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We Must Not Ignore Syria's Refugees

Najla Chahda | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Najla Chahda

Lebanon has a population of just over four million, and we are now hosting more than one million Syrians. With the history of conflict in this country, it is our natural instinct to welcome refugees, but we are being overwhelmed. People are extremely worried about the pressure on the economy, about the increase in crime, and of course about the sharp rise in sectarian violence.

Images Lay Bare Destruction Of Syria's Largest City

Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

New images have laid bare the destruction caused by the Syrian civil war in the country's largest city. Satellite images from human rights organisa...

NBA Player Pau Gasol Reaches Syrian Children in Domiz Refugee Camp

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

As well as playing basketball with the children, Gasol chatted with Tolin and her sister. Tolin told him how she fled Syria with her family seven months ago to escape the violence and bombing. She also told him she still wants to be a doctor when she grows up, even though she hasn't been to school since she left Syria...

British Charity Investigated By Police

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK

Police are investigating a British charity after more than £40,000 cash was seized from a group of men at Dover. The men, who were heading for the...

Crescent Of Evil: Fatwa Issued On Croissants

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK

A fatwa has been issued on croissants in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria. The crescent pastries have been deemed "haram" (forbidden in Islamic ...

Syrian Exodus, Chapter Four: The Exodus Reaches Athens

Agus Morales | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

In 2012, almost 8,000 Syrians arrived in Greece by irregular means, compared to 1,709 in the first four months of this year, according to data from the Greek police. Most migrants and refugees used to head for the land border between Turkey and Greece at Evros, in the north, but in the summer of 2012 the Greek authorities built a wall and deployed a 2,000-strong security force to stop the influx of new arrivals.

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Max Sobell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created.

Syrian Exodus, Chapter Three: Syrians Torn Between East and West

Agus Morales | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Thousands of migrants and refugees from all over the world have made their homes in Istanbul. Many have escaped conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Democratic Republic of Congo. The latest country to join this list is Syria. Most of those who have escaped from Syria's bombs live in refugee camps along the Turkish-Syrian border, but a growing number are making their way to Istanbul.

Syrian Exodus, Chapter Two: Carrying the Weight of the War

Agus Morales | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

More than 380,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Turkey. The majority - some 350,000 - are registered, giving them the right to live in the refugee camps run by the Turkish Red Crescent. The remaining 30,000 are either waiting for registration, or have decided not to register so as to have the freedom to move on to other parts of Turkey.

PICTURES: Women In The Warzone

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

Their faces covered by black masks, bodies clad in thick camouflage and tightly holding their kalashnikovs, it is only the eyes that reveal these youn...

Syrian Exodus - Chapter One: 'The Day My Village Was Bombed'

Agus Morales | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Alia Mosa lies on a bed in a hospital in northern Syria. Her feet are wrapped in bandages. She is angry and despairing, and desperate to tell her story. "It was 5am," she says. "They launched missiles and my house was totally destroyed. Four of my children were killed and I was injured. One of my daughters and my husband survived."

Ministers Criticised For Confusing Approach To Arming Syrian Rebels

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

A parliamentary committee criticised the Government today for a "lack of clarity" over whether a House of Commons vote would be needed before the UK s...

Imagine Having to Tell Your Kids Christmas Is Cancelled: Ramadan in a Refugee Camp

Wendy Bruere | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

For two years in Syria the conflict, which fractured Heshan's family, put a stop to celebrations, and this year in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq there isn't the money or the spirit to mark the occasion. "It's not a special day anymore. It just happens and no-one notices," his mother, Naslya, tells me. "There is no life in this tent."

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.

Rape in Syria and Egypt - A Policy Priority Ignored

Peter Blair | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Blair

Fears of regional spillover, the growing number of European jihadists who could prove a future threat and the escalating refugee crisis dominate the headlines but there is one element that is consistently absent from discussion at the policy level. That issue is sexual violence.

Army Chief Warns Britain Could Be Dragged Into Syria War

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK

British efforts to stop the slaughter by forces of President Bashar Assad could see us dragged into war, to prevent the regime's chemical weapons fall...

The Humanitarian Blind Spot

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

The concept of the diversity of a population seems obvious when we think about it. The diversity of our own society is well recognised by policy makers and service delivers alike, and the public debate recognises that men and women of different ages have different needs, and are affected by events and changes in society differently.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Arms For Dictators

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 17 July 2013... 1) ARMS FOR DICTATORS From the Independent's splash: "The Government has issued...

Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I don't believe David Cameron is blind to what is happening in one of the most strategic part of the World? The West's lack of clear decisive strategy has emboldened Iran, Russia and al Qaeda to operate freely in Syria.

Ned Simons

No.10 Dismisses Claim Samantha Cameron Is Driving Government's Syria Policy | Ned Simons | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

Downing Street has downplayed reports that the prime minister's wife has exerted significant influence over the setting of government policy towards t...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron's Crosby Controversy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 15 July 2013... 1) CAMERON'S CROSBY CONTROVERSY As Oscar Wilde almost said, to lose one top Downing S...

Lebanon on the Brink: How Syria's Neighbour Has Become a Victim of Its Own Generosity

Johan Eldebo | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Johan Eldebo

There is a palpable fear across Lebanon. The country has seen war and knows what it looks like. Sectarian violence has increased in recent months, and as refugees keep arriving the expectation is that the number could double by Christmas. Lebanon's future is now intimately tied with Syria's, and a solution to the conflict in Syria must be found for the entire region.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron, Crosby And The Ciggies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 14 July 2013... 1) CAMERON, CROSBY AND THE CIGGIES David Cameron never really probed former comms chi...

Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All Malala

Cat Carter | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational crisis the world still faces, as well as the struggle for a future faced by children living in areas affected by conflict. The situation in Syria typifies this struggle.

'Don't Worry, Syrian Rebels Will Give Us The Guns Back After The War'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The government has said people should not worry that weapons delivered to the Syrian rebels would fall into the hands of extremists, as the Opposition...