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Ken Clarke Told Boris Johnson To 'Cool It' Amid Leadership Speculation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has revealed he told Boris Johnson to "cool it" during last year's Conservative Party conference, as speculation that the mayor was positio...

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

Stumble Diplomacy

Adam Isaacs | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Isaacs

The words of the Russian foreign minister were simply unfathomable just over a week ago, as rhetoric and tension built over the suspected use of chemical weapons by Bashar Al Assad on his own people, crossing the 'red line' issued by President Obama in 2012.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Privatising The Queen's Head

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 12 September 2013... 1) PRIVATISING THE QUEEN'S HEAD Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s resisted sellin...

World War Three Possibly Postponed for a Bit

Nick Revell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

At the time of writing it looks like a casual remark by Secretary of State John Kerry has accidentally made the third world war a little less likely.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Peace Gets a Chance

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 11 September 2013... 1) PEACE GETS A CHANCE Is US military action now off the table? For the fores...

Does the Psychology of Chemical Weapons Explain the Need for a Red Line?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Speckhard

Why is there particular revulsion over such attacks versus conventional warfare? Even if it's proved to have occurred-it is a relatively small number of people who have died from this alleged chemical attack, compared to far more thousands who have been victims of conventional weapons.

Syria: Before Protesting Against the Barack Obama of 2013, Read the Words of Barack Obama of 2002

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Barack Obama's meteoric ascent to US President started on October 2, 2002, when he addressed an anti-Iraq War rally in Chicago, repeating several times the mantra that he did not oppose all wars, just dumb wars.

David Cameron: Syria UN Resolution To Test Russian Chemical Weapons 'Ruse'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Britain, the United States and France are to table a UN Security Council resolution on Syria today, David Cameron told MPs on Tuesday afternoon. Ap...

'Why Is Boris Letting An Industry Of Death Be Promoted In London?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has drawn widespread condemnation for allowing London to host the world's biggest arms fair that senior London politicians have warned i...

PHOTOS: Syrian Children Handle Weapons Like Toys

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

Syria's children have already borne the brunt of the conflict, with reports of torture, child soldiers and others embarking on "death journeys" to esc...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Has Kerry's Gaffe Saved Syria From Air Strikes?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 September 2013... 1) HAS KERRY'S GAFFE SAVED SYRIA FROM AIR STRIKES? From the Times: "Russia w...

Helping Syrian Children Displaced By Conflict Return to a Sense of Normality

Alma Hassoun | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Alma Hassoun

In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away... I was part of a Unicef team that visited a centre where psycho-social support is being made available to hundreds of displaced children in the area.

Cameron Welcomes Russian Plan For UN Take Chemical Weaspons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

David Cameron has backed a Russian plan to place the Syrian regime’s stockpile of chemical weapons under international stewardship in an effort to a...

Ned Simons

David Cameron Fumes At Ed Miliband 'Wriggling And Quibbling' Over Syria Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has accused Ed Miliband of playing politics by voting against military action in Syria, as he told MPs he had "absolutely no plans" to h...

The Red Moral Line in Syria

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Cohen

The current moral argument regarding Syria is limited. The red line of chemical weapons is plotted on a wider graph of violence. Morality is relevant to the whole graph, not just the red line. For too long, innocent Syrian people have suffered greatly and lost lives at the violent hands of the regime.

Did Assad Just Threaten Terrorism Against US If It Attacks Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

President Bashar Assad has warned the US to "expect everything" should it attack the Syrian regime. The ambiguous caution, which possibly referred to ...

'It's Very Important To Have Access To Legal Weapons'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has launched a robust defence of the DSEI arms fair, as critics warn that Russia should be banned from attending the London arms show as...

No Mr. Nice Guy, But Is Putin's Syria View More Realistic Than Obama's?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

If the US attacks Syria on its own, it won't be the first time in a solo operation after a British rejection. UK politicians have short memories when trumpeting the Special Relationship. Some may recall Bill Clinton's first foreign trip as President was to the UK to seek support for operations to end the bloodbath in Bosnia after four years of carnage and NATO/UN fence sitting.

The US Administration is as Guilty as the UK Government of Poor Politicking over Syria

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

As the G20 leaders leave St. Petersburg, all eyes are now back on Washington, where legislators have been receiving briefings on the intelligence underpinning the case set out by the US Administration last week for military intervention in Syria.

Syria, UN and Military Intervention

Sajid Suleman | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sajid Suleman

The civil war in Syria is at a critical juncture with alleged use of chemical weapons and threats of foreign military intervention. If there is to be an international response, it must come from the United Nations and not individual States taking the law into their own hands.

John Kerry Insists UK-US Special Relationship Will Survive Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

John Kerry has insisted parliament's decision to block British involvement in a military strike on Syria has not damaged the UK's relationship with Wa...

Does Obama Go It Alone?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the week begins President Obama faces the toughest test of his presidency to date. Through a combination of factors, some of his own making and some beyond his control, he has boxed himself and the US Government into a corner and there appears to be no easy way out.

We Chose to Abandon the Syrian People in Their Hour of Need

Brooks Newmark | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

On Thursday, 29 August, we chose to abandon the Syrian people in their hour of need. I am wracked with guilt and feel ashamed. Yes, democracy had its day and yes, perhaps Parliament is all the stronger for asserting the will of the people. Nevertheless, I still believe it was the wrong decision.

'Sarin Chemical' Sale Needs Investigated Says Senior MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK

The decision to allow UK firms to sell a chemical that can be used to make the deadly sarin nerve agent to Syria with Government permission needs to b...