Steven Chovanec

Steven Chovanec - 2020-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Near the end of July, one of the most important recent developments in U.S. foreign policy was quietly disclosed during a U.S. Senate hearing. Not surprisingly, hardly anybody talked about it and most are still completely unaware that it happened.

Answering questions from Senator...

Steven Chovanec - 2020-08-22 - Original post - cached version

During the Democratic National Convention, the party in one fell swoop exemplified how their foreign policy platform is characterized by superficiality with no substance, dishonesty absent an ounce of shame, and downright immorality when their intentions are laid bare.

Steven Chovanec - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version
The Western press did its utmost to portray the recent elections in Venezuela as fraudulent. There were legitimate allegations raised, such as how Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro offered recipients of state benefits a “prize” if they came out to vote. Therefore, an increasingly reluctant public...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Last week, Trump signed a “right to try” bill that allows terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs that are not approved by the FDA. This is a major boost to Big Pharma companies. They now have even greater leeway to push potentially harmful drugs onto patients. However, it is no...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-06-03 - Original post - cached version

This week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who also has extensive ties with fossil fuel companies (as reported last week), is further revealed by the New York Timesto be in bed with even more billionaire coal barons than...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-06-01 - Original post - cached version
Syria is preparing an offensive to regain control of the southwest of the country near the Daraa and Quneitra regions. The area is occupied by al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups associated with them, and a substantial portion is controlled by ISIS. But the US says it is opposed to the Syrian...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Ever since Trump’s election, he has presided over a dedicated assault against the working class. Despite his populist rhetoric, it was not surprising that a billionaire capitalist would side with the interests of business owners while eroding the ability of labor to interfere with their...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-05-25 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has cancelledthe Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un. He cited North Korea’s “hostility” as the reason, while using language that leaves open room for future reconciliation. North Korea then sent back a respectful letter, which Trump describedas “warm...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-05-19 - Original post - cached version
While Israel claims “security” and “defense of its border” to justify the recent mass murder in Gaza, the historical record of Israel’s founding fathers and government planners paints a different picture entirely. Aware that an “injustice was unavoidable” for their state to be established, the...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version
While the US is quick to label any act of resistance by the Palestinians as terrorism, it has yet to condemn Israel's calculated massacre of unarmed Palestinians, including children, during this and the preceding weeks. In fact, the Trump administration has gone out of its way to defend Israel's...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-03-27 - Original post - cached version
The recent diplomatic breakthrough between the Trump administration and North Korea provides a hopeful opportunity for peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Immediately after the announcement, the media went into overdrive to try and undermine the development, worrying more...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-03-24 - Original post - cached version
A lot of the debate surrounding Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs misses key points.
Many who have vehemently rejected the measures have exaggerated the harms that are likely to be caused by them. The arguments mainly stem from a desire to safeguard the global economic architecture that has...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-03-21 - Original post - cached version
The Venezuelan government recently announced its decision to hold presidential elections, which are currently scheduled for May. The Trump administration denounced the move, saying they "would not be free and fair." Last year, the administration announced an unprecedented escalation of sanctions...
Steven Chovanec - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

While President Trump has recently hailed the defeat of ISIS, the group has been able to stave-off a complete defeat by retreating to a few, small remaining pockets in Syria.

One of these pockets, located east of the Euphrates along Syria’s border with Iraq, is surrounded by the Syrian...

Steven Chovanec - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

The dominant view of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), Operation Inherent Resolve, is that its fundamental goal is the defeat of ISIS.

And so, in the wake of the routing of ISIS from Iraq and Syria, the core justification for an ongoing US military presence in Syria...

