Monday, April 14, 2014

Rest In Peace John Johnson of Change-Links

I have two friends that were born on the 4th of July, Ron Kovac, who wrote a book with that title and John Johnson, who passed away, at the age of 69, yesterday . John Johnson had a name like mine where the first name is repeated in the last name with a reference to ones origins, and like me, he was a life long radical, one of the original SDSers.

John Johnson was perhaps best known for publishing the monthly calender of events, Change-Links, that provided much of the glue that held the progressive community in Los Angeles together for the past 20 years. The front page always had topical and insightful articles about the issues of the day, but its heart was the calendar section that covered all the up coming programs, meetings, film showings and scheduled demonstrations. It was like a program for the movement in L.A. Every month you would have to seek out your Change-Links to know what was happening.

I would repair his computers in return for advertising in Change-Links when he was short of cash, or buy ads in Change-Links when I was flush. Once, when he was picking up a fixed computer from my place, he found out that my bike had been stolen. The next day he drove back to Venice from the valley to bring me an "extra" bike he had.
In January 2013, John had heart surgery and as a result, there was no paper version of Change-Links for about six months.  I don't think his health ever fully recovered but his spirits and activity did and we all got complaisant  about getting out Change-Links every month as usual again. Then two weeks ago he had a stroke and fell. He also had a very bad MSRA bacterial infection that got into his bloodstream, Last night he died.

Rest in Peace John Johnson. You will be remember wherever people fight for justice,

I believe this is the last blog post John made to the Change-Links website:
The Perils of Progressive Media

31 January 2014
by John Johnson
Last month we got an email from the Getty Foundation. They demanded $350 from Change- Links, claiming that we used one of their photos on a page from our Website from about three months ago. On it, we’d ran an article about a homeless families. To illustrate it I chose a photo I found on the Web of a homeless family.

A number of years ago the Getty empire started buying up all the photos they could, especially ones with news value, then charging for their use. Many artists and others waged a large campaign to stop this monopolization of art but so far it hasn’t stopped them.

Change-Links continues to eke itself out without any corporate or think tank support. We’re one of the few remaining examples of genuine public media. And one of the very few progressive publications still in operation. It’s a lot of work to get out.

It’s also critical at this time for us to build a more organized progressive movement in the US. Occasional progressive and radical outbreaks, like the Occupy movement, infuse us with hope, but they don’t last. We no longer have the base of college movements that were once a vital source of energy and continuity to keep things moving.

During the Seventies we tried to build a working class movement, focusing on both community and the work place. But we couldn’t sustain it after a few years. And by then the student actions were already ebbing.

Today corporations dominate the country and our lives. Wall Street rakes in billions in exchange for ruining the lives of untold poor and working class families. Corporations work hand in glove with government officials to bilk and funnel massive amounts of taxpayer money into their own pockets.

Not that it ever existed, but democracy is next to dead in this country. And it’s pretty much the same throughout the rest of the world, worse in some places, better in others. Dictators have figured out that fraud works better than brute force to keep the population in tow, though they don’t hesitate to use both.

The best news sources on broadcast media are Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” and Thom Hartmann. Rachael Madow can be good, but we took a big hit when they got rid of Keith Obermann.

The corporations and the government are not going to establish a fair and balanced public broadcast or print media, much less a progressive one. We’ve got to do it ourselves. Amy Goodman gets a lot of support, and can always use more. But Change-Links is hanging by a thread that gets more frayed with every issue. If you value the news and information we provide, we need your donations and/or volunteer time. Now!
Martin Sheen & John Johnson

Alternative Left Perspectives on Syria

Linux Beach is honored to find itself on an exclusive list published yesterday by Pulse Media:

Alternative Left Perspectives on Syria

13 April 2014
The responses of most leftists to the Syrian uprising and subsequent war (it’s often forgotten that it started as an uprising — indeed a nonviolent and nonsectarian one) have been deeply disappointing. Disappointing to many Syrian activists, and to many of us on the Left who support the Syrian struggle for dignity and justice, which is now a struggle against both Assad’s killing machine and the jihadi counter-revolutionary forces.

The Left’s responses fall into three main categories:
  1. explicit support for the Assad regime
  2. monochrome opposition to Western intervention, end of discussion (with either implicit or explicit neutrality on the conflict itself)
  3. general silence caused by deep confusion
The first camp, while relatively small, represents a truly hideous, morally obscene and, I would argue, deeply reactionary position – siding with a mass murderer and war criminal who presides over a quasi-fascist police state.

The second camp, which encompasses a majority of peace activists and soi-disant anti-imperialists in the West, represents an (ironically) Eurocentric/US-centric stance (it’s all about the West, not the Syrian people) – a total abandonment of internationalism.

The third camp is at least understandable, given the complexity of the Syrian conflict. The book I co-edited on the subject is titled The Syria Dilemma for a reason. Yet this stance remains disconcerting: silence in the face of what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls “the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world” is a cop-out. Complexity is not a gag order.

There is a fourth camp, however: a small but growing group of progressives who embrace the goals of the Syrian revolution. There are several shades within this camp – it includes Marxists, pacifists, feminists, Third Worldists and leftists of various sorts. Some support the armed struggle in Syria, others do not, standing instead with the nonviolence activists in Syria. But what unites this camp is its solidarity with the Syrian struggle for dignity, justice and self-determination.

