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Intervening In Syria Is the Right Thing to Do - That's Why So Many People Are Against It

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

The coalition of the willing done a good job of creating just the opposite, seemingly. Large majorities in both the UK and US still do not support attacking Syria, and it is those most passionate about politics who seem to most object. For the antiwar left, any use of force by the West is neo-imperialism and repeats the mistakes of ten years ago...

Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job: The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus las...

Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.

Time for President Obama to Act to Deter the Syrian Regime?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to Syrian opposition sources, more than 1,300 Syrian citizens have been killed in a chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Wednesday 21 August. The Syrian National Coalition claims toxic gas was used by President Bashar al Assad's forces during a bombardment of rebel-held areas outside the Syrian capital.

The Kurdish Revival?

Gary Kent | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The public outrage led to Prime Minister John Major taking the lead in establishing a no-fly zone over the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan. It was a triumph for humanitarian intervention which was not, as it happened, sanctioned by the UN. It saved the Kurds.

A Little Light Coup

Nick Abbot | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

The CIA has finally admitted that it orchestrated the downfall of Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953. You remember Mr Mossadegh don't you? Of course not, he a...

Iran's New President Rouhani is Anything But A Moderate

Brian Binley | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Brian Binley

Many in the western press and beyond have praised the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate suggesting he will make life better for his p...

Iran and Iraq: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Dr. Joy Gordon | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Joy Gordon

The sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN, the US, the EU, and others are supposed to be "smart sanctions." They are supposed to be measures that target the regime, the military, and above all, Iran's nuclear program. They are not supposed to be destroying Iran's health care, education, nutrition, or basic needs for the poor. But that is exactly what the sanctions are doing.

Rouhani's Cabinet Appointments Belie His Moderate Image

David Amess | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Politics
David Amess

Despite Rouhani's friendly statements to the West, his statements about them have painted a different picture. His first bilateral meeting as president was with the head of North Korea's People's Assembly, to whom he expressed the view that the West was seeking an excuse for confrontation with countries it doesn't like over the nuclear issue.

Female Iranian Councillor 'Disqualified For Being Too Attractive'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Saudi Arabian Women's Conference... With Not A Female In Sight (PICTURE)Is Omar Borkan Al Gala The Dubai Man Kicked Out Of Saudi Arabia Fo...

'Israel Is A Wound To Be Removed From The Body Of The Islamic World'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Reports published on Friday say Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani was misquoted by several news agencies. The Iran-Israel Observer states...

Renewing Trident Shouldn't Be Judged on the 'Threat' From North Korea and Iran

James O'Malley | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

Once again renewing Trident is in the news, so some time soon we can expect to hear politicians or commentators explain that Trident is necessary because off the threats from Iran or North Korea, or some other rogue regime. Unfortunately, this is a complete red herring of an argument as long as you've thought about the issue for a couple of minutes. And now I'm going to explain why.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Arms For Dictators

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 17 July 2013... 1) ARMS FOR DICTATORS From the Independent's splash: "The Government has issued...

Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I don't believe David Cameron is blind to what is happening in one of the most strategic part of the World? The West's lack of clear decisive strategy has emboldened Iran, Russia and al Qaeda to operate freely in Syria.

Iranian Dissident Artist Commemorated in European Parliament

Abbas Rezai | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

The paintings on display showcased the variety of Alivandi's techniques, including works which were done in a cubist style as well as his own unique pointillist techniques. The gallery ran for two days and was well received by a large audience from the European Parliament.

Defend the Right to Privacy, Defend Edward Snowden

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

To some people, US whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor but to me he is a human rights hero. At great personal risk, motivated by idealism and democratic values, he has exposed the mass invasion of privacy worldwide by US and UK spy agencies.

Iran: So Did the Sanctions Work After All?

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This is probably not something that I should mention in polite company, but do you think the presidential election results in Iran last weekend just might have proved that international sanctions do work after all?

Arm the Syrian Rebels and Forget Geneva 2

Nehad Ismail | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

I believe the US administration and the EU have welcomed Geneva 2 as a ploy to procrastinate and avoid making firm commitments to help the Syrian people.

Syria: Intervention or Great Power Game?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

Syria - the death toll reaches 93,000, the US administration says it has firm evidence of nerve gas use by the Syrian government and further says it will supply arms to the opposition. Things are moving - but towards what? The debate is focused on the arguments for and against armed intervention. I think that may well be very misleading.

The New Iranian President - A Reformer, Moderator or Radical?

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

Iran is at a major crossroad. There is a growing middleclass, which is educated and wealthy, but also allergic to religion. Islam has become a hate-word for many, representing repression, lack of freedom and imposition of anti-modern values.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Want To Know How To 'Wreck The Economy'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 18 June 2013... 1) WANT TO KNOW HOW TO 'WRECK THE ECONOMY'? Kenneth Clarke knows how. From the Telegr...

Jessica Elgot

'There Is An Old Wound, But Now It Needs To Be Healed'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Iran's newly-elected president Hassan Rouhani has signalled he is ready to talk to both Britain and the US to "remove the problems between us," and re...

Cameron Open To Talks With Tehran After Rouhani Victory

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Britain would welcome Iran back into the international community, said David Cameron on Monday, providing the pariah nation abandons ambitions to deve...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Deeply Unsavoury, Dangerous And Extremist'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on 16 June 2013... 1) 'DEEPLY UNSAVOURY, DANGEROUS AND EXTREMIST' Speaking on the Murnaghan show on Sky News thi...

'Moderate' Cleric Rouhani Looks Set To Take Iran's Presidency

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK

Iran's most moderate presidential candidate, the cleric Hassan Rouhani, looks set to win simple majority as votes are counted in the country's electio...