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Paris: A Few Home Truths

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Why do we insist on ignoring what stares us in the face? The suicidal fanatics who threaten to kill us in the name of their perverted brand of Islam are not refugees from Syria, or deranged zealots from the mountains of Pakistan: they are, with only very few exceptions, men and women who were born in our hospitals, educated in our schools and who grew up in our cities... Many of the attackers were already known to the police. Some had records as petty criminals. Others had clear links to identifiable terrorist groups. So as we still struggle to comprehend the crime that was committed in Paris last Friday night, perhaps we should start by examining what is going on under our noses.

Dear Bigot, Here's Everything You Have Wrong About Muslims (Part 1)

Chris York | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Chris York

I have a confession to make. I'm tired. Tired of rebutting the same old clichés and contradictions that you and your rabid CAPS LOCK brigade constantly spout every time something like the awful events in Paris last week occur. So I've decided to do us both a favour and bring a dispel a few of those repetitive falsehoods you're so fond of.

Isis Represent a New Fascism, a New Totalitarianism - We Won't Fight It by Shunning Those Who Flee It

Yvette Cooper | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

Isis want to be the caliphate - the crusading home for Muslims fleeing the injustice of the West. Instead the opposite is happening. Europe is providing safe haven to Muslims persecuted by Isis brutality... This is a battle against totalitarianism, a battle for our values, and a battle for hearts and minds. Isis seeks to cow us and to divide us. Each time extremists have tried before to spread fear and hatred in Europe, they have failed and our continent has stood firm. We need to stand firm once again - that means supporting security, solidarity and sanctuary too.

Syria: Vienna (Hard) Ball

Gareth Bayley | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

A day of discussion yielded that plan in the form of the second Vienna statement, as well as agreement on an International Syria Support Group which would drive the plan forward. Nothing in this world is perfect. Critics have lined up and will continue to do so to pick holes in the plan and tear it down (that's what they do after all). But I think it's good, and here's why.

It's No Joke: The State of the World's Toilets

Barbara Frost | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

On this World Toilet Day, it's time for the world to make good on our promises - and while we all love a bit of toilet humour, the state of the world's sanitation really is no joke.

The Syrian Refugee/Islamic State Terrorist Nexus Explained In One Handy Infographic

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK

As soon as it emerged that a Syrian passport of questionable provenance had been found close to the scene of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, media o...

We Are All Victims of Terror - Don't Turn the Refugees Away

Lliana Bird | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Lliana Bird

Never again, we all said. Yet here we are, facing the greatest refugee crisis since World War Two and we are once again talking about shutting our doors to the people who need our help the most... Our rejection and maltreatment of refugees plays into the hands of ISIS who rely on any anti-Muslim sentiment in the West to boost recruitment and incite anger. A large number of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq are from the West. We understand why people are scared. We are scared too, but so are the refugees. And turning them away is not the solution. We are all victims of terror now. We should let it unite us not divide us.

Widow's Defiant Tribute To Slain Wife Proves ISIS Didn't Succeed In Paris

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK

A husband whose wife was killed during the terror attack at Paris's Bataclan theatre has written a defiant tribute declaring: "I will not give you my ...

The Only Way Forward in Syria Is a Grand Coalition of Major Western Powers

Mike Hookem | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mike Hookem

We don't have to like Putin to realise that a united front against people who rape children and behead Christians is the best idea for a safer world. We joined forces with Stalin to defeat Hitler because he was an immediate threat and that pragmatic attitude is what we need now.

Jeremy Corbyn Vetoing UK Foreign Policy? No Thanks, I'm Out

Johnny Mercer | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Johnny Mercer

The Coalition have in no way presented bombing as a 'golden bullet' for this crisis. It is part of a multi-faceted response that includes aid, funding, political engagement and taking some extremely vulnerable refugees. Our willingness to misunderstand why we are being asked to get involved, and what we are being asked to do by extending this mission to Syria is embarrassing... The outrage over Paris. The tears over Aylan Kurdi. The resolve after Ankara. It all means nothing unless we are prepared to cross the threshold and accept that military action has a part to play in creating the time and space for a political solution to peace in Syria.

