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Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Some journalists on the left like Aaron Mate and Dan Lazare tell me that the charges of Russian interference in U.S. politics are a “hoax” or “don’t really matter.” While I share their opposition to a new Cold War with Russia,  that does not require averting one’s eyes from the record of Yevgeny Prigozhin, international...

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Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Bellingcat: The Implausible ‘False Flag’ Theory About a Syrian Chemical Attack

Last year I reviewed the evidence of the chemical attack in Douma, Syria and came away unconvinced by the “false flag” scenario advanced by some critics of U.S. policy. While the U.S. is known to mount “false flag” operations, the evidence from Douma does not support the claim that an attack was staged to blame...

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Syrian Intelligence Officers Charged for Torture and Executions

Syrian Intelligence Officers Charged for Torture and Executions

From The New York Times: “As Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, closes in on victory over an eight-year revolt, a secret, industrial-scale system of arbitrary arrests and torture prisons has been pivotal to his success. While the Syrian military, backed by Russia and Iran, fought armed rebels for territory, the government waged a ruthless war on...