Syria Chemical Weapons

Fetteh in ISIS Country: Despatch From Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The last thing I expected on my latest trip to Syria at the very beginning of 2014 was to be able to eat a bowl of fetteh in Abu Salim's restaurant in Najjiyeh, in territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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.

11,000 Syrian Children Have Died In Two Years

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

Children are being deliberately targeted by snipers in Syria, with more than 11,000 killed in the brutal conflict, a new report has claimed. More t...

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2013

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarding the prestigious medal the Nobel Norwegian...

Norwegian TV Suggests Malala NOT Up For Nobel Prize

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK

The Nobel Peace Prize may not be going to Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, but to an international body that monitors...

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agreement Will Not Stop Assad

Damian Collins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The agreement brokered between the USA and Russia on the transfer and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid 2014 is not just ambitious, but almost certainly unachievable... The logistical challenge of disarming a regime of chemical weapons whilst it is fighting a brutal civil war are extremely daunting.

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...

Why a US Attack on Syria Would Have Little to Do With Chemical Weapons or Saving Lives

James Elliott | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

In a desire to suppress 'fascism' or 'radical evil' in Syria, many liberals are willing to succumb to Obama's whims, even in the knowledge that the chemical weapons rhetoric is bogus.

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...

How Can America Put Red Lines on Syria but No Red Lines on Gun Deaths at Home?

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Gareth Edmundson

Another mass shooting, more panic on the streets of America. The images we witnessed are all too familiar. There were heroic first responders, crouching and crawling with their rifles. We saw unfurling police tape and flashing blue lights and terror stricken civilians fleeing the since. And now in the aftermath, the discussions into the gunman's motives are being exhaustively debated.

'Syria Inaction Shows We Haven't Learnt Lessons Of Holocaust'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

David Cameron has said those who favoured inaction over the brutal chemical weapons attack in Syria should feel "shame", saying the Holocaust should h...

'Damning' and 'Chilling'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

A report by UN weapons inspectors into the atrocity in Damascus is "damning" and "fully consistent" with Britain's assessment that Bashar Assad's regi...

The Syrian Red Line and How Images Change Everything

Anne Speckhard | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Speckhard

Is there then a hypocrisy in drawing a red line in the case of Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his opposition forces and their civilian family members? And what changed in the West for these agents to now be considered crossing the Red Line?

Hague Welcomes US-Russia Deal On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

William Hague will head to Paris for new talks on the crisis in Syria, following the pact hammered out between the United States and Russia to secure ...

Have Russia And The US Finally Come To An Agreement Over Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK

The US and Russia have agreed a deal for securing Syria's chemical weapons, with Moscow admitting they will consider military strikes against Syria fo...

Protect Syrians Now - By Putting Serious Dialogue Above Bombs

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ilco van der Linde

We all feel pain when we see the pictures of the gassed children in Syria. We all want the civil war in Syria to end soon; this terrible war that has already been going on for two years, has forced millions to flee and has killed over a hundred thousand people.

Putin Rescues Obama With an Offer He Couldn't Refuse - So What's Next?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

As I said in my previous blog, Russia has a better handle on the Syrian situation than does America. And now a Russian president has done something no other Russian leader has ever done...erased a red line and extracted a US president from a no win situation.

Does the Psychology of Chemical Weapons Explain the Need for a Red Line?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Speckhard

Why is there particular revulsion over such attacks versus conventional warfare? Even if it's proved to have occurred-it is a relatively small number of people who have died from this alleged chemical attack, compared to far more thousands who have been victims of conventional weapons.

Cameron Welcomes Russian Plan For UN Take Chemical Weaspons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

David Cameron has backed a Russian plan to place the Syrian regime’s stockpile of chemical weapons under international stewardship in an effort to a...

Does Obama Go It Alone?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the week begins President Obama faces the toughest test of his presidency to date. Through a combination of factors, some of his own making and some beyond his control, he has boxed himself and the US Government into a corner and there appears to be no easy way out.

US Intervention in Syria: Not Kind, But Cruel

Amira Mohsen Galal | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Amira Mohsen Galal

As the drums of war beat once more for yet another strike on a Middle Eastern capital, one cannot help but be reminded of similar events exactly a decade ago that heralded the US invasion of Iraq. However, this time we have learnt from experience to ask the right questions and not to repeat the same mistakes... Haven't we?

International Intervention in the Twitter Age

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

The Obama Administration's envisaged armed intervention into the Syrian conflict (in response to the use of chemical weapons that killed and sickened hundreds of people) may be the first planned military operation to be strategized entirely in 140 characters or less.

Syrian Dictator's Wife Uses Instagram To Show You She's All About The Charity Work

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

On her knees, clasping the hand of a tiny child, proffering a doll to another, Basma Al-Assad wants you to know she's all about the kiddies and the ne...

Intervening In Syria Is the Right Thing to Do - That's Why So Many People Are Against It

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

The coalition of the willing done a good job of creating just the opposite, seemingly. Large majorities in both the UK and US still do not support attacking Syria, and it is those most passionate about politics who seem to most object. For the antiwar left, any use of force by the West is neo-imperialism and repeats the mistakes of ten years ago...

Boris: 'Not Even Hitler Used Chemical Weapons'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during the Second World War, seemingly excluding the several million Je...