Tag Archives: chemical weapons

Syria Controversy: Don’t Believe the Official Narrative, by Max Blumenthal

This month, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes in Syria in flagrant violation of international law and entirely on the basis of images that had appeared on social media.

NYT Mocks Skepticism on Syria-Sarin Claims

In all these cases, the Times and other Western news outlets behaved as if there was only one acceptable side to the story, the one that the U.S. government was pushing…

A Multi-Level Analysis of the US Cruise Missile Attack on Syria and Its Consequences

What is evident is that the Syrians did not drop chemical weapons from their aircraft and that no chemical gas was ever stored at the al-Shayrat airbase.

US Intelligence Already Knows Assad Did Not Drop Chemical Weapons

Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.

▶ Video Panel: Syria What’s Ahead? Diplomacy or Military Escalation

Speakers include: Dr. Ghiass Moussa, Syrian American Forum; Ramsey Clark, former US Atty General & human rights attorney; Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report; Larry Hamm, Peoples Organization for Progress; Joe Lombardo, UNAC; and Sara Flounders, IAC

▶ “Halabja”(song) by Sara Thomsen and “Address” (poem) by Hamid Qaladzaye

Published on Apr 1, 2014 Sara Thomsen’s song “Halabja” was inspired by the poem “Address” by Kurdish poet Hamid Qaladzaye, translated to English by Sherzad Hassan. RiseUpTimes.org is a purely volunteer effort to counter mainstream corporate media that beat the drums of war. Rise Up Times covers other justice and peace issues as well, and there […]

Gareth Porter: When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program. BY GARETH PORTER   ForeignPolicy.com   OCTOBER 16, 2014 The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to […]

New York Times: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

“The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.” An eight-part series in the New York Times.     FROM 2004 TO 2011, AMERICAN AND IRAQI TROOPS REPEATEDLY ENCOUNTERED, AND AT TIMES WERE WOUNDED BY, CHEMICAL WEAPONS THAT WERE HIDDEN OR ABANDONED YEARS EARLIER. A controlled detonation of recovered mustard shells near Taji, Iraq, […]

Margaret Sarfehjooy: Bad Chemistry, Toxic Horror, and Haunting Consequences

 The U.S. (and other countries) played a key role in Saddam’s chemical weapons program. As The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reported in 1982, the CIA began giving Iraq intelligence which it used to “calibrate” its mustard gas attacks against Iranian troops. …my guide described the workshops and conferences the [Tehran] Peace Museum hosts on the […]

Robert Parry: Neocons Seek New Ultimatum on Syria

Exclusive: The Washington Post’s neocon editors are pushing for another U.S. military ultimatum against a Muslim country in the Mideast. Citing discredited “evidence” pinning the Aug. 21 Sarin attack on the Syrian government, the Post wants President Obama to re-issue a war threat, reports Robert Parry.    By Robert Parry  ConsoriumNews.org  February 2, 2014You have to hand it […]

Polly Mann, Mary Beaudoin: Breaking Bad Chemistry

 The New York Times reported that getting rid of U.S. chemical weapons “has been more complex, more time-consuming, more costly and more environmentally fraught than anyone imagined.” The cost of all clean-up so far has been $35.4 billion and there is no end in sight. By Polly Mann and Mary Beaudoin  WAMM Newsletter  November/December 2013 […]

▶ Seymour Hersh: Obama “Cherry Picked” Intel on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike (2 of 2)

Published on Dec 9, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh joins us to discuss his new article casting doubt on the veracity of the Obama administration’s claims that only the Assad regime could have carried out the chemical attacks in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta earlier this year. Writing in the London Review of Books, Hersh […]

Robert Perry: Treating Anti-Syria Charges as Flat-Fact

Exclusive: More than two months after the chemical weapons attack near Damascus, President Obama has still not released any proof to support his allegations blaming the Syrian government. But the New York Times has embraced the accusations as flat fact, a replay of the run-up to invading Iraq, reports Robert Parry.   §     By Robert Parry […]

Ray McGovern: How War on Syria Lost Its Way

Exclusive: What looked like another U.S. march to war in the Mideast has turned toward a peaceful accord that carries hope of getting Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons and achieving a cease-fire, maybe even an end to the civil war. But some want to resume the drive toward a U.S. attack, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says. By […]

Weapons of mass distraction

Sometimes one cartoon is worth a thousand words.

Juan Cole On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

Now that we’re in the 21st century, moreover, it is time to cease using the supposedly macho language of violence in response to political challenges. By Juan Cole  Posted on Sep 2, 2013  truthdig.com The odd discourse in Washington around President Barack Obama’s determination to bomb Syria over the country’s use of chemical weapons assumes a moral superiority on […]

Patrick L. Smith: Lapdog Media Beats War Drums Again

Remember how the media sold us their wars? (photo: Luke Frazza/AP) By Patrick L. Smith  31 August 13  Salon via Reader Supported News s of this writing, early Thursday morning, some Syrians are scheduled to pay with their lives for America’s “credibility.” The bombarding of an already war-ravaged country is acknowledged as “symbolic,” intended simply to […]

Chalmers Johnson: Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire And Ten Steps to Take to Do So

 These massive concentrations of American military power outside the United States are not needed for our defense. They are, if anything, a prime contributor to our numerous conflicts with other countries. They are also unimaginably expensive. By Chalmers Johnson  August 22, 2013 Best of TomDispatch: Chalmers Johnson, Dismantling the Empire Click here to read Tom Engelhardt’s […]

Phyllis Bennis> Syria’s Chemical Weapons…Iraq Redux?

The “democracy” that ten years of US war and occupation left behind in Iraq. Phyllis Bennis  Institute for Policy Studies  May 3, 2013  Posted by Portside on May 4, 2013 Phyllis Bennis Facebook News from the Middle East is growing more dire by the day. And unfortunately, most of the news from our own officials and influential […]