Middle East.

Prime Minister Theresa May: Please Free Grandpa Kamal

Kamran Foroughi | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Kamran Foroughi

This Saturday is 1,900 days since his arrest - he has not seen his family for over five years. The Foreign Office told me that during the nuclear negotiations, they did not once bring up my dad's detention with Iran. I think that was a missed opportunity... We must not rest until my dad is back home with his wife, daughter, son and two granddaughters. We have all suffered for too long. Theresa May, please do everything you can to help free Grandpa Kamal before it is too late.

Chilcot Report Highlights US-British Threat to Middle Eastern Leaders

Michael Barron | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

The Chilcot report has laid bare the US-British plot to remove Saddam. This is the second time (that we know of) where the US and the UK have conspired to remove a Middle Eastern leader. "The world is safer" claimed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in justifying the removal of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. More than a decade after the event and following the seven year wait for the Chilcot report, it is too early to say whether this is the case.

Essential to Counter to Iran's Regional Misconduct

Lord Maginnis | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As we approach the first anniversary of the Iranian nuclear deal, tens of thousands of activists and Iranian dissidents are set to rally this Saturday in Paris, calling for Tehran's nefarious conduct at home and in the region to be tackled. One of the primary messages at this rally will be to condemn Iran's role in the massacre of the Syrian people and to demand an end to its assistance to the Assad government.

Widows Face Increased Suffering in Patriarchal Societies

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Once AMAR learned about Samila's story, we immediately went into action, helping her to develop the skills needed to provide for her family. We were able to help her buy a sewing machine, and she now has clients of her own with a steady income giving her peace of mind and a new confidence.

We Need to Talk About Yemen

Diana Johnson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

It's been over a year since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen, and life for children and their families is increasingly unbearable. In March last year, the Saudi-led Coalition launched a military operation in support of the Government of Yemen against Houthi opposition forces who had overthrown President Hadi. Since then, the humanitarian situation has rapidly deteriorated with over 80% of the country now in need of assistance and millions without access to vital healthcare, food, water and fuel.

Turkey's Oppression Machine - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Taffan Ako Sharif | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Taffan Ako Sharif

It was not too long ago that we were all expecting the Turkish state to be accepted into the European Union. While President Erdogan and his party AKP...

Let's Not Forget That Assad Has Destroyed More of Syria's Ancient Sites Than ISIS

Usman Butt | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Politics
Usman Butt

The point here is that the Assad regime has a very long history of destroying Syria's heritage sites. However with the ascent of the so-called Islamic State, the crimes against heritage committed by the Assad regime go unnoticed and it creates questionable euphoria when places like Palmyra are captured.

Easter: Once Again a Time to Focus on Ending Religious Intolerance in the Middle East

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The shocking, sickening scene of a young man nailed to a wooden cross, surrounded by his executioners, shouting abuse and laughing whilst crowds of others watch in horrified silence, is an image that is indelibly stamped onto the minds of all Christians.

An Open Letter to the Terrorist

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

As a Muslim let me remind you what God says, "replace evil with something better" and let me tell you that you, the terrorists are solely responsible and your ideas shall be challenged and you shall be defeated!

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Isis Are Attacking More Countries Than Paris

Jess Readett | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

If you genuinely care about the victims of ISIS then don't just care for the white dead ones. Care for the ones washing up on the shores of Calais, for the ones seeking asylum across Europe and for the ones our government will strike as 'collateral damage'. Don't bullshit with white washed sincerity and empty paragraphs that are little more than a jump on to the bandwagon.

Will Islamist Extremism Force China To Fight In Syria?

Tanya Silverman | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Beijing's involvement in the Syrian conflict (seemingly, the "world's conflict") has so far concentrated on military and financial support to Bashar al-Assad. But, the People's Republic of China's reluctance to join the fight is being tested by reports of Muslim Uighur's making their way to join the multi-national ranks of ISIS.

2016: A Defining Year for the World?

Hashim Bhatti | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Hashim Bhatti

You're probably thinking what on earth am I going on about, 2016 is just another year in the calendar but it's not. The decisions made this year in both the political, legal and economic spheres will have consequences that are far reaching.

Having Faith in Religious Harmony

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The terrible war being waged by the barbaric thugs of Daesh (ISIS) across the Middle East, and now North Africa too, continues almost unabated. Local populations are being terrorised and minorities, in particular, are facing unprecedented levels of persecution.

Second First Impressions From Lesvos: A Frosty Start

Maudie Fraser | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Maudie Fraser

Touching down at 06:20 having spent the night travelling inevitably steeps reality with a peculiar hue, but driving out of Mytilene airport in my Hyun...

Children Are Some of the Most Vulnerable Refugees of This Crisis - They Deserve the Opportunity to Be Resettled

Stephen Twigg | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Around 7.6million Syrian children (within and outside the country) need humanitarian assistance, close to 80% of Syria's child population. Child labour, early forced marriage, exposure to disease, risk of sexual violence - these are all risks that threaten the immediate well-being of Syria's children...

A 1,400-Year-Old-Disagreement Is The Root Cause Of The Current Middle East Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK

Rising tensions following Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric have brought into focus the 1,400 year divide between two main branche...

China's Syria Talks: Greater Involvement in the Middle East?

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Once again, China has revealed to the world its willingness to seek greater involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. This has manifested through its recent offer to host talks between the Syrian Government and opposition groups as a crucial breakthrough in the Syrian peace process.

Peace From the Middle East

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Bishop Paul Bayes

I would not have voted in favour of bombing Syria. ISIL/Daesh is a source of evil, of this I have no doubt. But for me the case for bombing is not proven. Some, including some I greatly respect, say that the traditional Christian criteria for a Just War have been fulfilled. But I cannot agree. Across the world I see the the political reflex to seek quick popularity through warmongering talk, and I abhor it. I believe there is a better way. In the season of the coming of the Prince of Peace let's try and find it together.

I Support Air Strikes and I Don't Know Why

Georgina Edwards | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...

The Dangers of Repetition: Iraq to Syria

Tony Mckenna | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

Reacting like a true demagogue, beating the drums of war, French 'socialist' president François Hollande has vowed to intensify the bombardment of an already pulverized Syria. Truly, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That was something Mr Herzog taught us too.

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...