Apr 072014
 
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Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

The London Review of Books

Obama: Who hasn't this man betrayed?

Warmonger Obama: Who and what hasn’t this man betrayed?

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous. Continue reading »

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Feb 162014
 
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Crimes of the corporate media annals
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by Stephen Lendman

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NYT policy is consistent. It’s longstanding. It’s deplorable. It’s opposite of what readers deserve.  All news and opinions Times editors call fit to print aren’t fit to read. Editorial policy endorses establishment values. Continue reading »

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Jan 232014
 
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Undermining the Peace Conference

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by AMAJU BARAKA

There is one thing that the so-called peace conference on Syria is guaranteed to achieve and that is that when the last speech is made and the delegates leave the hall, the grotesque bloodletting and devastation will continue for the people of Syria. Why? Because for the Obama Administration, the diplomatic process was never intended to bring about a peaceful resolution to the war. Its main purpose was always to affect their main strategic objective – the removal of President Bashir al-Assad from power and the disappearance of Syria as an independent state. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 
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By Stephen Gowans

BELOW: CBS News, typical of the American media, who slavishly follow cues from the White House, the State Department or intelligence sources, was busy spreading the “news” about Syrian government torture.  It’s also instructive to see the (many) reactionary and obviously Zionist-written comments. The Appendix has CBS’ own transcript of the event. 

A report sponsored by one of the Syrian insurgency’s major weapons suppliers claims to provide (as the New York Times puts it) “new visual corroboration that Mr. Assad’s government is guilty of mass war crimes against its own citizens.” Based on photos of dead detainees said to be taken by a defector from the Syrian military, the report alleges that Syrian forces engaged in widespread torture. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 
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