September 15, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.21

At a minimum, the Obama administration exaggerated its case to justify a military attack on Syria. At worst, the White House fabricated intelligence. Bottom line: no one […]
September 8, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.20

Obama’s “red line” and what happened after the Ghouta attack. On 31 August 2013, the US military was ready to make strikes on Syrian targets. But Obama […]
August 25, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.19

Syria were one of seven countries that had not joined the 1997 convention banning chemical weapons. They were widely believed to possess large undeclared stockpiles of […]
August 18, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.18

More clips of Barbara Walters’ 2011 interview with Bashar where he explains why Syria is “the faultline” of the Middle East and how he ended up […]
August 11, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.17

Late 2011, Bashar al-Assad did a lengthy interview with Barbara Walters, in which he explained his perspective on the violence engulfing his country, how he ended […]
July 28, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.16

Here’s my interview with Muhannad Saker, a Syrian from Lattakia, an Alawii, who was in Damascus during the early years of the civil war. I chatted […]
July 20, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.15

NATO attacks Libya to remove Gaddafi, in part, according to intelligence sent to Hillary Clinton (leaked by Wikileaks) to prevent him from introducing the gold dinar, […]
July 13, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.14

Why were there pro-government rallies in most of the country’s cities at the end of March 2011? Why did the government formally declare the repeal of […]
June 22, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.13

We cover the events of March 2011, including Assad’s first speech since the start of the troubles, in which he blames foreign elements, sacks his cabinet, […]
June 9, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.12

We talk more about the diplomatic cable, written in 2006 by William Roebuck, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Damascus, that talked about ways the […]
June 2, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.11

Then 9/11 happened. In 2003, despite their history with Iraq during the first Gulf War, the Assad government opposed the United States’ invasion and occupation of […]
May 26, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.10

  When Hafez al-Assad died in June 2000 he was succeeded by his youngest son Bashar as President and Syrian Regional Branch head. He was 35 years […]
May 12, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.9

We cover the last few decades of Hafez Al-Assad’s Presidency of Syria, including his support for America’s war on Iraq in 1991 and his brother Rifaat’s attempt at […]
May 5, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.8

In this episode we continue to discuss the Lebanese civil war, the founding of the PLO (the Palestinian Liberation Organisation), Fatah, Hezbollah and the quick version of the […]
April 27, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.7

In this episode we discuss the Lebanese civil war which raged from 1975 – 1990 and claimed the lives of 120,000 people, with another 1,000,000 refugees. […]
April 13, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.6

In this episode we examine the US’ response to the OPEC oil sanctions of 1973. Kissinger promised to negotiate a settlement between Israel and Syria which was […]
April 6, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.5

Part 5 of our Syria series looks at the era of Hafez Al-Assad, 1970 – 2000. His rise through the ranks of the military, becoming a […]
March 30, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.4

Part 4 of our series on the Syrian civil war focuses on the history of the Alawites, a bizarre and minor Islamic sect that spent most […]
March 8, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.3

Part 3 of our series on the Syrian civil war. We spend this episode talking about Saudi Arabia – from it’s founding in 1744, when Muhammad bin Saud, […]
March 8, 2017

Syrian Civil War 1.2

Continuing our discussion about the Syrian civil war and the history that lead up to it, we pick up where we left off talking about the history […]

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Dissecting the biggest stories in the news to try to get to the core of what's going on. No bias. No agenda. No bullshit. Just a brutal examination of the facts and the history behind them. Our first series is an in-depth look at the causes of the Syrian civil war.