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What Happens When You Mix Desperate Parents, a War Zone and Sexual Violence?

Cat Carter | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Then there's the physical harm to girls. In some cases, it's fatal. A child bride is likely to become sexually active at a young age, while her body is still developing, and she may not have much understanding of reproduction and sexual health. Child brides often find it difficult to discuss family planning methods or sexual practices openly with their husbands. And they often face pressure from family members to become pregnant quickl

Gaza TV Debate Ends With Journalist Throwing Chair

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

The attack on Gaza is a globally divisive issue, most acutely felt in the region. This was evident in a recent debate on Jordanian TV, which touched n...

The Securitisation of the Charity Sector

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

When that space is claimed and tainted by perceived security interests and the engagement with certain actors has more to do with the fear of legal retribution back home than any tangible threat from individuals or groups, the sector has surrendered to the political and interests of our governments, not of universal humanitarian principles.

'A Fantastic Foreign Secretary'? William Hague Leaves Office

Ian Sinclair | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

You'll have heard, of course, of the maxim "Don't speak ill of the dead". However, you are probably less familiar with the media's recent modification to this: "Don't speak ill of the recently departed Foreign Secretary".

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Mike Adamson | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.

Intervention or Isolation - US Foreign Policy Just Got Interesting

Paul Vale | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Vale

A year later and the black flags of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), currently fluttering across lands from from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala north-east of Baghdad, have once again pushed the noxious issue of intervention to the forefront of the US foreign policy debate - a discourse that is further dividing an already fractured Republican Party, with the question of action versus non-action likely to run all the way to the 2016 election.

11 Things That Happened In The Real World During #Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real thi...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

The Wrestler of Za'atari

Toby Fricker | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Toby Fricker

Mohammed struggles to hold back his tears. The 32-year old champion wrestler from Dera'a, southern Syria, is recalling the day he arrived in Jordan...

Obama's Diplomatic Coalition of the Willing - Or Else!

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

An all out war in the Middle-East, creating more failed states, will not only effect the US economy, it is also likely to pose a real safety risk to US citizens both here and abroad as terrorists entities like ISIS pledge to annihilate those who do not follow their path to salvation.

This Baby Was Pulled ALIVE From Rubble After 16 Hours

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

This is the dramatic moment a wailing two-month-old baby is freed from the rubble of a bombed building, after 16-hours under the weight of dust and ro...

Isis - Time Bandits

Neil Durkin | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

They're trying to take the region back to a mythical past that never existed in the first place. They remind me of the Year Zero fanatics of the Khmer Rouge. Erase the present. Start again. ISIS, you might say, are time bandits. Or at least... definitely bandits.

Galloway Doubles Pay Packet With Appearances On Russia, Arab Channels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

George Galloway has earned £65,000 in just six months as a presenter and guest for dubious state-run broadcasters. The Bradford MP is the highest ...

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

British Childhood Friends Admit Fighting For Al-Qaeda Group In Syria

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

Two young British men have admitted spending eight months in Syria fighting alongside an al Qaida-linked terrorist group. Childhood friends Mohammed N...

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

ISIS Leader Appears In Chilling First Video

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
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The leader of ISIS, the fanatical Islamists who behead and crucify their enemies, has appeared in his first video, telling Muslims around the world th...

Amnesty International Slams Lebanese Authorities Over Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

Luke McManus | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Amnesty claims that authorities are arbitrarily denying entry to the country for Palestinian men, women and children. This unpredictable border policy is leading to some family members being let in, while others are left behind inside Syria.

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

British Jihadi Makes Chilling Threat To His Home Country

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

A British man who claims he has been fighting alongside jihadi militants in Syria has said he will not return to the UK until he can raise "the black ...

Imams Urge British Muslims Not To Travel To Syria And Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Religious leaders have called on British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq, amid ongoing fears of jihadis fleeing the country to take part in te...

UK Airports On Alert Over Bomb Plot Fears

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Britain's airports were put on a new terror alert last night in response to US warnings of a "credible threat" - just as millions of UK holidaymakers...

The Head Of ISIS Has Just Given A Terrifying Warning To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Terror group ISIS will march on Rome in its quest to establish an Islamic state from the Middle East across Europe, its self-proclaimed 'caliph' has a...

Mehdi Hasan

Bomb Isis Or We'll Ask Iran To, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

One of Iraq's most senior politicians has warned that the country could ask Iran to carry out air strikes against the jihadist group, Isis - if the Un...

End Times Brewing: An Apocalyptic View on al-Baghdadi's Declaration of a Caliphate in Iraq and the Flow of Foreign Fighters Coming from the West

Anne Speckhard | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

Al-Baghdadi and his group of extremists--ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham)--have declared the establishment of a Caliphate, renaming their o...