UK Syria

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Arms For Dictators

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 17 July 2013... 1) ARMS FOR DICTATORS From the Independent's splash: "The Government has issued...

Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I don't believe David Cameron is blind to what is happening in one of the most strategic part of the World? The West's lack of clear decisive strategy has emboldened Iran, Russia and al Qaeda to operate freely in Syria.

Ned Simons

No.10 Dismisses Claim Samantha Cameron Is Driving Government's Syria Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

Downing Street has downplayed reports that the prime minister's wife has exerted significant influence over the setting of government policy towards t...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron's Crosby Controversy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 15 July 2013... 1) CAMERON'S CROSBY CONTROVERSY As Oscar Wilde almost said, to lose one top Downing S...

Lebanon on the Brink: How Syria's Neighbour Has Become a Victim of Its Own Generosity

Johan Eldebo | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Johan Eldebo

There is a palpable fear across Lebanon. The country has seen war and knows what it looks like. Sectarian violence has increased in recent months, and as refugees keep arriving the expectation is that the number could double by Christmas. Lebanon's future is now intimately tied with Syria's, and a solution to the conflict in Syria must be found for the entire region.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron, Crosby And The Ciggies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 14 July 2013... 1) CAMERON, CROSBY AND THE CIGGIES David Cameron never really probed former comms chi...

Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All Malala

Cat Carter | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational crisis the world still faces, as well as the struggle for a future faced by children living in areas affected by conflict. The situation in Syria typifies this struggle.

'Don't Worry, Syrian Rebels Will Give Us The Guns Back After The War'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The government has said people should not worry that weapons delivered to the Syrian rebels would fall into the hands of extremists, as the Opposition...

Remember The Mistakes Of Srebrenica, Hague Warns West

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

William Hague has issued a thinly veiled warning to Western leaders, as well as Tory MPs, that they must consider the mistakes that led to the genocid...

Syria: I Drove My Car, I Painted My Nails... Just Like You

Cat Carter | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Carter

"I want the world to feel us, to have compassion, to listen to these stories of our lives and our suffering. To know that no-one wants to leave their home. We were living a normal life - we had houses, jobs, shops, warehouses. Now we have lost everything, we have nothing. I just want the people outside to know that we were just like you."

Importing the Sectarianism That Drives the Conflict in Syria - The Case Against the Sectarian Preacher

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The last thing we need is to import sectarianism into our country. Al-Arifi may have done us all a favour by coming to the UK since it has focussed on the need for better due diligence to be undertaken and to make us all wake up to the fact that whilst Syria may seem a long way away, its impacts can so easily affect our community relations in our small island.

Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They Now?

Cat Carter | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

The crossing point is metres away from where I'm standing and I can see into Syria. Vicious clouds of sand and grit surround us, and the sun is beating down - the average temperature here is 40 degrees. Trucks stream past us, crammed with sacks of food and desperate refugees...

Ned Simons

MPs Plot Commons Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels Before Summer Recess

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are hoping to force the government to allow parliament to block any decision to arm the Syrian rebels, amid concerns Downing Street is trying to "...

Catholic Priest 'Beheaded By Jihadist Fighters In Syria'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

A Catholic priest has been killed in Syria, it has been confirmed by the official Vatican news agency. Franciscan Father Francois Murad died after...

Jessica Elgot

Are Bitter Muslim Sectarian Tensions In Syria Spreading To UK?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Carrying billowing black flags, Anjem Choudary's banned group of extremists stomped past the Lebanese cafes and phone accessories shops along north Lo...

The UK Must Act Now to Protect Syria's Children From Sexual Violence

Rob Williams | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK
Rob Williams

In April this year Angelina Jolie and William Hague announced that the G8 nations had agreed a historic commitment to work together to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict... The UK has expended a great deal of diplomatic energy on this issue... The problem is that we found no evidence of any activities, determined or otherwise, to stop rape in Zaatari camp.

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

Beyond the War on Terror There Is Hunger... And Hope

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

As Ramadan approaches, we're urging the Muslim community and the wider public to look behind the headlines and stereotypes associated with war and terrorism and support our vital humanitarian work in the midst of conflict in South Asia and the Middle East.

Beyond the War on Terror There Is Hunger... And Hope

Jahangir Malik | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Jahangir Malik

As Ramadan approaches, we're urging the Muslim community and the wider public to look behind the headlines and stereotypes associated with war and terrorism and support our vital humanitarian work in the midst of conflict in South Asia and the Middle East.

Out of the Refugee Camp, But Out of School Too

Wendy Bruere | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Hadija, 12, and her younger siblings are fast becoming part of Syria's lost generation. Hadija has been out of school for over a year and has forgotten how to read. When I asked her if she could read, she said yes. But when she looked at the words on the back of a bottle, she realized she could no longer make out the letters.

Can We Save Belarus From The Same Fate As Syria?

Endeavour Press | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

We can only hope and pray for the best in Syria, but perhaps for Belarus we can do something more. The sanctions against South Africa worked. The regime changed. Two decades later Nelson Mandela, 27 years a political prisoner, is now, as he lies in hospital, the hallowed former President and father of the Rainbow Nation South Africa became.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'No Blanket Ban On Farage'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 25 June 2013... 1) 'NO BLANKET BAN ON FARAGE' Want to understand Ed Miliband? Then you need to unde...

Inside the Historic Global Treaty to Regulate the $85Billion Arms Trade

Anna Macdonald | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Anna Macdonald

Ten years ago, when I, along with colleagues from many countries around the world launched the Control Arms campaign, we had a simple message for governments: the arms trade is out of control and ordinary people around the world are suffering at the rate of one death every minute, with millions more forced from their homes, suffering abuse and impoverishment.

Nigel Farage Could Be Allowed To Join TV Debates, Says Top Miliband Aide

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons & Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage could be allowed to participate in the televised election debates, one of Ed Miliband's closest advisers has said. Speaking exclusivel...

Twice Exiled - Palestinian-Syrian Refugees Find Little Support in Egypt

Patrick Keddie | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Patrick Keddie

Mohammed is a thin man in his sixties, with pale blue eyes. His family fled Haifa during the nakba in 1948 - the forcible displacement of Palestinians to make way for the nascent Israeli state -and settled in a refugee camp in Syria, where Mohammed was born.