At the age of 15 Halima Ismail Ibrahim was already advocating for women's rights at her high school in Afgoye, 30 km from Mogadishu. With or without a functioning state, as a passionate and committed human rights activist and recently appointed the Co-Chair of the Technical Selection Committee (TSC), Halima has been working for the poor, human rights and with youth for decades.
Thousands of Somalis have been forced to flee an ongoing military offensive in Afgooye Corridor, Southern Somalia. More than 5,000 people have arrived, many on foot and carrying nothing, into overcrowded Mogadishu. I'm standing in Sigale camp, Mogadishu, and the trickle of people struggling in becomes a torrent. Mothers carrying children and their meagre belongings look shattered and collapse under nearby trees.
A legal - and potentially lethal - Somalian drug and cafe culture taking root in British cities may may be the next battleground in Britain's fight ag...
The palestinian cause has become internalised within Human rights discourse, and Muslim movements, the Kurdish cause in contrast has been marginalised, and sidelined. Kurdish population is close to 40million while palestinian population exceeds four million, but enjoy the sympathy and support of the Arab world.
At a time when the need for innovative, thoughtful and commercially viable movies are paramount in the UK, it's always good to see an institution like First Light put their money where their mouth is. A foundation set up to develop skills in under-25s through film and media production, their annual awards ceremony (the 11th) is just around the corner.
One of the main focuses of yesterday's UK Foreign Office conference on Somalia was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the terrorist threat posed by al-Qaeda's newest franchise, al-Shabaab. The very fact that the British government sought to host such a high-profile conference in London demonstrates how serious this threat is being taken.
David Cameron will appeal to international leaders to step up support for Somalia in an effort to stabilise the country described as "the world's most...