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James Foley's Death Is Just The Latest Beheading By Extremists

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

The brutal footage of what appears to be the beheading of US journalist James Foley is not the first of its kind to appear online. Beheadings are a...

Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

Justin Forsyth | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The psychological trauma inflicted when children lose their parents, see their homes destroyed, or experience torture, is not easily alleviated, particularly when they have to remain in the stressful and unfamiliar environment of a refugee camp. Save the Children's staff see the signs of this in places like Syria and Gaza, from night terrors and bed wetting to children who refuse to speak.

Why I Keep Being an Aid Worker Despite the Dangers

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Every day the news seems to suggest the World is getting scarier and more dangerous. Iraq, Gaza, Syria, South Sudan - the list goes on. For me reading the news is never a shock. I spend my working life immersed in the horrors, the violence and the poverty that blight the globe.

Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection Under the Protection of Civilians Mandate

Camilla Barker | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.

Yazidi Refugees in Syria: Lifesaving UNICEF Supplies Delivered

Razan Rashidi | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

"We walked for more than 20 hours with no food or water," says Juan, an adolescent girl who arrived at Nawrouz refugee camp in north-east Syria three days ago, along with eight family members. Juan is from the Yazidi minority group, many of whom are fleeing to Syria from the mountains of Sinjar in Iraq.

'Chillin' With My Homie Or What's Left Of Him'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

A British rapper who left his home in London to fight with ISIS in Syria has posted a picture of himself apparently holding aloft the severed head of ...

Woman Cleared Of Smuggling Money For Syrian Jihadists In Her Knickers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

A young woman who tried to smuggle cash in her knickers on a flight to Turkey beamed as she walked free from court after she was dramatically cleared ...

Drones, 'War Porn' and Manipulation

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Oggy Boytchev

The reality is that the footage we, war journalists, capture in the field isn't always 'striking' or insightful. In many cases we are forced to stand a good way from the frontline for our own safety, or if we are on the frontline, we can't stay there for long... unmanned remote control drones fitted with high definition gyroscopic cameras will change the role of the war reporter.

Shock & Grief Of Grandfather Of Australian Boy, 7, Pictured Holding Decapitated Head In Syria

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

The grandfather of a young Australian boy pictured holding a decapitated head aloft has spoken of his devastation. Peter Nettleton’s Sydney-rais...

Asa Bennett

Why Do David Cameron's Foreign Office Ministers Keep Quitting?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics

In one of his defining speeches as foreign secretary, William Hague set out his vision of creating a "revived and reinvigorated Foreign Office that le...

Australian Jihadist Tweets Picture Of Young Son Holding Decapitated Head (GRAPHIC PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

A horrifying picture of a young boy holding a decapitated head aloft has been posted to Twitter. He is believed to be the Sydney-raised son of Kha...

'Even When She Was Hit With Stones She Did Not Scream Or Move'

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK

A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman...

The Clash of Civilizations: Our New Global Order

Tom Johnson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

We should have seen it all coming. The civil war and the underlying tensions rocked Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula should be no surprise to us. Indeed the unprecedented rise of Islamic extremism and the foundation of an organisation like ISIS, along with the independence and anti-EU movements in Britain, along with many other global issues.

America and the Kurds: A Case for Fresh and Urgent Rethinking

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Fresh thinking is required. The KRG is operating a twin track policy of seeking to defend itself against Sunni extremists and helping build the democratic capacity of Baghdad while also pursuing the course of independence. The two go together.

Rising Tide of Humanitarian Crises Demand More Than Aid

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

This is not just a humanitarian imperative; it is in all our interests to act. In the globalised 21st Century conflicts are not easily contained by borders. As the Stern Review made clear, tackling climate change will ultimately be cheaper than allowing it to proceed unchecked. But it is the human cost of these crises, the children of Gaza, the homeless Philippines and the South Sudanese families who do not know where their next meal is coming from that really demand our action. The UK public have shown they are up to the task; it is time for world leaders to do likewise.

FactCheck: What About the Britons Who Fight for Israel?

Channel 4 News | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Channel 4 News

There are around 100 British nationals serving with the IDF as we speak, apparently with no legal difficulties. But a Brit who trains or fights with any anti-Assad rebel group runs the risk of being jailed as a terrorist. If we are worried about young British Muslims heading off to the Middle East to receive military training, should we be equally worried about Jews?

Meanwhile, In Syria, The Country Has Its Bloodiest Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even furthe...

What Happens When You Mix Desperate Parents, a War Zone and Sexual Violence?

Cat Carter | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Then there's the physical harm to girls. In some cases, it's fatal. A child bride is likely to become sexually active at a young age, while her body is still developing, and she may not have much understanding of reproduction and sexual health. Child brides often find it difficult to discuss family planning methods or sexual practices openly with their husbands. And they often face pressure from family members to become pregnant quickl

Gaza TV Debate Ends With Journalist Throwing Chair

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

The attack on Gaza is a globally divisive issue, most acutely felt in the region. This was evident in a recent debate on Jordanian TV, which touched n...

The Securitisation of the Charity Sector

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

When that space is claimed and tainted by perceived security interests and the engagement with certain actors has more to do with the fear of legal retribution back home than any tangible threat from individuals or groups, the sector has surrendered to the political and interests of our governments, not of universal humanitarian principles.

'A Fantastic Foreign Secretary'? William Hague Leaves Office

Ian Sinclair | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

You'll have heard, of course, of the maxim "Don't speak ill of the dead". However, you are probably less familiar with the media's recent modification to this: "Don't speak ill of the recently departed Foreign Secretary".

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Mike Adamson | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.

Intervention or Isolation - US Foreign Policy Just Got Interesting

Paul Vale | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Vale

A year later and the black flags of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), currently fluttering across lands from from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala north-east of Baghdad, have once again pushed the noxious issue of intervention to the forefront of the US foreign policy debate - a discourse that is further dividing an already fractured Republican Party, with the question of action versus non-action likely to run all the way to the 2016 election.

11 Things That Happened In The Real World During #Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real thi...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.