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Philippines - Three Months On - Is the Aid Getting Through?

Richard Gaisford | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Richard Gaisford

Today we learn of the incredible British generosity in the storm's wake. Following the DEC Philippines appeal last November, it is expected that around 90 million pounds has been donated by people in the UK. That's a truly phenomenal amount, a proud achievement for a country where austerity driven cuts have had most people tightening their financial belts.

Now Is the Time to Get Disability on the International Development Agenda

James Thornberry | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Disabled people have unique needs and we cannot expect this group to just be absorbed in general aid or international development programmes. Instead we must provide targeted support that benefits this vulnerable and often forgotten group.

Summit to Think About: Can the Best of British Really Save the World's Wildlife?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Why should the government be spending so much time and money on such a 'trivial' issue given the other awful things that happen day in, day out, around the world? Quite simply... because it matters. It matters to all of us, whether we're in Africa, Asia or just sat at home watching EastEnders. Wildlife crime is a big problem, and it's big news right now.

Dangerous Loopholes in Climate Change Framework

Libby Blanchard | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Without stronger rules for REDD+ in UN climate negotiations, REDD+ could promote the development of monocrop forests.

Cruel Cut Aftermath, Space For FGM Survivors

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

Today we Mark FGM Zero Tolerance Day - 6 February is a reminder that female genital mutilation is a global issue; it should not, however, be the only day we remember that. Sadly, every minute five girls undergo FGM. If it takes you a couple of minutes to read this blog, by the time you're finished 10 girls will or more have been irreversibly mutilated.

We Must End FGM Now and Give Girls a Future

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The prevalence of FGM varies between regions of Guinea-Bissau, depending on the distribution of different ethnic groups who consider the practice part of their ethnic identity, traditional and religious beliefs. And this is the crux of the issue. FGM is so bound up with the culture of many groups that it becomes hard, and controversial, to tackle it without seeming to undermine the very foundations of that historic culture.

Why Ukraine Protest Is a Test of Courage for Europe

Richard Howitt | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

Mass demonstrations in freezing temperatures, a repressive police response - the scenes from the 'Maidan' in Ukraine leaves little doubt about where our sympathies should lie. The fact that the protest is from those who want to leave the country's Soviet past far behind by locking it on a path towards European Union membership would seem to remove all doubt.

Tunisia and Egypt: A Tale of Two People

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

All hopes from the Arab Spring seem to have evaporated. The so-called Spring has turned into a desert storm. In Egypt politics fell flat and the country resorted to a path of self-destruction within a year of starting a democratic journey. However, in Tunisia the national leadership hung on and refused to succumb to self-destruction...

Get Into the Groove: Why Pussy Riot Should Start Doing Disco Songs

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova's campaigning in Russia has always involved a recognition of the need to properly respect women's and LGBTI people's rights and with the Sochi Winter Olympics and its extremely gay-unfriendly backdrop just days away, I hope that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova can be enticed to knock out a few disco tunes.

What We Need to Save Lives in South Sudan

Arjan Hehenkamp | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Arjan Hehenkamp

Ordinary South Sudan citizens have been extraordinarily affected by the violent events of the past weeks. The destruction of hospitals and markets, as well as the increased pressure on host communities due to mass displacement, brings me to this conclusion: South Sudan will face a humanitarian emergency for the months to come, and its people will need all the help they can get.

New Delhi Roundup

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dr Michael Petry

After what was one of the worst flights I have ever had (Air India with a 14 hour unscheduled delay in Mumbai) I finally got to New Delhi in time for their Art Fair Week. Much like Frieze, it is one event after the other, and very exciting it was too (and that was not just the water buffalo on the road, or tuk tuks coming at you on the wrong side of the street).

World Cancer Day: A Sobering Reminder

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sania Nishtar

Let us at least recognize the magnitude of the problem and pay tribute to those braving cancers and others serious conditions on World Cancer Day while we continue with our struggle to fight health systems challenges and raise awareness about prevention.

