UK Syria

Loving Your Enemies

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

our elected representatives want and that's how democracy works. We are already bombing. Maybe it's the 'right' thing to do; I don't know. But I do know that if you support this, then you can't call yourself a Christian. It's as simple as that.

To Bomb or Not to Bomb? That Was Not the Question

Tom Johnson | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Parliament voted to extend the reach of our airstrikes. The real work will is now to focus on a political solution, for all the actors involved to develop practical answers to the fundamental problems that face Syria, Iraq and the Middle East.

As the Bombs Rain Down on Syria Is the UK Really Safer?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sanchita Islam

We all want to see decisive action and for IS to be dealt with emphatically, but all I see right now is a mess.

RAF Fighter Jets 'Silence' Islamic State Snipers In 'Direct Hit'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK

Islamic State militants were "silenced" by RAF fighter jets on Thursday night during airstrikes in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The...

Targeting ISIS: A Security and Humanitarian Imperative

Barak Seener | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Barak Seener

Fears of potential reprisals against Western targets if the US or Britain intervened in the Syrian crisis ignored the risk of terrorism due to the failure to intervene. Any environment hosting a vacuum of governance coupled with a totalitarian ideology that reinforces extreme poverty, serves to be a springboard for international terrorism...

In The Wake Of Syria Air Strikes, We Need to Welcome Refugees

Lexi Rose | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Lexi Rose

According to the UN, life expectancy in Syria has been cut by 20 years. The UN also predicted that by the end of 2015 there will be 4.27 million Syrian refugees. Our actions in parliament are only going to add to these numbers.

A Day Is a Long Time ...

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Lesson One: don't believe what you read in the papers. But Lesson Two: take the long view. Labour has not suddenly become a lean, mean election machine, simply because it won a by-election in what should always have been a rock-solid seat. The party's civil war is only just beginning, and just like the war in Syria, it will be long, messy and bloody.

The Waugh Zone December 4, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday December 4, 2015… 1) OLDHAM ZEST & ROYTON In the early hours, Jim McMahon described his 10,000 ma...

This Woman Just Spoke Up For Every So-Called 'Terrorist Sympathiser'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

A passionate interjection during Thursday night's 'Question Time' made clear David Cameron's "terrorist sympathiser" comment has cut deep well beyond ...

To the Islamic State and Back

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

When you enter Syria, you have to start following all their Sharia [Islamic law] rules and pray, otherwise the khizba [police] will get you. For example, if you don't pray on time, they can take you and punish you. I told them that I did the hijra to the Islamic State, and then applied to the Sharia court to get my children back. I lived in the mosque between March and September. I could not even take my clothes off once. Nobody forces you to fight, but you do have to find a way to make a living.

Corbyn Intervenes In Biggest Bid Yet To Silence MPs' Abusers

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour's most senior figures have appealed for calm after bitter infighting continued following the party's split over bombing in Syria. Leader Jer...

This Video Shows How Corbyn And Benn Unite And Split Over Syria Airstrikes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has this week been fraught with claims that top-tier divisions over airstrikes in Syria have caused huge rifts between its leader and...

Not In My Name: Why Bombing Syria Won't Change Anything

Lauren Davies | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Davies

Even with the laughter and the jokes that could be heard in the chamber, it would be too cynical to suggest that any MPs decision was made lightly. Yet with no evidence to suggest that the intervention will achieve its aims, the jump to air strikes seems premature and a disservice to the constituents of this country, but a horrific injustice to the people of Syria.

Watch Hilary And Tony Benn's Remarkable Speeches Side-By-Side With Britain On Brink Of War

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

Hilary Benn’s plea to Labour colleagues to defeat ISIS “fascists” and back airstrikes in Syria has been lauded since the moment he sat down to a...

Syria Vote Represents Another Step on the Road to Oblivion

Mark Flanagan | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Today bombs will fall on Syria... but of course you knew that already. And you also probably knew that this week our elected representatives voted for...

MP's Rude Gestures Behind Margaret Beckett's Back 'Weren't Deliberate'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Labour MP Steve McCabe has denied making rude gestures behind Dame Margaret Beckett's back during the Commons session on Wednesday as MPs debated laun...

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

Tony Benn's Granddaughter Absolutely Slays Alex Salmond Over 'Burling In His Grave' Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Tony Benn's granddaughter has asked Alex Salmond to retract "deeply offensive and simply untrue" claim that her grandfather would be spinning "in his ...

To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

Luke McManus | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Cameron's new campaign contains no concrete plans for curtailing the above, no plans for injecting life into the economies of these communities once IS has been eradicated and no plans for bringing an end to a civil war which has displaced 9.5 million people. Thus, as seen in Ma'an, a cycle of fight or flight will continue in the absence of any genuine offering of enduring stability for the Syrian people.

You May Not Like How She Voted On Syria, But It's Hard Not To Admire Stella Creasy's Dignity

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Labour MP Stella Creasy has been sent pictures of dead babies and "vile comments" online after voting for airstrikes on Syria in the House of Commons ...

Day of Judgement

Grainne Gillis | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

By the time this blog is published it will be all decided: Britain will/won't be at war. It feels very strange writing that. Maybe it should feel remi...

Muddling Through - A Very British Response

Daniel Singleton | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

As the debates rage over how the UK should get involved with the terrible conflict in Syria, I find myself wanting to consider another way. I have to ...

Hilary Benn Is Facing Some 'Repulsive' Comments About His Late Dad...

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Hilary Benn's speech in Parliament on Wednesday backing airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria has divided opinion over whether his father, Tony Be...

Angry Mhairi Black Will 'Never Forget The Noise' Of MPs Applauding Bombing

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

Mhairi Black, Britain's youngest MP, has described the decision to vote for bombing in Syria as a "very dark night" as she vowed to "never forget the ...

Just Hours After The Vote, RAF Tornados Carry Out Strikes On Oilfield In Syria

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale and Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Royal Air Force Tornado jets have completed their first mission, having hit an Islamic State-controlled oilfield in the east of Syria, the Ministry of...