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The West Is Sending a Message: It's Fine to be a Violent Regime

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

The depravity of the west is becoming too obvious. We have lost our sense of knowing what is right and wrong. The foreign policy became dominated by the idea of not offending any feelings and being bought into the culture of relativism. Cuba and Palestine are just the recent examples of how easily the west can be forced into the obedience.

South African Hostage Killed Alongside Luke Somers In Failed US Rescue Attempt In Yemen

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, US-led raid to free them from al-Qaida militants in Y...

'Islam Is Peace' - But Islam Is Also Isis!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

At first it might sound evil, but when ISIS started their terrible massacres I felt hope. I was hoping that this time we would not mess it up and would finally stop ignoring this abnormal violence, that we would get enough bravery to fight the real problem, which is not today's murderers, like ISIS, but the ideology that will keep bringing us new killers tomorrow.

Iraq and Syria: A Better Way

Robin Lustig | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Peace, like democracy, cannot be imposed from above, or from outside. But if the two sides in Syria's civil war can agree to at least a few temporary local truces, they may be better able to turn their attention to IS. That's certainly what would be in their best interests, and in the interests of their foreign backers, whether Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey.

Iraq: War Without End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Six weeks ago, I wrote: "We should be in no doubt: we, the West, are back in Iraq." And so it has come to pass. It is difficult to see how it could have been otherwise, once the murderers of Islamic State (or Isis or Isil, take your pick) started killing American and British journalists and aid workers on video. ... We have entered a bizarre Alice in Wonderland world in which Washington, Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh and Doha all seem to be lining up on the same side. The Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis even seem to have deployed some of their own aircraft, which I suppose at least proves that they do know what they're for.

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

A World Without a Globo-Cop

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I can't think of anywhere that would have been less appropriate as a venue for this week's Nato summit than the UK. A United Kingdom that within the next couple of weeks may become shatteringly disunited... Inward-looking, backward-looking, suspicious of its neighbours: everything that Nato is meant not to be. And this at a time when the world is a more dangerous place than it's been in decades. So why are Western leaders - because it's not just David Cameron - so dismally unable to confront the dangers?

6 Years Ago Today Obama Accepted The Nomination For President

The Huffington Post UK | Ellie Dierking | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics

Remember the day President Barack Obama accepted his nomination for presidency of the United States? That just so happens to be exactly six years ago ...

Obama Is Just Too Nice to Be a Good President

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Is it the loss of a Democrat majority in the House? The Republicans stubbornness and inability to compromise? The continuous barriers against Obama's attempts to pass certain Acts? Or is it because the House is filing a law suit against him? (Yes really). Clearly all of these things coupled together worsen the situation, but Obama's main problem is that he's just too nice to be President.

What Kind Of Week Has It Been? 22 August 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

It's been a week of great frustration. There's an Irish proverb about a house with a broken roof, where a man explains that when it's sunny it poses no problem, and when it rains the weather is too bad to fix anything. In most countries, that would be a charming fable.

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.10.2014 | 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.

Ned Simons

Scottish Independence Rejected By Members Of US Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

Republican and Democratic members of the United States Congress have joined forces to encourage Scotland not to vote for independence on September 18....

Obama Was The Subject Of A Racist Laser Show At The Moscow Embassy Last Night

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

A racist laser artwork of President Barack Obama swallowing a banana has been projected onto the facade of the US embassy in Moscow, wishing the US le...

Ed Balls Laughs Off His Name With Rather Naughty Jeremy Hunt Gag

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has made light of his awkwardly memorable surname, quipping that he is in a better position than health secretary Jeremy Hunt, whose own surn...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Made In Moscow?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 20 July 2014... 1) MADE IN MOSCOW? The shooting down of flight MH17 dominates the front pages of the ...

What Sanctions? Putin Shrugs Off West's Toughest Actions Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics

Vladimir Putin has brushed aside America and the European Union's toughest sanctions yet against Russia over the mounting unrest in Ukraine, warning t...

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.

The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

Iraq - The End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What folly. What crass, indescribable, unbelievable folly it was to invade Iraq in 2003. I wonder what George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair think now as they read of the latest disasters to befall that wretched land. Do they still say that Iraq is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein? Do they? Really?

D-Day and Bergdahl: Thoughts on the Forgotten Casualties of War

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Is Bergdahl a deserter? A traitor? Is he, as some critics in the US have implausibly suggested, a real-life incarnation of Nicholas Brody of the TV series Homeland, a captured US serviceman who may have switched sides? Or is he one more casualty of war, a man whose wounds can't be seen but are real nonetheless? It's perfectly possible, of course, to be both.

Between Two Ferns: Barack Obama's Presidential Step Forward for Politics

Owen Lee | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Owen Lee

In a bold effort to win over the American youth to the rejuvenated Healthcare.gov service, renowned cool cat President Barak Obama appeared on the satirical internet chat show series Between 2 Ferns...

Big Data, Algorithms and Innovation - Oh My!

Brendan Flattery | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

These two technologies are quietly changing lives and providing incredible innovations that have affected everyone who has ever searched the web, bought something from an online store, or been tempted to click on a website offering something that 'other readers/buyers also enjoyed'...

The US Right Wing Are Furious Obama Just Bowed To A Japanese Robot

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech

Several right-wing American websites appear to be furious that President Obama has bowed to a foreign diplomat. A foreign robot diplomat. Obama ...

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Europe on the Brink

Robin Lustig | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Western leaders who'll be meeting for emergency talks in Europe next week have an unusually important judgement call to make: do they believe President Putin when he says he intends to go no further in Ukraine?