Round the World Travel: 26 UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites Not to Miss

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

To travel the world is to witness new things. Travel, quite literally, opens your eyes to a whole new world and introduces you to entirely new people. It is this sense of connecting people and broadening horizons that is part of what makes travel so exciting and beautiful.

The Plastic Surgery Witch Hunt - Why We Should Take a Leaf Out of Venezuela's Book

Billie JD Porter | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Billie JD Porter

From Blake Lively's schnoz to Megan Fox's ongoing face transplant, celebrities as we know them are not exactly queuing up to admit to their surgery. Things couldn't be more different in Venezuela, where, on the contrary, a new nose, some porcelain teeth and cheek implants are somewhat of a status symbol, in a nation where facial bandages are worn with pride.

Coke Ad Controversy Displays Deep-Seated Ignorance

Brad Linzy | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Brad Linzy

This morning I awoke to a Facebook feed peppered with controversy over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad, which featured a multicultural mix of people, all presumably Americans, singing "America the Beautiful" in their native tongues. Most negative commenters seem to think it is in some way blasphemous to sing "America the Beautiful" in any language other than English...

The Law of Karma ? Even India's Minorities & Liberal Elite Are Turning to Narendra Modi

Abhaey Singh | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Abhaey Singh

Until recently, Narendra Modi, India's Prime Ministerial hopeful for the 2014 elections, was a hate figure for many of us. By 'us', I refer to a small but highly visible minority of well educated, somewhat Westernised and haughtily self-righteous members of India's rapidly growing liberal elite.

Faith: Why Tony Blair Is Right, And So Dangerously Wrong

Nick Jefferson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Nick Jefferson

On Sunday, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote an opinion piece for British newspaper The Observer. In it, he asserts that the wars of the 21st century are "less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology - like those of the 20th century - but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference".

Women's Work - Camilla Carr and Alla Little. Valuable Life Lessons From Kidnap, Torture And Abuse.

Andy Law | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Andy Law

If you spotted Camilla Carr and Alla Little in a café drinking lattés, chatting, giggling and sharing photos on their smartphones, you might think they were friends out shopping and catching up on old times. You wouldn't think they were discussing their imminent talk to corporate bigwigs about How To Cope - when kidnapped, threatened with execution, mentally tortured, raped and treated like an animal.

How the UK Is Leading the Global Fight Against FGM

Justine Greening | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Violence against girls and women is a global pandemic. One in three women is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime, a statistic that shames us all. It is the most widespread form of systemic abuse and there is no evidence that levels are decreasing. It is an issue that the Huffington Post has been committed to highlighting and has been the subject of many recent Parliamentary debates. MP Bill Cash is currently taking an excellent Bill through the parliamentary process that if it becomes law will legally require DFID to makes sure that gender equality is considered before providing aid.

The Challenge of Getting Older People in Developing Countries Seen, Heard and Helped

Toby Porter | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

But what about the hundreds of millions of older people in countries without this social security architecture, and where little or no such services exist? By 2050, 80% of the world's population over 60 will be living in developing countries. What sort of older age can they look forward to?

Romanians' Migration to the UK: Predictions Versus Reality

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

From 8,000 to 385,000 (not to speak about 29million) it is a huge field open to speculations exploited by tabloid media and xenophobic politicians.

Politicians at Every Level Must Join the Fight Against FGM

Tim Farron | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

Turkey's Drastic Rate Hikes Could Be the Start of a Dangerous New Phase

Jeremy Cook | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Turkey's economic issues have long been of concern to investors. Before the protests in Taksim Square provided us the media images to go with the political strife, tensions were already rising. The demonstrations merely made comparisons to the 'Arab Spring' possible for the broadcasters, which of course is exactly what that they wanted.

Work or Starve: Child Labour in Pakistan's Brick Kilns

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

It is estimated that child labourers now exceed 12million in Pakistan. Even worse, these children are often exposed to physical violence, long working hours and dangerous working conditions. Just a few days ago a ten-year-old boy allegedly had his hand crushed by his brick factory owner boss for refusing to work.