Doubts About “Novichoks”

Tim Hayward

The following briefing note is developed from ongoing research and investigation into the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria conducted by members of the Working Group on Syria, Media and Propaganda. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of the political crisis that is now developing. We welcome comments and corrections.

AuthorsProfessor Paul Mckeigue and Professor Piers Robinson +447764763350 .  (


(1) Notes on Novichoks and the Salisbury poisonings

In the House of Commons on 12 March the Prime Minister stated that:

It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok. Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading…

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WATCH: Putin’s FULL Interview with Megyn Kelly on NBC

Since the television was invented, few broadcast media events have reached the level of becoming remembered as of historic importance for humanity. The full interview of President Vladimir Putin of Russia by American journalist Megyn Kelly is truly historic.

Humanity looks forward to President Donald Trump of the United States being interviewed in equally historic manner by a popular woman journalist from Russia.


Vladimir Putin interviewed by NBC anchor Megyn Kelly. The interview was recorded in the Kremlin on March 1, 2018, and in Kaliningrad on March 2, 2018. NBC showed an edited version only. The following transcript is courtesy of the Kremlin office of the President of Russia.


Part 1. The Kremlin, Moscow, March 1, 2018

Megyn Kelly:So, thank you very much for doing this, Mr President. I thought that we’d start with some of the news you made today at your State of the Nation Address, then we will move into some facts about you in preparation for our long piece that we are putting together, and then tomorrow when we will have a longer time together, we will talk about more substantive issues together, if that is ok with you.

Vladimir Putin: Fine.

Megyn Kelly:You announced today that Russia has developed new nuclear-capable weapons systems, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that you say renders defence systems useless…

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Through The Post Darkly: The Ghost of Phillip Graham

James F. Tracy

By James F. Tracy

“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, Langley Virginia, 1988.[1]

Steven Spielberg’s tribute to Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and modern American journalism is a major Hollywood endeavor marshaling the industry’s premier talent. A s of this writing The Post has been nominated for dozens of awards throughout the film community.[2] The movie itself, however, comprises a sort of tortured historical confirmation on exactly how the news media would like to view themselves and their industry. It does so by mixing verifiable truths alongside careful omissions to reinforce a deeper set of myths concerning notions of American press freedom…

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Woolsey On U.S. Foreign Policy: “Num, Num, Num…”

By Jerry Alatalo

resident Donald Trump of the United States spoke recently on the situation in Syria: “I will say … What Russia, what Iran, and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace. I will tell you that we’re there (occupying an estimated 25-30% of the nation of Syria) for one reason … We’re there to get ISIS, and get rid of ISIS, and go home. We’re not there for any other reason, and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”

Why did Mr. Trump find it necessary to assert that U.S. military forces were not occupying or controlling a large portion of Syria east of the Euphrates River – illegally according to international law and the United Nations Charter – for “any other reason”? What possible “other reason” was Mr. Trump referring to, was he responding to specific allegations, and how is it that such a mysterious-regarding-meaning, intriguing and suggestive statement received no further attention from corporate media? Does Mr. Trump feel his very brief explanation absolves his administration of any illegality regarding the U.S. military occupation of Syria, or somehow “magically” makes what is perceived by any international legal expert an illegal occupation now legal?

One wonders what Donald Trump would do were terrorists in the eastern suburbs of Washington, D.C. raining bombs and missiles down on residents of the city. Perhaps if the tables were turned, the people of the city of Damascus, Syria changed places with the people of Washington, D.C., Mr. Trump might have a slightly different way of perceiving things. Obviously he is well aware of the facts on the ground in Damascus and East Ghouta, yet the former reality TV star has learned well the 1st requirement of good actors: the ability to lie at will.

Donald Trump is a deceiver of the highest order. Donald Trump is arguably the most dangerous human being on Earth.

Perhaps if Mr. Orwell were around he could help with an explanation with regard to Mr. Trump. Of course, that’s just wishful thinking. Many think the near-prophetic Orwell described today’s world situation in 2018 with his classic novel “1984”. Unfortunately Mr. Orwell has long since left the Earthly realm, yet people are every now and then provided rare insight into the more mysterious operations of the world, such as recently from former Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) James Woolsey.

