Our thoughts are with the children of Peshawar


As we begin the countdown to Christmas and what presents to buy for our children and loved ones, we ought to spare a thought for the heartbroken families and relatives of those who had their children and teachers gunned down in a brutal act of "extreme extremism".

In a modern day unprecedented act, 132 school children and their nine teachers were systematically gunned down in Peshawar, Pakistan, by Taliban forces fighting the Government.

Noble peace prize winner for protecting young children, Kailash Satyarthi said:

Lewis Hamilton: Furious backlash after BBC sports award win


Many of the back page sporting headlines covering the emphatic public support for Lewis Hamilton winning the BBC sports personality of the year award read, ‘It’s a complete joke’, conveying the anger and disappointment of the golfing world that bookies favourite Rory McElroy didn’t win.

Time to take Action on Torture


Earlier this week the Senates Intelligence Committee published a report concerning the CIA’s torture programme, which was launched in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, an issue that has caused much stir amongst politicians.

The report stated that the CIA had mislead the senate, congress and the American population about the brutal ineffective techniques uses in the aftermaths of 9/11, where torture usually led to ‘fabricated information’.

Germany’s strong minority voices getting stronger


Like many people who visit the German capital, I love Berlin.

My reasons are perhaps different to the millions who now visit this teeming metropolis. The majority who go there, particularly the young do so because Berlin is, at the moment, one of the coolest urban places on the planet. The four star hotel/hostel  that I stayed at boasted a club night until 4am-thankfully when I wasn’t there- free yoga classes, indoor football, swimming pool, and a bar crawl through the streets of the old East Berlin.

Immigrants: putting the country and record straight


The asinine comment made by Nigel Farage, blaming immigrants for his delayed drive on the M4, has paradoxically made many people reflect on the role those from minority backgrounds have played and are playing in making this country such a fine place to live, though we more than most are aware of its injustices.

Toxic stench of the xenophobe


So Nigel Farage couldn't get himself to a meeting in South Wales…

It was a political meeting and he was the main speaker, so not to turn up is pretty poor. It's hardly likely to inspire much confidence for those looking for someone to take on the establishment.

Farage knew this, and got his excuse in early. "It's the fault of immigrants."

Brown: life, legacy and the future


Yesterday, the prolific politician Gordon Brown announced that he is standing down after a 32 year career in the House of Commons. In those 32 years, Brown was the longest-serving modern Chancellor of the Exchequer, from 1997 to 2007, and then became Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010.

The BBC writes about Brown:

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