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Blood and Stone: Islamic State and the Fate of Palmyra

Kevin Childs | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Kevin Childs

In the absence of anything else, I might wish Zenobia would rise up from the sand and hold out a mailed fist to repel those faithless fighters of IS. It seems no one else will.

Palmyra: A Lament

Robin Lustig | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.

British Schoolgirl Was Planning Trip To Syria After GCSEs But Was Caught Out In Newspaper Sting

PA | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK

A British schoolgirl's plan to become a jihadi bride has been stopped by police just days before she was due to fly to Syria, following an undercover ...

The Clock Is Now Ticking For The World To Save This Ancient City From ISIS

The Huffington Post UK/ AP | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

ISIS militants have seized the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria and are in complete control of its historic archaeological site. Extremists...

The UK Would Benefit From the EU Rescue Plan for Boat Refugees

Peter Lind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Morally, but surprisingly, also financially, the UK can benefit from helping refugees. In other words, Great Britain can benefit from the EU rescue plan.

Palmyra

Dom Joly | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Dom Joly

The news that Isis is possibly about to over-run Palmyra in Syria hit me especially hard. It feels strange to be so affected by the plight of a ruined town so far away, especially when you equate it to the hundreds of thousands of human victims of this murderous conflict but as Stalin so sensitively put it- "one death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." Palmyra, on the other hand is a symbol- a symbol of a tolerant, multi-cultural Syria.

This Is How Many Suspected Terrorists Police Are Arresting Each Day

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK

New figures have revealed that police are arresting on average one suspected terrorist a day as hundreds of extremists return to the UK from Syria. ...

ISIS and Identity

Heidy Rehman | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Heidy Rehman

Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.

London Is a Desert

Peter Lind | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Khaled sits down in what appears to be an awkward position, his back against the wall. Half sitting, half lying. It is how he sat in his cell in Damaskus. During a total of 12 months, locked up in a cell too small to lie down in, and not high enough to stand up, Khaled was tortured by the Syrian Security forces...

Don't Trust Miliband With International Strategic Issues

Nehad Ismail | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

In a desperate bid to show himself as an influential player on the world stage, he recently claimed that his opposition to the US-led airstrikes against the Syrian regime, in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons, as a major foreign policy success. What Miliband does not know is that nobody takes him seriously and that his foreign policy 'success' will have no impact on the results of the British election.

Is This England?

Peter Lind | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Lind

Fears of immigrants seem to be the biggest rhetoric trick played in the political landscape in UK. We are bombarded with messages about what to fear and how many to fear. It drives voters to the right, voting for what they don´t want, instead of they do want.

Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean: Another Wake Up Call for the EU

One Young World | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The African Union needs to step up in taking the matter seriously and urging member states to develop youth empowerment and human rights policies... If these initiatives are enacted, we will see fewer people drown in the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

Israel Attacks Syrian Militants With Airstrike

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK

Israel carried out an airstrike on the Syrian border on Sunday after four militants were spotted carrying a bomb towards Israeli troops. The Israeli m...

Where Will 'Hell' Strike Next?

William Bell | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
William Bell

The Middle East today is in a perilous condition, with violent conflict, poverty and large scale displacement increasing. For too long the international community has pursued politics and largely ignored vulnerable communities.

Missing Family May Be Headed To Syria

PA | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
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A family of six including four young children have gone missing and may be heading to Syria, police have said. Father Asif Malik, mother Sara Kiran...

Horrifying Report Details Systematic Rape And Abuse Carried Out By Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Systematic rape, sexual and physical abuse, slavery and forced marriage are being carried out against Yazidi girls and women - some as young as 12 - b...

400 Drowned Fleeing Libya As Migrant Boat Capsizes

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Survivors of a capsized boat off Libya have told Save the Children that 400 people are believed to have drowned in one of the worst tragedies of Europ...

Easter Eggs, Humanitarian Catastrophies and Hard Choices

Johan Eldebo | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is uncomfortable to think about that the £787m we are about to spend on Easter eggs is the same amount as the total humanitarian needs for the Central African Republic and Afghanistan combined for a whole year (funded at 11% and 21% respectively).

Police Swoop In Dover For Six On Terrorism Offences

PA | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK

Six people have been arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, West Midlands Police said. The five men and one woman, who ar...

Son Of Labour Councillor Detained Trying To Cross Into Syria

PA | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK

One of the nine Britons detained in Turkey for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria is the son of a Labour councillor, his father has confi...

Yet More Brits Arrested Trying To Cross Into Syria

PA | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

Nine British nationals have been detained in Turkey after allegedly attempting to cross illegally into Syria. In a statement, the Turkish military ...

Teachers Are Worried Their Students Will Use Easter Break To Go On Jihad To Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Headteachers are worried their students will use the Easter holiday to go to Syria on jihad, but won't inform police for fear of criminalising their s...

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

For the Sake of Syria, Aid Must Get Through

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

Syria, when it does make the news, is seen in terms of battle lines and military strategies. When civilians are forced to flee, they go wherever they think they will be safest - but often their choice is misunderstood as a declaration of allegiance to one group or another.

Syria After Four Years: Back to the Dark Ages

Neil Durkin | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

It's worth remembering that the vast majority of horror-show videos from Syria in the last four years have shown atrocities coming from the government side. It seems we need a jolt to remind us of this. A "killer stat" (literally) like Ghadbian's. A sort of lightbulb moment. We need to shine a light on Syria.