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Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-21 - Original post - cached version

April 21, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

If it wasn’t already clear, The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan, wants us to know he’s a beautiful soul. In an April 19 diatribe against “Bashar al Assad apologists,” Hasan professes his distaste for war crimes, torture, and dictatorship, no matter the...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version

April 16, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

Claims that the Syrian government has all but won its long war against US-backed Islamist insurgents, now in its eighth year, and that all that remains for Syrian forces is a mopping up operation, are far too sanguine. The United States is not...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

April 15, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

A draft resolution, defeated at the UN Security Council on April 14, demanded that the United States and its allies immediately refrain from the use of force in violation of international law.

“It also would have expressed grave concern that...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Baraka Books April 13, 2018

INVITATION

Livres Baraka vous invite à une conférence de Stephen Gowans et au lancement de son nouveau livre Patriots, Traitors and Empires, The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom le lundi 7 mai à 19 h au Centre Saint-Pierre, Salle 200, 1212,...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

April 11, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

World War III is not about to erupt; it has already begun; indeed, it began as long ago as 2015, when Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, intervened in the conflict in that country, whose government was under attack by Islamist...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

April 11, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

#1. The fundamental question of whether a chemical weapons (CW) attack took place last Saturday in the Syrian town of Douma has yet to be independently addressed. The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the one neutral body...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

April 11, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

Ideologues of US power, notably those ensconced in the editorial offices of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, believe that the United States has an imprescriptible right to exercise an absolutist tyranny over the world, to define the...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-08 - Original post - cached version

April 8, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

There is much ambiguity surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, said to have taken place late Saturday, but there are a few matters that are clear.

First, the reports are “unverified”, according to The Wall Street Journal [1...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

By Dan Kovalik

Patriots, Traitors & Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, Stephen Gowans’ latest book on the Korean conflict, could not be more timely given the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as the recent overtures being made for peace and...

Stephen Gowans - 2018-03-11 - Original post - cached version

The United States has invaded Syria with a significant military force, is occupying nearly one-third of its territory, has announced plans for an indefinite occupation, and is plundering the country’s petroleum resources. Washington has no authorization under international or even US law to...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

“I’d form an alliance with the devil himself if it helped defeat Hitler.” – Winston Churchill

November 8, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

A point I made in a recent article has stirred a fierce reaction, particularly from Michel Chossudovsky, but on earlier occasions from others as...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Washington is hiding its leadership of the war on Yemen behind the Saudis

November 6, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

In October, 2016, two Reuters’ reporters published an exclusive, under the headline: “As Saudis bombed Yemen, U.S. worried about legal blowback.” [1]

The...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Koreans have been fighting a civil war since 1932, when Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, along with other Korean patriots, launched a guerrilla war against Japanese colonial domination. Other Koreans, traitors to the cause of Korea’s freedom, including a...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

July 17th, 2017
Featured Guest: STEPHEN GOWANS, author of Washington’s Long War On Syria.

On Soundcloud:

https:​//soundcloud.​com/taylor-report/the-myth-of-​the-kurdish-ypgs-moral-excelle​nce

Audio File:

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Stephen Gowans - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

July 11, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

A barbed criticism aimed at the International Socialist Organization, shown nearby, under the heading “If the ISO Existed in 1865” encompasses a truth about the orientation of large parts of the Western Left to the Arab nationalist government in...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

With its ICBM test signaling its capability to retaliate against US aggression, North Korea has made clear that the United States’ seven decades long effort to topple its government may never come to fruition—a blow against US despotism, and an advance for peace, and for democracy on a world...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Sunday, June 25, 7-9 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway, Vancouver / Unceded Coast Salish Traditional Territories

Stop War Vancouver Presents: “Washington’s Long War on Syria”: A Public Forum with Stephen Gowans, Ottawa-based activist and author

...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-05-01 - Original post - cached version

April 30, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

A day before my book Washington’s Long War on Syria was sent to the press, I read a short essay by a notable Canadian, Norman Bethune. The essay was titled Wounds. Bethune was a skilled and innovative surgeon who was at the forefront of the fight...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version

April 8, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

Washington has added a new dimension to its long war on Syria: direct military intervention.

Since the mid 1950s, the United States has tried to purge Damascus of an Arab nationalist leadership which has zealously guarded Syria’s freedom from...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Stephen Gowans will launch his new book, “Washington’s Long War on Syria“, in a number of Central Canadian cities over the next two months.

OTTAWA: First stop will be his home town of Ottawa on Wednesday April 5. Sponsored by the Carleton Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

March 29, 2017

Stephen Gowans will do a four-city speaking tour to launch his seminal book Washington’s Long War on Syria.

Ottawa

First stop will be his home town of Ottawa on Wednesday April 5. Sponsored by the Carleton Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Wednesday April 5, 2017
7:00-9:00 pm.
Carleton University, Loeb A720
OTTAWA, Ontario

Sponsored by

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
The Canadian Peace Congress

“Gowans’ book is a timely and indispensable resource...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-03-13 - Original post - cached version

March 13, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

The United States and South Korea are conducting their largest-ever military exercises on the Korean peninsula [1], one week after the White House announced that it was considering military action against North Korea to bring about regime change. [2...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

March 7, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

The White House is considering “possible military action to force regime change” in North Korea, another in a long succession of threats Washington has issued against Pyongyang, piled atop unremitting aggression the United States has directed at the...

