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David Miliband Reminds Everyone He Knows 'How To Win Elections'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics

With words likely to exacerbate family strains as well as fuel speculation, David Miliband quipped on Wednesday that he was part of a Labour team that...

Don't Cry For Me, Palmyra

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Lukas Mikelionis

In all seriousness, don't cry for me, Palmyra. If it had been my decision, you would be free of jihadists. Cry for those who supported the policies that enabled your current conquers to become as powerful as they are now.

Ex-Army Chief Says We Must 'Think The Unthinkable' In Fight With IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK

A former head of the army has said we must "think the previously unthinkable" and consider sending soldiers to fight Islamic State (IS) on the ground ...

Palmyra: A Lament

Robin Lustig | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.

An Open Letter to Tim Farron

Hisham Nehar | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Hisham Nehar

With you as the front runner and likely successor to Clegg as Liberal Democrat Leader, I feel I ought to express some thoughts and make some points to consider moving forward after the party's decimation at the election.

Hundreds Flee In Chaotic Scenes As Islamic State 'Purges' Iraqi City

AP | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK

Islamic State has seized control of the city of Ramadi in Western Iraq, sending the country's forces racing out of the city in a chaotic retreat after...

ISIS and Identity

Heidy Rehman | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Heidy Rehman

Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.

From Battle of Hastings to War on Terror: Why GCSE History needs a wider lens

Andrew Hall | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Hall

To keep up with the world as it stands in 2015, students must have a broader historical education than they have ever had before, with a much greater focus on understanding the world around them right now.

No Mention of Yemen From Those Hoping to Win Your Vote

Mark Flanagan | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Mark Flanagan

Don't worry. In three weeks it will be all over and we will just have a few more days of the media speculating on the make up of the coalition. You can certainly respond to the knock on your door knowing it won't be a politician.

Horrifying Report Details Systematic Rape And Abuse Carried Out By Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Systematic rape, sexual and physical abuse, slavery and forced marriage are being carried out against Yazidi girls and women - some as young as 12 - b...

Islam Has a History of Protecting Civilisation, Not Destroying It

Adam Walker | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Adam Walker

Over the past weeks and months, the world has been witness to the tragic destruction of historical sites across Iraq - both secular and religious. The most recent attacks on humankind's shared civilisation saw ISIS destroy the ancient cities of Nimrod and Hatra.

Hundreds Of Foreign Students Banned From UK Study Over Fears They Might Learn How To Make WMDs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 700 foreign students have been banned from studying in the UK over fears they may use the knowledge they learn to build weapons of mass dest...

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' - Review

Tam Hussein | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

It is a rich and nuanced piece touching on all the points that the arrival of ISIS has raised in Syria and Iraq. Typos aside, this is an important contribution to the emerging literature on ISIS and will surely be on any academic reading list for years to come.

British Medical Students In ISIS Territory 'Want To Help, Not Fight'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK

Nine British medical students have travelled to Syria to help wounded people, they have told their families. Some of the parents of the five men an...

Decades Of 'Unintended Consequences': USA Fuelling Its Own Enemies

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

You would expect that thousands of American citizens would demonstrate against this act of self-destruction, with a leading role for veterans and their families, but we hardly see any signs of protest.

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...

The Miseries of the Yazidis Six Months On

Frances Guy | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Frances Guy

While there has been deliberate targeting of minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, it is clear that acute need exists among people from all religious backgrounds. An estimated 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq in the last year and 5.2 million require humanitarian assistance.

Islamic State Video Shows Militants Gleefully Destroying Ancient Iraqi Relics

AP | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. The gro...

British Soldier Left Base To Help Peshmerga Fight Islamic State

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

A serving British soldier is believed to have travelled to the Middle East to fight against Islamic State. The man, understood to be 19, reportedly le...

Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't?

Wassim Cornet | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Wassim Cornet

The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.

Man Who Wants To Be President Says US Military Should Not Be Constrained By 'Rules'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- There should be no "rules" constraining the US military in warfare. That’s the position of a man who wants to be America's next commande...

ISIS 'Plans More Burnings' As 17 Orange-Clad Captives Seen In Cages

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK

Harrowing pictures have emerged which appear to show captured Kurdish fighters paraded in cages by Islamic State militants through the streets of Kirk...

Dead Islamic State Hostage Kayla Mueller 'Forced To Marry Jihadist Leader'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK

A 26-year-old aid worker held hostage by Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, may have been forced to marry a senior jihadist commander bef...

Six Months After War Started, Obama Asks 'Can We Go To War, Please?'

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama asked the US Congress on Wednesday to authorise the use of military force against members of the Islamic State - si...