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Reflecting on World Refugee Day 2016

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Women, who are among the most disadvantaged, have become responsible for protecting and providing for themselves and their children with next to nothing in hand yet they bring enormous resilience to the task of survival and step courageously outside traditional roles to keep families afloat. That's why we must continue to invest in these solutions.

Widows Face Increased Suffering in Patriarchal Societies

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Once AMAR learned about Samila's story, we immediately went into action, helping her to develop the skills needed to provide for her family. We were able to help her buy a sewing machine, and she now has clients of her own with a steady income giving her peace of mind and a new confidence.

An Interview With Osman Ocalan: The Guerrilla Movement Rejecting Discrimination Against Women in Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

My meeting with Osman Ocalan was for me, truly revolutionary. In the midst of this tremendous violence facing women not just in Iraqi Kurdistan but throughout the world, there are men who choose not to conform to the discriminatory attitudes that promote the rights of men and limit those of women.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

Learning to Smile Again: Saving Lives and Relieving Suffering in Al-Dora, Iraq

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

Nine-year-old Haneen has not eaten for days and often cries herself to sleep. Born with physical disabilities, Haneen is unable to hear, speak or walk since birth - issues that would be challenging in any environment, let alone in a camp outside of Baghdad for people who have fled their homes.

US Visa Rules Jeopardise Good Works in Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Professor Deiary Kader has recruited many scrubs, nurses, physiotherapists, and surgeons into the Newcastle-Gateshead Medical Volunteers.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

Human Remains Unearthed In Mass Graves Left By Islamic State Militants

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK

Warning: Graphic content. Human remains left in mass graves by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants are being unearthed by spring rains in Iraq. In...

Iraq: The Plight of the Forgotten People

Laura Taylor | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Laura Taylor

There are currently over three million people in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence and destruction caused by Isis and other internal sectarian conflicts. The country is also hosting some 250,000 of the millions of refugees who have fled the war in Syria.

Easter: Once Again a Time to Focus on Ending Religious Intolerance in the Middle East

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The shocking, sickening scene of a young man nailed to a wooden cross, surrounded by his executioners, shouting abuse and laughing whilst crowds of others watch in horrified silence, is an image that is indelibly stamped onto the minds of all Christians.

Can Abadi's Reforms Save Iraq?

Struan Stevenson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

A massive protest rally organised by Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand Shi'ia cleric, took place again last Friday around the Green Zone in central Baghd...

Arsenal Giving Football Training to Iraqi Children Fleeing War

Catrin Nye | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Sport
Catrin Nye

The tragedy of children forced from their homes by war and the wealth and vast fame of a Premier League club may not have much in common. But Arsenal say they hope this project will help children in the worst of circumstances experience the joy of football.

More British Troops Head To Iraq To Preapre Local Forces In Fight Against IS

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK

Britain is to step up its training mission to the Iraqi armed forces as they prepare for a new offensive against Islamic State. Defence Secretary M...

We Can't Ignore the Kurds Fighting Alongside Violent Extremist Groups

Tanya Silverman | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

The challenge of understanding "who's fighting who" in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has led to a simplified representation of the Kurds solely taking up arms against ISIS. Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) have indeed proved worthy adversaries to this Islamist extremist group and as allies to the US. However, scores of Iraqi Kurds are also fighting alongside violent extremist groups.

The Hidden Effect of War on Children

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

With so many sources of trauma, rates of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) are rapidly on the rise amongst Iraq's youth. Vulnerable and impressionable, children are increasingly displaying symptoms of psychological ill-health as they grapple to comprehend the violence and confusion surrounding them.

Picture This: The Full Truth and Nothing But the Truth Over Torture During the War on Terror

Kate Allen | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Mr Obama's rhetoric over US torture is one of condemning the actions and adjuring us to "leave" them "where they belong - in the past". As if that answers to the seriousness of what took place. Few people would be content with a political arrangement which went no further than the condemning-and-leaving tactic if we were considering the everyday crimes of theft, fraud, assault or rape. I don't see why an official US programme of organised kidnap, illegal imprisonment and serial assault should be any different.

Highlighting the Religious Hypocrisy of ISIS

David Winston | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
David Winston

Despite constant coverage of ISIS, known by their Arabic name as Daesh, Western media has overlooked the fact that a large proportion of their victims are ordinary Sunni Muslims - the very people they claims to represent. By doing this they are unwittingly aiding the narrative that Daesh is representing all Muslims against the West.

Having Faith in Religious Harmony

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The terrible war being waged by the barbaric thugs of Daesh (ISIS) across the Middle East, and now North Africa too, continues almost unabated. Local populations are being terrorised and minorities, in particular, are facing unprecedented levels of persecution.

Investigation Into British Iraq Veterans War Crime Allegations Slammed As 'Despicable'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.01.2016 | UK

An investigation into Iraq War veterans who are the focus of allegations of war crimes has been dubbed “despicable” by an MP and a former forces c...

Why Islamic State's Video Featuring A Child Shows New Level Of Desperation

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

The child who appears in the so-called Islamic State's latest propaganda video shows the group is becoming increasingly desperate, experts have said. ...

British Iraq War Veterans Could Face Prosecution For War Crimes

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.01.2016 | UK

Some Iraq War veterans may face prosecutions for war crimes after a probe into allegations of torture and unlawful killing, the Press Association repo...

Getting Serious About Syria, Iraq and Daesh

Gary Kent | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It's often argued that Daesh responds to Western actions but jihadists also exploit Western inaction such as initially abandoning Bosnian Muslims. T

A Home Away From Home - Promoting Health and Happiness in Displaced Populations

Larissa Schneider | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Larissa Schneider

There are more than three million people displaced from their homes in Iraq, in addition to several hundred thousand refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria. For elderly Iraqis suffering from diabetes, who are forced to leave their home to travel to a distant camp, it can be difficult to manage their disease with insulin or other medications.

The Waugh Zone: 100 Days Of Corbyn Special

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics

100 Days of Corbyn as Labour Leader CORBYN SPEAKS In case you missed it, Jeremy Corbyn has given a wide-ranging interview to HuffPost UK about...

The World Must Not Fail Syria's Women. Now Is the Time to Act

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

The dangers facing women are so palpable and real that UN Women has issued urgent requests for humanitarian agencies in the KRI to provide psycho-social support for traumatised women, as well as livelihood programmes for non-camp based women refugees in order to increase their incomes and reduce their vulnerabilities.