War

Syria’s so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ has been liberated

The West’s campaign to topple Bashar al Assad is all but over fter three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad. Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of […]

History Shows US is as Extremist as the Taliban

The Taliban and the United States of America share an enduring passion for war and mayhem. There is, though, a difference between them—the Taliban mostly kill people of their own country, America’s victims are largely citizens of other countries. Some will likely say the US, unlike the Taliban, goes to war to promote democracy and freedom. What they ignore is […]

‘With Iran fuel, Lebanon breaks US siege & turns East’

Lebanese economist Ziad Nasreddine comments on the potential ramifications of Hezbollah’s ongoing efforts to ship Iranian fuel to Lebanon, an effort announced by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah a day earlier. Source: Al-Manar TV via Kalam Siyasi (YouTube) Date: August 20, 2021 (Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations by contributing a small monthly amount here ) Transcript: Host: Mr. Ziad, some say: what could (the ships) change, […]

Hollywood’s Dangerous Afghan Illusion

From the Archives: A newly discovered document undercuts a key storyline of the anti-Soviet Afghan war of the 1980s that it was Charlie Wilson’s War, wrote Robert Parry on April 7, 2013. Official Washington’s conventional wisdom about Afghanistan derives to a dangerous degree from a Hollywood movie, Charlie Wilson’s War, which depicted the anti-Soviet war of the 1980s as a fight pitting […]

Training in Terrorism: Britain’s Afghan Jihad

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Mark Curtis The war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s was to mark the next phase in the development of global Islamic radicalism, building on the Islamic resurgence during the previous decade. Following the Soviet invasion of December 1979, tens of thousands of volunteers from […]

A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush

The US is on the verge of its own second Vietnam repeated as farce in a haphazard retreat from Afghanistan And it’s all over For the unknown soldier It’s all over For the unknown soldierThe Doors, “The Unknown Soldier” Let’s start with some stunning facts on the Afghan ground. The Taliban are on a roll. Earlier this week their PR […]

BURNED AT THE STAKE: UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE DEMOLISHES FAKE CLAIMS TARGETING JULIAN ASSANGE

On the face of it, the task seems almost hopeless. As Tolstoy wrote: ‘The power of the government is maintained by public opinion, and with this power the government, by means of its organs – its officials, law courts, schools, churches, even the press – can always maintain the public opinion which they need.’ (Leo Tolstoy, Writings on Non-Violence and Civil […]

How Washington is positioning Syrian Al-Qaeda’s founder as its ‘asset’

A PBS Frontline special is the latest vehicle in a PR campaign to legitimize rebranded Syrian al-Qaeda, HTS, and market its leader Mohammad Jolani as a competent American “asset.” March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the […]

Western media quick to accuse Syria of ‘bombing hospitals’ but when TERRORISTS really destroy Syrian hospitals, they are silent

As legacy media again bleat the unsubstantiated “Syria is bombing hospitals” chorus of its war propaganda songbook, let’s pause to review the relatively unknown (but verifiable) reality of terrorists bombing hospitals in Syria. Following recent allegations of a hospital being targeted Al Atarib, western Aleppo, the US State Department repeated the claim, in spite of any clear evidence to back it up. […]

War Against Syria, Part 2: What is Syria Really Like?

(All photo credits: Janice Kortkamp) Syria is not a “shit hole” country. I hate that term. To me it represents both extreme ignorance and arrogance. In my life and travels I’ve seen how there is good and bad, beauty and ugliness everywhere. Introduction and overview There is not one single American I’ve ever met (other than people of Middle East […]