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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.

Did Stuxnet Backfire?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Tech

An audacious attack on Iran's nuclear programme may have backfired and made its security stronger. The Stuxnet virus was a highly sophisticated cyb...

Iran's Moment of Truth?

Lord Maginnis | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As Iran's Presidential elections approach, the fundamentalist regime finds itself in its most difficult dilemma since its inception more than 30 years...

Obama Juggles Domestic Politics and International Diplomacy as He Welcomes Cameron

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

After hosting HRH Prince Harry for a surprise visit with First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House will welcomes prime minister David Cameron on Monday to discuss the latest crisis in Syria, the up-coming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland as well as Iran and the Middle East peace process.

'Being A Woman Is Not A Tool To Humiliate Or Punish Anyone': Kurdish Men Cross-Dress To Champion Gender Equality In Iran

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Iranian men from the Islamic Republic’s Kurdish community have launched an online campaign championing gender equality – by dressing in women’s ...

European Parliament's Surprise Visit to Tehran in 10 Days

Abbas Rezai | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

An official delegation from the European Parliament is planning to visit Tehran in a few days. The Parliament's Conference of Presidents on Thursday in Strasbourg approved the controversial proposal. The delegation plans to leave around 28 April.