UK War

Syria's 'Hero Boy' and Why This Stuff Simply Should Not Be Staged

Katie Welsford | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Syrian voices cry out from behind the camera as the harrowingly familiar scene unfolds. Against a backdrop of crumbling buildings, a young boy runs amidst sniper fire towards a burnt out car...

Religion, War and Atheism

Canon J.John | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

Precisely because it is such a frequently used criticism of religious faith, the argument that war is a product of religion is worth considering. After all, we have recently had some horrific imagery from the Middle East that seems to suggest that religion is a bad thing. Nevertheless a number of points strike me.

10 Extreme Examples of Propaganda

AllTime10s | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Battles have been fought and cities have been built in the name of propaganda. From a fake invasion to a horribly homophobic film, these are some of t...

Louise Ridley

Does Religion Really Cause War - And Do Atheists Have Something To Answer For?

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their f...

An Urgent Appeal On Behalf Of Arms Dealers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Comedy

War. Repression. Do you care about these things? These people do. Watch our charity appeal on behalf of arms dealers everywhere, created by David S...

'Adapt and Survive': The British Establishment's Answer to the Security Threat of Climate Change

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

Of course, there is no military solution to climate change. You can't resolve it with bombs and bullets. You can only solve it by ending our usage of fossil fuels, and protecting the public from the climate change impacts already in the pipeline. That is a rather different security challenge to the one usually faced by the military. But it also makes fossil fuels and the firms lobbying for them Public Enemy Number One.

Animals in War: They Didn't Volunteer - They Had No Choice

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

As well as the millions of human heroes that have given their lives for our freedom, do many of us ever consider those poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind for use in warfare? They didn't volunteer - they had no choice.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

The Light Garden of the Angel King

Catriona Luke | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Catriona Luke

In Kabul, there were bullets in the squash court, three in the bedroom, three near my bed, three in our bathroom, one missing the minister by six inches. The gardener has continued to drive his two donkeys about our garden with complete unconcern, but the day has come when only one donkey is left.

First World War Poetry

David Hynes | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Hynes

What, exactly, are we meant to feel, if anything, during these centenary remembrance years, if the outstanding images, memories and relics concentrate on such a narrow sphere of the conflict. And what, exactly, are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to think about the war every now and then?

Not Recognising Palestine 'Brings Shame On Britain'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has a moral duty to recognise Palestine as a state, a former international development minister has said ahead of an historic vote tomorrow. ...

Kurdish Female Fighters and Kobanê Style Revolution

Houzan Mahmoud | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Houzan Mahmoud

Take a look at the media coverage of the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region. News of the sexual harassment of women in the "Arab uprising", brutal attacks, imprisonments and virginity tests of female protestors dominated the screens. Yet women played a significant role in these events. For them, the uprising was part of a long history of resistance to suppression and a lack of freedom in their countries. The fact is that women were fighting and have proved their existence despite the counter revolutionary and anti-women treatment that they were receiving.

Rachel Moss

How Women In Afghanistan And Egypt Are Using Video To Give Themselves A Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the last month, two incredible short films have found their way onto our radars (and our Twitter feeds) - This is Kabul and Creepers on the Bridge....

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

The Real Reason Behind the Islamic States Existence.

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

If we continue to feed this monster it will become much more problematic to defeat. Our leaders and the public who oppose military intervention now will only be repeating the mistakes we made in the 1930's by not stopping the Nazis before they became too powerful to stop quickly and effectively causing catastrophic loss of life totaling 60 million civilians and soldiers.

Reinventing the Clyde and Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Scottish Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

With the polls tightening and the bookmakers shortening their odds, there is now a very real chance that Scottish people will vote for independence in two weeks time... However, one of the most positive contributions has been the Scottish Government's commitment to a 'do no harm' arms exports policy in the event of a Yes vote.

Putin Preaches Peace... But Sends In Troops

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK

President Vladimir Putin's claims that he wants a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine are "not credible" while tanks roll across the border, Da...

Unicef School Clubs Help Syrian Children Catch Up During Summer Break

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

For thousands of children in Syria, summer vacation is no longer about taking a break from their hectic school lives. On the contrary, with displacement and violence regularly interrupting normal classes, many children around the country used their summer break to visit school clubs and catch up on lost school days.

Where There Is Displacement and Terror

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

Trafficking continues to be a global epidemic, with 600,000-800,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).

What I Know About War in Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

I'll tell you what I know about war in Ukraine, and life there. Some of you will scream "you are not there!" and that's right, I'm not in Ukraine but in France, and the war is not where I am but in Ukraine. However, as are all Ukrainians, I'm living this war too, even though I'm far away from it. It's like a long-distance relationship, and I know those very well.

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

How Twitter Has Changed Warfare Forever

Danny Coleman-Cooke | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Coleman-Cooke

It is clear that social media is now an indispensable part of the toolkit for anyone involved in modern conflict, but it also seems likely that its impact will help shape military tactics and decision making in the future. Political commentators occasionally refer to the 'CNN effect', where emotive TV pictures encourage governments to both enter and exit wars and humanitarian disasters.

Social Media and Modern Warfare

Adam Fisch | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

I'm actually not 100% sure that social media inherently is good. Yes, it's possible for people to post real-time news, yes it encourages every individual to voice their thoughts and be accessible but what happens when the social media news agenda gets hijacked?