Arab Spring

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" ...

Femen Are Brave Women - But Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is Dangerous

Rebecca Meredith | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Meredith

Central to Femen's European cause is anti-Islamic sentiment. They claim that religion is evil - that Islam is morally equivalent to fascism. Last week, the group orchestrated protests in France and Germany against Islam which they called 'topless Jihad Day' and declared a 'new Arab Spring'.

'We Want To Expose Femen For The Islamophobes & Imperialists They Are!': Muslimah Pride Step Up

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'Sisters, Until The Moment There Are ...

British Women Travelling With Aid Convoy Raped In Libya

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

A number of British women travelling with an aid convoy are believed to have been raped in Libya. Pro-government militiamen are suspected of attack...

Saving Syria Is More Important Than Winning the War

Professor Rosemary Hollis | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Rosemary Hollis

In effect the Westerners want to take sides in a multi-dimensional war, with no guarantee that their chosen protégées will prevail. Most likely, by arming the rebels they will give carte blanche to the Russians and Iranians to reinforce their support for Assad and his allies, including the Lebanese Shia faction Hezballah.

A Syrian Spring: An Interview With the Representative of the Syrian National Coalition, Walid Saffour

Tam Hussein | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Walid Saffour is sitting in a light, minimalist office overlooking Hyde Park. A representative of the Syrian National Coalition of the Revolutionary Opposition, he seems like a cross between a gentle Syrian uncle and a seasoned diplomat. Yet while he is affable and polite, there is an intrinsic reserve about him.

Iraq Ten Years On - Was It Worth It?

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

Ten years have passed since American and British troops invaded Iraq on 19 March 2003. Much has happened during that decade, not least the downfall of an infamous dictator and the establishment of a democratic political system. A question that seems to be on everyone's mind these days is whether it was worth it?

'Tweets Is Watchin'

Yassin Alsalman | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Yassin Alsalman

Facebook and twitter came at a pivotal time in history. The chicken or the egg theory can be applied here in asking: Did twitter and facebook help revolutions grow, or did they help track people involved in uprisings? (In both the case of the Arab uprisings and the Occupy movement.) I would say both.