Sri Lanka declares state of emergency


Following tensions arising between the Sinhalese Buddhist and Muslim communities in Digana, Kandy district, the Sri Lankan government issued a 10-day nationwide state of emergency

Make your mind up Bibi?


Just a little under a month ago, it seemed quite clear that the root cause of the more recent conflict between Israel and Gaza lay ultimately with the kidnapping and subsequent killings of three Israeli teens, after which President Netanyahu did not hold back in pointing the finger. Infact, both Netanyahu and his official spokesperson Mark Regev made official statements in which they very confidently claimed Hamas was responsible for these crimes, and that there was ‘absolutely no doubt' about it.

By Dilruba Wadud | 20 August 2014

Sri Lanka: The Sunday Leader- ''Unbowed & Unafraid'' But for How Much Longer?


Lasantha Wickrematunga remains a name of no significance to many. He was in fact one of the most renowned Sri Lankan journalists to have ever lived. Wickremetunga founded Sri Lankan newspaper 'The Sunday Leader', and was the editor for 15 years.

The Sunday Leader exposed what no other Sri Lankan paper dared to; corruption, nepotism, demise of press freedom and...
By Emma Wallace | 06 November 2012

Rohingya - The Forgotten People


They are branded as one of the most persecuted communities in the world by the UN, yet nobody knows their name. They are the forgotten people. In recent weeks, the escalating violence has displaced more than 90,000 Rohingya people. Villages are being burnt, people are being abducted, concentration camps are being created, women are being raped and children mercilessly killed.

By Nadia Hussain | 12 August 2012

Buddhist Vigilantes Kill Myanmar Muslims ~ Rohingya Blogger

Buddhist vigilantes in western Myanmar have attacked a bus and killed nine Muslims in one of the deadliest communal violence in the country. "More than a hundred people beat and killed those people. The residents even torched the bus," a villager told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

By Foreda Begum | 06 June 2012

Until Our Land Is No More


The city of Bonn hosted the UN Climate Change Conference last month (14-25 May). Over 3'000 representatives from 181 countries participated in the talks which are supposed to outline an extension for the Kyoto Protocol (1997). This is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change, and the mandate ends later this year. The signing parties of the Kyoto Protocol recognises that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of greenhouse gas emission as a result of 150 years of industrial activity, and places heavy burden on these nations under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities". The Kyoto Protocol commits parties to invest in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and emission trading.

By Hassan Hirsi | 05 June 2012

2012: Let the Ugandan Dream prevail

I take this opportunity to thank everybody and use this space to talk with you about the future we face together. Though at times it may seem uncertain, the future is ours to decide, ours to define and ours to win, and I know we will.This is the time we must reflect boldly as our resolve is being tested, but the Ugandan Dream and we as a nation must prevail. Overcoming the challenges we face today requires a new vision for tomorrow the true and original Ugandan dream. We must move forward...

By Job Collins | 31 January 2012

The Urban Uprising - The Week the Youth Devastated Britain


Tragically it only took one isolated incident, the death of Mark Duggan which aggravation was initially directed at the police and their shortcomings; it a took a peaceful protest in honour of Mark Duggan for a group of opportunists to take this chance to create a national outrage which terrorised and affected the lives of thousands of innocents across England. The Guardian as well as other reporters has stated the financial connotations of these attacks worth thousands of pounds to an already devastated economy now needed to fix all the damages caused to the small businesses, properties and homes.

By Foreda Begum | 15 August 2011

Young Londoners are Concerned about the Drought in East Africa


On a bright Sunday afternoon in Hyde Park, hundreds of people were relaxing with their friends before facing another hectic Monday, but a group of young people in the park were there for a different reason. They were raising money for victims of the east African drought before the start of Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting for Muslims.

On July 31st, the day before Ramadan began, Suraya, Naima, and Nafisa, three University students, created a sporting event and fundraiser. They organized the fundraiser before Ramadan to raise money for the millions of the drought victims, many of whom, will be fasting this month despite not having enough food to break their fasts at sunset. While sitting down with the organizers, they told me why fundraising for drought victims across east Africa is so important right now.

By Marium Sattar | 11 August 2011

The Syrian spring: what will become of the minorities?


The Arab world has kept the rest of the world fixated and on their toes as the future of the Middle East unravels before our eyes. Syria has had to endure brutality in the last five months in the name of change; the majority of Syrians wants to see the end of the 40-year Baath dictatorship which has suppressed their rights and freedom in the hope that president Bashar al-Assad will be overthrown. Images of protestors have been plastered all over our television screens. We've seen victory in Egypt where people-power overthrew the Mubarak regime, however it was not long before problems rose within the Egyptians themselves as Muslims and Christians clashed against each other which the media wasted no time to defame and use to their advantage.

By Foreda Begum | 05 July 2011