Arab Spring

My First Night(Morning) in Cairo

Alastair Carr | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

The power of the people however clichéd a term is inescapable in the streets that never empty of movement or the background noise of shouting complimented by car horns, which are used at any and every opportunity. The Egyptian Revolution, showed this at it's most awesome, yet it remains incomplete. Catharsis was not achieved.

Citizen Journalist: How Social Media Reveals the Truth in Turkey

Planet Ivy | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

This is an entirely new beast that is showing where the real democracy lies. It lies in the social media feed - the one we carry with us in our pocket all day long, the one we check on average 14 times a day. Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of recent rebellions from Brixton to Egypt, operating as an easy way to mobilise and organise protesters.

Gezi Park Protests: The Start of a 'Turkish Spring'?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

The Gezi Park protests may provide a chance to clear the air about this disaffection. The prime minister's Office urgently needs to find better ways of communicating with the public. Most of all the prime minister needs to start rebuilding bridges with sceptics, who want to know that the government is not above listening to their concerns.

Qardawi's Blunder

Tam Hussein | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Qardawi's call for jihad completely ignores the world as it is today: a world of nation-states. In order for there to be any progress in the Syrian conflict, Islamists of all colors and sectarian persuasions must throw out sectarian rhetoric. They must reconcile themselves with the idea that all Syrians are citizens and should not take the sectarian bait.

Jessica Elgot

'The Halo Has Slipped'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK

The brutal reaction of Turkish police to the Occupy Gezi protests in Istanbul could have permanently damaged the country's reputation, a leading exper...

Should We Be Teaching Our Future Leaders to Rationalise Violence?

Nash Riggins | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

Eton of all schools should know better. After all, by providing this question to teens who - more than likely - will be running Britain in 30 years' time, educators are only planting a seed in each student's head that suggests it's somehow okay to shoot dead protesters in order to coil unrest.

UK To Push For Syrian Arms Embargo To Be Lifted

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

The UK will push for the European Union's arms embargo on Syria to be lifted to enable the potential supply of weapons to forces fighting against Bash...

Topless Tunisian Protester 'Facing Two Years In Jail' After Femen Protest

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Activist Amina Tyler is reportedly facing two years in jail after her arrest in Tunisia earlier this month. The 19-year-old, who was threatened wi...

Blowing Up the Nusra Front

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

In the past two years, Western media coverage has focused on the growing popularity of Salafist jihadi groups like the Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) in Syria. These groups have become both an argument to intervene militarily, as well as a reason to stay out.

Egypt's Challenge - Far From Cairo

Shaimaa Khalil | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Shaimaa Khalil

I was naturally nervous when I decided to travel 600 km south by train from Cairo to the town of Nagaa Hammadi by the banks of the river Nile. I wanted to see if Egypt's revolution of 2011 had changed life for people far away from the capital. My guide for the journey was a young student activist from Cairo who had grown up there.

Topless Activist 'Arrested In Tunisia' (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Topless Tunisian Protester 'Facing Two Years In Jail' After Femen Protest There are reports activist Amina Tyler has been arrested after da...

Still Dreaming of Damascus: Syrian Artist Exhibits in London

Tam Hussein | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tam Hussein

The Syrian uprising has torn Syrian artists and no less Dahoul. He is clearly tortured by events back home. Yet he does not wholly support the uprising either.

Analysis: Of Red Lines and Shadow Wars

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

Syria likely has little choice in continuing to acquiesce in the shipments of weapons to Hezbollah via its territory. The last thing the Assad regime needs now is a war with Israel, but it is now far too weak to call the shots itself.

Ignoring the Torture of Our Own Citizens Demonstrates How Far Britain Is Willing to Go to Preserve Its Cost Relationship With Brutal Gulf Dictatorships

James Elliott | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The British government recently sat down with torturers and did business. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, but British citizens. "but British citizens.

Does Democracy Begin at Home? Why Many People With Learning Disabilities Won't Vote Tomorrow

Su Sayer | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Su Sayer

Something struck me while the Arab Spring was spreading throughout the Middle East in 2011. The main reason so much of the British media and public was enthusiastic about these revolutions was the hope they would result in the spread of democracy to other countries.

The Syrian Brotherhood's Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem

Tam Hussein | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Out of all the places to meet Zuheir Salem, the number two man of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB), a David Brent-style office in Alperton, north London, is probably the least expected. The office of the SMB is so elusive that even the security guard does not know what the SMB are or what they do.

Bahrain: The Bigger Picture

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

In reality, Bahrain has an extremely complex political and societal fabric that needs to be understood. The vast spectrum of opinions consequently led to the formation of 21 political societies, all whose voices need to be considered to ensure change by consensus.

The Principle of Being a Principal

Nikita Malik | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

The principal-agent framework has wider implications that are applicable to all Middle Eastern countries. For example, beyond the removal of the principal and his immediate family, can the broader regime of agents and networks of patronage be removed?

Egypt's Challenge - Two Years After the Revolution

Shaimaa Khalil | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Shaimaa Khalil

I'm an Egyptian journalist working for the BBC in London and I've been reporting on the tumultuous events in my country for the last two years. In my new six-part BBC World Service series, Egypt's Challenge, I want to find out what post-revolutionary Egypt looks like. As it struggles to understand its new democracy I want to know what the main challenges facing my country are.

Egypt's Challenge - Two Years After the Revolution

Shaimaa Kahlil | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Shaimaa Kahlil

I'm an Egyptian journalist working for the BBC in London and I've been reporting on the tumultuous events in my country for the last two years. In my new six-part BBC World Service series, Egypt's Challenge, I want to find out what post-revolutionary Egypt looks like. As it struggles to understand its new democracy I want to know what the main challenges facing my country are.

WATCH: Bomb Attack On French Embassy In Libya

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

The French embassy in Libya has been attacked by a car bomb. Two French guards were injured and extensive damage was caused by the blast, in the ca...

British Politicians Shouldn't Ignore UAE Rights Abuses

Rori Donaghy | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

When it comes to the UAE, British values whither when the temptation of untold riches is on offer. Certain politicians have grabbed all they can, be it for personal gain or departmental funds, and ignored abuses against British and Emirati citizens alike.

WATCH: 'I Was Beaten, Kidnapped & Drugged By My Family – But I Plan To Protest Topless Again'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK

Tunisian activist Amina Tyler has revealed she was beaten, kidnapped and drugged by her family after posting pictures of herself baring her breasts on...

'Femen Are True Feminists But They Have Insulted Muslims': Topless Tunisian Activist Amina Tyler Speaks

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Amina Tyler: Topless Tunisian Protester Tells Femen She Was Beaten, Kidnapped & Drugged By Her Family (VIDEO) A Tunisian activist, who was ...

'Sisters, Until The Moment There Are No Stones, Bullets Or Blood In Your Religion, We Will Fight It'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK

UPDATE: 'Femen Are True Feminists But They Have Insulted Muslims': Topless Tunisian Activist Amina Tyler Speaks In the wake of the "topless jihad" ...