Reading Time: 9 minutes Almost none of us are paying attention to the major war in the world today—and if we are, probably have no idea what it is really about. What does this say about our personal and societal progress?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Two mainstream magazine editors and one former NSC member express skepticism about reports of the Assad regime preparing to use chemical weapons against insurgents.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Now that the US has had a few days to rejoice or despair over Obama’s re-election, here’s one area where the candidates agreed—and what you may have missed over the past two months–in the (barely) covert war on Syria.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Tony Hayward, the former BP chief whose push for ever greater profits led to lowering safety standards and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, is back with a new, smaller venture, and some interesting partners.
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker interviewed by RT on recent developments in the Western war with Syria you won’t hear about while all eyes are on the constructed “news” of the political conventions.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Really interesting material on Syria flies by, largely unnoticed and unremarked upon. Here’s a grab bag of potentially consequential items from the past couple of months.
Reading Time: 1 minute Most people do not know about Gen. Wesley Clark’s astonishing assertion: that he was told of US plans to use 9/11 as an excuse to invade seven countries in five years.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Syria, the regime is criticized for being from a religious minority. So how do we feel about that issue when it’s the United States we’re talking about?
Reading Time: 12 minutes As pressure grows for military intervention in Syria, we are now hearing that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is behind alleged widespread rape in his country. Didn’t we hear the same thing about Muammar Qaddafi, followed by mounting Western calls for his ouster? As before, when you read the fine print, it gets more complicated.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Another massacre in Syria, more rush to blame the side Western governments oppose, followed by corrections. Journalists owe the public better, more careful reporting.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A “defecting” general, the Houla massacre, and more—so much of the news out of Syria seems pretty far from the truth. If you’re not asking questions yet, you should be.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The Western coup against Syria’s Assad marches along under humanitarian cover, the lemming-like media does its part, and the rest of us miss the whole thing. George Orwell would be so, so impressed.
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker interviewed on drone strikes, strategy regarding the Taliban, policy towards Pakistan, and the situation in Syria.
Reading Time: 5 minutes We keep getting reports of atrocities committed by the Syrian government. Those reports may well be accurate. But the truth is usually a bit more complicated in war zones. If news organizations don’t start adopting a higher standard for their reports, another Libyan-style intervention, complete with massive bombing and untold civilian casualties, may be inevitable.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Fareed Zakaria, the favorite pundit of the Council on Foreign Relations, is bewildered that the Saudis aren’t more welcoming toward Arab Spring. And he loves George W. Bush’s love of freedom. Maybe this is why CNN ratings are at record lows.
RadioWhoWhatWhy: Russ Baker on WBAI radio, New York, talks about Syria with host Felipe Luciano and fellow guest Prof. Stuart Schaar. April 5, 2012
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Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker talks with RT’s Liz Wahl about Syria, and about how we should treat human rights groups’ reports on the situation there. April 12, 2012
Reading Time: 5 minutes Heart-rending accounts of Syrians suffering at the hands of their government make powerful storytelling. But they hide the big-picture: a trumped-up opportunity for the West and its Arab allies to remove yet another “inconvenient” regime.
Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker, interviewed on RT about developments in Syria. Watch the video by clicking “Read More”.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Take a close look at the uprising in Syria, and what do you find? Another well-oiled puppet show.