UK Syria

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

GRAPHIC PICTURES: Bored Syria Snipers 'Use Unborn Babies As Target Practice'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Bored snipers in Syria are playing a "death game," and their targets include children and pregnant women, a British surgeon has said. Vulnerable ta...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Give Putin The Peace Prize, Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

A former Labour peer has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the Syrian civil war - and he isn't joking. Lord...

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Food supplies in war-ravaged areas of Syria have become so bad Muslim clerics are issuing fatwas declaring it permissible to eat cats, dogs and donkey...

One Man's Struggle in Syria: Six Operations Later'

Jane-Ann McKenna | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Jane-Ann McKenna

Abdul* sits stoically upright in bed as he explains how he came to be here, in this hospital in Jordan. "I was a civilian, not a fighter. My brother was captured by the regime and killed. I was arrested and imprisoned for seven months, where I was tortured on a regular basis"...

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...

David Miliband Warns Nobel Prize Award 'Dangerous' For Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Miliband has warned that the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is ironi...

Red Cross Workers Abducted In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Gunmen have abducted six Red Cross workers and a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer in Syria. The convoy in which they were travelling on Sunday wa...

9 Countries Boris Johnson DOES Have A Foreign Policy On

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson became uncharacteristically coy in an Sunday interview which saw him probed on China - and challenged as to whether he could even say th...

Jessica Elgot

'I Want David Cameron To Imagine His Wife Dodging Bombings Daily'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

One sunny day, Mark Wallace decided to take his seven-year-old daughter to the local park near their home in Damascus. It was spring 2012, the civi...

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2013

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarding the prestigious medal the Nobel Norwegian...

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

The Lost Schoolgirls of Syria

Chris Niles | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Chris Niles

Today the UN International Day of the Girl is focusing on girls across the globe who are out of education. It's thought around 17 million girls will never enroll in school - and millions more are unable to complete their education due to factors such as cultural barriers, sexual harassment and, like Adla and Cibar, the consequences of humanitarian emergencies.

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.