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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 G Tatchell | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G 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...

Why Iran's Green Movement Will Not Rise Again

Dr Juliet Cohen | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Dr Juliet Cohen

Iranians are returning to the polls on 14 June to choose a successor to President Ahmadinejad now that he has served the maximum of two consecutive terms. A repeat of the terrible violence that marred the last election in 2009 is unlikely but this is not because the process will be free and fair this time.

Iran's Election Should Not Have Any Impact on Our Relationship?

Robert Halfon | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Halfon

Today the Iranian people go to the polls for the first time since 2009's controversial reelection of President Ahmadinejad... Unfortunately, with hundreds of candidates disqualified and all the current Presidential hopefuls part of the ruling establishment and links with Ayatollah Khamenei, it is unlikely that there will be any reforms.

Iran's Unfree Elections: Banned Candidates and 2,600 Political Prisoners

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

By international standards, Iran's election is not free and fair. Candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council and all democratic, liberal, secularist, left-wing and women candidates are banned. The media is censored. There is no open political debate. Dissenting opinions are suppressed and liable to result in arrest.

What's Next For Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy

What's next for Ahmadinejad? With his villainous charm and strident views, the former Iranian leader is bound to have a raft of offers to cash in on h...

'An Absolute Disaster'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

His wild rants to the United Nations and capture of "invading" British sailors might be how President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is currently remembered by m...

The 10 Most Outrageous Quotes Of Ahmadinejad

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

He's called UN sanctions against Iran "annoying flies, like a used tissue" and George Bush "a wicked man" but the Middle East's most colourful Preside...

Iranian Election Candidate Queried on Academic Credentials

Amir Dastmalchian | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Amir Dastmalchian

Hassan Rowhani, one of the candidates in Iran's presidential elections set for Friday 14 June, is not the first politician of recent times to have his academic credentials questioned. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, despite Mr Rowhani revising his official biography there are still queries over the timing of his studies, especially in the light of his political career.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Please Spy On Us

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 11 June 2013... 1) PLEASE SPY ON US So, the NSA/Prism revelations must have hardened British public o...

Qardawi's Blunder

Tam Hussein | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Qardawi's call for jihad completely ignores the world as it is today: a world of nation-states. In order for there to be any progress in the Syrian conflict, Islamists of all colors and sectarian persuasions must throw out sectarian rhetoric. They must reconcile themselves with the idea that all Syrians are citizens and should not take the sectarian bait.

Middle East: Bring Back Saddam Hussein?

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

If it weren't for the God-awful mess in Syria, I suspect we'd be paying a great deal more attention to the God-awful mess in Iraq. We should be, anyway. This month alone, more than 500 people have been killed in almost daily bomb attacks, and last month was reported to be the most violent the country has seen for nearly five years.

Iran's Theatrical Elections

David Amess | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Politics
David Amess

Just a few weeks from now, on June 14 will be a landmark day for the Islamic Republic of Iran, when Iranians will hold what they call "presidential el...

Iran's Election: A Choice Between Satan and the Devil?

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

If there was ever any doubt that the Iranian regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was on its last legs, his government has now presented the ne...

Syrian Conflict Makes a Mockery of the International Community

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

I believe Syria will be free soon, but the price they will have paid will be huge. And we will pay a massive price too if we stay silent about it. You can donate generously for the rehabilitation of the Syrian people, but more importantly you can lobby your MP and put pressure on the government to help resource the opposition.