Middle East

Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't?

Wassim Cornet | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Wassim Cornet

The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.

As Westerners Flee Yemen, Saudi Arabia And Egypt Prepare To Arm Tribes

AP | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK

As Western diplomats and staff fled Yemen on Wednesday, concern widened over the increasing turmoil in the impoverished nation, with Saudi Arabia armi...

Uncomfortably Numb - Attitudes to Politics

Sara Damergi | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sara Damergi

The question is do we really need to feel a sense of fear or discomfort to become truly engaged in politics? Do we want to be numb to what's truly going on and get distracted by reports in mainstream tabloid media putting the blame on the overused and now farcical phrase and sentiment of: "its the immigrants coming over here and nicking our jobs?"

Obama's Middle East Challenge - The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

It is often difficult to identify an historic opportunity and seize the moment, however the US and its Allies may realize that it could be time to focus on forging an agreement for peaceful co-existence and cooperation even among 'unfriendly nations' that share a more important common goal - fighting terrorism and total chaos.

London Anti-Extremism Conference Must Challenge the Role of Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

On Thursday, London hosted a major conference to discuss the ISIS threat and strategies for confronting Islamic extremism around the globe. Unfortunat...

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

Will Eric Pickles Call To 'Mosque Leaders' Have Any Effect On Radicalisation?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK

Eric Pickles has written to mosques in England urging them to do more to root out extremists and prevent young people being radicalised - despite evid...

Charlie Hebdo, Murderous Bullies, Dank Mistrust and a Lesson in Solidarity and History

Karl Davis | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

We need to get angry. We need to get involved. More than anything, we need to get angry at the right people. We need to stand together, and not allow ourselves to be hoodwinked into being angry at Mosques, when we should be angry at the fat cats of Threadneedle Street, and at Parliament

Winter Storms Lash Middle East Refugee Camps With Snow

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

A powerful winter storm has swept through the Middle East, depositing several inches of snow and leaving refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war sh...

Mia Khalifa Is Now PornHub's Biggest Star - But Her Lebanese Motherland Is Less Than Impressed

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

A popular free porn website has unveiled its number one ranked star as Lebanese-born Mia Khalifa, sparking outrage in her home country. Khalifa usu...

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

Hala Gorani | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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 12.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 27.12.2014 | 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 21.12.2014 | 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 19.12.2014 | 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.