UK Iraq

Corbyn Defies Labour MPs Over Motion Attacking Blair

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected pleas from Labour MPs to force the party to oppose a controversial motion attacking Tony Blair over Iraq. The Labour leader...

Corbyn Told By Labour MPs To Oppose SNP Attack On Tony Blair

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour MPs have urged Jeremy Corbyn to oppose a Commons move to reprimand Tony Blair for his record on Iraq. The Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) aske...

Upholding Imam Hussain's Legacy And Walking For Peace

Sara Yasmin Anwar | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sara Yasmin Anwar

"If you don't believe in any religion and don't fear the day of resurrection, at least be free and noble in this world." - These are the words of Imam Hussain, whose martyrdom inspired a movement in the pursuit of justice and freedom regardless of race, religion or creed. With the rise of fascism and fear of the other, now more than ever community cohesion matters.

15 Minutes From Mosul But A Lot Further To Go

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Sam Slota-Newson

We must support these children and pressure our governments to do the same. There is a strong humanitarian imperative for this, but it is also in our interests to avoid 1.6 million children in Iraq growing up with no education, huge burdens of trauma and no prospects.

President Donald Trump: The World Turned Upside Down?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Donald Trump, who may prove to be the most unprepared, uninformed president ever to enter office, shows no sign of having applied much thought to such questions and is inclined to shoot from the hip. Despite some conciliatory language since his victory, the rest of us can only hope he'd only be shooting metaphorically.

Iraq's Chance For Peace

Khalid Al-Alusi | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Khalid Al-Alusi

The humanitarian needs in Iraq are huge but not insurmountable. Together Iraqis can help each other to recover and rebuild. But we must continue to promote this unity, and lead by example. Only then will Iraq once again become a beacon of hope and prosperity.

The Waugh Zone November 3, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, November 3… 1) TITANIC STRUGGLE Such jolly japes at the Spectator’s awards last night, not lea...

The Tyranny Of Terrorists On Twitter

Alicia Kearns | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Tech
Alicia Kearns

Our preoccupation with social media companies is fogging our vision and preventing us from seeing the wider picture, making society feel that the answer to recruitment and radicalisation is a simple, immediately remedied problem.

Syria And Iraq Invade My Memories Today

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Some of my readers are old enough to recall that 5 June 1967 was the start of the Six-Day War between Israel and its erstwhile Arab enemies. As a todd...

Have You Heard About The Yazidi People?

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa de Albuquerque

Everyone has heard of ISIS by now, so why then has one of their most brutal atrocities gained such little public attention? As stated by Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and recently appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking - "the world remained silent".

On Love And Cynicism

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Mike Adamson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.

The Refugee Crisis As Political Narcissism

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world's refugee crisis is largely about who comes to this country. It's all about Calais, isn't it?... The UK is just a bit player in the global drama - the tragedy - which has seen tens of millions of people forced out of their homes because of war and repression.

Fleeing Under The Fog Of War

David Taylor | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
David Taylor

On Monday morning the worlds worst kept military secret, the invasion of Mosul, became even more public as it propelled itself up the news agenda. The long planned for offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, Iraq's second city, has begun.

Corbyn's Votes Against Labour Proved His 'Strength Of Character'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated rebellions against Labour governments underline his “strength of character”, the party’s new Chief Whip has declared....

Why Is A Western Life Worth More Column Inches Than A Syrian One?, Asks John Simpson

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK

If you live in the United States, you’re 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than you are by a terrorist. Or, as veteran foreign c...

Theresa May Will Let British Military 'Opt Out' Of Human Rights Convention

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK

Theresa May is to release British troops from observing some human rights responsibilities in battle, in an attempt to protect them against vexatious ...

Will Mosul Really Be Liberated?

Aysha Al-Fekaiki | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Aysha Al-Fekaiki

In a few weeks, over one million internally displaced Iraqis could be fleeing for their lives from the occupied city of Mosul in Iraq. Hundreds of US ...

War Dogs

Harry Crawford | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Funny? Sure. Dramatic? Nope. War Dogs was brought off the boil too early. It's a film of two halves, and that's never entertaining. Hangover instigator Phillips gives it a shot, but ultimately this is The Big Short with big guns smacked with a little Lord of War egoism for kicks. On the plus side, I like that Philips is investing comedy in this way. Imagine if more comedies were this unique?

Islamic State Is Killing People With Weapons Fast-Tracked From Europe

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is “al...

We Know About The Lies Over Iraq But What About Syria?

Mark Curtis | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within - us, the public.

When Did the Left Start Supporting Fascism?

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

If you're indulging yourself in liberal guilt, I'll give you something else to feel guilty about. While we discuss the relative merits of Britain's isolationism around our dinner table, safe in our homes, there are still another 10 million people under IS control.

'Arrested, Jailed, Bailed' - Why It Should Be Illegal to Fight Against ISIS

Henry Tuck | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Henry Tuck

It remains unclear what the future holds for the hundreds of westerners that have fought, or are fighting against, ISIS. For those that do come home, the consequences of their decision to travel, whether physical, mental or legal, could be life changing. In the legal context at least, it appears many were unaware of the potential implications. With more legal clarity, such a situation could have been avoided. The conflict in Syria and Iraq is not the first to feature large numbers of foreign fighters, but considering the outcomes so far, we should make it the last.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Charlie Compitus | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Compitus

BLAIR REVEALS HE IS HUMAN & THE CHICKEN COUP The year two thousand and sixteen (MMXVI) will no doubt be chiselled into the dusty, rich leathery bo...

Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women

Phil Brown | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

Considering the Women is impressive in the sense that it leaves its dent upon the reader. I came away from my first reading dizzied, imbalanced and ashamed in a way which I have not felt since first encountering the work of Primo Levi.