UK Syria

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: David Cameron Vs Gary Barlow

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 12 May 2014... 1) DAVID CAMERON VS GARY BARLOW Politicians from across the political spectru...

Foreign Fighters: How to Win the War of Ideas

Rachel Briggs | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

Today's report by the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warns of the alarming number of westerners traveling to Syria to fight and calls for stronger efforts to counter the recruitment narratives of extremists.

The Anti-War Left Has No Answers For Threats From Dictatorships

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

Just as the anti-war left had no answers to the massacre of the Kurdish people in 1991, just as it had no answers to the rise of fascism in the 1930s, naïve pacifism has no answer to the rise of expansionist Russia, and to the continued destruction of Syria.

Intense Fighting in Syria Hampers Vital Polio Vaccination Efforts

Razan Rashidi | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Speaking from Syria, UNICEF health facilitator, Dr. Suliman Najem said that reaching remote communities is particularly challenging in a region that has been badly affected by the three-year old conflict.

WATCH: Journalists Destroy TV Set During Live On-Air Brawl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Two Jordanian journalists dramatically came to blows on live television Tuesday night during an argument over the crisis in Syria – destroying a hel...

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

In Syria, Mobile Teams Extend the Reach of Vaccination Effort

Razan Rashidi | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

One of the major obstacles is reaching populations in areas cut off by the conflict. In an effort to reach every child with vaccination coverage, UNICEF is supporting local NGOs and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in sending mobile health teams to remote villages and areas affected by conflict.

Islamic Extremists From ISIS 'Crucify Two Men In Syria' (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Graphic images purporting to show two men crucified by Islamist extremi...

Islamic Charities Should Not Be Used as a Scapegoat

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

Underneath the big headlines, who is going to appreciate the difference between an "Islamist" organisation and an "Islamic" one? Yet for over a century legitimate Islamic charities have been the backbone of the Muslim community in the UK.

The Cost of Living Crisis Facing Urban Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Barbara Jackson | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Barbara Jackson

Contrary to public perceptions, the majority of Syrian refugees do not live in formal refugee camps like Zaatari and the soon-to open Azrak camp. In fact 80% live in towns and cities in Jordan. These urban refugees have reached the limits of their ability to cope.

The UK and Syria: Turning Anger and Passivity Into Constructive Action

Harry Shotton | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shotton

The focus on policing those who are emotionally affected by the situation in Syria does not deal with the crisis in hand. People have the right to be angry, and should be angry at the sheer death and destruction being wreaked on Syria by the regime...

Tony Blair and Radical Islam

Gary Kent | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Tony Blair, seen by some as one of the worst because of the so-called illegal and immoral war in Iraq, last week offered a stark analysis of Radical Islam, this century's "biggest threat to global security" on a par with environmental and economic challenges. The speech was derided by those who think that shouting warmonger suffices but merits close inspection.

British Jihadis - Turning Mothers Into Informants Is No Solution

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

In the government's latest Orwellian measure, mothers and wives of "would-be jihadists" are ‎being urged to report on their loved ones, avowedly to "prevent tragedies". It won't escape notice ‎however, that despite protestations to the contrary, a message emanating from the police carries ‎criminalising potential. ‎

The Liberal Media: US Imperialism's Biggest Cheerleaders

Ian Sinclair | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

In his essential book on UK foreign policy, Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World, historian Mark Curtis notes "the ideological system promo...

British Women Travelling To Syria To Fight Alongside Their Husbands

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

British women could be among the jihadists fighting in Syria, with around 10 predicted to have travelled to the war-torn state to join arms. Hundre...

Muslim Women Can Help Stop Youth From Going to Syria

Shaista Gohir | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Shaista Gohir

So what can Muslim women do to stop young Muslims from going abroad and getting involved in the Syria conflict? Well women can be the first to see behavioural changes amongst family members including a preoccupation with the Syria crisis.

Campaign Encourages Women To Stop Would-Be Jihadists Going To Syria

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

A national campaign to stop would-be terrorists travelling to Syria will focus on women to encourage them to stop their male relatives from going. ...

Tony Blair Told 'Shortcuts Cannot Be Taken With Guns And Missiles'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Tony Blair has come under fire after demanding, yet again, that the West intervene in Syria and simultaneously forget about international tensions ove...

Blair Says Forget The People Of Ukraine, Let's Side With Putin And Fight Radical Islam

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Tony Blair will urge the West today to reach out to Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam, despite the Russian president's militant stance...

Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

When the House of Commons voted to reject military action to protect the citizens of Syria from tyranny - both political and religious - MPs plunged this country, and the world, into the terrifying situation that exists in the region today. Non-intervention has cost Britain and NATO respect on the international stage...

Archbishop's Easter Sermon Highlights Suffering At Home And Abroad

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering in Syria and Ukraine as well as closer to home. ...

This Easter Don't Play the Monopoly of Persecution Game

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's no monopoly on victimhood and no fixed pattern to religious discrimination and violence. Despite what David Cameron says, Christians aren't unique in being persecuted, and nor are they always unblemished when it comes to dishing out the persecution.

British Teen Killed In Syria 'Was A Martyr' Says Father

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK

The father of Abdullah Deghayes, a British teenager killed in Syria, has described him as a "martyr" as he described how he tried to stop his son from...