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BSNEWS - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

In what has become an ugly habit with Monbiot, and one I have noted before, he has enthusiastically adopted the role of Witchfinder General. Any questioning of evidence, scepticism or simply signs of open-mindedness are enough apparently to justify accusations that one is an Assadist or...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

I’m worried about George. An admirer of many years standing of his excellent columns charting what John Smith’s even more excellent Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century refers to as “capitalism’s destruction of nature”, I’m dismayed both by his stance on Syria and manner of defending it. His...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Whilst most debate has focused on questions relating to the overselling of intelligence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, the most important information to emerge from the Chilcot Report concerns the formation of the ‘war on terror’, according to an academic at the University of...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The great Ed Herman has died. As someone said on Twitter: 'The world is a dumber, more dangerous place. Unless everyone goes back and reads his writing now.'

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Dirty tricks and opaque dealings characterise the workings of lobbyists, writes Jonathan Cook The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small,...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

We'll tell you greedy bastards, we'll fight for you no more.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-10 - Original post - cached version

The truth of corporate journalism, and the great irony of its obsession with 'fake news', is that it is itself utterly fake. What could be more obviously fake than the idea that Truth can be sold by billionaire-owned media dependent on billionaire-owned advertisers for maximised profit?

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Those who tweet and write in Bana Alabed’s name seem unconcerned about the enforcement of harsh punishments by Jabhat al-Nusra, such as the execution of women. Nor are they concerned about the group’s violence or terror tactics, which are detailed on the Australian National Security webpage....

BSNEWS - 2017-11-10 - Original post - cached version

While the war against Daesh is drawing to a close in Iraq and Syria, and the war against the pseudo-Kurdistan seems to have been avoided, several States of the Greater Middle East are regaining the initiative. Profiting from the fluidity of the moment, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

Francis Boyle, an international law professor at the University of Illinois, told RT that while Bensouda is likely to get approval for the investigation, the move is simply a “propaganda stunt.” He added that Bensouda has no desire to go after any Americans who committed war crimes.

The...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

A British government minister was apparently so dedicated to her work that she spent a “family holiday” in Israel conducting 12 undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-08 - Original post - cached version

On 30th October 2017 BSNews eds had the honour of interviewing the legend that is writer, historian and activist, Dean Henderson, who hooked up with us direct from deepest Missouri.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Princes, ministers and a billionaire are 'imprisoned' in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton while the Saudi Arabian Army is said to be in an uproar

The post The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives appeared first on BSNEWS.

BSNEWS - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Amnesty International has a moral mission: ‘to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights’. Could that be an impossible mission for an organisation that calls for military intervention on human rights grounds? This question arises from an attempt...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-04 - Original post - cached version

In an interview given to the Serbian newspaper Politika, President al-Assad said that Russia is very serious and very determined to continue fighting the terrorists, while the Americans base their politics on a different value as they use the terrorists as a card to play the political game to...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-04 - Original post - cached version

The Irish politician Clare Daly, who recently visited Syria along with European delegation, has affirmed that the West and the European Union are aggravating the Syrian people’s suffering by sanctions and the U.S. support for Saudi Arabia and Israel in the region. "It is not up to anybody other...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

With al Qaeda now seen by the U.S. as likely the only group in Syria “militarily capable of challenging the Assad regime’s grip on power, the U.S. is in the uncomfortable position of having to rehabilitate 9/11 and current terrorists into supportable “moderates.”

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

Russia has offered definitive findings into a chemical weapons attack that was staged as a provocation against Syria.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

If this document had been published sooner, it could have dramatically changed the course of the war by exposing the true face of the “moderate rebels” — and potentially saved tens of thousands of lives. That didn’t happen, and no reason has been given by the Intercept for its delay.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

As the whole Western world doubles down on the lie that Syria used chemical weapons in Khan Shaikoun, it is time for Russia's leaders to tell them the raw truth - that the pretext for the US cruise missile strike was entirely fabricated by its proxy forces in Syria.

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BSNEWS - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

On November 1st 2017 Chris Young began a 42 day hunger strike. Here he explains why: I’d really rather not be doing this, but it’s my aim over those 6 weeks to help me focus on the plight of the hundreds of thousands of people who will be claiming Universal Credit. This system that we’re told is...

BSNEWS - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Moderate political opposition does not involve or support taking up arms against the government, let alone against unarmed fellow citizens. This proposition would be treated as self-evident in our own country, so why are people seemingly ready to discard it when talking about Syria? Some who do...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton blames others for last year’s electoral defeat, never recognizing that many Americans — both Democrats and Republicans — found her public record appalling, as Dennis J Bernstein discusses with John Pilger.

