Bashar Assad

Syrians Are Human Beings, Just Like Us

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Wailing moans of loss will continue to reverberate in the Syrian air as long as the elephants involved continue to promote their egos. It is unclear how to stop these, but one thing must be made clear; if concrete steps are not taken, eventually we will pay the price. Finally, the time has come to lend whatever assistance we can to alleviate the suffering of Syrians. Remember, they are humans, just like us.

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | 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...

The Media's Coverage of the War in Syria Distorts the True Nature of the Conflict for Ratings

Michael Day | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Michael Day

There is no way you can condense the war in Syria into a simplistic good guys versus bad guys narrative for the evening news or a tabloid opinion piece. No side has not suffered at the hands of others and no side has not caused any suffering for others.

Putin Thinks Turkey Is About To Launch A Ground War Into Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Russia’s ministry of defence warned on Thursday that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion of Syria. According to Reuters, defence spokesman Igor Ko...

China's Syria Talks: Greater Involvement in the Middle East?

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Once again, China has revealed to the world its willingness to seek greater involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. This has manifested through its recent offer to host talks between the Syrian Government and opposition groups as a crucial breakthrough in the Syrian peace process.

Syria in 2015: Another Year of Agony

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...

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

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 07.12.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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...

Air Strikes Will Not Work - We Need a Long Term Solution to Extremism

Jack Davies | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

Within the next week Members of Parliament will be voting on whether to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. With many Labour and Conservative MPs in support of extending air strikes into Syria, it is likely that the first bombing raids will take place towards the end of next week. But it has not been determined what the government wishes to achieve by bombing Syria.

Battle Royale: France and the Devils in Raqqa

April Humble | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
April Humble

The hell of Raqqa: where the French have joined the bloodied military games, the whips of Daesh rule the land and morality fled into the night long ag...

Russia-Iran Style Cooperation in Syria Could Prove Possible in Afghanistan, But With Greater Success

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Twenty-five years ago the Soviet Army returned home after nine years of fighting in Afghanistan. After the soviet withdrawal, the country plunged into...

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

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | 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...

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | 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.

Cameron Accuses Russia Of Propping Up 'Butcher' Assad

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron called the Syria president a “butcher” on Saturday, while lambasting Russian military intervention on behalf of the regime. The stro...

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2015 | 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.

Why Is Syria's Bashir Al-Assad Still In Power?

James Coe | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
James Coe

In March 2008 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi addressed the Arab Leader's Summit in Syria. Gaddafi spoke without his trademark slurred speech and instead spok...

Osborne Singles Out 'Evil' Cause Of Migration Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

Chancellor George Osborne has said there must be a "comprehensive plan" to deal with the root causes of the Syrian refugee crisis which has seen hundr...

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.

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

Stunning Images Show Life In Aleppo After Four Years Of Devastating Conflict

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK

As Syria's national conflict enters its fourth year, we take a look at some recent pictures showing life in the embattled city of Aleppo. When upri...

Islamic State Is NOT America's Main Strategic Threat In The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

The main strategic priority for the US is not the Islamic State but Iran, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush said on Tuesday. Speaking about...

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...

208 People Died Every Day In Syria's Civil War Last Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

An average of 208 people were killed each day last year in Syria's civil war, it has been reported, as the war is about to enter its fifth year. Ac...

Word From Syria: Don't Drift Towards Assad to Tackle Isis

Alyn Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

If Europe wishes to find a solution for the problems of the Middle East, it needs to correct a number of misconceptions about Syria. Most importantly, it needs to realise that the key threat is not ISIS but the Assad regime, both of which are engaged with a fight to the death with Europe's only possible ally: the rebels.