UK Syria

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

Damian Collins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.

The UK Must Help Syrian Refugees

Maurice Wren | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK
Maurice Wren

Syria is the greatest refugee crisis of our time. The numbers are shocking. More than two million refugees have spilled into neighbouring countries, over half of whom are children. The UK's response to date has been serious and substantial... But given the scale and the gravity of the tragedy unfolding across the region, financial assistance alone will not be enough.

The 1973 War Reminds Israelis of Their Vulnerability

Toby Greene | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

The legacy of the Yom Kippur War, forty years on, helps explains why Israel is wary of trusting others to stand by it in time of need...

How Charities Ensure Donations Don't Go to Terrorists

John Low | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Low

For charities working in war zones or countries hit by acts of terrorism, the world can be a dangerous and difficult place. Charities dealing with the humanitarian effects of conflict or political upheaval face the task of making sure help goes to the people who need it most, while not inadvertently supporting armed groups or those involved in terrorism...

Kurdish Questions at the Party Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British Government is now rightly seeking to mobilise the international community to raise a billion dollars a month to help the Syrian refugees and, as a British minister argued, to help prevent the Middle East erupting into continuous conflict.

RAW 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award: Malala Wins Top Human Rights Award

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Victoria Sadler

That Malala speaks with wisdom and a spirit beyond her years has been noted many times before. But as this 16 year-old girl concluded her speech with "There is a long journey [ahead] for me" one could only hope and pray that it is also a safe one.

Refugees in Yemen: First the Africans, Now the Syrians

Omar Mashjari | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Omar Mashjari

Even though Yemen is unable to feed its own population, it currently hosts at least 250,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Iraq according to the conservative figures of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

Cat Carter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me... Nothing prepared me for what I found a year ago. Instead of a population in need of aid, I found families outraged by the international silence surrounding the brutality of the conflict they had fled.

Change Takes Time - It Is Not an Event, it Is a Process

One Young World | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
One Young World

The issues raised during Kofi Annan Dialogues Special Session ranged from the security in Nigeria and El Salvador and the on-going crises in Syria and Lybia to answers on how to close the gap between young citizens and global leaders...

Syria Today: Between Scylla and Charybdis?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

The frightening alternative for this 30-month war will be that the macabre spectre will continue to haunt Syria, extend to its neighbouring countries, with more refugees, further radicalisation of society and a failed state not unlike Somalia.

The Education Emergency Facing Syria's Children

David Bull | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Bull

When we think of a humanitarian emergency, we don't necessarily think first of education. We think of immediate, life-saving needs, like clean water, health care and shelter. Of course, in Syria and across the region, these supplies and services are absolutely vital for children and families living with the daily consequences of conflict and displacement. However, learning is just as urgent. Almost two million Syrian children have been forced to drop out of school over the past year. For refugee children, being in school offers a safe space to remember that they are children, to feel hope for the future, to play and to begin the process of healing the emotional damage of all they have experienced.

Syria - The Trojan Women

Charlotte Eagar | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Eagar

I stood in the Frontline Club behind the podium, staring at the row of faces I was asking for money. Behind me on a projector ran a constant loop of harrowing images from the Syrian war - the dead, the wounded, the broken cities; young men with gasmasks to protect against chemical weapons attacks, women and children forced to leave their homes, huddled, hundreds to a room in the foreign lands where they've been forced to take refuge.

Learning the Wrong Lessons From Iraq in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is rare for an opposition to stop a government and, given its angst over Iraq, Labour heralded it as a triumph for multilateralism. It also chimes with most British people who, like the Americans, are weary of foreign entanglements.

The Lavrov-Kerry Deal is a Green Light for More Massacres

Nehad Ismail | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

The Security Council Resolution number 2118 is a victory for Russia, a defeat for the USA and a green light for Bashar Al Assad to kill more Syrians with conventional weapons.

Increasing Humanitarian Access to Syria

Lex Croucher | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Lex Croucher

As I write this I'm looking out over the UN building in New York and its rows of flags from member nations. Right now world leaders are speaking at the annual UN General Assembly, discussing the issues that are most affecting their countries and the world as a whole. One issue that is central to this week is the ongoing Syria crisis; what I'm here to do is to make sure these leaders don't forget the voices of children caught up in this conflict.

Permanent Five 'Agree' On Draft Resolution Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

The world moved a step closer to removing Syria’s chemical arsenal on Thursday after permanent members of the Security Council agreed on a draft res...

'Put Religion In Its Proper Place'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Tony Blair has said religion needs to be put "in its proper place in politics" in order to defeat terrorists who "fight without hesitation, kill witho...

Centre Stage for the Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal

Sarah Dean | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Sarah Dean

After watching endless reels of heartbreaking footage emerging from inside Syria and hearing that at least 100,000 men, women and children have now died since unrest began, the question of "how can I help?" has run through many people's minds. This weekend I had the honour of seeing a collection of young people who are answering that question with action.

Messed Up

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The world, especially governments, which come from people as I keep reminding myself, is out of control, and it has been for some time. A friend in a very serious tone recently said to me, "don't worry, God is coming soon."

'It's The Results That Count'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics

Action should be taken against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad if Syria does not give up its chemical weapons,Tony Blair has warned. T...

Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the UN is back on centre stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

Blair Would Have Voted For Syria Strikes Despite Subsequent Diplomatic 'Success'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tony Blair said he would have supported US military strikes against Syria, adding that it remains vital that London and Washington "stick together" to...

'Sex Jihad' - A New Role for Extremist Women in Militant Jihadi Groups?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK
Anne Speckhard

When Ayman Zawahiri's wife, the al Qaeda successor to Osama bin Ladin, was asked in 2009 about the permissible roles of women in waging jihad she wrot...

Kenya: International Criminal Justice is Failing Just as it is Needed Most

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

A strong Kenya is a regional and geostrategic priority given the challenge of security in Somalia and the Greater Horn, and the general economic rise of Africa. The case that supporters of the ICC and those who argue for ever-greater expansion of its mandate need to demonstrate is one of working with the grain of a complex world, not against it.

Losing the Love for Labour

Gareth Milner | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

Whether physically in power or not, Labour's reckless spending and their promises for the future tell me many things. One of these is that somewhere between the election in 2010 and present day 2013, the last person in their policy department forgot to turn out the lights before leaving and locking the door behind them.