Middle East

This Is The Way We Should Remember James Foley..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS militants, was an exceptionally brave reporter who went into a conflict zone that has less than ...

Iraq: Cameron's Contradictions

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

The charges against David Cameron over his Iraq policy are well founded. But there are extenuating circumstances... It is time for a root-and-branch review of the principles of British foreign policy, so that they reflect two essential things: the world as it is and not as we would wish it to be; and the British national interest. Or, to put it another way, don't do nation-building and don't intervene in other people's civil wars - we usually make things worse, as in Iraq, and the waste of blood and treasure is unforgivable. If this means hobnobbing with dictators, so be it. Only genocide and threats to world order merit military intervention, as with IS.

The US Needs to Increase Its Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Not Lessen It

Daniel Marriott | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.

Iraqi Christians Abandoned By Cameron Over Immigration Fears, Says Church Of England

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK

The Church of England has slammed the Government for abandoning Christians in the Middle East, citing fears that any offers of asylum would cost the T...

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

David Cameron Cuts Short Holiday To Deal With Iraq Crisis

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has returned from his holiday early in order to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee on the crisis in Iraq. ...

Middle East Tech News: All You Need to Know From the Last Three Months

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Studies provide a number of fresh insights into evolving attitudes and technology based behaviours in this fast changing region... The Middle East is not as different as you might think... "The digital divide demarcates technological abilities in the Arab world about as starkly as anywhere on earth."

Meeting the Yazidis: An Encounter with the 'Devil-Worshippers' of Iraq

Justin Huggler | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK
Justin Huggler

When we invaded Iraq in 2003, our leaders made grand speeches about guaranteeing the future for all of Iraq's people. But then we let the place slide into anarchy and bloodshed, while our soldiers stood helplessly by. This is the future we made for Iraq.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

Why We Need to Love in a Time of Hate

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

The press is awash with the brutality of this world. Since I was a little girl the big topic has always been peace in the Middle East... When we become so inured to blood and gore and it fails to move us, there is the risk of being permanently desensitised.

FactCheck: What About the Britons Who Fight for Israel?

Channel 4 News | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Channel 4 News

There are around 100 British nationals serving with the IDF as we speak, apparently with no legal difficulties. But a Brit who trains or fights with any anti-Assad rebel group runs the risk of being jailed as a terrorist. If we are worried about young British Muslims heading off to the Middle East to receive military training, should we be equally worried about Jews?

What Locals REALLY Think Of Tony Blair And His Middle East Peace-Making Efforts

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics

Another week, another crisis in one of the world’s most troubled, beautiful, ancient lands. Hopes of truce raised and dashed with every news hour. 2...

Lads on Torah Part II: The Holy Bits of the Holy Land

James Dann | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

Apparently, The Gaza Strip isn't just a lap dancing club in Golders Green, nor is it a new waxing technique adopted by Israeli women. Believe it or not, it is in fact a place where stuff has been kicking off for a long time...

Israel - A Country Without A Conscience?

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

Democracy is only as legitimate as the freedom it guarantees its citizens. Freedom of thought, body and conscience are denied to Israelis as long as it continues to force unwilling teenagers towards war.

Why I'm Pro-Israeli AND Pro-Palestinian

Lliana Bird | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Lliana Bird

Eslam wrote back to my sister in tears. She saw that yes, Israelis are human too! That they are shown the same images as she is. That no one hates her for simply being a Palestinian. That there are people out there who really care for her and her safety. And most of all that there is a chance for peace. She was overwhelmed by all of our love for her. And I decided that this article would instead be dedicated to her. To her strength, and that of all those on BOTH "sides of the fence" who question what they are told, acknowledge that we are all in fact the same, and reach out to each other with hope for peace for ALL.

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

Tinder: A Start-up that Went from Frying Pan to Fire

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

When they created this app called Tinder - with their dreams of Silicon Valley rose and their tinted glasses on - they probably thought they were binding the world with love and all nice things around it... Now, what an irony of time, that the founders of the app that was meant to bring people in love together, are going to slug it out in the court.

Fracking Does Not Mean the End of Opec - It is Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Fracking presents a new challenge for OPEC, as well as opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that, over the next five years, one-third of the new oil production of the world will be developed in the USA. By 2020, the US will be a net exporter of gas. By 2035. It will be energy self-sufficient, they say...

The End Of Iraq As We Know It? 4 Maps That Show Just How Messed Up The Region Is

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Pick up any map of the Middle East over in the past 100 years and it's unlikely to really tell you the story of its people or its geography. It tells ...

Unearthed: Syrian Artist Responds to War in His Homeland

Veronique Mistiaen | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Veronique Mistiaen

Over the last three years, Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist living in the UK, has been watching from a painful distance the war eviscerating his homeland: its people, its cities and villages, its past and present, and its memory.

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

Dams: Iran's Weapons of Marsh Destruction

Daniel Brett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Daniel Brett

The Garden of Eden is dying. Reputed to be two of Eden's four rivers, the Karoun and Karkheh have been reduced to a trickle as an environmental disaster is unfolds in the Ahwaz region. One of the Middle East's last verdant areas is being turned into a wasteland as Iran pursues its drive to power up its economy by building a massive complex of dams and divert waters to central Iran.

Dubai Art Is Out There

Lucy Knight | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Knight

The inauguration of their 'art season' earlier this year proved further the commitment they have not only to drawing in great investment from abroad but in cultivating the local talent that the sands of Arabia have to offer.

Iran's Russia Quandary

Daniel Brett | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Depending on the domestic support Rouhani can build, Iran may be inclined towards a more critical stance on Putin's territorial expansionism for the sake of rebuilding relations with the EU states and preventing Ukraine's break-up from setting a precedent for Iran's own ethnic problems.