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What Would Ronald Reagan Make of Today's Republican Party?

Robert Philpot | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Philpot

Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, it is unsurprising that Republicans are desperate to bask in a few rays from Reagan's reflected glory. In 2011, he ranked third in a poll of the most popular US president of the past 50 years behind Jack Kennedy and Bill Clinton. But, as America marks the 10th anniversary of his death, just how comfortable would Reagan himself be in today's Republican party?

NATO Warns Ukraine Against Using Army

David Morrison | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Not before time, it appears, the West is reining in its clients in Kiev and urging them to refrain from using the Ukrainian army to put down opposition in the east of the country. Good sense has prevailed at last in Western capitals and further bloodshed will hopefully be avoided in Donetsk and Lugansk.

The Rite of Spring - Two Kidnapped Christian Bishops; Pictures of Pagan Russia, in the Country of Syria

Francis John Hogan | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Francis John Hogan

May 29th marked the 101st anniversary of the premier of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant musical composition attributed to Igor Stravinsky, and performed by Sergei Diaghilev's - The Ballet Russes Dance Company, in the City of Paris, France of the year 1913.

'Generation War' - Fact and Fiction

Witold Sobków | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

By effectively reconceptualising German suffering during the war at the expense of that of other nations, the series seems to be creating a somehow distorted reality of World War II, which many people regard as offensive to the memory of the millions of victims of the Nazi German regime in an occupied Poland and elsewhere.

25 Years Later: Remembering Tiananmen Against the Odds

Harriet Garland | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

It is our duty to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown, as Amnesty and as ordinary people outside China. We should do it because we can.

The Curious Tale of Bulgaria's Extremist Flip-Flopping Party

Jo Simmons | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

'No to EU homosexuality, it is Mother Russia that liberated us'. This statement comes not from some pro-Russian separatist fighting the power in Ukraine, but from Volen Siderov, the charismatic and divisive leader of Bulgaria's ultranationalist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic party Ataka.

Syria Is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the World... And It's Not Going Away

David Morrissey | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
David Morrissey

The Syria crisis may have fallen off the news agenda, but it hasn't gone away. Every month around 100,000 Syrians become refugees. Again and again I was told the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile and critically underfunded, but there was enormous praise for Jordan - not a rich country by Middle Eastern standards, yet it is showing great generosity towards the Syrian people. This is an international crisis on an epic scale. It's a matter of global responsibility - Jordan and the other countries neighbouring Syria should not be bearing the brunt of this alone.

Stuart Franklin: 'It Was a David and Goliath Moment'

Roseann Rife | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Roseann Rife

When world renowned photographer Stuart Franklin was standing on a crowded balcony five stories up from Beijing's Tiananmen Square, pointing his camera at a man standing defiant in front of a row of Chinese tanks, he thought he was too far away from the action. But 25 years after that iconic day on 5 June 1989, the picture has become the ultimate symbol of the power of an individual against the might of the state. This is how it happened.

National Politics Must Not Undermine International Law

David Young | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Young

When José María Galante believed he had discovered his former fascist torturer living contently near his home in Madrid and freely jogging around the local park most mornings no one might have imagined the implications for the future of the international law of universal jurisdiction, that allows serious crimes committed in one country to be tried in another.

Nato and Ukraine

David Morrison | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but it is a NATO 'partner'. In fact, it has had co-operation agreements with NATO since it became an independent state in 1991...

The Inside Track on Three World Cup Outsiders

Tony Jimenez | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

We now stand less than two weeks away from the beginning of what is being billed as one of the greatest World Cups of all time. As the pre-tournament excitement builds with every passing day, all talk turns to which side has enough quality, focus - and not to mention a little bit of luck - to lift the famous trophy.

When Is the Best Time to Take a Gap Year?

Frontier | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

So, you are just about to finish secondary school, high school, sixth form, college or whatever you call it and you are weighing up whether to take a gap year before going to University or whether you should hold off and take a gap year after you have your degree in hand. There are advantages to taking a gap year at certain stages in your life and hopefully this will inform you as to when would suit you best...

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Must Look to Abuse of Women in the DRC

Juliet Stevenson | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Juliet Stevenson

In the DRC women are already seen treated as objects, rather than individuals, in the eyes of society. If agents of the state are actively preventing women from empowering themselves and raising their voices to speak out against discrimination, gender-based violence and political sidelining, then the status quo is unlikely to change. If those brave individuals who do speak out against the government, or who speak for under-represented groups, are sexually tortured into submission, then others are not likely to follow in their footsteps.

Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to Protest

Thomas Hughes | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Thomas Hughes

Article 19 is calling on the Brazilian government to ensure the right to protest and freedom of expression is protected, by introducing a new law to regulate the use of police force during demonstrations, which should follow five principles, according to UN standards: legality, necessity, proportionality, moderation and convenience.

Royal Ramblings: The North Korean Problem

Danny Stone | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

It has been reported that plans are afoot for North Korea to host an international professional wrestling event in Pyongyang in August. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas is amongst those to have indicated they would want to participate...

Time to Put the Spotlight on South Sudan

David Bull | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
David Bull

South Sudan's children are suffering - and the crisis is set to get worse - much worse - in the coming months if more action is not taken urgently. The world's newest nation is on the brink of devastation with a brutal conflict destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and a growing humanitarian emergency putting the entire future of the country and its children in jeopardy. The United Nations Secretary General has predicted that by the end of this year, an incredible half of South Sudan's 12million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead. At least half of these will be children.

My Friend, Maya Angelou - America's Great Warrior

Jon Snow | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I just heard she's died. I just lost an amazing friend. Maya Angelou was far larger than life: a vast life force. Tall, somewhere around six foot, with a voice that ranged from deep baritone to high contralto. She could recite, sing, dance, laugh, cry, speak, and above all write. She wrote her life from birth to near death. It was a life that etched the beginnings of an understanding of civil rights through to the great moment of the anointing of a black president in 2008.

Film Review - Omar

Clive Botting | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Passionate, emotional and relevant. A nail biting tense thriller with a love triangle, full of suspence in the action filled narrow alleys of the West Bank.

Football in Brazil: It's Different for Girls

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Sport
Beth McLoughlin

While I do think that can be true in any country in the world, Brazil is a particularly macho society and girls still get subjected to insults or ridicule just for having an interest in playing football. The FIFA World Cup presents a great opportunity for children all over the country to meet people from different cultures and experience the magic of the game.

Dead End Towns and Daring to Change

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Everyone has a different relationship with their home town, both growing up and as adults. Some can't wait to escape, others never want to leave. We all lead our own lives and must make these decisions for ourselves, so I would never judge someone for doing what makes them happy. But our home towns are just one tiny corner of a large planet, which has a whole lot of stuff to offer.

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

A Glimmer of Hope on Children's Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today, on Nigerian Children's Day, the girls will still be held in captivity - and their horror continues unabated. We still do not know whether they are being trafficked into slavery or have been abused as has happened to past hostages. And while the Nigerian government has sent more troops to Borno state to back up the 15,000 already on the search, and as satellite and aircraft surveillance has been stepped up, it will take a delicate operation to secure every child's safe homecoming. As we prepare to celebrate Children's Day in Nigeria, America and in many countries around the world, our thoughts are firmly focused on practical measures that can ensure the safe release of the girls and the end of the nightmare for their families.

The New President of Ukraine!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Inna Shevchenko

The Holy date of 25 May, the day of presidential elections in Ukraine, the country's territory is becoming smaller and smaller. Indeed, the elections will not take place in Crimea, rightful territory of Ukraine which was proclaimed by Putin and his gangs of separatists as part of Russian territory. Even after a failed referendum, it seems like the eastern part of Ukraine is not going to participate in the vote as well, as half of the polling stations are already occupied by separatists in the Donbass region. The country is in the middle of a war with an exterior enemy but Ukrainians say that the elections have to happen anyways!

Amazon Destruction? Not In My Builder's Yard

John Sauven | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
John Sauven

Deforestation rates peaked in 2004 and fell steadily for almost ten years. But the loggers didn't go away. They just got smarter. Despite the government's interventions, most of the logging in the Brazilian Amazon was still illegal. The loggers learned how to game the systems put in place to keep illegal timber out of the market. They found crooked sawmills to launder their illegal timber, and exporters that didn't care where their products they sold came from... The scale of illegal logging in the Amazon is astounding. In the state of Pará, almost 80% of logging is believed to be illegal.

This Kiss Is Not a Kiss: Iran's Problem With Women and Film-Makers

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

One of the many depressing things about this is that Iran's anti-women conservatives can't seem to see further than their own bigoted views and appreciate that Hatami, as a juror at Cannes, was potentially doing a useful job of projecting (excuse the pun) a positive image of Iran via its amazingly good film industry.