Middle East

Istanbul on a Whim

Noelle Reno | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Noelle Reno

"What am I waiting for?!" I'm always waiting on something; a man, a deal, a friend. Not least of all waiting to travel to places I've always wanted to see. Fast forward 10 hours and I'm en route to the land that joins the East and West.

Brinkmanship Risks Taking Israelis and Palestinians to the Edge

Toby Greene | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Toby Greene

The wider international community can play a role at this critical moment. To keep open the window for a negotiated solution, Europe and the United States must make clear their expectation that the Palestinians should refrain from unilateral steps and stay at the table.

Omnichannel Retailing in the Gulf - an Ongoing Challenge

Mark Artus | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Artus

This stems from a major difference between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures; in the UK, ecommerce leads the way, with consumers preferring the convenience and speed of browsing and ordering online to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In the Gulf, however, 'mall culture' remains dominant.

Don't Free Spy Jonathan Pollard

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Ivan Eland

Some in the United States also questioned whether Pollard should remain in jail, because, after all, he had "only" been spying for a cherished U.S. ally. However, instead of questioning whether Pollard should be behind bars, perhaps proponents of his release instead should be questioning the cozy U.S. relationship with Israel.

Unprecedented Images of Western People Looking Just Like You and Me

Karl Sharro | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Karl Sharro

We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary...

Almost Four Years on, One Syrian Family's Painful Testimony on Life as a Refugee in Jordan

Justin Byworth | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Byworth

Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of so many of its 22 million people. This civil war is now thought to have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

In Syria There Is Little Help for Anyone, Let Alone Those in Dire Need

Roger Hearn | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Roger Hearn

Imagine the horrors of healthcare in a warzone: children having limbs amputated because of a lack of medical supplies and equipment to treat their wounds. Patients knocked out with iron bars, rather than face an operation without anaesthetic. A newborn baby dying in an incubator because of power-cuts... For millions of people inside Syria - this is the reality of their lives now.

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

We started this. That's what I can't help thinking every time I hear about the latest death and suffering in Syria. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, we set off a chain of events that led inexorably to the killing fields of Damascus and Aleppo.

Arabic Voiceover Artist For Donald Duck Fired Over 'Anti-Zionist' Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

The actor who provided the voice for Donald Duck in the Middle East has been allegedly fired for tweeting that Israel should be "demolished". Wael...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Shoreditch Barman Tries To Arrest Tony Blair

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UDPATE: He may have lost his job, but Twiggy Garcia may get a payout for his efforts. Journalist George Monbiot, who set up the Arrest Blair websit...

Startup Weekend Makes Its Way to Damascus...

Eamonn Carey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech
Eamonn Carey

The conflict in Syria has not only claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and caused over two million refugees to flee the country. It has also created an economic black hole, which is one of the reasons why the weekend is taking place.

2014 - Central Bankers Making Way for Politics?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

2013 was the year of all-powerful central banks, fragile economic recovery, and financial market euphoria. 2014 will be all about politics: political economics, geopolitical developments, and electoral politics.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 56 - Christmas in Jordan

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The biblical sites of Jordan jostle for prominence with the Roman, the Byzantine, the Nabatean, the Crusader, the Mamluk, the Abbasid, etc. The country is crammed full of places to see and from which to learn.

Peace and Goodwill for Bethlehem in London?

Kester Brewin | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kester Brewin

Earlier this week I attended a fantastic meal put on as part of the 'Bethlehem Unwrapped' festival put together by creative director Justin Butcher. The food was cooked by celebrated chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Ottolenghi is Israeli and Tamimi Palestinian.

2010-2013: Three Years in the Lifetime of a MENA Region

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is already three years since the uprisings started in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. A street vendor in Tunisia eventually got fed up...

Bloodletting in Syria Is a Blot to Humanity That Must End

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The massive funeral was a fitting tribute to this courageous physician who left his comfortable London life and endured a year-long incarceration by one of the most brutal regimes in the Arab world. The British society, particularly the Muslim community, can feel proud of Dr Khan who put the lives of ordinary people above his; he paid the ultimate price by giving his own life.

Christmas Day Car Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A car bomb near a church in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people - thought to be mainly Iraqi Christians celebrating Christmas. The bomb went off...

Gender Segregation and Our Anti-Islamist Norm

Alastair Sloan | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Is gender equality an issue that can be assigned to the conventional notions of left and right? Undoubtedly, it stretches across the political pantheon. But more importantly - is anti-Islamism now a stance the left and right can unite over? This is a discussion that needs to take place outside Westminster.

Labour: Time For Politicians To 'Do God'

Sunday Telegraph | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Politics

The Labour Party admits today that politicians should stop feeling a "sense of embarrassment" about discussing God. Douglas Alexander, a senior fro...

Resetting Western Strategy Towards Syria

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Dr Christopher Phillips

It is time to acknowledge that the approach based on moulding a single, coherent opposition body that suits international priorities has failed. Western governments should instead engage with a broader swathe of Syrian opposition and civil society.

Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

Luke McManus | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign...

IN PICTURES: Snow Hits The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK

The snow that has blanketed much of the Middle East turned Cairo white on Friday - with local news reports claiming it was Egypt's capital's first sno...

From South Africa to Palestine and the MENA Region!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

I am proud to aver that a few tears welled up in my eyes last week when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away at the grand old age of 95....