A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

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.

Open Letter to David Cameron

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

Dear David, I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.

The 'Arms for Dictators' Scandal Isn't New - It Is Cross-Party, Well-Established and Has Been Going on for Too Long

James Elliott | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The fringe issue of arms export criteria became headline news today, with the Independent's splash on an 'arms for dictators' scandal. A parliamentary...

Jessica Elgot

The Stars Who Sing For Despots | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK

J-Lo, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey. They are some of the world's most iconic divas, with their names recognised all over the world. But it...

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

Why Did Colonel Gaddafi Refuse To Handle Letters

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK

Former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi would only handle copies of letters for "security reasons", a High Court judge heard on Wednesday. A Jord...

Cameron's Having Sarko Over For Dinner

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is today visiting 10 Downing Street for private talks with Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Sarkozy has rec...

MI6 'Ghost Money' Helping Afghan Drug Trade?

Annie Machon | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

And how has this money been spent? Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives. Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funnelled to Karzai's cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'A Collection Of Clowns And Angry People'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 29 April 2013... 1) 'A COLLECTION OF CLOWNS AND ANGRY PEOPLE' Two things have become clear over the pa...

Libya: Divided and Ruled, by Foreign Capital

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

The reality is that since the fall of Gaddafi's regime, there hasn't been a single day of peace. Once NATO left and journalists returned to their home bureaus, the situation has steadily worsened. The disarmament plan and the reintegration of militias into the army have failed.

Lockerbie Wreckage Returns To Scotland Nearly 25 Years On

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Wreckage from the jumbo jet blown up over Lockerbie has been returned to Scotland almost 25 years after the terrorist atrocity. The torn fuselage o...

WATCH: Bomb Attack On French Embassy In Libya

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

The French embassy in Libya has been attacked by a car bomb. Two French guards were injured and extensive damage was caused by the blast, in the ca...

Libyan Youth Voices: The Start of a Long Journey

International Political Forum | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
International Political Forum

These issues are an aftermath to a 42-year-old oppressive regime, which silenced its citizens. Everyone wants a say now. Everyone believes they deserve a say, even if it is at the expense of others. However, despite all the problems that Libya has faced and will continue to face, I still possess a glimmer of hope.

Peace in Mali Needs More Than More Troops

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The French military intervention in Mali since mid-January and much of the official discussion of Mali in the UN and among Western governments seem to have been driven by a quite narrow and short-term view of the issues the country faces. As in anything, if the problem is mis-diagnosed, the solution will probably mis-fire.

British Women Travelling With Aid Convoy Raped In Libya

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

A number of British women travelling with an aid convoy are believed to have been raped in Libya. Pro-government militiamen are suspected of attack...

Libyan Youth Voices - The Real Voices of a Revolution

Natasha Lipman | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Politics
Natasha Lipman

The fight for Libya did not end with the death of Gaddafi. There are still many years of struggle ahead. Struggles for a new national identity, struggles for the development of new freedoms, educational systems, and of the new Libyan civil society. Over the coming months we aim to bring together young writers, photographers, film makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, and academics to share their stories with the world.

Building Peace and Security in Mali

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Since Mali adopted a new constitution in 1992, the country has been considered democratic and subsequent elections were lauded free and fair as President Alpha Oumar Konare served his term and retired graciously after 2002.

Libyan Torture Victim Willing To Settle For £3 And An Apology

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

A Libyan politician suing the government for damages amid claims a tip-off led to him being kidnapped and tortured in a Gaddafi jail will drop his cas...

Foreign 'Christian Missionaries' Arrested In Libya

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK

Four alleged Christian missionaries have been arrested in Libya for distributing Biblical literature, an offence that could carry the death penalty. ...

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

Patrick Kane | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Kane

The military cooperation agreements announced last month with Algeria and Libya are part of UK 'energy diplomacy' aimed at securing access to strategic resources in North Africa. Both countries are identified in the UK Energy Security Strategy as producers of gas and oil which are important trading partners and hence countries which are important to the UK's energy security.

What Are Our Intelligence Services Doing in Our Name?

Bob Morgan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the all-party group on rendition, said the Justice and Security Bill would make it more difficult to establish the truth about Britain's complicity in kidnap and torture and make us all less safe. I think he is right about that.

The Surprising Countries Left Off Rendition List

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

More than 20 European nations offered support to covert CIA operations to kidnap terror suspects - but many Western countries are conspicuously absent...

Jessica Elgot

Access Of Evil? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

As US President George W Bush made his famous speech about the "axis of evil", and his administration named countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria and ...

Ned Simons

MPs Denied Vote On Mali Intervention, Amid Fears Of 'Mission Creep' | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

The government has rejected calls for MPs to be given a vote on the deployment of armed forces personel to Mali and west Africa, amid fears Britain co...