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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.

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...