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State Of Women In The World: How Far Have We Fallen?

Jo Simmons | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jo Simmons

Image credit: Flickr Park Geun-hye, whose election to the presidency in 2013 was a historic moment for gender equality in South Korea, has overshadow...

Yemen's Man-Made Famine

Omar Mashjari | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Omar Mashjari

Without decisive action on behalf of the US and Britain, the conflict is likely to drag on for more time to come. Not only would this be the worst possible outcome for civilians in Yemen, furthering the impact of the man-made famine, but it would also be a catastrophe for Western foreign policy in the region.

Presidential Debates Ignore The American People

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

The three debates reflected a microcosm of American media - frame a narrow spectrum to them all their lives, and people will rarely think outside of it. Ask yourself this, especially if you will vote on November 8th - does America need a new brand of alt right nationalism? A rise in anger towards the immigrants who only work to benefit the countries that house them? Or does it need more of the same? More flawed foreign policy, more bowing to the corporate and banking worlds?

Too Much Russia On Their Minds

Alistair Burnett | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

The old saying "people who live in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones" isn't a call to stay silent; but it should be taken as an invocation to avoid hypocrisy if you want your words and actions to carry weight. Double standards have practical consequences.

Whitehall Has Been Arming The World And Fuelling Conflict For 50 Years

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

UK aircraft and UK bombs have been central to the bombardment, which, according to Save the Children, has left Yemen "teetering on the edge of famine." The situation is dire, but the government's response has been to evade and ignore it.

Britain Must Not Delay In Halting Arms Sales Fuelling Bloodshed In Yemen

Mark Goldring | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

It is not too late to help bring this conflict to an end, and to send the strongest possible message that killing civilians will not be tolerated. To do that, Britain should not delay another day in halting the arms sales that are fuelling this bloodshed and put all its diplomatic effort behind finding a political solution.

Why UK Taxpayers Are Giving Thousands To A Billionaire Saudi Prince Who Breeds Racehorses

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK

A Saudi prince who breeds racehorses has received more than £400,000 of taxpayers’ money in farm subsidies last year, it has emerged. The Queen and...

Syria, Yemen And How Double Standards Block The Path to Peace

Alistair Burnett | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

As the siege of Syria's second city Aleppo intensifies again and the Saudi campaign in Yemen grinds on, there is an urgent need for the main powers to get back round the table and at least agree to stop fuelling the conflicts. But this week has shown that prospect seems remote.

'Praise Be To Allah': British Ambassador To Saudi Converts To Islam And Performs Hajj

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam and has been photographed performing a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Simon Collis, the UK en...

Tory MP Crispin Blunt Suffers 'Michael Howard' Moment On Newsnight As He Repeatedly Dodges The Same Question

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics

Tory MP Crispin Blunt had a ‘Michael Howard’ moment on BBC Newsnight last night as he repeatedly dodged a question over whether he tried to sabota...

The Waugh Zone September 8, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday September 8, 2016… 1) THERE’S NO ONE QUITE LIKE GRAMMAR Theresa May spent most of yesterday s...

Woman 'Caged' By Dad In Saudi Arabia, Not Back In UK Despite Court Order

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK

A 21-year-old woman who found herself at the centre of a High Court battle after complaining that she had been imprisoned by her father in Saudi Arabi...

This Campaign Is Calling For An End To Oppressive Male Guardianship In Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK

A hashtag calling for an end to male guardianship over women in Saudi Arabia is gathering momentum. #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship is especially poign...

500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

Last Sunday marked 500 days since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the Yemeni civil war. In that time, Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of people, destroyed vital infrastructure and unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the civilian population.

Brexit's Effects Will Ripple Into UK's Foreign Policy in the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Boris Johnson's new job as British Foreign Secretary came as a shock surprise to many, but Theresa May's new premiership mark the beginning of the end of the UK's whiplash political crisis, and the UK's entry into the long, drawn out political crisis that is leaving the European Union. But what does that all mean for the UK's Middle East policy?

A Regime Known for It's Recklessness Just Made a Very Reckless Move

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Nation states act out of pure self-interest. That isn't an inherently negative trait, but when a country is led by a sadistic megalomaniac, 'self-inte...

Saudi Official With Diplomatic Immunity Allegedly Brought Slave To London

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

A Saudi official has been accused of bringing a slave to London, as a string of crimes committed by people with diplomatic immunity are released in ne...

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Michael Barron | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

The influx of Saudi and other Gulf aid has played a central role in supporting the Egyptian economy, preventing the country's collapse and avoiding an even greater human tragedy than that currently unfolding. Saudi's financial support to Egypt is an example of where Saudi's interest - a stable Egypt - coincided with the wider international community's interest.

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day.

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.

Philip Hammond's Bahrain Boosterism Is Appallingly Misjudged

Allan Hogarth | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

On the very same day that Mr Hammond was praising all these Bahraini reforms a court in Manama was jailing Sheikh 'Ali Salman, the leader of the country's main opposition party. He got nine years, with an earlier four-year jail sentence supplemented by a further half-decade by the Court of Appeal.

It's Time to Recalibrate Our Foreign Policy

Tom Brake | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

The world faces a level of instability not seen since the Cold War. To avoid further escalation of conflict and insecurity, and to ensure our country does not lose its standing in the world, we need to put human rights and the observance of international law centre stage again. The Liberal Democrats intend being one of the main actors in this revival.

Will Women Benefit From Saudi Economic Reforms?

Jo Simmons | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Jo Simmons

With the government's expressed aim of reducing unemployment from its current level of 12% down to 7%, the number of women leaving the home to take up work looks set to continue its surge. Just as women entering the workforce in the West served as a prelude to their social advancement one can only hope that the same process will be replicated in the conservative kingdom and replace its current ignominious stance towards women.

Groom Divorces Bride Because She Was Too Busy Texting To Have Sex

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

A newlywed is being divorced by her husband because she spent the very first hours of their marriage texting her friends, it has been reported. The un...

Saudi Arabia Takes A Small Step Forward For Womankind

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK

Brides in Saudi Arabia will be given copies of their marriage contracts for the first time in history. The privilege has been one reserved only for gr...