UK Syria

The MENA Kaleidoscope Hurtles Toward Ukraine

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Those who have become used to my written reflections over the past few years may well have wondered if I were going through an extended dry period. After all, my own epektasis web-site has been eerily quiet for the past ten weeks!

Remembering Halabja and Boosting the Kurdish Diaspora

Gary Kent | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Several MPs referred favourably to Ukrainian communities and organisations in their constituencies in a recent Commons debate on Russian actions against Ukraine. Such links with voters, who may be seen as newsworthy locally and electorally important, makes MPs more attentive.

Syria Must Not Become a Forgotten Crisis

Sir Nick Young | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Three years ago, the world watched in shock as Syria slowly descended into bitter conflict. Once thriving communities have been utterly destroyed. Nine million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance, with their future looking perilous and uncertain. The scale of the humanitarian crisis which results from a conflict of this kind can be overwhelming. But we cannot let ourselves forget its human face.

Hany: A Young Syrian's Dreams, Interrupted

Melissa Fleming | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Melissa Fleming

"If I am not a student, I am nothing." Hany's home is a wooden frame and plastic sheets. Thick carpets line the floor and long cushions serve as sofas. A wood stove offers warmth. A TV connected to satellite brings news from Syria.

In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

James Snell | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The crisis engulfing Crimea is a grave one. Vladimir Putin's armies have cut the region off from the rest of the nation, and are insisting on an illegal referendum in order to give elusive legitimacy to a brazen act of aggression. Now is not the time for the West to take options off the table - even rather unpalatable ones.

Moazzam Begg Appears At Old Bailey On Terror Charges

PA | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has appeared at the Old Bailey on terrorism charges relating to the civil war in Syria. Begg, 45, of Bo...

Arrest Over Syria Terror Offences

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

A man has been charged after being arrested on suspicion of terror offences linked to Syria. Jamshed Javeed, 29, was charged with the intention of ...

#WithSyria: Banksy Recreates Balloon Girl Image To Mark Third Year Of Conflict (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

British graffiti artist Banksy has recreated his iconic balloon girl artwork to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict. The image first appear...

Hail to Syria's Heroes

Dr Rola Hallam | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Dr Rola Hallam

The Syrian people have suffered more than most can possibly imagine. March 15th will mark the third anniversary of this barbaric war on civilians and a campaign is gathering to both show solidarity and inspire political change. Three years of failure by the world to end the appalling suffering.

Life in Lebanon Is Worse Than During the Darkest Days of Civil War

Najla Chahda | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Najla Chahda

In the days leading up to 15th March, the third anniversary of the start of the conflict, people all over the world will be holding vigils to remind their governments that giving up on Syria is not an option.

Is Noam Chomsky Right That the US Doesn't Want Regime Change in Syria?

Ian Sinclair | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

Noam Chomsky is probably the most influential leftist on the planet right now. So when he argues the US "has shown no indication it wants the rebels to win in Syria", as he did recently in an interview with the Voice of Russia, his opinion carries a lot of weight amongst progressives...

65% Of Syria's Refugees Fear They Will Never Return Home

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

The majority of Syrian refugees believe they will never be able to return to their country, according to new research. Refugees surveyed by Oxfam s...

Children Are the Key to Syria's Future

Catherine Cowley | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Catherine Cowley

As the war in Syria enters its fourth year, it's easy to lose hope. Even if there is a peace deal in the next few months - which, after the disappointments of the Geneva peace talks, seems as unlikely as ever - how will people recover, rebuild, and achieve any sort of reconciliation? How can Syria be a functioning country again?

Almost Four Years on, One Syrian Family's Painful Testimony on Life as a Refugee in Jordan

Justin Byworth | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Byworth

Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of so many of its 22 million people. This civil war is now thought to have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

In Syria There Is Little Help for Anyone, Let Alone Those in Dire Need

Roger Hearn | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Roger Hearn

Imagine the horrors of healthcare in a warzone: children having limbs amputated because of a lack of medical supplies and equipment to treat their wounds. Patients knocked out with iron bars, rather than face an operation without anaesthetic. A newborn baby dying in an incubator because of power-cuts... For millions of people inside Syria - this is the reality of their lives now.

Ukraine Crisis: Is It Support for Self-determination or Self-interest That Shapes UK Policy?

Tony Clarke | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

It is unfortunate for us all that William Hague is such a maladroit character, a modern day Lord Curzon. He shoots from the hip and never fails to turn a crisis into a drama.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

If London Were Syria: Harrowing Video Shows Impact Of War

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

What if London was plunged into a conflict similar to that in Syria? A harrowing video has imagined the nightmare a British child would endure if w...

British Sense of Fairness Vis-a-Vis Muslims Is on Trial

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The government needs a deep reappraisal of its Prevent policy and a political will to work with Muslims, who have proved to be loyal citizens. With a higher youth population they are the asset for our country. The British sense of fairness is now on trial ...and I hope not on borrowed time.

Brogan Driscoll

Syrian Refugee Camps May Be A Breeding Ground For Terrorists, Says Malala Yousafzai

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Syrian refugee camps may be a breeding ground for terrorism, Malala Yousafzai has warned. The 16-year-old education campaigner, who was shot in the...

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee Moazzam Begg Faces Terror Charges

PA | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

An ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee will face charge Syria-related terror charges in court today. West Midlands Police say Moazzam Begg from Birmingham i...

The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

We started this. That's what I can't help thinking every time I hear about the latest death and suffering in Syria. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, we set off a chain of events that led inexorably to the killing fields of Damascus and Aleppo.

#ReleaseMoazzam

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.

Ned Simons

'Britain Should Be One Of The World's Policemen, The Consequences Of Non-Intervention In Syria Are Clear'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

'This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food ...