UK Syria

The Commons Vote on Syria Is a Tragedy

Damian Collins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The vote in the recalled House of Commons on Syria will not stop the brutal regime in that country murdering its own people; it will encourage them to press on. The vote will not silence the screams of Assad's victims, like those targeted in the recent napalm style attack near a school at Urum al Kubra, close to Aleppo...

Ministers' Vote Error 'Due To Sound Proof Room'

Posted 30.08.2013 | UK

Two Government ministers who missed a crunch vote on Syria which led to a shock defeat for David Cameron were reportedly in a soundproof room near the...

Syria: David Cameron Updates His Facebook Status (PICTURE)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Oh dear... (Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider, Barry Welch and Andrea Mann) More TOPICALOLs: LATEST: Tory Rebels Vote T...

Syria, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Oliver And More: Funny Tweets Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

You may think that there aren't many jokes to be made about the current crisis in Syria - but of course, this is what satire is for. And Twitter. ...

The West Must Press for Syria's Warring Parties to Sit Down and Negotiate an End to War

Julien Barnes-Dacey | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Julien Barnes-Dacey

Any hope of stemming the tragic loss of life in Syria today rests on finding a political way out of the civil war. Given enduring domestic and regional support for both parties there is, quite simply, little to no prospect of one side emerging victorious despite the maximalist aims of both parties.

Syria: the day after

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Last night's remarkable scenes at Westminster will make precious little difference to the people of Syria. Cruise missiles will still fall on some carefully selected military sites in the coming days - the only difference will be that none of them will be British. The key question remains what it was before David Cameron's dramatic defeat in the House of Commons: what is the best policy to adopt in the light of the ever-increasing horror of the war in Syria?

Cable Under Pressure Over British Exports To Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has been urged by human rights campaigners to tighten the rules around "sensitive" British exports to Syria to ensure they are not used fo...

Tory Rebels Vote For War On David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Tory backbenchers voted on Thursday night to go to war against Prime Minister David Cameron. The rebels - along with their Labour allies - launched...

Syria: Go On, Surprise Us Mr President

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

There is no ultimate victory in any of this. Why? - Here are two out of many reasons: First, because the effects of punishment on other peoples' behaviour are unpredictable in comparison to the effects of reward. This is why smacking kids is much less effective at shaping their behaviour than rewarding them.

Meanwhile, In Syria..

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK

A BBC film crew has witnessed the aftermath of a horrific attack on a Syrian school. As MPs at Westminster voted against intervening in the bloody ...

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

'You're A Disgrace!'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

Will Obama go it alone? A furious Michael Gove had to be calmed down by colleagues after he yelled at rebels who defied the government over Syria. ...

Will Obama Go In Alone After British Rebuke?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

President Obama could still launch air strikes on Syria despite David Cameron's historic reversal in Thursday's Commons vote, according to the White H...

Government Loses Historic Vote

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

UK military action in Syria is "off the agenda" after MPs reacted against David Cameron's "cavalier and reckless" leadership on Thursday, Labour leade...

Government Loses Syria Vote Following Heated Commons Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

UPDATE: David Cameron has ruled out British military intervention in Syria after losing an historic Commons vote. The Government lost the Commons v...

'He's Bad Enough, Is He Mad Enough?'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

George Galloway says Bashar Assad is "bad enough" to have gassed his own people - but questioned whether he was "mad enough". The controversial Res...

Cameron Says Iraq 'Poisoned' Public Opinion

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has admitted he faces an uphill struggle to convince people about Syrian intervention - because the Iraq invasion left public opinion "w...

Using Chemical Weapons Is Always Abhorrent - Except When It Isn't

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The point is not just that missile strikes won't prevent Assad from carrying out attacks with chemical weapons, nor will they help bring the Syrian conflict to a much-needed close, but that our political leaders in the west occupy very little moral high ground when it comes to condemning the use of such horrific weapons.

RAF Jets Sent To Cyprus

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

RAF jets have been sent to Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence confirmed - but they will not be used to bomb Syria. The six Typhoon jets would be used ...

'Reasonable And Right To Wait'

PA | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

Former defence secretaries have backed the decision to wait for a report from UN weapons inspectors before taking action against Syria. Tory Liam F...

US Intelligence On Syria's Chemical Weapons 'Is Thick With Caveats'

Associated Press | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence against Syria is thick with caveats. It builds a case that As...

Syria - Where Will It Go From Here? Why I Disagree With Those Urging Imminent Military Intervention

Richard Burden | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I've discovered that a driving holiday in rural central France with intermittent internet access is not the best way to hear that Parliament has been imminently recalled, or the best place from which to act on the information. Result? The logistics of getting back in time have beaten me and I'll still be on the road back to the UK when Parliament meets on Thursday.

PIC: David Cameron's 'Go To War' Checklist

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

(Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider and David Beresford) LATEST: Tory Rebels Vote To Attack David Cameron More TOPICALOLs...

Iraq, Libya, Syria.. It's Like Groundhog Day - To Hell With the Facts, Bombs Away

Martin Newman | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Newman

We've seen it all before. It's like Groundhog Day, the location is different - Syria not Iraq or Libya - but the rhetoric remains the same. While the discredited 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' mantra is gone, in its place the same humanitarian tipping point pared down - chemical weapons.

Unanswered Questions on Syria

Hasan Dindjer | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hasan Dindjer

The march towards military action against Syria has begun. This much is clear from the bellicose rhetoric of Western leaders, the leaks to the press about possible military strategies, and the rolling cast of experts gracing our screens to explain how strikes against Syria might work...