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Iran's Undimmed Passion for Annihilating Israel

Toby Greene | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

When Iranians write 'Death to England' over a portrait of the Queen in the embassy, that's sloganizing. When they call for Israel's destruction, it is something else entirely.

The UK Just Took A Massive Step Towards Normalising Relations With Iran

PA | By Sam Lister, Press Association Political Correspondent | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK

Britain's embassy in Iran has reopened in a sign of the diplomatic thaw between the two nations four years after the building was shut when it was sto...

Hammond To Fly To Iran To Mark Reopening Of British Embassy

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK

Philip Hammond will visit Iran ahead of the UK embassy reopening almost four years after it was attacked by a mob in 2011. The recent nuclear deal eas...

The MENA Region Wrestles With Its Genie!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Today, some powers and principalities are trying to lure the MENA genie back into its bottle - with brutal force, lavish financial inducements or political shenanigans. But this genie is cunning: it has tasted freedom outside the bottle and sees its own world with different lenses. Its instincts cannot easily be tamed back into the bottle!

Yemen: Proxy War and War by Proxy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Iraq and Syria get most of the headlines in western media given the current focus on the threat from Islamic State to European and American interests and citizens, as well as the direct involvement of western military forces in the campaign against IS. But there's also a war going on in Yemen...

Syria: Assad-Iran's Faustian Pact with ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

ISIS has been criticized for its attacks on civilians and rival opposition groups. It has rarely targeted the Assad's regime and not a single barrel bomb has been dropped by the regime on ISIS.

This PR Stunt To Improve Iran's Image Just Caused A Massive London Bomb Scare

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK

A PR stunt to help improve the image of Iran backfired spectacularly when police mistook a van emblazoned with 'Iran Is Great' as a bomb threat. Th...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

If Corbyn wins, he will surely be asked as the Leader of the Opposition to support further arming the KRG and persuading Baghdad to stop sabotaging the Kurdish economy.

Obama Is Marching Israelis 'To The Door Of The Oven' With Iran Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics

There has been some legitimate criticism of the Iran nuclear deal by American conservatives. On Sunday, Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee instead o...

British MPs Support Iran's Democratic Resistance, NCRI, and urge lifting of Camp Liberty blockade

Lord Maginnis | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

My colleagues and I from both Houses of Parliament and all major parties, prominent Middle East experts and jurists today participated in a conference...

Iran Deal: Now We Must Change Direction

Paul Ingram | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

For those Americans, diplomats and wonks following the Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action (CJPoA) over Iran's nuclear program agreed on July 14, atten...

The Nuclear Deal Is Good for Iran and Bad for US Allies

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

The media reported that a landmark Iran nuclear agreement has been finally reached on Tuesday July 14th after two weeks of intensive political bargain...

Fox News Was So Excited About #IranDeal It Got The Wrong Country

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK

Iran has signed a momentous nuclear deal with world powers, prompting an outpouring of joy from supporters, while Israel's prime minister called it "a...

'Afshin's Song' - Antix Political Antics

Cohan Chew | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Cohan Chew

Today's commercially concentrated contemporary music scene is lacking the political and sociological undercurrent that propelled music in the 60's,...

The Nuclear Negotiations - What Are They All About?

Amelia Amin | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The official deal between Iran and the P5+1 (China, Russia, France, UK, US and Germany) was supposed to be signed on the 30th June. Now the deadline h...

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.