BBC continues to mislead on OPCW’s Douma ‘chlorine gas’ report

Chlorine gas – heavier than air and extremely reactive On Friday, the BBC – on its website and in its broadcast coverage – published blatantly fake news when it claimed that ‘chemical weapons watchdog’ the OPCW had confirmed that a chlorine gas attack took place in the Syrian town of Douma. The BBC was forced […]

Video: BBC News joins fake news scandal over OPCW’s Douma chlorine report

As the SKWAWKBOX reported not long ago, the BBC News website published outright fake news on Friday evening when it reported that the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) ‘fact-finding mission’ to the Syrian town of Douma had concluded that a chlorine gas attack had been perpetrated on civilians in the city. The […]

BBC’s outright fake news tonight on Douma ‘chlorine attack’

The BBC has been freely critical of Russia Today/RT, Iran’s Press TV and other similar state broadcasters, routinely hosting ‘talking heads’ who dismiss those broadcasters as mere mouthpieces. Tonight, the BBC dropped any pretence that it is any different or better with an astonishingly misleading article about the OPCW‘s (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) […]

Benn’s Leeds Central CLP stays 100% left at AGM

Hilary Benn – applauded by Tories after grandstanding ‘bomb Syria’ speech Former Labour front-bencher is, for many on the Labour left, the epitome of centrism – all the more so for his grandstanding speech supporting Britain’s bombing on Syria. A speech that is applauded by cheering Tories is not something most Labour members will consider […]

Three pics that capture what’s wrong with #PeoplesVote/#FBPE/centrism

Comment Saturday saw a march in London by the – largely centrist – ‘FBPE’ (follow-back pro-EU) crowd and the – almost entirely centrist – organisations that have sprung up like mushrooms to ‘fight brexit’. Three images from that moderately-attended event succinctly capture what’s wrong with the FBPE ‘cult’, as many term it. Unpleasant bedfellows Archbishop […]

OPCW completes Douma mission

  The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has completed its fact-finding mission to the Syrian town of Douma, site of an alleged – but disputed – chemical weapon attack in March. The OPCW issued a statement advising it will take around a month weeks to complete its analysis – but warning it […]

Video: bad day for centrists as rendition apology burns last shreds of Blairite credibility

The government’s letter today to Libyan politician Abdelhakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar, apologising for their ‘rendition’ – their forcible and illegal transport – to Gaddafi’s Libya after their abduction in Malaysia by the CIA, has highlighted the culpability and complicity of the UK government in the widespread and shameful US practice: It’s likely, […]

Video: Williamson on May’s Syria decision: “hearsay, social media and inhumanity”

Labour MP Chris Williamson appeared last night on Channel 4 News to talk about Theresa May’s decision to pursue military action in Syria without giving MPs a vote. Presenter Cathy Newman appeared more interested in trying to get a particular soundbite, trying to manoeuvre Williamson into saying fo otage of children in a Douma hospital […]

The 205 Lab MPs who supported Corbyn call for parliament to approve military action

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Today in the House of Commons, after a debate in which a number of centrist back-benchers again disgraced themselves, two hundred and five of Labour’s two hundred and fifty nine MPs backed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s emergency debate for parliamentary approval to be required before the UK launches military action. Corbyn […]

Three times Corbyn supported (genuine) humanitarian troop deployments

This week, the Tories and a few backbench Labour ‘moderate warmongers’ have attempted to portray a false dichotomy in the Commons debates on Syria, claiming that the choice has been between dropping bombs for ‘humanitarian’ reasons or doing nothing at all. This is of course entirely false. The media, backing up the claims of Establishment […]