UK Syria

George Osborne Praised For 'Savage' Speech About West's Failure To Stop Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

George Osborne has given a passionate speech about Britain’s failure to prevent the slaughter in Aleppo, saying his generation of politics has learn...

Hundreds Of Young People To Protest Outside Downing Street For Aleppo Ceasefire

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of young people are set to protest outside Downing Street tonight to call for a ceasefire in Aleppo as the situation in the Syrian city becom...

If You're Horrified By Events In Aleppo, Here Are 10 Charities That Can Help Syrian People

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

People around the world have been horrified at events in Syria’s second city Aleppo as pro-government forces look set to take back full control of t...

Women And Children Dragged From Their Homes And Killed In Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK

LATEST: Syrian rebels say a ceasefire agreement has been reached to evacuate fighters and civilians from Aleppo. The UN has described a “complete m...

End Of 2016: A MENA Post-Mortem

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

As we rapidly approach the end of another challenging year, my mind strays once more to the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and to the atrocities visi...

Syrians Send Harrowing Final Goodbyes From Aleppo As Government Forces Close In

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

Heartbreaking messages from people living in Aleppo, Syria portray the horror of the current situation in the besieged city. The Syrian army and its a...

Optimists: The World Needs You Now

Simon Cohen | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

It's hard being an optimist in 2016. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela said: 'Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward...

Owen Jones And Kate Tempest: Wake Up And Love More

Kate Wyver | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Wyver

"too concerned with their own thoughts to think about the weather But we see clouds like furious ink Thick liquid sinks and whips the wind Pitch shift...

Why We Interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's Speech

Clara Connelly | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Clara Connelly

Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.

In Aleppo, Death Is Everywhere

Gareth Bayley | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

Aleppo has been in the news for months, but the brutal reality of this humanitarian catastrophe has never been as bad as this. Simply put, the Assad regime and its backers are trying to turn eastern Aleppo into a coffin.

Caught Up In Conflict, Children With Disabilities Must Be Helped

Tanya Barron | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

And today, as conflicts and crises rage around the world, it's disabled children in affected areas who are among those most at risk. Often the first to be left behind and the last to have their needs met in chaotic emergency situations, children with disabilities face unprecedented adversity in conflicts.

Britain Welcomes More Than 4,000 Syrian Refugees Over Past Year

Stephen Hale | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

Our research shows that 73% of Brits agree that learning English is not only beneficial to refugees - it also benefits Britain. If they are to make friends, find work and start contributing to their communities, all refugees must have full and equal access to English language lessons. Enabling all refugees to access free English lessons isn't a handout; it's an investment in Britain's future.

Syrian Girl Bana Alabed Says She 'Can't Be Alive Anymore' As Bombs Hit Aleppo

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK

Tonight we have no house, it's bombed & I got in rubble. I saw deaths and I almost died. - Bana #Aleppo pic.twitter.com/arGYZaZqjg— Bana Alabed (@Al...

The Fear Of Losing White Male Privilege Is Felt By All Of Us

Anber Raz | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anber Raz

My mother was 17 when she came to the UK from Pakistan. Like many young women, she dreamed of travelling and getting a first-rate education abroad in a safe and happy country. Her reality turned out to be very different. When she went shopping, shopkeepers often smiled at her with their "good old British charm", but then refused to accept payment directly from her. They kept a jar of water filled with dishwasher soap and asked her to drop money in there lest her brown skin rub off on them.

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

Bicycles And Blankets: Protecting Children In Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

This week has brought us the incredible news that The Boy on the Bicycle, a documentary about Syrian refugee children who have been forced to flee the...

Is Sufism The Antidote To Extremism?

Qari Asim | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

An ISIS-affiliated extremist group operating out of Egypt has released ghastly images purporting to show the execution of two leading religious figure...

A Week In A Refugee Camp

Josh Fields | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Josh Fields

These people did not choose to be in this situation of torment. Just as we did not choose to be in our situation of privilege. And let us realise that it is only by chance that we were not born into these circumstances. Mere chance. Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot.

Premature Babies Pulled From Incubators As Aleppo’s Only Children’s Hospital Is Destroyed

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

Contains footage and images some readers may find distressing. These were the harrowing scenes in a Syrian children’s hospital as it was hit by an ...

Syrian Children Are Our Responsibility

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

We should believe that there is no such a thing as eternal happiness - or struggle. The things we tend to take for granted - nutritious food, laughing...

President Donald Trump: The World Turned Upside Down?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Donald Trump, who may prove to be the most unprepared, uninformed president ever to enter office, shows no sign of having applied much thought to such questions and is inclined to shoot from the hip. Despite some conciliatory language since his victory, the rest of us can only hope he'd only be shooting metaphorically.

The Meaning Of Trump As President

Paul McNeil | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul McNeil

The first 100 days will be key to figuring an image of a Trump White House, parallel to the Trump Administration lineup of secretaries and advisors. The road to the four years ahead will be very new and sensitive. Many polls, analysts and critics are questioning their evaluations of these elections. Eyes are now on Trump and how he will act based on the policies he pledged.

Not Challenging Immigration Rhetoric Now Will Lead Society Down A Dark Path

Bradley Allsop | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

For every single one of us that stands up, another child receives a pair of shoes or a warm meal, another mind is changed and heart softened and, as more of us do so, another politician starts to listen and has a reason to speak about migration in a different way. In a world that screams at us not to care, not to challenge, not to go against the crowd, be brave and take a stand. Human lives are at stake.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

The World Is Looking Away While People in Aleppo Are Slaughtered

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Too often the world looks the other way when thousands of people are being slaughtered. Action must be taken and the violence must be stopped. To say something is difficult is not sufficient, and to turn away is immoral.