War

Back Towards the Brink in Iraq as Old Tensions Are Renewed

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

We are seeing old tensions and new combine, pushing Iraq once again to the edge of a very steep cliff. In 2008, sectarian violence was at a high level, but the trend was downward from the heights of the civil war that started in earnest in 2006; now the trend is, if anything, upwards...

Hate on War, But Don't Hate on Poppies

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

It is that time of year again where every poppy pinned to a lapel is joined by a newspaper column, blog or tweet on why no one should be wearing a poppy. To wear or not to wear a poppy is a debate raging everywhere, and unfortunately this controversy is dominating the discourse on commemoration and precluding the wider national debate we should be having on the subject.

Matthew Tucker

'War Is Organised Murder'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

On Armistice Day, we can think of no better tribute than to give you the damning verdict on war, massacre and brutality, from the mouths of those who ...

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

Django Wylie | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Django Wylie

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.

Human Face and Cost of Violence

Ziya Meral | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

War and violence become abstracted the further we are away from them. All of our exposure boils down to news reports and research updates that try to capture in words, numbers and images a fact that can never be truly conceptualised; brutal destruction of individual human beings.

Labour MP Takes On Journalist Over Her Refusal To Wear A Poppy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A shadow defence minister has rebuked a journalist who said she no longer felt comfortable wearing a Remembrance poppy. Gemma Doyle said the decisi...

University 'Bans' Student Officials From Remembrance Day Service

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university union has banned its student leaders from representing their peers at a Remembrance Day service - with the decision being slammed by an M...

'Poppygate' and Students' Unions

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Like it or not, poppies no longer represent what they initially were created for. Every year we have remembrance services where those in power in the state talk about our military and giving thanks to their courage, whilst handily forgetting that when current soldiers often come back from tours of Afghanistan, it's up to charities to mend what's been broken.

Why I No Longer Feel Comfortable Wearing a Poppy

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Madeleine Fry

I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.

Has The Government Abandoned Its Pledge To Require MPs To Vote On War?

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK Politics

The government has indicated it will abandon its pledge to make it illegal for United Kingdom to go to war without MPs being given a vote. Tony Bla...

Does 'Pure Evil' Exist? Psychologists Investigate the Devils (and Angels) Amongst Us

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

If you believe in 'Pure Evil' you are more likely to react aggressively to wrong-doing, while if you deem 'Pure Good' exists, you're more optimistic about human nature, and believe that the bad can change, supporting programmes that see the better side of people.

(Don't) Join The Army: The Action Men Who Are The True Faces Of War

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

Equipped with crutches, a wheelchair and even a body bag, these are the war heroes without a place in the limelight. This trio of Battlefield Casu...

Why I Need Feminism

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Feminism shouldn't be a gendered concern. By this I mean that feminism shouldn't be something that only women care about. As a man, I don't profess to need feminism as much as my female friends. I'm not the one being held back because of my gender, or having obscenities thrown at me in the streets...

Detained in DR Congo

Ben G. Jones | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

Last week I was detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My crime? Taking a photograph of a vegetable stall. Taking photos is officially illegal in Congo, though the law does not count for much here...

How Much Worse Can It Get?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Food supplies in war-ravaged areas of Syria have become so bad Muslim clerics are issuing fatwas declaring it permissible to eat cats, dogs and donkey...

My Problem With Monogamy - Comfort Instead of Happiness

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Monogamy is designed to keep couples together by creating barriers of exit; socially; financially and psychologically. One cannot look at the divorce statistics to ascertain how successful it is; this only proves how many couples remain married. Not how many couples remain happily married...

She Is Afghanistan's First Street Artist, and She Might Actually Change Our Views

Erik B. Duckert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Erik B. Duckert

Shamsia Hassani: a young woman and the first street artist ever to emerge from the exhausted streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Only 25 years old and teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, her story just might challenge your views on graffiti - and on Afghan women.

Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

Cat Carter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me... Nothing prepared me for what I found a year ago. Instead of a population in need of aid, I found families outraged by the international silence surrounding the brutality of the conflict they had fled.

Syrian Tension Sees Investors Seek Safe Havens

Jeremy Cook | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

With the spectre of a costly period of Western military intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq still hanging over us, the prospect of another conflict in the Middle East, this time against the Syrian regime, has come too soon for many.

Syria Crisis: How Much Shock and Awe Will it Take to Wake Us Up?

Richard Reoch | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The debate about bombing Syria is, in part, about the shock-and-awe policy of politics: most of us remember the shock-and-awe blitzkrieg unleashed over Baghdad as a curtain raiser to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Shock-and-awe, known in military parlance as Rapid Dominance, is a doctrine developed at The National Defense University of the United States in1996.

A Border That Breaks: Jordan as the Alternative Homeland

Nikita Malik | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Earlier this week, the United Nations declared Syria's refugee crisis the 'humanitarian calamity' of the century. Every day, roughly 5,000 refugees flee Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. The number of Syrians who have left their war-ravaged country has risen to more than two million. A year ago, that number was 230,671.

Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

James Snell | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

As a country, we have shirked this challenge. We have ran and hid from that bully Assad, far away from his Sarin strikes, and his blatant disregard for both human life and the tenements of International Law. We should not be running scared, we have both the means and the morality to stop him in his evil re-conquest of a former fiefdom.

Intervention, and How to Swing It

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.

Syria - Where Will It Go From Here? Why I Disagree With Those Urging Imminent Military Intervention

Richard Burden | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I've discovered that a driving holiday in rural central France with intermittent internet access is not the best way to hear that Parliament has been imminently recalled, or the best place from which to act on the information. Result? The logistics of getting back in time have beaten me and I'll still be on the road back to the UK when Parliament meets on Thursday.

Egypt: The Need For Action Vs. The Want For War

Richard Reoch | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As Egypt slides dangerously towards civil war, and the international community remains remarkably reluctant to take meaningful action, I am reminded of an incident that I witnessed in my own country many years ago...