Blog archive: Syria

  • 15th April 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A university-based group is seeking funds for what it claims will be "rigorous academic research and analysis of propaganda". The project sounds academically respectable – it has official recognition from the University of Sheffield in Britain and has enlisted the famous American professor ...
  • 12th April 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens to wreck one of the most successful examples of international cooperation. Step-by-step work over the years has resulted in at least 80% of the world's known stockpiles of chemical weapons being destroyed, and efforts are continuing to destroy...
  • 19th March 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A group of university professors who claim to be engaged in "rigorous academic analysis" of propaganda during the Syrian conflict have recruited a 9/11 truther to their team. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, rejects what he calls "the official narrative...
  • 18th March 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A group of university professors who promoted conspiracy theories about chemical weapons in Syria are now making similar claims about the recent chemical attack in Britain which critically injured Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The "Working Group on Syria, Propaganda...
  • 15th March 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's something uncannily familiar about Russia's propaganda antics over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain. We've seen them before in Syria where Russia has steadfastly defended the Assad regime against accusations of using chemical weapons. On an August morning in...
  • 6th March 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The newly-formed "Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media" – which I wrote about last month – has added some further names to its list of members and advisers. The group claims to be promoting "rigorous academic analysis" of propaganda in the Syrian conflict and says it aims to "provide a...
  • 27th February 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At a recent meeting of the UN security council Syria claimed the US and France now doubt that the Assad regime has ever used chemical weapons. The claim was false but it provides an interesting example of how propaganda can be created. Speaking on February 14, Syria's representative at the...
  • 24th February 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In times of war it's important but often difficult to distinguish truth from propaganda. So the newly-formed "Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media" – comprising three professors, two lecturers and three postgraduate researchers at British universities – ought to be a welcome...
  • 19th February 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    What on earth is going on at Newsweek? An article posted on its website earlier this month wrongly claimed that James Mattis, the US defense secretary, had said there is no evidence of the Assad regime using the nerve agent sarin against its people. The claim attributed to Mattis was...
  • 9th February 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At a news conference last week US defence secretary James Mattis was asked about reports of recent chemical attacks in Syria using chlorine. "Is this something you're seeing that's been weaponised?" a reporter asked. "It has," Mattis replied, adding that the deadly...
  • 25th September 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    American journalist Seymour Hersh – author of several error-strewn articles about chemical attacks in Syria – has accepted a controversial award for "truth-telling" even though the previously-announced presentation ceremony was cancelled. Hersh received the award at a "festive dinner" on...
  • 21st September 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A ceremony where American journalist Seymour Hersh was due to be presented with an award for an error-strewn article about a chemical attack in Syria has been cancelled. [See update here] Three weeks ago Hersh was named as this year's winner of the Sam Adams Award "for integrity and...

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