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The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

Killer Spared Execution When Victim's Mother Forgives Him As Noose Is Tied (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

The public execution of a convicted murderer in Iran was halted at the last minute when the victim’s mother stepped forward and pardoned him. Th...

Iran: Persecution of Arabs Intensifies Under Rouhani

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Today, April 15, marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most bloody yet poorly known uprisings in the Middle East. The peaceful Ahwazi intifada against forced displacement, discrimination and persecution against the indigenous Arabs of southwest Iran in 2005 was met with extreme brutality...

British Woman Held In Iran For 'Insulting Islam' On Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

A British woman jailed in Iran fears she may be executed for insulting the Iranian government on Facebook, after she was arrested five months ago, acc...

The Dark Side of the Planet: Where the Death Penalty Is King

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.

Nuclear Summit in Holland Neglects Crucial Security Issues

Behnam Taebi | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Behnam Taebi

Earlier this week, the Netherlands hosted the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). More than 50 world leaders where in The Hague to enhance international nuclear security...

UN Week: What Was Trending on Social Media?

Nikita Malik | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

I was live on AlHurra TV-MBN on the 25th of September 2013 discussing the role of the Middle East in UN week. Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-...

We Should Have Intervened in Syria

James Snell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria lies broken, bloodied, but not quite dead. Faint flickers of national life before the civil war remain, but these are fast being snuffed out; victims of territorial conflict, over which existing democracy and the soothing voice of international arbitration can exert no influence.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

Man 'To Have His Eyes Gouged Out, Ear And Nose Cut Off After' Acid Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

A man who poured acid over a young girl's face and blinded her, should be sentenced to similar mutilation an Iranian court has ruled. The unnamed I...

India and Iran: Time to Thaw the Bilateral Relations

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Preetam Kaushik

As India closes in on another general election, great stress is on international affairs and bilateral relationships which seem a bit stretched at this point of time. With the change in guard being seen rather imminent in New Delhi, it would be interesting to observe the government make some important decisions regarding the country's future with other nations.

Sinn Fein: IRA Bombing Suspect Should Never Have Been Brought Before Court

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK

John Downey should never have been brought before a court, Sinn Fein insisted last night. But while the republican party welcomed the decision not to ...

German Manufacturer Atlas Denies Selling Cranes To Iran, Which Have Been Used For Public Hangings

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

A German crane manufacturer has denied selling its wares to Iran, which were subsequently used in public hangings. Human rights groups have lambast...

Bahador Kharazmi: Prince of the Underground

Ben Mirza | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Bahador Kharazmi, a music producer and singer/songwriter, formerly based in the capital Tehran, and now in the US, has become Prince of the underground. Since the release of his first album Too In Zamoone in 2003, his popularity has grown exponentially at home and abroad.

Iranian Women Footballers To Be Gender-Tested After Four Players Revealed To Be Men

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Sport

Footballers in the Iranian women's league are to undergo gender tests after it was revealed four professionals were men. The Telegraph say the men ...

Arab-Iranian Poet & Peace Activist Executed For 'Waging War On God'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

An Arab-Iranian poet has been executed in Iran for “waging war on God” and threatening national security, human rights groups say. Hashem Shaa...

Protocols That Guarantee Privacy, Security and Freedom

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The Internet- a playground for millions across the world- is increasingly at risk from perceived American cyber bullying.

UK Parliamentary Delegation Urges Caution and Realism on Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

Several days ago a man with a neatly trimmed beard wearing a white turban, and professorial-looking rimless glasses featured prominently in Davos. Was it really Hassan Rouhani? Of course Rouhani is Iran's current Ayatollah-sanctioned President and should have every good reason to be at such a prestigious forum; however the man addressing Davos appeared only to share the real Rouhani's appearance.

Iranian Teacher Shaves Head To Support Bullied Bald Student (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

A teacher in Iran has made a heartwarming gesture of solidarity with an unwell student – by shaving his own head. Ali Mohammadian took the drast...

Jon Snow Talks Saudi Arabia And Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

Jon Snow has laid into Saudi Arabia, describing it as "the most odious regime in the world". The Channel 4 News anchor dismissed the nation as "peo...

Iran's Rouhani Tells West To Take A History Lesson

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has hit out at his Western critics "under the influence of propaganda", asking them to take a history lesson to see wh...

Jessica Elgot

Warning Against Syria Military Intervention By Top UN Official | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when ...

Al Qaeda Is Helping Al-Assad's Regime

Nehad Ismail | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to the Egyptian Al-Ahram weekly October 29th 2013: "Many in the Syrian opposition say that the Al-Qaeda affiliates are now in fact doing the regime's bidding by weakening its true adversaries, those led by the FSA, and alienating Syrian civilians and the West and thus giving the regime the opportunity to claim it is fighting terrorists".

Hague Hails Iran Nuclear Deal

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

William Hague has hailed implementation of an interim deal to freeze Iran's nuclear programme. The Foreign Secretary said the agreement coming into...

Most Muslims Don't Like Women To Dress Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The burqa has little to no support in any Muslim country, with the vast majority believing women should only cover their hair and not their faces, a n...