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G20 Should Break UN Deadlock and Call for Removal of All Chemical Weapons From Syria

Lord David Owen | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

If the proposition to withdraw all chemical weapons were agreed, it would almost certainly be sufficient to bring about an accompanying ceasefire. It would also be an impetus to start the planned conference in Geneva to negotiate a peace settlement.

Laying the Iraq Ghost to Rest on the Road to Damascus

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

At no point in the last two-and-a-half years has the spectre of Iraq been more sharply evident than in the events surrounding Secretary of State John Kerry's statement of the United States' intelligence and national-security case for limited military intervention in Syria following the apparent use of chemical weapons in attacks on Damascus...

Justine Greening 'Gutted' To Have Missed Syria Vote

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

A Cabinet minister said she was "absolutely gutted" to have missed the crucial Commons vote on Syria last week. International Development Secretary...

Tread Carefully: The Perils of US Intervention

Harry Brown | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Now, it is all but certain that President Obama is to conduct some form of military intervention in light of the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian population perpetrated by the Assad Regime. This week marks an important phase in the build up to a possible humanitarian intervention.

Why Do We Call Chemical Weapons "Weapons of Mass Destruction"? They're Nothing Of The Sort

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

All of us have a visceral, emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons. It repulses us... Yet there's a question that must be asked: why are we more offended by the killing of civilians with chemical weapons than we are by the slaughter of far greater numbers of civilians with conventional weapons?

Michael Gove Attacks Labour For 'Celebrating As Children Were Killed In Syria'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has accused some Labour MPs of behaving as though they were at a "football match" following last week's vote in the House of Commons on S...

Rewriting History: The House of Commons and Intervention in Syria

Charlie Cadywould | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Cadywould

The politics of military intervention in Syria is such vintage Malcolm Tucker, you couldn't make up. The farce of front-bench politics would be hilarious if the subject matter weren't so serious.

David Cameron's Syria Defeat Instilled 'Palpable Fear' In Obama

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's "humiliating defeat" in the Commons forced Barack Obama to seek political support for military action in Syria, a retired US general h...

Assad Predicts 'Chaos And Extremism' If US Strikes Against Syria

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

President Bashar Assad has warned of the danger of 'a regional war' in the Middle East if the US and France launch a military strike on Syria. Aske...

What Do Cable And Hague Know About UK Chemical Exports To Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

William Hague and Vince Cable could both face questions from MPs over why the govenrnment allowed chemicals to be exported to Syria which could have b...

On the Passing of Giants

Grainne Gillis | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK
Grainne Gillis

There were a number of news items that caught my attention this week: the vote in parliament on "intervening" in Syria; the anniversary of the March on Washington; and the passing of the great Irish Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney.

Syria: The Case for a Prudent Approach

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The chemical attacks at Ghouta, outside Damascus, on 21 August, have led countries to reassess their options for resolving the conflict in Syria, in...

Is The 'Special Relationship' Between The UK And The US Over?

The Huffington Post Uk | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK

America may have once been Britain's closest ally, but now, it seems, the so-called "special relationship" between the UK and the US has come to an en...

Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job: The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus las...

Syria: Cameron Reminds Obama What Makes a Relationship Special is The Democratic Process

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

US-UK "Special Relationship" dead?... Hardly, since British Prime Minister David Cameron gave President Obama a gift that keeps on giving by letting Parliament decide if the UK would or wouldn't join America in attacking Syria. How's that a gift?

Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

James Snell | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

As a country, we have shirked this challenge. We have ran and hid from that bully Assad, far away from his Sarin strikes, and his blatant disregard for both human life and the tenements of International Law. We should not be running scared, we have both the means and the morality to stop him in his evil re-conquest of a former fiefdom.

The Politics of War

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

The last week has certainly been a milestone in British politics for a number of reasons. They include the redefined nature of the United Kingdom's relationship with the United States; the re-emergence of Ed Miliband in dramatic form; the shattering of David Cameron's political reputation for authority which he enjoyed building over summer; and of course the game changing vote in the Commons. When taken together the set the scene for an unexpectedly new chapter in the life of this Parliament.

We Must Act on Syria

Andrew B Neville | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew B Neville

For me the solution seems clear cut, military action must be taken to stop the Assad regime destroying Syria and its citizens, literally. We cannot end up with another situation like Rwanda where in the eyes of then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the world could not bring itself to act. That must not be allowed to happen again.

Intervention, and How to Swing It

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.

The Dumbest Political Protest in History?

Nash Riggins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

There are millions of ways a politician can shoot his or herself in the foot. Perhaps she gets too easily distracted, and fails to show up for hearings. Or maybe he abstains from key votes, and tweets crotch-shots to impressionable teens. Well, Labour's shadow transport minister, Jim Fiztpatrick, has taken political absurdity to new heights...

'We're Not Going To Keep Asking The Same Question Again And Again'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said there will not be a second vote on military action in Syria, arguing we cannot "keep asking the same question of Parliament again ...

In Going To Congress, Obama Has Boxed in His Enemies

Bonnie Greer | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Obama sees Syria as one of the definitions of his presidency. But Syria is the battleground for a 21st Century proxy war. Iran, Saudi Arabia, many major players are there. And there is something else: Obama can't afford to do a 'W' and go in with all guns blazing. The president's past, steeped in vociferous opposition of the Iraq War, won't allow it.

The Pioneers of Tomorrow - Syria Crisis

Melkon Charchoglyan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Melkon Charchoglyan

There is a rare neurological disorder called The Capgras Delusion, whereby the patient thinks that their friends, family and close acquaintances have been replaced by impostors. My Capgrasian Delusion has come in the form of patrial distrust: has the noble United Kingdom been replaced by oil-hungry doppelgangers puppeteered by thick strings from across the pond? Who in this case is the liar - the West or Syria?

Ministers Rule Out Syria Military Action

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics

The government will not try again to persuade MPs to support military action against Syria, two senior Cabinet ministers have said. Chancellor Geor...

'I Used Industrial Language'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics

A Labour front-bencher has admitted using "industrial language" in a foul-mouthed row with education secretary Michael Gove after the Syria vote in Pa...