The body of writings and arguments this camp has produced directly challenge the dominant narratives on the Left about Syria and offer a critical alternative to it. Here, collected in one place, are some of the key texts of this dissident left camp. Emphasis on some of the key texts – this list is by no means exhaustive. It’s limited to English-language sources. We offer it here as a living resource, one that is expanding on a daily basis. (If you have suggestions for other texts, please post them here.) Here ’tis (in no particular order):

Molly Crabapple
How the Western left ignored Syria’s activists as inconvenient glitches in a story about ourselves

Firas Massouh
Left Out? The Syrian Revolution and the Crisis of the Left

Mohammed Al Attar
What Kind of Support Do Syrians Want?
Solidarity With the Syrian Struggle for Dignity and Freedom
The Campaign for Peace and Democracy Salutes Syria’s Courageous Democratic Movement
A Personal Statement from Campaign for Peace and Democracy Co-Directors Thomas Harrison and Joanne Landy

Louis Proyect
A tale of two Syria conferences

Robin Yassin-Kassab
Reporting Syria: How Robert Fisk, Nir Rosen & Joseph Massad have framed Syria all wrong
Blanket Thinkers

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
On Monsterphilia and Assad: The problems with the “anti-imperialist” position on Syria
Why Bosnia is a better analogy than Iraq in the Syria debate

Gilbert Achcar
Syria in the Context of the Arab Uprisings
Welcoming the vote of the British Parliament while supporting the Syrian uprising
Interview with Gilbert Achcar

Afra Jalabi
Streams of Light: The Heroic Struggle of the Syrian People
Anxiously Anticipating a New Dawn: Voices of Syrian Activists, in The Syria Dilemma (not available online, alas — but get the book)

Mohja Kahf
Then and Now: The Syrian Revolution to Date — A young nonviolent resistance and the ensuing armed struggle
Syria: It’s Still a Revolution, My Friends
Lack of U.S. Peace Movement Solidarity with Syrian Uprising and the “No Good Guys” Excuse

Danny Postel
Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Antiwar Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Nader Hashemi
Syria, savagery, and self-determination
International Appeal to Stop the Starvation Sieges/End the Blockades in Syria

Danny Postel & Nader Hashemi
Break Syria’s Starvation Sieges—By Any Means Necessary

Max Blumenthal
The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad’s apologists
‘We Just Wish for the Hit to Put an End to the Massacres’: a report from the Zaatari refugee camp
Syria and the Left–a conversation between Max Blumenthal & Danny Postel

Talal Alyan
Shell Shocked and Rouged: Syria Is Not a Disposable Bride
While you were neutral about Yarmouk
Yarmouk: an unnerving silence about the ongoing siege of a Palestinian camp in Damascus
An Interview with Syrian Writer and Former Political Prisoner Yassin al-Haj Saleh

Yassin Al Haj Saleh
The Syrian Shabiha and Their State
From the Kingdom of Assad to the Third Republic

Yassin Al Haj Saleh & Rime Allaf
Syria dispatches: Robert Fisk’s independence

Rana Issa
The Destruction of Syria: In Memory of Edward Said

Thomas Pierret
No Stability in Syria Without Political Change

Wendy Pearlman
On the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising
Intervening Against Assad: Reflections From Syrian Refugees
Love in the Syrian Revolution

Ian Williams
From the Spanish Civil War to Syria: Parceling Out Truth Subverts Justice

Bill Weinberg
Syria: civil wars in the civil war
Syria: denialism delegitimizes ‘anti-war’ position
‘Anti-war’ movement still betraying Syrian people
Why I am renouncing my Project Censored award

Mary Kaldor
Bordering on a new World War 1
What to do in Syria?

Richard Falk
What Can Be Done About Syria? Tragedy and Impotence
On Syria: What is to be done?

Syrian leftist sends devastating reply to Assad apologist Tariq Ali and ‘Stop The War’

Syrian Anarchist Challenges the Rebel/Regime Binary View of Resistance–an interview with Nader Atassi

Virtually everything Scott Lucas has written for EA WorldView’s outstanding Syria section

Clay Claiborne’s Syria diaries on his Linux Beach blog

Sunday, April 13, 2014

After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs

The Blogosphere is a Battlefield

Karl Marx famously quoted Carl von Clausewitz to the effect that war is the continuation of politics by other means. It should also be said that propaganda in times of armed conflict is war by other means. Even though the strength of the contending armed bodies is critical in war, their propaganda efforts among their own forces, against the enemy forces, and towards international observers, play an extremely important role as well. That is why I say the blogosphere is a battlefield. Certainly Assad understands that, and so does Putin. They both see the value of creating and promoting a narrative designed to justify their aggression. They both see the value of demonizing their opposition, creating smoke screens, muddying waters, and creating distractions. Today, to a large extent, these goals are accomplished with the help of the Internet, and they both have created sophisticated machinery and spent a lot of money on political support for the Assad regime.

