Middle East

Israel's Land Grab 'Deplorable' Says Cameron

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have both condemned the land grab of 1,000 acres in the West Bank by Israel as "deplorable", echoing world-wide condemna...

Israel Just Appropriated 1000 Acres Of The West Bank

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK

Israel has appropriated 1000 acres of land in the occupied West Bank in a move described as 'the biggest in 30 years'. The area in the Etzion settl...

Jessica Elgot

How This Man Lifts The Lid On The World's Biggest Stories From His Leicester Living Room

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

For most people who caught a glimpse of the harrowing video where journalist James Foley knelt on a barren, windswept hill next to the Islamic State m...

Jessica Elgot

Britain's Muslims And Jews Have Issued An Unprecedented Joint Call For Peace

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Britain's most senior Jewish and Muslim representatives have issued an unprecedented joint call for peace in the Middle East and harmony amongst the U...

How Can the Palestinians Resurrect Their Damaged Enclave?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

The scale of Gaza's humanitarian crisis has concerned human rights organisations significantly... Across the world, demonstrators are calling for an end to Israel's offensive and its policy on Gaza. A flourishing percentage of the world's population have concluded that the occupation of Palestine's an ample error and that history must be rectified.

IS Is Pure Evil; So Is Assad: We Must Be Prepared to Fight Them Both

James Snell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Assad regime supports IS, and is also responsible for the murder of thousands of civilians. Is it churlish to point out that it has also avoided punishment for chemical weapons attacks and other savageries and actions of calculated callousness?

This Is The Way We Should Remember James Foley..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS militants, was an exceptionally brave reporter who went into a conflict zone that has less than ...

Iraq: Cameron's Contradictions

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

The charges against David Cameron over his Iraq policy are well founded. But there are extenuating circumstances... It is time for a root-and-branch review of the principles of British foreign policy, so that they reflect two essential things: the world as it is and not as we would wish it to be; and the British national interest. Or, to put it another way, don't do nation-building and don't intervene in other people's civil wars - we usually make things worse, as in Iraq, and the waste of blood and treasure is unforgivable. If this means hobnobbing with dictators, so be it. Only genocide and threats to world order merit military intervention, as with IS.

The US Needs to Increase Its Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Not Lessen It

Daniel Marriott | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.

Iraqi Christians Abandoned By Cameron Over Immigration Fears, Says Church Of England

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK

The Church of England has slammed the Government for abandoning Christians in the Middle East, citing fears that any offers of asylum would cost the T...

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

David Cameron Cuts Short Holiday To Deal With Iraq Crisis

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has returned from his holiday early in order to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee on the crisis in Iraq. ...

Middle East Tech News: All You Need to Know From the Last Three Months

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Studies provide a number of fresh insights into evolving attitudes and technology based behaviours in this fast changing region... The Middle East is not as different as you might think... "The digital divide demarcates technological abilities in the Arab world about as starkly as anywhere on earth."

Meeting the Yazidis: An Encounter with the 'Devil-Worshippers' of Iraq

Justin Huggler | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK
Justin Huggler

When we invaded Iraq in 2003, our leaders made grand speeches about guaranteeing the future for all of Iraq's people. But then we let the place slide into anarchy and bloodshed, while our soldiers stood helplessly by. This is the future we made for Iraq.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

Why We Need to Love in a Time of Hate

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

The press is awash with the brutality of this world. Since I was a little girl the big topic has always been peace in the Middle East... When we become so inured to blood and gore and it fails to move us, there is the risk of being permanently desensitised.

FactCheck: What About the Britons Who Fight for Israel?

Channel 4 News | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Channel 4 News

There are around 100 British nationals serving with the IDF as we speak, apparently with no legal difficulties. But a Brit who trains or fights with any anti-Assad rebel group runs the risk of being jailed as a terrorist. If we are worried about young British Muslims heading off to the Middle East to receive military training, should we be equally worried about Jews?

What Locals REALLY Think Of Tony Blair And His Middle East Peace-Making Efforts

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics

Another week, another crisis in one of the world’s most troubled, beautiful, ancient lands. Hopes of truce raised and dashed with every news hour. 2...

Lads on Torah Part II: The Holy Bits of the Holy Land

James Dann | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

Apparently, The Gaza Strip isn't just a lap dancing club in Golders Green, nor is it a new waxing technique adopted by Israeli women. Believe it or not, it is in fact a place where stuff has been kicking off for a long time...

Israel - A Country Without A Conscience?

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

Democracy is only as legitimate as the freedom it guarantees its citizens. Freedom of thought, body and conscience are denied to Israelis as long as it continues to force unwilling teenagers towards war.

Why I'm Pro-Israeli AND Pro-Palestinian

Lliana Bird | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Lliana Bird

Eslam wrote back to my sister in tears. She saw that yes, Israelis are human too! That they are shown the same images as she is. That no one hates her for simply being a Palestinian. That there are people out there who really care for her and her safety. And most of all that there is a chance for peace. She was overwhelmed by all of our love for her. And I decided that this article would instead be dedicated to her. To her strength, and that of all those on BOTH "sides of the fence" who question what they are told, acknowledge that we are all in fact the same, and reach out to each other with hope for peace for ALL.

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

Tinder: A Start-up that Went from Frying Pan to Fire

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

When they created this app called Tinder - with their dreams of Silicon Valley rose and their tinted glasses on - they probably thought they were binding the world with love and all nice things around it... Now, what an irony of time, that the founders of the app that was meant to bring people in love together, are going to slug it out in the court.

Fracking Does Not Mean the End of Opec - It is Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Fracking presents a new challenge for OPEC, as well as opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that, over the next five years, one-third of the new oil production of the world will be developed in the USA. By 2020, the US will be a net exporter of gas. By 2035. It will be energy self-sufficient, they say...