UK Syria

Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court...

Gen Y Can Influence Change in Leadership and Governance

Charles Oliver | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Charles Oliver

Youth unemployment levels cannot be wholly improved without effective policy by national governments, nor education in our schools that needs to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century. Arguably, global business will struggle to become more responsible without an element of legislative steer too.

From Egypt and Iran to Palestine and Syria!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either! Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today. The inescapable conclusion - the revealing truth if you will - is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy - and perilously so too.

Al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels Say Sorry After Decapitating Wrong Person

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have said sorry for decapitating a fellow extremist by accident. Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have a...

Does Doctor Has Done WHAT?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK

Sky News may have broken a few stories in its time but none quite as shocking as this. Doctor Who is a fanatical terrorist leading a group in Syri...

What Happens When Women and Girls Seek Help in Emergencies? The Awful Truth About Violence

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

When people seek help in emergencies, we like to think that they will receive that help. But the awful truth is that for too many women and girls, what they are met with is violence - and then silence. Finally the world is starting to talk about it. And there is the hope.

The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad

Luke McManus | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.

Parliamentary Select Comittees: Proper Public Enquiry or PR Exercise?

Phil Hall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Hall

Seeing the spy chiefs' questions in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee threw up one clear question for me: was this really a proper public inquiry into the outrageous bugging of heads of states around the globe, or was it a cynical PR exercise?

Could Polio Return To Europe?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

Experts have raised the prospect of polio returning to Europe as a result of the Syrian crisis. The continent was declared polio-free by the World ...

Human Face and Cost of Violence

Ziya Meral | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

War and violence become abstracted the further we are away from them. All of our exposure boils down to news reports and research updates that try to capture in words, numbers and images a fact that can never be truly conceptualised; brutal destruction of individual human beings.

Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests. The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet...

Syria's Refugee Crisis: History on Repeat and No Superhero to the Rescue

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Cyber City is notable because many of the people there are actually Palestinians from Syria, ie people who were historically already refugees from Palestine. In other words, they're 'double refugees'. If this wasn't bad enough, they're even caught in a sort of geopolitical administrative loophole. As Palestinian refugees they're supposed to fall under the care of the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and not the main refugee agency, the UNHCR. It means that if you're one of the 9,000 Palestinians from Syria who've fled to Jordan you will not be eligible for UNHCR aid.

WATCH: This Harrowing Video Shows What It's Really Like To Be Bombed

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Two incredible and harrowing videos have emerged from Syria that bring home the deadly reality of war in a way that only modern technology can truly c...

Can Syria Rebuild Its Devastated Health Infrastructure?

Resham Khiani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Resham Khiani

Your local hospital has been bombed and you're sitting in a makeshift waiting room when masked men burst in and drag your doctor away for questioning. This scenario may sound like something from a far-fetched film but this has been a nightmare reality for many Syrians.

A Call to Respect Aid Workers in Syria

Sir Nick Young | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Targeting and endangering these brave aid workers, who play no part in the conflict and who simply seek to help those most in need, is wholly unacceptable. The humanitarian tragedy that continues unabated in Syria is deplorable and more must be done to ensure aid reaches the vulnerable, and those delivering it are protected.

Syria's Women, Raped And Abused In Refugee Centres, Long To Return Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Many Syrian women would rather return to their war-torn homeland than endure the violence, rape and other sexual assaults they are experiencing as ref...

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

GRAPHIC PICTURES: Bored Syria Snipers 'Use Unborn Babies As Target Practice'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Bored snipers in Syria are playing a "death game," and their targets include children and pregnant women, a British surgeon has said. Vulnerable ta...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Give Putin The Peace Prize, Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

A former Labour peer has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the Syrian civil war - and he isn't joking. Lord...

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Food supplies in war-ravaged areas of Syria have become so bad Muslim clerics are issuing fatwas declaring it permissible to eat cats, dogs and donkey...

One Man's Struggle in Syria: Six Operations Later'

Jane-Ann McKenna | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Jane-Ann McKenna

Abdul* sits stoically upright in bed as he explains how he came to be here, in this hospital in Jordan. "I was a civilian, not a fighter. My brother was captured by the regime and killed. I was arrested and imprisoned for seven months, where I was tortured on a regular basis"...

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...