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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Mili Vs Mandy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 26 September 2013... 1) MILI VS MANDY The backlash against Ed Miliband’s announcement in Brighton, that a ...

Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the UN is back on centre stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

Why Did Rouhani Not Reject Holocaust Denial?

Toby Greene | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

You have to hand it to the new Iranian President. The Washington Post op ed, the NBC interview. Ahead of Rouhani's much anticipated visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, he's got the world singing his tunes. All the right buzz words are there: "peace and stability among all nations", "win-win game", "friendship and dialogue."

Syria and the Risk of Western Disengagement

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

While the US-Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is a welcome sign that diplomacy has a central part to play in this crisis, the retreat from early talk of military action also suggests a growing reluctance on the part of the US and UK to intervene directly in the Middle East. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, it is certainly something new.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

The Wider Implications of the Iranian Sanctions in Europe

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Sarosh Zaiwalla

London: It seems that the European Union may have met its biggest obstacle; its own law courts which are ultimately dismantling sanction on Iran's banks and potentially others in the future. What could this mean?

Iran Considers Launching Cat Into Space

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

Iran is considering sending a cat into space. The country's ambitious but slightly dubious space programme is reported to be aiming to blast a huma...

No Mr. Nice Guy, But Is Putin's Syria View More Realistic Than Obama's?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

If the US attacks Syria on its own, it won't be the first time in a solo operation after a British rejection. UK politicians have short memories when trumpeting the Special Relationship. Some may recall Bill Clinton's first foreign trip as President was to the UK to seek support for operations to end the bloodbath in Bosnia after four years of carnage and NATO/UN fence sitting.

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

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'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?