Sy Hersh goes on the warpath again ahead of new regime attacks

Seemingly out of the blue, Bashar al-Assad's most prominent defender came out with a new 5,000 word essay again attempting to absolve the Assad regime for past chemical attacks. Even though the muzzled UN came as close as allowed to putting the blame on the regime when it said that the sarin used in both Ghouta and Khan Al-Assal came from the Assad arsenal and was used by a large chemical weapons component of a professional army, Seymour Hersh's rehash of the old arguments put forth again on 8 April 2014 in the London Review of Books, reopened a discussion that many had thought settled.

His piece became like a call to action for Assad supporters everywhere to renew the claims that Assad didn't do it, repeat all the Fall conspiracy theories, and try to build unity among the conflicting versions. For example, Mint Press came out in support of Hersh, in spite of the fact that they had been supporting a version of how the rebels gassed themselves that involved untrained rebels in a tunnel bungling a big tank of sarin given to them by Saudi Prince Bandar. Hersh's current version has the Turks ramroding al Nursa, and using missiles, no Bandar, no tank, no tunnel. But nevermind about that, these Assad supporters are flexible, the main point is that Assad didn't do it and the rebels did. That is why all those that had formerly promoted a version that had the CIA and/or Qatar masterminding the chemical attacks were as quick as Mint Press to jump on the Hersh campaign bus.

As a result, just when the UN's 5 March report had done so much to clear the air and settle the question of responsibility, at least for the two most deadly sarin attacks, Hersh comes along, completely ignores the UN report, and leads the charge in another smoke and mirrors attack with his pro-Assad LRP propaganda bomb and they have been successful in raising a lot of dust and confusion.

Many of us on the other side of this battle in the blogosphere have been writing tooth and nail to discredit this latest Sy Hersh piece as well as his whole Assad-didn't-do-it thesis, but he is like a giant of journalism while we are the Lilliputians. He dismisses us as bloogers. We are working hard to clear the air, but every time the Hersh piece is reprinted or regurgitated, it is like another smoke grenade going off.

Now we know why this propaganda war is so important, because in the past few days the reports have been coming in that Assad is again killing with poison gas, now the laying of smoke before these operations makes strategic sense.

Was the timing of these new chemical weapons attacks, less than a week after the publication of the latest Sy Hersh defense of Assad, a coincidence, an opportunistic move on the part of Assad or was it part of a plan?

Below are some of the latest pieces on the chemical attacks:

From Associated Press:
Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

By Bassem Mroue
April 12, 2014
BEIRUT — Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons.

What exactly happened Friday in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, remains unclear and likely won't be known for some time. It took United Nations weapons inspectors months to say it was likely some chemical weapons attacks happened last year, including an August attack that killed hundreds and nearly sparked Western airstrikes against President Bashar Assad's forces.

But online videos posted by rebel activists from Kfar Zeita echoed earlier images that sparked a world outcry, showing pale-faced men, women and children gasping for breath at a field hospital. They suggest an affliction by some kind of poison — and yet another clouded incident where both sides blame each other in a conflict that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people with no end in sight.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack hurt dozens of people, though it did not identify the gas used.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group that relies on a network of on-the-ground volunteers, said the gas attack happened during air raids that left heavy smoke over the area. It reported that people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems after the attack, but gave no further details.

State-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel group for the attack, saying they used chlorine gas to kill two people and injure more than 100. It did not say how it confirmed chlorine was used.

Chlorine, one of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the U.S., is used to purify drinking water. But as a gas, it can be deadly, with the German army using it in warfare in World War I. The Geneva Protocol of 1925, which Syria signed, banned its use in battle. More...
From EA WorldView:
Regime Uses Chlorine Gas on Kafrzita in Hama Province

By Scott Lucas
April 13, 2014 12:16
On Saturday, we compiled videos of a claimed chemical attack on Kafrzita in Hama Province, probably from this airstrike and its “yellow-tinged cloud”

See “Poison Gas” Attacks Near Damascus & in Hama Province
To our surprise, Syrian State media admitted the attack, although they claimed — despite the airstrike — that it was the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra Front who was responsible, using chlorine gas that killed two people and injured more than 100.

Now Eliot Higgins, on his Brown Moses blog, puts together audio-visual and photographic evidence. His conclusion is that, even as the Assad regime claims it is shipping out its chemical weapons for destruction, only the Syrian military could have carried out Friday’s attack with “poison gas”. More...
From Syria Deeply:
Week in Review: Amid New Chemical Attacks and Battlefield Shifts, Assad Looks Ahead

April 13th, 2014
by Lara Setrakian
Even by Syrian war standards, this was a brutal week.

By the end of it, reports had surfaced of a poison gas attack in the central Syrian town of Kafr Zeita. One hundred people were left sick from exposure; the Syrian regime and rebel forces blamed each other for the incident. In weeks past,Syrian doctors told us of repeated small-scale chemical attacks around Damascus – a signal that the chemical destruction plan brokered by the U.S. and Russia last year hasn’t stopped the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield.

