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How the New York Times partook in the plunder of Iraq

Who gave permission to the New York Times to remove thousands of ISIL files from Iraq? | SINAN ANTOON*

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 [AP/Jim Krane]

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 | AP/Jim Krane

Many of the precious objects displayed in the global north’s major museums were plundered from their home in the global south. The dubious itinerary and the illegal and unethical practices that facilitated the plunder cannot be found in the laconic texts accompanying these exhibited objects. Continue reading

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‘Media used my son for their purposes’: CNN’s Amanpour challenged to go talk to ‘Aleppo boy’

Omran Daqneesh’s photo became a symbol of the tragic state of children in Aleppo. The boy’s father reveals how the Syrian militants used his young son as a scripted tool in their propaganda fight against the Syrian government. I do not recall Amanpour making political hay out of or expressing any concern about civilians killed and/or injured by armed US involvement in Iraq and elsewhere.

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The era of retaliation

BERLIN (April 23) – Germany’s defence minister reaffirmed that Berlin is basically ready to participate in military aggressions, such as the recent western attack on Syria. “We could also fulfill the contribution from the air that Great Britain had made in this case,” said Ursula von der Leyen, but “we weren’t asked this time.” Continue reading

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German maneouvres in the wake of the bombs

From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to nlarge)

BERLIN/DAMASCUS/MOSCOW (April 18) – The German government, after having applauded the bombing of Syria, is now demanding participation in the country’s reorganization once the war has ended. Continue reading

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The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

Robert Fisk, twice British journalist of the year and seven time foreign correspondent of the year, visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis. He finds zero evidence of the “gas attacks” used as the pretext for the combined US-UK-France aggression on April 13, a war crime, and for a frenzied media campaign to instead find Syria and Russia guilty of a war crime. There is no evidence of the supposed dozens of dead. Continue reading

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The US secret plan against Damascus foiled: Russian role before and after the US-UK-France attack revealed

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By ELIIJAH J. MAGNIER

(Damascus)  – Donald Trump has climbed down from the tree he climbed up a few days ago when he gathered a large military force and firepower similar to “operation desert storm” (but without ground forces).  “Plan A” consisted of a destructive attack on Syria to destroy its army, presidential palace, command and control bases, elite force, strategic military and ammunition warehouses, radar, defence systems and political leadership institutions.

Prior to the triple attack on Syria by the US – UK – France, intensive contacts were carried out by Russia and President Vladimir Putin himself – at around 04:00 am– to reduce the attack and go to a softer, less significant “Plan B”. Continue reading

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The proof of the pudding

Ussian: Syrian Army gassed its own people.
Syrian: What is the evidence?
Ussian: We know. We say so. We don’t need any evidence!
Ussian: And! We launched 120 missiles against just 3 targets, Syria didn’t shoot down a single one.
Syrian: We downed most of them and we have evidence.
Ussian: Shut up, you… you Arab! We know! We know! We don’t need evidence!
Syrian: As Engels used to say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating!

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