A new open-source study concludes that Syrian insurgents carried out the Ghouta sarin chemical attack in August 2013. The explosive findings add to a growing body of public evidence that undermines US-led efforts to blame the Syrian government, which almost led to US military intervention.
Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were wounded when sarin rockets hit multiple sites in the Syria area of Ghouta on August 21, 2013. The US and its allies publicly accused the Syrian government of responsibility, and President Obama threatened to bomb Syria in purported retaliation. But Obama ultimately pulled back after reaching an agreement with Russia to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
A growing number of suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse have US ties. At least one is a former DEA informant and several have received U.S. military training. Scholar Jemima Pierre of The Black Alliance for Peace discusses the unfolding mystery surrounding Moïse’s killing and the context of longtime US, foreign intervention and neocolonialism in Haiti.
The US government is continuing to seek the extradition of Julian Assange even though a critical witness in its indictment has admitted to fabricating key claims. Bjartmar Alexandersson, the Icelandic journalist who broke this story, discusses the explosive confession of US witness Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson.
Glenn Greenwald on the decline of left media in the Russiagate era, where bastions of dissent have gone from challenging the national security state to promoting it.
Glenn Greenwald discusses how Trump and Russiagate has changed progressive media for the worse. Greenwald has recently been frozen out by the progressive news broadcast Democracy Now! after being a longtime, regular guest.
As it shuts out longtime guests like Greenwald, DN! recently gave a warm reception to a former George W. Bush aide who praised, without challenge, Bush’s “compassionate conservatism.” Greenwald also discusses leaving The Intercept after it tried to censor his reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop affair, all while parroting evidence-free, anonymous intelligence claims that the story was “Russian disinformation.”
On the same day that the claim of “Russian bounties” in Afghanistan collapsed, another US intelligence-sourced, evidence-free claim was treated as vindication for conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia collusion.
Glenn Greenwald and Aaron Maté discuss the predictable demise of the “Russian bounties”; the Biden administration’s new evidence-free assertion that Paul Manafort associate Konstantin Kilimnik passed Trump campaign polling data to Russia; and why major US media outlets continue to parrot Russiagate disinformation no matter how many times the “bombshells” turn into duds.
As Vice-President, Joe Biden pledged that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014. Seven years later, is President Biden’s new withdrawal pledge any different? Scott Horton, editorial director of Antiwar.com and author of Enough Already, discusses how the US has previously extended the war in Afghanistan and how it might continue it in new forms.