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Considering The Ethics Of Our Investments

Tamara Sword | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Collectively we would wring our hands, but for the mobiles in our hands. How to reach out and touch more than glass. How to change what seems through the indifferent screen to be immutable, an endless cycle of meaningless horror.

Little Boy In Aleppo: Heartbreaking Image Spurs Emotions And A Call For Help

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

Omran is then left sitting quietly, appearing stunned and disturbed by the ordeal. He runs his hand over his face and looks at the blood before wiping it away. Imagine if this was your child? As a mother, seeing images like this is traumatic, we feel helpless and want to raise more awareness within the mainstream media that innocent children should not have to pay the price for wars.

Exploding Bomb Interrupts Little Syrian Girl Singing To Her Mother

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK

WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS FOOTAGE SOME READERS MAY FIND DISTRESSING It could be any happy home movie. A bright-eyed little girl sings for a woma...

We Know About The Lies Over Iraq But What About Syria?

Mark Curtis | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within - us, the public.

This Is How Children In Syria Are Spending The Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK

Warning: This article contains images some may find distressing A heartbreaking image of a five-year-old Syrian boy sitting bloodied and alone in the ...

When Did the Left Start Supporting Fascism?

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

If you're indulging yourself in liberal guilt, I'll give you something else to feel guilty about. While we discuss the relative merits of Britain's isolationism around our dinner table, safe in our homes, there are still another 10 million people under IS control.

'Arrested, Jailed, Bailed' - Why It Should Be Illegal to Fight Against ISIS

Henry Tuck | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Henry Tuck

It remains unclear what the future holds for the hundreds of westerners that have fought, or are fighting against, ISIS. For those that do come home, the consequences of their decision to travel, whether physical, mental or legal, could be life changing. In the legal context at least, it appears many were unaware of the potential implications. With more legal clarity, such a situation could have been avoided. The conflict in Syria and Iraq is not the first to feature large numbers of foreign fighters, but considering the outcomes so far, we should make it the last.

Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This year, while we're marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it's troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border...

‘Leaving ISIS Is Like Trying To Escape Alcatraz’: Why London Teens Will Never Return Home

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK

Two British teenagers who joined Islamic State (IS) in Syria will never be allowed to return home, an expert has warned. The claim follows reports tha...

British Schoolgirl Who Travelled To Join Islamic State 'Killed In Air Strike'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK

Kadiza Sultana, one of the three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green who fled to Syria to live in the so-called Islamic State has died in an air strike, it...

Aleppo Is Not the New Srebrenica - It's the Old Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Mitchell's "new Srebrenica" line echoes Jan Egeland, the United Nations official who's responsible for trying to broker humanitarian access in Syria. The effectiveness - or otherwise - of UN efforts to deliver aid into Syria has been one of the many vexed issues of this crisis. With Srebrenica (as with Rwanda) the UN failed abysmally. Is it going to fail with Syria as well? Let's fervently hope not. And let's hope that Aleppo stays at the centre of international attention. Because, even without a standalone massacre of Srebrenica's magnitude, Aleppo is already a frightening humanitarian emergency. Aleppo isn't the new Srebrenica, it's the old Aleppo. And that's easily bad enough.

Did BBC Look at Refugee Life Through Rose Tinted Spectacles?

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Sam Slota-Newson

It's fantastic to see the media portraying refugees as human and hopeful and the BBC's Our Desert Home is worlds away from the regularly demonised refugees of the tabloids and poisonous political rhetoric of recent months.

This Boy Had Seven Days to Live - The Next 90 Minutes Saved His Life

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Ismail Jeilani

This campaign surpassed borders and colours. The world united for one little boy. The result? A life was saved.

Briton Who Was 'Rejected By The British Army' Dies Fighting Isis Militants In Syria

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

A Briton who was reportedly rejected by the British Army because he had asthma has been killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the so-called Isla...

Bands Of Children Are Setting Fire To Tyres To Stop Their City Being Bombed

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

Children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are setting fire to tyres to create ‘no-fly zones’ for the planes trying to drop bombs on them. The...

Europe Should Adopt a Policy of Co-operation and Reciprocity to Tackle Refugee Crisis

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mohsin Tanveer

If and when the time comes that these refugees are in the clear and can return to their home states, Europe, if it adopts the Betts' alternative, can proudly pat itself on the back for turning a disaster into an example of an ethically sound political solution to be utilized as a model reference in the field of refugee law and policy.

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves

Tam Hussein | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Tam Hussein

There is a myth that the Islamic State claims every terror attack in the West as its own. But even its claims of responsibility for events should be accepted sceptically. Let's establish a criterion that distinguishes between directed attacks - that is those organised by ISIS and those attacks which are inspired by ISIS.

Oxford's 'Jihadi Jack' Admits Missing Krispy Kreme Doughnuts And Kebabs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
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A middle-class Brit dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ after leaving his Oxford home to travel to Syria has revealed he misses kebabs and Krispy Kreme doughnuts...

Desperate Syrian Children Are Using Pokemon Go In Their Pleas To Be Rescued

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

Children in war-torn Syria are using a heartbreaking new tactic to remind the world they are still in terrible danger. Images of forlorn-looking boys ...

Outrage After US-Led Airstrikes 'Mistakenly' Kill 56 Syrian Civilians

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

The alleged accidental killing of at least 56 Syrian civilians in US-led airstrikes on Tuesday has sparked international outrage. Investigators are lo...

One Year on From Arriving In Britain as a Syrian Refugee

Ahmad al-Rashid | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Ahmad al-Rashid

It has been one year since I arrived in the UK coming from Syria. One year ago, I made the perilous journey from Syria all the way to the UK. I joined thousands of people who made the difficult choice to resort to the sea to escape the five-year long and brutal war in Syria. A war which has brought the country to its knees and forced half of the nation out of their homes and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War Two.

How the Disunity Amongst UN Agencies Is Failing Syria

Roger Hearn | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Roger Hearn

This situation is deplorable - there needs to be a United Nations that can develop and implement immediate and critical decisions that focus on saving lives not careers or the competing interests of different UN agencies.

From Syria With Love

Alison Williams | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Alison Williams

Ahmad is a Syrian Kurd who fled Isis. After his death-defying escape from Syria, he arrived in the UK via the region's refugee camps, offered sanctuary in the UK through the government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and has received the warmest of welcomes thanks to the people of Totnes.

Jo Cox Was a Champion of Humanity and I'll Miss Her

Leo Gibbons-Plowright | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Gibbons-Plowright

It feels strange being heartbroken over the passing of someone you never met. Yet Jo Cox rekindled my faith in politicians and for that I'll be forever grateful. I know her legacy will inspire me for years to come.

Syrians Are Human Beings, Just Like Us

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Wailing moans of loss will continue to reverberate in the Syrian air as long as the elephants involved continue to promote their egos. It is unclear how to stop these, but one thing must be made clear; if concrete steps are not taken, eventually we will pay the price. Finally, the time has come to lend whatever assistance we can to alleviate the suffering of Syrians. Remember, they are humans, just like us.