Daily Archives: December 2, 2016

The fall of Aleppo and probable future for Syria

by Vijay Prashad

The Syrian Arab Army is now within sight of taking back all of Aleppo. For several years now, the eastern part of Aleppo – one of Syria’s oldest and most beautiful cities – has been in the hands of the armed opposition. The western part has been in the hands of the Syrian government. Now with the Syrian army hastily taking the Hanano as well as Jabal Badro and Baadeen districts, the corridor used by the opposition fighters to resupply them from the Syrian countryside and from across the Turkish border is now substantially closed. Apart from small pockets of hardened resistance, the bulk of Aleppo will soon be in the hands of the government.

USA | Trump’s new foreign policy: ‘We will stop looking to topple regimes’

By Anna Giaritelli

President-elect Trump announced a libertarian-like foreign policy at his first “thank you” rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night.

While sharing core components of the tasks he will have his administration focus on, Trump rolled out new directions for the State and Defense Departments.

USA | The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

By Kevin Reed

In the weeks since the November 8 election, US media reports on the spread of so-called “fake news” during the presidential campaign have increasingly repeated unsubstantiated pre-election claims that the Russian government hacked into Democratic Party email servers to undermine the campaign of Hillary Clinton. There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in this crusade against “fake news” on social media and the Internet, with online publications critical of US wars of aggression and other criminal activities being branded as Russian propaganda outlets.