Then there are the more conventional forms of destruction, which seem to be accelerating in pace. On Wednesday two car bombs struck an Alawite neighborhood of Homs, killing at least 25 people. \Rebels are advancing on government-held areas of Aleppo, Al Jazeera reports, while the Los Angeles Times profiled the practically apocalyptic scenes of life for Aleppines, struggling to get by in a once-prosperous city. More...
From BBCNews:
Claims of new poison gas attack in Syria

12 April 2014
The government and opposition forces in Syria have accused each other of using poison gas in an attack on a village on Friday.

State TV said the jihadist Nusra Front group launched the attack on Kafr Zita in Hama province, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

But opposition groups quoted doctors as saying that an attack by regime planes led to suffocation and poisoning.

There was no independent verification of either of the claims.

"Regime planes bombed Kafr Zita with explosive barrels that produced thick smoke and odours and led to cases of suffocation and poisoning," said Rami Abdel Rahman, from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More...
From The New York Times:
Damascus and Rebels Trade Blame in Gas Attack

12 April 2014
By Anne Barnard and Ben Hubbard
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian state television and antigovernment activists reported Saturday that poison gas had been used in a rebel-held village in the central province of Hama, with each side blaming its enemies for an attack they both said sickened more than 100 people.

The attack took place Friday evening in the village of Kfar Zeita, sending streams of choking patients, including children, to poorly equipped field hospitals, according to local medics and videos posted online. Opposition activists said government helicopters had dropped improvised bombs on the village, covering it with a thick smoke that smelled of chlorine.

While the opposition reported the attack soon after it happened, Syrian state television first mentioned it the day after in an urgent news banner during a broadcast. It blamed the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, for the attack, adding that two people were killed and more than 100 others affected by the gas. A subsequent banner announcement said the Nusra Front was preparing two more chemical attacks. It was the first time since last year that both sides agreed that toxic weapons had been used. More...
From Brown Moses Blog:
Evidence Chlorine Gas Was Used In A Second, Failed, Chemical Attack On Kafr Zita
Sunday, 13 April 2014
On April 11th, reports supported by video from the town of Kafr Zita, Hama, claimed to show the aftermath of a chemical attack on the town.  Reports claimed helicopters had dropped a "barrel bomb" containing a toxic gas on the town, with the below video claiming to show the attack as it happened. More...

