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Chemical Weapons Convention

Report: Syrian Military Pounded Rebel-Held Aleppo With Chemical Weapons

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 02.13.2017 | World

The Syrian military pounded parts of eastern Aleppo with chemical weapons during its offensive to retake the city at the end of last year, according t...

Nobel Peace Prize to OPCW Rebukes U.S. Unilateralism

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

The fact that the OPCW exists made it possible for the international community to prevent a U.S. attack on Syria, which had seemed inevitable just weeks ago and the likely disastrous consequences that would have followed.

Poison Values

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Poison gas is not only a "moral obscenity" -- one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare -- but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.

Obama's Principled "Red Line" on Syria (Which, By the Way, Worked)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...

U.S. Record on Chemical Weapons Weakens Standing in Challenging Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in a military response to any use of such weaponry by Syria.

Punishing Assad

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Richard W. Kropf

Can we rightly punish Assad for doing what his country never agreed not to do? Finger-pointing or worse, missile-pointing on our part at the bad guys of the world for breaking treaties that they never agreed to is rather useless, or even hypocritical.

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Why Syria Must Not Be Allowed to Cross That Notorious 'Red Line'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Dorian de Wind

If it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on its people, the world -- and that includes the United States -- cannot and must not sit on its hands.

Army's Botched Deadlines Could Force Arms Depots To Blow Up Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(Scroll Down For Video) RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile - and now all but certain to miss their d...