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What Happened When Syria's Warring Parties Met For The First Time In Three Years?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

They entered through separate doors, then sat around a u-shaped table in a room wrought with tension, and spoke to each other only through a UN repres...

What a Wonderful World

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

I wonder if I can persuade you that, despite the utter horror of this week's headlines from Syria, we are lucky to live in an era of unprecedented human progress. Yes, I'm going to try to convince you that for more people, in more places, the world has more to offer now than at any time in the history of our species.

Don't Let the Politics of Syria Hold the Longings of Her People Hostage

Jehangir Malik | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

While the seasons and the landscape change in Syria, so much about the country's protracted conflict is unchanging and unrelenting. Thousands of people killed each month, atrocities on both sides, and thousands more fleeing the country as refugees. Millions living in limbo, some out of reach of humanitarian aid, when all they want is peace and a chance for normal life to resume.

'Scenes Of Medieval Violence': Al-Qaeda Behead 10 Prisoners & Mount Their Heads On Spikes In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are reported to have beheaded ten men and mounted their heads on spikes in a bloody day of fighting which saw them take con...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Giddy Gideon

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 23 January 2014... 1) GIDDY GIDEON Over the past three-and-a-half years, George Osborne ha...

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Ned Simons

Labour To Force Commons Vote On Accepting Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour Party intends to force a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday in an attempt to pressure the government into accepting a few hundred of...

'Goodies And Baddies'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

The bloody war in Syria has been boiled down to a case of "goodies" and "baddies" by the Australian Prime Minister. As world leaders gathered in Sw...

Syria's Conflict In Numbers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The numbers from the Syrian conflict can seem overwhelming in their magnitude. Here, we have identified the key figures that tell the story of the...

Systematic Torture And Execution Of Syrians 'Like Nazi Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Syria has systematically tortured and executed 11,000 of its citizens in the three-year war, according to a report by former war crimes prosecutors, w...

Shoreditch Barman Tries To Arrest Tony Blair

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UDPATE: He may have lost his job, but Twiggy Garcia may get a payout for his efforts. Journalist George Monbiot, who set up the Arrest Blair websit...

Jessica Elgot

Warning Against Syria Military Intervention By Top UN Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Chris

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 20 January 2014... 1) NICK VS CHRIS To say Nick Clegg is under pressure is an understatement...

Startup Weekend Makes Its Way to Damascus...

Eamonn Carey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech
Eamonn Carey

The conflict in Syria has not only claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and caused over two million refugees to flee the country. It has also created an economic black hole, which is one of the reasons why the weekend is taking place.

Fetteh in ISIS Country: Despatch From Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The last thing I expected on my latest trip to Syria at the very beginning of 2014 was to be able to eat a bowl of fetteh in Abu Salim's restaurant in Najjiyeh, in territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Emma Thompson And Colin Firth Demand Cameron Offer Safe Haven For Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Syria's growing number of refugees have found some unlikely champions in the form of British actors Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. The British Hollywo...

Al Qaeda Is Helping Al-Assad's Regime

Nehad Ismail | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to the Egyptian Al-Ahram weekly October 29th 2013: "Many in the Syrian opposition say that the Al-Qaeda affiliates are now in fact doing the regime's bidding by weakening its true adversaries, those led by the FSA, and alienating Syrian civilians and the West and thus giving the regime the opportunity to claim it is fighting terrorists".

UN Calls For World To Do More As Concerns Mount For Syrians

The Huffington Post | Paul Carmichael | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos has expressed concern for people cut off by months of fighting by government and rebel forces in Syria and calle...

LOOK: Miracle Baby Recovered From Rubble In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

More devastating images of death and destruction have emerged from Syria, with terrified children being among the victims today as President Bashar As...

Obstacles to Syrian Cease-fire Aren't Insurmountable

Lord David Owen | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

Iran has a chance to demonstrate its traditional position as a country content to live within its existing boundaries. And now that the distrust and antagonism raised over Libya has eased, the U.N. Security Council is at long last working together.

Goodbye to an Ominous Year

Marc DuBois | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Marc DuBois

I work for Médecins sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders). Professional humanitarians are many things; rarely superstitious. And yet 2013 has proven a year to leave behind, and I find myself harbouring nothing morbid, yet nonetheless fairly shaken by the 13th year of the new millennium... As a director in MSF, the spectre of Somalia 2013 leaves me feeling apprehensive about Syria, CAR or Sudan in 2014. Or Myanmar and DRC. Or many others.

The IRA, Radiation, Nigel Farage - And the Global Homeless

Alastair Sloan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Globally, there are 100 million homeless. Last week saw some bizarre and disgusting news reported about their fate, which made me think about the wide range of reasons people become homeless, the various fates that await them - and the urgency with which we must safely and affordably house our populations.

Former FCO Minister Says Cameron's Syria Decision Led To 'Constitutional Mess'

Guardian | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has landed itself in a "constitutional mess" in the wake of the summer vote against military action in Syria, in which the Commons can be guar...

2010-2013: Three Years in the Lifetime of a MENA Region

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is already three years since the uprisings started in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. A street vendor in Tunisia eventually got fed up...

A Fatal Tweet Has Killed Another Critic of Bashar al Assad

Nehad Ismail | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

A blast in Beirut Friday 27 December killed at least five people including Mohamad Chatah a former minister and advisor to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Lebanese News Agency reported.