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My Syria diaries

Here are my related diaries on Syria, those I think most significant are in bold:
04/13/2014After Hersh lays smoke screen, Assad lobes gas bombs
04/12/2014Mỹ Lai and Sy Hersh, a Reappraisal
04/10/2014Seymour Hersh's chemical weapons fetish
04/08/2014Seymour Hersh's Believe It or Don't
04/01/2014How #SaveKessab covers Assad's retreat in Latakia
03/18/2014Syrian American Council Revolution Anniversary in Los Angeles
03/09/2014UN: Assad sarin used in attacks | The Left's response?
03/02/2014Bringing David Swanson's imagination back to reality
02/27/2014MEMO | ISIS & the Assad Regime: From Marriage of Convenience to Partnershi
02/19/2014Dreyfuss on Obama Plans to Escalate the War in Syria
02/18/2014On Rob Prince's hostility towards intervention in Syria
02/10/2014Man behind the Curtain for al-Qaeda in Syria is Assad
02/06/2014Human relief means stopping the bombs from falling
02/04/2014While Assad's CW is 95.9% intact, Qaddafi's is 100% destroyed
02/04/2014Syrian's Bashar al-Assad Knows: Napalm Sticks to Kids
01/30/2014The Tet Offensive: a turning point in the Vietnam War
01/28/2014Ex-journalist Robert Fisk: One is reminded of Goebbels
01/27/2014Assad's Holocaust Now! [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]
01/27/2014How Assad runs terrorist on "both sides" in Syria
01/21/2014Bashar al-Assad's Terrorism in Syria
01/20/2014Bashar al-Jihad: How Assad finances terrorists with oil
01/20/2014Is Assad running largest death factories since Hitler?
01/19/2014How Not to Be in Solidarity with Palestinians Refugees in Yarmouk
01/17/2014Mondoweiss: While you were neutral about Yarmouk
01/16/2014Why calling for “diplomatic solutions” stabs the Syrian Revolution in the back
01/16/2014Echoes of American First in anti-war movement today?
01/14/2014Did Syrian rebel who ate his enemy's heart have PTSD?
01/13/2014Re-examing ex-journalist Robert Fisk on the "Syrian Rebels"
01/12/2014ICUJP on Syria
01/08/2014The racist methods of Truthout's "anti-imperialism"
01/05/2014Bashar al-Jihad: Is ISIS a child of the regime?
01/05/2014The Syrian Double Revolution and the Euro-Leftist Double Impotency
12/26/2013 Fake Adra massacre photos expose bloody hands on Left
12/24/2013RT comments show genocidal mentality still with us
12/23/2013Syria: What does the Media mean by "rebel held areas?"
12/23/2013Aleppo school bombed as more killed by Assad in 8th day of slaugher in Syria
12/22/2013Through the Looking-Glass: Viet Cong Terrorism and Syria
12/20/2013Abandoned by World, Aleppo faces 7th day of Bombing
12/16/2013Assad Barrel Bomb Kill 28 Children in Aleppo
12/15/2013Kafranbel is coming to LA - Meet the Revolutionaries
12/15/2013Gaza fighters in Syria pose dilemma for pro-Assad Left
12/15/2013How the FSA attack on a convent was set up by Assad
12/14/2013Why doesn't KPFK care about this Syrian child?
12/13/2013Gen. Salim Idris still in Syria, rumors he fled are false
12/10/2013Clay's Conspiracy Theory
12/10/2013My Fallen Idols
12/09/2013Whose Seymour Hersh?
12/06/2013Beirut Nights: Notes on Syrian Refugees living in Lebanon
12/05/2013Is Obama finally coming out of the closet about Assad?
12/02/2013Assad kills 50 civilans in Al-Bab with Barrel Bombs
11/29/2013BREAKING NEWS: Assad's Thankgiving Massacre in #Raqqa
11/29/2013Interview with Apatris on the Syrian revolution
11/28/2013Mother Agnes Updates: The Choir Strikes Back
11/24/2013How Obama has supported Assad's gas murder always
11/20/2013From Brazil & Palestine ... This is the Syrian Revolution
11/20/2013a small Victory: Mother Agnes-Mariam bites the dust
11/06/2013UPDATED: Syrian American Council takes on Agnes-Mariam
10/18/2013Every Friday: New Slogans of the People’s Revolution
10/18/2013Disillusion in Syria’s Armed Opposition
10/15/2013How CounterPunch makes Syrians invisible, Again!
10/14/2013Why the return of chemical weapons is a big deal
10/07/2013The Courage of Ghouta in a Craven World
10/05/2013Võ Nguyên Giáp on learning war from the people
10/02/2013Obama's Real Syria Policy: Endless War
10/02/2013The Courtship Continues: Obama stopped French strike on Assad
10/02/2013Writing on the Walls - Messages from the Syrian Revolution to the World
10/02/2013The struggle continues: Syria’s grass-roots civil opposition
10/01/2013Communism & The Al Qaeda Threat
09/26/2013More on ex-journalist Robert Fisk's defense of Assad
09/25/2013Where Robert Fisk's defense of Assad falls down
09/23/2013Why didn't the EcoSocialism Conference address these 3 things?
09/23/2013Desmond Tutu: UN owes it to Syria's children to act
09/23/2013منت برس(Mint Press) تكشف دعمها للأسد يقدم اعتذاره.
09/21/2013Gilbert Achcar: Full solidarity with the Syrian uprising!
09/20/2013Mint Press exposed as Assad apologist, apologizes
09/18/2013Obama blocks ICC war crimes prosecution of Assad
09/16/2013UN hints Assad used Russian rockets in sarin gas attack
09/15/2013Sleeping with the Enemy: The Global Left and the 'No to War' Discourse
09/13/2013Inside the Syrian Revolution and what the Left must do
09/12/2013Syria Doc "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" Released
09/12/2013Letter to the Anti War Movement from the Syrian American Community
09/12/2013BREAKING: New Chemical Attack reported in Syria
09/09/2013Secret Intel Source of Ray McGovern & VIPS Revealed!
09/09/2013Why did Assad Regime first Deny CW Attack if Blameless?
09/09/2013Activists in Pictures - For and Against Intervention in Syria
