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Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court...

From Egypt and Iran to Palestine and Syria!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either! Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today. The inescapable conclusion - the revealing truth if you will - is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy - and perilously so too.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Dave Get Blood On His Hands?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 15 November 2013... 1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS? The Times reports: "David Cameron is sche...

Israeli PM Demands End To Settlement Construction Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel’s prime minister has sensationally ordered that his housing minister halt construction plans to build 25,000 homes in the disputed West Bank ...

Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The real-politik of the region is that Israel has never posed a threat to Islam or Arab nationalism. It's the possible spread of democracy from Israel that Arab leaders have long feared. Shiite Iran, on the other hand, sees itself as leader of the mainly Sunni Islamic world and wants to take that honour away from the Saudis. Israel now seems a much lesser of two evils to the Saudi Royal Family...one that could help them curb Iran's ambitions.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Danny Vs His Dad

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 11 November 2013... 1) DANNY VS HIS DAD The chairman of the Lochaber housing association in Scotland ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: So Close, Yet So Far

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 10 November 2013... 1) SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR The west and Iran were so close to reaching an agreement ...

Deal Or No Deal?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

World leaders may have hit a stumbling block in Geneva, after talks on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme appear to have reached an impasse, des...

In Geneva, Tension As Iran Deal On Knife Edge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

World leaders have not yet made any deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, with "important gaps" still to be closed at the tense neg...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Theresa's Terror Error

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five thing you need to know on Friday 8 November 2013... 1) THERESA'S TERROR ERROR Theresa May's star continues to fade. The political victo...

Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests. The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet...

What the Pope and the President of Iran Have in Common

Rene Musech | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rene Musech

Both men, despite their obvious differences, have developed images as leaders driving change within their respective organisations without actually enacting any substantial policy adjustments.

Homeland: From Exceptional to Boring Absurdities...One Season Too Many?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dan Ehrlich

Now that the much anticipated Season 3 of Homeland is well underway many viewers, including myself, may be thinking the writers should have called it quits after Season 2. They seemed to have lost the script.

'No Need' To Hang Convicted Meth Smuggler Who Survived First Execution

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

Iran’s justice minister says there is “no need” to execute a convicted drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging. Mostafa Pourmohammadi s...

Drug Smuggler Who Survived Execution Will Be Hanged For A Second Time

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A convicted drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging in Iran will be executed again. The man, known only as Alireza A, was found alive in a mo...

Iran To Send A Monkey Into Space

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Tech

Iran is to send a monkey into space - presumably in an effort to lay the embarrassing allegations its last attempt was a massive fake to rest. A re...

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

The 1973 War Reminds Israelis of Their Vulnerability

Toby Greene | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

The legacy of the Yom Kippur War, forty years on, helps explains why Israel is wary of trusting others to stand by it in time of need...

The Nuclear Thaw of The Fall

Harry Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Fifty years ago to this very day, President Kennedy signed into law the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Today, we no longer live in a bipolar world, the political actors have changed, but the threat from nuclear weapons remains strong.

Twitter Dressing Down For Netanyahu After Suggesting Iranians Aren't Allowed To Wear #Jeans

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Kurdish Men Cross-Dress In Facebook Campaign To Champion Women's Rights In Iran (PICTURES) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ...

Iran Wants End of Sanctions, But Will Never Admit to Having Nukes

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The high stakes poker game continues as Iran seeks better relations with the West in an effort to eliminate costly economic sanctions that have crippled the nation, causing its population to become more and more rebellious.

The Lavrov-Kerry Deal is a Green Light for More Massacres

Nehad Ismail | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

The Security Council Resolution number 2118 is a victory for Russia, a defeat for the USA and a green light for Bashar Al Assad to kill more Syrians with conventional weapons.

It's Good to Talk...

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

Being a self-appointed observer and satirist of all things political, there are times when your zest is terminally dampened. Collective missteps by those who seem hell-bent on deciding our collective direction would do that to you. It all becomes especially worrisome with the increasing evidence these so-called leaders may not possess the necessary talent or character.

'No Nuke's': We Shouldn't Let the Diplomatic Barking and Growling Deflect Us From Iran's Atrocious Human Rights Record

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I can't help wondering what six Kurdish men currently facing execution in Ghezel Hesar Prison near Tehran might think of the praise being heaped on Rouhani? Like numerous other condemned prisoners in Iran, they face the gallows after being convicted of vaguely-worded offences, including "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth".

Key 'Missing' Debate Over Future of Nuclear Energy Is Waste Storage

Behnam Taebi | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK
Behnam Taebi

Across the world, the contentious debate over the future of nuclear power continues apace. In East Asia, for instance, it emerged last month that a nuclear plant in Taiwan may have been leaking radio-active water for three years. Meanwhile, Japan is still struggling to contain radio-active water from Fukushima; and in South Korea prosecutors are conducting a huge investigation into forged nuclear safety certificates.