UK Syria

War Is a Matter of Conscience, Not Party Politics

Connor Dwyer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Connor Dwyer

When military action against Daesh is brought up, the reminders of Iraq are almost inevitable. The many mistakes and the arguably illegal steps leading to the disastrous decade-long war have led to innumerable doubts in the minds of voters and of MPs as to whether to be in favour of, or against action in Syria. Ultimately, no one is rightly keen for history to repeat itself.

Before We Go to War - What Is Europe's Answer to the Refugee Crisis?

Alasdair Byers | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alasdair Byers

So it's war. Europe united, we're all off to defeat ISIS for good, led by Russia who are now sort of at war with Turkey, for reasons ranging from Turk...

The Tangled Web of Conflict, Climate Change and Education

Aaron Benavot | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It is time for leaders to act now and meaningfully to reduce the extent and pace of climate change. Without urgent climate action wars, famines, floods, death and inequity are likely to result. We must remind them of education's critical role in opening up a myriad of human and environmental opportunities to thwart the devastating impacts of climate change.

The Case For Bombing Isis: Explained

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Last week, David Cameron addressed parliament to state his case in favour of bombing Isis, but we're aware most people probably didn't bother watching...

On the Offensive

James Lark | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
James Lark

Ken Livingstone went on Question Time and offended some people last week, which shouldn't come as a surprise by now. Not only because he has made buil...

Air Strikes Would Only Harm Our Chances of a Diplomatic Solution in Syria

Caroline Lucas | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The debate in the House of Commons was thorough, and the horror and revulsion at recent atrocities in Syria, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere is shared by MPs from across the political divide. Yet I have still to see any evidence to suggest that UK bombing Isis targets in Syria is likely to increase our security here in Britain or help bring about a lasting peace in the region in question - to the contrary, the evidence appears to suggest it would make matters worse.

The Waugh Zone November 30, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday November 30, 2015… 1) MR WHIPPY? Today is a huge, huge day for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party...

Corbyn Faces Showdown With Shadow Cabinet Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is preparing for a showdown with his Shadow Cabinet today over military intervention in Syria, after the boss of Britain's largest union...

Bombing Syria Is Not the Right Thing for the Country, the Wider Region or for Britain

Richard Burgon | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

We all wish to see an end to the war in Syria and end to terrorist attacks. We all want peace to be achieved in the Middle East and in the wider world. The decision facing our Parliament is whether UK military action in Syria now can deliver that. I believe that the Prime Minister has not demonstrated that sufficient lessons have been learned from UK military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

MPs 'Playing With Fire' If They Use Syria To Try To Oust Corbyn, Warns McCluskey

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MPs who use the issue of intervention in Syria to try to oust Jeremy Corbyn are "playing with fire", Len McCluskey has warned. In an exclusi...

Labour Cannot Risk Being Tarred as a Party of Illegal and Irrational War Once Again

Len McCluskey | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

The 2003 vote to invade Iraq has haunted Labour ever since - losing millions of votes that have yet to be regained and causing around half the party's membership to resign. Nothing in Labour's history has traumatised it quite so much perhaps. Now again Labour is being asked to support a war that lacks clear United Nations sanction - or a coherent purpose.

Jeremy Corbyn Has Stamped His Authority On The Labour Party Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics

A defiant Jeremy Corbyn has stamped his authority on the Labour Party over supporting bombing in Syria after saying only he will decide whether his MP...

By Telling Its Members To Lobby MPs To Vote Against Military Action In Syria, Momentum Is No Different From The Old Politics

Owen Bennett | Posted 28.11.2015 | UK Politics
Owen Bennett

This weekend, Momentum supporters have sent 9,000 emails to Labour MPs calling on them to oppose UK bombing of Syria. Despite not being part of Labour, the group wants to influence Labour MPs. I'm still a bit confused about the role of Momentum in this age of the 'New Politics'...

This Video Brilliantly Explains How Syria's Civil War Became So Complicated

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

This video brilliantly explains Syria's four-year civil war became so complicated, as we teeter on the edge of becoming militarily involved in it for...

Thousands Protest At Downing Street Against Joining Air Strikes Against IS In Syria

Posted 28.11.2015 | UK

Thousands of people gathered in London on Saturday to protest against plans for Britain to join air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. ...

McDonnell Wants Free Vote On Syria Air Strikes Saying It Is 'Above Party Politics'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.11.2015 | UK

Labour's shadow chancellor wants a free vote on Syria air strikes, saying the issue is "above party politics". John McDonnell said MPs should be ab...

Corbyn Asks Party Members What Labour Should Do Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has emailed Labour Party members asking them what their party should do on Syria, as the party splits ahead of the crucial vote on wheth...

This Video Uses Justin Bieber To Explain Why Isis Has Nothing To Do With Muslims

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

This hilarious video explains why Islamic State has nothing to do with the rest of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims. This Hour Has 22 Minutes host S...

Putin Warned Not To 'Play With Fire' Over Downed Jet

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Vladimir Putin has been warned not to "play with fire" over the Turkish military's downing of a Russian jet, amid growing tension between the two coun...

British Bombs Will Not Solve the Syrian Crisis

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Air strikes would be nothing new, the US, France, and more recently Russia, have been bombing Syria for months. The rhetoric may be about freedom for Syrians, but the air strikes have fuelled the ongoing civil war and exacerbated the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding on the ground.

Syria: Why I Am a Reluctant Bomber

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

In the interests of taste and decency, let us look away from the gruesome spectacle of the civil war that has engulfed the Labour party and concentrate instead on the far more serious conflict in Syria. So here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself (with my answers) before you decide whether you agree with David Cameron that the UK should now join the international military action against IS in Syria.

Battle Royale: France and the Devils in Raqqa

April Humble | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
April Humble

The hell of Raqqa: where the French have joined the bloodied military games, the whips of Daesh rule the land and morality fled into the night long ag...

Hilary Benn Beats 'Gag' Attempt By Corbyn Allies

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics

Plans to ‘gag’ Hilary Benn from speaking alongside Jeremy Corbyn at a crunch Commons meeting on Syria have been stymied by Labour MPs. Allies o...

7 Issues MPs Are Considering Ahead Of Syria Bombing Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics

MPs will spend the weekend weighing up David Cameron's case for targeted bombing raids in Syria. He argues the UK "will never be safe" unless ISIL is ...

Corbyn Isn't The Only One Against Bombing Syria - These Top Pundits' Quotes Prove It

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Debate has raged this week about Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to back a British bombing campaign against Isis in Syria. The Labour leader's admission he...