Empire 2.0: Gunboat Diplomacy In The Gulf

Jonathan Edwards | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Edwards

My position is clear: a UK foreign policy harking back to the days of empire through the aggressive deployment of armed force ignores the realities of a globalised world bounded by international law and human rights, or the damage of successive budget cuts to the military. Furthering a foreign policy based on military power, alluded to through the UK's approach to the Gulf, offers only a dangerous and unsustainable future.

Reinventing a Region - How the Gulf Has Ensured It Doesn't Become a Zombie Brand

Mark Artus | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Mark Artus

I have been following the zombie company and low productivity debates with interest and have wondered to what extent the issues facing companies are also facing brands, and even the countries we live in.

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

Bahrain: Power to the People... But Where Are They?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

The calls for 'Tamarrod' in recent months hoped to mimic the immense support the 'Rebellion' movement received in Egypt, consequently reigniting the m...

Global Education Ambitions Led by Online Tools

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

Building a competitive higher education system is a focus for many parts of the Middle East. But developing an educative infrastructure takes time, even with significant and shrewd investment.

David Cameron Arrives In Dubai For Defence Talks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has arrived in Dubai as part of a three-day tour of the Gulf and the Middle East in a bid to cement UK arms sales and build a "reinvigor...

NHS Abroad: Market The 'Brand' In Foreign Countries For Profits At Home

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics

Big name British hospitals like Great Ormond Street and the Royal Marsden are to be encouraged to export the NHS "brand" abroad - setting up services ...

Iran Threatens To Sue Google Over 'Omission Of Persian Gulf'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK

Iran is threatening to sue Google over the internet search giant's refusal to name a waterway on its map service. Google appears to have left the s...

Human Rights in the UAE

Rori Donaghy | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

The UAE. A place famous for tax-free shopping, stunning feats of construction and beautiful beaches. So much so that one million Britons visit each year. Scratch beneath the aesthetics of opulent Dubai however, and a much darker story begins to emerge.

Europe Cannot Afford to Let Tunisia Fail

Humza Yousaf | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Politics
Humza Yousaf

Having recently come back from a few days in Tunisia, meeting with the President, members of the major political parties and the youth who were so courageously at the forefront of the movement to topple the dictatorial regime of Ben Ali - it is clear that the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Tunisia's journey to democracy.

Diego Saves Girlfriend From Angry Fans (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Sport

Already this week, Diego Maradona has amused his followers with some roly-poly action on the touchline, but he swapped clowning for clambering on Thur...

Syria and 'The Great Game'

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

The UN Security Council meeting on Syria in February 2012 should have made it clear that none of the members of the committee care for the suffering of thousands of people paying the price in Syria; it should also tell us that the game is ongoing and seems to be escalating.

Syria: Gulf States, France and Italy Withdraw Ambassadors As Violence Worsens

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

Gulf Arab states and the governments of France and Italy have withdrawn their ambassadors from Syria in protest as violence against civilians continue...

Iran 'Ready' To Ban Oil Exports To EU As Obama Tightens Existing Sanctions

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

Iran is ready to halt oil exports to the EU before sanctions over its nuclear programme can be imposed, the country's parliament said. Angered by E...

Kuwait Elections: No Relation to 'Arab Spring'

Adel Darwish | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Politics
Adel Darwish

Kuwaiti elections on Thursday produced a fragmented parliament (national assembly) dominated by opposition (the nearest definition since there are no political parties in the oil rich small Gulf nation), as 34 of the 50 members are known to oppose the government.

High-Tech HMS Daring Sent To Gulf As Tensions With Iran Intensify

PA | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

The Navy's newest and most advanced ship is being sent to the Gulf for her first mission amid heightened tensions with Iran over threats by Tehran to ...

Defusing the Iran Time Bomb

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK
Stefan Simanowitz

If it is true that wars begin in the minds of men then Iran and Western powers have been at a state of war for some time. Martial rhetoric has been accompanied by steady military build-up and unprecedented diplomatic shut-down as each side throws away their steering wheel in this most dangerous of games of chicken.

The Head Said London - But the Heart Went for Doha

Paul Hobson | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK
Paul Hobson

As a sports fan I was delighted London won the right to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. Another major athletics event so soon after the Olympics, another chance to use the impressive infrastructure, another opportunity to cement and build on the legacy. What's not to like?