How the Syrian War Began, My Account of the Reporting

The topic of how the Syrian war began has been covered by a number of independent writers including Dr. Tim Anderson (my PhD supervisor), Sharmine Narwani, Prem Shankar Jha, and Michel Chossudovsky to name a few. This article draws upon the research they have conducted in order to construct a broader argument about the nature of the conflict. This is my contribution to the topic, and I encourage readers to be as critical as possible about the substance of this article…

Syria: Dubious Death Toll Stats Used By “Opposition”

None of these anti-government sources sources are ‘independent’ in the sense that they function merely to provide facts, they’re all open about their agenda to overthrow the Syrian government, SNHR’s Fadel Abdul Ghani, HRW’s Kenneth Roth, and SOHR’s Rami Abdul Rahman all call for the imposition of a no-fly zone on behalf of the “moderate rebels” whoever they are…

Sednaya Prison: Who Needs Proper Evidence When you’re Amnesty International?

By Jay Tharappel Amnesty International are now claiming that the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Badreddine Hassoun of all people (met him in person, lovely human being), signed off on up to 13,540 secret executions in Sednaya prison in Damascus (p. 17). The report, titled ‘Human Slaughterhouse’, claims to have interviewed (p. 5): – 31 … Continue reading Sednaya Prison: Who Needs Proper Evidence When you’re Amnesty International?

Break the Sieges? What about the Economic Siege on Syria?

By Jay Tharappel Syrian religious leaders representing the republic’s three largest churches (Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, and Syrian Orthodox) recently issued a statement calling for an end to the economic sanctions on Syria, which they blamed for impoverishing the Syrian people. That the west predictably ignored these calls is symptomatic of their abject refusal to … Continue reading Break the Sieges? What about the Economic Siege on Syria?

Palestine, Gaza & Syria: The Heavy Price Paid for Resisting Regime-Change

By Jay Tharappel The latest Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which lasted for 50 days, has captured global attention for the heavy death-toll inflicted by the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) against Palestinian civilians. However the latest war also suggests that the ongoing Israeli occupation finds itself unable to dictate terms in the same way. On August 26th an … Continue reading Palestine, Gaza & Syria: The Heavy Price Paid for Resisting Regime-Change

Syria: Countering Sectarian Apologetics for Imperialist Sponsored Bloodshed

By Jay Tharappel According to Michael Karadjis’ latest article published on 17 February, titled “Assad Regime Responsible for Rise in Religious Sectarianism,” it is the secular Syrian government that is responsible for the rise in sectarianism, and not the actual bloodthirsty insurgents of all factions who have earned an international reputation for their sectarian brutality. … Continue reading Syria: Countering Sectarian Apologetics for Imperialist Sponsored Bloodshed

The Australian Delegation to Syria, the Political Backlash, and the Reality of the Situation Ignored by the Corporate/Western Media

By Jay Tharappel Over the holiday period (December 2013) an Australian delegation, comprised of six members of the organisation Hands Off Syria led by Sydney University Professor Tim Anderson; the Syrian Consul to Australia Maher Dabbagh and his wife Nahla; and three members of the Wikileaks Party including Julian Assange’s father John Shipton, visited Syria … Continue reading The Australian Delegation to Syria, the Political Backlash, and the Reality of the Situation Ignored by the Corporate/Western Media

America’s “Imperial-Left” and the Proxy War Against Syria

By Jay Tharappel Recently in June the American activist organisation ‘Campaign for Peace and Democracy’ (CPD) issued a ‘Statement On Syria’ supporting the so-called “Syrian revolution”. If the CPD had issued a similar statement two years ago it would have been somewhat understandable given the fog of war at the time. However by now it … Continue reading America’s “Imperial-Left” and the Proxy War Against Syria