UK Syria

We Can Criticise and Be Proud of Foreign Aid at the Same Time

Harriet Lamb | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harriet Lamb

So today when Parliament debates whether Britain should keep its recent commitment to devote 7 pence in every £10 of our national wealth to aid, we will be confidently declaring, alongside politicians from all sides of the House, that we are #ProudOfAid.

Aleppo - The Day Syria Broke My Heart... Again

Anais Mutumba | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Anais Mutumba

Maybe I should retreat to my journalist bubble but feeling is better than ignoring. Remembering the one and praying for them is better than hiding behind my keyboard. I think that Kleenex will make a lot of money out of me though.

Corbyn Hits Back At Blair Attack

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at claims by Tony Blair that he is only interested in "protest" rather than real political power. In his most critical rema...

These Three Just Pulled Off The 'Drunken Trip' Hoax Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK

The story of a group of young British clubbers who ended up stranded in Syria has been revealed as an elaborate hoax. Lewis Ellis, a suspected YouTub...

Labour Peer To Help Child Refugee Football Fans

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics

A senior Labour peer is to mark the start of EURO 2016 by handing out football kits and other help to child refugees in Calais. Shadow Lords Chief Whi...

'It's Your Turn, Doctor': Medics Under Fire in Syria

Toby Cadman | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The organisation 'Medics Under Fire' has documented the killing of 615 medical workers since the beginning of the conflict. 97% of them died as a result of Syrian Government attacks, which evinces that this is not a two-side problem.

Army on the Streets: The Daily Reality of Brussels Life

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm sitting just ten feet away from two Belgian soldiers, as I begin writing this article (it'll be a week before I find the time to finish it). My brother would recognise their weapons immediately; I don't. They carry handguns in a holster and a what appears to be at least a semi-automatic rifle strapped across their chests.

Jon Snow Tells School Children The Most Terrifying Moment Of His Career

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK

Jon Snow has described thinking he was "going to die" on a refugee boat, while being interviewed by primary school children in a studio made of cardbo...

It's Time to Recalibrate Our Foreign Policy

Tom Brake | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

The world faces a level of instability not seen since the Cold War. To avoid further escalation of conflict and insecurity, and to ensure our country does not lose its standing in the world, we need to put human rights and the observance of international law centre stage again. The Liberal Democrats intend being one of the main actors in this revival.

This Woman Walked 600 Miles To Deliver Messages Of Peace For Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK

A London woman walked 600 miles across Europe to hand deliver messages of peace to the UN, supporting the end of the Syrian war. Katherine Davies trek...

Meet the People on the Frontline

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit was held this week. It brought together charities, international organisations and world leaders from 175 cou...

NHS Doctor Who Joined Isis Shows 'Even Those Who Are Very Intelligent Can Be Hoodwinked'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK

An NHS doctor has left the UK to join self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria, showing that "even those who are very intelligent can be hoodwinked". Is...

South of Syria

Baroness Suttie | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Suttie

With the prospect of further fighting in Aleppo the number of refugees trying to enter Jordan is likely to increase yet again this summer and with the best will in the world there are limits to any country's elasticity.

The Future of Syria's Children

Natasha Kaplinsky | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Natasha Kaplinsky

Today, Monday 23rd May, the UK's Minister for International Development Justine Greening, Gordon Brown, and other influential figures will announce a new fund for education in emergencies at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Save the Children is launching a new campaign at the summit to ensure that no refugee child, anywhere in the world, is out of school for more than a month.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

World Humanitarian Summit: Let's Not Forget Pledges Already Made for Syria and Its Neighbours

Frances Guy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Frances Guy

This week Turkey is hosting the first ever World Humanitarian Summit - one of the objectives of the summit is a new Grand Bargain between the 15 main donors and 15 main recipient networks. But will it result in the Agenda for Humanity that the UN Secretary General bravely called for in February?

Unlike Britain, Canada Has Absolutely Nailed The Idea Of 'Refugees Welcome'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

More than three quarters of Brits would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, research suggests, yet the UK has taken a tiny handful of pe...

Dearlove Is Wrong: Britain Is Best Placed to Tackle the Syria Crisis From Within the EU

Sir Malcolm Rifkind | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Richard Dearlove is in a lonely place. Arguing that Britain is at risk within the EU sets him against the most recent former chiefs of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ as well as every other NATO member and former NATO Secretary Generals. They have all made clear that Britain is stronger, safer and more secure remaining in the European Union.

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

The Media's Coverage of the War in Syria Distorts the True Nature of the Conflict for Ratings

Michael Day | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Michael Day

There is no way you can condense the war in Syria into a simplistic good guys versus bad guys narrative for the evening news or a tabloid opinion piece. No side has not suffered at the hands of others and no side has not caused any suffering for others.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Harrowing Video Of British Child 'Refugee' Turns European Migration Crisis On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK

A young British girl flees her home, loses her family, nearly drowns and is shot at in a heartbreaking video showing what would happen to children if ...

A Letter to the People of the UK From a Syrian Mother

Hala Kamil | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hala Kamil

In 2014 my husband was kidnapped by ISIS. I do not know if he is alive or dead, and every day I pray for some news of his well-being. Eighteen months ago we made the difficult decision to leave. But the problem throughout the world is that nobody wants Syrian people. To the rest of the world Syrian people and their children are very cheap; their blood is very cheap. We don't come to Europe to eat, we don't come here to have a flat. I stayed for years in Syria without much food, we stayed for five years without a lot of things. I don't want to eat, and I can stay in the streets if I need to. But I don't want to see my children dead in front of my eyes.

The "Waiting Hell"

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

I have been here before. It was half my lifetime ago, but I remember sitting in these very same chairs when I was 15-years-old, waiting to buy tickets for the ferry to spend a vacation on the Greek islands with my friends. Now, hundreds of people are waiting in the departure hall at gate E1 in Piraeus port. They have been waiting for weeks, for months, not to go on a holiday, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children.

David Cameron Is Shirking Responsibility Over Syria

Diane Abbott | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Turkey is currently hosting around two million refugees. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, is now hosting 1.2million Syrian refugees, more than the total number of refugees in Europe from any nationality. Amid this David Cameron assumes any contortion he can to try and keep Britain's doors closed to a meaningful number of people made refugees from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. He says, with a straight face, that the "first choice" of Syrian refugees is to stay in tents in Turkey or in crowded tenements in Beirut.