UK Syria

Syria in 2015: Another Year of Agony

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...

Syrians Need No Bombs

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Western involvement in foreign lands kills innocent individuals, urging some to leave behind rational thought and support or participate in ISIS' endeavours. The number of likely volunteers is growing rapidly and, undeniably, the West continues to produce more. Neglecting to pay attention to the aforementioned caution will only bolster ISIS' footholds.

Jeremy Corbyn, Stop the War, and the Reprise of McCarthyism

John Wight | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
John Wight

The moral bankruptcy that underpins British political and cultural life today is such that if Jeremy Corbyn had attended a Start the War rather than a Stop the War fundraising dinner recently, many of his critics would today be hailing him as a future prime minister.

War Is Not the Solution - It Is the Problem

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK
Youssef El-Gingihy

Parliament has voted for war in Syria. France has declared three months of a martial state of emergency. Brussels has been in lock-down. Cameron descr...

The Other (Forgotten) Victims of the War on Terror

Charley Bendall | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charley Bendall

It has been two weeks now since the War on Terror made its grim debut in Paris, and the western world is still reeling. There was sadness, anger and r...

Hundreds Of Stop The War Protestors March On Downing Street

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK

Hundreds of people marched in central London on Saturday to protest UK airstrikes against Syria. Stop The War protestors marched from BBC Broadcast...

Two Syrian Nationals Arrested In Geneva After Traces Of Explosives Found

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK

Two Syrian nationals were arrested in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday after traces of explosives were reportedly found in their vehicle. The news w...

Corbyn Praises Stop The War As A 'Vital Force'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has praised the Stop the War Coalition as a “vital force at the heart of our democracy” and hit out at its critics for wanting close...

Canadian Media And Prime Minister Give Incredible Lesson On How To Welcome Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK

While US presidential-hopeful Donald Trump is keenly spouting pledges to send all Syrian refugees back home if he attains office, just across the bord...

Tony Blair: I Was Not Trying To Save Gaddafi When I Telephoned Him About Stepping Down

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics

Throwing Colonel Gaddafi “under a bus” in Libya signalled to dictators such as Bashir Assad not to give up their chemical weapons, Tony Blair said...

A Second Inconvenient Truth

Will Bordell | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Will Bordell

Governments cannot pretend that they never knew this was coming, or that it wasn't worth doing anything about. Now, we have an opportunity; soon, we will have a burden. The difference between those two terms--politically, economically and morally--is worth a great deal.

Question Time Woman Effortlessly Shuts Down Tory Minister Over Corbyn's Position On Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK

An audience member has issued a withering riposte to critics of Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the vote on Syria intervention by pointing out the hypocri...

Hilary Benn Should Apologise for Supporting the Invasion of Iraq

David Morrison | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
David Morrison

ISIS is a product of the invasion of Iraq by the US/UK in March 2003 and the destruction of the Iraqi state which followed. Without that, ISIS would never have come into existence.

Steven Hopkins

Tommy Robinson Explains The Making Of An Alter-Ego Even His Wife Can't Stand | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK

Having harpooned a dozen-odd pork belly bites into his gob with a toothpick, Tommy Robinson rearranges his main course, next to three ramekins of ketc...

I Got Some Flack After My BBC Debate For Backing Airstrikes, Here's Why I Stand By My Decision

Sami Quadri | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sami Quadri

The notion that we will indiscriminately bomb innocent civilians is ridiculous. We will be using Brimstone missiles - these are very precise, concentrated strikes that minimize the risk of collateral damage. Even the US does not have military capabilities as precise as ours. So, at the margin, our decision to join in with the coalition-led airstrikes campaign in Syria will not only weaken ISIS, but will help spare civilian lives while doing so.

The Syria Vote Aftermath Has Shown the Worst of the 'New Politics'

David Browne | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

In the aftermath of the vote on whether to bomb ISIS in Syria, the new Labour Party will have to face some uncomfortable questions about the new direction in which Corbyn wants to take, spurred on both by Corbyn's supporters, and by the group that now seems to take pride of place in Corbyn's foreign policy: Stop the War Coalition.

It's Our F**king Future - Let's Reclaim It At COP21

James Crawley | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
James Crawley

Of all the media coverage surrounding the COP21 talks on Youth and Future Generation day there is one slightly alternative hashtag that fills me with excitement: #ItsOurFuckingFuture

Three Guys Walk Into Police Station, Demand David Cameron Be Arrested For 'War Crimes'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK

A complaint has been lodged with police calling for David Cameron to be arrested over "international war crimes", as Britain on Saturday launched its ...

Family Of Tube Attack Suspect Say They Called Police For Help Three Weeks Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK

The family of a man accused of a violent, sustained and unprovoked knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station contacted police three weeks before the i...

The Waugh Zone December 8, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday December 8, 2015… 1) TRUMP-TON RIOTS Donald Trump has done it again, this time calling for a ‘...

Labour MPs Back Chief Whip Over 'Revenge Reshuffle'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MPs have given their strong backing to Shadow Chief Whip Rosie Winterton following speculation that she could be axed in a ‘revenge reshuffle...

PM's UK ISIL Terror Plot Claim Under Fire

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics

None of the seven terror plots foiled in the UK over the past year was directed from Syria, senior MPs have been told by security and intelligence sou...

Why I Hope the Cops Here Are Never Routinely Armed

Bonnie Greer | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Bonnie Greer

News of what happened at Leytonstone, of course, spread all over the world, so relatives and friends from the States got in touch. After I assured them that I was okay, they then went on to ask why and how the Met dealt with a potential terror situation - without guns. It was so strange, so incomprehensible, something they could not imagine. That's because the USA is an armed society. Arms are the equalizer; the avenger; the explainer; the revenge; and your best friend.

Tube Attack Suspect 'Was Doing It For Syria' Court Told

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

The man accused of launching an attack at Leytonstone Tube station, which left a male commuter with a five inch knife wound across the neck, was "doi...

As British Parliament Votes for Airstrikes, Public Mood Shifts Further Away From Intervention

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Although many feel emotionally drained and furious after the vote to engage in Syria, the anti war movement will only grow in light of this latest military engagement. Students from all over the country are planning actions to oppose airstrikes and will not rest until they are finally listened to.