Middle East.

The Middle East's Mental Health Crisis

Sara Tofiq | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Sara Tofiq

We need to see more efforts being directed towards raising awareness about the nature of mental health too, from its signs, treatment and recovery routes. Hopefully this will lead to a positive transformation of attitudes.

Nine Middle East Countries At Risk Of EU Sanctions Over Tax Governance

Michael Barron | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

High profile cases involving companies such as Google and Apple show that it is spreading to all sectors of the economy. Middle Eastern governments and companies are not insulated from this trend. They will find themselves under more scrutiny regarding governance around their tax affairs.

Animal Sacrifice: Celebrating Mercy With An Act Of Violence

Teuta Turani | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Teuta Turani

Only when we understand the mere symbolic function that ritual sacrifice has nowadays, will we be able to eradicate the need for it and perhaps further succeed in the attempts of a universal understanding and denouncement of animal cruelty that is not necessarily culturally relative.

Let's Not Wait For Another Alan Kurdi

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

On 2nd September, a year will have passed since the tragic story of Alan Kurdi. The body of the three-year-old was found washed upon the Turkish beach...

Freedom, Women And Business Etiquette In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rana Nejem

Freedom, right and wrong, honour and shame are not universal concepts. They mean different things to different people and their bases of reference are not the same across all cultures. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that women who do not drive or women who wear the veil are somehow oppressed and will 'see the light' once they learn more about Western gender equality.

Where Are You Now That I Need You?

Carly Wilford | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Carly Wilford

We are now the media. Our generation have a more liberated voice than ever before so how in 2016 is genocide still a thing? We are living in one of the most pivotal times in recent history and it's time for us to wake up to reality. The day I met Pari Ibrahim she changed my life forever.

Britain's Dangerous and Ignored Special Relationship With Oman

Mark Curtis | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

By retaining faith in repressive pro-Western leaders in the region, backing them to the hilt, supplying them with arms and using their territory to militarily intervene in the region, Britain is continuing its long-standing Middle East policy... It really is time that British journalists find out where Oman is on the map and highlight what their country is actually doing there.

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.