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Drone Missions In Afghanistan Now Flown From British Soil

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Drone missions over Afghanistan have been flown by RAF pilots operating on British soil for the first time, it emerged on Thursday. Until this week...

Reading for a Better Future

Alam Ghafoor | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Alam Ghafoor

Education is the cornerstone of an equal and sustainable community . By providing children access to a solid education, they not only become literate and numerate they acquire life skills that equip them as valuable contributing members of their community . An educated child becomes an empowered adult.

Us & Them: Some Lessons From the Ancient Greeks

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

What are we? English? Welsh? British? Are we bothered? Most of the time our "identity", national, religious or whatever, probably isn't at the top of our list of concerns. But sometimes circumstances come along which make us less secure in ourselves, less able to take our place in the world quite so much for granted.

Long Journey Ahead for Afghanistan

John Glen | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Glen

Recognising the deep, long-term nature of development work is critical to reasoning why we cannot duck out of our obligation when we feel the financial strain at home, and plan to return to it at a later date. Debate on how to achieve our objectives in development needs to be open and informed.

Boston Bombings: The West's Selective Grieving

Assed Baig | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

On the same day as the Boston bombings at least 33 were killed and 160 wounded in a string of bomb attacks across Iraq. Attacks which did not take place before the US led invasion of the country. The same media coverage was not afforded to the dead in Iraq, nor did Obama seek to comment on the issue.

Securing the Future of Afghanistan

James Arbuthnot | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
James Arbuthnot

In our report published today, we concluded that, at the end of UK operations in Afghanistan in 2014, the best the UK will be able to do is to withdraw in good order and engage with external partners to improve Afghanistan's future prospects.

'Afghan Interpreters Are Being Abandoned By Britain'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

Britain has a "moral obligation" to help Afghan interpreters who are in danger of being abandoned and left at the mercy of the Taliban, a number of ke...

From Jaipur With Love: Nadeem Aslam's 'The Blind Man's Garden' (part two)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK
Nauman Khalid

Nauman: Right, now this is about your personal life. You had no English when you arrived in Britain. Nadeem: No, well I had English in that when I wa...

From Jaipur With Love: Nadeem Aslam's 'The Blind Man's Garden' (part one)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK
Nauman Khalid

I first met Nadeem Aslam briefly at the unveiling of his latest novel The Blind Man's Garden at the South Asian Literature Festival in London (southas...

Bieber Fans and the Taliban

Gareth Milner | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gareth Milner

Bieber's fan base can easily be compared to a religious extremist group. They seem to want to take over the world and convert anyone in their path. The worst bit about them is not the sheer disgraceful manner that many (but admittedly not all) behave in when someone disagrees with them.

Britain's Highest Award For Soldier Killed In Helmand

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

A British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Lance Corporal James Ashwo...

Who Is to Blame for Violent Ex-Servicemen?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

This story is about young men (and yes, it is mostly men) who leave the forces early, rather than those who have undertaken multiple tours and spent a decent amount of time in the services. It's about those young men who already have a propensity for violence and who can't handle the discipline of the army. It's about how they are discharged and then booted out into society.

Military Men Much More Likely To Commit Violent Crimes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

Young men who have served in the military are much more likely to commit violent crimes than those who haven't, a study has shown. Men who had seen...

Push for Change on Women's Rights

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Bringing about change is a long-term task, in which girls' education, economic opportunities and women's representation and rights are all key. This is why the UK's programmes and the benefits they bring to Afghan women and girls will continue long after British troops come home in 2014.

Why Alan Duncan Makes More Sense Than Captain Raveman on Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I still find myself largely in sympathy with Alan Duncan on aid and in particular on women's rights in Afghanistan. You don't have to be a cheerleader for military intervention in Afghanistan (I certainly wasn't) to take this view.

Insurgents Launch Rocket Attack On Camp Bastion

PA | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Insurgents launched a rocket attack on Camp Bastion, the military base in Afghanistan which houses British troops. The heavily fortified base, wher...

The Iraq War - An Interview With the Show's Creator

Michael Spicer | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Michael Spicer

Tony Blair is in reflective mood as he leans over his grande cappuccino, contemplating another sip. It's been ten years since he and co-creator George W. Bush took the world by storm with their hit show The Iraq War and, as is often the case when an enduring series reaches a milestone anniversary, fans are debating the possibility of a reunion.

Afghan Woman Mutilated By Taliban Urges Abused Women 'Never Give Up' (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

An Afghan woman whose nose and ears were hacked off after she fled a forced marriage is urging abused women to “never give up and don’t lose hope...

Even After Ten Years, Afghan Women Still Do Not Have Basic Human Rights

Sara Basharmal | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Basharmal

There are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Afghanistan that are trying their level best to help the women gain back their rights, however, the level of achievement that is being made is slow.

The Rise of the Neo-Chickenhawks

Joe Glenton | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Sorely under-used today, chickenhawk was a popular expression during Vietnam. It describes an individual, often a politician, who clamours for war while avoiding military service. George W. Bush is a prime example.

Wicked Jihad

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Like every anti-establishment movement before it, the al-Qaeda has become cool and recruiters know that and take care to cultivate this image. In our work, we found one terrorist recruiter who urged young male Muslims to join global jihad for "the adventure - it's better than a holiday"

Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

Joe Glenton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Christmas Truce

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

Like smoke drifting across no man's land as the sound of the guns and the mortar finally fell quiet, the Christmas truce of 1914 has been shrouded by the mists of time. A historical event which occurred early in the First World War and one many of us are familiar with; yet it has the feel and texture of legend as much as fact.

Bill For David Cameron's Foreign Trips Is Published

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

David Cameron's foreign trips cost taxpayers more than £530,000 last summer. The prime minister, who is currently in India on a trade visit, visit...

Think Paddy Ashdown Knows Something About Drones? Think Again

Luke Massey | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Ashdown appears unbridled by, or wilfully ignorant of, the fundamental issues which make a mockery of his analysis. While he is right to point out that some of the issues which concern people about the growing use of drone warfare are reflected in extant military practices, his conclusions are baffling and misplaced.