Bashar Al Assad

Have We Become Appeasers?

Alex Fuller | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Alex Fuller

The world must be dealt with how it is, not how we might like it to be. We are a civilisation seeking peace but swimming in chaos.

Boris Urges Those Behind Syrian Chemical Attack To Be Held To Account

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK

Boris Johnson and his French counterpart have urged the international community to make sure those responsible for the Syrian chemical weapon attack a...

The Real Reason Syrians Are Changing Their Facebook Profile Pictures To Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK

Donald Trump’s intervention in Syria has sparked a curious wave of support and criticism, manifesting in the social media profile pictures of the tr...

Does Trump McFly Secretly Satisfy Our Inner Demons?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

The truth is, as peaceful as we all want to be, Dostoyevski might be onto something when he says: right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time. Because sometimes enough is enough. And morality snaps. But can we ever stomach Trump McFly being the champion of the innocent? Can Trump lead Syria to the happy ending that takes the future of Syria back to the joys of it's past?

'By Proxy Russia Is Responsible For Syrian Gas Attack' Sir Michael Fallon Turns Up Heat On Moscow

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Politics

Russia is responsible “by proxy” for the deaths of more than 80 civilians gassed in Syria last week, the Defence Secretary claimed today in bold a...

Critics Savage 'Washington Poodle' Boris Johnson For Pulling Out Of Moscow Visit

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK

Boris Johnson will push leading nations to demand Russia withdraws its forces from Syria when he meets counterparts for talks in Italy next week. The ...

Enraged Syrian Refugee Defends Donald Trump's Air Strike At Anti-War Protest

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK

An enraged Syrian refugee accused Stop The War of trying to silence him as they protested outside Downing Street against Donald Trump’s air strike. ...

"Q:And babies? A: And Babies." Trump Finally Realises Assad Is A Very Bad Man

Jay McCarthy | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK
Jay McCarthy

I will never forget the first time I saw the infamous Vietnam War protest poster, titled "Q: And babies? A: And Babies." As a young girl, I stared tra...

Nigel Farage Has Finally Turned On Donald Trump Over Syria Airstrikes

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK

Nigel Farage has broken with his unwavering support for Donald Trump and attacked the US President for launching air strikes in Syria. The former Uki...

US Airstrike A 'Significant Blow' To Russian-American Relations, Moscow Warns

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK

Moscow has said that the US’s unilateral strike against Syria has struck “a significant blow” to Russian-American relations “which were alread...

Trump's Preferred News Outlet Has An Astounding (And Wrong) Syria Gas Attack Theory

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

On Tuesday at least 72 people were killed in what is widely believed to have been a nerve agent chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’...

Donald Trump Botches Response To Syria Gas Attack, Shows He Has No Plan

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Faced with the horror of Tuesday’s gas attack on Syrian civilians, the Trump administration was initially silent before reverting to a well-trodden ...

Don't Believe The Hype Around Fake News

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

In DeLillo's White Noise the narrator Gladney spends a lot of time with his academic colleague, Murray Jay Siskind, a cynical New Yorker with a penchant for constant theorising. Gladney, half-appalled, sums up his colleague's acidic take on the world: "Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security."

Why Aleppo's Evacuation Was No Such Thing

Alicia Kearns | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Alicia Kearns

Aleppo is not an evacuation of communities from danger to a place of refuge. It is the forced displacement of civilians from their homes. The point-blank shooting of civilians dragged from their homes by Regime soldiers and militias as reported by the UN. This is no evacuation, this is ethnic cleansing... The world has watched on as ethnic cleansing took place in Syria. We should be ashamed. The people of Aleppo continue to suffer, but does the world continue to care?

Game, Set And Match: How The West Let Assad Win The Civil War In Syria

Sam Goodman | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Goodman

The military victory for Assad is now pretty much assured. The election of Trump will turn the US position on Assad from ambivalence to open support, ensuring a political victory as well. The sad reality is the new warmth in US/Russian relations will be consummated with Assad's victory against his own people.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

Too Much Too Young: The Children Of Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In just one recent four-week period (mid-September to mid-October) something like 120 children were killed by the barrel bombing and air strikes in east Aleppo. That's an average of four or five children killed every day. It's an absolute tragedy and nothing can justify it. The wider situation for children in Syria is beyond bleak.

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

Will Islamist Extremism Force China To Fight In Syria?

Tanya Silverman | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Beijing's involvement in the Syrian conflict (seemingly, the "world's conflict") has so far concentrated on military and financial support to Bashar al-Assad. But, the People's Republic of China's reluctance to join the fight is being tested by reports of Muslim Uighur's making their way to join the multi-national ranks of ISIS.

As British Parliament Votes for Airstrikes, Public Mood Shifts Further Away From Intervention

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Although many feel emotionally drained and furious after the vote to engage in Syria, the anti war movement will only grow in light of this latest military engagement. Students from all over the country are planning actions to oppose airstrikes and will not rest until they are finally listened to.

Syria Vote Represents Another Step on the Road to Oblivion

Mark Flanagan | Posted 03.12.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Today bombs will fall on Syria... but of course you knew that already. And you also probably knew that this week our elected representatives voted for...

Syria May Not be Panem, But It's Full of Mockingjays

Dilly Hussain | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

I have previously ignored the continuous advice and recommendations from many film enthusiasts to watch The Hunger Games trilogy, based on the best-se...

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Russia and Iran Are Not Allies Against ISIS

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

Co-authored with Mr. Tom Wilson. Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based international...

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.