Steven Chovanec - 2018-02-08 - Original post - cached version
[Editors Note: This report is from August 2017. It is now outdated, especially given the Syrian government's operations inside Idlib. Its main purpose was to highlight how the Western powers have been propping up an al-Qaeda safe-haven in Idlib for years, and how it got to be dominated by al-Qaeda...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version
Back in February, it was quietly reported that the CIA had discontinued its support program to rebels in Syria. A month later, a knowledgeable source from the region disclosed to me that the Trump administration and the Saudi defense minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had agreed during their...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version
Confusion has been raised over the Trump administration’s apparent U-turns on Syria. In April, the official position was that Assad was a “political reality” that had to be dealt with, yet only weeks later officials were calling for him to step down. Now Trump is again stating that the US is not...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Useful Pretexts With Trump’s inauguration, policy in Syria had begun to take a different direction. After having failed at regime-change, with the insurgency badly defeated, on the defensive, and fighting amongst themselves, it appeared the rebels’ sponsors had realized the futility of...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version
This is the final of a 5 part report which attempts to detail a history of the rise of ISIS and to explain its true relations to the actors involved in the war theatre. It attempts to show how and why ISIS has been exploited while also answering the question:  what has been the group’s ultimate...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version
This is part 4 of a 5 part report which attempts to detail a history of the rise of ISIS and to explain its true relations to the actors involved in the war theatre. It attempts to show how and why ISIS has been exploited while also answering the question:  what has been the group’s ultimate...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version
This is part 3 of a 5 part report which attempts to detail a history of the rise of ISIS and to explain its true relations to the actors involved in the war theatre. It attempts to show how and why ISIS has been exploited while also answering the question:  what has been the group’s ultimate...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version
This is part 2 of a 5-part report which attempts to detail a history of the rise of ISIS and to explain its true relations to the actors involved in the war theatre. It attempts to show how and why ISIS has been exploited while attempting to answer the question: what has been the groups’ ultimate...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

This is the first of a 5-part report which attempts to detail a history of the rise of ISIS and to explain its true relations to the actors involved in the war theatre. It attempts to show how and why ISIS has been exploited while attempting to answer the question: what has been the groups’...

Steven Chovanec - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version
During the Syrian army’s offensive to retake the eastern part of Aleppo from the insurgent opposition, the Western media portrayed the assault as if Russia and Syria were carrying out a campaign primarily aimed at killing and harming civilians. The humanitarian crisis dominated headlines while key...
Steven Chovanec - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version
Propaganda 101 The US is currently engaged in a counterinsurgency campaign against ISIS in Mosul city, Iraq. US officials and western media however castigated Syria and Russia for a very similar campaign in eastern Aleppo which drove out the insurgents who were dominated by al-Qaeda and supported...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-10-06 - Original post - cached version
The United States is manipulating humanitarian concern in an effort to protect its proxy militias and its imperial regime-change project in Syria.  The media and intellectual classes are dutifully falling in line, promoting a narrative of military aggression under the cover of “protecting civilians...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-08-20 - Original post - cached version
Lies & Liberation
As Syrian government forces looked poised to encircle the rebels in east Aleppo by breaking their last remaining supply line, the selective humanity that so often accompanies aggressive interventions, which provides the veneer of humanitarianism to solely pragmatic and...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-08-13 - Original post - cached version
When analyzing the issues of police brutality in America and the Black Lives Matter movement, a lot of the most important aspects of the situation are rarely talked about. Firstly, we have to ask how the criminal justice system operates and how it relates to power and inequality. The best and most...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-08-08 - Original post - cached version

According to the Pentagon, Aleppo is "primarily held" by al-Qaeda.  They argue that the rebels the CIA supports there are allies of al-Qaeda.  The CIA, however, "rejects that claim, saying alliancess of convenience in the face of a mounting Russian-led offensive have created marriages of...

Steven Chovanec - 2016-07-16 - Original post - cached version
Perhaps one of the most striking features of the attack in Nice are not what occurred in France, but instead how the reaction exemplifies the selective humanity that we exhibit depending on where terrorism occurs.  The public, politicians, and the media all rightfully displayed outrage over the...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-04-25 - Original post - cached version
The Rejection of Peace
Turkeys war against its Kurdish population in its current iteration is as much about Erdogan and the Turkish power structures consolidating and maintaining their power as is their crackdown against journalism.  It has not been waged as a war to protect Turkish...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-04-24 - Original post - cached version
Turkey’s Crimes
As Turkey has been waging a brutal and murderous campaign against its Kurdish population in the south of the country it has also illegally shelled Kurdish factions inside Syria that are threatening the remaining supply lines used by Turkey to arm various jihadi groups. ...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-03-14 - Original post - cached version
The New York Times recently ran a big front-page piece, taking up more than a full page, seeking to explain the recent developments in Syria.  Anne Bernard, the Times’ leading reporter on the Middle East, who mainly operates from Beirut and gets her information from rebel sources, unfortunately...
Steven Chovanec - 2016-02-27 - Original post - cached version
Report also cross-posted at AntiWar
Please Don’t Attack Al-Qaeda

