UK Syria

All I Want for Christmas Is Some Seasonal Weather

Chris Shaw | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Shaw

Dear Santa, please - not another warm, dank overcast Christmas. Being amongst the festivities at the moment has all the melancholy air of a rotting Ch...

Hilary Benn's Speech on Airstrikes Failed to Confront the Key Issues

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

As an act of oratory, Hilary Benn's speech was indeed brilliant. It possessed all the characteristics of a great political speech: vague, lacking cont...

In Defence of Stella

Kate Milner | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Milner

This week the Walthamstow community seems to have cracked itself apart. For once it wasn't about Mini Holland, the controversial scheme to make Walthamstow Village more bike-friendly. No, this latest schism concerns something on a far less local scale - the vote on the airstrikes on Syria. And the figure at the centre of it all is Stella Creasy.

What the BBC Got Wrong on Syria Last Week

Richard Berry | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Richard Berry

The BBC has faced criticism for the way its news programmes covered the run-up to the House of Commons debate last Wednesday night, which led to a vot...

Have We Grown Numb?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Imminent threats of terrorism are currently at the heart of concern in both the western and third world. In Britain, we are still mourning the loss of innocent lives, close to home in Paris.

These Four Syrians Think The UK's Airstrikes Will Just Radicalise Even More Youths

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Launching airstrikes in Syria will only radicalise more youths and bring an increasing amount of extremism and instability to an already war-torn coun...

The Waugh Zone December 7, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday December 7, 2015… 1) LONE WOLF, BRUV? The horrific Leytonstone knife attack had some particularly...

Man To Appear In Court Facing Attempted Murder Charge Over Leystonstone Stabbing

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

A man arrested after carrying out a knife attack at Leytonstone Underground station has appeared in court charged with attempted murder. Muhaydin M...

Man Charged Over Message Sent To MP After Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK

A man has been charged with sending malicious messages to an MP on Facebook the day after the vote on whether to bomb Syria, Scotland Yard said. Cr...

Corbyn WILL Go To Stop The War Xmas Event

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has given his full backing to Stop The War's "vital, democratic" campaign and is set to defy his Labour critics by going ahead with a pl...

Labour Shadow Ministers Who Voted To Bomb Syria Might Be Feeling A Bit Anxious Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Politics

One of Jeremy Corbyn's closest allies has called on Labour MPs to rally behind the "new politics" of the party leader amid speculation of a New Year p...

Cilmate Change and Terrorism: Which Is the True Existential Threat?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

We humans also seem to find it far easier to empathise with the relatively small numbers of victims of sudden random violence than we do the large numbers whose lives are threatened by an creeping menace like climate change.

Defence Minister Calls Latest UK Air Strike Against IS 'Impressive Achievement'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK

RAF jets have carried out their second air strike in Syria, targeting another Islamic State-controlled oil field, in a mission defence minister Michae...

Loving Your Enemies

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

our elected representatives want and that's how democracy works. We are already bombing. Maybe it's the 'right' thing to do; I don't know. But I do know that if you support this, then you can't call yourself a Christian. It's as simple as that.

To Bomb or Not to Bomb? That Was Not the Question

Tom Johnson | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Parliament voted to extend the reach of our airstrikes. The real work will is now to focus on a political solution, for all the actors involved to develop practical answers to the fundamental problems that face Syria, Iraq and the Middle East.

As the Bombs Rain Down on Syria Is the UK Really Safer?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sanchita Islam

We all want to see decisive action and for IS to be dealt with emphatically, but all I see right now is a mess.

RAF Fighter Jets 'Silence' Islamic State Snipers In 'Direct Hit'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK

Islamic State militants were "silenced" by RAF fighter jets on Thursday night during airstrikes in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The...

Targeting ISIS: A Security and Humanitarian Imperative

Barak Seener | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Barak Seener

Fears of potential reprisals against Western targets if the US or Britain intervened in the Syrian crisis ignored the risk of terrorism due to the failure to intervene. Any environment hosting a vacuum of governance coupled with a totalitarian ideology that reinforces extreme poverty, serves to be a springboard for international terrorism...

In The Wake Of Syria Air Strikes, We Need to Welcome Refugees

Lexi Rose | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Lexi Rose

According to the UN, life expectancy in Syria has been cut by 20 years. The UN also predicted that by the end of 2015 there will be 4.27 million Syrian refugees. Our actions in parliament are only going to add to these numbers.

A Day Is a Long Time ...

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Lesson One: don't believe what you read in the papers. But Lesson Two: take the long view. Labour has not suddenly become a lean, mean election machine, simply because it won a by-election in what should always have been a rock-solid seat. The party's civil war is only just beginning, and just like the war in Syria, it will be long, messy and bloody.

The Waugh Zone December 4, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday December 4, 2015… 1) OLDHAM ZEST & ROYTON In the early hours, Jim McMahon described his 10,000 ma...

This Woman Just Spoke Up For Every So-Called 'Terrorist Sympathiser'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

A passionate interjection during Thursday night's 'Question Time' made clear David Cameron's "terrorist sympathiser" comment has cut deep well beyond ...

To the Islamic State and Back

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

When you enter Syria, you have to start following all their Sharia [Islamic law] rules and pray, otherwise the khizba [police] will get you. For example, if you don't pray on time, they can take you and punish you. I told them that I did the hijra to the Islamic State, and then applied to the Sharia court to get my children back. I lived in the mosque between March and September. I could not even take my clothes off once. Nobody forces you to fight, but you do have to find a way to make a living.

Corbyn Intervenes In Biggest Bid Yet To Silence MPs' Abusers

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour's most senior figures have appealed for calm after bitter infighting continued following the party's split over bombing in Syria. Leader Jer...

This Video Shows How Corbyn And Benn Unite And Split Over Syria Airstrikes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has this week been fraught with claims that top-tier divisions over airstrikes in Syria have caused huge rifts between its leader and...