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Syrian Briton Ali Almanasfi Is Alive

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Tam Hussein

Ali Almanasfi, the Briton of Syrian heritage purportedly killed by a regime ambush in Idlib on 31 May is alive. He got in touch with me via Skype. We spoke for approximately an hour. I saw his face sporting a bushy beard, he looked well.

Bill Clinton Says Obama Risks Looking Like 'A Total Wuss'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

Bill Clinton has warned Barack Obama that his reluctance to get involved in Syria could make him look like a "total fool" and a "wuss", it has been re...

Syria Vow From Hague And Kerry

Press Association | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK

William Hague has warned that the international community must be "prepared to do more" to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US ...

PICTURED: Teenage Syrian 'Atheist' Reportedly Shot By Rebels

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

This is the 15-year-old boy who was publicly executed by Islamist rebel militia in Syria, apparently for the crime of blasphemy. Mohammad Qataa wa...

Nick Griffin Goes To Syria On 'Fact-Finding Mission'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Christopher York | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

Brutal dictator and civil war architect, Bashar al-Assad, has enlisted the help of BNP Leader Nick Griffin to help with his image problem. In an at...

Ned Simons

Tory MP Summoned By Whips After Calling For Cameron To Go | Ned Simons | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has been summoned to a meeting in the party's Whips' Office on Monday after he called for a vote of no-confidence in Da...

Syrian Boy 'Executed For Atheism By Rebels'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Teenage Syrian 'Atheist' Reportedly Shot By Rebels (PICTURES) A 15-year-old atheist boy was reportedly shot in the face in a brutal executi...

President Obama: Please Listen to John McCain and Lindsey Graham

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I must say this; Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and former Senator Joseph Lieberman have got it absolutely right on Syria. President Obama must listen to them and do the right thing. John McCain told the Dead Sea Conference recently: by arming the right rebels, there will be a chance for what McCain calls "level playing field".

Mehdi's Morning Memo: MPs Will Get A Vote

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 7 June 2013... 1) MPs WILL GET A VOTE From the Independent's splash: "MPs have been promised a vot...

Ned Simons

81 Tory MPs Write To David Cameron To Demand Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels | Ned Simons | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Tory backbenchers have demanded the right to be able to veto any delivery of weapons to the Syrian rebels, amid reports of a cabinet split on the poli...

Nick Clegg's Cojones

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Politics

Has Nick Clegg got his cojones back? On Thursday morning, the deputy prime minister killed off Tory plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to l...

Syrian Exodus: Health, Help, Hypocrisy

Bidisha | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

The invaluable and hard-hitting Women Under Seige project, which documents male sexual violence in conflict zones worldwide, has produced a striking article on Syria's rape crisis. Shockingly, Syrian women and girls fleeing sexual violence in their own country are encountering further abuse, appropriation and exploitation once they have left.

Ned Simons

MPs Demand Right To Block Government From Arming Syrian Rebels | Ned Simons | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are demanding parliament be given the right to veto any decision to arm the Syrian opposition movement, after the British and French governments s...

Qardawi's Blunder

Tam Hussein | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Qardawi's call for jihad completely ignores the world as it is today: a world of nation-states. In order for there to be any progress in the Syrian conflict, Islamists of all colors and sectarian persuasions must throw out sectarian rhetoric. They must reconcile themselves with the idea that all Syrians are citizens and should not take the sectarian bait.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Now Child Benefit, Too? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 5 June 2013... 1) NOW CHILD BENEFIT, TOO? REALLY? Remember how Labour frontbenchers condemned the c...

Carrying a Baby Across the Border From Syria to Iraq

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Nawroz shivered as I spoke with her, her dark hair dripping and her thin red top soaked through. Her husband queued at the registration desk in a sodden tee-shirt. But her baby daughter, Ava, was warm and dry. She gurgled, grabbing my fingers tightly, as I played with her.

Weapons for the Free Syrian Army: An incentive for Assad to negotiate or further oil on the fire?

Thomas Hauschildt | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hauschildt

Although no weapons will be delivered before the end of the summer and the EU insists that only weapons shall be delivered that serve the protection of civilians. One wonders what kind of weapon that might be as there are hardly any - if at all - weapons out there that have a pure defensive character. Whether rhetoric needs to be underlined by action remains to be seen.

Middle East: Bring Back Saddam Hussein?

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

If it weren't for the God-awful mess in Syria, I suspect we'd be paying a great deal more attention to the God-awful mess in Iraq. We should be, anyway. This month alone, more than 500 people have been killed in almost daily bomb attacks, and last month was reported to be the most violent the country has seen for nearly five years.

British Man Killed In Syria

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK

A British man killed in Syria had travelled to the country to fight the government's regime, it has been reported. The man, named in media reports ...

British Man Killed In Syria 'While Taking Photos Of Military'

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

A British national has been killed in Syria, the Foreign Office has confirmed. The man, an American woman and another Westerner were said to have d...

British Man Killed In Syria 'While Taking Photos Of Military'

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

A British national has been killed in Syria, the Foreign Office has confirmed. The man, an American woman and another Westerner were said to have d...

Does Citizen Journalism Need to be Objective?

Amel Guettatfi | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Amel Guettatfi

While citizen journalism has brought on a new wave of completely unadulterated content allowing for unheard voices to be heard, it has also highlighted the need for new ways to scrutinize incoming media.

Why So Keen to Draw Us Into Syrian War?

David Fearnhead | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
David Fearnhead

I'm not denying that the war in Syria is a hell on earth for it's citizens, or that there have been war crimes committed against them. Though I suspect our government's push for arms sales to Syrian opposition forces may have less to do with the atrocities and inequalities of a foreign war and more to do with financial concerns closer to home.

Flawed Logic in Decision to Lift Syria Arms Embargo

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Christopher Phillips

Britain's policy is fraught with further risks. Weapons could end up in the wrong hands. While Hague insists recipients will be carefully vetted to ensure they are 'moderate', there is no guarantee they will not radicalize in the future.

A Humanitarian 'Proxy War' in Syria?

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

For over two years now, European policymakers have struggled to provide a coherent response to the convulsion of violence that has befallen Syria. As with Libya in 2011, much of the debate has centred on the question of what role European states should play in protecting vulnerable civilians beyond our borders.