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The progressive civil war over Syria and Assad exposes an astonishing lack of intellectual curiosity by some on the American Left — RT Op-ed

Posted by M. C. on July 8, 2021

detailed forensic analysis of the rocket used in the Ghouta attack – an improvised 330mm-to-350mm rocket equipped with a large receptacle on its nose to hold chemicals—by Richard Lloyd, a former United Nations weapons inspector, and Theodore Postol, a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, undermined the claims made by the US government assigning culpability for the attack. Not only were the weapons used not included in the arsenal of chemical weapons declared by the Syrian government to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which oversaw the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons capability between 2013-2014, but the short range of the weapon made its being fired from government-held territory impossible.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/528531-progressive-war-syria-american-left/

Scott Ritter

is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of ‘SCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.’ He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. Follow him on Twitter @RealScottRitter

Truth and politics are often mutually exclusive concepts when dealing with the progressive American Left. This unfortunate fact is being driven home in spades in an ongoing spat between two lefty online personalities.

Anyone following Aaron Maté (149K followers on Twitter); The Young Turks (TYT, with 440K followers as an institution, and as many followers each tracking the activity of co-hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian); the comedian Jimmy Dore (274K followers); or any number of other Twitter personalities whose online paths have crossed with any of the above; knows these left-leaning social media stars have been engaged in a vicious feud. Full disclosure, I have appeared on both Maté’s podcast, Pushback, as well as The Young Turks radio show. At issue is Syria and, more pointedly, the contention by both Uygur and Kasparian that Maté is shilling for President Bashar Assad.

A tale of two narratives

The sheer drama and vitriol which has emerged as a result of this feud has been entertaining for those who get a kick out of leftwing internecine warfare. Maté’s use of Jimmy Dore’s popular online program The Jimmy Dore Show as a platform for promoting his arguments has torn the scab off old wounds created when Dore left The Young Turks and struck out on his own, appears to underpin at least some of Uygur and Kasparian’s anti-Maté invective. However, more interesting is the fact that, as Maté pointed out in a recent interview with The Hill, the progressive wing of the American Left has hit a brick wall over the issue of Syria. Criticism of Assad has run up against the lies used to sustain US military hegemony in the Middle East.

“I think,” Maté noted, “that that meltdown reflects just like a general hostility they [The Young Turks] have towards people who are upholding actual progressive values and upholding actual journalism standards.” While the smear campaign waged by Uygur and Kasparian has been as unconscionable as it has been factually wrong, the fact that there is controversy among the progressive wing of the American political Left should not surprise anyone.As Maté observed, “[t]he reason why they slandered me at that time is because I was in Syria and Syria is a, you know, touchy subject for many people on the Left. It has been divisive.”

Syria is a touchy subject, especially for progressives who primarily focus on notions of human rights and democratic values. Maté has come under attack for taking a contrarian stance on two of the most hot-button issues surrounding Assad: allegations of chemical weapons use, and the suppression of political free will through the conduct of elections designed to keep the reins of political power in Syria firmly in his hands. (It should be pointed out that Maté is joined by other outstanding progressive journalists, including Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Rania Khalek, and many others whose informative work predates Maté’s on the issue of Syria.)

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Aaron Maté Interviews ; Is Interviewed on ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 29, 2020

The below video is an interview with José Bustani, “the former head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reveals new details of how he was targeted in the lead-up to the Iraq war, when the Bush administration engineered his ouster…

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/10/yvonne-lorenzo/aaron-mate-interviews-is-interviewed-on-russia-russia-russia/

By Yvonne Lorenzo

Award winning journalist Aaron Maté might be best known for his writings, featured on Real Clear Politics and The Grayzone, but he hosts a show on YouTube called “Push Back” and as always, these programs are worthy of attention of not only libertarians but truth seekers and anti-war advocates. Recently, several Pushback videos were posted to YouTube (and I do hope the Grayzone, considering YouTube’s recent purges, continues to be hosted), which I will outline below but also Aaron Maté himself was interviewed to voice his concerns and opinions as well. Of course, no “main stream” or “legacy media” platform would cover such topics.

The below video is an interview with José Bustani, “the former head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reveals new details of how he was targeted in the lead-up to the Iraq war, when the Bush administration engineered his ouster for impeding its plans to invade,” which was posted on October 21st.

Also posted is this brief interview with Noam Chomsky, who “criticizes the chemical watchdog for suppressing, under US pressure, evidence that undermined the pretext for the US-led bombing of Syria in April 2018. The censorship recently extended to the UN Security Council, where the US, UK, and France blocked former OPCW Director General José Bustani from testifying in support of the inspectors whose findings were kept from the public.”

On October 23rd, Aaron featured this interview with former CIA officer Ray McGovern, well known to readers of LewRockwell.com, “Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden’s laptop is Russiagate disinformation” in which he discusses “discusses the widespread disinformation about ‘Russian disinformation,’ and why it raises new questions about the conduct and claims of the intelligence officials behind Russiagate.

Lastly, Aaron himself is subject of a wide-ranging interview with Polly Boyko of RT “OPCW cover-ups, Russiagate and US Elections: Polly Talks to Aaron Maté.”

Each and everyone of these videos are important, perhaps more so than all the “political theater” surrounding us.

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Yvonne Lorenzo [send her email] makes her home in New England in a house full to bursting with books, including works on classical Greece and Russian history and literature, and has contributed to LewRockwell.com, Unz.com and to TheSaker.is. Her interests include gardening, mythology, ancient history, The Electric Universe, and classical music, especially the compositions of Handel, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Wagner and the Bel Canto repertoire. She is the author of he Spear of Odin Trilogy: Son of Thunder, The Cloak of Freya and the just published The Well of Mimir.

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At the UNO – US inability to admit reality, by Thierry Meyssan

Posted by M. C. on November 24, 2017

http://www.voltairenet.org/article198896.html

FOUR SUCCESSIVE VETOS ON THE LIES ABOUT KHAN SHAYKHUN

At the UNO – US inability to admit reality

While Presidents Putin and Trump continue to make progress on the question of Syria, the United States senior civil servants in service at the UNO have locked into a round of arm-wrestling with Russia. Refusing to investigate a crime that they have already tried a priori, they provoked not one, but four vetos at the Security Council. For Thierry Meyssan, the schizophrenic behaviour of the United States on the international stage is a demonstration of the divisions within the Trump administration and the decline of US imperialism.

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