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Interesting Articles: 2022, Late September
2022, Late September
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Publication date: 2022-09-23
Welcome to issue #2 of this series. Same idea; pick one or more “articles” you find of interest.
This time we also have an audio (Scott Horton interviews Roger Waters) and two video sources. The short video is by Vanessa Beeley on Syria. The larger is a 3 part series by Corbett and West.
How Russians Read the Conflict in the Caucasus, Pietro A. Shakarian, Counter Punch, 2022-09-23
Shakarian takes us on a rapid historical tour of the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Caucasus. From the 1720's he quickly moves to the 1980's from when recent conflicts have intensified. The Nagorno-Karabakh region which is contested, and Russia's attempts to calm conflicts are a focus. More recent changes in Ankara's increasing influence on Azerbaijan and how that relates to the current conflict in Ukraine are also covered. Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to the Armenia capital is considered. The more historical section is heavily referenced.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Kevork Almasian, who is an excellent commentator on this conflict and that in Syria. His parents are Armenian, he speaks Armenian, Arabic and English, at least. His work can be found at Syriana Analysis.
Defensive West Smears Samarkand Summit, Joe Lauria, Consortium News, 2022-09-21
Lauria reviews the annual Heads of State meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization just concluded in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He pays particular attention to how reporting on the important meeting was covered in western media, clearly showing their bias and misrepresentation.
Bots are flooding social media with pro-US propaganda demonizing China, Russia & Iran, studies show, Ben Norton, Multipolarista, 2022-09-20
Norton examines two academic publications which considered the networks or purpose of "bot" accounts on social media. Norton describes the publication by the School of Mathematics and the University of South Australia as less influenced by bias. It looks not so much at who is running the accounts or how they operate, but what they are saying. The conclusion is the pro-Western propaganda is 90% of the propaganda to be found on social media by bot accounts. The Stanford University's Internet Observatory partners with Graphika and focuses more on the actual bot networks and their tactics. The sum of the two provide a window into how western governments are using social media to control political narratives.
Benjamin and Davies
Peace Talks Essential as War Rages On in Ukraine, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, Antiwar, 2022-09-06
Benjamin and Davies provide a rare call of sanity to end the war in Ukraine by diplomatic means. The call is before the recent announcement of referenda in eastern and southern Ukraine (currently being held) and that of the partial mobilization by Russia. Given these changes their plea for diplomatic engagement is all the more relevant.
b. from MoonOfAlabama reports, quoting the New York Times, on Ukrainian efforts to disrupt the voting by bombs, shooting, and poisoning.
The Real US Agenda in Africa Is Hegemony, Pepe Escobar, Unz Review, 2022-09-21
Escobar examines the primary non-military mechanisms employed by successive USA administrations to obtain influence on young potentials leaders in Africa. Various "training" programs are named and their funding cited. Responses by current African leaders to recent efforts to apply economic sanctions to Russia or otherwise limit Russia's influence in Africa are quoted.
Is the US Navy Overrated?, Roger Thompson, Professor of Military Studies, Knightsbridge University, G2Mil Magazine, 2005
This old and extremely long discussion paper provides a fascinating analysis of a potential reconfiguration of the USA's Navy. It is beautifully written, and provides a wealth of wonderful quotes. The primary topic is submarine warfare versus carrier groups, and also the difference between diesel electric and nuclear powered submarines. While obviously out of date, it provides an excellent introduction to the types of considerations and discussions which occur in the "defense" establishment. It also provides some commentary upon degradation in equipment standards and/or military training due to political influence and the military industrial complex's commercial contractors.
Horton and Waters
9/19/22 Roger Waters on Palestine, Assange and Ukraine, Scott Horton interviews Roger Waters, Scott Horton Show, 2022-09-19
Horton interviews Waters discussing the topics listed in the title. Horton asks Waters how he became involved in supporting Palestinians. From there the other two topics are engaged. Those who have followed these topics in any depth are unlikely to learn much that is new. The well informed Waters speaks forcefully on all topics. Horton is an excellent interviewer and it is a pleasure to hear Waters speak.
Corbett and West
False Flags: The Secret History of Al Qaeda, James Corbett (and video editor Broc West), Corbett Report, 2022-09-11
Corbett and video editor West have published the third part of their trilogy on false flags and the history of Al Qaeda. The series examines the history of colonial influence in the middle east, focusing on the British and French, including the creation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi and USA (and other's) role in funding, training and arming the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan in the 1980's and Osamba bin Laden's role. The role of other regional powers such as Israel and Iran are also examined. The series delves into the murky world of intelligence, counter-intelligence, proxy forces and media manipulation. The last episode begins with the 9/11 attacks and examines the last 20 years and the ever-changing face of religious extremist forces under the War of Terror. The entire 50 000 word transcripts with source links are available, as is in excess of 5 hours of video production.
The work is extremely rich and well researched, containing voluminous amounts of materials which are extremely hard to find, and are almost never connected into an understandable narrative.
Why the Russian/Syrian alliance is not ending anytime soon, Vanessa Beeley, UKCOLUMN, 2022-09-19
Beeley is interviewed on by UKCOLUMN, a British independent news show. They discuss a series of topics focusing on Syria. The recent attacks by Israel on airports in Aleppo and Damascus are followed by a consideration of a reconfiguration of Syrian air defenses. Finally, a potential political solution to the conflict in Idlib province is described by Beeley.
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