chemical weapons http://kuow.org en More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup http://kuow.org/post/more-staff-reduction-umatilla-depot-site-nears-final-cleanup <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022714AK_Umatilla_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Umatilla Chemical Depot is letting go of 60 more workers. Just 100 remain, down from more than 800 a few years ago.<p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:37:20 +0000 Anna King 29634 at http://kuow.org More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel http://kuow.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-group-won-nobel The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2013/press.html">awarded</a> the 2013 peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group that's only recently been thrust into the spotlight as it works to dismantle Syria's chemical program.<p>The OPCW, which is based at the Hague, was established in 1997 and now has an annual budget of $100 million and a staff of about 500 people. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:41:00 +0000 editor 21903 at http://kuow.org What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? http://kuow.org/post/why-does-russia-believe-rebels-used-chemical-weapons-syria <p>The United Nations General Assembly opened this week and on the top of the agenda is the crisis in Syria. UN weapons inspectors said that based on their investigation, chemical weapons were definitely used in an August 21 attack of a city on the outskirts of Damascus.</p><p>While many officials believe evidence points to Bashar al-Assad's government as being the perpetrator of the attack, Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that the UN and Western officials have incorrectly tied the Syrian government to that attack.</p><p>Fred Weir is the Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, he explains why Russia is still blaming the Syrian rebels for the chemical weapons attack. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:27:06 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20648 at http://kuow.org Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? Reaction In The Middle East To Syria http://kuow.org/post/reaction-middle-east-syria <p></p><p>The United Nations inspectors say they have convincing evidence that chemical weapons were used in a large scale attack in Syria last month. In a report released earlier today the inspectors said the samples they collected from an area of Damascus provided clear and convincing evidence that the nerve agent sarin was used.</p><p>The inspectors were not charged with determining who launched the chemical weapons. The news closely follows this weekend’s announcement that Russia and the United States had reached agreement on a framework for Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program. The United States and its allies say military force is still a possibility if Syria fails to follow through on its agreement. Meanwhile the war in Syria continues.</p><p><a href="http://www.borzou.com/">Borzou Daragahi</a> has been covering events in the Middle East for the Financial Times. He’s based in Cairo. He explains what the reaction in the Middle East has been to the announcement that Syria would give up its chemical weapons. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:00:15 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20415 at http://kuow.org Dismantling Chemical Weapons In Umatilla, Ore. http://kuow.org/post/dismantling-chemical-weapons-umatilla-ore <p>The international community may soon be charged with the destruction of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile. After the US and Russia, Syria is assumed to have the world’s third largest stock of sarin, mustard gas and other toxic weapons.</p><p>The US began the process of destroying its chemical weapons in the 1990s, after it signed the International Chemical Weapons Treaty. Umatilla, Ore., was once home to one of the nine US Army installations that house chemical weapons. Umatilla staff successfully finished the process of dismantling that weapons stockpile in October of 2011.</p><p>Our Richland correspondent Anna King explains how they went about the process of destroying chemical weapons. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:59:20 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20155 at http://kuow.org Obama: American Ideals, National Security At Stake In Syrian Crisis http://kuow.org/post/obama-american-ideals-national-security-stake-syrian-crisis <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g5DccEbTGA</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:51:24 +0000 editor 20104 at http://kuow.org Obama: American Ideals, National Security At Stake In Syrian Crisis Syria Agrees To Get Rid Of Their Chemical Weapons. Now What? http://kuow.org/post/syria-agrees-get-rid-their-chemical-weapons-now-what <p>After an off-the-cuff suggestion by Secretary of State John Kerry, President Bashar al-Assad’s government has accepted a Russian plan to turn over their chemical weapons. The significance of this agreement is “huge” according to <a href="http://www.ploughshares.org/who-we-are/staff/joseph-cirincione">Joseph Cirincione</a>, the president of Ploughshares Fund and member of Secretary Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board. He explains what the prospects of this plan working are and how the international community might go about seizing Syria’s chemical weapons. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:42:26 +0000 Ross Reynolds 20094 at http://kuow.org Syria Agrees To Get Rid Of Their Chemical Weapons. Now What? Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons http://kuow.org/post/breakthrough-syria-hints-it-might-give-chemical-weapons (We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)<p>Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.<p>But the administration also said it would wait to see what sort of diplomatic solution Syria and "its Russian patrons" come up with. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20040 at http://kuow.org Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons Chemical Weapons: What They Are And Why They're Different http://kuow.org/post/chemical-weapons-what-they-are-and-why-theyre-different <p>Congress returned to Washington, D.C., today with Syria at the forefront of its agenda. Lawmakers will debate a resolution on military intervention against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons.</p><p>To take a step back, Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Raymond Zilinskas, director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/rzilinskas" style="line-height: 1.5;">Monterey Institute of International Studies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about chemical weapons — what they are and why they are considered a different class than conventional weapons.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:14:06 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 19989 at http://kuow.org Why Do Chemical Weapons Evoke Such A Strong Reaction? http://kuow.org/post/why-do-chemical-weapons-evoke-such-strong-reaction Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It took more than two years and at least 100,000 lives lost for the U.S. government to threaten Syria with military action. The catalyst was the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:38:24 +0000 Jackie Northam 19786 at http://kuow.org In Europe, Obama Will Seek Support For Syria Strike http://kuow.org/post/europe-obama-will-seek-support-syria-strike President Obama landed in Sweden on Wednesday — the start of a European trip that will take him to Russia for a summit of world leaders at which he'll try to build support for his plan to strike targets inside Syria.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-g-8-summit-obama-to-seek-support-for-action-on-syria/2013/09/03/4bf2ed68-14a4-11e3-b182-1b3bb2eb474c_story.html" target="_blank">As <em>The Washington Post</em> says</a>, it's a "high-stakes trip ... Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19680 at http://kuow.org In Europe, Obama Will Seek Support For Syria Strike Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria http://kuow.org/post/obama-says-hes-not-made-final-decision-syria Speaking during a photo op with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today, President Obama said he has not made a final decision on launching a military strike on Syria.<p>But Obama<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/30/217211589/coming-up-kerry-statement-about-the-crisis-in-syria"> echoed the case made earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry</a> that chemical weapons in Syria threaten U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:31:00 +0000 editor 19475 at http://kuow.org Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether http://kuow.org/post/striking-syria-still-seems-question-when-not-whether Though <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/29/216933582/british-parliament-rejects-syria-intervention-in-symbolic-vote" target="_blank">Great Britain won't be joining</a> in any military action aimed at Syria, it appears the White House is determined to go ahead — most likely within the next few days and most likely with missile strikes.<p>We'll be following the news throughout the day and over the weekend. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:50:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19445 at http://kuow.org Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria http://kuow.org/post/british-pm-david-cameron-makes-case-military-action-syria <p>Britain could launch strikes against the Syrian regime without the backing of the United Nations, according to its own legal advice. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:47:10 +0000 BBC News 19384 at http://kuow.org British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria Limited U.S. Strikes ... Followed By Major Attacks On U.S. http://kuow.org/post/limited-us-strikes-followed-major-attacks-us As President Obama weighs a possible limited military strike against Syria, he may want to consider the track record of his predecessors on this front. It's not encouraging.<p>The Obama administration and several before it have seen limited attacks as a way to send a tough message without drawing the U.S. into a larger conflict.<p>But critics say such strikes rarely, if ever, inflict serious damage or change the behavior of those targeted. And worse, limited U.S. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:35:00 +0000 editor 19317 at http://kuow.org Limited U.S. Strikes ... Followed By Major Attacks On U.S.