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Trump calls out Putin. Now what?

For those who don’t think I give credit where credit is due when it comes to Donald Trump:
I want to acknowledge that after the Syrian regime’s latest horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians, he has finally tweeted something critical about Vladimir Putin.
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of [...]


Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin welcomed grateful mass torturer and killer Bashar al-Assad in Sochi.
Putin did more than anyone to keep the butcher Assad in power.
Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one [...]

Trump surrenders to Putin on Syria

After the regime of Bashar al-Assad began its brutal and murderous repression of the largely peaceful Syrian uprising, I was very critical of then-president Barack Obama’s half-hearted and mismanaged efforts to aid non-extremist rebels in their struggle against the regime. But it was symbolically important that the US was doing something to help the more [...]

Alt-Right turns on Trump (and other reactions)

Politico reports:
The fractured elements of what was once called the alt-right were unified once more on Thursday night in condemning Donald Trump’s airstrike in Syria as a mistake. Or as Milo Yiannopoulos put it, “FAKE and GAY.”
Say what?
This loose confederation of Web-savvy, anti-establishment right-wingers formed an important vanguard of Trump’s online support in last year’s [...]

Stop the War: Shame on You [updated]

An agitated man, reportedly a Syrian refugee, here takes issue with Stop the War Coalition’s demonstration against Trump’s recent air strike in Syria.
But Chris Nineham, a StWC founder member, doesn’t seem keen for this voice to be heard. ‘Keep chanting’, he urges his distracted followers.
Update Here Hassan Akkad, the Syrian who tried to argue with [...]

Rubio: Assad’s gas attack “no coincidence” [updated]

I was about to suggest that this might not be outside the realm of possibility. But Republican Senator Marco Rubio was a lot blunter.
Rubio: It's no coincidence that Syria gas attack happened after 'concerning' Tillerson comments @KFILE
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) April 5, 2017

“In this case now, we have very limited options and look, it’s [...]

US takes Assad off the hook

Amid the awful, bloody mess into which the Syrian civil war has descended, one central fact needs to be remembered:
More than 94 percent of the more than 200,000 civilians who have died in the conflict have been killed by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
It is to the lasting shame of Barack [...]

Syrians again take to the streets against Assad

It’s worth noting that whenever there is a lull in the fighting in Syria (the fighting is mostly indiscriminate attacks by the regime against rebel strongholds), opponents of Assad use the opportunity to take to the streets to demonstrate peacefully.

This is not Islamic State or al-Aqaeda. These are the same kinds of Syrians who took [...]

In Jo Cox’s memory: Expel those who defame the White Helmets

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning

I have a question for John Prescott.
If you are a Labour Party member who defames the White Helmets should you be expelled?
On Friday my friend the Times columnist Oliver Kamm retweeted my throw to him of the Snopes post debunking Eva Bartlett.
She is a Russia Today promoted woman whose shtick [...]

Aleppo: What is there to say?

The BBC reports:
Syrian pro-government forces in eastern Aleppo have been killing people, including women and children, on the spot in their homes and on the street, the United Nations says.
The UN’s human rights office said streets were full of bodies.
Meanwhile, the UN children’s agency cited a doctor as saying a building housing as many as [...]