Syria: The human rights industry in ‘humanitarian war’ (2018)

A proliferation of self-appointed watchdogs and ‘human rights’ agencies have helped market the idea of ‘humanitarian intervention’, in recent years. This can be seen most starkly in the long proxy war on Syria. These advocacy groups have argued the extreme pretexts thought necessary to ignore conventional international law against intervention and foreign support for armed groups. Yet most such groups are paid or co-opted by the same governments which back military intervention. Continue reading “Syria: The human rights industry in ‘humanitarian war’ (2018)”

Geopolitics, Korea and the Middle East (2018)

Patrick Henningsen interviews Tim Anderson at the start of 2018 on the Middle East – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Palestine – as well as North Korea, Latin America and related geo-political matters. Continue reading “Geopolitics, Korea and the Middle East (2018)”

The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)

The roots of refugee crises lie in much larger human displacement crises, though Eurocentrism may not see it that way. In 2015 the top three sources of asylum seekers in the EU were Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, countries subject to invasions and proxy wars involving several European powers. The numbers of displaced people within and without those countries are 20 times higher than those seeking refuge in Europe. Continue reading “The war in Syria and Europe’s refugee crisis (2017)”

Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda (2017)

Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda, Deir Ezzor, Syria. His account is about US-led attack on Syrian soldiers of 17 September 2017. The interview was at that mountain in October 2017.  Continue reading “Colonel Nihad Kanaan on the Crime at Jabal al Tharda (2017)”

The dirty war on Syria: Washington, regime change and resistance (2016)

The Dirty War on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. In seeking regime change the big powers sought to hide their hand, using proxy armies of Islamists , demonising the Syrian Government and constantly accusing it of atrocities. In this way Syrian President Bashar al Assad, a mild-mannered eye doctor, became the new evil in the world. Continue reading “The dirty war on Syria: Washington, regime change and resistance (2016)”

Washington supports the Islamic State (2015)

Reports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to ISIS were shot down by Iraqi forces (Iraqi News 2015) were met with shock and denial in western countries. Yet few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria. A Yemeni AnsarAllah leaders says ‘Wherever there is U.S. interference, there is al Qaeda and ISIS. It’s to their advantage‘ (al-Bukaiti 2015). However key myths remain important, especially to western audiences. Continue reading “Washington supports the Islamic State (2015)”

Lessons from the Iranian Revolution (2015)

Any mature understanding of the history of other peoples, and in particular the former colonies, has to dispense with the absurd fiction of western ‘altruism’ and refocus on both imperial history and its most important anti-thesis, the right of peoples to self-determination, as embodied in all genuine liberation and anti-colonial movements. Continue reading “Lessons from the Iranian Revolution (2015)”

Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials (by Chris Doran & Tim Anderson 2011)

This article presents the case for Australian war crimes trials, following Australian participation in the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent deaths of as many as a million Iraqi civilians. It focuses on jus in bello (war crimes) rather than jus ad bellum (just war). The article sets out the argument and rationale that Australian war crimes trials are needed. Having established the necessity, the article identifies two of the principal alleged atrocities for which Australian officials should be held criminally accountable. Continue reading “Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials (by Chris Doran & Tim Anderson 2011)”