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#ChemicalWeapons #Syria #OPCW #Russia #disinformation #Thread
1/ Data showed that three false narratives were spread most frequently. The tweets primarily targeted the White Helmets civil rescue workers.
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2/ The conspiracy accounts also focused on distorting facts about the use of #ChemicalWeapons by the #Syria regime. The third narrative was aimed against the findings of reports by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (#OPCW).
#ChemicalWeapons #Syria #OPCW
3/ researchers discovered the false content was shared by the audience of 3 million people with 1.8 million of them being unique followers. According to data analysis, 19,000 original disinformation posts were retweeted over 670,000 times.
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1/ First @CBWNet Working Paper "Launching the Competence Network CBWNet: Achievements of the #ChemicalWeaponsConvention and Future Challenges" just went online: is.gd/6ZYzd9
2/ Working Paper collates presentations made at April 29 high-level launch event on occasion of 25th anniversary of CWC 25th anniversary #CWC25. Short thread on some highlights:
3/ @UN_Disarmament @INakamitsu in video message pointed to significant difficulties in holding accountable perpetrators of #chemicalweapons use and said that "this is not a situation the international community should allow to persist".
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Today, on 25th anniversary of @OPCW we are happy to launch CBWNet, a project by @IFSHHamburg @HSKF_PRIF @jlugiessen ZNF @UniHH, funded by @BMBF_Bund. Over next 4 years we will be working together to strengthen norms against #chemicalweapons and #biologicalweapons.
#OPCW25 #CWC25
Check out our website at cbwnet.org
Thankful for guidance and advice from our transfer network: Ahmet Üzümcü, @elvira_rosert @dfeakes @CarolineFehl @RevillJames Nomi Bar-Yacoov, Hans-Georg Weinig and Stefan Mogl and looking forward to working with project partners @GERMANYonUN and @Leopoldina
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¿Sabías que aún existen armas químicas reconocidas almacenadas en EEUU? Tranquilos, nadie las va a usar
El proceso de destrucción de las armas químicas #CWA es lento, no exento de riesgos y, lo más importante, debe ser supervisado externamente. Precisamente para que toda la humanidad se asegure de un futuro libre de armas de destrucción masiva
La organización encargada de dicha supervisión es @OPCW. Desde la firma de la Convención en 1993, y su entrada en vigor en 1997, los inspectores @OPCW supervisan los almacenes y el proceso de eliminación de los mismos
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Many worry that #Russia might turn to #ChemicalWeapons in #Ukraine, as things go increasingly poorly for it on the battlefield.

In my latest for the @washingtonpost, I examine the (limited) options to deter/punish such a horrible scenario: washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/0…

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The #USA/#NATO have few good options for deterring #Russia’s use of #ChemicalWeapons (CW) in #Ukraine - or punishing such use after the fact, since “the toolkit of punishments includes the very deterrents that failed to change Moscow’s calculus in the first place.” /2
I examine the lessons from multiple failures to deter #ChemicalWeapons use in #Syria, concluding: “It is hard to prevent a highly motivated actor from chemical use, especially if the deterring side fails to respond decisively to the first crossing of the “red line.” /3
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🧵1200+1 hrs since #Ukrainian Patriotic War of Independence was started by #Russia full scale attack & 2976? days since #RussiaInvadedUkraine.
Pretty much the same as last time - tense situation waiting for new #Russist violence as they sink in frustration over their failures...
More missile strikes, air alerts across entire country. Which is ofc expected after the humiliation #Russia suffered when its #Moskva sank. Frustrated with own failures they can only escalate and keep destroying our cities, sending missies to kill us from, for now, safe distance
#Russia's #criminal culture demands an "otvetka" - their criminal slang for a retaliation, which, characteristically, they use openly in their propaganda - crime is a part of their fascist mafia culture, after all.
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#RussianDisinformation at the #UN and #UNSC is not a new development, but #PutinsWar in #Ukraine has brought it into sharp focus. A 🧵 based on my experience leading a team @UKUN_NewYork covering Syria, Ukraine and other issues 1/11
#Disinformation and #Propaganda has been a significant feature of #Kremlin policy since Putin’s controversial ‘re-election’ in 2012. The 🎯 audience is primarily the Russian public but in the #UN context it is also UN member states 2/11
The Putin regime has used #disinformation to justify the 2014 annexation of #Crimea and invasion of #Donbas, to cover up the Russian downing of #MH17, the poisoning of the #Skripals and #Navalny, and #ChemicalWeapons use in #Syria 3/11
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Day 49 - US seeing #Russia reassembling, staging forces/equipment in #Belarus, #Russia for a "renewed push" expected to target eastern #Ukraine, #Donbas, per a senior US defense official