TV Presenter Eloquently Explains Why ISIS Aren't As Powerful As They Want You To Think

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK

An Australian television presenter has made a passionate speech following the Paris terror attacks which has already been viewed over 4 million times ...

The Media Did Cover Attacks on *Insert Country Here* - You Just Weren't Reading It

Emma Kelly | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Emma Kelly

"Why isn't the media covering this?" I saw several Facebook posts exclaim, while sharing a link to a BBC News story on the tragedy. a) The media did cover this. You are sharing a BBC News link to the story.

John Oliver's Profanity-Laden Paris Rant Is Pretty Much Perfect

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

John Oliver has embarked upon a profanity-laden rant towards the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in Paris which left at least 132 people dead, s...

'Shocked And Alone, I Pretended To Be Dead For Over An Hour'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

A woman who survived the terror attack at Paris's Bataclan theatre has described her anguish as she hid amongst the victims for more than an hour whil...

The Hashtag Helping Families Search For Loved Ones In Paris

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK

The unfolding horror of the Paris terror attacks was captured through the lens of social media. But now events themselves have ended, online networ...

George Takei Beautifully Conveys The Perils Of Blame After Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

'Star Trek' star George Takei has spoken of the power of love and compassion in the face of darkness and terror following Friday's terror attacks in P...

Paris Attacks: Middle East's Wars Arrive in Europe

Jon Snow | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Jon Snow

We are now confronted by one of the gravest threats to our world and our way of life, since rise of the Nazism. We'd better start talking about it openly not only amongst ourselves, but with everyone with whom we relate who plays a role in its sustenance, and that of course includes the Saudis.

"We Will Not Leave the School"

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

Cordoba Primary School is one of the most vulnerable schools in Hebron. Situated in H2, the Israeli-controlled portion of the city, most of the 148 Palestinian pupils must travel through checkpoints each day on their way to and from school.

Jamaica's Pioneering Journey Towards Cannabis Regulation

Amanda Feilding | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK
Amanda Feilding

It is wonderful that Jamaica has now not only decriminalised cannabis, eliminating previous convictions for possession, but has also fully acknowledged the religious rights of the Rastafarians, thus becoming the first state to properly recognise the religious use of cannabis.

Corbyn Supporters Threaten Newspaper Boycott After Journalist's Paris Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK

The Independent's John Rentoul has apologised for a remark suggesting Jeremy Corbyn would blame France for Friday's terror attacks in Paris. As de...

#PrayForParis Hashtag Prompts Poignant Cartoon

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK

One cartoonist has used the hashtag campaign which emerged following Friday's terror attacks in Paris to plead: "We don't need more religion". Lead...

Burma: There's More to Democracy Than Elections

Alistair Burnett | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Despite the encouraging noises since Sunday's election, the constitution entrenches military influence in the political system. A quarter of seats in parliament are reserved for officers and the National Defence and Security Council retains the power to remove the government. Then - perhaps surprisingly to many - there is growing doubt about Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

Maid Reveals Moment Her Arm Was 'Chopped Off By Saudi Boss'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK

An Indian maid who says her arm was completely severed by her Saudi employer has spoken of the moment she woke to find she was permanently disabled. ...

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Is an Area BRIC Countries Can Lead the World - They Must Take This Opportunity

Jim O'Neill | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Jim O'Neill

The BRICs should set their local industries the challenge of coming up with the drugs and diagnostics that their citizens need. While the original vision for the BRIC countries in 2001 is on its way to becoming a reality, there is still so much potential to tap. The issue of AMR is one area amongst many, where these nations can lead the world. We hope they take this opportunity.

Valletta: Farming Out Europe's Dirty Work

Joan Tubau | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Joan Tubau

The existing trend of disrespecting refugee law while ignoring abuse and torture is no longer acceptable. Valletta must not be remembered as the place where the outsourcing of Europe's dirty work was rubber-stamped.