UK Syria

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Is It Possible to be Objective Covering Massacres?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The historian Howard Zinn observed: "You can't be neutral on a moving train". If we listen to two different reporters covering the same story, we will hear two different versions. Each will have his own unique approach and interpretation.

What Really Caused the Chaos in Today's Middle East?

Endeavour Press | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the greatest myths of our time is also, today in 2014, one of the most dangerous. This is the idea that today's Middle East was created by an Anglo-French secret pact in 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, signed by Sir Mark Sykes for Britain and M. Georges-Picot for France.

Syria's Sham Election, Tin-Pot Dictators and Arab Destiny

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Arab world's near-100% vote for a Presidential candidate With over 220,000 people dead since 2011 and the country literally reduced to rubble, Syria'...

5 Political Leaders Who Can Give Assad A Run For His Money In Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Bashar al-Assad won an election this week with a rather impressive 88.7% of the vote. Impressive - his powers of persuasion must be pretty spot on....

The Rite of Spring - Two Kidnapped Christian Bishops; Pictures of Pagan Russia, in the Country of Syria

Francis John Hogan | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Francis John Hogan

May 29th marked the 101st anniversary of the premier of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant musical composition attributed to Igor Stravinsky, and performed by Sergei Diaghilev's - The Ballet Russes Dance Company, in the City of Paris, France of the year 1913.

When the Sun Comes Out, Syria's War Does Not Stop

Katie Welsford | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Katie Welsford

Standing in the shade of olive trees on a hill in north-west Jordan, the peaceful spring afternoon was suddenly shattered. From across the valley came the heavy thud of shelling from Syria's border villages.

Syria And 7 Other Totally Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president. Here at The Hu...

Chemical Weapons: Why Isn't Anyone Being Held Accountable?

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

In a recent press release, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) referred to Tuesday's attack upon its experts and UN inspectors in Syria as a "blatant attempt to prevent the facts being brought to light." ...

Biased and Blinkered Reporting on Ukraine Highlight Western Media Double Standards

Martin Newman | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Martin Newman

In the space of a few months Ukraine has been embroiled in two uprisings. Both have appeared equally legitimate, both have been bloody and both have had the backing of differently aligned foreign governments. So why has the media characterised the US-backed one as a democratic right and the other as troublemaking by Russia?

Jumping Syria's Aid Queue: Solving Syria's Aid Conundrum

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The problem of aid delivery in Syria has become so grave that the UN is pressing the Syrian government to allow more aid to pass through Turkey to reach what it estimates to be 3.5 million people who have been isolated and cut off from any form of humanitarian relief.

First Brit To Be Convicted Of Syria Terror Was Sent Message From Wife Saying 'Go Die'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK

A-father-of-two who travelled to a jihadist training camp in Syria has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences related...

Student Who 'Hid 20,000 Euros In Her Underwear' Denies Funding Terrorism

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK

A university student who was allegedly caught with 20,000 euros in her underwear on a flight to Turkey has denied funding terrorism. Nawal Masaad,...

When Will the Crisis in Syria End?

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

When will the bloodshed of innocent civilians in Syria come to an end? Why should innocent Syrian civilians have to pay the price for violence that has been prevalent in the country since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad? The humanitarian crisis in Syria is at its worst as civilians are being left without basic human needs due to limited funds.

Syrian Rebels Detonate 60 Tonnes Of Explosives Under Army Base

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

These dramatic pictures purportedly show the detonation of more than 60 tonnes of explosives under an army base in Syria. According to a member of the...

Finding a Cure for the Cancer of Torture

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Didn't it basically die out along with smallpox, the plague, witch trials and a belief that the world was flat and inhabited by angels, devils and other supernatural creatures? Wasn't torture more or less gotten rid of after the Second World War or the end of the Cold War? Strangely, no, it wasn't.

Lighting the Candle: Why the World Needs Good News in Order to Understand the Bad

Clare Finney | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

It was the worst natural disaster there in two decades. That, in a country where natural and human disasters seem the norm, is saying something - yet in a way that's part of the problem: so accustomed are we today to the view of Afghans as victims, it's becoming difficult to hear stories like that of Aab Barik and still be moved.

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: David Cameron Vs Gary Barlow

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 12 May 2014... 1) DAVID CAMERON VS GARY BARLOW Politicians from across the political spectru...

Foreign Fighters: How to Win the War of Ideas

Rachel Briggs | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

Today's report by the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warns of the alarming number of westerners traveling to Syria to fight and calls for stronger efforts to counter the recruitment narratives of extremists.

The Anti-War Left Has No Answers For Threats From Dictatorships

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

Just as the anti-war left had no answers to the massacre of the Kurdish people in 1991, just as it had no answers to the rise of fascism in the 1930s, naïve pacifism has no answer to the rise of expansionist Russia, and to the continued destruction of Syria.

Intense Fighting in Syria Hampers Vital Polio Vaccination Efforts

Razan Rashidi | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Speaking from Syria, UNICEF health facilitator, Dr. Suliman Najem said that reaching remote communities is particularly challenging in a region that has been badly affected by the three-year old conflict.

WATCH: Journalists Destroy TV Set During Live On-Air Brawl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Two Jordanian journalists dramatically came to blows on live television Tuesday night during an argument over the crisis in Syria – destroying a hel...

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.