Equipment being staged includes helicopters, artillery systems, official says
Since start of invasion, #Russia's launched +1,550 missiles vs #Ukraine (up abt 10 since Tuesday), per a senior US defense official

US reports 150 manned #Russia|n air sorties in past 24 hours, focused on #Mariupol, eastern #Ukraine / #Donbas
NEW: "Javelins continue to flow in" - another shipment coming in next 24 hours for #Ukraine, per a senior US defense official

Remain US #switchblade drones arriving in the next 24 hours
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#Ukraine has accomplished a major victory around #Kiev and the defenders of #Mariupol have held out for far longer than anyone expected. Nothing will change how history views those battles. However, there is reason to be cautious about the next stage of conflict. Thread/
First, #Russia has given up on capturing #Ukraine intact. It was clear from their original attack that they genuinely believed that #Ukrainians would be waving #Russian flags to greet them. They attacked very little infrastructure and attempted to merely capture key locations.
Second, #Russia wasted some of its most elite troops in thunder runs into the middle of cities and towns or unsupported air assaults that destroyed an amazing amount of #Russian combat power. Now that those formations are gone #Russia has changed tactics in multiple ways.
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In the @Independent, I argue that a recent article by Timofei Sergeitsev lays out a plan for the #GenocideOfUkrainians. Honored to be quoted with @ZelenskyyUa and @eugene_finkel. This should be picked up widely by the press. When we talk about intent, let's start using the
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Saying this slowly #Johnson #Ministerialcode

🔴 Broke the law
🔴 Conspired to conceal it
🔴 Lied to Parliament
🔴 Ignored Ministerial Code

You think he has the moral character to be a safe, reliable and conscientious pair of hands in a war?

You're no democrat.
He's a Nixon.
Seriously how ridiculous an argument is it, that we shouldn't change #Johbson during a "war".

THIS is the guy who can deal with #ChemicalWeapons?

You're going to need integrity and honour for that.

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Excellent.

Nixon analogies are in great company.

@thatdanstevens makes the same point as this thread.

The One Show.
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"In the past we've had indications that that could be one thing that the #Russia|ns look at...the idea that they could they could disguise a more serious attack by using the vehicle & the techniques of of riot control agents" per sr US defense official

re #chemicalweapons
"Again we are not in a position now to say that's what happened. We cannot confirm that any agent at all was used in Mariupol at this pt" per the sr US defense official "But we have had indications in the past that that would be,could be one tactic that the Russians might employ"
Alleged #chemicalweapons use by #Russia-"These are these are difficult things to prove, even when you are more proximate and we are not" per senior US defense official

"We want to be very careful here before making a proclamation "
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What will happen, should #Russia use #ChemicalWeapons (CW) in #Ukraine as it escalates in the Donbas?

Russia’s tactics @OPCW & UNSC over CW use in #Syria & the Navalny poisoning offer good indications.

Bottom line: Attribution/accountability will be a very hard lift

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A few weeks ago, US/#NATO officials raised alarm over possible Russian CW use in #Ukraine (framed by #Russia as false-flag op conducted by UA “radicals”), warning this would be “game changer” & would elicit an “aggressive response”. Yet, no clear red line was communicated. /2
Meanwhile, a #NATO official suggested that, were there to be a CW attack delivered by mil. means, attribution to #Russia would be “immediate”. The key Q, so said official, was thus: "Is #Russia going to want to stay below the threshold of attribution?” /3
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After 'cry wolf' stunts and false flag atrocities, like the #WMDs in Iraq, the #Houla massacre and CW attacks in #Syria, critical analyses emerge. Like this one on #Bucha . But the war propaganda machine moves on, creating new scams. covertactionmagazine.com/2022/04/06/was… Image
Occasionally the war media - like the @nytimes - is forced to recognise some of the atrocities committed by its own Hollywood style 'good guys'. telesurenglish.net/news/LIVE-NYT-… Image
This one. Image
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 04/01/2022 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2022/04/01/dai…
Research shows unique connectivity lets highly creative people's brains take 'road less traveled' to their destination
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#BigCPeople, #BrainConnectivity, #BrainArchitecture
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#NATO #US/#Bombing campaigns since 1945
- In practice, US led assassinations and overthrows of legitimate governments and interference with elections may be just as significant as the actual bombings listed here.
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"Babies thrown out of Incubators"
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#OscarAward winner; the best actor
#Kuwaiti ambassador's Daughter lies to Congress | Oct 10, 1990
The #Nayirah testimony was a false testimony given before the Congressional #HumanRights Caucus.
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#Russia #NewsfromMordor Russian watchdog Roskomnadzor is preparing sanctions against Google, Telegram, Meta, Discord, Pinterest and Twitch. The Ministry of Education is ready to discuss Medinsky's proposal to introduce a prayer for the glory of Russia in schools.
#Russia #NewsfromMordor Medvedev: "No restrictions on the return of the death penalty in Russia, everything will depend on the situation. The moratorium may remain, if everything is calm, or be revised if necessary."
#Russia An Interior Ministry official arrested for spreading "fakes" about war, was charged for speaking on the phone, allegedly spreading "knowingly false information." He called his acquaintances in the Crimea and the Moscow region. No permission to tap his phone, says lawyer
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#BiologicalWeapons #Thread
1/ On 4 April the 9th #1972BWC Preparatory Committee will convene until the 11th.
It had been proposed to have a 1-day meeting, basically to decide on postponing the PrepCom until later because the NPT Review Conference was rescheduled to August, ...
2/ ... which meant overlap with the dates foreseen for the BTWC RevCon.
Also, the Non-Aligned Movement is still not able to find consensus on nominating the President for the BTWC RevCon.
However, a BTWC state party had to break the silent procedure, as a consequence of which ...
3/ ... the full PrepCom meeting will go ahead.

