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Delivering Life-Saving Supples to a Besieged Syrian Town

Razan Rashidi | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

We arrived at the Douma branch of Sarc to meet 35 volunteers who are working under very tiring circumstances. The city, with a population of 50,000, has been under a tight blockade for more than six months.

Is It a Case of Moral Duplicity in Syria?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Over the past three years, I have often commented on the events in Syria that have unfolded with cruel intensity. And during this period, I have also been struck by the sheer audacity of the regime and - later - by the barbarity of so-called jihadist elements that together have used the Syrian people as cannon fodder in pursuit of their objectives and interests.

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Andrew Neil Surprised To Learn Nick Griffin 'Prevented War In Syria'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

During one of the more surprising episodes of the Sunday Politics show, a BNP spokesperson suggested that their beloved leader prevented a war in Syri...

GRAPHIC: Horrifying Video Shows Syrian Man Strung Up And Crucified

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

WARNING, THE IMAGES BELOW ARE GRAPHIC: A shocking video purportedly showing a crucifixion in Syria has surfaced online following a Sharia trial. ...

Syria: Where Is Our Outrage and Why Does It Matter That It's Missing?

Cat Carter | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Aid workers work in some tough places. Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Syria...the list goes on. It can be a difficult life - faced with daily tragedy on a massive scale, far from family and friends for months on end, unchanging stodgy and irregular food, limited clean water.

Syrian Refugees Arriving In Britain 'Will Be First Of Many' Charities Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Human rights groups have expressed hope that the handful of Syrian refugees set to arrive in the UK tomorrow will be the "be the first of many.” ...

Pictures Of Syrian Warplane Shot Down By Turkey's Armed Forces

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the Syrian military jet shot down on Sunday by Turkey's armed forces for reportedly "violating Turkish air spac...

UN Week: What Was Trending on Social Media?

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

I was live on AlHurra TV-MBN on the 25th of September 2013 discussing the role of the Middle East in UN week. Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-...

Syrian Military Jet Shot Down By Turkish Armed Forces For 'Violating Air Space'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK

A Syrian jet was shot down by Turkish armed forces on Sunday following an incursion into sovereign air space. According to authorities in Istanbul, th...

For Our Most Powerful and Hypocritical Leaders, Crimes Are Those That Others Commit

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Is there a better case study in brazen hypocrisy than the ongoing crisis in Crimea? Not just on the part of the loathsome Vladimir Putin, who defends Syria's sovereignty while happily violating Ukraine's, but on the part of western governments, too.

We Should Have Intervened in Syria

James Snell | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria lies broken, bloodied, but not quite dead. Faint flickers of national life before the civil war remain, but these are fast being snuffed out; victims of territorial conflict, over which existing democracy and the soothing voice of international arbitration can exert no influence.

Ukraine Crisis Shows Obama Does Not Believe in American Exceptionalism

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

On his first overseas trip as president in 2009, Barack Obama was asked by a foreign journalist whether he subscribed to American exceptionalism, the idea that America has a unique role to champion freedom and democracy...

Syrian Refugees Make the Best of Temporary Schools

Manos Antoninis | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Mohammed, a teacher from Syria who lives in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, is participating in the Education for All Global Monitoring Report's #TeacherTuesday campaign. His daily struggle to help Syrian refugee children underlines the need to support teachers in difficult situations - and to make education a more central part of humanitarian efforts in conflict zones.

The MENA Kaleidoscope Hurtles Toward Ukraine

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Those who have become used to my written reflections over the past few years may well have wondered if I were going through an extended dry period. After all, my own epektasis web-site has been eerily quiet for the past ten weeks!

Remembering Halabja and Boosting the Kurdish Diaspora

Gary Kent | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Several MPs referred favourably to Ukrainian communities and organisations in their constituencies in a recent Commons debate on Russian actions against Ukraine. Such links with voters, who may be seen as newsworthy locally and electorally important, makes MPs more attentive.

Syria Must Not Become a Forgotten Crisis

Sir Nick Young | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Three years ago, the world watched in shock as Syria slowly descended into bitter conflict. Once thriving communities have been utterly destroyed. Nine million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance, with their future looking perilous and uncertain. The scale of the humanitarian crisis which results from a conflict of this kind can be overwhelming. But we cannot let ourselves forget its human face.

Hany: A Young Syrian's Dreams, Interrupted

Melissa Fleming | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Melissa Fleming

"If I am not a student, I am nothing." Hany's home is a wooden frame and plastic sheets. Thick carpets line the floor and long cushions serve as sofas. A wood stove offers warmth. A TV connected to satellite brings news from Syria.

In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

James Snell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The crisis engulfing Crimea is a grave one. Vladimir Putin's armies have cut the region off from the rest of the nation, and are insisting on an illegal referendum in order to give elusive legitimacy to a brazen act of aggression. Now is not the time for the West to take options off the table - even rather unpalatable ones.

Moazzam Begg Appears At Old Bailey On Terror Charges

PA | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has appeared at the Old Bailey on terrorism charges relating to the civil war in Syria. Begg, 45, of Bo...

Arrest Over Syria Terror Offences

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

A man has been charged after being arrested on suspicion of terror offences linked to Syria. Jamshed Javeed, 29, was charged with the intention of ...

#WithSyria: Banksy Recreates Balloon Girl Image To Mark Third Year Of Conflict (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

British graffiti artist Banksy has recreated his iconic balloon girl artwork to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict. The image first appear...

Hail to Syria's Heroes

Dr Rola Hallam | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Dr Rola Hallam

The Syrian people have suffered more than most can possibly imagine. March 15th will mark the third anniversary of this barbaric war on civilians and a campaign is gathering to both show solidarity and inspire political change. Three years of failure by the world to end the appalling suffering.

Life in Lebanon Is Worse Than During the Darkest Days of Civil War

Najla Chahda | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Najla Chahda

In the days leading up to 15th March, the third anniversary of the start of the conflict, people all over the world will be holding vigils to remind their governments that giving up on Syria is not an option.

Is Noam Chomsky Right That the US Doesn't Want Regime Change in Syria?

Ian Sinclair | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

Noam Chomsky is probably the most influential leftist on the planet right now. So when he argues the US "has shown no indication it wants the rebels to win in Syria", as he did recently in an interview with the Voice of Russia, his opinion carries a lot of weight amongst progressives...