US Politics

Trump's Syria U-Turn: What Next?

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It is not always a bad thing for political leaders to give the impression that they are unpredictable. It makes it much more difficult for their enemies to calibrate responses. But Donald Trump is not unpredictable in a good way. He is erratic. His aides have no way of assessing what his next move will be. As a result, they can't plan ahead. Do they have any idea what they're going to do next, now that they moved the Syria conflict into a new phase? I doubt it very much.

Donald Trump Botches Response To Syria Gas Attack, Shows He Has No Plan

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Faced with the horror of Tuesday’s gas attack on Syrian civilians, the Trump administration was initially silent before reverting to a well-trodden ...

Why Peace Should Be The New Fight For Afghanistan

Dan Tomlinson | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Tomlinson

Peace in Afghanistan should not be a phrase that causes eye rolling out of a sense of cynicism or déjà vu. Peace should be sought in Afghanistan not as something vague, aspirational and unobtainable, but as a defined policy aim within a political process that is supported by a plan involving all the levers of the states involved.

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

Donald Trump's Ill-Judged Wiretapping 'Joke' Leaves Angela Merkel Stunned

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK

Donald Trump appeared to leave Angela Merkel completely stunned after he suggested the one thing they have in common is they’ve both been wiretapped...

White House Floats Unfounded Claim Obama Used British Spies To Wiretap Trump

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK

The White House has raised the claim Barack Obama used Britain’s spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump, which UK intelligence agencies broke with conve...

Donald Trump Glibly Agrees His Health Plan Will Hurt The Poor Who Voted Him

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK

This literally happened...Tucker Carlson: "The counties who voted for you will do far worse under your plan"Donald Trump: "Oh, I know..." pic.twitter....

Trump, Transkids And Bathrooms

Beth Orens | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Beth Orens

Throwing caution to the wind, I'm going to jump in here, because there's a lot of misinformation around on both sides of this issue. In short, last M...

Fascism, Free Speech, And Why You Haven't Seen The Last Of Milo Yiannopoulos

Barnaby Papadopulos | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Barnaby Papadopulos

When Milo Yiannopoulos recovers from the weeks events, as I am sure he will, we must be ready and willing to confront him.

Trump's Vendetta Against The US Media Is About Political Survival

George Kassimeris | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
George Kassimeris

The on-going toxic vendetta between President Trump and the American media establishment (including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and NBC)...

A President Unhinged, A World Endangered

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I wish I felt that Mr Trump had any idea what he was talking about. And I wish I didn't have a deep nagging fear that his reckless insouciance may well lead the Palestinians to conclude that the man in the White House needs to be taught a lesson about the reality of the conflict.

#Calexit: Brexit Is Getting The Hollywood Treatment

Nathan Coyle | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nathan Coyle

Seriously, us British love everything referendum related right? Well, it's happening folks, the word referendum is doing the rounds again but this tim...

Donald Trump's Top Choice For Security Adviser Rejects Job Offer

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, in yet another blow to a new admi...

7 WTF Moments From Donald Trump's News Conference With Israel's PM

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK

Donald Trump seemed to make it up as he went along when he met the prime minister of Israel, berating fake news, dissing Hillary Clinton and apparentl...

5 Things Anti-Trump Protesters Are Getting Wrong

Sam White | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Sam White

Donald Trump's election has sent progressives into a tailspin, and there have been numerous protests against the new president. But not everyone share...

It's Time To Stop Naming the Narcissist

Seb Reilly | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Seb Reilly

Narcissism is becoming more well-known on a daily basis and its symptoms, or behaviours, are now widely recognised. Perhaps, more than others, there i...

Will The Law Stretch From Srebrenica To Saydnaya?

Robin Lustig | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Robin Lustig

Even incorrigible liberals like me need to remind ourselves sometimes that however miserable we might feel about Brexit or Trump, we face nothing a fraction as terrifying as what the Muslims of Srebrenica faced in 1995, or what the people of Syria have been facing for the past six years.

Coping With A Trump Presidency

Payal Dalal | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Payal Dalal

Despite 2016's setbacks, I don't think I was totally wrong - the world isn't full of hateful and selfish people. There are lots of communities and people who share my beliefs and vision of the future. I know now that we are #StrongerTogether, and that in the end, love will trump hate. We just have to fight a little harder to realize the world we want. And that's a fight I am now ready for.

Democracy And The Importance Of Turning Up

Jamie Lambert | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jamie Lambert

We have to turn up, and keep turning up, and show that we believe equally as hard as they do, and that respect and acknowledgement of the rights of our fellow humans, no matter their skin colour, country of origin, gender, sexuality or whatever differences we may have, are the core values of the society we want to live in. Democracy is the single most important construct our society has ever developed and, whilst it has flaws like everything else, it's beautiful, and it works when we turn up.

The United States Has A Really Nasty Virus

Dawn Butler | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

The tens of thousands who have protested Trump's ban in the UK have spoken up, the Labour Party has spoken up, the Speaker of the House of Commons has spoken up, and it is now time for the government to stand up for British values. We are not a nation of hate and now we must show it.

'POTUS Is A Liar, Son. But Don't Let That Worry You'

Emma Clarke | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Clarke

If kids understand that people in positions of mighty power can lie - and lie epicly on a gargantuan scale - what does that mean for their understanding of authority, the law, the concept of trust, and, god help us, integrity?

Cutting Through The Hyperbole On Trump's Executive Order On Immigration

Brooks Newmark | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

Yes, Trump has delivered on an election promise and has the overwhelming support of those who elected him. However, the same end of suspending unvetted immigration could have been quietly accomplished through a simple bureaucratic delay in processing new visas. But I guess President Trump doesn't do subtle and we are going to have to get used to the President using a sledge hammer to crack walnuts.

White House Set To Appeal Judge's 'Outrageous' Decision To Stop Trump's Travel Ban

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK

The White House has labelled a judge’s decision to block Donald Trump’s travel ban “outrageous” and is set to launch an immediate appeal. The...

Lost In Washington: Political Backbones

Robin Lustig | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

What a bunch of spineless cowards they are. A year ago, just about every senior US Republican was calling Donald Trump unhinged, dangerous and unfit to be president. Now they either look the other way or make lame excuses as he demonstrates daily how right they were.

Activism, No Longer A Dirty Word

William Crona | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

The term 'activist' should really be stripped of its obnoxious (and in many cases unfair) connotations and begin to be understood exactly as what it really means: acting resolutely in accordance with ones most dearly held principles. The crowds that have been marching in unity throughout the world show that this process is already under way and I urge every one of us to raise their banner alongside them in solidarity.