Middle East

What Can the Middle East Learn From Post-War Europe?

Hala Gorani | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Hala Gorani

Moving back to London this year and covering stories in this part of the world has reminded of one important historic reality: Western Europe is a political, social and economic miracle. Think about it: A mere seven decades after one of the most deadly and genocidal wars in human history, the mere idea of conflict in this region is unthinkable.

A Different Middle East

Miriam Brown | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

Out of the 300 million odd people living in the region, I understand my small sample of friends cannot be taken as a final representation of the Middle East. Nor do I want to gloss over the fact that thousands have been killed and millions have been made homeless. This we cannot forget and maybe, quite rightly, the media aren't letting us.

Kurds Are the New Jews

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Kurds is the last remaining sizable population that underwent constant violent injustice, whether by Turkey in the first half of 20th Century or, more recently, by nasty ISIS-like Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, which didn't hesitate to shower the population with chemical, weapons mercilessly. However, the Kurds were never allowed to initiate their own completely independent state...

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

Teachers' Call for Better Understanding of the Gulf Must Be Heard

Richard Gibby | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Richard Gibby

The impact and influence of the Gulf region on modern society is increasingly distinctive. And yet, what do most of us really understand about how closely linked our nation is with that part of the world?

Understanding the Attitudes and Behaviours of Internet Users in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Compared to their global counterparts, online users in the Middle East are among the most enthusiastic about the positive impact that the Internet is having on their lives.

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

ISIS and the Crusades: Lessons That Could (Should) Have Been Learned

Peter Frankopan | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Peter Frankopan

Like Saladin, who controlled his image carefully, ISIS have proved shrewd operators in the propaganda war, focusing on their primary constituency: young motivated jihadists, keen to give humiliate outside interlopers and beat them at their own game.

The Heroes of Kobane

John Wight | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
John Wight

On the Turkish frontier, around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, the world is witnessing the very best of humanity alongside the very worst.

The Turkish Jewish Community Is a Part of History and the Future of Turkey and They Must Be Protected

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

Totalling about 18,000 people, the Turkish Jewish community has shrunk slowly over time. It is the second largest Jewish community in a Muslim majority country and comes second to Iran.

The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh Issue

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions. Leaving President Putin to play the diplomat and honest broker between both parties simply means that Russia's influence on the region is maintained and surrounding satellite nations remain subservient to its geo-strategic and geo-political wishes.

Book Review: The Inevitable Caliphate: A History of the Struggle for Global Islamic Union, 1924 to the Present' by Reza Pankhurst

Faisal Hanif | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Faisal Hanif

Reza Pankhurst's latest work doesn't have the poetic endurance of Shakespeare but its central premise is concerned with the dilemma so eloquently posed by the master playwright in Hamlet. The tragedy of the Danish prince that has endured as a fictional masterpiece of English drama has played out in the Muslim conscious for nigh on a hundred years.

The Harsh Truth: ISIL Is the Product of Iran's Theocracy and Assad's Dictatorship

Lord Maginnis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

For the West to acknowledge that there are at least two prominent enemies to freedom and stability in the Middle East would be a start. But by embracing one and opposing the other the West may disrupt the current flow of violence, but it will never halt the growth of extremism. As long as a Shiite theocracy remains in place in Iran, new Sunni extremists will always stand ready to compete with it for control over the soul of the Muslim world.

Avengers Assemble - Obama's Anti-ISIS Task Force

Dilly Hussain | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With the Middle East's biggest players coming together under the US-led campaign against ISIS, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to Marvel's Avengers Assemble. While Obama can justifiably play the lead role of Nick Fury, is ISIS on the other hand as formidable as Loki? With the military capability of the GCC and Egypt alone, what chance does ISIS really have against a unified effort by neighbouring states?

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.

Why Are Human Rights So Easy to Violate and Hard to Protect in Times of Conflict?

Michael Møller | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Michael Møller

So what do we do? How do we bring the rule of law back into these increasingly violent equations? We must work together to build balanced societies with more respect for the rule of law. If we manage to do so, conflict would erupt less frequently and human rights would not be so easily violated.

Markets Blind to Geopolitical Risks?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Monetary blinders Neither stock markets nor oil prices have responded strongly to geopolitical unrest. On the contrary, recently stock indices have b...

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Saudi Arabia Funding the Islamic State? Unlikely

Alastair Sloan | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

It's trendy to blame the Islamic State on Saudi Arabia - either the shifty House of Saud turning a blind eye to crazed Sunni extremists wiring money up to Mosul, or directly backing the group as part of their nefarious plan for world domination. Neither theory makes much sense.

Times that Try Men's Souls

Ian Linden | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

We are in the midst of a geopolitical crisis in Africa and the Middle East. It is acutely felt by communities of faith who suffer a new barbarism as they watch their hallowed values drowned in blood. But it is no less a crisis for international commitments to human rights.

As Bloodshed Builds Across Middle East, Faith Leaders Declare #WeAreAllHuman

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined senior Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders from across the country for an inter-faith vigil to "sta...

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...