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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.

The Waugh Zone October 27, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, October 27… 1) LEXIT MEANS LEXIT Today, Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will move the writ for the R...

Syria's Lady Macbeth

Oliver James | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver James

For the first time in 8 years, Syria's first lady Asma al Assad has given a rare interview with Russian state television. Intelligent, caring and elegant, Mrs Assad draws on Princess Diana's humility and glamour as she talks of her devotion to the Syrian people.

Too Much Too Young: The Children Of Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In just one recent four-week period (mid-September to mid-October) something like 120 children were killed by the barrel bombing and air strikes in east Aleppo. That's an average of four or five children killed every day. It's an absolute tragedy and nothing can justify it. The wider situation for children in Syria is beyond bleak.

Have You Heard About The Yazidi People?

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa de Albuquerque

Everyone has heard of ISIS by now, so why then has one of their most brutal atrocities gained such little public attention? As stated by Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and recently appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking - "the world remained silent".

On Love And Cynicism

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.

Syrian Refugees On 'A Pound An Hour' Found Making Clothes For Some Of Britain's Biggest Shops

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Some of Britain’s biggest highstreet shops have been selling clothes made by Syrian refugees, a documentary has uncovered. A BBC Panorama investiga...

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Carey Mulligan Joins Hundreds Of Demonstrators To Demand Action For Syrian Children

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK

Carey Mulligan joined hundreds of people outside Downing Street on Saturday to call on the UK government to take decisive action to end attacks on civ...

Children Of Calais Deserve Our Welcome, Not Hostility

Dorothy Sang | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dorothy Sang

This should be a proud moment for the UK. This is our chance to show our humanity. I worry about what the children will face if they are brought to the UK and the possible prejudice that might follow.

British Navy Escorts Russian Warships Through The English Channel

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK

A flotilla of Russian warships en route to Syria passed through the English Channel on Friday morning. Britain deployed its own warships to monitor th...

From Aleppo To Istanbul, And Finally Durham

Yaman Islim | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.

Presidential Debates Ignore The American People

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

The three debates reflected a microcosm of American media - frame a narrow spectrum to them all their lives, and people will rarely think outside of it. Ask yourself this, especially if you will vote on November 8th - does America need a new brand of alt right nationalism? A rise in anger towards the immigrants who only work to benefit the countries that house them? Or does it need more of the same? More flawed foreign policy, more bowing to the corporate and banking worlds?

Kids In Aleppo Ask Heartbreaking Questions They Want Answered At Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

“Don’t you think it’s wrong that little children are dying?” “When will you start protecting us from the planes?” These aren’t question...

The Refugee Crisis As Political Narcissism

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world's refugee crisis is largely about who comes to this country. It's all about Calais, isn't it?... The UK is just a bit player in the global drama - the tragedy - which has seen tens of millions of people forced out of their homes because of war and repression.

Piers Morgan Nearly Loses It Taking On Tory MP Who Wants Refugee Teeth Checks

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

As the row over the ages of Syrian refugee children continues, one person who hasn’t held back in voicing his opinion is Piers Morgan. On Wednesday ...

Too Much Russia On Their Minds

Alistair Burnett | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

The old saying "people who live in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones" isn't a call to stay silent; but it should be taken as an invocation to avoid hypocrisy if you want your words and actions to carry weight. Double standards have practical consequences.

Pound Store Thatcher And Trump - The Worst Of All 80s Revivals

Will Black | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Will Black

The 80s revival has been gathering momentum in recent years. The way things are going, it is possible that Glastonbury 2017 revellers will be able to see Howard Jones, Shakin' Stevens, Simply Red and Bros.

Britain's Seven Covert Wars

Mark Curtis | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Britain is fighting at least seven covert wars in the Middle East and North Africa, outside of any democratic oversight or control. Whitehall has in effect gone underground, with neither parliament nor the public being allowed to debate, scrutinise or even know about these wars...

The West, Putin And Extraordinary Double Standards

Phil Jones | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Phil Jones

I don't like Vladimir Putin. All his macho posturing. His authoritarian style. His apparent disregard for civilian casualties in Syria. His ugly and clumsy approach to politics and international diplomacy. It all leaves me cold.