UK Syria

Join Us at a Little Gig and Help Raise Money for the Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Lifetime

Jeremy Pritchard | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Pritchard

Being in a band means there isn't always much we can do to help causes through our work. So if we're asked, we try to take the opportunities. What's going on in Syria at the moment is so obviously pertinent, so present. The politics are enormously complicated and we don't profess to know half enough about it. But at its core is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, and human beings who simply want to survive, who want their children to be safe. So, we and some other great musicians are doing a little gig this Friday 22nd to help raise money for Syria (we're DJing).

For Hope in Syria, First You Need a Bit of Confidence

Gareth Bayley | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

'Happy New Year!'. 'HNY2016!'. 'Kull a'aam wa enta bi-khayr'. It's that time of year when people give each other a boost and wish them well for the year ahead. Syrians remain incredibly generous in wishing me, 'love, peace and happiness' for 2016. I return the favour, usually with an invocation that Syria see peace, or at least a better year than last year. How hard can that be? Well, hope for peace was in short supply in early 2015. Early 2016 looked better

G4S Contractor Admits Red Door 'Apartheid' Issue Was Known 4 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

The contractor charged by G4S with housing asylum seekers in North East England, has admitted it knew four years ago about issues housing clients in p...

G4S Leaked Emails Show Security Bosses Knew Of Red Door 'Issue' For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

G4S bosses knew for years that there was an issue with homes that marked out asylum seekers with red front doors but refused to do anything about it, ...

'Jihadi John' Is Definitely Dead... Islamic State Media Says So

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

Islamic State media confirmed on Tuesday the death of British extremist Mohammed Emwazi, better known as “jihadi John.” The terror group publis...

London Schoolgirls Who Joined Isis Could Be 'Brutalised To Death', Lawyer Says

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The lawyer of the three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State has spoken out about their safety, claiming that the...

Alan Kurdi's Dad Reacts To Charlie Hebdo 'Sex Attack' Cartoon

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The father of drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi has told how he wept upon seeing a cartoon that mocked up his son as one of the migrant sex attackers ...

7 Deadly Threats That Show Just How Hard Everyday Life Is For Syrian Civilians

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK

Millions of innocent Syrians are trying to survive in the most horrendous of circumstances, contending with multiple deadly threats on a daily basis. ...

Aylan Kurdi Memorial Funds Go To Help Other Refugees Crossing Aegean

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK

Thousands of people who donated money in memory of the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi have raised enough to buy boats that will rescue other refug...

This Video Of Three Young, Rapping Syrian Brothers Shows There Is Hope For Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A new short film tells the story of how three young brothers who escaped from Syria are turning to rap music as an escape from their surroundings. ...

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Linking Aylan Kurdi And Cologne Attacks Ignites The Debate It Wanted

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

Charlie Hebdo has won plaudits from millions for pushing the boundaries of free speech and ensuring the debate around censorship remains fresh. Th...

Feminist Letter Reminds Everyone To Focus On The Real Problem After Cologne Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

German feminists have written an open letter asking that sexual violence not be attributed to race or ethnicity, in the aftermath of the Cologne attac...

David Cameron Admits Syrian Rebels Are Not All 'Lib Dem Activists'

The | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said the 70,000 ground forces in Syria are “not all the sort of people you bump into at Liberal Democrat party conference” as hi...

SNP MP Calls For UK To Drop 'Bread' Not 'Bombs' In Syria

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics

The British government should be dropping “bread" not "bombs” in Syria, a senior SNP MP has said against calls for the RAF to deliver food parcels...

ISIS vs Al-Qa'eda: Which Is the Real Threat in Syria?

Mike Yeomans | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Mike Yeomans

Since declaring a caliphate in summer 2014, ISIS has experienced a seemingly meteoric rise in public attention, stealing daily headlines across the globe. They have taken focus and attention away from Al-Qa'eda, whose name has widely disappeared from the public sphere. This is a mistake. Less noticed and considered less dangerous by some, Al-Qa'eda actually represents a far greater threat...

Government Spends £400k Bombing ISIL Cranes And Truck In Syria

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics

The RAF has carried out just 16 "attacks" on targets in Syria - leading to 11 successful "strikes" - since MPs voted to endorse airstrikes against Isi...

Cameron Urged To Do More Than Tweet About Starving Syrians

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing mounting pressure to get the RAF involved in securing aid to starving inhabitants of the Syrian town of Madaya. Amid shocki...

It's Time to Support Legal Action to Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

James Crawley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
James Crawley

As UK citizens it's important we stand in solidarity with CAAT's legal action, lending our signatures to their online petition, and lobbying our MPs to take a stand in the commons. It is clear, now more than ever, that the UK has to review this destructive trade relationship. It's time for the UK to #StopArmingSaudi.

The MENA: From Tactics to Strategies in 2016?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Welcome to 2016 amidst much tension and consternation! As someone who has worked in the MENA region as a lawyer, an ecumenist and also a second-track political negotiator for well over two decades, let me project a few pithy thoughts onto the fresh year.

Driverless Car Bombs Show How Frighteningly Innovative Isis Has Become

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK

A new video of so-called Islamic State's "jihadi university" shows technicians for the group testing driverless car bombs and modifying surface-to-air...

Children Are Some of the Most Vulnerable Refugees of This Crisis - They Deserve the Opportunity to Be Resettled

Stephen Twigg | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Around 7.6million Syrian children (within and outside the country) need humanitarian assistance, close to 80% of Syria's child population. Child labour, early forced marriage, exposure to disease, risk of sexual violence - these are all risks that threaten the immediate well-being of Syria's children...

Chilling Video 'Shows British Mother And Isis Child Soldier'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

This revealing video shows the British woman whose small child is believed to be the little boy who appeared in Islamic State's latest propaganda vide...

Downing Street: Jihadi Execution 'Propaganda' Shows ISIL 'Under Pressure'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has described a murderous Islamic State video featuring a masked extremist and a young boy with British accents as "desperate stuff" fro...

Why Islamic State's Video Featuring A Child Shows New Level Of Desperation

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

The child who appears in the so-called Islamic State's latest propaganda video shows the group is becoming increasingly desperate, experts have said. ...

Why Would I Travel the Refugee Route and Return to Lesbos?

Maudie Fraser | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK
Maudie Fraser

The founding principle of everything I do is to break down negative perceptions, to call on people to question their previously held views, and to re-centre the focus of the discussions of this crisis on the individual human experience.