09/09/2013Witness to CW Attack: When Paradise turned to Hell.
09/08/2013Media Body Count Games: Less than 500 or 110,000?
09/08/2013Dr. Zaher Sahloul on the CW Attacks in Syria
09/08/2013Why would Assad use CW with UN Inspectors in Syria?
09/07/2013My dare to Ray McGovern & VIPS on Syria CW attack
09/07/2013Why Alan Grayson & Sarah Palin are united on Syria
09/06/2013Syria: To Deny the Revolution is to Oppose the Revolution
09/04/2013ANSWER Coalition lacks awareness on Syria
09/03/2013Who Used Sarin in Syria?
09/02/2013Recycled Lies: Critique of the Kucinich letter on Syria
09/02/2013لماذا أدعم الثورة السورية
09/02/2013How Obama Helped Assad Kill with Poison Gas in Syria
09/01/2013Anti-War in Form, Pro-War in Essence
09/01/2013The Courtship Continues: Obama's New Gift to Assad
08/31/2013Win-Win for Assad as Obama Response to CW  Put on Hold
08/31/2013The case for ‘Hands off Syria’
08/30/2013Obama Denied Gas Masks to Assad's Victims
08/29/2013Bashar al-Assad is a Brutal Mass Murderer
08/29/2013An open letter on Syria to Western narcissists
08/29/2013Obama's Dilemma and Assad's Opportunity
08/27/2013Do’s and don’ts for progressives discussing Syria
08/22/ Disparages Chemical Attack in Syria
08/21/2013Assad Knows: Chemical Attacks Kill Children First!
08/21/20131300+ Dead after Obama "Green-lights" new CW attack in Syria
08/20/2013Revolutions in the Era of "Socialist" Abandonment
08/14/2013More Opportunist Lies on Syria from Counterpunch
08/13/2013Abu Qusay in Syria: The Road from Peace Protester to Rebel Fighter
08/13/'s confusion on Obama's Syria Poilicy
08/12/2013Stephen Lendman's Fraud & the Phony Tal Abyad Massacre
08/12/2013Who is Really Killing Kurdish Civilians in Tal Abyad, Syria?
08/09/2013Why do they keep digging up & reburying these kids?
08/08/2013Iran's PressTV Promotes Fake Syrian Rebel Massacre Video
08/07/2013Syrian Rebels Regain Momentum
08/07/2013Russian FM Lavrov calls on UNSC to Condemn Syria Massacre I Debunked
08/06/2013Syria: Major Assad Regime Airbase Falls!
08/05/2013BREAKING NEWS: Fake Photo Exposes Assad Regime Lie about Rebel Massacre in Tal Abyad
08/05/2013Syria: New Poison Gas Attacks Reported in #Douma & #Adra
08/05/2013 5,000 Assad Regime Prisoners Executed, Dumped in Mass Grave in Al Qutaifah
08/04/2013Syria: Assad isn’t Winning and the Rebels aren’t Losing
08/04/2013A popular revolution for freedom, equality & social justice & against absolutism
08/03/2013* Some Exceptions Apply
07/28/2013 Assad's New Strategy: Nothing Makes People Flee Like Murdering Their Children
07/21/2013Why Support the Syrian Revolution?
07/21/2013Assad Regime Thanks US Peace Movement for its Support
07/20/2013The Current Military Situation in Syria
07/18/2013Syrian Refugees demand "No-Fly Zone" from US SecState Kerry
07/18/2013Obama's "Good Cop" tactics in Syria exposed!
07/17/2013UN Reports 5,000/Month Killed in Syria as LA Peace Movement Waves Killer's Flag
07/17/2013Matters come to a Head in Syria's Three-sided Conflict
07/15/2013The July 11th Los Angeles Syria Peace Protest and the Reality of Syria
07/12/2013Protest in Homs, Syria: Are These the Bravest People on Earth?
07/11/2013Syria: Pro-Assad Militias now receiving US weapons
07/10/2013LEAKED VIDEO: Assad forces torture defected soliders
07/10/2013Syria is in a Revolution not a Sectarian Civil War
07/10/2013What's up with these Tweets? "Former US Army Vet Who Fought Alongside Al-Qae'a in #Syria"
07/09/2013Assad may have Children Under Siege in Homs but has his Aleppo Offensive Fizzled?
07/07/2013Ten Things Worst Than Eating a Dead Man's Heart Done by US Soldiers in Vietnam
06/23/2013UN Aid for Assad - A Daily Kos Controversy Revisited
06/21/2013EMERGENCY: Dire Conditions in #Aleppo Central Prison
06/20/2013Syria: 10 Things Worse Than Eating a Dead Man’s Heart
06/18/2013The Changing Importance of Qusayr, Syria in the Media
06/18/2013Noam Chomsky & John Passant on Syria
06/16/2013Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire's Syria Connection
06/16/2013( Blood of Freedom ) A new film on the syrian revolution
06/16/2013Why have there been so many Syrian Army defections?
06/09/2013Shia Anti-Hezbollah Protest Exposes Syria Sectarian War Lie
06/06/2013Is Qusayr Assad's 1st major victory in over a year?
06/05/2013Analysis: UN Report on Syria lets Assad off easy
06/03/2013The Crime of Qusayr
06/03/2013More False Reports of Sarin Usage by Assad's Opposition in Syria
05/30/2013Are Saudi Arabia & Qatar really outsiders in the Syria Revolution?
05/19/2013When H? Chí Minh Collaborated with the US Imperialists
05/15/2013From the Revolting Syrian: Does This Not Outrage You?
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 2
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 3
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 4
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 5
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 6
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 7
05/15/2013Do These Videos Not Outrage You? Volume 8
05/13/2013Jon Steward weighs in on Obama's "red-line" in Syria
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05/12/2013UNAC demands "US Out of #Libya!"???
05/10/2013Obama's "Red-Line" was nothing but a Green Light for Assad's Slaughter of 70,000
Socialist Alternative on Leftist Assad backers and Chicago Syrians Protest Banias Massacre
How Obama helps Assad: US tried to start war between FSA & al Nusra Front
