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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.

Don't Forget The Syrian Refugees

Sam Coleman | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Sam Coleman

I know there are good people, kind people, loving people out there. You're probably one of them. So please, I urge you, donate some money to help these helpless war victims. We should not have to rely on charity but our government has failed to do enough and the opposition has been too consumed with inter-party spatting to curtail the government's inaction.

'Nujeen Was One Of The Lucky Ones' - Help Us To Protect More Children On The Move

Lily Caprani | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...

This Is Not The First Attack On Aid Workers In Syria - But It Must Be The Last

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Volunteers are not collateral damage. They are not acceptable targets when a ceasefire ends. Ceasefire or no, the rules of international humanitarian law still apply. Safe access must mean safe access. Guarantees given by fighting parties must be honoured. This recent attack has horrified people across the world. It has also denied 78,000 people of much-needed aid. These attacks cannot and must not continue. We call for all aid workers to be respected and protected. This, sadly, may not be the first time aid workers have been attacked. But it should be - it must be - the last.

As Europe Fails To Act, 60,000 Refugees Are Living In Appalling And Unsafe Conditions In Greece

Ghias Aljundi | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Ghias Aljundi

Theresa May talked about the importance of a global response to the refugee crisis but she did not offer any more resettlement opportunities and of course, the UK is playing no part in this emergency programme to relocate refugees from Greece... I saw too much suffering in Greece and this pain shatters my heart. I do not like to be angry but I am full of anger and I am disgusted by this terrible indifference. The people I met last week were full of warmth, compassion and dignity, despite their despair and exhaustion, and they deserve so much more.

It Is Time For Some Moral Outrage

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sometimes even a greybeard old hack like me is sickened by the obscenity of the world in which we live. Sickened by the obscenity of Western governments selling arms to warring parties and then building walls to keep out the desperate families fleeing from their bombs. Sickened by the weasel words of governments that pledge to help those same desperate families when they have no intention of fulfilling their pledges.

This Is The Moment A Medic Risked His Life To Save A Baby From A Collapsed Building

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK

This is the moment a medic clambers up to the top of a building that’s almost wholly collapsed to rescue a mother and baby. The heroic incident took...

Six-Year-Old Writes Heart-Breaking Letter To Obama Offering To House Syrian Ambulance Boy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK

A little boy has written a heart-breaking letter to Barack Obama after being moved by the plight of the young Syrian child photographed in an ambulanc...

Viewers Left In Tears By Reporter's Surprise Reunion With Refugee Family

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK

Footage of a BBC reporter’s impromptu reunion with a refugee family she last saw two years ago in Syria has been leaving viewers in tears. Lyse Douc...

This Is How Many Americans Have Been Killed In The US By Syrian Refugee Terrorists

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK

Context: Sources: The viral claim that ‘no one’ refugee resettled since 9/11 has been ‘arrested on domestic terrorism charges’. Syr...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

Before I tackle the House of Lords Children in Crisis report on unaccompanied refugee children in the EU, I really need to replace that mould-riddled ...

The Waugh Zone September 19, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday, September 19, 2016… 1) SHADOW BOXING Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to his local boxing gym yesterday w...

Living With Violence In Turkey And Lebanon: Syrian Women's Stories

Johanna Higgs | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As a global community we need to demand that justice is brought against men who abuse positions of power and we must demand that attitudes that promote the disempowerment and degradation of women come to end. Together we can work towards this goal.

Meet The Man Who Risks His Life To Track Islamic State's Weapon Supply

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK

“If you pick up a Kalashnikov and you’ve been doing this for a while, 99% of the time you can tell where it was manufactured, what the model was, ...

Islamic State Is Killing People With Weapons Fast-Tracked From Europe

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is “al...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

It was a woman I'd never met who finally swung it. As I lay on a plump mattress under a duck down duvet one night in late April, I thought about what she, Liz, had done with her day. While I'd been sitting on my backside, shuffling words around and working my way through a variety of nut-based snacks, she'd been putting out fires, breaking up knife fights and comforting dozens of bewildered children who know her as a second mum.

New Funding For English Language Learning: Good Effort, But Must Try Harder

Stephen Hale | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

We're renewing our call on the government to ensure that every single refugee and asylum seeker receives eight to twelve hours of English classes for two years. Our polling demonstrates the strong public support for this with 73% recognising the benefits for communities and for Britain.

The Astounding Eyes Of Syria - Benjamin Loyauté

Bob Chaundy | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Benjamin Loyauté is a designer, artist, author, academic, filmmaker (not easy to pigeonhole) who has visited Syria both before and during the current conflict. Looking for a project that could in some way unite Syrians, he was struck by that country's fondness for sweets evident in the colourful mountains of confectionery that were once abundant on street candy carts and souk stalls.

Let's Not Wait For Another Alan Kurdi

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

On 2nd September, a year will have passed since the tragic story of Alan Kurdi. The body of the three-year-old was found washed upon the Turkish beach...

Wonders Of A Miracle: A Brighter Future For Syrian Refugee Children

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

As the Syrian civil war continues into its fifth year, more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. There is little hope among Syrians to return to their country in the near future, and Turkey has become home for large numbers of refugee families with children.

Syria Releases 'Always Beautiful' Tourism Video Despite No One Being Able To Visit

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK

The Syrian tourism board has released a promotional video showing packed beaches and jet-skiing- but the chances of Brits being able to holiday there ...

An Eight-Year-Old Boy Describes The Moment An Aleppo Airstrike Killed His Sisters

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK

Eight-year-old Abbas should be out playing with his friends. Instead he’s mourning his three younger sisters, who were all killed in an airstrike la...

Time For The International Community To Step Up Its Efforts On Syria

Hilary Benn | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Hilary Benn

Back in May, Philip Hammond, the then British Foreign Secretary, said that the International Syria Support Group - an alliance of countries trying to end the conflict - had agreed to a UK proposal for the UN World Food Programme to carry out airdrops of supplies if aid continued to be blocked on the ground. Since then the suffering and the sieges have continued and yet no airdrops have taken place. The UK must ensure that the commitment it claimed to have secured is delivered and that aid gets through.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).

Considering The Ethics Of Our Investments

Tamara Sword | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Collectively we would wring our hands, but for the mobiles in our hands. How to reach out and touch more than glass. How to change what seems through the indifferent screen to be immutable, an endless cycle of meaningless horror.