Stephen Gowans - 2017-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Publication date April 17.

Now available for order.


Available from Baraka Books http://www.barakabooks.com/catalogue/washingtons-long-war-on-syria/

“Stephen Gowans paints a very clear portrait of the Syrian Arab Republic, and documents the...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-12-20 - Original post - cached version

December 19, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

“A substantial body of research conducted over many decades highlights the proximity between western news media and their respective governments, especially in the realm of foreign affairs,” writes Piers Robinson, Chair in Politics, Society and...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-12-17 - Original post - cached version

December 17, 2016
Updated December 18, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Only a few days ago the New York Times acknowledged that the CIA finding that the Kremlin hacked the Democratic National Convention’s computers with the intention of influencing the US presidential election was...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-10-22 - Original post - cached version

October 22, 2016

Apparently, the US Left has yet to figure out that Washington doesn’t try to overthrow neoliberals. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were a devotee of the Washington Consensus–as Counterpunch’s Eric Draitser seems to believe–the United States government wouldn’t have...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-10-20 - Original post - cached version

October 20, 2016

The hypocritical Western heart beats for all except those the US Empire drowns in blood. [1]

By Stephen Gowans

“In Syria almost everybody is under siege to a greater or lesser degree,” observes the Independent’s Patrick Cockburn. [2] Most people, however,...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted July 15, 2016
Updated July 18, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Summary. The New York Times reported that the United States has refrained from systematically attacking Al Qaeda’s franchise in Syria because US-backed fighters coordinate and are enmeshed with the outfit...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-07-08 - Original post - cached version

July 8, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Last April, veteran anti-war activist Ken Stone travelled to Syria as part of a seven person solidarity mission with the people of Syria, becoming one of the first tourists to visit liberated Palmyra. Stone recounts his trip in Defiant Syria:...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-07-06 - Original post - cached version

July 6, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

I wrote on July 4 in The Jewish Colonization of Palestine and the Recalcitrance of the Natives that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947 was the first official two-state proposal. Actually, a decade earlier, in 1937, Britain’s Peel...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-07-04 - Original post - cached version

July 4, 2016

“It is easy for us who have never been victims of foreign conquest and are still living in our homes to vehemently denounce the violence of evicted Palestinians.” [1]

“Palestine is an occupied land stolen from its native people and time does not make it a property of...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-07-02 - Original post - cached version

July 1, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Today is Canada Day, an annual fete in Canada to honour the birth of the country. In Ottawa, the capital, Canadians dress in the red and white of their country’s flag, set baseball caps with CANADA emblazoned across the front atop their heads, clutch...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-05-31 - Original post - cached version

May 31, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

On, March 2, 2016 the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on North Korea, citing the DPRK’s:

• Nuclear test of January 6, 2016;
• Its satellite launch of February 7, 2016, which the Security Council said relied on ballistic...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-05-26 - Original post - cached version

May 26, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

The DPRK (North Korea) has asked the UN Secretary General to explain the legal grounds on which the Security Council issued a sanctions resolution branding the country’s recent satellite launch and nuclear test as a “threat to international peace and...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-05-05 - Original post - cached version

By Stephen Gowans

May 6, 2016

Washington is preparing to mount a campaign to transfer control of Syrian territory currently held by ISIS to rebels who operate under US influence, forming a rebel redoubt from which US proxies can continue to wage war on Damascus, and establishing...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-04-17 - Original post - cached version

April 17, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

According to the Wall Street Journal [1], Washington has a Plan B for Syria. If the UN-mediated Geneva talks between the Syrian government and foreign-backed opposition fail to bring about the resignation of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (i.e.,...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-04-03 - Original post - cached version

April 2, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

ISIS “is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions.” – US Secretary of State, John Kerry. [1]

“If we had to choose between ISIS and Assad, we’ll take ISIS.” – Former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren,...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-03-07 - Original post - cached version

“What the U.S. really wants is not the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but the Americanization of the Korean peninsula.” [1]

March 7, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

After successfully concluding negotiations with China to craft a new raft of international sanctions against...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Seeing the government in Damascus as too far to the left, Washington has been trying to orchestrate a regime change in Syria since at least 2003

February 9, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

Documents prepared by US Congress researchers as early as 2005 revealed that the US government...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-01-10 - Original post - cached version

January 10, 2016

By Stephen Gowans @GowansStephen

The implication of a report written for the US Congress is that the United States is a state sponsor of terrorism in Syria. At the same time, the report challenges widely held beliefs about the conflict, including the idea that the...

Stephen Gowans - 2016-01-05 - Original post - cached version

January 5, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

It’s difficult enough for the Left to make any headway against the formidable forces arrayed against it without some of its members abandoning concrete analysis and coherent argument in favor of fantasy and appeal to emotions.

In May 2013...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Paris Match: Many people say the solution lies in your departure. Do you believe that your departure is the solution?

Syrian president Assad: What was the result (of NATO policy when they attacked Gaddafi)? Chaos ensued after Gaddafi’s departure. So, was the departure the solution? Have...

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