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EU-Turkey Deal at Most Part of Solution to Refugee Crisis

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Deal with the devil? The refugees deal between the EU and Turkey has at least one hopeful aspect: for the first time during the migrant crisis the 28...

The Freedom to Choose

Grainne Gillis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Grainne Gillis

Sometimes the choice lies between no words and too many words. When tragedies happen, as in Brussels, or Turkey, or indeed the daily carnage that is S...

Arsenal Football Club Is Building Pitches For Iraqi Children

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Arsenal has built football pitches for children fleeing war in Iraq. The football club has teamed up with Save the Children to fund two pitches and tr...

Government Defeated Over Child Refugee Plan

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government is under pressure to take in 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees after Lords agreed a plan put forward by a Labour peer rescued f...

Syrian Refugees Deliver Heartfelt Messages To Their Mum's Left Back Home For Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

"Family comes first - our mothers are our world." These are the words of Mouddar, a Syrian refugee stranded 4,000 km from his widowed mum in Damascus....

This Russian 'Withdrawal' From Syria Is No Victory for the West

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

It's time European nations woke up to the fact that our neighbourhood, once a ring of stability and security, is increasingly contested by a resurgent Russia; a nation led by a man who only respects brute strength.

'One In, One Out' Migrant Deal To Be Discussed By European Leaders

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

David Cameron will meet with European leaders today to discuss a potential 'one in, one out' deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of migrants a...

Ambassador Makes Extraordinary Claim About Russia's Bombing Of Syria

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

Widespread claims that Russian bombing of Syria killed hundreds of civilians are "propaganda" and none were actually killed, the country's ambassador ...

Praising Putin For Withdrawal Is Like Asking 'Did He Stop Beating His Wife?'

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics

Praising Vladimir Putin’s "withdrawal" of troops from Syria is like asking “did he stop beating his wife?" the British foreign secretary said on T...

Haunting Lonely Planet And Rough Guide Reviews Reveal Speed Of Syria's Downfall

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

The fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war has highlighted how quickly a once stable economy and illustrious tourist destination has become one of ...

Young Syrians at a Crossroads

Simon O'Connell | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

The time is now. A generation stands on the threshold of adulthood. Each day that passes degrades our ability to help young Syrians and their peers in the region repair themselves before bitter experience hardens into habit. We can help young Syrians realize their promise as agents of change, peace and stability.

Syria: Five Years of War and Abandonment

Luke Browne | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Five years ago, on 14 March 2011, the cities of Aleppo and Damascus witnessed a rare sight: hundreds of people on the streets, calling for democratic ...

Even 5 Years Of Conflict Can't Stop These 9 Young Syrian Refugees Hoping For A Better Future

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Five years after war broke out in Syria, the lives of the country's children are still on hold. Many have had to drop out of school, because there sim...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Long-Term Health Support More Vital Than Ever on Fifth Anniversary of Syrian Conflict

Chris Roles | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Chris Roles

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year Age International and our partners are stepping up work among older refugees in Lebanon, helping even mor...

Five Years of Failure - Europe's Shameful Response to the Syria Crisis

Mike Noyes | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

Today marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11million Syrians (half of Syria's pre-war population) have been killed or forced to flee their homes. At the current rate, Syria - one of the cradles of civilization - will be on the brink of extinction in just five years' time. And yet the world has largely stood by, watching with apathy at the sidelines while Syria is destroyed and thousands of Syrians die or brave the European seas to escape the place they once called home.

The Road to Damascus

Rachel Lees | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.

Opportunity Over Hopelessness: Syrian Women's Impact on Peace

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Syrian women's participation in building peace is not just about seats in Geneva but must reach out to a broad and diverse range of women's groups working with Syrian women affected by the conflict, providing both humanitarian assistance and long-term support to help women's economic and social participation. Simply put, stronger women build stronger nations.

Five Years of War and Heartbreak: Why We All Must Do More to Keep Syria's Children Safe

Michael Sheen | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

As Many As 64 People With Links To Britain Reportedly Among IS File 'Gold Mine'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.03.2016 | UK

As many as 64 British people or people with links to Britain have been reportedly identified among thousands of Islamic State files. The files, whi...

We Can't Ignore the Kurds Fighting Alongside Violent Extremist Groups

Tanya Silverman | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

The challenge of understanding "who's fighting who" in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has led to a simplified representation of the Kurds solely taking up arms against ISIS. Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) have indeed proved worthy adversaries to this Islamist extremist group and as allies to the US. However, scores of Iraqi Kurds are also fighting alongside violent extremist groups.

The Waugh Zone March 11, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday March 11, 2016… 1) ACTION DAN Dan Jarvis’s speech on the economy yesterday wasn’t earth-shatt...

For Peace in Syria, Arbitrary Detention Must End

Gareth Bayley | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.

Army Begs People Not To Fall For Story About Refugee Swimming To France With A Pot Noodle

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

A beleaguered army regiment has implored people to be more alert to spoof stories after an "absolutely ridiculous" article claiming soldiers were bein...

Nanny Accused Of Severing Child's Head 'Did It As Revenge For Syria'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

A Russian nanny accused of severing the head of a four-year-old girl in her care and holding it aloft has said she killed the child to avenge Muslims ...