How The Guardian Fulfills George Orwell’s Prediction of ‘Newspeak’
Opinion

How The Guardian Fulfills George Orwell’s Prediction of ‘Newspeak’

On Sunday April 15th, Britain’s Guardian bannered “OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack” and pretended that there was no question that a chemical attack in Douma Syria on April 7th had actually occurred, and the article then went further along that same propaganda-line, to accuse Syria’s Government of having perpetrated it. This ‘news’…

Douma Chemical Attack: Another Link in the Chain of Staged Provocations
Opinion

Douma Chemical Attack: Another Link in the Chain of Staged Provocations

What happened in Syria on April 7 had been expected. While raising hue and cry over the alleged chemical attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of the capital, Western officials and media wasted no time to put the blame on the Assad government. The US State Department issued a statement saying that by shielding Damascus Moscow has breached its international commitments….

All E. Ghouta Towns Liberated, Key Damascus Highway Open After 7yrs of Blockade – Syrian Military
Military

All E. Ghouta Towns Liberated, Key Damascus Highway Open After 7yrs of Blockade – Syrian Military

Syrian forces have liberated all militant-held settlements in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, the military command said in a televised statement. A major Syrian motorway has been unblocked for the first time in seven years. “After a set of carefully planned battles and operations carried out by our armed forces in cooperation with loyal…

The Syrian War Could Still be Raging in Four Years’ Time
Opinion

The Syrian War Could Still be Raging in Four Years’ Time

“Will the war in Syria ever end?” After seven years of conflict, the same question is being asked by politicians, diplomats, fighters in the front line, and families cowering in unlit basements to escape devastating bombardments from Ghouta to Afrin. When I asked Aldar Khalil, a top Syrian Kurdish leader whose forces control a quarter…

Shock and Awe Revisited, as Fighting Drags on in Syria’s Ghouta
Opinion

Shock and Awe Revisited, as Fighting Drags on in Syria’s Ghouta

Fifteen years ago, “Shock and Awe” was unleashed over Baghdad as the preferred method of bombing Mesopotamia into “democracy” – thus fashioning what would later be hailed as the birth pangs of a New Middle East. I tried, in a report for Asia Times in 2003, to explain the geopolitical power play behind the US invasion of…