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Bands Of Children Are Setting Fire To Tyres To Stop Their City Being Bombed

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

Children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are setting fire to tyres to create ‘no-fly zones’ for the planes trying to drop bombs on them. The...

'It's Your Turn, Doctor': Medics Under Fire in Syria

Toby Cadman | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The organisation 'Medics Under Fire' has documented the killing of 615 medical workers since the beginning of the conflict. 97% of them died as a result of Syrian Government attacks, which evinces that this is not a two-side problem.

Six-Year-Old Girls in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp Draw Tanks, Soldiers and Blood

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

We woke up early for the two hour drive from the city, into the midst of the desert, and there it was... Barbed wire, security and dust; we had our passports and equipment thoroughly checked before entering. As we drove through the camp the vastness of it became clear, sand-coloured shelters in every direction, as far as the eye could see; the homes of 85,000 Syrian refugees.

The Root Cause of the EU Migrant Crisis as Well as of the 'Arab Spring' and the Rise of ISIS

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

"The days of irregular migration to Europe are over", announced European Council President Donald Tusk on 7 March 2016. If only this were true! Alas...

I Support Air Strikes and I Don't Know Why

Georgina Edwards | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...

In The Wake Of Syria Air Strikes, We Need to Welcome Refugees

Lexi Rose | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Lexi Rose

According to the UN, life expectancy in Syria has been cut by 20 years. The UN also predicted that by the end of 2015 there will be 4.27 million Syrian refugees. Our actions in parliament are only going to add to these numbers.

To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

Luke McManus | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Cameron's new campaign contains no concrete plans for curtailing the above, no plans for injecting life into the economies of these communities once IS has been eradicated and no plans for bringing an end to a civil war which has displaced 9.5 million people. Thus, as seen in Ma'an, a cycle of fight or flight will continue in the absence of any genuine offering of enduring stability for the Syrian people.

With Regret, I Feel I Have No Other Option But to Abstain on Syria

Jo Cox | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Cox

It is with regret that I feel I have no other option but to abstain on this evening's vote... I have thought long and hard before deciding that I have no other choice. The reason is simple, I'm not against airstrikes in principle. In fact as part of an integrated strategy for Syria they are almost certainly a necessary part. But airstrikes are a tactic not a strategy and outside a strategy I fear they will fail.

We Must War With Isis In Syria

John Sargeant | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
John Sargeant

Solidarity for all victims requires nothing less, if our common humanity has any meaning. Otherwise ISIS have already won the culture war. We might want to imagine peace, but that is not the reality being offered by Jihadists.

Who Are the Moderate Opposition in Syria?

Gareth Bayley | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

Syrian Opposition groups have opposed the brutal Assad regime for years but came together and swelled in numbers in 2011... So just who are the Syrian Moderate Opposition now? What do they want and who are they fighting? Below we attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Syrian Moderate Opposition.

Just What Syria Needs: More Bombs

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

It comes down to this: should the UK use what little international influence it still has to encourage the resumption of international peace talks - and could David Cameron and Philip Hammond bring themselves to champion the cause of the EU as an essential part of the mix? Or would they rather ask the House of Commons to approve RAF bombing raids in Syria, even though they must know full well that a few more bombs - even if they carry "Made in Britain" markings - are unlikely to make a blind bit of difference?

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.

The Coming Syrian Regional War? A Full Briefing

Paul Reynolds | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The current question before the political leaders of the USA's allies such as the UK is 'how can we address the refugee problem at source, and how far should our escalating military efforts against ISIS and the Syrian regime go ?'.

Jeremy Corbyn and Foreign Policy: The Boy in the Bubble

Gary Kent | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Such radical thinking on domestic and foreign policy highlights the gap between Corbyn and mainstream social democracy, a big plus for his followers, who are fed up with centrist politics. Every generation challenges received wisdom.

Syria: Assad-Iran's Faustian Pact with ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Nehad Ismail

ISIS has been criticized for its attacks on civilians and rival opposition groups. It has rarely targeted the Assad's regime and not a single barrel bomb has been dropped by the regime on ISIS.

Assad Is Still Killing Civilians In Syria's Capital

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unab...

Jessica Elgot

How This Man Lifts The Lid On The World's Biggest Stories From His Leicester Living Room

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

For most people who caught a glimpse of the harrowing video where journalist James Foley knelt on a barren, windswept hill next to the Islamic State m...

Jihad, Utopia and 'Muddled' Foreign Policy

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

The brutal Assad regime, under father Hafez and son Bashar, has perpetrated some appalling atrocities and we can't be proud of cooperating with it, but it is the only force in the region capable of defeating ISIL.

America and the Kurds: A Case for Fresh and Urgent Rethinking

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Fresh thinking is required. The KRG is operating a twin track policy of seeking to defend itself against Sunni extremists and helping build the democratic capacity of Baghdad while also pursuing the course of independence. The two go together.

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

Moving Mountains in Syria: A View From the Ground

Tam Hussein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

A year ago the villages of Jebel Akrad were home to living, breathing communities. Tucked into the mountain range in Syria's northwestern corner, the village squares were occupied by old men drinking strong coffee and puffing on cigarettes...

Looking Back in Anger: The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

Gary Kent | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week I visited the Domiz refugee camp for the third time in six months and saw many children at school and play. Once again, I was struck by their cheeriness and resilience. I wanted to find some of the children I met in June but the camp has mushroomed since then from 50,000 to 75,000 so it would have been difficult.

'Put Religion In Its Proper Place'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Tony Blair has said religion needs to be put "in its proper place in politics" in order to defeat terrorists who "fight without hesitation, kill witho...

'It's The Results That Count'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics

Action should be taken against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad if Syria does not give up its chemical weapons,Tony Blair has warned. T...

Blair Would Have Voted For Syria Strikes Despite Subsequent Diplomatic 'Success'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tony Blair said he would have supported US military strikes against Syria, adding that it remains vital that London and Washington "stick together" to...