Category Archives: UK Government

On the OPCW response to the leaked engineers’ assessment

On 13 May 2019 the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) published a document received from an anonymous whistleblower at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The document’s findings run counter to the conclusion of … Continue reading

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Douma chemical deaths: research and reports

The OPCW’s “final report” on the 2018 chemical incident in Douma, Syria, has been revealed to have suppressed a crucial engineers’ study that points to a conclusion opposed to the official one. Given the vital role of the OPCW in … Continue reading

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“Truth Vanishes in a Cloud of Poison Gas”

“A huge international news story broke last week,” writes Peter Hitchens, in the Mail on Sunday today, “but I doubt you will hear about it anywhere else.” In fact, while the story resounds around sections of the alternative media and … Continue reading

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Evidence that Douma ‘chemical attack’ was staged: OPCW’s unpublished engineers’ report

The alleged chemical attack on Douma in April 2018 was the pretext for airstrikes on Syria by France, UK and US. The final report on the alleged attack published by the OPCW left unexplained why its Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) had … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theories and Epistemic Fluency: understanding the challenge

Conspiracy Theories have become an object of considerable academic research lately. Yet they present a particular conundrum for scholars. At present, there is a significant rift within the field of studies relating to conspiracy theories. Much of the most prominent … Continue reading

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‘Caesar’ evidence for atrocities in Syria: what does justice require?

The photos brought to public attention in January 2014 by the anonymous witness codenamed ‘Caesar’ show corpses, thousands in number, deceased from violent causes, some bearing signs of torture and many having suffered starvation and neglect.[1] The dead are said … Continue reading

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Where do the interests of democracy lie? Working Group responds to UK minister’s attack on critics of the “Integrity Initiative”

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media has published a response to the recent attack on the group by Sir Alan Duncan. This page is open for comments on that response. (A copy of the response follows.) Response to … Continue reading

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