“Smoking Gun” Analysis Finds US Sanctions Produce “War Time” Economy in Venezuela

Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Francisco R. Rodríguez, Executive Director of Oil for Venezuela, about his groundbreaking study exposing the devastating impact of US sanctions on Venezuela’s economy. Francisco Rodríguez shares data which prove sanctions have directly contributed to a major economic contraction in Venezuela, driven mainly by a significant drop in the country’s oil production as a result of the measures. Rodríguez also addresses common arguments made by individuals who seek to obscure the impact US sanctions […]

BEST OF OFFG: “Questions you aren’t supposed to ask about ISIS”

Catte Black Republished as part of our ‘Best Of’ series, revisiting some of OffG’s Pre-Covid editorials – either because they help remind us of important realities easily overlooked nowadays, or because they take on added significance in a ‘post-covid’ world. Do you remember 2015? It seems more than six years ago. Do you remember when …

Syria’s so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ has been liberated

Vanessa Beeley After three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad. Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of Damascus, as the “cradle of …

The US is turning oil-rich Nigeria into a proxy for its Africa wars

Under the cover of counterterrorism, AFRICOM is beefing up Nigeria’s military to ensure the free flow of oil to the West, and using the country as a proxy against China’s influence on the continent. Last month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times. It might as well have been written by the Pentagon. Buhari promoted Brand Nigeria, auctioning the country’s military services to Western powers, telling readers that Nigeria would lead Africa’s “war on terror” in […]

AUDIO: Afghanistan unpacked – the “new” Taliban, ISIS imports and the Chaos strategy

vanessa beeley · Afghanistan unpacked – the "new" Taliban, ISIS imports and the Chaos strategy OffG’s own Kit Knightly sits down with the brilliant Vanessa Beeley to talk about his article 6 questions we NEED to ask about Afghanistan. They discuss everything from the timing of the Afghanistan scene-stealer and the pivot to the rebranded …