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Britain Welcomes More Than 4,000 Syrian Refugees Over Past Year

Stephen Hale | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

Our research shows that 73% of Brits agree that learning English is not only beneficial to refugees - it also benefits Britain. If they are to make friends, find work and start contributing to their communities, all refugees must have full and equal access to English language lessons. Enabling all refugees to access free English lessons isn't a handout; it's an investment in Britain's future.

Syrian Girl Bana Alabed Says She 'Can't Be Alive Anymore' As Bombs Hit Aleppo

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK

Tonight we have no house, it's bombed & I got in rubble. I saw deaths and I almost died. - Bana #Aleppo pic.twitter.com/arGYZaZqjg— Bana Alabed (@Al...

The Fear Of Losing White Male Privilege Is Felt By All Of Us

Anber Raz | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anber Raz

My mother was 17 when she came to the UK from Pakistan. Like many young women, she dreamed of travelling and getting a first-rate education abroad in a safe and happy country. Her reality turned out to be very different. When she went shopping, shopkeepers often smiled at her with their "good old British charm", but then refused to accept payment directly from her. They kept a jar of water filled with dishwasher soap and asked her to drop money in there lest her brown skin rub off on them.

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

Bicycles And Blankets: Protecting Children In Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week has brought us the incredible news that The Boy on the Bicycle, a documentary about Syrian refugee children who have been forced to flee the...

Is Sufism The Antidote To Extremism?

Qari Asim | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

An ISIS-affiliated extremist group operating out of Egypt has released ghastly images purporting to show the execution of two leading religious figure...

A Week In A Refugee Camp

Josh Fields | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Josh Fields

These people did not choose to be in this situation of torment. Just as we did not choose to be in our situation of privilege. And let us realise that it is only by chance that we were not born into these circumstances. Mere chance. Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot.

Premature Babies Pulled From Incubators As Aleppo’s Only Children’s Hospital Is Destroyed

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

Contains footage and images some readers may find distressing. These were the harrowing scenes in a Syrian children’s hospital as it was hit by an ...

Syrian Children Are Our Responsibility

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

We should believe that there is no such a thing as eternal happiness - or struggle. The things we tend to take for granted - nutritious food, laughing...

President Donald Trump: The World Turned Upside Down?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Donald Trump, who may prove to be the most unprepared, uninformed president ever to enter office, shows no sign of having applied much thought to such questions and is inclined to shoot from the hip. Despite some conciliatory language since his victory, the rest of us can only hope he'd only be shooting metaphorically.

The Meaning Of Trump As President

Paul McNeil | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul McNeil

The first 100 days will be key to figuring an image of a Trump White House, parallel to the Trump Administration lineup of secretaries and advisors. The road to the four years ahead will be very new and sensitive. Many polls, analysts and critics are questioning their evaluations of these elections. Eyes are now on Trump and how he will act based on the policies he pledged.

Not Challenging Immigration Rhetoric Now Will Lead Society Down A Dark Path

Bradley Allsop | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

For every single one of us that stands up, another child receives a pair of shoes or a warm meal, another mind is changed and heart softened and, as more of us do so, another politician starts to listen and has a reason to speak about migration in a different way. In a world that screams at us not to care, not to challenge, not to go against the crowd, be brave and take a stand. Human lives are at stake.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

The World Is Looking Away While People in Aleppo Are Slaughtered

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Too often the world looks the other way when thousands of people are being slaughtered. Action must be taken and the violence must be stopped. To say something is difficult is not sufficient, and to turn away is immoral.

The Waugh Zone October 27, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, October 27… 1) LEXIT MEANS LEXIT Today, Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will move the writ for the R...

Syria's Lady Macbeth

Oliver James | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver James

For the first time in 8 years, Syria's first lady Asma al Assad has given a rare interview with Russian state television. Intelligent, caring and elegant, Mrs Assad draws on Princess Diana's humility and glamour as she talks of her devotion to the Syrian people.

Too Much Too Young: The Children Of Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In just one recent four-week period (mid-September to mid-October) something like 120 children were killed by the barrel bombing and air strikes in east Aleppo. That's an average of four or five children killed every day. It's an absolute tragedy and nothing can justify it. The wider situation for children in Syria is beyond bleak.

Have You Heard About The Yazidi People?

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa de Albuquerque

Everyone has heard of ISIS by now, so why then has one of their most brutal atrocities gained such little public attention? As stated by Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and recently appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking - "the world remained silent".

On Love And Cynicism

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.

Syrian Refugees On 'A Pound An Hour' Found Making Clothes For Some Of Britain's Biggest Shops

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Some of Britain’s biggest highstreet shops have been selling clothes made by Syrian refugees, a documentary has uncovered. A BBC Panorama investiga...

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Carey Mulligan Joins Hundreds Of Demonstrators To Demand Action For Syrian Children

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK

Carey Mulligan joined hundreds of people outside Downing Street on Saturday to call on the UK government to take decisive action to end attacks on civ...

Children Of Calais Deserve Our Welcome, Not Hostility

Dorothy Sang | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dorothy Sang

This should be a proud moment for the UK. This is our chance to show our humanity. I worry about what the children will face if they are brought to the UK and the possible prejudice that might follow.

British Navy Escorts Russian Warships Through The English Channel

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK

A flotilla of Russian warships en route to Syria passed through the English Channel on Friday morning. Britain deployed its own warships to monitor th...

From Aleppo To Istanbul, And Finally Durham

Yaman Islim | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.