What Will Weapons Inspectors Find in Syria… and Does it Matter?

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have finally arrived in Douma, Syria, to assess whether a gas attack took place earlier this month. It has taken a week for the inspectors to begin their work, as charges were thrown back and forth about who was causing the delay. Proponents of … Continue reading “What Will Weapons Inspectors Find in Syria… and Does it Matter?”

Some Lives Matter (More Than Others)

Why does the U.S. president feel inclined to attack Bashar al-Assad’s forces only in the case of chemical attacks – as opposed to more frequent conventional bombings – and why do the lives of Syrian (but not Yemeni) children matter enough to warrant missile strikes? It appears that President Trump does, in fact, have a … Continue reading “Some Lives Matter (More Than Others)”

Unit 731: How Leaders of Japan’s WWII Germ Warfare Unit Ended Up Working for the US

Unit 731, the notorious germ warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that conducted horrific lethal experiments on Chinese civilians and Allied prisoners of war before and during World War II, is back in the news again after the Japanese government released the names of more than 3,000 of its former members. The unit is … Continue reading “Unit 731: How Leaders of Japan’s WWII Germ Warfare Unit Ended Up Working for the US”

Another Dodgy British Dossier: The Skripal Case

The British government shared what was supposedly a dossier containing sensitive intelligence to convince allies and EU member states to support its accusation of Russian culpability in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England on March 4. But like the infamous 2003 “dodgy dossier” prepared at the direction of Prime Minister Tony … Continue reading “Another Dodgy British Dossier: The Skripal Case”

Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us

Yesterday they told us that President Trump was intent on war – he was about to invade Korea¸ unleash “fire and fury,” and millions would die. Today many of these very same people are telling us that President Trump has been “snookered” by the wily Kim Jong-un, who doesn’t really mean all the pre-summit concessions … Continue reading “Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us”

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel Is a Matter of Policy

The term “media bias” does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza’s popular protests … Continue reading “Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel Is a Matter of Policy”