We lost everything."

World Savings Day: 2.5bn People Have No Access to Formal Financial Services - Are They Missing Much?

Samantha Washington | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Samantha Washington

Financial enfranchisement and saving is the most effective way to reduce the number living in poverty. For those living on less than $2 a day, which is less than my daily coffee, there are now grass roots programmes in place to create a savings culture.

The Futility of Fatwas Against Isis

Nesrine Malik | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Nesrine Malik

The ideological response to ISIS must be cast from outside the realm of religious authority altogether. You see, Islam in particular, and holy text religions in general, are open to interpretation and selectivity. By responding to ISIS from within its own paradigm, one only validates its basic premise...

Re-inventing the Peace Process

One Young World | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the first IRA ceasefire which triggered the Northern-Ireland 'Peace Process'. This marked the end of a vicious thirty-year conflict known as 'The Troubles'; the ethno-nationalist conflict which set those who wanted to see Northern Ireland remain a part of the United Kingdom against those who wanted to see it integrated into a 'United Ireland'.

I Don't Just Believe in British Social Justice - I Believe in Universal Social Justice

Will Martindale | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Will Martindale

Perhaps supporting international aid despite our problems at home says more about our values than anything else. I am proud British people chose to support international development in countries they may never have visited, for people they may have never met. I believe access to social justice should be determined not by nationality, but by need.

Religion, Globalisation and Modernity

Ian Linden | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

Modernity equates to a secular view of the world. Religion will slowly wither away. Globalisation is a new force in the world, spreading modernity, finally spelling religion's death-knoll. Well, no. A popular view but popular views are sometimes wrong. The obituary of God has been written many times.

Is There Ever a Justification for Leaving People to Drown?

Karla McLaren | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Karla McLaren

As a strategy, it's not only heartless, but ineffective. Building barriers will not stop people attempting to scale them, not when they are fleeing for their lives. The UK should be pressing for a Europe-wide system which allows people to access protection safely; and in the meantime, contributing to a rescue operation that saves lives, instead of justifying leaving people to drown.

Russell Brand's Politics Are an Offensive Mess

Sebastian Murphy-Bates | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sebastian Murphy-Bates

I don't dismiss Brand outright; I've heard what he has to say and it makes me despair. I will, and so should you, tell him that he's deeply mistaken. He is capable of understanding these issues and that's what makes some of his tirades so repulsive.

Ebola Outbreak: Focus on Response, Don't Forget Long-term Recovery and Learn Lessons For the Future

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

Ebola presents an unprecedented threat to Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa, not just in terms of public health but also because of the outbreak's long-term social and economic impacts. The UK has taken the global lead in supporting the response and has committed significant resources. This recognises Britain's long standing links with Sierra Leone and ActionAid welcomes and fully supports this.

What Just Happened in the Brazil Election?

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

I have never experienced an election so full of rancour and hatred. This election has descended into a traditional right v left fight, but with every dirty trick in the book used by the candidates and their supporters.

We Need a More Nuanced Approach for Dealing With British Jihadists Who Want to Come Home

Rachel Briggs | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Rachel Briggs

The government is right to take a firm stand against ISIS and those who fight in its ranks or support from the sidelines. But we need to face facts: we cannot stop British jihadis returning home; we cannot arrest our way out of the problem; and we do not have the resources to mount surveillance operations against all returning foreign fighters.