Chemical Weapons

Son Of British Diplomat Reportedly Arrested Over 'Terror Threat'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

A teenage son of a British diplomat has been arrested during a probe into a chemical weapons terror threat, according to reports. The Sun reported ...

Former FCO Minister Says Cameron's Syria Decision Led To 'Constitutional Mess'

Guardian | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has landed itself in a "constitutional mess" in the wake of the summer vote against military action in Syria, in which the Commons can be guar...

Syrian Chemical Weapons - Coming To A Port Near You

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Some 150 tonnes of industrial-grade chemicals are to be shipped from war-torn Syria to a British port to be destroyed, it has been revealed. A for...

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Looking Back in Anger: The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

Gary Kent | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week I visited the Domiz refugee camp for the third time in six months and saw many children at school and play. Once again, I was struck by their cheeriness and resilience. I wanted to find some of the children I met in June but the camp has mushroomed since then from 50,000 to 75,000 so it would have been difficult.

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

Ex-Briton Could Be Al Shabab Chemical Weapons Mastermind?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK

A former British citizen developed deadly chemical weapons for extremists who murdered dozens of people in the attack on the Kenyan shopping mall, it ...

The Lavrov-Kerry Deal is a Green Light for More Massacres

Nehad Ismail | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

The Security Council Resolution number 2118 is a victory for Russia, a defeat for the USA and a green light for Bashar Al Assad to kill more Syrians with conventional weapons.

Permanent Five 'Agree' On Draft Resolution Over Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

The world moved a step closer to removing Syria’s chemical arsenal on Thursday after permanent members of the Security Council agreed on a draft res...

'Put Religion In Its Proper Place'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Tony Blair has said religion needs to be put "in its proper place in politics" in order to defeat terrorists who "fight without hesitation, kill witho...

'It's The Results That Count'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics

Action should be taken against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad if Syria does not give up its chemical weapons,Tony Blair has warned. T...

Blair Would Have Voted For Syria Strikes Despite Subsequent Diplomatic 'Success'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Tony Blair said he would have supported US military strikes against Syria, adding that it remains vital that London and Washington "stick together" to...

What Happened to the US Army's Chemical Weapons?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

The US public's negative attitude to such weapons now made the chemical industry so nervous, they turned away from lucrative contracts. But the US Army continued pursuing stockpiles...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Completely Crazy'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 15 September 2013.. 1) 'COMPLETELY CRAZY' The Lib Dem conference has kicked off in Glasgow and former...

Hague Welcomes Syria Chemical Weapons Agreement

PA | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed an agreement by the United States and Russia on a plan to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical ...

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

World War Three Possibly Postponed for a Bit

Nick Revell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Revell

At the time of writing it looks like a casual remark by Secretary of State John Kerry has accidentally made the third world war a little less likely.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Peace Gets a Chance

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 11 September 2013... 1) PEACE GETS A CHANCE Is US military action now off the table? For the fores...

The US Administration is as Guilty as the UK Government of Poor Politicking over Syria

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

As the G20 leaders leave St. Petersburg, all eyes are now back on Washington, where legislators have been receiving briefings on the intelligence underpinning the case set out by the US Administration last week for military intervention in Syria.

'Sarin Chemical' Sale Needs Investigated Says Senior MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK

The decision to allow UK firms to sell a chemical that can be used to make the deadly sarin nerve agent to Syria with Government permission needs to b...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'No Attack On Syria, No Matter What'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 8 September 2013... 1) 'NO ATTACK ON SYRIA, NO MATTER WHAT, SAY VOTERS' That's the splash headline on...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Humanitarian Intervention Or Regime Change?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 4th September 2013... 1) HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION OR REGIME CHANGE? So, remember how the proposed...

Laying the Iraq Ghost to Rest on the Road to Damascus

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

At no point in the last two-and-a-half years has the spectre of Iraq been more sharply evident than in the events surrounding Secretary of State John Kerry's statement of the United States' intelligence and national-security case for limited military intervention in Syria following the apparent use of chemical weapons in attacks on Damascus...

Why Do We Call Chemical Weapons "Weapons of Mass Destruction"? They're Nothing Of The Sort

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

All of us have a visceral, emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons. It repulses us... Yet there's a question that must be asked: why are we more offended by the killing of civilians with chemical weapons than we are by the slaughter of far greater numbers of civilians with conventional weapons?

Mehdi Hasan

'Everyone Is Saying Sarin But We Just Don't Know'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

The United States and its allies should wait for firm evidence on the use of chemical weapons in Syria before they launch any action against the Assad...