Canadian analyst, Stephen Gowan’s new book, ‘Washington’s Long War on Syria’, reveals how the US colluded with The Muslim Brotherhood – the ideological precursor to Al Qaeda and ISIS – to destroy Ba’ath Arab Socialism in Syria, Iraq and Iran and install permanent free-trade zones that serve US interests across The Middle East.
Humans are not built for nuance, we are trained to think in polarities. But the world is not black-and-white. And in an age of ‘fake news’, there are no good guys, and no bad guys, only tough choices.
An opposition backed by Exxon Mobil, a failed military coup, staged photos designed to create the perception of a failed state: Foreign powers have conspired to create the perfect conditions for yet another western ‘humanitarian’ intervention, this time in Venezuela. Former US Army solider turned documentary-maker, Mike Prysner, says the reality is very different from what we are being fed by the western press.
The challenge facing the US is to operate in a world where there is not one single power, but multiple poles of power and influence. If you were Russia, or China, or Iran, would you believe that the American administration has any interest whatsoever in international law? Would you trust the US? Or would you be looking over your shoulder wondering if you were next?
The leak of the Trump-Turnbull conversation shows that the Australian PM not only doesn’t have a plan B for his government’s offshore detention system: he doesn’t have a plan A, writes Andrew P Street.