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The Terror in a Space Odyssey

Victoria Martindale | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Iran's announcement that it has sent a monkey into space has caused a bit of a stir. Space exploration- that highest frontier of transformative technology pushing out beyond the Earth- has long reigned as futuristic and radical as science can get.

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Battle for Eurasian Influence

Daniel Rolle | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Rolle

The recent surge in Tehran's consensual, moderate and constructive relationship building with the US, however, could not take place were it not for a palpable desire on Washington's behalf to entertain an increasingly hospitable Tehran.

In 2014 - Can We Stop Blaming Everything on Muslims?

Alastair Sloan | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Before we blame radical Islam for terrorism and loss of freedom - consider that our Security Services blame our foreign policy, not any religion, for acts of terrorism. Radical Islam is a bastardisation of true, peaceful Islam. And the effect on our social fabric of continually scapegoating Muslims for our own aggression abroad is painful, and breeds yet more jihadists.

A Fatal Tweet Has Killed Another Critic of Bashar al Assad

Nehad Ismail | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

A blast in Beirut Friday 27 December killed at least five people including Mohamad Chatah a former minister and advisor to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Lebanese News Agency reported.

All Change: Homeland Finale Ends in Tragedy and Comedy

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Ehrlich

Long live Nicholas Brody...You knew Damian Lewis' character in Homeland couldn't survive because his presence back in the USA could never be explained to the public. He was a convert to terrorism in America's eye. So, the heroic Brody met his maker, not from an Iranian noose but from Shakespearian tragic resolution.

The Islamists Are Taking Over Syria, Action Is Needed More Than Ever

James Snell | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been facing disaster - humanitarian and military - for three blood-soaked years. A recent event has rocked this already volatile region, and deepened the divisions within all sections of society, increasing the chance that this war will be even longer and bloodier than first thought. The Islamists are coming, and this represents an even stronger reason for the West to intervene.

International Indictment Against Top Aide Points Finger of Guilt at Iraqi Prime Minister

Struan Stevenson | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

The strategic importance of Iraq because of its central position between Syria, Iran, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Turkey cannot be underestimated. That is why it is essential to see the election of a moderate, non sectarian government in Baghdad, which could play a pivotal role in resolving conflict in the Middle East and ending the spiral of violence in Iraq itself.

The Marriage of History and Realism: Future of Single Player Gaming

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

People want to try something new and when it comes to games such as Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, quite frankly, people are just bored of playing missions about Americans braver than Chuck Norris saving the world within six hours of gameplay.

Iran and the West: From Nuclear Nightmares to Facebook Friends?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Nuclear apocalypse has been avoided. Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear activity. That's what they tell us anyway. Let's not get ahead of ourselves; even if Iran's cooperation is genuine, world leaders and their Iranian counterparts are not about to hold hands, hug it out or start tweeting funny cat memes to each other.

Jessica Elgot

'Drones Make A Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Jane Marriott’s living room is one of the most dangerous places in the world. The UK’s new ambassador to Yemen, living in a tight cluster of me...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Speak English Or Lose Benefits'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 13 December 2013... 1) SPEAK ENGLISH OR LOSE BENEFITS This government enjoys nothing more than cracki...

Nelson Mandela's Memorial And The Axis Of Hope For World Leaders

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK

They were once enemies who joined only in their mutual hate, philosophical intolerance and political distrust of one another. But in a few hours, N...

A European Parliament Visit to Iran Without Preconditions on Human Rights

Abbas Rezai | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

The European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Iran is set to travel to Tehran this week. If it goes ahead as planned, this will be the first official visit by the parliament to Iran in 6 years. The parliament's governing body last month authorized a 10-member delegation to travel to Iran from 12-17 December.

How One Bear Fought for Our Forebears: The Polarising Effect of Animal Mascots on Human Conflicts

Ania Poullain-Majchrzak | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Ania Poullain-Majchrzak

Around the same time that a snake was gobbling up a sleeping drunkard in India last week, several artists and dignitaries assembled for a wine and cheese evening in the safe environment of the Polish Embassy in London. The reason for this gathering was to celebrate the city of Edinburgh's recent decision to approve construction of a monument to a bear with a storied past.

Lessons to Be Learnt From the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tony Clarke | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

The real test of the Geneva agreement will be whether it does mark a move away from the old failed model of military conflict and towards building long-term peace instead. Ultimately, though, this requires full transparency of all nuclear programmes by all countries, full international cooperation for the immediate elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and an end to future reliance on nuclear energy. Only then can we be sure that our hopes of a secure deal for the planet will be realized.

Planet Appetite: Baku FIA GT World Challenge in Azerbaijan

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

At around six hours flying time from London, Baku is not quite a weekend destination but, add a couple of days, and it becomes very attractive indeed. There's a spanking new airport, looking like a giant crystal goldfish bowl, and on the way into town the buildings lining the wide boulevards are all lit up.

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

We Must Stay Strong to Secure Permanent Change From Iran

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

Building on the interim deal announced over the weekend is now a question of political will, conviction and mutual trust. In an era where it is often said that the idea of the "conviction politician" is dead, this is an historic opportunity to revive this attitude...

Iran: Historic Achievement or Historic Mistake?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

The months ahead will be very difficult that require wisdom, experience and perseverance - more so if the deal has less to do with achievements or mistakes and more with temporary respites that the parties might - or might not - pull off.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Curb Benefit Tourism. Even If It Doesn't Really Exist.

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 27 November 2013... 1) CURB BENEFIT TOURISM. EVEN IF IT DOESN'T REALLY EXIST Every serious study I...

Ned Simons

'In Foreign Policy, Success Is Rare'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics

"Those who mocked Lady Ashton’s appointment," Labour MP David Winnick told the House of Commons on Monday. "May wish to apologise accordingly." B...

Appeasing the Ayatollahs of Iran With a Dodgy Nuclear Deal Will Not Work

Nehad Ismail | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

At this critical stage, the World needs clear answers to the following: Does the world trust Iran to honour its obligations? Have the Iranian negotiators accepted "unannounced rigorous inspections of every site and every facility without exceptions? And without any "ifs" and "buts"?

'Legitimate Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal, Hague Admts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

Concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran are "legitimate", Foreign Secretary William Hague has acknowledged, but said the deal should "give us faith i...

'Good News For The Whole World'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

William Hague has hailed an historic nuclear agreement between Western powers and Iran as "good news for the whole world". An interim deal to restr...

Iran Nuclear Talks Still 'Very Difficult'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

William Hague has arrived for talks in Geneva amid hopes an historic deal may finally be signed on Iran's nuclear programme. He said that remaining...