What can we expect to happen?
Well, after 3 sessions in the #UNSC accusing #Ukraine of harbouring #BiologicalWeapons programmes funded by the #USA, the #EuropeanUnion and #Germany in its laboratories, and ...
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1/ Deliberate targeting of industrial facility to realease ammonia as a #ChemicalWeapons in #Ukraine️ by #Russia.

However, event was announced!

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2/ Last Saturday (19/03), the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev announced that:
3/ In Sumy, at the Sumykhimprom chemical plant, nationalists mined storage facilities with ammonia and chlorine in order to mass poison the inhabitants of the Sumy region if units of the Russian Armed Forces entered the city," he said, calling it "completely outrageous facts.
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🚨New RUSI Report, ‘Remote Assessment of North Korea's Chemical Weapons: Feasible or Not?’ by @varriale_C and Sarah Clapham is out now!

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North Korea’s #nuclear programme has been the most prominent capability of concern to the international community, but North Korea is also suspected to possess a chemical weapons programme.
There is a lack of detailed understanding and assessment of the status, scope, and scale of its chemical weapons programme, especially in the public domain.
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On 22 Feb, @UN_Disarmament High Representative @INakamitsu delivered a video message at the #ChemicalWeaponsConvention Coalition Webinar: Ten Years of Chemical Weapons Use in #Syria with @OPCW. LISTEN 👉[bit.ly/3HxEVFT]. SEE 👉 [bit.ly/3huIpOU].
@INakamitsu @OPCW In her message, the High Representative underscored that #ChemicalWeapons use in Syria, Malaysia, Iraq, the UK and Russia had threatened the norms embedded in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and profoundly damaged the disarmament and non-proliferation efforts.
@INakamitsu @OPCW She also highlighted that the UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres had repeatedly stressed that the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone and under any circumstances would be unacceptable and had urged the international community to act.
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EU 🇪🇺 , the US 🇺🇸 and @NATO must support Ukraina’s 🇺🇦 democracy, sovereignty and right for self-determination.

Russia’s criminal aggression must be met with heavy sanctions and baring Russia out of International forums.
#StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 Image
Trans-Atlantic co-operation between the EU 🇪🇺 and the US 🇺🇸 is now as important as ever during the Cold War.

The EU and the US co-operation to protect our common values and the rule-based World order is crucial, also facing China.
#StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦
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NATO is a crucial part of the Trans-Atlantic co-operation. @NATO must stand firm in protection of democracy, human rights and and the rule-based World order.

NATO represent the values that Ukraine wants to share.
#StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 Image
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OTD 29 years ago, Canada signed the #CWC. Since then, we have been steadfast in our effort to rid the world of #ChemicalWeapons. Keep reading ⬇️
We play a lead role in the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons & Materials of Mass Destruction to prevent #CBRN proliferation & terrorism. 🇨🇦 contributed over $240 million to support CW destruction in #Russia, #Libya, #Iraq and #Syria.

🔗gpwmd.com
Canada is the top individual donor ($10 million) to the new Centre for Chemistry and Technology, which will position the OPCW to tackle emerging CW threats, promote chemical security and advance the peaceful use of chemistry into the future.

🔗 bit.ly/3FwglV6
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