UK Syria

'It's The Results That Count'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics

Action should be taken against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad if Syria does not give up its chemical weapons,Tony Blair has warned. T...

Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the UN is back on centre stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

Blair Would Have Voted For Syria Strikes Despite Subsequent Diplomatic 'Success'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tony Blair said he would have supported US military strikes against Syria, adding that it remains vital that London and Washington "stick together" to...

'Sex Jihad' - A New Role for Extremist Women in Militant Jihadi Groups?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK
Anne Speckhard

When Ayman Zawahiri's wife, the al Qaeda successor to Osama bin Ladin, was asked in 2009 about the permissible roles of women in waging jihad she wrot...

Kenya: International Criminal Justice is Failing Just as it is Needed Most

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

A strong Kenya is a regional and geostrategic priority given the challenge of security in Somalia and the Greater Horn, and the general economic rise of Africa. The case that supporters of the ICC and those who argue for ever-greater expansion of its mandate need to demonstrate is one of working with the grain of a complex world, not against it.

Losing the Love for Labour

Gareth Milner | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

Whether physically in power or not, Labour's reckless spending and their promises for the future tell me many things. One of these is that somewhere between the election in 2010 and present day 2013, the last person in their policy department forgot to turn out the lights before leaving and locking the door behind them.

'Ashamed to Be British': The Immigration Rules Keeping Married Couples Apart

Michael Allen | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Allen

When Katie Frazer married her South African husband Cliff Frazer in 2010, she had no idea how difficult it would be to bring him to live with her in the UK. The 31-year-old trained primary school teacher is living thousands of miles from her beloved in the UK after falling victim to the government's recently introduced £18,600 salary requirement to bring a non-EU spouse to the UK.

Time for a Humanitarian Surge in Syria

David Miliband | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK
David Miliband

For two years the humanitarian drive in Syria has been hobbled by the same division, fatigue and confusion that has afflicted the political effort to stop the civil war. Aid appeals have been ignored; access for aid denied; aid workers targeted. Now there are signs of new political cooperation over chemical weapons, and even talk of a revived negotiating process to end the war. They need to be matched by an urgent humanitarian surge - inside Syria and beyond.

Syria: Where to Now?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

So it seems that we now have a Russo-American deal of sorts over those nasty chemical weapons in Syria. It is quite true that President Putin spared President Obama's blushes with an astute (and also self-interested) deal that purportedly gets rid of those Syrian chemical weapons.

Why a US Attack on Syria Would Have Little to Do With Chemical Weapons or Saving Lives

James Elliott | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

In a desire to suppress 'fascism' or 'radical evil' in Syria, many liberals are willing to succumb to Obama's whims, even in the knowledge that the chemical weapons rhetoric is bogus.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Return Of The TB-GBs?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 20 September 2013... 1) THE RETURN OF THE TB-GBs So, the long-awaited memoirs from former Brown advis...

'Get Off Our Shoulders' Says Syria's Deputy PM

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK

President Bashar Assad's reign of terror will now longer continue along the same path, but the Western world must now "get off our shoulders", Syria's...

Syria and the Risk of Western Disengagement

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

While the US-Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is a welcome sign that diplomacy has a central part to play in this crisis, the retreat from early talk of military action also suggests a growing reluctance on the part of the US and UK to intervene directly in the Middle East. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, it is certainly something new.

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...