Category Archives: Chemical warfare

US Anti-War Delegation Visits A Human Shield Encampment In Syria

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A delegation of anti-war and human rights activists from the United States is in Syria on a fact-finding trip. We spoke with Sarah Flounders of the International Action Center and the United National Anti-War Coalition as she joined journalist Oagrit Dandash and Syrian civilians who have gathered on Mount Qassioun in Damascus to serve as a human shield against an American attack.

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The US Has Three Times Syria’s Chemical Weapons Arsenal And Is Taking Years To Destroy It

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On Sunday Vice President Joe Biden called Syria’s the “largest stockpile of chemical weapons.” But at an estimated one thousand tons, Syria’s stockpile is far from the world’s largest. In fact the United States has more than three thousand tons of chemical munitions in its own stockpiles. We speak with Doctor Meryl Nass who runs the Anthrax Vaccine blog where she regularly debunks false claims about biological and chemical weapons.

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The Senate AUMF Could Expand the President’s Ability to Make War Without Congressional Approval

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Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed Tuesday on a draft Authorization that would impose a sixty-day time limit on Congressionally approved military action with a possible thirty-day extension at the president’s request. But the measure includes language that would give President Obama authority he has been claiming all along, that he can attack without asking for Congressional approval at all. We speak with Marcy Wheeler who blogs at EmptyWheel.net and writes about national security and civil liberties issues for Salon, the Huffington Post and other news outlets.

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Would Congressional Authorization to Attack Syria Make It Legal?

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Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to Capitol Hill for hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on President Obama’s request for authorization to use military force in Syria. But without UN approval would an attack be legal, and if Congress says, “No,” would that stop the president from ordering an attack anyway? We speak with Jacqueline Cabasso of the Western States Legal Foundation and Norman Solomon of RootsAction.org.

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The US and Britain Push the UN to Approve an Attack on Syria, and Multiple US Nuke Plants Close Post Fukushima

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Saying Bashar Assad’s regime carried out a chemical attack on civilians last week, Great Britain brought a proposal to the United Nations Security Council today to authorize the use of military force against Syria. But no concrete proof of the nature of the attack or who carried it out, the Syrian government or rebel forces, has yet been presented. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Since Fukushima there has been a cascade of US nuclear plants that are being permanently shut down, and plans for new plants being shelved. We speak with Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear.

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