Is America Trying to Go to War With Syria?
Officials will pretend they’re doing so in the interest of human rights, but it’s only about power. As if out of nowhere, a Russian General announces that if the […]
Why is Nato Air Force moving from Turkey to Jordan?
People in the Middle East are joking, cynically: “From Incirlik, Turkey to Al-Azraq, Jordan with love.” That is, if they pay any attention to the movement of NATO troops in […]
The authoritarians who silence Syria questions
I am loath to draw more attention to the kind of idiocy that passes for informed comment nowadays from academics and mainstream journalists. Recently I lambasted Prof Richard Carver for his arguments […]
Western howls of outrage over the Ghouta siege ring hollow – we aren’t likely to do anything to save civilians
How can we complain when we will not ourselves deal with the armed Islamist opposition to Assad (I am not at this point talking about Isis) or try to arrange our […]
When Is there Going to be Accountability for US Wars and Aggression?
US makes new claims of WMD in Syria It’s WMD all over again. Anonymous “US officials” are once again accusing a targeted “regime” of using “chemical weapons” and threatening […]
Towards an endgame?
Turkey makes a decisive move against Kurdish fighters on the border with Syria On January 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkish forces alongside the Free Syrian […]
White Helmets in Syria: some questions for our government
What should we – members of Western publics – think about the White Helmets? There is currently great controversy between journalists who present them unproblematically as heroes  and others who […]
The Forgotten Syria Crisis: How the World Profits Off of War
The vultures have already begun to circle around Syria for the contracts to reconstruct the country. For the past six years, ‘Syria’ had come to refer to war and […]