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US Dithering Will Turn Iraq Into a Failed State

Struan Stevenson | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

Following the major offensive of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq last year, the country's key cities fell like dominos, increasing the Jihadist's con...

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Thomas Hughes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.

Iranian Women Can Now Watch Volleyball - But Not Football, Wrestling or Swimming...

AP | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK

A limited number of Iranian women will be allowed to watch Volleyball World League games in Tehran later this month, a senior government official has ...

Iran Nuclear Talks - How to Avoid Putting the 'Dead' in Deadline

Richard Howitt | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

For Iran, all segments of its society would welcome the lifting of sanctions and an important step towards ending the international isolation. The country has always denied any intent to build nuclear weapons but a successful agreement would also deny them the capacity to do so. It may pave the way towards new hope in a troubled region.

Division Within the EU Must Not Undermine Unity in Iran Nuclear Talks

Lord Carlile | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

On June 25, the member countries of the European Union will participate in a summit in Brussels. It is expected to be the scene of some energetic debate between the UK on the one hand and France and Germany on the other, regarding the future of the EU.

Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

In my view, those countries with a nuclear deterrent are putting themselves more at risk from today's threats. We're not spending our money wisely. We're taking the heat off those countries without nukes. They're letting us spend the cash on Trident while they focus on what matters: tackling terrorism and stopping the growth of terrorist groups.

No Mention of Yemen From Those Hoping to Win Your Vote

Mark Flanagan | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Mark Flanagan

Don't worry. In three weeks it will be all over and we will just have a few more days of the media speculating on the make up of the coalition. You can certainly respond to the knock on your door knowing it won't be a politician.

The Bodies Pile Up in Yemen's Civil War and Saudi Arabia's Bombing Campaign, But Who Is Counting the Casualties?

Jack Serle | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Jack Serle

The challenges stem, in part, from the lack of independent on-the-ground reporting to corroborate the proliferation of videos and tweets. Perhaps paradoxically in the digital age, the fog of war has never been denser.

Iran: the New Chapter

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

It's a deal. Or, to be strictly accurate, it's a framework deal, which means that Iran and the six major powers with whom it's been negotiating over its nuclear research programme still have a few i's to dot and t's to cross. Even so, it's definitely worth celebrating. Not so long ago, there was a distinct possibility that Israel, with or without tacit US approval, might launch air strikes against Iran, with incalculable consequences for the region.

Yemen's Food Crisis Fuels Instability

Morgan Meaker | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Morgan Meaker

Politics have eclipsed a growing humanitarian issue: Yemen's food crisis. Over half of Yemenis don't have enough to eat. That's 10.6 million people.

Decades Of 'Unintended Consequences': USA Fuelling Its Own Enemies

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

You would expect that thousands of American citizens would demonstrate against this act of self-destruction, with a leading role for veterans and their families, but we hardly see any signs of protest.

Forget the Politics, Listen to Netanyahu's Argument

Toby Greene | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

Netanyahu was not making a case against any deal with Iran. He was making a case for a tougher deal with stronger and clearer conditions that does not leave Iran within touching distance of a nuclear weapon. He called for, "A better deal that Israel and its neighbours may not like, but with which we could live, literally."

Netanyahu Boosts Election Chances With Pantomime In Congress

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics

Benjamin Netanyahu boosted his domestic election chances with a high-profile speech to a joint session of US Congress on Tuesday, lambasting the curre...

No Safe Space for Dissent: Iran Continues Crackdown on Student Activists

Clara Maciver | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Clara Maciver

In an open letter addressed to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Al Khamenei, written as she awaited trial, Atena summed up the poignant irony of her unjust detention; 'I must pay retribution for defending my beloved defenseless people.'

Five Countries You Should Visit in 2015

Claire Michael | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Michael

By visiting these places before they become popular you'll have the rare opportunity to enjoy them before they become overly commercial and lose some of their charm. Get your trips booked and see these beautiful countries while they're still at their best.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Attack Toy Boat

AP | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a US aircraft carrier Wednesday during lar...

Stunning Time-Lapse Of How Iranian Beauty Has Changed Over 100 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For the best visual of how a country's economy and political landscape has changed, there is no better place to start than with the beauty and fashion...

As Westerners Flee Yemen, Saudi Arabia And Egypt Prepare To Arm Tribes

AP | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK

As Western diplomats and staff fled Yemen on Wednesday, concern widened over the increasing turmoil in the impoverished nation, with Saudi Arabia armi...

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...

King Abdullah's Message to Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Don't Mess with Jordan

Nehad Ismail | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The otherwise taciturn King has emerged suddenly as a terrifying foe to organized terror.

Who is to Blame for the Plummeting Oil Prices?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Saudi Arabia is not under any obligation to cut its production to help Iran, Venezuela, Russia or the US frackers in Texas and North Dakota. It suits Saudi Arabia if the frackers and shale oil producers are driven out of business.

Obama's Middle East Challenge - The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

It is often difficult to identify an historic opportunity and seize the moment, however the US and its Allies may realize that it could be time to focus on forging an agreement for peaceful co-existence and cooperation even among 'unfriendly nations' that share a more important common goal - fighting terrorism and total chaos.

To Combat Islamic Extremism, Iran Ayatollahs Should Be Kept in Check

Ryszard Czarnecki | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ryszard Czarnecki

Tehran must be made to feel the heat that comes from its policy; this can happen only by the West making the cost too exorbitant - and not through concessions.

London Anti-Extremism Conference Must Challenge the Role of Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

On Thursday, London hosted a major conference to discuss the ISIS threat and strategies for confronting Islamic extremism around the globe. Unfortunat...

Iran Fans the Flames of Genocidal Conflict in Iraq

Struan Stevenson | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

The Obama administration and the European Union must end their silence and inaction regarding these crimes and should adopt concrete steps to help the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in evicting the Iranian regime from Iraq. Failure to do so will turn the Middle East into a quagmire of sectarian war with no end in sight.