UK Afghanistan

Stop Asking The Taliban To Surrender

Ben Acheson | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Ben Acheson

The first pre-requisite for any genuine Afghan peace process is reshaping the surrender-narrative. The term 'peace' itself must be reclaimed so that it is no longer viewed with suspicion or equated to surrender and weakness. Those who are hostile to it become comfortable with it.

Why We Can't We Make Peace In Afghanistan

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Ask anyone working in Afghanistan why peace is still elusive and the answers are predictable. Some will blame Pakistan for harbouring Taliban leaders....

Donald Trump's Afghanistan Strategy 'Inspired By Picture Of Women In Miniskirts'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK

Donald Trump’s decision to change his longstanding views of the war in Afghanistan was partly inspired by a picture of women in miniskirts, reports ...

Donald Trump's Address To The Nation Leaves Everyone Scratching Their Heads

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK

President Trump used his first official Address to the Nation on Monday night to announce his administration’s grand strategy for the ongoing war in...

No Military Solution And No Negotiations In Afghanistan - So What Next?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.

It's Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits

Azi Ahmed | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Azi Ahmed

The armed forces need to think about how they can market themselves to Muslim communities. They need to hold open days at barracks and go into schools, trying to find a way of connecting with young Muslims and counter-acting the negative propaganda too many are fed through social media.

I Came To The UK As A Child Alone. Now I Am Saving Lives Miles Away Using Telemedicine

Dr Waheed Arian | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Dr Waheed Arian

I have also been incredibly lucky to be given all these opportunities in the UK, especially by our amazing NHS, which I value more everyday as I compare it first-hand with other healthcare systems in the world. Our charity enables us to bring global learning and research to the NHS, especially from overseas systems, as well as interesting cases and data. I have always wanted to give back to the NHS on a massive scale.

Don't Deport Me, I'm British

Bashir Naderi | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Bashir Naderi

When people like me who have arrived in the UK as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children turn seventeen and a half, the Home Office starts the process of removing us back to our countries of birth. The system requires us to prove why we should be allowed to stay and why we should not be sent back. The Home Office thought it safe for me to go back to Afghanistan, so under the system I was automatically detained and placed behind bars ready to be removed from the country.

Refugee Week: Female Refugees - The Silent Refugee Community

Lily Beaumont | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Lily Beaumont

Refugee week is an important time in which to reflect both upon the issues within refugee communities in the UK and upon how the UK society as a whole...

Different Pasts, Shared Future - What The Theme Of This Year's Refugee Week Means To Me

Farid Mall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Farid Mall

The journey was stressful, my wife cried a lot, but we did our best to hide it for the sake of our young boys. We finally arrived in Gatwick Airport on 16th September 1998, very thankful to be safe.

Afghan Boy Found At Heathrow Airport To Be Placed In Council Care

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK

An Afghan boy found alone at Heathrow Airport should go into council care in England, a High Court judge has decided. The child, believed to be about ...

Photo Shows Combat Photographer Who Captured Her Own Death In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK

The US Army has released a dramatic photo taken by a combat photographer who captured her own death on camera. The image was taken by Specialist (Spc)...

After The Mother Of All Bombs, The New Malalas Using Education To Pioneer Peace

Natasha Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

The Middle East produces strong women. Against a backdrop, often, of oppression, war and terror, they have learned to survive in some of the world's d...

Marine Alexander Blackman Could Walk Free From Prison Within Weeks

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman could be freed from prison within weeks after the Court Martial Appeal Court on Tuesday sentenced him to seven years f...

Ministers Accused Of 'Hiding' Details Of £1m Compensation Deal With Jamal al-Harith

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of “hiding” and unnecessarily refusing to answer questions about whether or not and when a former British Guantanamo B...

'Little Messi' Afghan Boy Finally Meeting His Hero Is The Sweetest Thing You'll See Today

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

A six-year-old Afghan boy who captured hearts around the world with his homemade Lionel Messi shirt has finally met his hero - and was so thrilled he ...

I Served in Afghanistan And Learned I'm Not A Cold-Blooded Killer

William Shield | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
William Shield

I adopted the kneeling position for accuracy, slowed down my breathing, did a quick estimate of distance, the wind, and adjusted my rifle aim accordingly. I then put a small amount of pressure on the trigger

Medicating The Man

William Shield | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

bmm banner.jpg My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.

The Fear Of Losing White Male Privilege Is Felt By All Of Us

Anber Raz | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anber Raz

My mother was 17 when she came to the UK from Pakistan. Like many young women, she dreamed of travelling and getting a first-rate education abroad in a safe and happy country. Her reality turned out to be very different. When she went shopping, shopkeepers often smiled at her with their "good old British charm", but then refused to accept payment directly from her. They kept a jar of water filled with dishwasher soap and asked her to drop money in there lest her brown skin rub off on them.

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

Is Judgment Day Coming For US Troops In Afghanistan?

Claudia Hyde | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Claudia Hyde

Whatever direction US foreign policy takes come January, all eyes will be on the ICC to see how it adapts to these new challenges, and how it embraces the opportunities it is presented with. It must not grow complacent.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Britain's Seven Covert Wars

Mark Curtis | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Britain is fighting at least seven covert wars in the Middle East and North Africa, outside of any democratic oversight or control. Whitehall has in effect gone underground, with neither parliament nor the public being allowed to debate, scrutinise or even know about these wars...

Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.