The Assad Regime Sniper, the Old Man and the Hero
Carla Del Ponte in the WikiLeaks Cablegate files
John Kerry: US agrees with Russia on Syria, Assad stays
Syria falls off Internet, electricity cut in Damascus, as Assad massacres continue
Syria Sarin Blame Game: Is Carla Del Ponte at it again?
Other Echoes of Iraq in NATO response to WMD in Syria
U.S. fears Syria rebel victory
Islamaphobia & the Boston Bombing | Islamaphobia & the Left
In Syria, a gov't makes war on its people. Could it ever happen to US?
Left voices raised in support of Syrian struggle at World Social Forum
Counterpunch: So Wrong on Syria
Is Assad Dead? Forgive me if I'm a bit more cautious this time
France reneges on arming Syrian rebels: More empty promises from NATO
Report says Russia threatens to use its army in Syria
Reports say Dr Mohammed al-Bouti was leaving Assad when murdered
Allies say US holding back fight against Assad in Syria
HRW reports mounting casualties from cluster bombs in Syria since Obama warned Assad on WMD
Australia puts group fighting Assad in Syria on terrorist list
Obama planning drone strikes against Assad's opposition in Syria
Syria: for #Mar15, @AmyGoodman has Assad 'regime apologist' on Democracy Now
Syrians protest on 2nd anniversary of the Day of Rage
BREAKING: EU to Syrian opposition: No Arms for You!
Reports say Iran sending more arms to Assad as he prepares chemical weapons
The children of Syria have been abandoned by the world powers
Why the Daily Kos and everyone else who think that Syria is not their problem are tragically wrong
More on the slaughter in Syria with NATO, UN & Daily Kos acquiescence
What Amy didn't say on International Women's Day
Banned from the Daily Kos for speaking truth to Obama on Syria
Obama: Did the CIA betray Assad's opposition in Syria?
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar Assad Exposed!!! in Syria
Syria: Who is the new FSA arms supplier?
BREAKING In Syria a new batte for Damascus is joined: Comeuppance II
{ Syria } - the anti-interventionist masterpiece Syria
BREAKING: Marxist DHKP claims they did bombing at US embassy in Ankara Turkey
More from Wikileaks on the DHKP in Turkey
More thoughts on Obama's 'No MANPADS for you!' policy in Syria
How Obama's 'No MANPADS for you' policy in Syria is backfiring
Obama on Syria: They're still dying, he's still looking
01/22/2013Rape in Syria: Woman dies after encounter with rodent
01/20/2013UN reveals its real stand on Syria, giving Assad $500 million
01/19/2013Massacre about to occur in Jobar, big new terror rocket being used by Assad!
01/16/2013Syria: FSA begins final push to free Aleppo
01/16/2013NOT BREAKING NEWS: Just another massacre in Syria
01/15/2013US: Assad didn't use chemical weapons in Syria
01/15/2013BREAKING: FP says Obama ignored chemical weapons attack by Assad in Syria
01/15/2013Assad's systematic use of Rape in Syria
01/14/2013Is Russia getting ready to skedaddle from Syria?
01/13/2013Two years blogging for the Arab Spring
01/13/2013How the US help put Assad in power in Syria
01/12/2013Defections and Murder
01/11/201350 countries want Syria referred to ICC, US should join them!
01/11/2013Diane Sawyer's insensitivity towards Syrian children
BREAKING: Taftanaz, Assad's biggest air base falls in Syria
Syria: Friday of the Death Camps
NY Times: Assad has sarin in bombs at airfields
Syria: Assad must be defeated on the battlefield
Syrian opposition says still receiving no help
BREAKING: UN says 60,000 killed in Syrian conflict
5,000 Syrians murdered in 2011, 40,000 in 2012, what will 2013 bring?
MSM finally reports on Syria massacre story I broke here yesterday
Prediction: In 2013 Syria will see the last of Assad
BREAKING: Massacre in Homs Syria right now! 150 burnt corpses found
Why did this Syrian mother try to kill her own child?
BREAKING: Another high level defection in Syria
BREAKING: Defecting General confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria
Sticking to their story: UNAC's new 'Statement on Syria'
Why I think #Syria is so important
Bashar Assad reported willing to leave Syria with entourage of 142
BREAKING: 300 killed in air strike on breadline in #Syria
BREAKING: Chemical weapons first use reported in Syria
BREAKING: Russia takes control of Syrian chemical weapons
Syria: Assad Regime enters the Deathwatch Phase
SecState[?] John Kerry and his 'dear friend' Bashar Assad
A Libyan rebel speaks out on Jihadists in Syria
Does what Obama said at Newtown apply to Syria?
BREAKING: Heavy fighting in Damascus as coup attempt reported in progress
Assad's jets bomb Palestinian refugee camp
Jabhat al-Nusra is a Threat to the Syrian Revolution
AP weighs in on Obama's Green Light for Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syrian opposition says "Thanks but No Thanks!" to foreign intervention
BREAKING: Assad firing Scud missiles at Syria
Is Assad using white phosphorus in Syria?
BREAKING: Obama recognizes opposition in Syria
Speaking for the murderous regime in Syria
State of the war in Syria: Most of Damascus now in FSA hands!
Syria: Obama's moves Assad's "red line" back as SOHR reports 42,000 dead!
UPDATED: Syria goes dark as "cleansing" begins in Damascus
BREAKING: Assad's Troops Wipe Out a Playground Full of Children in #Syria
BREAKING: Russia denies Syrian army on brink of collapse
BREAKING in Syria: Explosion rocks Damascus as people use "Truce Day" to protest regime
We condemn Israel. So why the silence on Syria?
