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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

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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...

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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...

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

December 11, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

In the view of Syrians, the country’s president, Bashar al Assad, and his ally, Iran, have more support than do the forces arrayed against him, according to a public opinion poll taken last summer by a research firm that is working with the US...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-11-29 - Original post - cached version

By Stephen Gowans

The idea that the United States has “interests” abroad is an affront to democracy and geography. How can a country have interests, and not only that, but vital ones, in every corner of the world, unless we ignore geography and the idea that the people who live in a...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-11-03 - Original post - cached version

November 3, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

“Syria is home to a violent Islamist insurgency. Syria’s jihadists have carried out hundreds of attacks on security forces.” That’s one way of describing what’s going on in Syria, though it clashes with the accustomed view of the Western news...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-10-25 - Original post - cached version

October 25, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

In a speech delivered in the southern suburbs of Beirut on October 23, 2015, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, a resistance organization rooted in Lebanon’s Shia community, presented a description of US imperialism that largely...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-10-22 - Original post - cached version

October 22, 2015

To paraphrase Karl Marx, however infamous the conduct of the Sicarii Palestinians, it is only the reflex, in concentrated form, of the Zionists’ own conduct in the land they’ve usurped from their attackers.

Stephen Gowans - 2015-10-22 - Original post - cached version

By Adam Taylor
Washington Post
October 19, 2015

You wouldn’t expect a BBC report on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday to suggest that “it was a birthday celebration, but it felt more like a cult meeting in adoration of the leader.” Nor would you expect talk of “fearsome missiles”...

Stephen Gowans - 2015-10-17 - Original post - cached version

October 17, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

The U.S. political elite is never entirely secretive about its aims. It spells them out, maybe not always clearly and maybe sometimes elliptically, but it is fairly open in declaring its objectives and how it intends to achieve them. When she was...

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