Category Archives: Russia

US Withdrawal from Syria: Postponing the Inevitable, By Peter Ford

Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (1999–2003) and Syria (2003–2006), offers the following assessment. US Withdrawal from Syria: Postponing the Inevitable Peter Ford At the start of the year the horizon seems to be dominated by the issue of … Continue reading

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Integrity: Grasping The Initiative

[Scroll down for links to discussions: latest update 18 February 2019] This is my first personal blogpost since April. At that time I referred to a ‘coordinated smear campaign’ against anti-war journalists, tweeters and academics, whose number included myself and … Continue reading

Posted in conspiracy theory, constitutional politics, disinformation, inter-media, journalism, media, propaganda, Russia, UK Government, Uncategorized, war | 37 Comments

Idlib: Lull before the hurricane – by Peter Ford

  This article is posted on behalf of Peter Ford, former UK ambassador to Syria. It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the … Continue reading

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Alleged Chlorine Attacks in Syria 2014-18

Briefing note: the alleged chemical attack in Douma on 7 April 2018, and other alleged chlorine attacks in Syria since 2014 By Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason, David Miller, Piers Robinson Members of Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media 1 … Continue reading

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Briefing Note: Update on the Salisbury poisonings

The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of … Continue reading

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How The Media Reveal Inconvenient Truth About Syria

The truth is sometimes revealed through words, but more often through deeds. The Times and several other papers recently carried alarming stories about “Apologists for Assad” to be found in social media, in independent journalism, and even in universities. Passive … Continue reading

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Chemical Attack in Douma: a false pretext for escalating war against Syria?

Update 28 April – the appearance of 17 witnesses at the OPCW meeting at The Hague  all testifying to a complete absence of chemical weapons or victims at the clinic has been accepted by non-Western observers as close to definitive proof. … Continue reading

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