Britain’s Novichok Chaos Brings Back Memories of Anthrax Attacks

April 06, 2018

It is surprising to see no mention in any media today of the parallel that exists between the 2001 anthrax attacks across the US and the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil. It could have been called 9/11, Act I, Scene II, or, in Hollywood terms, the sequel. The script was short...

World War I: One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare

August 04, 2014

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)

November 06, 2013

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

September 25, 2013

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

September 25, 2013

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

September 16, 2013

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

September 12, 2013

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)

September 12, 2013

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...

Chemical Weapons in Syria: Which Type?

September 12, 2013

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...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 1/2)

September 10, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the first of a two part series. The recent presidential polls in Iran resulted in the election of Hassan Rouhani, who began his term after introducing his cabinet for a vote of...

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