UK Syria

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...

David Cameron Lost the Syria Vote Because of a Failure of His Leadership

Michael Dugher | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Infantile and irresponsible briefings from the prime minister's office combined with a complete organisational and political shambles at Downing Street. If David Cameron has a leadership crisis today, then it is one entirely of his own making.

The Week That Was: A Sense of Opinion

Carla Buzasi | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

War, twerking, the poor and their big screen TVs... nothing was off the agenda as summer drew to a close. Let us start with the serious. Countries going to war, in their own backyard or further afield, deserve debate. David Cameron may be ruing the day he decided that that debate extended to a free vote in the Commons. However, 'the heir to Blair' (as news organisations, ourselves included, labeled the PM this week), may also be wiping his brow that the anti-war marches Blair himself had to witness, will not haunt his legacy.

'Utter Nonsense'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK

Russia has dramatically slammed American threats to attack Syria, dismissing claims that the regime has used chemical weapons as “utter nonsense.”...

'Come To Syria On Holiday'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK

Ed Miliband has been challenged to spend a week on holiday in Syria by a British doctor who has been treating bomb attack victims. The Labour leade...

Cameron To Still 'Oppose' Assad Despite Humiliating Reversal On Parliamentary Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron remains committed to opposing President Bashar Assad, despite being neutered by Thursday evening’s historic Commons vote that blocked ...

The Commons Vote on Syria Is a Tragedy

Damian Collins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The vote in the recalled House of Commons on Syria will not stop the brutal regime in that country murdering its own people; it will encourage them to press on. The vote will not silence the screams of Assad's victims, like those targeted in the recent napalm style attack near a school at Urum al Kubra, close to Aleppo...