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Archives by Tag 'Syria'
Only a Peace Conference Can Stop Further Bloodshed
PATRICK COCKBURN
American, British and French air strikes by planes or missiles look probable in retaliation for the  alleged use of poison gas by the Syrian army against people in rebel-held areas of Damascus. Controversy rages about whether or not this is the right thing to do, a...
Cruise Missile Morality
RON JACOBS
Here Washington goes again, talking about blowing up homes, military buildings and people in faraway lands. Of course, the reason presented to the US populace for this bluster before the crime is based on a morality that considers a military response to have some kind of ...
Law and Not War in Syria
TABITHA TROUGHTON
In what world does bombing a country on the pretext of bringing peace make sense? This is not quite a rhetorical question. Here in the UK we see the results all around us, from Libya and Iraq to the fundamentalist insanity which rules what is left of Afghanistan. But the ...
10 Do’s and Don’ts for Progressives Discussing Syria
RAMAH KUDAIMI
With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figur...
Witness to War Crimes
TOM H. HASTINGS
How culpable is the person who watches a mugger rob someone and does nothing? What is our social psychology as we ...
Borders Without Scruples
NORMAN BALL
“International borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference — often the difference between freedom and oppression, tolerance ...
Obama’s Fateful Line in the Sand
ANDREW LEVINE
To die by cobra is not to die by bad pork — Gregory Corso, “Bomb” Who would have imagined that, five years into Barack Obama’s tenancy of the White House, American whistleblowers would seek refuge in Russia (or Chi...
Syria in the Crosshairs
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
I found it truly scary to read that some high officials in the Obama Administration are so disconnected from reality that they consider the 1999 war in Kosovo to be a ...
Forcing Obama into a Prolonged Syrian War
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran The Bandar-Zionist lobby collaboration, currently the cocktail party talk of many in Washington,  is not  a case of strange bedfellows given three decades of mutual cooperation which started during Prince Bandar’s long tenure as Saudi ambassad...
Another Western War Crime In The Making
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington and its British and French puppet governments are poised to yet again reveal their criminality. The image of the West as War Criminal is not a propaganda image created by the West’s enemies, but the portrait that the West has painted of itself. The UK ...
Obama’s War Itch
NORMAN POLLACK
Humanitarian intervention is the liberalization of aggression, liberalism itself having already poisoned the well with its cant about social welfare and labor rights while force-feeding corporate monopolization and the financialization of capitalism through its policy of ...
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing ...
Tilting Towards Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
The recent escalation of tensions in Syria with the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilian population is a cause of concern for the international community.  These attacks allegedly took place in the east and south-west of Damascus on Wednesday, purportedly...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970’s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
Prince Bandar and the Destruction of Syria
PEPE ESCOBAR
Talk about The Comeback Spy. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, aka Bandar Bush (for Dubya he was like family), spectacularly resurfaced after one year in speculation-drenched limbo (was he or was he not dead, following an ...
The Arab Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an ‘Arab Spring’, but even if that ‘spring’ had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more ...
Why No Revolution Exists in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
The era of Arab Spring euphoria is long ended, having devolved into doubt, confusion or wholesale rejection. Libya and Syria put an abrupt end to the Arab Spring celebrations, with the current situation in Egypt adding to the frustration. Part of the problem in dec...
Syrian Regime Change A-La-Carte
JASON HIRTHLER
After committing a half dozen acts of war across the Middle East in recent years, we’re now treated to the absurd spectacle of an American general warning us of the dangers of committing an act of war. On Monday, U.S. General Martin Dempsey starkly outlined options for ...
The Long War in Syria
GARY LEUPP
Two years ago, Barack Obama announced that Syrian President Bashar Assad must “get out of the way.” “The time has come,” he declared on August 18, 2011, “for President Assad to step aside.” Needless to say, Assad ignored him. He was probably not surpris...
The Plight of Syrian Minorities
ANNA HAQ
As the conflict in Syria rages, attention is increasingly drawn to the role of Islamist militants. The dire reality of religious and ethnic minorities comes to the surface. On July 18, BBC World News featured reportage on the Syrian government shelling of the town of al-H...
The United State’s Futile Search for ‘World Domination’
RAMZY BAROUD
Those enchanted by pseudo-reality must have been at the edge of their seats as they watched ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, a Hollywood account of how US SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. But a recently leaked report shows that the ‘riveting’ Hollywo...
The Grand Dilemma
URI AVNERY
Perhaps you are facing the same moral dilemma as I am: What to think about Syria? What to think about Egypt? Let’s take Syria first. When it started, the choice for me was clear. There was this evil dictator, whose family had mistreated t...
How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself
RAMZY BAROUD
“The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution,” wrote Eric Walberg, a Middle East political expert and author, shortly after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. But more accurately, the ...
The Struggle for Influence in Syria
ERIC DRAITSER
This week’s resignation of Ghassan Hitto, the so-called “Prime Minister in waiting” of the S...
Poison Gas & Arabian Tales
CONN HALLINAN
“It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark. It’s not just that we can’t prove a sarin attack, it is that we are not seeing what we would expect to see from a sarin attack.” –Jean-Pascal Zanders, former senior research...