Gaslighting the Coronavirus – Dimitry Orlov

Russia’s goals in stoking the coronavirus panic are somewhat different from China’s. Unlike China, whose military standoff with the US has been limited to posturing around maritime routes and control over disputed Spratly Islands, Russia has been forced to deal with a more serious attempt by the Pentagon to rekindle the Cold War.

SYRIA: Dr Bashar Al Jaafari addresses UNSC New York

New York in 29/4/2020 (Translation is not edited) Mr. President, First of all, I would like to thank my colleague ambassador of the Dominican Republic for the presidency of his country for the current month. Mr. President, All Security Council resolutions regarding the situation in my country, Syria, have confirmed a crisis that no one…

Peter Ford dismantles the France, German, UK pro-Al Qaeda statement on Syria

The statement is remarkable as much for its omissions as for what it does say. Not a word about secularism or protection for minorities. That the jihadi groups are totally airbrushed out of the picture, except obliquely in a prohibition on using terrorism as a justification for use of armed force, is really quite striking. There is not a word here with which Hayat Tahrir Ash Sham, the dominant jihadi group, would not concur.