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Chomsky: OPCW cover-up of Syria probe is ‘shocking’

Noam Chomsky says that the OPCW’s cover-up, under US pressure, of a Syria chemical weapons probe raises “very severe suspicions.” In his first public comments on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal, Noam Chomsky criticizes the chemical watchdog for suppressing, under US pressure, evidence that undermined the pretext for the US-led bombing of Syria in April 2018. The censorship recently extended to the UN Security Council, where the US, UK, and France blocked former OPCW Director General José Bustani from testifying […]

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Chomsky: from nuclear weapons to Iran, Trump’s worst threats are dangerously ignored

Noam Chomsky warns that the Trump administration poses a unique threat to humanity, and its most reckless policies are receiving far too little attention. Noam Chomsky discusses the White House’s threats to the New START treaty, the last remaining accord limiting the US and Russia’s nuclear weapons arsenals; its latest round of crippling sanctions and threats against Iran; the bipartisan US refusal to accept a Middle East Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, which would terminate Israel’s nuclear weapons program; and the silencing of […]

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Ex-OPCW chief defends Syria whistleblowers and reveals he was spied on before Iraq war

Exclusive: former OPCW chief José Bustani defends the whistleblowers who challenged a cover-up of their Syria probe; reacts to the US and allies recently blocking his UN testimony; and reveals he was spied on before the Bush administration ousted him over the Iraq war. In a Grayzone exclusive, José Bustani, the former head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, speaks out in support of two veteran OPCW inspectors who challenged a US-backed cover-up of their investigation in […]

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Gobierno golpista boliviano detiene, expone y amenaza a observadores internacionales en vísperas de las elecciones

El gobierno transicional y no electo de Bolivia repetidamente ha amenazado a los observadores internacionales de los comicios, ha detenido a monitores argentinos en el aeropuerto, y publicado la información privada de los supervisores españoles mediante un activista de ultraderecha. Por Benjamín Norton Traducido por Diego Sequera You can read this article in English here. LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – En vísperas de las primeras elecciones en Bolivia desde el violento golpe militar de 2019 que forzó la salida de Evo […]

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Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election

Bolivia’s unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist. By Ben Norton LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – On the eve of Bolivia’s first election since a violent November 2019 military takeover that removed President Evo Morales from office, the un-elected de facto government has detained, doxxed, and threatened international electoral observers. On October 16, Bolivia’s migration department shared the private information […]

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Bolivian coup officials and supporters stalk international election observers, launch violent incitement campaign

By the time a team of electoral observers arrived in Bolivia – including members of The Grayzone – right-wingers had already published a flood of online threats, smearing them as “terrorists” and circulating photos captured while stalking them in the airport. By Ben Norton SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – A group of The Grayzone reporters including this reporter, Max Blumenthal, and Anya Parampil traveled from the United States to Bolivia in order to join a delegation of independent international observers of […]

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Why did Amnesty UK, Bellingcat and White Helmets sabotage Roger Waters webinar on corporate pollution?

The Grayzone obtained audio of a call in which Roger Waters confronted Amnesty leadership over efforts by Syria regime-change operatives – including its own staff –  to sabotage an Amazon Watch webinar on Chevron’s pollution of Ecuador. The campaign manager of Amnesty International UK, Kristyan Benedict, appears to have removed an Amnesty International tweet announcing an Amazon Watch webinar to raise awareness both of Chevron’s pollution of an indigenous region of Ecuador and the company’s ruthless persecution of environmental lawyer […]

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El ‘juicio del siglo’ contra Julian Assange: 10 razones para salvar el futuro del periodismo

El ex diplomático ecuatoriano que le dio asilo político a Julian Assange informa sobre la audiencia de extradición del periodista de WikiLeaks, y explica por qué es “el caso más importante contra la libertad de expresión de toda una generación”. Por Fidel Narváez Read this article in English here. Nota del editor: Fidel Narváez fue el consul de Ecuador en el Reino Unido entre 2010 y 2018. Ayudó a dar el asilo político a Julian Assange, y se comunicaba regularmente […]

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Julian Assange faces the ‘trial of the century’: 10 reasons why it threatens freedom of speech

The Ecuadorian diplomat who gave Julian Assange political asylum reports from the extradition hearing against the WikiLeaks journalist, and explains why it is “the most important case against the freedom of expression in an entire generation.” By Fidel Narváez Translated by Ben Norton Puedes leer este artículo en español aquí. Editor’s note: Fidel Narváez served as Ecuador’s consul in the UK from 2010 until July 2018. He helped get Julian Assange political asylum, and regularly communicated with the WikiLeaks publisher […]