It is worth noting that Mr. Woolsey has been (or may still be) associated with a fossil fuels corporation by the name of Genie Energy, whose owners include individuals with names like Rothschild, Cheney, Summers, Murdoch, etc., and, notably – considering the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria, managed to acquire control over an immense, $multi-billion, recently discovered oil/gas deposit in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. It is also worth noting, but not surprising, that Fox News host Laura Ingraham made no mention of Genie Energy or the controversial Golan Heights in her recent interview of the former CIA director.

Ms. Ingraham did ask some very pertinent questions nonetheless, perhaps unwittingly, of Mr. Woolsey.

Laura Ingraham: “Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?”

Woolsey: “Probably (?) … But, uh, it was for the good of the system in order to avoid communists from taking over. For example, in Europe in ’47, ’48, ’49, the Greeks (and) the Italians … the CIA …”

Laura Ingraham: “We don’t do that now though … We don’t mess around in other people’s elections?”

Woolsey: “W e l l … num, num, num, num, num … Only for a very good cause. Only for a very good cause in the interest of democracy.”

Laura Ingraham: “Thanks for being here. Always great to see you.”

What was particularly objectionable in the short interview, besides Ms. Ingraham’s clearly calculated plan of asking only “softball” non-controversial/probing questions, was the explosion of laughter after the CIA’s former top man unintentionally let slip a major, very rarely seen revelation on a major corporate media platform.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)


After nearly seven (7) years of unimaginable, seemingly endless death, destruction and suffering in his country of Syria, United Nations Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari most certainly finds nothing humorous about U.S./U.K./France actions against Syria. This is how the United Nations reported/described the address on February 24 to the United Nations Security Council by Mr. Ja’afari:

BASHAR JA’AFARI (Syria) said “moderate armed groups” based in Ghouta had targeted thousands of missiles at Damascus, attacking, among other locations, the headquarters of the Syrian Red Crescent.  Quoting a French citizen’s description of those attacks, and of others in recent years, he said doctors and other personnel had also been kidnapped by armed groups.  The delegate of France had today said that a truce must be observed.  While that was true, 29 other Council resolutions — including 13 on counter-terrorism — must also be implemented.  The delegate of the United Kingdom had presented horrific tales, but had omitted descriptions of those perpetrated by his own Government in Iraq, Palestine, Libya and even the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).  The Syrian Government had taken seriously and observed all de-escalation initiatives in order to protect the lives of its citizens and stop those “trading with their blood”, he said, calling on all States to sever any ties with terrorist groups in the country.  The Syrian Government retained the right to respond to attacks by such groups, he said, noting that some Council members supported those groups and even practiced State terrorism.

While the Syrian Government continued to practice extreme self-restraint, he said, the violations perpetrated by terrorist groups had become increasingly serious and now threatened the lives of 8 million people in Damascus.  “We bear the responsibility as a State for our citizens, and we have a right to counter-terrorism,” he said.  Syria had exercised its legitimate right, taking measures to protect civilians and allowing the safe exit of civilians.  Describing the White Helmets as the new representatives of the Al-Nusra Front, he called for full respect for his country’s sovereignty and for full consultation with its Government on all matters affecting it.  However, such core international principles were ignored, lost to political whims and double standards when it came to Syria.  Countries must stop spending millions of dollars to support terrorists, he said, noting that to date the United States alone had spent $4 billion in Syria.  Indeed, the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and France must stop devising strategic plans — reminiscent of their colonial times — aimed at dividing his country.  Syria had the right to defend itself according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, he said, emphasizing that double standards based on financial polarization, if unabated, would continue to mar the Organization’s reputation.


During his highly-charged, direct address to the United Nations Security Council where there was a unanimous 15-0 vote for a 30-day ceasefire in all regions of Syria, Bashar Ja’afari publicly states that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened war against his country, and issued a warning of his own in response.

To avert potentially catastrophic escalation of violence in Syria, the Middle East region and beyond, the decades-long criminally aggressive U.S. foreign policy – unwillingly and likely to his distressful regret described by ex-CIA chief James Woolsey as “Num, num, num, num, num…” – must end.

(Thank you to United Nations at YouTube)