UK Syria

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.

Driverless Car Bombs Show How Frighteningly Innovative Isis Has Become

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK

A new video of so-called Islamic State's "jihadi university" shows technicians for the group testing driverless car bombs and modifying surface-to-air...

Children Are Some of the Most Vulnerable Refugees of This Crisis - They Deserve the Opportunity to Be Resettled

Stephen Twigg | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Around 7.6million Syrian children (within and outside the country) need humanitarian assistance, close to 80% of Syria's child population. Child labour, early forced marriage, exposure to disease, risk of sexual violence - these are all risks that threaten the immediate well-being of Syria's children...

Chilling Video 'Shows British Mother And Isis Child Soldier'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

This revealing video shows the British woman whose small child is believed to be the little boy who appeared in Islamic State's latest propaganda vide...

Downing Street: Jihadi Execution 'Propaganda' Shows ISIL 'Under Pressure'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has described a murderous Islamic State video featuring a masked extremist and a young boy with British accents as "desperate stuff" fro...

Why Islamic State's Video Featuring A Child Shows New Level Of Desperation

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

The child who appears in the so-called Islamic State's latest propaganda video shows the group is becoming increasingly desperate, experts have said. ...

Why Would I Travel the Refugee Route and Return to Lesbos?

Maudie Fraser | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK
Maudie Fraser

The founding principle of everything I do is to break down negative perceptions, to call on people to question their previously held views, and to re-centre the focus of the discussions of this crisis on the individual human experience.

Man Jailed For Threatening Facebook Message To MP Over Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK

A Muslim convert who used Facebook to say he would bomb an MP's house after she voted in favour of British air strikes in Syria has been jailed for ei...

Syrian Refugees Join Flood Fightback Forces To 'Repay Kindness Shown To Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK

A group of Syrian refugees has travelled to Rochdale to help one of the towns most decimated by floods that have swept the North of England. The m...

Sacha Baron Cohen And Isla Fisher Have Donated $1 Million To Syrian Refugee Children

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 28.12.2015 | UK

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have donated $1 million (£670,000) to Syrian refugee children. The comedian and his actress wife have given the ...

China's Syria Talks: Greater Involvement in the Middle East?

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Once again, China has revealed to the world its willingness to seek greater involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. This has manifested through its recent offer to host talks between the Syrian Government and opposition groups as a crucial breakthrough in the Syrian peace process.

Congress Just Banned Santa Claus From Coming to Town, Unless He Gets a Visa First

Erich McElroy | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Comedy
Erich McElroy

How is this possible and why now? Well, Santa doesn't actually have the best record with the U.S. government. Politically, there have always been questions about his loyalty to the United States and his liberal leanings.

Alan Kurdi's Father Asks World To 'Open Its Doors To Syria' In Moving Christmas Message

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK

The father of the little boy who drowned while fleeing his war-ravaged homeland, and whose image came to symbolise the migrant crisis, has pleaded wit...

Trump, Syria, Strong Leaders and Simple Stories

Alice Bell Reeves | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alice Bell Reeves

I worry that the way the media is evolving strengthens the temptation for us to buy into oversimplified stories. The internet and social media call us to sink back into our siloes, only hearing what we want to hear, only talking to those with whom we already broadly agree.

A Home Away From Home - Promoting Health and Happiness in Displaced Populations

Larissa Schneider | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Larissa Schneider

There are more than three million people displaced from their homes in Iraq, in addition to several hundred thousand refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria. For elderly Iraqis suffering from diabetes, who are forced to leave their home to travel to a distant camp, it can be difficult to manage their disease with insulin or other medications.

How Refugee Action Is Making Syrian Refugees Welcome

Stephen Hale | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

Refugee Action was formed to support refugees resettled to the UK after fleeing Vietnam and we have been helping refugees through resettlement programmes ever since. In the late 90's we worked with refugees fleeing war in Bosnia and Kosovo. This week, we have been there for those arriving from Syria to new homes in London and Birmingham.

100 Days of Corbyn

Alistair Jones | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Jones

One hundred days after taking over the leadership of the Labour Party, there remains the question as to what Jeremy Corbyn has changed. Certainly, Prime Minister's Question Time is more interesting.

Are We Forgetting About the Women and Girls Also Fleeing to Europe?

Diana Trimiño | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Diana Trimiño

Although media coverage has focused on young men making the perilous crossing, over 100,000 women have fled to Europe's shores this year and almost one in four refugees arriving in Europe is a child.

The Waugh Zone: 100 Days Of Corbyn Special

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics

100 Days of Corbyn as Labour Leader CORBYN SPEAKS In case you missed it, Jeremy Corbyn has given a wide-ranging interview to HuffPost UK about...

Jeremy Corbyn Interview (Part 2): Giving Members More Of A Say

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics

To mark his first 100 days as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn talks to HuffPostUK about war and peace and how to best engage the thousands of new party m...