Abby Martin and Vijay Prashad: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 22, 2016

The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. It has gone far beyond an internal political struggle, and is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more. To simplify this web of enemies and friends, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books.

from the archives:

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US Military Leadership Resisted Obama’s Bid for Regime Change in Syria and Libya by Gareth Porter

Why the US Pushes an Illusory Syrian Peace Process by Gareth Porter

Abby Martin and Lawrence Wilkerson: The US Empire Is Ready To Collapse

Pres. Obama, Which is Most Important to You: Destroying ISIS, Overthrowing Assad, or Scoring Points Against Russia? by William Blum

8 responses to “Abby Martin and Vijay Prashad: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

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  7. “Our future has got to be something beautiful…” Well said Vijay.

    Oil = “development” ~ or used to be the old dogma, but the problem with that seductive equation is not only that it is genuinely far from “just” (as every true equation must be,) it is actually downright false. In the language of ‘nineties green polemic, it is an unsustainable fiction, a political delusion from the “get go.”

    I strongly agree with VP, Turkey is on a lethal trajectory under Erdoğan. Not only is his genocidal policy against the Kurds “ill-advised,” but this despotic individual is hell-bent to perpetuate the destruction of the most ancient Tigris/Euphrates indigenous culture through ecocidal hydroelectric projects…

    (confer http://www.futuredirections.org.au/publications/food-and-water-crises/678-water-shortage-crisis-escalating-in-the-tigris-euphrates-basin.html)

    …so UNESCO, its kith ‘n kin should be shouting out loud for the ethical protection of these “complex cultural ecologies,” indeed we all should be thinking along these lines or we shall witness the entire natural world buckling and breaking under our bigfoot arrogance!

    For a particularly illuminating segue into how US “official” thinking is forged in the white heat of military industrial ambition ~ or what I would like to suggest should be ascribed the acronym MIMIC (for those who may appreciate the “mirror neuron” allusion) or “military industrial media intel complex…” I recommend this excellent talk by Annie Jacobsen called Inside DARPA: the Pentagon’s Brain
    http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/category/scientific-dictatorship/

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