UK Syria

Air Strikes Will Not Work - We Need a Long Term Solution to Extremism

Jack Davies | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

Within the next week Members of Parliament will be voting on whether to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. With many Labour and Conservative MPs in support of extending air strikes into Syria, it is likely that the first bombing raids will take place towards the end of next week. But it has not been determined what the government wishes to achieve by bombing Syria.

Bombing Syria Is The Wrong Choice for Labour MPs

George Dokimakis | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

Imagine an abusive household. The parents constantly fight. They fight in front of their children. The hurl emotional abuse against each other and t...

How I Will Vote on Bombing ISIL in Syria

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

I want to make clear that whatever the outcome of the discussions, I will be voting against Syrian intervention. For some, air strikes in Syria can be justified solely on the basis that we are already launching air strikes against the same foe in Iraq. This vote, in their minds, is a mere extension of the war against ISIL to another country.

Hilary Benn Denies Wanting To Take Over As Labour Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Hilary Benn has denied he has his sights set on taking over from Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, amid a deep and damaging split in the party over whet...

The Waugh Zone December 1, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday December 1, 2015… 1) START THE WAR COALITION Of course, it’s not ‘war’ in th...

Corbyn Accused By FrontBencher Of 'Double Dealing'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s authority was challenged by both his Shadow Cabinet and his MPs last night as he faced sustained criticism over his handling of the ...

PM Announces Commons Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Britain appeared to be heading for war in Syria tonight after David Cameron announced he will go ahead with a Commons vote on military action. In a...

Tom Watson Writes To PM On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has written to David Cameron to say he believes there is a 'compelling case' for British airstrikes in Syria - but war...

Jeremy Corbyn Has 'Turned' Public Opinion On Syria Bombing, Claims Aide

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has "shifted" public opinion away from the "case for war", an aide has claimed as it emerged the Labour leader will speak against bombin...

Watch Labour MP Compare David Cameron To 'Hitler In His Bunker' During Bizarre Syria Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is acting like Adolf Hitler asking his generals to “rescue him from his bunker” over the Isis threat, according to a veteran Labour ...

No Easy Answers on Syria

Kevin Brennan | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

In a lengthy and in depth discussion at the Cardiff West Labour Party monthly meeting last Friday we agreed that there were no easy moral certainties over the debate on Syria. Those on either side of the argument who see the question of what is the right thing for the UK to do in black and white, ignore the fact that this is not a question of war and peace.

The West Is About to Make Another Strategic Blunder in the Middle East

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

When someone attacks you or yours, you strike back and you strike back hard. That is not just the natural, instinctive response - it is the right and moral course of action. Failure to do so betrays a fundamental lack of self-esteem; if your own life and the lives of those you love are not worth defending, what is?

War Is a Matter of Conscience, Not Party Politics

Connor Dwyer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Connor Dwyer

When military action against Daesh is brought up, the reminders of Iraq are almost inevitable. The many mistakes and the arguably illegal steps leading to the disastrous decade-long war have led to innumerable doubts in the minds of voters and of MPs as to whether to be in favour of, or against action in Syria. Ultimately, no one is rightly keen for history to repeat itself.

Before We Go to War - What Is Europe's Answer to the Refugee Crisis?

Alasdair Byers | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alasdair Byers

So it's war. Europe united, we're all off to defeat ISIS for good, led by Russia who are now sort of at war with Turkey, for reasons ranging from Tu...

The Tangled Web of Conflict, Climate Change and Education

Aaron Benavot | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It is time for leaders to act now and meaningfully to reduce the extent and pace of climate change. Without urgent climate action wars, famines, floods, death and inequity are likely to result. We must remind them of education's critical role in opening up a myriad of human and environmental opportunities to thwart the devastating impacts of climate change.

The Case For Bombing Isis: Explained

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Last week, David Cameron addressed parliament to state his case in favour of bombing Isis, but we're aware most people probably didn't bother watching...

On the Offensive

James Lark | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
James Lark

Ken Livingstone went on Question Time and offended some people last week, which shouldn't come as a surprise by now. Not only because he has made bu...

Air Strikes Would Only Harm Our Chances of a Diplomatic Solution in Syria

Caroline Lucas | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The debate in the House of Commons was thorough, and the horror and revulsion at recent atrocities in Syria, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere is shared by MPs from across the political divide. Yet I have still to see any evidence to suggest that UK bombing Isis targets in Syria is likely to increase our security here in Britain or help bring about a lasting peace in the region in question - to the contrary, the evidence appears to suggest it would make matters worse.

The Waugh Zone November 30, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday November 30, 2015… 1) MR WHIPPY? Today is a huge, huge day for Jeremy Corbyn and ...

Corbyn Faces Showdown With Shadow Cabinet Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is preparing for a showdown with his Shadow Cabinet today over military intervention in Syria, after the boss of Britain's largest union...

Bombing Syria Is Not the Right Thing for the Country, the Wider Region or for Britain

Richard Burgon | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

We all wish to see an end to the war in Syria and end to terrorist attacks. We all want peace to be achieved in the Middle East and in the wider world. The decision facing our Parliament is whether UK military action in Syria now can deliver that. I believe that the Prime Minister has not demonstrated that sufficient lessons have been learned from UK military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

MPs 'Playing With Fire' If They Use Syria To Try To Oust Corbyn, Warns McCluskey

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MPs who use the issue of intervention in Syria to try to oust Jeremy Corbyn are "playing with fire", Len McCluskey has warned. In an exclusi...

Labour Cannot Risk Being Tarred as a Party of Illegal and Irrational War Once Again

Len McCluskey | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

The 2003 vote to invade Iraq has haunted Labour ever since - losing millions of votes that have yet to be regained and causing around half the party's membership to resign. Nothing in Labour's history has traumatised it quite so much perhaps. Now again Labour is being asked to support a war that lacks clear United Nations sanction - or a coherent purpose.

Jeremy Corbyn Has Stamped His Authority On The Labour Party Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK Politics

A defiant Jeremy Corbyn has stamped his authority on the Labour Party over supporting bombing in Syria after saying only he will decide whether his MP...

By Telling Its Members To Lobby MPs To Vote Against Military Action In Syria, Momentum Is No Different From The Old Politics

Owen Bennett | Posted 28.11.2015 | UK Politics
Owen Bennett

This weekend, Momentum supporters have sent 9,000 emails to Labour MPs calling on them to oppose UK bombing of Syria. Despite not being part of Labour, the group wants to influence Labour MPs. I'm still a bit confused about the role of Momentum in this age of the 'New Politics'...