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Reading "western" media on Syria

Brian Fri, 2016-11-18 14:54

OMG! Those damned Russians! One week they're interfering with the US presidential election, the next they're bombing hospitals and schools in Syria. Woe is us! How are we to understand such perfidy?! Herein a few pointers.

Syria "White Helmets" rescue a Syrian girl: again and again and again

Syrian "Revolution": Campists unite!

Brian Sat, 2016-08-27 20:20

We're duds!

Those of us who support the elected Syrian government over the foreign-supported and supplied proxy war, the fighters of which are a wahhabist, head-chopping rabble, have it all wrong. We're not anti-imperialists, we're "campists."

Syrian "revolutionaries" engage in democratic decision-making. That's right, they decided to cut the kid's head off.

Achcar: Left confused about Syria. Me: Oh, really?

Brian Thu, 2016-01-14 20:06

Is the "left" confused about Syria? Are we overlooking the revolutionary possibilities in the Syrian "uprising"? According to Gilbert Achcar, we are. He's just published a piece in Jacobin magazine...

"Rebel cuts out Syrian soldier's heart, eats some. Assad's fault!!

RIP, "blowback"

Brian Sun, 2012-09-23 04:54

We're in the process of losing a really good word: "blowback."

How are we losing it? A lot of writers think it's a pretty cool word, and writers like to use cool words. Unfortunately, they don't know what it means. They think it means "reaction."

It doesn't. It's a word invented by CIA operatives to describe the negative, often surprising, consequences that rebound on an actor because of things that actor does in pursuit of their own objectives. It's a very special type of reaction. Here're some examples: