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Human Face and Cost of Violence

Ziya Meral | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

War and violence become abstracted the further we are away from them. All of our exposure boils down to news reports and research updates that try to capture in words, numbers and images a fact that can never be truly conceptualised; brutal destruction of individual human beings.

Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests. The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet...

Syria's Refugee Crisis: History on Repeat and No Superhero to the Rescue

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Cyber City is notable because many of the people there are actually Palestinians from Syria, ie people who were historically already refugees from Palestine. In other words, they're 'double refugees'. If this wasn't bad enough, they're even caught in a sort of geopolitical administrative loophole. As Palestinian refugees they're supposed to fall under the care of the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and not the main refugee agency, the UNHCR. It means that if you're one of the 9,000 Palestinians from Syria who've fled to Jordan you will not be eligible for UNHCR aid.

WATCH: This Harrowing Video Shows What It's Really Like To Be Bombed

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Two incredible and harrowing videos have emerged from Syria that bring home the deadly reality of war in a way that only modern technology can truly c...

Can Syria Rebuild Its Devastated Health Infrastructure?

Resham Khiani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Resham Khiani

Your local hospital has been bombed and you're sitting in a makeshift waiting room when masked men burst in and drag your doctor away for questioning. This scenario may sound like something from a far-fetched film but this has been a nightmare reality for many Syrians.

A Call to Respect Aid Workers in Syria

Sir Nick Young | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Targeting and endangering these brave aid workers, who play no part in the conflict and who simply seek to help those most in need, is wholly unacceptable. The humanitarian tragedy that continues unabated in Syria is deplorable and more must be done to ensure aid reaches the vulnerable, and those delivering it are protected.

Syria's Women, Raped And Abused In Refugee Centres, Long To Return Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Many Syrian women would rather return to their war-torn homeland than endure the violence, rape and other sexual assaults they are experiencing as ref...

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

GRAPHIC PICTURES: Bored Syria Snipers 'Use Unborn Babies As Target Practice'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Bored snipers in Syria are playing a "death game," and their targets include children and pregnant women, a British surgeon has said. Vulnerable ta...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

Give Putin The Peace Prize, Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics

A former Labour peer has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the Syrian civil war - and he isn't joking. Lord...

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Food supplies in war-ravaged areas of Syria have become so bad Muslim clerics are issuing fatwas declaring it permissible to eat cats, dogs and donkey...

One Man's Struggle in Syria: Six Operations Later'

Jane-Ann McKenna | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Jane-Ann McKenna

Abdul* sits stoically upright in bed as he explains how he came to be here, in this hospital in Jordan. "I was a civilian, not a fighter. My brother was captured by the regime and killed. I was arrested and imprisoned for seven months, where I was tortured on a regular basis"...

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...

'I Should Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

In what may be the most bad-taste joke ever made, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has quipped that he should have been the recipient of the Nobel Pea...

David Miliband Warns Nobel Prize Award 'Dangerous' For Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Miliband has warned that the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is ironi...

Red Cross Workers Abducted In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Gunmen have abducted six Red Cross workers and a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer in Syria. The convoy in which they were travelling on Sunday wa...

9 Countries Boris Johnson DOES Have A Foreign Policy On

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson became uncharacteristically coy in an Sunday interview which saw him probed on China - and challenged as to whether he could even say th...

Jessica Elgot

'I Want David Cameron To Imagine His Wife Dodging Bombings Daily'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

One sunny day, Mark Wallace decided to take his seven-year-old daughter to the local park near their home in Damascus. It was spring 2012, the civi...

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2013

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarding the prestigious medal the Nobel Norwegian...

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

The Lost Schoolgirls of Syria

Chris Niles | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Chris Niles

Today the UN International Day of the Girl is focusing on girls across the globe who are out of education. It's thought around 17 million girls will never enroll in school - and millions more are unable to complete their education due to factors such as cultural barriers, sexual harassment and, like Adla and Cibar, the consequences of humanitarian emergencies.

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

Damian Collins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.