Bashar Al Assad

We Should Have Intervened in Syria

James Snell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria lies broken, bloodied, but not quite dead. Faint flickers of national life before the civil war remain, but these are fast being snuffed out; victims of territorial conflict, over which existing democracy and the soothing voice of international arbitration can exert no influence.

#ReleaseMoazzam

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.

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...

Former FCO Minister Says Cameron's Syria Decision Led To 'Constitutional Mess'

Guardian | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has landed itself in a "constitutional mess" in the wake of the summer vote against military action in Syria, in which the Commons can be guar...

A Fatal Tweet Has Killed Another Critic of Bashar al Assad

Nehad Ismail | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

A blast in Beirut Friday 27 December killed at least five people including Mohamad Chatah a former minister and advisor to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Lebanese News Agency reported.

The Islamists Are Taking Over Syria, Action Is Needed More Than Ever

James Snell | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been facing disaster - humanitarian and military - for three blood-soaked years. A recent event has rocked this already volatile region, and deepened the divisions within all sections of society, increasing the chance that this war will be even longer and bloodier than first thought. The Islamists are coming, and this represents an even stronger reason for the West to intervene.

A Regime Implicated in War Crimes Must Not Be Involved in the Rebuilding of Syria

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Can we trust Bashar al Assad and his regime, which systematically destroyed the country over nearly three years, with the re-building of Syria? Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, Bashar al Assad is staying on until at least the summer of 2014 under a dubious deal to dismantle and destroy al-Assad's stockpiles of chemicals and gases.

Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court...

Give Putin The Peace Prize, Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

A former Labour peer has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the Syrian civil war - and he isn't joking. Lord...

Noam Chomsky Exclusive: A Conversation on the Waning of American Power

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

As Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for the past 58 years, Chomsky has long courted controversy with his criticism of the legitimacy of American power from his position on the American left...

The Lavrov-Kerry Deal is a Green Light for More Massacres

Nehad Ismail | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

The Security Council Resolution number 2118 is a victory for Russia, a defeat for the USA and a green light for Bashar Al Assad to kill more Syrians with conventional weapons.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Return Of The TB-GBs?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 20 September 2013... 1) THE RETURN OF THE TB-GBs So, the long-awaited memoirs from former Brown advis...

King of the Sands

Nehad Ismail | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nehad Ismail

There is an abundance of clichéd and sordid ingredients of treachery, intrigue, back-stabbing, betrayal, deceit, conspiracies, skulduggery, gratuitous violence, abuse of virgins, beheadings, the chopping of hands for alleged thievery, and the stoning of alleged adulterers.

Hague Welcomes Syria Chemical Weapons Agreement

PA | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed an agreement by the United States and Russia on a plan to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Call To Cap House Prices

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 13 September 2013... 1) CALL TO CAP HOUSE PRICES Let the market rip! Or maybe not. At least not the m...

Ken Clarke Says President Obama Pressured David Cameron Into 'Quick' Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has blamed pressure from President Obama for last week's humiliating Commons defeat preventing David Cameron from launching military strike...

Does America Understand the War it's About to Enter?

Nash Riggins | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

It seems the world police have called Syria's bluff. CIA-trained operatives have been deployed on the ground to help bolster the country's rebel forces, and Barack Obama is now within inches of attaining what David Cameron so embarrassingly failed to achieve in Britain: Congressional approval to fire a few hundred cruise missiles at Bashar al-Assad's living room.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Humanitarian Intervention Or Regime Change?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 4th September 2013... 1) HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION OR REGIME CHANGE? So, remember how the proposed...

Tread Carefully: The Perils of US Intervention

Harry Brown | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Now, it is all but certain that President Obama is to conduct some form of military intervention in light of the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian population perpetrated by the Assad Regime. This week marks an important phase in the build up to a possible humanitarian intervention.

Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job: The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus las...

Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

James Snell | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

As a country, we have shirked this challenge. We have ran and hid from that bully Assad, far away from his Sarin strikes, and his blatant disregard for both human life and the tenements of International Law. We should not be running scared, we have both the means and the morality to stop him in his evil re-conquest of a former fiefdom.

Mehdi Hasan

'We Are Not In Favour Of A Satanic Intervention'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics

Western military action in Syria would be a "satanic intervention against a satanic regime", a leading Syrian opposition figure has warned. Speakin...

Intervention, and How to Swing It

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.

Cable's 'Laxity' Over Chemicals Sale To Syria Draws Fire

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Vince Cable could be dragged before MPs to explain why the government allowed chemicals to be traded between the UK and Syria months after violence br...

Mehdi Hasan

'Everyone Is Saying Sarin But We Just Don't Know'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

The United States and its allies should wait for firm evidence on the use of chemical weapons in Syria before they launch any action against the Assad...