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A woman holds a Syrian flag during a protest against air strikes on Syria in Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

US airstrikes in Syria nothing more than theater

Are air strikes really a way to hold the Syrian regime responsible for its alleged atrocities against humanity? History says no.
A Syrian soldier films the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law

The United Nations Charter doesn't allow the use of military force to prevent chemical weapons attacks — no matter how evil — without UN Security Council approval. That needs to change.
Emergency personnel at the Ashley Wood Recovery Centre in Salisbury as the investigation into the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal continues. PA Images

The story of the Novichok nerve agents – podcast

An audio version of an in depth article on the story of how the nerve agent used in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was developed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, April 12 2017. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

What does Russia want from Donald Trump?

Relations between Russia and the United States have reached an all-time low since the US strike on Syria. But Moscow knows that Washington will need its support if tension rises with North Korea.
Syrian doctors treat a child following a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. Edlib Media Center, via AP, File

How much power can an image actually wield?

Will recent photos of chemical attack victims in Syria provoke a short-term emotional reaction or a sustained humanitarian campaign?
Inspecting the rubble of a damaged house after a US airstrike in Daraa Al-Balad, Syria, April 7 2017. Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Is Trump’s strike in Syria changing international law?

The recent American airstrike in Syria has created a new norm in international law sanctioning the unilateral use of force to punish those who deploy chemical weapons against their own people.
Syrian children, first aiders and civil defence volunteers showing their support of victims in the recent alleged chemical attack in Syria. Mohammed Badra/EPL

What we know about the April 4 chemical attack in Syria

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Fact Finding Team has not yet revealed the nature of the chemicals used in Khan Sheikhoun.
Enzymes, the catalysts of biology, can engulf and break down hundreds of nerve agent molecules per second. Image: Pymol. PDB 4E3T rcsb.org

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Scientists invented chemical weapons; some are now working to destroy them. New biomolecular design techniques let researchers design proteins that can destroy nerve agents in bodies.
Trump boards Air Force One on April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump’s attack on Syria: Four takeaways

'America First' apparently doesn't mean a step away from playing the world's policeman – and three more things to note about U.S. airstrikes on Syria.

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