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Gathering Intelligence in Syria

The term ‘intelligence’ when used in military and political context is something of a misnomer. The word suggests knowledge and information, but in the vast majority of instances ‘intelligence’ is nothing more than guesses, opinions and – the mother of all fuckups: – assumptions. Admittedly, intelligence is based on understanding and usually is provided by […]

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BBC Middle East Editor on Twitter

The BBC’s reporting of Syria has produced some fine examples of really bad journalism: Silly mistakes along with selective wording, and biased reporting that favours good news stories about the opposition and an ‘Assad Is Bad’ rhetoric that grossly over-simplifies both the man and the Syrians attitude towards him; all of which has shown the […]

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A Mockery of Democracy

EU countries have rushed to formally recognised the so-called ‘Syrian opposition made of a loose band of groups opposing Assad, but who have little else in common. The UK was so keen to declare recognition that a mere four days after voicing concern, Hague was happy to follow France. In the mad rush, to legitimised […]

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Britam – A Chemical Romance?

A British military training and logistics company has admitted its website was hacked, but claims no truth to the emails indicating the company is at the centre of a staged propaganda.  After the website hacking of Britam Defence Ltd, emails began to circulate that the company had been recruited to create a video that staged […]

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Bashar Al Assad Speech

It’s extremely rare for people in the west to see the Syrian president Assad in their news; even less to hear his words. Most likely he is seen from afar behind a lectern and his words lost behind the overdub of the reporter giving their opinion/assessment of events in Syria. The speech given by Assad […]

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The Death of a President

Rumours that President Assad of Syria had been assassinated swept through the social media platforms on 24th March 2013, while the mainstream remained responsibly silent. Arguably, the most famous president in the world after Barak Obama, the killing of Assad would have massive implications globally, but since even just the spreading of a rumour of […]