Archive for 'War' Category
My Iraqi friend surprised me last month with a relatively upbeat assessment of the situation in his country. After months of despair, and after being caught in a suicide bombing which killed some of his comrades, he felt it was getting quieter. However, concerns remain that the improvement may be fragile. The Pharmaceutical Journal carries [...]
During the run-up to World War II Hitler wished to make Germany economically and industrially independent of other countries. In orderÂ to reduce dependencyÂ onÂ the import of opium needed for the production of morphine, there was considerable interest in synthetic opioids. Pethidine and methadone were the two of the outcomes of this policy. Pethidine was widely used [...]
Frans van Anraat has been jailed for fifteen years for his part in the genocidal attacks on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein.
Frans van Anraat is currently on trial in the Hague for “complicity in war crimes and genocide for supplying agents for poison gas used by Iraq in the 1980 to 1988 war with Iran and against its Kurdish population, including a 1988 attack on the town of Halabja.” He is not the first businessman to [...]
One of the more interesting aspects of medical journals, and perhaps science journals in general, is that despite being supposed bastions of rationality and concerned with the application of evidence they are not averse to a bit of “spinning” themselves. News stories about medical papers do not create themselves. Embargoed press releases about are given [...]
The new Iraqi government is planning to offer an amnesty to insurgents, on the grounds that people make mistakes for what they see as the right reasons at the time. This seems a fair point given that even some left-wing columnists in the UK have fallen for the idea that the terrorists in Iraq are [...]