UK Syria

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.

The Wrestler of Za'atari

Toby Fricker | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Toby Fricker

Mohammed struggles to hold back his tears. The 32-year old champion wrestler from Dera'a, southern Syria, is recalling the day he arrived in Jordan...

Obama's Diplomatic Coalition of the Willing - Or Else!

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

An all out war in the Middle-East, creating more failed states, will not only effect the US economy, it is also likely to pose a real safety risk to US citizens both here and abroad as terrorists entities like ISIS pledge to annihilate those who do not follow their path to salvation.

This Baby Was Pulled ALIVE From Rubble After 16 Hours

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

This is the dramatic moment a wailing two-month-old baby is freed from the rubble of a bombed building, after 16-hours under the weight of dust and ro...

Isis - Time Bandits

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

They're trying to take the region back to a mythical past that never existed in the first place. They remind me of the Year Zero fanatics of the Khmer Rouge. Erase the present. Start again. ISIS, you might say, are time bandits. Or at least... definitely bandits.

Galloway Doubles Pay Packet With Appearances On Russia, Arab Channels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

George Galloway has earned £65,000 in just six months as a presenter and guest for dubious state-run broadcasters. The Bradford MP is the highest ...

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

British Childhood Friends Admit Fighting For Al-Qaeda Group In Syria

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

Two young British men have admitted spending eight months in Syria fighting alongside an al Qaida-linked terrorist group. Childhood friends Mohammed N...

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

ISIS Leader Appears In Chilling First Video

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
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The leader of ISIS, the fanatical Islamists who behead and crucify their enemies, has appeared in his first video, telling Muslims around the world th...

Amnesty International Slams Lebanese Authorities Over Treatment of Palestinian Refugees

Luke McManus | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Amnesty claims that authorities are arbitrarily denying entry to the country for Palestinian men, women and children. This unpredictable border policy is leading to some family members being let in, while others are left behind inside Syria.

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

British Jihadi Makes Chilling Threat To His Home Country

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

A British man who claims he has been fighting alongside jihadi militants in Syria has said he will not return to the UK until he can raise "the black ...

Imams Urge British Muslims Not To Travel To Syria And Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Religious leaders have called on British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq, amid ongoing fears of jihadis fleeing the country to take part in te...