First Step to Resolving Syria Crisis: Distribute Copies of the UN Charter to Washington, London and Paris

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April 15, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

A draft resolution, defeated at the UN Security Council on April 14, demanded that the United States and its allies immediately refrain from the use of force in violation of international law.

“It also would have expressed grave concern that such acts had taken place at a time when the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)” had begun a fact-finding mission “to collect evidence in the Syrian city of Douma” of an alleged chemical weapons attack, which formed the ostensible basis of the US, UK, and French (or tripartite) aggression on Syria of the day before.

Syria’s representative to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari The representatives of Russia, China, Bolivia and Syria argued for the resolution. Since Western media have given ample coverage to the views of the representatives of the three aggressor states, but only token, superficial coverage of states in opposition…

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Why it’s as hard to escape an echo chamber as it is to flee a cult | Aeon Essays

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Another good article on critical thinking and how to navigate your way through the shitstorm of ignorance, deliberate propaganda and general insanity. – PC

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Understanding Korea: Presentation & Launch – Stephen Gowans, 7/05/2018, Montréal

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Baraka Books April 13, 2018

INVITATION

Livres Baraka vous invite à une conférence de Stephen Gowans et au lancement de son nouveau livre Patriots, Traitors and Empires, The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom le lundi 7 mai à 19 h au Centre Saint-Pierre, Salle 200, 1212, rue Panet, à Montréal.

Depuis plus de 100 ans, les Coréens se battent pour libérer leur pays d’empires étrangers, d’abord le Japon, ensuite les États-Unis. Gowans raconte l’histoire du point de vue des Coréens épris de liberté : la guérilla anti-coloniale, la partition de la Corée par les États-Unis, la guerre classique (1950-53), la confrontation actuelle…

« Stephen Gowans nous offre une étude étonnante et percutante de la Corée moderne. » — Professeur Tim Beal, auteur de Crisis in Korea

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Baraka Books invites you to a presentation by Stephen Gowans and the launch of his new book, Patriots, Traitors and Empires, The…

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World War III: What It Is And What It Threatens To Become

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April 11, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

World War III is not about to erupt; it has already begun; indeed, it began as long ago as 2015, when Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, intervened in the conflict in that country, whose government was under attack by Islamist insurgents encouraged, armed, and resourced by the United States and its allies.

The war in Syria, one that counts among its participants the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Qatar and others, is no less a world war for being confined to the borders of Syria. A world war is not defined by the multiplicity of its theaters but by the multiplicity of its actors.

Ultimately, the war is a conflict over two types of international order: on the one hand, a hierarchy of states, with the United States at the top, endowed with de facto

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21st century fascism

Dan Glazebrook

This article originally appeared in Counterpunch magazine

Image result for anti refugee marchIt is the contention of this article that we are entering into a new fascist epoch. Movements with outright fascist roots are winning elections and referendums in Britain and the USA, and mainstream electoral parties too are being ‘fascisised’ in the process. Even the left are being fascisised, with the movements against war and neolioberal globalisation increasingly falling under the hegemony of the new fascists. And yet, the term ‘fascism’ has for so long been used as a byword for any kind of brutality or state control to which one takes exception, that many seem not only to have forgotten what it means, but also to be failing to notice it how it is unfolding before their very eyes.

Part of the problem is that fascism has too often been conflated with particular elements of one or other of its historical manifestations, or…

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Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news | The Guardian

UDA on paradeNever a dull moment for covert operators, propagandists and psychological warriors. All this nonsense comes from the top. They are constantly stirring the pot of this toxic brew we call Western “Civilization.” – PC

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Eight reasons why the latest Syria chemical weapons attack allegations are almost certainly complete nonsense

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April 8, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

There is much ambiguity surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, said to have taken place late Saturday, but there are a few matters that are clear.

First, the reports are “unverified”, according to The Wall Street Journal [1] and British Foreign Office [2] and are unconfirmed, according to the US State Department [3]. What’s more, The New York Times noted that it “was not possible to independently verify the reports,” [4] while The Associated Press added that “the reports could not be independently verified.” [5]

Second, according to The Wall Street Journal, it isn’t “clear who carried out the attack” [6] assuming even that one was carried out.

Third, the “unverified photos and videos” [7] which form the body of (unverified) evidence, were produced by two groups which have an interest in fabricating atrocities to draw the United States more deeply into…

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Propaganda Everywhere – Even the title of this video is propaganda: (Sinclair’s Soldiers in Trump’s War on Media)

I think I was the last person to see this, but in case you missed it here is the Sinclair Broadcast Group video by Deadspin that has apparently “gone viral.” I just hope people don’t think that the liberal wing of the US ruling class and its media should suddenly be trusted and that they are somehow coming to the rescue. As I’ve said many times before, US politics (including these so-called media wars) is Kabuki theater or pro wrestling. As I commented on YouTube: “This is easy to spot. What’s really dangerous is the pervasive propaganda themes and messages in all media, including entertainment, that are not nearly this obvious. The best propaganda is not recognized as such.” – PC

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Past a point of no return: “Russiagate” and the reorientation of U.S. imperialism – Liberation News

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This is an illuminating speech by Brian Becker of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, but I have a hard time accepting his claim (and that of many others) that Trump was a surprise to the ruling class. If he was a surprise to the bourgeois ruling class as a whole, I don’t think he was to the power elite of a thousand or so individuals who manage their affairs. I think Trump was NOT their first choice, but that the course of events forced them to go that route. The burgeoning or proto-fascist movement / tendency he represents has historically been a creature of the most reactionary elements of the very top of the capitalist imperialist bourgeoisie (See Georgi Dimitrov). – PC

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The Anti-Empire Report #156 – March 15th, 2018 – William Blum

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