Syria

CIJA Sting Operation Stirs FCDO’s ‘Hotch Potch’ of Spooks

Vanessa Beeley A recent sting operation carried out by the Commission for International Justice and Accountablity (CIJA) entrapped an unsuspecting academic member of the Working Group on Syria Media and Propganda (WGSPM) into engaging in a series of email conversations with a fake “Russian agent”. These emails were then supplied to the BBC producer, Chloe Hadjimatheou, who is responsible …

Former hostage responds to top diplomat calling Al Qaeda a US ‘asset’ in Syria

Lindsey Snell, a journalist who escaped Al Qaeda captivity in Syria, responds to a top US diplomat calling the militant group “an asset” amid a media-enabled PR campaign to whitewash its image. Amid a public relations campaign to rehabilitate the Al Qaeda franchise in Syria — which rules Idlib, Syria’s last militant-controlled province – former top US diplomat James Jeffrey has called the group a US “asset.” Lindsey Snell, an independent journalist who escaped captivity by Al Qaeda in Syria, […]

US Occupation Force Commits New Crimes in Syria

Ten years into the conflict, Syria is still struggling as the United States and its closest allies refuse to put an end to their illegal armed intervention. Under the pretext of fighting DAESH terrorists, as well as the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front (all three organizations are banned in the Russian Federation) they’ve been carrying out attacks […]

Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash

The BBC’s Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets’ late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation? White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people.  At the time, the White Helmets’ intimate ties to jihadist […]

Australia Struggles to Find an Independent Voice

Australia has always struggled to present an independent foreign policy to the world. For example, during its early days as a British colony its soldiers fought in the Crimean war in the mid 19th century, although it would be impossible to identify any Australian interest in that conflict. World War One saw a similar eagerness […]
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EU-UN conference raises donations to maintain Syrian stalemate

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator The European Union has co-chaired with the United Nations a conference on ‘Supporting the Future of Syria and of the Region’, March 29-30.  This is the fifth EU donor conference on Syria claiming to pursue a peaceful and sustainable future for all Syrians. However, the actual focus is not […]