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  • Sharmine Narwani, a defender of the Assad regime who trolls on Twitter, seems to have found another dictatorship to support. Last week she was busy promoting a forged letter which seeks to implicate Amnesty International in a plot against the Afewerki regime in Eritrea. It began with this tweet: #Amnesty and #HRW involved directly in... read more
  • Sharmine Narwani, an Assad apologist who can be found on Twitter denouncing British universities and the western mainstream media, managed to cast off enough of her principles last month to write an article for the mainstream media while citing Oxford University in her author's credentials. Her article (for the Guardian) sought to... read more
  • Sharmine Narwani appearing on Press TV   Sharmine Narwani, the chronically muddled commentator for al-Akhbar newspaper in Lebanon, claims to have uncovered yet another western conspiracy. This time it's a western media plot to label Hizbullah's stronghold in southern Beirut as ... er, a Hizbullah stronghold. Referring to... read more
  • Global Study UK is a company that promotes British universities by organising student fairs in various countries. One of its fairs will be taking place in Lebanon next month. Ahead of the fair, Global Study UK posted a tweet which said: Many Reasons to Study for British Degree! 1. Fees are Less than In Lebanon 2. 3yr... read more
  • For as long as people have been writing books there have been others who sought to destroy them. When it's driven by moralistic or political objections, book-burning often takes a ritualistic form, carried out in public. Regardless of the books in question, setting fire to them strikes many people as abhorrent in principle – as a generalised... read more
  • One spin-off from the Syrian conflict has been a war of words that reaches far beyond the Middle East. It’s a battle in which honest reporting and the search for truth have come under sustained attack. Those leading the attack claim they are simply asking questions that need to be asked. It’s healthy scepticism, they say. But it’s a... read more
  • Writing for the Independent last week, Middle East reporter Robert Fisk highlighted an event which he claimed "may prove to be even more dramatic than the terror of Syria's civil war". The cause of his excitement was a conference held in the Chechen capital, Grozny, towards the end of August and attended by a couple of hundred Sunni Muslim... read more
  • Syria and the 'Zio-American plot' Blog post, 8 January 2012: Denying the authenticity of the Syrian uprising is a central plank of the Assad regime's propaganda message – that the whole thing, as the official news agency put it recently, is a "Zio-American" plot. To anyone who has been following events in Syria closely since last March, the... read more
  • 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 and Media" was set up in January, comprising... read more
  • Syria accuses US and UK of supplying chemical weapons to rebels Blog post, 17 August 2017: At a news conference in Damascus yesterday, Syria's deputy foreign minister accused the US and Britain of supplying rebel fighters with chemical weapons. The claim has excited Russian media – especially Sputnik News which has published multiple... read more