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Was Theresa May's Storm In An Easter Egg-Cup A Welcome Diversion From Saudi Arabia's Abysmal Human Rights Record?

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's a lot more one could say about Saudi Arabia's almost unimaginably bad human rights record. But unless something miraculous happens, Theresa May won't mention of any of this during her time in Riyadh. A semi-ritualistic reference along the lines of "a range of issues were discussed, including human rights" is probably all we'll get.

7 Things Theresa May Wouldn't Criticise After Outspoken Attack On Easter Egg Hunt

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK

Theresa May on Tuesday broke from her notoriously default no-comment position to launch a scathing attack on two British institutions for their promot...

Two Years Of UK Complicity In The Destruction Of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Smith

Over the last two years a brutal humanitarian crisis has been forced on the people of Yemen. It has created the circumstances under which children are dying from preventable causes and people are risking their lives when they do something as normal as going to the market. The situation is dire, and unless urgent action is taken now then there are large numbers who may not survive much longer.

Murdered PC Keith Palmer's Family Remember His 'Selfless Bravery'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK

The family of the policeman killed in the Westminster terror attack has thanked those who tried to save his life, and said they care that the officer ...

Pictured: Westminster Terror Attacker, As New Details Emerge Of Violent Past

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK

New details about Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood have emerged as police confirm he was also known as Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao. Masood ...

‘Girls Council’ Launched In Saudi Arabia – With No Girls

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK

Given Saudi Arabia’s poor record for women’s rights, the opening of a girls’ council is certainly a mark of progress. Unfortunately, photographs...

One Boy Recalls The Devastating Moment He Was Hit By An Airstrike In Yemen

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK

Zuhair was at a funeral when an airstrike, organised by Yemen’s Saudi-led coalition, hit. The 13-year-old from Sana’a was severely burned, putting...

The Trump Effect: A Time For Introspection And Pledges

Dr Shaaz Mahboob | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Shaaz Mahboob

Perhaps the next round of protests would be seen as meaningful when those participating would have pledged to themselves, not never allow any form of discrimination and abuse to go unchallenged, within their own communities or elsewhere, both domestic and foreign, coming from the White House or the House of Saud.

A Marathon Runner's Guide To Middle Eastern Politics, Part One

Michael Barron | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Barron

This year marks the 20th anniversary of running my first marathon*. It was the London Marathon in April 1997. Over the same period of time, longer in fact, I have also been an observer and analyst of Middle Eastern politics. Reflecting on two obsessions that have been important in my professional and personal life, what have I learnt from marathon running that can be applied to my analysis and observation of Middle Eastern politics?

It's All About The Relationship: Advice For Working In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Rana Nejem

Are you planning to grow your business in the Arab world? Are you about to take up a new position in your company's offices based in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman or Cairo? Then you need to pay special attention to the significance of relationships in this culture.

Six Britons Killed In Saudi Arabia Road Crash, Foreign Office Says

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

Six Britons have died in a minibus crash in Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Office has said. Those killed had just completed the Umruh, the pilgrimage to Me...

Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On Trial

Andrew Smith | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Whatever happens next month it won't be the end of the debate. As long as terrible crimes are being committed with UK weapons and with our government's support, this campaign will continue. It's not just the arms sales that need to end, it is also the hypocrisy and the mindset that has allowed them to happen in the first place.

Universities Chasing Arab Funding ‘Fuel Anti-Semitism And Make Jewish Students Avoid Them’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

An academic leader has claimed rampant anti-Semitism has led to some of the UK’s leading universities becoming no-go zones for Jewish students. Baro...

Why Boris's Slap-down Reveals A New British Feebleness

Jemma Wayne | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

They are our representatives. They should call question to injustices. They are our moral voice in the world. Sadly, what the response to Boris's comments reveal, is that our voice will continue to be hushed when it is deemed unhelpful.

Boris - Bold Or Brazen?

Alicia Kearns | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Alicia Kearns

Although publicly, being a critical friend may feel right - indeed it may be right - and will be welcomed by many who want their politicians to just be honest and say what they believe, it may not be the best way to affect policy change in our ally Saudi Arabia, or the most effective diplomacy.

The Waugh Zone December 9, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday, December 9… 1) DAVE REGRET RIEN The tiny DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is not in the ...

If You Think Rillington Place Is Creepy, Try Belarus... Or Saudi Arabia

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

Creepy it may be, but Rillington Place's slow-burn horror is essentially a slice of good old-fashioned British macabre - think Jack the Ripper, Brighton Rock, The Elephant Man, Burke & Hare. Far more frightening than these dark historical dramas are the real-life death penalty cases unfolding around the world right now.

The Waugh Zone December 8, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, December 8… 1) CHEQUE, MATE? It’s the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election today, though the...

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...