Middle East

Isis - Their Version of Islam

Amelia Amin | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

ISIS, and its warped manipulation of a faith that so many Muslims treasure, needs to be stopped. What they are doing is brutal, bloodthirsty, and vulgar. Our global solidarity against this dangerous group is our greatest weapon, and together, be we Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic, we need to harness this might, in order to combat them effectively. Understanding them to the best of our ability, is the first step.

Paris Attacks: France Intensify Intervention On Islamic State

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

If any region is familiar with the debilitating effects of political corruption, it's the Middle East. And the notion of a 'power-vacuum' is central, in a struggle to come to terms with the recent bloodshed in Paris.

Visiting the Middle East as a Western Woman

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

Having never traveled to the Middle East before, I was a little unsure about what to expect from a holiday to Jordan. My research findings ranged from women on their own being ignored (a woman in a cafe not being served for two hours) to people being incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.

New Collaborations in Tunisia: A Nobel Peace Prize and Dreams of Dismaland

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Beatrice Pembroke

"Together, we are building a creativity economy in a region whose young people are an asset, not a liability." I'm standing in the old Iraqi embassy...

Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

Unni Krishnan | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?

Taking Emergency Supplies to the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian Border - A Holiday With a Purpose But It's No Hardship

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

Some months ago a conversation with a close friend turned into a bucket list of places we wanted to visit. Some surprise was registered when Beirut c...

Hajj - A Model of Unity

Qari Asim | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

Hajj is a religious pilgrimage during which Muslims from every corner of the globe travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the world's largest gathering of people, with close to 3 million people attending each year.

Iran's Undimmed Passion for Annihilating Israel

Toby Greene | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

When Iranians write 'Death to England' over a portrait of the Queen in the embassy, that's sloganizing. When they call for Israel's destruction, it is something else entirely.

Why The Latest Syrian Peace Plan Is Doomed

Nehad Ismail | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The New York Times reported 17th August that the Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues t...

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.

Why the West Wants to Invest in Education in the UAE

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Having the seventh largest oil-reserves in the world, UAE was guided into its quintessential element by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - ...

ISIS, The Not So Lone Wolf

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Citizens of Kobane in the refugee camps, Suruç "I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southe...

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Ryanair Expands Into Middle East With Flights To Israel

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK

Budget airline Ryanair has announced its first flights to Israel. The three routes between Eilat Ovda Airport and Budapest, Kaunas and Krakow, wil...

The Nuclear Negotiations - What Are They All About?

Amelia Amin | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The official deal between Iran and the P5+1 (China, Russia, France, UK, US and Germany) was supposed to be signed on the 30th June. Now the deadline h...

Bombing Isis Won't Stop It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.

One Year on From Gaza: The UK Must Stop Arming Israel

Andrew Smith | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The issue goes beyond the immediate humanitarian impact. When the UK sells weapons it not only facilitates future attacks, it also signals approval for the Israeli government and its pursuit of what amounts to the collective punishment and oppression of the people of Gaza.

Cameron's Speech Feeds Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

Cameron blames the Islamic value system for extremism in the world today - I find such a statement totally ignorant and unenlightened.

The Psychology of Globalization - Explained by Cultural DNA

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

If you're a traveller looking for something that takes a richer and more longitudinal approach; a business person or civil servant looking for insight beyond the usual Dos, Don'ts, honorifics, platitudes and rituals; a student of the humanities and social sciences wanting something more grounded in the world today; or a seasoned dinner party socialite and pub quiz pro looking for a global Zeitgeist to boost your social capital - then this is definitely the book for you. There's plenty to learn, it sinks in easily, and this is the sort of book that you'll find yourself marking-up and folding page corners on.

Blair Lands New Role Fighting Anti-Semitism And Holocaust Denial

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

Tony Blair has landed himself a new role as the head of an international organisation that fights anti-Semitism and campaigns for the criminalisation ...

Tony Blair Resigns As Middle East Peace Envoy: The Funniest Twitter Reactions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Comedy

The news that Tony Blair has resigned as a Middle East envoy after eight years has been met with the sort of reaction you'd expect. At least: the sort...

Tony Blair Quits Middle East Peace Envoy Role

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair is to step down as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of powers after eight years in the role. The former prime minister will quit the ro...

Blair Quits -- Here Are Five Jobs He Could Do Next

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK

Tony Blair quit as Middle East Peace Envoy on Wednesday, a role the former British prime minister has held since he left Downing Street in 2007. The s...