America's Gulf War, intermittent bombings in the 1990s, the 2003 war, and aftermath left a toxic legacy.
Most Syrians support Assad. They do so for good reason. Mass crowds turn out in liberated areas. Syria's military is cheered.
Washington's national security state matters most. So do war-making priorities. National emergency powers reflect both. Coup d'etat authority runs things.
Qusair's strategically important. Western-backed death squads controlled it for over a year. On June 5, Syrian forces triumphed. Insurgent fighters were routed. Many were killed. Others were captured. Remaining elements fled.
It's standard Times practice. It's longstanding. On June 6, Times editors praised Obama's selection of Susan Rice and Samantha Power. They're deplorable choices.
By Noam Chomsky - June 08, 2013
Reagan’s murderous assault on Central America was not limited to Guatemala...In most of the region the agencies of terror were government security forces that had been armed and trained by Washington...One country was different: Nicaragua. It had an army to defend its population. Reagan therefore had to organize right-wing guerilla forces to wage the fight.
By SHAMUS COOKE - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The western media is giving dire warnings of an impending sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims...Such a war would be completely artificial, and is being manufactured for geo-political reasons. When the most influential Sunni figures in Saudi Arabia and Qatar...recently called for Jihad against the Syrian government and Hezbollah, their obvious intentions were to boost the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia and its closest ally, the United States, by destroying Iran’s key ally in the region.
By Chris Marsden - 7 June 2013
The White House issued its most threatening statement yet yesterday, denouncing Iran and the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah as “partners in tyranny” for their support of the Assad regime in Syria.
Since early 2011, ongoing blame game strategy holds Syria responsible for Western-enlisted death squad crimes.
By Johannes Stern - 5 June 2013
Describing “new levels of cruelty and brutality” the report admits that the opposition in Syria is dominated by violent Islamist elements responsible for horrific crimes against the Syrian population...While the report claims that the opposition’s crimes did not “reach the intensity and scale” of those committed by the Assad regime, the facts it reports suggest otherwise. The report depicts the rebels as ruling the areas it controls through murder and despotic terror.
Palestinian Jaffa is now Tel Aviv's Jaffa municipality. Six mass graves were discovered. They contain remains of at least hundreds of Palestinian victims.
By PATRICK COCKBURN - June 03, 2013
The White House has said in the past few days that its top priority in Syria is to impose regime change, but this is a recipe for a very long conflict. Why should Assad and his government surrender when they are more than holding their own on the battlefield?...And Britain and France are playing a small but mischievous role in ensuring the slaughter in Syria continues.
By Jean Shaoul - 3 June 2013
After forcing the lifting of a weapons embargo against Syria and thus enabling the arming of Islamist militants, Britain is now calling for the European Union to designate the Lebanese party Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization...Designating Hezbollah...a terrorist organization demonstrates the extent to which the conflict in Syria has become a regional war and a de facto war against Iran...It could embroil [Lebanon] in another civil war.
Under international law, it's a fundamental right. It's inviolable. The UN Charter affirms it.
Natan Blanc's an Israeli conscientious objector (CO). He's a refusenik. He and many others like him are called that for refusing to serve wrong over right. They resist proudly and courageously.