Norodom Sihanouk at his finest & more on Syria
Meet a Syrian who doesn't think both sides are equally bad and is betting her life on it!
Two statements about Syria
Syria Today: New videos from the revolutionary war
Syrian Defector: Assad behind "terrorist" bombs
09/17/2012Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad
LIVE VIDEO: ?World Silence is Killing Syria? Rally in DC
Free Syria responds to Robert Fisk
UPDATED: Assad: "Syria doesn't need a green light!"
Obama opposes French support for Assad's opposition in Syria
BREAKING: Amnesty site hacked, Assad propaganda posted
BREAKING: 630 Slaughtered in new massacre in Syria
Special message from Syrian children to Obama
Assad's Redline and Obama's Greenlight!
General Meade at Gettysburg
Tell US gov't to stop endangering Syrian activists
UPDATED: Obama "green lights" Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syria: Turning Battlegrounds into Playgrounds
BREAKING: Bashar al-Assad is alive as deaths in Syria reach 25,000
The Left and the Arab Spring
Iran increasing its intervention in Syria
Syria: Images from the Battle of Aleppo
Fears grow of WMD attack in Syria
UPDATED: FSA says it killed Russian General in Syria
BREAKING: Syria releases new images of Bashar al- Assad | Are they fakes?
UPDATED: Syrian prime minister defects
Syria: FSA says Iranian pilgrims really Republican Guard
Syria: Aleppo under Siege!
BREAKING: UN votes to condemn Assad Regime as Reuters posts false story on Syria
BREAKING: Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syria
Syria: Bashar al-Assad not heard from on Armed Forces Day!
07/30/2012BREAKING: Senior Syrian diplomat to Armenia defects
07/30/2012BREAKING: Big Explosion hits Damascus Syria
07/29/2012UPDATED: Syria's Charge D'Affaires Quits London Post
07/27/2012BREAKING: Ground assault on Aleppo begins!
07/27/2012BREAKING: Protests across Syria in spite of Assad regime violence
07/26/2012ALEPPO: Step outside the Matrix and witness the Horror
07/26/2012UPDATED: US fears massacre in Aleppo, Syria
07/25/2012BREAKING: Reports of clashes between Jordan Army & Assad's Syrian army
07/25/2012BRAKING: Obama stops Putin from re-arming Assad in Syria
07/24/2012Syria: Foreign meddling increases as crisis builds
07/23/2012BREAKING: Aleppo, Syria bombed with fighter jets
07/22/2012BREAKING: Syria issues a correction, it has no WMD to use
07/22/2012Arab League asks Assad to step down!
07/21/2012Bashar al-Assad: New images released as slaughter continues
07/20/2012no blood for oil
BREAKING: Activists report toxic gas attack in Deir ez-Zor, Syria
07/19/2012Glenn Greenwald sees Islamist Terrorism as main issue in Syria
07/19/2012Will Assad make a chemical attack in Damascus on Saturday?
07/19/2012BREAKING: I know where Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is!
07/19/2012Massive Fire near Assad's Presidential Palace in Damascus, Syria
07/17/12BREAKING: Is Syria's Bashar al-Assad dead or dying?
07/17/2012Damascus explosion kills Defense Minister, other key figures
07/16/2012The battle for Damascus is coming
BREAKING: General Strike in Damascus
07/14/2012BREAKING: Intense fighting reported in Damascus now!
07/14/2012Syrian defector spills beans as important new defection reported.
07/13/2012Does Syria's Assad have something on Kofi Annan?
07/12/2012Tremseh Massacre in Syria: What we know
07/11/2012 ~227 reported massacred by Assad's forces in Tremseh,today!
07/10/2012Syria: Is Assad regime on the verge of collapse?
07/09/2012BREAKING: Russian Warships reported in Syria
07/08/2012Russia changing on Assad but not as fast as conditions in Syria
07/05/2012UN Observers say violence in Syria is ?Unprecedented?
07/05/2012BREAKING: Defection of major Assad insider reported in Syria
07/05/2012BREAKING: WikiLeaks releases 2.4 million Syria emails
07/03/2012When did "Never Again" become "Whenever?" | Douma
07/02/2012BREAKING: Incredible mass rally in Aleppo, Syria today!
07/02/2012BREAKING: HRW releases torture report on Syria
07/01/2012BREAKING: Syrian General defects with 293 to Turkey
07/01/2012BREAKING: Items not in the MSM on Syria
06/30/2012To Phyllis Bennis: Where is the non-violent opposition in Syria?
06/29/2012SAF attacks Douma, 10m from Damascus, thousands flee
06/29/2012BREAKING: As Syria Burns, UN Blows More Smoke
06/27/2012BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!
06/27/2012Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared
06/26/2012BREAKING: Another mass defection from Syrian army
06/25/2012BREAKING: NATO says No War in Syria shoot down of Turkey jet
06/24/2012NATO meetup tomorrow as more defect from Syria
06/23/2012Turkey calls for NATO consult on downing of jet by Syria
06/21/2012BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
UPDATED: Russia reported to be preparing to evacuate from Syria
BREAKING: Syria fighter pilot defects
Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria
BREAKING: Russian troops headed to Syria
Qaddafi forces Strike Back in Libya
BREAKING: UN suspends mission in Syria
Libya & Syria - two videos - no comment
BREAKING: Russia denies supplying Syria with NEW attack helicopters
Syrian people rise up against the massacre
Another "Houla style" massacre in Syria
Fake Houla Massacre Photo: Was the BBC set up?
Idlib, Syria protest today on anniversary of Kent State killings
BREAKING: Massive protests in Syria following Friday pray
Syria is bleeding
Syria: Ceasefire faltering as mass protests breakout