| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:15 PM
A team of civilian specialists from Aberdeen Proving Ground is headed to the Mediterranean Sea for what is being called a historic mission to destroy Syria's chemical warfare stockpile — an effort that could serve as a model in the drive to rid...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:49 PM
After three years of civil war, Syrian President Bashar Assad's representatives sat down with opposition leaders for the first time this week to seek a way forward for their country. An initial meeting Wednesday got off to a rocky start, with speakers...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:46 PM
With mounting casualties estimated at over 100,000, millions more displaced internally and abroad, rampant and egregious human rights violations — including horrific chemical weapons attacks on civilians — bringing peace to Syria is an...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:00 AM
In 1951, my Great Uncle William Kirkpatrick, who had polio, became the first person to be injected with Jonas Salk's experimental polio vaccine. The vaccine would become Salk's gift to the world, but at the time it was untested and undergoing...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Desperately yearning for the carnage of the Lebanese civil war to end, my mother once told a neighbor, "I don't know whether to prepare dinner for my children or myself for a funeral."
It was 1975, I was 10 years old, and my neighborhood in Beirut had...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:00 AM
A team of scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground may play a critical role in helping the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, disarm Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.
In a squat brick...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Officials at the World Health Organization warned this week that a recent outbreak of polio among children in Syria potentially could threaten the entire region unless urgent steps are taken to halt its spread. The United Nations reported that the two-...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:53 AM
It took chemical weapons to make the deaths of Syrian civilians matter to the rest of the world. Prior to the sarin gas attack near Damascus in August, more than 100,000 had died in the civil war, including many innocent civilians. After the chemical...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:26 PM
While the slaughter goes on in the Syrian civil war, a remarkable war of words has broken out over the threatened use of American force there, led by of all people Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow's strongman of the post-Cold War era, or at least...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:56 AM
United Nations inspectors aren't saying who launched the chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people in Syria in August, but it would be difficult for anyone — including President Bashar Assad's apologists in Moscow — to maintain the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The Obama administration has decided to strike at the Assad regime in Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war that has already killed about 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq ("...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 10:36 AM
Vladimir Putin may be the world's most hypocritical leader.
The debate over the Syrian chemical weapons attack has brought this into sharp focus. The Russian president has repeatedly called the idea that the Syrian government carried out the attack...