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)”

The Chávez legacy – A compilation (2015)

A compilation (from VTV and Greg Wilpert) of the political legacy of the late Hugo Chávez. It addresses his powerful social programs, initiatives in participatory democracy and vision of Latin American integration. Continue reading “The Chávez legacy – A compilation (2015)”

Chávez and American integration (2013)

This chapter explains the historical foundations of the large regional organisations built in Latin America in the early twenty-first century, and the critical role played by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Without Chávez, the continent may not have seen ALBA (for Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas), UNASUR (for Union of South American Nations), or CELAC (for Community of Latin American and Caribbean States). Yet all these groupings have important historical antecedents, living memories embedded in the postcolonial and neocolonial history of the region. Continue reading “Chávez and American integration (2013)”

Economic crisis and reintegration: The emerging regional variants (2012)

What is happening to ‘globalisation’? The current multi-faceted crisis is transformational, driving deep structural changes. As Ghosh has pointed out, the growth of regionalism is one key outcome of the “contradictory dynamics of globalisation” (Ghosh and Guven, 2006). By this antithetical process, the post-war, US dominated economic order is being steadily replaced by a multipolar system with distinct trading norms, currencies and forms of integration. What will this new system look like? Continue reading “Economic crisis and reintegration: The emerging regional variants (2012)”

Hegemony, big money and academic independence (2010)

This article considers whether a threat is posed to academic independence in corporate universities by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney. The USSC rapidly worded its way into Australia’s oldest university, building a unique governance structure in which a private business lobby vets senior academics and controls the Centre’s finances. Despite a secret management agreement, the aims, control mechanisms and some of the outcomes of this project are fairly plain. Continue reading “Hegemony, big money and academic independence (2010)”

HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)

The common assertion that Cuba’s achievements in HIV/AIDS control have come at a cost in human rights is reinforced by US hostility toward its small neighbour. Nevertheless, a rights-based analysis may be one useful way of exmining the actual Cuban experience. By reference to the United Nation’s Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, this paper examines the Cuban experience as it relates to the themes of quarantine and person freedom; privacy in testing and tracing; education, participation, and non-discrimination; and the availability of AIDS treatment. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)”