UK Syria

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...

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

Stumble Diplomacy

Adam Isaacs | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Isaacs

The words of the Russian foreign minister were simply unfathomable just over a week ago, as rhetoric and tension built over the suspected use of chemical weapons by Bashar Al Assad on his own people, crossing the 'red line' issued by President Obama in 2012.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Privatising The Queen's Head

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 12 September 2013... 1) PRIVATISING THE QUEEN'S HEAD Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s resisted sellin...

World War Three Possibly Postponed for a Bit

Nick Revell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

At the time of writing it looks like a casual remark by Secretary of State John Kerry has accidentally made the third world war a little less likely.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Peace Gets a Chance

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 11 September 2013... 1) PEACE GETS A CHANCE Is US military action now off the table? For the fores...

Does the Psychology of Chemical Weapons Explain the Need for a Red Line?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Speckhard

Why is there particular revulsion over such attacks versus conventional warfare? Even if it's proved to have occurred-it is a relatively small number of people who have died from this alleged chemical attack, compared to far more thousands who have been victims of conventional weapons.

Syria: Before Protesting Against the Barack Obama of 2013, Read the Words of Barack Obama of 2002

Alastair Roderick | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Barack Obama's meteoric ascent to US President started on October 2, 2002, when he addressed an anti-Iraq War rally in Chicago, repeating several times the mantra that he did not oppose all wars, just dumb wars.

David Cameron: Syria UN Resolution To Test Russian Chemical Weapons 'Ruse'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Britain, the United States and France are to table a UN Security Council resolution on Syria today, David Cameron told MPs on Tuesday afternoon. Ap...

'Why Is Boris Letting An Industry Of Death Be Promoted In London?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has drawn widespread condemnation for allowing London to host the world's biggest arms fair that senior London politicians have warned i...

PHOTOS: Syrian Children Handle Weapons Like Toys

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

Syria's children have already borne the brunt of the conflict, with reports of torture, child soldiers and others embarking on "death journeys" to esc...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Has Kerry's Gaffe Saved Syria From Air Strikes?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 September 2013... 1) HAS KERRY'S GAFFE SAVED SYRIA FROM AIR STRIKES? From the Times: "Russia w...

Helping Syrian Children Displaced By Conflict Return to a Sense of Normality

Alma Hassoun | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Alma Hassoun

In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away... I was part of a Unicef team that visited a centre where psycho-social support is being made available to hundreds of displaced children in the area.