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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...

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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...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'No Attack On Syria, No Matter What'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 8 September 2013... 1) 'NO ATTACK ON SYRIA, NO MATTER WHAT, SAY VOTERS' That's the splash headline on...

Cameron Responds To MP's Tweet Calling Putin A 'Tosser'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

The prime minister has rebuffed Tory MP Henry Smith for calling Vladimir Putin a "tosser" in a tweet, which was posted following reports that a senior...

US Intervention in Syria: Not Kind, But Cruel

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

As the drums of war beat once more for yet another strike on a Middle Eastern capital, one cannot help but be reminded of similar events exactly a decade ago that heralded the US invasion of Iraq. However, this time we have learnt from experience to ask the right questions and not to repeat the same mistakes... Haven't we?

Tony Blair Is the Embarrassing Uncle of British Politics

John Wight | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Like that embarrassing uncle who ruins every family social gathering with his propensity for saying and doing the most outrageous things, offending everyone in the process, up pops the former prime minister in a recent interview with the BBC lamenting the recent parliamentary vote which led to Britain's historic break from Washington's coattails on the matter of military intervention for the first time in a generation.

John Prescott Slams Blair On Syria Intervention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has lept to the defence of Ed Miliband after Tony Blair criticised the Labour leader for blocking military ...

Syria Crisis: How Much Shock and Awe Will it Take to Wake Us Up?

Richard Reoch | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The debate about bombing Syria is, in part, about the shock-and-awe policy of politics: most of us remember the shock-and-awe blitzkrieg unleashed over Baghdad as a curtain raiser to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Shock-and-awe, known in military parlance as Rapid Dominance, is a doctrine developed at The National Defense University of the United States in1996.

Progress on Syria Is Vital but G20 Must Not Forget Longterm Crises

Christina Chang | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Christina Chang

In such a context, it would be wrong to suggest that those leaders should not make the space to work towards a solution for peace in Syria, but it is also right to remind them that it should not be used as an excuse to neglect the chronic problems of the global economy.

Why Do People Donate to Natural Disasters and Not to Wars?

Resham Khiani | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
Resham Khiani

You're watching TV and a fundraising appeal for Syria comes on. There are shocking images and no one can deny the serious needs of the men, women and children on the screen. But you don't reach for your debit card at the end. Something in you has not been moved quite as much as when you saw such an appeal for the tsunami victims in 2004.

Interview: David Cromwell and David Edwards - Media Lens

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

We don't have a functioning democracy, corporate journalism is "controlled and toxic", and the right-wing press are "propaganda organs for established greed". Welcome to the world as Media Lens sees it.

International Intervention in the Twitter Age

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

The Obama Administration's envisaged armed intervention into the Syrian conflict (in response to the use of chemical weapons that killed and sickened hundreds of people) may be the first planned military operation to be strategized entirely in 140 characters or less.

Technology Has Transformed Detection of Chemical Weapons Use

Julian Hunt | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Tech
Julian Hunt

The depth of intelligence and information on the chemical attacks that have been released underlines a stark contrast with the 1920s when, for instance, there were no satellites and modern communications. There is also a clear contrast in the intelligence evidence that has been assembled compared to that about Iraq a decade ago.

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Last Thursday, the House of Commons defeated the government motion to use force '"if necessary" by 285 votes to 272 in light of the government's belief that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people. From across the political spectrum, yesterday was heralded as a wonderful day for parliament.

A Border That Breaks: Jordan as the Alternative Homeland

Nikita Malik | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Earlier this week, the United Nations declared Syria's refugee crisis the 'humanitarian calamity' of the century. Every day, roughly 5,000 refugees flee Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. The number of Syrians who have left their war-ravaged country has risen to more than two million. A year ago, that number was 230,671.