Chemical Weapons Redux: Taking the World to the Brink of Annihilation

Years of chemical weapons allegations, saber rattling and a desperate search for a casus belli have culminated in a situation which risks a serious conflict of world powers.

National security adviser John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, April 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Western neoconservatives and hawks are driving the international situation to increase tension and danger. Not content with the destruction of Iraq and Libya based on false claims, they are now pressing for a direct U.S. attack on Syria. As a dangerous prelude, Israeli jets flying over Lebanese airspace fired missiles against the T4/Tiyas

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Syrian Rebels Target Busy Market In Eastern Ghouta Rocket Attack

Initial reports indicate that at least 38 civilians, including women and children, are dead following a deadly rocket attack on a busy marketplace by Syrian Rebels in Eastern Ghouta.

Fighters from the Amjad al-Islam brigades stand next to an improvised artillery weapon in eastern al-Ghouta. (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday evening, anti-government fighters in the embattled East Ghouta suburb of Damascus launched a major attack, firing several missiles and artillery shells into a crowded shopping district of government-held Jaramana area, resulting in a civilian massacre. The Guardian has described the attack as "one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the

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US Maybe Considering Fresh Military Action Against Syria

Washington needs a ‘legitimate’ excuse to re-engage in Syria and Trump needs another distraction from his Trade Wars distraction from the Russian meddling investigations.

Vice President Mike Pence greets U.S. troops, Jan. 21, 2018, near the Syrian border. (AP/Ken Thomas)

The last two weeks have seen the mainstream media soaked with headlines containing the word "Syria" and "Attack" as Washington desperately spins narratives left and right to cling to their reason for existence in Syria (legal or illegal, we will let you decide). All of which made us wonder - is the American public being 'softened' up for

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“We’ve Got To DO Something About Syria!” Uh, No You Don’t

“Kindly let me help you or you will drown,” said the monkey putting the fish safely up a tree.
~ Alan Watts

A U.S.-backed Syrian fighter from the SDF stands amidst the ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa, Syria October 18, 2017. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

Opinion -- “We’ve got to do something about Syria!” goes the common Western refrain. Actually, no you don’t. “What? You’re saying we should just do nothing??” goes the common response. Yes. Yeah that’d be great. Definitely please get as far away from Syria as possible, thanks. Arguing that the Western war machine is a good way to bring about

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Ghouta, Raqqa, Aleppo: Ceasefire Decisions and Humanitarian Unconcern

Last year’s campaign to retake Raqqa saw U.S. forces fire more artillery rounds into that city than during the entire invasion of Iraq and resulted in over 3,000 civilians deaths. At that time, the U.S. rejected UN calls for a ceasefire.

Black smoke rises from a US airstrike on the eastern side of Raqqa, Syria, July 26, 2017. (AP/Hussein Malla)

NEW YORK -- A UN-brokered ceasefire has once again been established, now for the sixth time, in Syria and, like most of those that preceded it, has now been broken. The current ceasefire sought to end fighting in Eastern Ghouta, an area near the Syrian capital of Damascus that has long been controlled by militant U.S.-Saudi backed rebels seeking to

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UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus

Eva Bartlett breaks down the dizzying array of information surrounding the mounting humanitarian crisis in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. With accusations abound, parsing the reality on the ground is becoming more challenging by the day.

A man is seen near the remains of a homed-made rocket in Douma, Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria January 22, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

GHOUTA, SYRIA -- On February 20, from Amman, Jordan, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, issued a statement of “outrage” titled: “The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus.” The “statement” -- consisting of blank lines with the preface “No

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