Controlling the Narrative on Syria

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Louis Allday, Monthly Review on-line. Since 2011, the torrent of ill-informed, inaccurate and often entirely dishonest analysis of events in Syria has been unremitting. I have written previously…

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Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mike Whitney, Counterepunch. The Flynn fiasco is not about national security advisor Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. It’s much deeper than that. It’s about Russia. It’s about Putin. It’s…

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Resurrecting the Antiwar Movement

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Greg Shupak, Jacobin. As President Trump tries to ban refugees, he looks poised to create more of them. The structural logic should be familiar by now — and…

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Resurrecting the antiwar movement: possible attack on Iran

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Greg Shupak, Jacobin. As President Trump tries to ban refugees, he looks poised to create more of them. The structural logic should be familiar by now — and…

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy: the “logic of an illogical mind”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Ali Damavandi: In part one of our interview (with Barabari TV) you covered the background to the ascent of Trump to the presidency of…

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Trump will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. President Trump made great play when he came into office with his return of a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, presenting the…

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Our testimony to death

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Doha Hasan, Al-Jumhurya. Somewhere, there are scattered corpses along a road that looks completely destroyed, with blood around orange bags holding still bodies. You see destroyed buildings that…

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WikiLeaks Drops Yemen Files, Unmasks Washington’s Bloody Role

Monday, December 5, 2016

Telesur. The so-called “Yemen Files” appears to show how the Yemeni government received military hardware from the U.S., including aircraft, vehicles and vessels, as well the Yemeni procurement…

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Socialists and wars in the 21st century – The case of Syria

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Richard Fidler, Links. In Syria the rebel cities that rose up four years ago in revolt against the brutal Assad dictatorship are now under a genocidal siege, bombed…

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Syria: understanding the anti-war position

Saturday, November 19, 2016

David Bush, Counterfire. However confusing the situation in Syria, the anti-war movement provides political clarity, argues David Bush in his latest online post. There is major disorientation on…

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Aleppo, Mosul and Imperialist Hypocrisy

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Alan Woods, In Defence of Marxism. The saying goes that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. To this list we must add diplomacy, which is lying raised…

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Iraq: Mosul offensive poses new questions amid Western hypocrisy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tony Iltis, Green Left. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an assault to recapture Mosul, the most important Iraqi city held by ISIS, on October…

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Convergence of the war hawks

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Keegan Farley, IMI-Studie.  Hilary Clinton and a bipartisan plan to extend American Power. Perhaps it goes without saying, but whenever a new president of the United States comes…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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Analysts: Israel using rocket attacks from fringe groups in Gaza to target Hamas tunnel infrastructure

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hamza Abu Al-Tarabeesh, Mondoweiss. Ali Tannany, 27, was celebrating his bachelor party with friends, relatives and neighbors in Jabalia Camp in Northern Gaza in August when Israeli missiles…

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Will Turkey be dragged deeper into Syria?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor. The main determinant for Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, launched Aug. 23 in cooperation with Ankara-sponsored jihadi groups, was not the threat posed…

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PKK foreign relations head speaks out

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mohamed Noureddine Al-Monitor The Kurds have been the most oppressed people of the region for the past 100 years. Although they have a strong, ancient and well-established presence…

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Daily casualties in Syria

Monday, September 12, 2016

Figure from The Economist

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Iran in Yemen

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bilal Ahmed, Souciant. Although a few months old the issues raised here are still relevant (ME4change). The Saudi-led invasion of Yemen has opened new discussions on the Houthis,…

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Pentagon Pollution, 7: The military assault on global climate

Sunday, August 14, 2016

H. Patricia Hynes, Climate & Capitalism. By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy … Yet, the Pentagon has a blanket…

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The Syrian Humanitarian Food Farce

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Emma Beals Daily Beast Lice shampoo—more than one bottle for every two residents. Sand-fly nets—more than 1,000 of them, designed to stop the spread of leishmaniasis, a sand-fly-borne…

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Andrew Bacevich Democracy Now When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his…

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Silencing America as it prepares for war

Monday, May 30, 2016

John Pilger Counterpunch Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I…

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The perils and promise of wartime analysis: Lessons from Syria

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ghaleb Attrache Berkley Journal of Sociology For many, the “Syrian tragedy” is a prime example of popular aspirations gone disastrously awry, the “revolution-turned-civil-war”. Was any of this was…

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Decades on, Israel tries to bury its darkest times

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jonathan Cook The debate about 1948 war and what constitutes truth and myth from that period still provokes raw emotions. Israelis fear, and Palestinians crave, a clearer picture…

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Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Patrick Martin World Socialist Web Site Two attacks on a US firebase in northern Iraq, which killed one US Marine and wounded several more, have led to revelations…

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The ethics of drones

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thomas Nagel London Review of Books American philosopher Thomas Nagel attempts to lay out an ethical framework for how the rights and wrongs of drone warfare may be…

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Iran-Iraq War, Chemical Wonders: Book Review

Friday, February 12, 2016

London Review of Books Joost Hiltermann reviews a new book on the Iran-Iraq war by Pierre Razoux, translated into English by Nicholas Elliott. Hiltermann, a program director of…

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