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World War I: One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare

World War I: One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare

World War I, which saw the first use of chemical weapons, has changed attitudes to their use. In 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the little heard of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award was given to the group...

Syria and Kosovo: The Fate of Old? (Part 2/2)

Syria and Kosovo: The Fate of Old? (Part 2/2)

Why does Syria not have Kosovo's "luck"? This is the last of two part series. Read part one here.   In contrast to Syria, Kosovo was considered as a relatively “easy task,” as the Balkan countries were more likely to fight each other rather than an external actor....

Chemical Weapons: Not the Heart of the Matter

Chemical Weapons: Not the Heart of the Matter

Too many Syrians have been killed for a deal to contain chemical weapons. Quite apart from the current fury in the West over the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Civil War has been the latest chapter in the continual collapse of ersatz national...

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria’s Gas

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria’s Gas

Syria's appalling civil war must come to an end. The agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently hammered out in Geneva will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war. For the first...

Syria: The Global Left and the “No to War” Discourse

Syria: The Global Left and the “No to War” Discourse

The discourse of opponents to a military strike on Syria fell into the trap of cultural imperialism. The threat of a military strike on Syria has not aroused the enthusiasm of many. It has succeeded, however, in bringing the Syrian revolution to the discussion table. Until now, Syria has been...

The Syrian Quagmire: An Aftermath Scenario

The Syrian Quagmire: An Aftermath Scenario

The quest for stability in Syria will determine the outcome of the conflict. Historian Niall Ferguson holds that order is always the best argument in favor of the empire. Precisely, territorial order or stability is taken by Richard Falk as the bedrock of state sovereignty. Historian Eric...

The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq (Part 2/2)

The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq (Part 2/2)

An American war experiment in Iraq has exported toxicity and disability across the world. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Over the past ten years, the Iraqi leadership and corrupt government institutions have been unable or unwilling to provide basic healthcare to...

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Chemical Weapons in Syria: Which Type?

Chemical Weapons in Syria: Which Type?

It is essential to assess what type of chemical weapon was used in Syria. On August 21, 2013, reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria rocked the world, as it saw news footage of people suffering from what appeared to be the effects of a chemical attack. News reports filtered in...

Syria: The WMD-Free Zone Alternative to Military Action

Syria: The WMD-Free Zone Alternative to Military Action

The Middle East needs a WMD-Free Zone as an alternative to military action and radicalism. Is American-led military action the only way to deal with the presence and use of chemical weapons in Syria? Why not try to negotiate, together with all the relevant parties, including the Russians and...

The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq (Part 1/2)

The Toxicity of Everyday Survival in Iraq (Part 1/2)

An American war experiment in Iraq has exported toxicity and disability across the world. This the first of a two part series. For more than two decades, Iraq has been the subject of a large-scale toxic warfare experiment. Operation Desert Storm, fought in 1991, was the first time in military...

The End of a Unified Syria

The End of a Unified Syria

Military intervention involves serious risks of regional destabilization. The many actors stoking the long smoldering Syrian Civil War have now seen the conflict explode, following the Bashar al-Assad regime’s employment of sarin gas to stall the rebel advance in the Ghouta suburbs of...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer's five best articles of August. In large parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month of humidity and heat. When it comes to developments this month, there has been no dearth of the latter. The Syrian saga carries on like a tragic and bloody melodrama. The Bashar al-Assad...

Military Intervention in Syria: The End is Not Nigh

Military Intervention in Syria: The End is Not Nigh

The proposed US-led military strikes are unlikely to end the Syrian military’s war efforts. The proposed US-led military action against the Syrian military, in response to allegations that the Bashar al-Assad government authorized the use of chemical weapons against civilian targets in the...

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