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UN Mission Assesses Humanitarian Needs in Syria's Dara'a City

Mohamad Kanawati | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Mohamad Kanawati

I was part of a Unicef team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria's south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara'a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

Has An Ex-Guantánamo Detainee Died Fighting In Syria? (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Reports have stated that a former Guantánamo prisoner has died fighting alongside rebels in Syria. A video purporting to show the body of one of t...

From Litter to Daniel Pelka to Syria, Are We in Danger of Becoming a 'Walk on By' Society?

Alex Ford | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

I am no longer in the military, and I have noticed something. Something worrying, disturbing. A creeping selfishness. A walk-on-by attitude. A somebody else's problem out look where if something doesn't directly effect someone, they will do nothing about it.

Bet You've Never Used Your iPad To Do This...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Tech

In the comfort of your own home you're unlikely to use your iPad for much more than watching 'Breaking Bad', listening to goat covers of Taylor Swift ...

America Weak?: What Syria Calls a Victory Is Democracy in Action

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

What dictators in that region can't fathom is how a democracy works. How President Obama could back down on the use of force because the American people and their congressional representatives didn't want another Middle East war. Such populist power is unknown in Arab countries. Yet it would be a big mistake to hold the view the US has chickened -out of the fray.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We're No One's Little Brother'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 September 2013... 1) 'WE'RE NO ONE'S LITTLE BROTHER' It's Nick Clegg's big day: the Lib Dem lea...

Saving Syria's Children

Lex Croucher | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Lex Croucher

Hearing about atrocities and suffering halfway across the world doesn't tend to hit close to home. The people feel distant and the language is foreign; it's too far. Standing at the edge of the Za'atari camp in Jordan listening to the sound of explosions from just across the border in Syria, suddenly it didn't feel so far anymore.

How Can America Put Red Lines on Syria but No Red Lines on Gun Deaths at Home?

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Gareth Edmundson

Another mass shooting, more panic on the streets of America. The images we witnessed are all too familiar. There were heroic first responders, crouching and crawling with their rifles. We saw unfurling police tape and flashing blue lights and terror stricken civilians fleeing the since. And now in the aftermath, the discussions into the gunman's motives are being exhaustively debated.

'Syria Inaction Shows We Haven't Learnt Lessons Of Holocaust'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

David Cameron has said those who favoured inaction over the brutal chemical weapons attack in Syria should feel "shame", saying the Holocaust should h...

How President Assad Is Winning the PR Battle in the West Over Proposed US Air Strikes

Rene Musech | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rene Musech

Given that many of the world's leaders are pointing their fingers in blame for the 21 August chemical weapons attack that killed an estimated 1,400 people straight at Syrian President Bashar Assad, the role the PR campaign that in the last week he, along with one of his greatest (and most powerful) allies, President Putin of Russia, has waged has certainly been surprising.

'Damning' and 'Chilling'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

A report by UN weapons inspectors into the atrocity in Damascus is "damning" and "fully consistent" with Britain's assessment that Bashar Assad's regi...

King of the Sands

Nehad Ismail | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nehad Ismail

There is an abundance of clichéd and sordid ingredients of treachery, intrigue, back-stabbing, betrayal, deceit, conspiracies, skulduggery, gratuitous violence, abuse of virgins, beheadings, the chopping of hands for alleged thievery, and the stoning of alleged adulterers.

Are We Failing Syria's Refugees?

Katie McQue | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie McQue

Unlike a military intervention in Syria, providing sufficient support to the country's refugees is something that should require no debate. The UN has appealed to the world to plug the $2billion shortfall of funds needed now to keep the seven million people displaced by the conflict safe and healthy.

Has the Commons Changed the International Game

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

Where to British Foreign Policy now? More importantly will it transform the way the west deals with international tensions? The Parliamentary decision brings a chance of shifting the paradigm in British Foreign policy.

The Syrian Red Line and How Images Change Everything

Anne Speckhard | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Speckhard

Is there then a hypocrisy in drawing a red line in the case of Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his opposition forces and their civilian family members? And what changed in the West for these agents to now be considered crossing the Red Line?

The Blair Bitch Project Is Back

Malcolm Cox | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics
Malcolm Cox

It seems that every time the Labour Party hits the headlines, the bad smell of hypocrisy and double standards rears its ugly head. In case you don't know it, 'bad smell of hypocrisy and double standards' is my nickname for Tony Blair. Yes, the silver-haired war-monger is back, and he is just as obstinate and narcissistic as ever.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Completely Crazy'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 15 September 2013.. 1) 'COMPLETELY CRAZY' The Lib Dem conference has kicked off in Glasgow and former...

Hague Welcomes US-Russia Deal On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

William Hague will head to Paris for new talks on the crisis in Syria, following the pact hammered out between the United States and Russia to secure ...

Hague Welcomes Syria Chemical Weapons Agreement

PA | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed an agreement by the United States and Russia on a plan to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical ...

Hague To Meet Kerry In Paris On Monday Ahead Of UN's Chemical Weapons Report On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

William Hague is to follow this week’s Geneva negotiations on Syria with a fresh round of talks in Paris on Monday. According to the Foreign Off...

Protect Syrians Now - By Putting Serious Dialogue Above Bombs

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ilco van der Linde

We all feel pain when we see the pictures of the gassed children in Syria. We all want the civil war in Syria to end soon; this terrible war that has already been going on for two years, has forced millions to flee and has killed over a hundred thousand people.

Why 'Don't Know' Is Not a Good Look in a Crisis

Robin Lustig | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I used to argue that it would make a welcome change if - just occasionally - politicians answered a question with the words: "I don't know." I didn't expect the President of the United States to take me seriously. Should the US launch a military strike against Syria? Obama: Don't know. Is Russia serious in its chemical weapons initiative? Don't know. There's a part of me that welcomes such refreshing candour. But to be honest, it's only a very small part of me.

Funny Tweets Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Comedy

Whether you're interested in the Royal Mail or royal males, it's been quite the week. Yes, today's round-up of Twitter funnies includes the thorny ...

Ned Simons

Ken Clarke Told Boris Johnson To 'Cool It' Amid Leadership Speculation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has revealed he told Boris Johnson to "cool it" during last year's Conservative Party conference, as speculation that the mayor was positio...