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Chemical Weapon Watchdog Group Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
2013-10-12 07:45:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the group overseeing the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenal. According to BBC News, the Nobel Committee said the honor was presented to the organization because of its “extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons.” OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu called the award a "great honor" and said it would...

2011-12-10 02:16:36

Terrorist attacks with chemical weapons are a real possibility, according to a study that appears in the online open access journal, published by SAGE. Thanks to their extensive knowledge of toxic agents, and how to treat those who have been exposed, pharmacists are an invaluable resource in the event of an actual or potential chemical weapons attack. Chemical weapons act on their victims through a number of mechanisms. They include nerve agents, chemicals that cause blistering...

2010-11-15 12:00:00

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) announces the disposal of the last mustard agent-filled ton container in the chemical weapons stockpile of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark. Disposal was completed safely the evening of Friday, Nov. 12, marking the end of chemical weapons storage at the Arsenal after nearly seven decades. Pine Bluff Chemical Activity (PBCA) provided the safe and secure maintenance, storage and...

2010-08-15 13:57:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee urged Prime Minister Erdogan to investigate claims that Turkey recently used chemical weapons against Kurdish separatists. "Turkey owes the world a clarification of the photographs of corpses whose injuries are consistent with chemical weapons use," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Since chemical weapons are proscribed under international law, it is imperative that Turkey take credible steps to allay the...

2009-10-22 12:40:24

It has passed as fact among historians, journalists and politicians, and has been recounted everywhere from tourist guidebooks to the floor of the U.S. Congress: British forces used chemical weapons on Iraqis just after World War I. But that claim has never been fully squared with the historical record, says R. M. Douglas, a historian at Colgate University. According to Douglas's research, forthcoming in the December issue of The Journal of Modern History, no such incident ever occurred....

2008-09-14 09:00:28

Over 4 t of chemicals have been destroyed so far at a chemical weapons disposal plant in the village of Maradykovo, Kirov Region, and another 20,000 pieces of ammunition are expected to arrive for disposal soon, Russian Zvezda TV reported on 10 September, adding that nearly 20 per cent of Russia's chemical weapons are kept in Kirov Region. In addition to destroying chemicals, the plant also cuts bomb shells and is planning to sell scrap metal at auctions, the report said. The plant takes...

2008-08-27 09:01:14

China urges Japan to remove chemical weapons abandoned during WWII BEIJING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday urged Japan to accelerate the process of removing chemical weapons it abandoned in China during the Second World War. "We expect Japan to do its utmost to quicken the process of removing abandoned chemical weapons and wipe out the related threats at an early date," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press briefing. Qin's comments came after a court in Tokyo...

2008-07-02 12:00:59

By Ashlee Clark, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 2--Destruction of chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot won't be complete by a government-imposed 2017 deadline unless officials consider other options, including moving chemical weapons to destruction facilities in other states, according to the Department of Defense. The department released its findings in a semi-annual report to Congress of the country's chemical demilitarization program. The Department of Defense...

2008-04-02 03:00:42

By Fitzgerald, Gerard J The first large-scale use of a traditional weapon of mass destruction (chemical, biological, or nuclear) involved the successful deployment of chemical weapons during World War I (1914- 1918). Historians now refer to the Great War as the chemist's war because of the scientific and engineering mobilization efforts by the major belligerents. The development, production, and deployment of war gases such as chlorine, phosgene, and mustard created a new and complex public...

2006-08-31 07:57:34

By Adam Tanner DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT, Utah (Reuters) - As Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan laid waste to Europe and Asia in World War II, the United States ramped up production of mustard gas to respond to any chemical attack. The Allies never used the weapons that inflicted so much suffering during World War I, but America kept them throughout the Cold War as a deterrent. "Thank goodness it wasn't used actively during World War II," said Col. Frederick Pellissier, custodian of the...


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