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'Why Is Assad's Main Arms Supplier Coming To London?' | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of "hypocrisy" over their failure to ban Russia's state technology corporation from attending the world's largest arms sho...

Ken Clarke Says President Obama Pressured David Cameron Into 'Quick' Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has blamed pressure from President Obama for last week's humiliating Commons defeat preventing David Cameron from launching military strike...

Boris: 'Not Even Hitler Used Chemical Weapons'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during the Second World War, seemingly excluding the several million Je...

'It Was Al Qaeda'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

A key adviser to President Bashar Assad has reiterated the claim that the Syrian regime was not responsible for the use of chemicals weapons reported ...

Does America Understand the War it's About to Enter?

Nash Riggins | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

It seems the world police have called Syria's bluff. CIA-trained operatives have been deployed on the ground to help bolster the country's rebel forces, and Barack Obama is now within inches of attaining what David Cameron so embarrassingly failed to achieve in Britain: Congressional approval to fire a few hundred cruise missiles at Bashar al-Assad's living room.

PMQs: Syria Faces 'Armageddon' If World Fails To Punish Assad, Says Cameron

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

The people of Syria risk "Armageddon" if the international community fails to respond robustly to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Preside...

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

This self-congratulatory, politicised and crass narrative is cynical and vacuous. Thursday constituted a colossal tragedy: a tragedy for the practice of politics, a tragedy for Britain's role in the world and a tragedy for the people of Syria.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Humanitarian Intervention Or Regime Change?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 4th September 2013... 1) HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION OR REGIME CHANGE? So, remember how the proposed...

Putin 'Doesn't Exclude' UN Strikes

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Vladimir Putin has warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a U.N. resolution on pun...


The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

Senator John McCain, one of the main advocates for a military intervention in Syria, spent time in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washingto...

Protest Outside US Embassy Sends Message To Congress

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

More than 200 demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in London on Tuesday to protest against Washington's proposed military intervention in Syr...

Chief Ban Ki Moon Warns Obama Intervention In Syria Would 'Unleash More Turmoil'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

The United Nations has warned Barack Obama that the US should not carry out "punitive" strikes against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. ...

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...