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Big-Hearted Sikhs Are Feeding Thousands Of War-Torn Refugees A Day

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A Sikh charity is setting up bakeries to feed thousands of hungry refugees in the war-torn regions surrounding Syria and Iraq. Langar Aid – an e...

Syrian Parents Torn Between Tough Decisions for the Future of Their Young Ones

Razan Rashidi | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Many parents in Syria worry about sending their children to school because of the dangers on the road to or at school itself. In 2014 alone, at least 60 schools were attacked, sometimes deliberately. In total, 5,000 schools cannot be used for this year. This is because they have been destroyed, damaged, converted to shelter the displaced families or used by the warring parties.

Media Interest in Refugees May Have Peaked ... the Influx Hasn't

Alistair Burnett | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

If they think their readers and audiences are zoning out, journalists need to find fresh ways to report and explain the whys and wherefores of the influx and to hold politicians to account for the way they have dealt with both the refugees arriving and the reasons they are fleeing their homes.

Winning the Game of Shadows

Stephen Kinnock | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Kinnock

There can be no doubt that the Syrian crisis is spiralling out of control, and that US and EU attempts to develop anything that remotely resembles a coherent approach have been woefully inadequate. But it is not too late. Now is the time for our government to step into the vacuum; now is the time for our Prime Minister to show some leadership, and to start engaging in pro-active diplomacy in Moscow, Tehran, Washington, Ankara and Riyadh; now is the time for a roadmap to peace and stability... Clearly, we will have to compromise with Moscow and Tehran, and those compromises will certainly cause us discomfort along the way. The Syria crisis is a blood-soaked game of shadows. We must now learn and adapt to its rules; and we must start playing to win.

Mother Of Five Who Fled To Syria Condemns ISIS In Most British Way Possible

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

A mother-of-five called Islamic State (IS) "just not my cup of tea" in her first public comments about her decision to flee to Syria and join the Isla...

Bradford Parents Attacked By Cousin For 'Taking Five Children Into War Zone'

PA | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

Two parents feared to be heading for Syria with their five children have been criticised by a family member for trying to take their family into "a wa...

Innocents Of The Crisis Are Carried Ashore, Swaddled Against The Cold

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Elliot Wagland | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

On a beach in Greece an old woman shivers while singing a lullaby to an infant. The child is cold too, having journeyed across the Aegean Sea in a rub...

Syrian Refugees Barred From Living In Volunteers' Homes, Says Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics

Syrian refugees will not be allowed to stay in the houses of thousands of people that have offered their spare rooms, a Government minister has said. ...

Yvette Cooper On Refugee Crisis: 'Children Will Freeze To Death On Our Doorstep.'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics

Hundreds of councils, universities and private landlords are willing to offer thousands of beds to Syrian refugees against fears children will freeze ...

Russia: Anything You Can Do...

Alistair Burnett | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Watching Russia's military intervention in Syria unfold has taken me back to my secondary school days when we put on the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

A Little More Conversation, A Little Less Action

Jess Phillips | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

The truth is, I don't know what the hell to think. I don't want to drop bombs that kill innocent civilians. At the moment I can't see how more bombs upon bombs would help. But I also think sitting doing nothing is not an option either. I've spoken to Syrian constituents of mine who think the UK should take military action. I've also read accounts of Syrian children scared of the sky. For every action a perfect and equal opposite reaction. What galls me about this more than anything, is that my role in this, my vote, my shuffle through the lobby is so widely discussed and dissected in the media, by my party, by their party by people in the country and it is all still speculation. No vote has been called. No discussion has been had.

Dozens Of Labour MPs 'Ready To Back Military Action In Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK

Labour MPs are embroiled in bitter infighting amid claims more than 50 are ready to defy leader Jeremy Corbyn and back military intervention in Syria....

How ISIS Is 'Failing' And Becoming 'Increasingly Desperate'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK

ISIS is becoming “increasingly desperate” and is failing in its mission to create a Khilafah for Muslims, as thousands of Syrians shun the terrori...

Russia and Iran Are Not Allies Against ISIS

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

Co-authored with Mr. Tom Wilson. Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based international...

Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

Unni Krishnan | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?

Is Putin's Syria the Road to Armageddon?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

This time it's not Crimea or Ukraine but President Bashar Hafez al-Assad's Syria where Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun to establish his very own 'Caliphate' in the Middle East. And because he has 'The Bomb' nations stand by helplessly as he defiantly ignores their condemnation and doesn't even wait to see if anyone will lift a finger to stop him.

The Waugh Zone October 6, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday October 6, 2015... 1) CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE David Cameron has done his traditional Tuesday-of-conf...

Grab Your Tin Hats -- Russian Aircraft Are Violating NATO Airspace

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- Tensions surrounding Russian military airstrikes in Syria escalated on Monday after it was revealed Moscow’s warplanes twice violated NA...

Russian Weather Forecaster In Bizarre Segment On Syrian Airstrikes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Conditions in Syria are perfect for fighter jets taking to the sky and launching airstrikes, a Russian weather forecaster said on the country's state ...

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities

Kurt Mills | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Kurt Mills

In Europe, there are attempts to remove even the humanitarian framing - identifying hundreds of thousands of people as migrants who simply want to come to take our jobs, rather than as those who are in desperate need of protection and other assistance. This is a dramatic failure of responsibility at all levels of political leadership.

Taking Emergency Supplies to the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian Border - A Holiday With a Purpose But It's No Hardship

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

Some months ago a conversation with a close friend turned into a bucket list of places we wanted to visit. Some surprise was registered when Beirut ca...

ISIS Blows Up Palymra's 2,000-Year-Old Arch Of Triumph

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants have destroyed an almost 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra. It is the la...

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.

Russia Opens a Window of Opportunity in Syria

Alistair Burnett | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In the fog of claim and counter claim over the real target of Russian air strikes in Syria one thing is clear: Russia's direct intervention is intensifying the war and that means even more civilian deaths and more refugees fleeing to neighbouring states and Europe.

Cameron Accuses Russia Of Propping Up 'Butcher' Assad

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron called the Syria president a “butcher” on Saturday, while lambasting Russian military intervention on behalf of the regime. The stro...