Category Archives: UK Government

Briefing Note: Update on the Salisbury poisonings

The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of … Continue reading

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How The Media Reveal Inconvenient Truth About Syria

The truth is sometimes revealed through words, but more often through deeds. The Times and several other papers recently carried alarming stories about “Apologists for Assad” to be found in social media, in independent journalism, and even in universities. Passive … Continue reading

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Chemical Attack in Douma: a false pretext for escalating war against Syria?

Update 28 April – the appearance of 17 witnesses at the OPCW meeting at The Hague  all testifying to a complete absence of chemical weapons or victims at the clinic has been accepted by non-Western observers as close to definitive proof. … Continue reading

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Update to briefing note ‘Doubts about Novichoks’

The following is an update to the briefing note of 14 March 2018 from the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and media. (Readers’ comments on this update can be made here.) Authors: Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason and Piers Robinson Introduction In view of the … Continue reading

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Doubts about “Novichoks”

The following briefing note is developed from ongoing research and investigation into the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria conducted by members of the Working Group on Syria, Media and Propaganda. The note reflects … Continue reading

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Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack: Guest Blog Featuring Paul McKeigue’s Reassessment

In this post, Professor Paul McKeigue analyses the recent report of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism into the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, in April 2017. In the light of its findings, he compares the likelihood of two scenarios: … Continue reading

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White Helmets in Syria: some questions for our government

What should we – members of Western publics – think about the White Helmets? There is currently great controversy between journalists who present them unproblematically as heroes[1] and others who view them as problematically associated with terrorists.[2] There is evidently … Continue reading

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