Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.

Open Letter to David Cameron

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

Dear David, I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.

A Case for Intervention in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The feasibility of intervention was greater two years ago. I know that there is little public appetite for it in the west but inaction has empowered the radical jihadists. This has made it harder to achieve either a political settlement or a pluralist Syria which would protect the rights of minorities such as the Kurds, the Christians and the Alawites.

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Max Sobell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created.

'Don't Worry, Syrian Rebels Will Give Us The Guns Back After The War'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The government has said people should not worry that weapons delivered to the Syrian rebels would fall into the hands of extremists, as the Opposition...

Remember The Mistakes Of Srebrenica, Hague Warns West

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

William Hague has issued a thinly veiled warning to Western leaders, as well as Tory MPs, that they must consider the mistakes that led to the genocid...

Ned Simons

MPs Plot Commons Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels Before Summer Recess | Ned Simons | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are hoping to force the government to allow parliament to block any decision to arm the Syrian rebels, amid concerns Downing Street is trying to "...

A Glimpse of Life at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The vast and sprawling refugee camp at Domiz near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Duhok is a stark reminder of the human interests at stake in the increasingly fraught debate about how to stop the slaughter in Syria.

Blair Urges West To Intervene In Syria

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

The cost paid by the West for not getting involved in the conflict in Syria could be higher than that of intervening in the civil war, Tony Blair has ...

Why the UK Should Avoid Arming the Syrian Rebels

Peter Little | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Little

As the Syrian conflict rages on the European Union took the significant decision in recent weeks to lift the arms embargo on the beleaguered country, paving the way for the Governments of major European countries to send weapons to rebel forces (a.k.a. the Free Syrian Army) fighting against the Assad regime.

Ned Simons

Denying MPs A Vote On Syria 'Undemocratic', Says John Bercow | Ned Simons | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

John Bercow has told David Cameron that it would be "undemocratic" to arm the Syrian rebels without giving parliament a vote, amid suspicions the gove...

Ned Simons

Downing Street Says 'Nothing Off The Table' After US Decides To Arm Syrian Rebels | Ned Simons | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics

Downing Street has said "nothing is off the table" including arming the rebels or imposing a no-fly zone when it comes to dealing with the Syrian regi...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Obama Comes Off The Fence On Syria

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 14 June 2003... 1) OBAMA COMES OFF THE FENCE ON SYRIA From the Guardian: "The US government said l...

Ned Simons

81 Tory MPs Write To David Cameron To Demand Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels | Ned Simons | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Tory backbenchers have demanded the right to be able to veto any delivery of weapons to the Syrian rebels, amid reports of a cabinet split on the poli...

Ned Simons

MPs Demand Right To Block Government From Arming Syrian Rebels | Ned Simons | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are demanding parliament be given the right to veto any decision to arm the Syrian opposition movement, after the British and French governments s...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Now Child Benefit, Too? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 5 June 2013... 1) NOW CHILD BENEFIT, TOO? REALLY? Remember how Labour frontbenchers condemned the c...

Weapons for the Free Syrian Army: An incentive for Assad to negotiate or further oil on the fire?

Thomas Hauschildt | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hauschildt

Although no weapons will be delivered before the end of the summer and the EU insists that only weapons shall be delivered that serve the protection of civilians. One wonders what kind of weapon that might be as there are hardly any - if at all - weapons out there that have a pure defensive character. Whether rhetoric needs to be underlined by action remains to be seen.

Why Israel Wants Syria's Assad to Survive

Robin Lustig | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

Israel would much rather deal with neighbours it knows, however unfriendly they are, than have to get used to living next door to new neighbours, who may well turn out to be even more unfriendly. Whatever the people of Syria might want, Israelis would be much happier with a brutal, secular dictator than a brutal, Islamist one.

Cameron And Putin To Hold Syria Talks

PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin this week on the need for diplomatic progress to end the conflict i...

POLL: Americans Do Not Want To Intervene To Help Syrian Rebels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Politics

Only 12 per cent of Americans back arming the Syrian opposition movement a new poll has found, after President Obama suggested he would consider inter...

Syria: Will France Lead the Way... Again?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The French should come up with a plan, seek NATO support, and begin its operation. This would force America's hand at not wanting to be seen deserting its oldest ally....another "special relationship" one might say.

Syria: Is the Horror-Meter Still Not High Enough?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Callous though it may sound, the needle on the horror-meter has not yet gone high enough.

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.

The EU Arms Embargo on Syria Is Not Fit for Purpose

Sir Malcolm Rifkind | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

In August last year, I wrote an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune calling for Western powers to arm the Syrian insurgents. Over six months later, the case is even more compelling than before.

Syria Two Years On: The Refugee Situation Is Spiralling Out of Control

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Richard C.W. Miller

As I write this I am in Jordan and it is clear to me that the situation is spiralling out of control at a staggering speed. In December, 3,000 people were leaving Syria each day but, just three months later, this number has risen to 8,000 people every day.