As part of Team GB for the London Olympics and as an Olympic Silver Medalist for Team GB in 2008, I’m aware of just how hard the final stretch of any major challenge can be. Of course, practice and preparation for the main event are crucial, but I know that at the end it takes every fibre in my body to finish the race as well as I started.
The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
It took about an hour after reading the article, “Tory MPs go to war over gay marriage”, for that feeling to rise within me. That savagely-brimming, almost eye-watering fury. It surges up from the base of the gut, hovers a while in the midsection of the chest, before flowing out through the triceps into the wrists and then into the fingers, which are now angrily chattering against this keyboard. Meanwhile, whatever spare rage remains flies north and resides in the eyes, and the brain simmers.
On the first International Women’s Day one hundred years ago more than one million people marched in the streets across Europe to call for an end to discrimination and for women to have the same rights as men to work, vote and to shape the future of their countries.
One hundred years later, the reality is [...]
As the festive season fast approaches, Jenni Williams of WOZA thanks supporters of Amnesty International’s Greetings Card Campaign for taking part.
For just £10 – which you can pay by text message, now – you can buy a radio that Amnesty International will smuggle into the country. It will mean an ordinary terrorized Burmese citizen will be able to hear international news broadcasts and find out what is actually happening in their country. Just click here for details.
A human rights emergency often describes crises such as killings of civilians in Darfur, the Rwandan genocide or perhaps even the recent floods in Pakistan. Rarely would one consider a woman’s pregnancy to fall into this category. But when we consider the fact that more than half a million women die in childbirth or related causes every year, it’s clear that the situation has reached catastrophic levels.
“I will never forget the speech she gave… I remember coming away thinking a leader is born”
Today Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65. For most people, the iconic Burmese leader is the world’s most famous political prisoner. For me she is both a friend and an inspiration.
Her whole life has been marred by tragedy.
She is [...]
Given that there was a three year gap between Portishead’s first record and their second, and a whopping eleven years between album two and their third LP of new material, the emergence of new music just a little over a year after Third was released, is admirable productivity for the band. Ok, it’s only a [...]
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