UK Syria

The Time to Act for Syria's Children Is Now

Roger Godsiff | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Roger Godsiff

Denying children like Fatima their right to education is already having a devastating effect on their lives. But it also has serious, far-reaching consequences for societies and economies across the region. We must act now for the futures of Syria's children.

British Woman Who Returned From Syria Convicted Of Joining Isis

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Britain's First Woman To Be Found Guilty Of Joining Isis Has Been Sentenced A mother who travelled to Syria with her toddler has become th...

For Families Fleeing War, Grande Synthe Camp Represents Abandonment

Karl Pike | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Karl Pike

I am certain politicians of all parties would agree that young families should not be left to live like those currently in the camp at Grande Synthe. In supporting the work of MSF and others, we hope both the UK and French Governments will assess the humanitarian need at the camps and provide assistance.

Second First Impressions From Lesvos: A Frosty Start

Maudie Fraser | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Maudie Fraser

Touching down at 06:20 having spent the night travelling inevitably steeps reality with a peculiar hue, but driving out of Mytilene airport in my Hyun...

42 People, Including 17 Children, Dead In Horrific Aegean Sea Boat Accidents

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.01.2016 | UK

A father who lost his mother, wife and four children is among 42 people who died whilst crossing the Aegean Sea today, medical workers in Greece have...

Syrian Refugee Reunited With Family Before Welcoming Crowd

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

A crowd has welcomed four Syrian refugees to Britain, greeting them at London's St Pancras Station after a landmark ruling said they could leave the C...

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.