The most hawkish countries are the least generous donors
Remember this – 99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas.
Egypt, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan, Israel and Myanmar haven't ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Russia and the US haven't met their obligations under the convention. So what power does the CWC have?
They're not leaderless, they're not all middle class and they don't want a revolution.
Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.
Russia is not a particularly homophobic culture, but its government is looking to divert attention from recent political discontent.
Usually, comparisons to Nazism are idle and misplaced. But the new anti-gay legislation in Russia, a supposedly progressive democracy, is truly reminiscent of the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws.
A meeting the Russian punk-protest group.
Up to 2.5m Britons watch the Kremlin-funded TV channel, which is so strongly critical of Western governments it's known as the "anti Fox News". But does it have a blind spot when it comes to Russia's own failings?