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Three weeks after four US special forces soldiers were killed in a firefight in the landlocked West African nation of Niger, information has surfaced indicating that the American troops and their Nigerien counterparts were involved in a “capture-kill” mission aimed at the leader of a local...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Italy’s non-performing loans (NPLs) then stood at €210bn, at a time when the ECB was buying €120bn per year of outstanding Italian government bonds as part of its QE program. The July 2016 Financial Times quoted Goldman’s Francesco Garzarelli, who said, “by the time QE is over – not sooner than...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to expose Israel’s long and covert history of supplying weapons and military training to regimes while they actively commit massacres, ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

This article follows a heartfelt email message regarding the political developments in Catalonia, which I sent both the Saker and Ramin Mazaheri, the only “sakerista” I had the pleasure of meeting with in person. Needless to say I get both a pleasant “break” from the feeling of political...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Syria is a special country and most Syrians are conscious of that. It is not an abstraction to the people who live there. Having dinner in a hotel restaurant in Damascus, we met a Syrian couple who expressed their own knowledge that Syria was a special country on every level and how they were...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-22 - Original post - cached version

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. "They" (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-20 - Original post - cached version

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is preparing a new round of sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program. The Senate unanimously passed a Hezbollah sanctions bill less than two weeks ago. Earlier this year the House voted 419-3 and the Senate 98-2 to pass the Countering America’s...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-20 - Original post - cached version

Lebanon is a country that has come so far since the troubled times of its recent past. A lengthy civil war which wasted just as much in human blood as it did in years of time. Much of what was damaged during the Lebanese civil war, which including the years of Israeli occupation of Lebanon, has...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-20 - Original post - cached version

‘Conspiracy theory’ is frequently used as a derogatory term, a term of disdain and implicit criticism. An effect of this is to discourage certain kinds of legitimate critical inquiry. But surely, in a world where conspiracies happen, we need good theories of what exactly is happening. The only...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-19 - Original post - cached version

“Double standards” have become synonymous with the United States, and the rise of Russia in the international system today is putting the final nail in the coffin of American unilateralism. This is what Russia’s policy depends on in its cumulative strategy, building on the shortcomings of the...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-16 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s confected indignation at Unesco, and his shrugging off of its vital global programmes, serve as a reminder that the US is not an “honest broker” of a Middle East peace. Rather it is the biggest obstacle to its realisation.

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes I think – I like having sex with a man who is sensitive, Who can hold a conversation about The important things after making love A man who is interested in my psyche As well as my body and who conveys That sensitivity in the sweetness of his embrace And the tenderness of words...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Before his speech on Independence to the Catalan parliament, Carles Puigdemont seemed to be in an impossible position. Declare Independence and he would be immediately arrested and direct rule imposed from Madrid. Rajoy appeared to have all the angles covered; the EU had already specifically...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-09 - Original post - cached version

The scale of destruction of health facilities, combined with attacks on pharmaceutical factories, schools, universities and civilians shows the armed groups have been intent on destroying a functioning state, with no interest in trying to win public support.

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-06 - Original post - cached version

Major western media headlines in recent days have hailed the capture of major natural gas fields around Syria’s Deir Ez Zor province as though it were a victory for Syria. Typical headlines read, “SDF Recaptures Syria Gas Field From ISIS.” Note the word “recaptures,” implying that the original...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-06 - Original post - cached version

America has the greatest inequalities, highest mortality rate, most regressive taxes, and largest public subsidies for bankers and billionaires of any developed capitalist country.

In this essay we will discuss the socio-economic roots of inequalities and the relation between the...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-06 - Original post - cached version

The so called “Global Coalition Forces” is a Washington invention that was never invited to fight in Syria and which violates Syria’s sovereignty. Also, the claim that the SDF will ‘lawfully defend’ itself against the forces of the sovereign government is not worthy of a comment. The SDF has no...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-06 - Original post - cached version

Jeremy Corbyn is widely and properly recognised for his integrity; he opposes the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons; the Labour Party supports it. But he has given shadow cabinet positions to pro-war MPs who support Blairism, tried to get rid of him and abused him as "unelectable".

"We...

BSNEWS - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Comment is free – Guardian’s One-Eyed View of Labour Politics Ignores the Palestinians

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BSNEWS - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

John Rees on the reasons for the Tory debacle and what comes next

BSNEWS - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

More than 840 people were injured in clashes with police after the Guardia Civil tried to close polling stations across Catalonia, violently removing people who were attempting to vote.

BSNEWS - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

A new paradigm has been coined right inside the lofty European Union: 'In the name of democracy, refrain from voting, or else'

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BSNEWS - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

Is it any wonder that here today in Brighton you represent the largest political party in western Europe, with nearly 600,000 members, alongside three million affiliated trade unionists, brimming with enthusiasm and confidence in the potential of our people. You are the future.  And let me say...

BSNEWS - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

IAN SINCLAIR reminds us of the terrible situation in Libya and the West’s backing of a potential war criminal

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BSNEWS - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

As the saying goes, the corporate media would have had to invent Donald Trump if he didn’t already exist. He has become the perfect foil to allow the system to relegitimise itself.

The post Trump, ‘fake news’ and the war on dissidents appeared first on BSNEWS.

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