In the weeks leading up to the agreed upon cessation-of-hostilities (CoH) agreement between the US and Russia, it was John Kerry’s diplomacy that was instrumental in “downgrading” the truce from a more forceful and...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-12-19 - Original post - cached version
Western media are reporting headline claims that “new evidence supports claims about Syrian state detention deaths”, saying that “a leading rights group has released new evidence that up to 7,000 Syrians who died in state detention centres were tortured, mistreated, or executed”, noting that this...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-12-18 - Original post - cached version
The US Congress has decided to try and slip in the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) into the omnibus spending bill.  The omnibus is the bill that will fund the government for the 2016 fiscal year and thus prevent a government shutdown.  So in other words, it has to be passed.  It...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-09-08 - Original post - cached version

As the gravest refugee crisis since WWII continues unabated, everyday new reports give us privileged enough not to be personally effected mere glimpses at the outright horror that is being visited upon our brothers and sisters across the world on a daily basis.

A horror that has...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-07-16 - Original post - cached version
The fact that the US can find only 60 Syrian rebels to train is quite telling.  It means that out of nearly 18 million Syrians (reduced by 4 million since the start of the conflict) the US could only find 60 that were willing to fight against ISIS, only 60.(1) In other words, only an increase of...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Recent Rebel Gains a Result of US Support to Extremists
The rebel opposition in Syria has in recent months made a series of gains against the Syrian army, most notably in Idlib, Palmyra, and Ramadi in Iraq.  However, given that from the very beginning the opposition had taken “a clear...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-05-23 - Original post - cached version
The US-led coalition now attempting to appear as though they are fighting ISIS knowingly aided the rise of the Islamic State for the purposes of isolating Assad and combating expanding Iranian influence.

At least as far back as August of 2012 the very same anti-IS coalition knew full well that...

Steven Chovanec - 2015-05-21 - Original post - cached version
News reports have begun to come in about the fall of Palmyra to ISIS in Syria, and while most Western media has rightly been concerned with the city’s ancient ruins, few mentions have been given to the welfare of the people living in the region, or the fact that “The Syrian army launched a massive...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-03-19 - Original post - cached version
Western Leaders Feign Sympathy for a Crisis They Instigated & Intensified:

Obama in 2014 stated“we must… [pursue] the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all,” Senator McCain as well recently said“But what haunts me even more than the horror unfolding...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-03-12 - Original post - cached version
Iraqi Success in Tikrit, Leaves Washington on the Sidelines A mostly successful offensive has been waged to drive out ISIL from the Iraqi city of Tikrit, spearheaded by the Iraqi army and Iranian backed militias, representing a bright spot in the campaign to eradicate the ISIL insurgency from Iraq...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-01-28 - Original post - cached version
There is much discussion in Western political discourse of the “threat” of Iran, spoken of as though it is a self-evident truth, an assumption that underlies the entire spectrum of debate.  To question such an obvious truism is something that disciplined intellectuals understand is not proper of...
Steven Chovanec - 2015-01-12 - Original post - cached version
The Narrative The official narrative has been produced, ready for mass consumption.  Two men brandishing balaclavas, military fatigues, armed with AK-47’s, a shotgun, and an RPG launcher, walked into the wrong address first before finding the proper Charlie Hebdo building, and then subsequently...
Steven Chovanec - 2014-11-15 - Original post - cached version

US Airstrikes Against ISIL not Meant to Destroy ISIL

Instead of deterring the radical Islamist group, American airstrikes against them have accomplished two things: they have increased ISIL recruitment while at the same time have destroyed and degraded Syria’s infrastructure...
Steven Chovanec - 2014-10-11 - Original post - cached version
When faced with the prospect of analyzing the current rise of ISIS, or the misinformedalbeit widely accepted and perceived threat of Russia, or that of Iran, it is imperative that we keep in mind a few key points. One of these is the US foreign policy strategy of containment, or more aptly, the...
Steven Chovanec - 2014-09-07 - Original post - cached version
Mainstream discourse on the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is fixed upon a single analysis, one with very little nuance or dissenting voices: that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the present situation.  That his actions represent an offensive aggression and escalation...
Steven Chovanec - 2014-08-05 - Original post - cached version
"We must expel Arabs and take their place."
-- David Ben-Gurion, October 5 1937, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Winter 2012), University of California Press, pp. 245-250.* 1980’s
For 30 years, from the War of Independence until today [1981], we [Israel] have been...


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