Labour’s leadership election: An emotional journey

Rohullah Yakobi  |  9 July 2015

Having fled my country of birth – Afghanistan – at a young age and lived in different countries as a refugee, I have gained valuable experiences and life knowledge which could never be attained through academic education. I appreciate many things that so many in this country take for granted. I have gained, in my mind, a …

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Britain must protect the gains we’ve made in Afghanistan

Maria Holmblad  |  10 September 2014

Last week, world leaders from Nato member states gathered in Wales for the 2014 Nato summit. While Ukraine and ISIS were high on the agenda, so too was the ongoing withdrawal from Afghanistan. As Nato winds up its 13-year long commitment to the country, the United Kingdom’s involvement will undergo an important transition. Nato’s secretary-general, …

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Conflict fatigue must not become a paralysing straitjacket

John Woodcock MP  |  16 June 2014

There was something deeply depressing about the headlines on teaching British values in our schools this weekend. Not the idea itself, though most teachers have presumably been asking what exactly the government thinks they do all day if not that. Rather, it was depressing that David Cameron thought it was the most important thing to …

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Afghanistan: an extraordinary election

Rohullah Yakobi  |  7 April 2014

On Saturday 5 April 2014, Afghans went to the polls to elect their next president. This is the first time in the war-torn country’s history when the political power will transfer from one elected president to another. The Taliban had vowed to disrupt the election process at all costs, intensifying their attacks (mostly through suicide …

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The Russia dilemma

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  21 March 2014

Britain’s political class did not distinguish itself in its immediate response to the Crimean crisis. A zoom lens outside Downing Street which captured Cabinet Office papers in the hands of an unguarded official seemed to reveal yet more evidence that the protection of the City trumps any other strategic instincts for this government. Labour, meanwhile, …

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The struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan

Fiona O'Donnell MP  |  7 March 2014

Saturday 8 March 2014 marks International Women’s Day and women, and some men, will want to mark it in some way. In Westminster MPs took part in debates highlighting the different conditions that women live and work under in different parts of the globe: a debate in Westminster Hall focused on women in business while …

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Rethinking counter-terrorism: drones and targeted killings

Richard Howitt MEP  |  24 February 2014

Malala Yousafzai recently told Barack Obama that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism in Pakistan. There are few people more opposed to the Taliban than Malala. They tried to deny her an education, and then they tried to take her life. So when she says drone strikes are making things worse, we should listen. We should …

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After Afghanistan

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  16 January 2014

2014 is the last year of British military involvement in Afghanistan and the end of a long phase of ‘nation-building’ efforts since 9/11. While David Cameron has unconvincingly declared ‘mission accomplished’, in reality the next Labour government will wrestle with an agonising set of dilemmas about the UK’s future involvement in stabilising failed and failing …

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The other reason we should worry for Malala

James Bloodworth  |  9 October 2013

Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai? So far that’s the question everybody has been afraid to ask, mainly because we already know the answer. The Taliban tried to murder young Malala because Islamists tremble at the thought of a woman – any woman – demanding the right to an education. In the case of …

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Human rights challenges for a Labour government

Andrew Noakes  |  22 August 2013

Human rights are core Labour values, rooted in equality, universality, and solidarity. Together with a group of other Labour activists, I have formed the Labour Campaign for Human Rights. Our aim is to champion a Labour vision for human rights as we head into the next election. The UK needs better leadership to face the …

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