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OPCW Syria whistleblower and ex-OPCW chief attacked by US, UK, France at UN

At the UN Security Council, the US, UK and France were confronted with testimony from OPCW whistleblower Ian Henderson and ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani that challenged the rationale for their bombing of Syria in April 2018. They responded by attacking and silencing the witnesses. Aaron Maté recaps the extraordinary events. Ian Henderson, a veteran OPCW inspector who challenged a cover-up of his organization’s investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, recently testified before the United Nations Security Council. […]

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Ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani reads Syria testimony that US, UK blocked at UN

At the UN Security Council, the US, UK, France and allies have blocked the testimony of Jose Bustani, the OPCW’s first Director General, on the chemical watchdog’s Syria cover-up scandal. The Grayzone has obtained Bustani’s prepared statement and is publishing it in full. Jose Bustani was invited to brief the Security Council on the OPCW’s cover-up of an investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. The US, UK, and France bombed Syria after accusing the […]

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US military seeks to “create new base in Syria” – Syrian journalist

Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Barazi, the correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus, about recent developments in the country. By Anya Parampil They discuss the impact of the new “Cesar sanctions” on the Syrian public, US and Turkish maneuvers within Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent visit to the country, as well as the average Syrian’s response to efforts from Gulf countries to normalize relations with Israel. Barazi explains why he believes the US is […]

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Serious questions remain about shady ‘PeaceData’ website blamed on Russian trolls

As political censorship escalates on social media, American spy agencies accuse Russia of running a fake left-wing news website called PeaceData. But there is no evidence for the FBI’s claims, and many questions remain unanswered. By Ben Norton US government intelligence agencies have initiated a series of smear campaigns relying on false innuendo to suggest that independent left-wing American media outlets are connected to Russia. The broad-based, longstanding operation to imply links between foreign governments and alternative news websites through […]

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Using human rights to promote war: debunking UN’s new Venezuela report

Red Lines host Anya Parampil debunks a new report issued by the UN Human Right’s Council which accuses Venezuela’s government of “crimes against humanity”. Transcript below. By Anya Parampil A new report by a special mission of the United Nations Human Rights Council was released in September and is making headlines after it accused Venezuela’s government of crimes against humanity. Because it is getting so much attention, several people have reached out to me asking for clarification regarding the information […]

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Grayzone’s Aaron Maté testifies at UN on OPCW Syria cover-up

In remarks to the UN Security Council, The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté details the OPCW’s Douma cover-up scandal and urges UN members to support the OPCW inspectors whose evidence was suppressed. At an Arria-Formula Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone delivers remarks on the OPCW’s ongoing Syria scandal. Veteran OPCW inspectors who investigated an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018 say that their probe was censored and manipulated. Under direct US government […]

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Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

The judge’s request to probe a Las Vegas Sands staffer’s apparent role in a criminal spying operation against Julian Assange indicates the investigation is homing in on US intelligence. Tellingly, the US Department of Justice is stonewalling the application. By Max Blumenthal The Spanish judge presiding over the trial of a security firm owner apparently hired to spy on jailed Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has sent a request to the US Department of Justice for an interview with Zohar Lahav, […]

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Fake news hoax exposed: NY Times podcast star lied about joining ISIS

The main source for the hit New York Times podcast Caliphate duped its host and her colleagues about serving as an ISIS executioner. It’s just the latest in a series of fake national security-related stories published by the US newspaper of record. By Ben Norton The top US newspaper has been exposed for overseeing another large-scale fake news operation. The main source for the New York Times’ award-winning podcast, Caliphate, has been arrested and charged with lying about joining ISIS […]

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‘Preso político’ nicaragüense liberado bajo la presión de EEUU fue luego capturado con explosivos planeando un ataque terrorista

Un extremista de derecha arrestado durante un intento de golpe de estado en 2018 en Nicaragua, que fue catalogado por ONGs como un “preso político” y fue liberado bajo una fuerte presión estadounidense, fue encontrado más tarde con explosivos, armas y drogas, planeando un ataque terrorista. Por Benjamín Norton You can read this article in English here. MANAGUA, NICARAGUA – Un extremista de derecha nicaragüense que fue calificado de “preso político” por una ONG financiada por el gobierno de Estados […]

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