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Soft Power and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Soft power can influence others to want the same things as the UK "by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity." The report also says it should be carefully combined with hard power, essentially military force, to form "smart power."

New Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry Into the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The decision by the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the Kurdistan Region is a triumph for all those who have long argued for the need to increase understanding between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.

The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

We started this. That's what I can't help thinking every time I hear about the latest death and suffering in Syria. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, we set off a chain of events that led inexorably to the killing fields of Damascus and Aleppo.

Iraq - Genocide in Fallujah

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen, as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Kiev and back again. The humanitarian situation in Fallujah is dire.

Protest Works - Eventually: The Anti-Iraq War Movement and Syria

Ian Sinclair | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

The political elite has every interest in minimising and dismissing popular protest but it was the anti-war movement that played the crucial role in highlighting government deceit in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and mobilising and educating so many people.

Two Luis Suárezes? Who's The Lookey Likey? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Sport

When Celtic fans chanted "There's only two Andy Gorams" at the Rangers goalkeeper, it was because he had a mild form of schizophrenia. Iraqis are adam...

Three Conservative Contributions to Discussion of British Foreign Policy

Gary Kent | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

In their different ways, the Tory trio are seeking to learn the right lessons from Iraq, and deepen the UK's foreign policy debate. Liberal interventionism has been undermined since 2003 but careless insularity, combined with a puerile anti-imperialism, does nothing for current and future victims of tyrants everywhere.

Suicide Bomb Teacher Accidentally Gives Pupils Demonstration - 22 Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Terrorism 101 - don't conduct a class demonstration with a belt packed with live explosives. In a rather cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, a ...

Shoreditch Barman Tries To Arrest Tony Blair

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UDPATE: He may have lost his job, but Twiggy Garcia may get a payout for his efforts. Journalist George Monbiot, who set up the Arrest Blair websit...

Jessica Elgot

Warning Against Syria Military Intervention By Top UN Official | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when ...

Photojournalist Timothy Fadek Says 'War Is like Football'

Morgan Meaker | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Morgan Meaker

Timothy Fadek calls himself a "news junkie" but he's really a photojournalist, one of the best. On this topic, he's modest. He chuckles knowingly as I try to prize his global ranking from him. "I'm not telling you", he laughs. "I'm not in the top 1%, but I am in the top fifty".

Iraq Pictures Allege To Show US Marines Desecrating Corpses Of Iraqi Insurgents

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Graphic pictures have emerged that allegedly show US marines in Iraq burning the corpses of insurgents. The 41 photographs, which were acquired by...

Senior Ministers In Blair's Government Face Probe Over Iraq 'War Crimes'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Government has insisted it will fight a bid to trigger prosecutions of former ministers and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Ira...

How Many Iraqis Died as a Result of US and UK Intervention?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A war of words has broken out over the veteran journalist John Pilger's allegation that scientific research put the Iraqi civilian death toll at 'up to a million'. Pilger was commenting recently on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme following polling finding most Britons believe only a few thousand died violently in the US and British led invasion, and the years since.

2010-2013: Three Years in the Lifetime of a MENA Region

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is already three years since the uprisings started in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. A street vendor in Tunisia eventually got fed up...

We Have An Untidy Church, In An Untidy World, Says Welby

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his first Christmas Day sermon to highlight the "injustices" facing Britain's poor and victims of conflicts arou...

Christmas Day Car Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A car bomb near a church in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people - thought to be mainly Iraqi Christians celebrating Christmas. The bomb went off...

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

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

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.

Nelson Mandela's Death Leaves a Vacuum of Moral Leadership

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Tess Finch-Lees

Terrorists are filling a position made vacant in the minds of some of our most disaffected young men by a society that will bail out miscreants in suits but starve our youth of investment, care and any hope for the future. Nelson Mandela inherently knew what his contemporaries fail to grasp, if you have nothing, there's nothing left to lose.

Ned Simons

David Cameron Claims 'Mission Accomplished' In Afghanistan | Ned Simons | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has claimed British troops have achieved their mission in Afghanistan, more than 10 years after they were first deployed. The prime m...

Jessica Elgot

'Drones Make A Difference' | 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...

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Musings on Congress, Iran, and Mandela

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

On Tuesday, as world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans gathered in a giant stadium to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced off against his political foes in a much smaller arena: the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Marine A-Style Killings Have Always Been a Feature of Britain's Dirty Wars - Ever Heard of Batang Kali?

Joe Glenton | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Last week, a Royal Marine was given a life sentence for murder. Such killings are framed as exceptions which do not reflect the "values and standards" of military service. In truth, war crimes carried out by British soldiers are not unusual.

Pipeline Politics and Benefits to Europe and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week's large Oil and Gas conference in Erbil, which I attended, marked the probably inexorable progress of the Kurdistan Region to economic independence and better and more reliable relationships with the rest of Iraq and with Turkey...

Beyond Mandela - Why Today's Leaders Don't Match Madiba

Richard Wilson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Wilson

Why is it that so many of our political giants, from Obama to Blair, let us down? And what is it about Mandela that made him somehow immune to the public image damage that is the standard bi-product of political office?