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.

Should The UK Arm Syrian Rebels?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Politics

Last week the foreign secretary, William Hague, revealed that the British government is planning to ramp up its support to rebels in Syria. Hague s...

Why Britain Should Arm Syrian Rebels

Malik Al-Abdeh | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Malik Al-Abdeh

At long last, a policy on Syria that makes sense. This week, prime minister David Cameron indicated that Britain was ready to bypass an EU arms embargo and deliver arms to Syria's opposition fighters - much to the horror I expect of Bashar Assad.

Why We Shouldn't Be Arming Syria's Rebels

Charles Shoebridge | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Charles Shoebridge

The officially stated UK government rationale justifying arming Syria's rebels relies upon at least two flawed assumptions. The first is that pouring sophisticated weaponry into a war zone already awash with weapons will save civilian lives.

Aid Traffickers: The Failure of Aid Delivery in Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Faddy Sahloul, the founder of Hand in Hand for Syria, rubs his tired eyes and pulls heavily on his cigarette. From his small flat in Rayhaniya, on the Turkish-Syrian border, Sahloul is struggling with the logistics of delivering aid inside Syria.

Why Do the Children Need to Die ?

Clive Botting | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Botting

When Bushra, a 19 year old mother of two crossed from Syria to Tripoli she became the one millionth refugee. That's a worrying figure for Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Western Military Intervention in Syria Would Be a Disaster

John Wight | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

As the hell of Syria's ongoing and increasingly intractable internal conflict continues to play out, the announcement by newly installed US Secretary of State John Kerry that the US is to step up its support for the Syrian opposition with $60 million in 'non-military' aid should leave nobody in any doubt that the day of western military intervention in the conflict fast approaches.

Guns or Roses: When Comes Real Shift In Global Arms Trade?

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ilco van der Linde

If weapons would actually bring safety for people in general the USA, the country with the most weapons per capita, would be the safest country of the world.