Month: October 2019

Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion

The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war, the withdrawal of US troops, and the Turkish invasion.

Show notes and links

Syria map used in the discussion:

Syrian_Civil_War_map Oct 2019

Video of Syrian Kurds celebrating in Qamishli and Hasaka:

Jenan Moussa:

Mutlu Civiroglu:

Regime-changers like Danny Gold are back-tracking after embedding with Takfiri “rebels”:

Elizabeth Tsurkov freaks out about her jihadi pen pals:

ShamiWitness: How Bellingcat and neocons collaborated with most influential ISIS propagandist on Twitter, by Mark Ames

ShamiWitness: How Bellingcat and neocons collaborated with most influential ISIS propagandist on Twitter

White Helmets helped Turkey ethnically cleanse Afrin:

History of Kurds in Syria, Syrian-Kurdish relations, interview with Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek:

The Complex History and Relations of the Kurdish YPG, Syria, and US

Video of journalists leaving Syria:

DC’s Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden’s corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father

The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma – the gas company at the center of the ‘Ukrainegate’ scandal – is just one dubious deal out of many at a DC think tank that has become a clearinghouse for legal corruption.

By Max Blumenthal

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Real life and resistance in Venezuela – Ben Norton reports on effects of US blockade

Ben Norton speaks about his reporting in Venezuela, where he investigated how bipartisan US sanctions and Trump’s embargo are making lives hell for civilians.

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CIA spied on Julian Assange 24/7 in Ecuadorian embassy

The CIA was given 24/7 video and audio surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange while he lived under asylum at the Ecuador’s embassy in London. A former Ecuadorian diplomat responds to the news.

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Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare?

What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron Maté and journalist, author Jefferson Morley debate and discuss.

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US arming of Ukraine is a scandal on its own

There is growing evidence that President Donald Trump briefly froze U.S. military assistance to Ukraine for political goals. Max Blumenthal explores how the Ukrainegate scandal overlooks the dangers of those weapons sales to Ukraine and the corrupt interests behind it.

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Trump meddled in Ukraine, and he’s not alone

As Donald Trump appears caught attempting a quid pro quo, Max Blumenthal argues that the Ukrainegate scandal also highlights a web of corruption and meddling inside Ukraine implicating other prominent US figures and institutions.

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‘The drone revolution’: Ecuadorians revolt against repressive US-backed President Lenin Moreno’s neoliberal policies

Ecuador’s workers are rising up against the IMF-mandated neoliberal economic reforms of President Lenin Moreno, a close ally of Washington who calls them “zánganos,” or drone bees.

By Denis Rogatyuk

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Cómo Venezuela derrotó el intento de golpe de estado de Washington en las Naciones Unidas

Un vistazo a cómo los diplomáticos venezolanos obstaculizaron un intento de Estados Unidos de revocar sus credenciales en la ONU y destruir la soberanía de su nación.

Por Anya Parampil

Traducido por Michelle Ellner

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Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics

Government documents show scholar Gilbert Achcar and other pro-regime change academics have given training sessions to UK Ministry of Defense soldiers, helping the British military enhance its counter-insurgency tactics.

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