RadioWhoWhatWhy: Fanning the Flames of Syria

Reading Time: 1 minute Just how bad is the situation in Syria? Four million Syrians have fled the country in the past four years as its cities smolder and civil war rages on. Strategic dysfunction on the part of the international community, led by the US, continued airstrikes, and growing violence perpetrated by the Islamic State are definitely part of the story that led to Syria’s descent into chaos. RadioWhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman sits down with Charles Glass, author of Syria Burning, to learn the rest of it.

Book Excerpt: “Syria Burning”

Reading Time: 15 minutes If you want to know the who, what, why of how things got so bad in the Syria (and, in some ways, the rest of the Middle East)—read this excerpt from Syria Burning by Charles Glass, a book so beautifully written you will hardly know you are reading. It is more like seeing.

Published by OR Books, New York and London, 2015.

RadioWHO: Russ Baker on Chicago’s Stocks and Jocks Radio

Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker talks with Stocks and Jocks radio’s Kevin Riordan and Kathy Dervin about how the brewing Iraq crisis should be no surprise to anyone—least of all the government. Tune in to the wide-ranging interview to hear Russ go deep on topics like the JFK assassination, the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the pattern that ties all American wars together

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US Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split, But Says It Needs Decades to Safely Eliminate Its Own Chems

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sixteen years after signing the chemical weapons treaty, the US says it needs another 10 years to destroy its stocks of chemical arms. But it insists that Syria, in the midst of a civil war, eliminate its huge weapons stockpile in 8 months or face a bombing blitz.

Is America Helping Al Qaeda Take Over Syria?

Reading Time: 10 minutes The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?

Dr. Rim Turkmani

Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama – an Exclusive WHY Interview

Reading Time: 6 minutes An exclusive WhoWhatWhy interview with Syrian Democracy and Peace Activist Dr. Rim Turkmani about Assad, War, Chemical Weapons, and the fact that the Obama Administration has not reached out to the peace-loving parts of the Syrian opposition.

The Grim, Relentless March to War with Syria

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here’s another fine mess: The American people overwhelmingly don’t want war with Syria. The US is in bed with terrorists—plus blithely ignores international law and protocol. And when a congressman points out apparent disinformation from on high, the Secretary of Defense pleads ignorance.

Doubts About Who Is Using Chemical Weapons in Syria

Reading Time: 7 minutes America and its allies appear about to launch a war against Syria. The justification is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. But a closer look raises doubts about whether Assad is using the weapons, whether the US-backed opposition is using them—or some combination. This is a timely must-read.

Oh Thank God—Finally, War With Syria

Reading Time: 6 minutes As we have been reporting over the past 18 months, the Obama Administration has had a very frustrating time inventing reasons to invade Syria or otherwise topple the independent-minded Assad regime. It seemed Bush-style “Curveball” inventions were out of vogue. But good news: they’re back, under a Democrat. And the real motivations—why, those are none of your business.

US Media Double Standard–on Uprisings in Syria and Uprisings in…the US

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why is torching a police kiosk an admirable thing in Syria but cause for consternation in the United States? Why is protest against corrupt central power in one country a good thing—and something to be dismissed in another? WhoWhatWhy asks….WhyWhyWhy

PODCAST: Russ Baker on George HW Bush, guns, news timing, Syria and more

Reading Time: 1 minute In this interview with host Pat Thurston on the popular San Francisco-based KGO, Russ discusses less publicized aspects of George HW Bush’s life, makes new enemies over guns, explains why timing is everything in the news business, and laments the media’s failure to level with the public over Syria. Plus more.