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Does Obama Go It Alone?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the week begins President Obama faces the toughest test of his presidency to date. Through a combination of factors, some of his own making and some beyond his control, he has boxed himself and the US Government into a corner and there appears to be no easy way out.

We Chose to Abandon the Syrian People in Their Hour of Need

Brooks Newmark | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

On Thursday, 29 August, we chose to abandon the Syrian people in their hour of need. I am wracked with guilt and feel ashamed. Yes, democracy had its day and yes, perhaps Parliament is all the stronger for asserting the will of the people. Nevertheless, I still believe it was the wrong decision.

'Sarin Chemical' Sale Needs Investigated Says Senior MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK

The decision to allow UK firms to sell a chemical that can be used to make the deadly sarin nerve agent to Syria with Government permission needs to b...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'No Attack On Syria, No Matter What'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 8 September 2013... 1) 'NO ATTACK ON SYRIA, NO MATTER WHAT, SAY VOTERS' That's the splash headline on...

Cameron Responds To MP's Tweet Calling Putin A 'Tosser'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

The prime minister has rebuffed Tory MP Henry Smith for calling Vladimir Putin a "tosser" in a tweet, which was posted following reports that a senior...

US Intervention in Syria: Not Kind, But Cruel

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

As the drums of war beat once more for yet another strike on a Middle Eastern capital, one cannot help but be reminded of similar events exactly a decade ago that heralded the US invasion of Iraq. However, this time we have learnt from experience to ask the right questions and not to repeat the same mistakes... Haven't we?

Tony Blair Is the Embarrassing Uncle of British Politics

John Wight | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Like that embarrassing uncle who ruins every family social gathering with his propensity for saying and doing the most outrageous things, offending everyone in the process, up pops the former prime minister in a recent interview with the BBC lamenting the recent parliamentary vote which led to Britain's historic break from Washington's coattails on the matter of military intervention for the first time in a generation.

John Prescott Slams Blair On Syria Intervention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has lept to the defence of Ed Miliband after Tony Blair criticised the Labour leader for blocking military ...

Syria Crisis: How Much Shock and Awe Will it Take to Wake Us Up?

Richard Reoch | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The debate about bombing Syria is, in part, about the shock-and-awe policy of politics: most of us remember the shock-and-awe blitzkrieg unleashed over Baghdad as a curtain raiser to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Shock-and-awe, known in military parlance as Rapid Dominance, is a doctrine developed at The National Defense University of the United States in1996.

Progress on Syria Is Vital but G20 Must Not Forget Longterm Crises

Christina Chang | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Christina Chang

In such a context, it would be wrong to suggest that those leaders should not make the space to work towards a solution for peace in Syria, but it is also right to remind them that it should not be used as an excuse to neglect the chronic problems of the global economy.

Why Do People Donate to Natural Disasters and Not to Wars?

Resham Khiani | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
Resham Khiani

You're watching TV and a fundraising appeal for Syria comes on. There are shocking images and no one can deny the serious needs of the men, women and children on the screen. But you don't reach for your debit card at the end. Something in you has not been moved quite as much as when you saw such an appeal for the tsunami victims in 2004.

Interview: David Cromwell and David Edwards - Media Lens

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

We don't have a functioning democracy, corporate journalism is "controlled and toxic", and the right-wing press are "propaganda organs for established greed". Welcome to the world as Media Lens sees it.

International Intervention in the Twitter Age

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

The Obama Administration's envisaged armed intervention into the Syrian conflict (in response to the use of chemical weapons that killed and sickened hundreds of people) may be the first planned military operation to be strategized entirely in 140 characters or less.

Technology Has Transformed Detection of Chemical Weapons Use

Julian Hunt | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Tech
Julian Hunt

The depth of intelligence and information on the chemical attacks that have been released underlines a stark contrast with the 1920s when, for instance, there were no satellites and modern communications. There is also a clear contrast in the intelligence evidence that has been assembled compared to that about Iraq a decade ago.

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

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Last Thursday, the House of Commons defeated the government motion to use force '"if necessary" by 285 votes to 272 in light of the government's belief that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people. From across the political spectrum, yesterday was heralded as a wonderful day for parliament.

A Border That Breaks: Jordan as the Alternative Homeland

Nikita Malik | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Earlier this week, the United Nations declared Syria's refugee crisis the 'humanitarian calamity' of the century. Every day, roughly 5,000 refugees flee Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. The number of Syrians who have left their war-ravaged country has risen to more than two million. A year ago, that number was 230,671.

Syria - Doing the Right Thing?

Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft

As the leaders of the world's twenty most powerful nations are flocking to St Petersburg, the UK's international development secretary, Justine Greening, made a valiant effort to reduce the toxic political fallout of her prime minister's fiasco over British policy vis-à-vis Syria this week - and perhaps also to save her own skin after failing to vote for the government's motion.

Tory MP: 'Vladimir Putin Is A Tosser'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MP Henry Smith risked setting off another Cold War on Friday morning with his short and sharp analysis of the Russian president. Putin really ...

Cameron Hits Back At Putin: 'Britain Invented Most Things Worth Inventing'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has claimed Britain " invented most of the things worth inventing" as he issued an impassioned rebuttal of Russia's reported dismissal o...

Tony Blair Attacks Ed Miliband's Decision To Block Military Strike On Syria

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband's stance on military action against Syria has came under fire from Tony Blair and a former Cabinet minister. The ex-prime minister made...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'There Can Be No Military Solution'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 6 September 2013... 1) 'THERE CAN BE NO MILITARY SOLUTION' From the FT: "Barack Obama, US presiden...

Was Ukip Responsible For Cameron's Humiliating Commons Defeat On Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ukip was decisive in swinging the Commons vote against British military intervention in Syria, according to Nigel Farage. Appearing at a rally in ...

G20 Leaders Must Set a Date for Peace Talks on Syria

Emma Seery | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Seery

During the summit, leaders of the 20 largest economies have a golden opportunity to work together and find a political solution to the crisis. Military intervention is not the answer, and risks making the lives of ordinary Syrian families worse and failing to stop the bloodshed. If the G20 is serious about giving these families a hopeful future, they should be focused on bringing all the parties in Syria to the table to find a peaceful solution.

'Just A Small Island, No One Pays Any Attention To Them'

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

The prime minister has denied reports that he has been snubbed at the G20 Summit in St Petersburg after an adviser to President Putin allegedly dismis...


The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Vladimir Putin has welcomed President Obama to the G20 in St Petersburg, amid increasingly tense relations between Russia and the United States over p...