The League Of Assad-Loving Conspiracy Theorists

By CJ Hopkins, originally published in CounterPunch

So the global capitalist ruling classes’ War on Dissent is now in full swing. With their new and improved official narrative, “Democracy versus the Putin-Nazis,” successfully implanted in the public consciousness, the corporatocracy have been focusing their efforts on delegitimizing any and all forms of deviation from their utterly absurd and increasingly paranoid version of reality.

The Democratic Party is suing Russia, the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks (seriously … they’ve filed an actual lawsuit in an actual court of law an everything) for launching “an all-out assault on democracy” by publishing the DNC’s emails, “an act of unprecedented treachery,” according to Party Chairman Tom Perez. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, having already spent the last six years in a room in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid being arrested by the British authorities, extradited to the United States, and imprisoned for the remainder of his natural life, has been cut off from the outside world in order to prevent him from further “interfering” with democracy by expressing his opinions.

In Syria, where the “international community” has been battling the “global terrorist threat” by supporting moderate jihadist militias intent on overthrowing the government and establishing a fundamentalist theocracy, the corporate media have been hard at work sanctifying the official story of the “chemical weapons attack” in Douma. According to this story, Bashar al-Assad, an uncooperative brutal dictator whom the corporatocracy has been trying to replace with a more cooperative brutal dictator, dropped a lot of chlorine gas bombs (and possibly sarin, the deadly nerve agent), onto a house full of innocent babies. He did this on the eve of victory over those moderate jihadist militias the “international community” has been supporting in their eight-year attempt to take over his country, slaughter him and his entire family, mount their severed heads on spikes, implement nationwide Sharia law, and then go out hunting homosexuals and heretics to gruesomely behead on YouTube. The evacuation of these freedom fighters was already being negotiated, but Assad didn’t want to miss his last chance to sadistically gas a lot of women and children and have the Western corporate media broadcast his war crimes throughout the world, or something more or less along those lines.

This gratuitous baby-gassing massacre could not be allowed to go unpunished, so Emmanuel Macron and other senior members of the “international community” hauled Trump in off a golf course somewhere (or wrestled him away from the Gorilla Channel) and ordered him to order a completely pointless one hundred fifty million dollar series of “retaliatory” missile strikes on assorted uninhabited buildings containing zero chemical weapons and of absolutely no strategic value. The corporate media and their paid menagerie of military experts and other talking heads took to the airwaves to celebrate this demonstration of international “resolve,” as did investors in Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, as the corporate media needed to immediately turn their attention to aggressively countering the malicious disinformation campaign being waged by the infamous International Putin-Nazi Propaganda Network (i.e., anyone capable of critical thinking). Reports by journalists actually in Syria, like Robert Fisk of The Independent, casting doubt on the official story needed to be strenuously ignored, ridiculed, and delegitimized. Fisk, a respected, award-winning journalist who has covered the Middle East for over four decades, had clearly been duped by his Putin-Nazi minders into publishing pro-Assad propaganda. Just as clearly, any actual Syrians contradicting the official story (which the corporate media had scrupulously fact-checked with the US military and intelligence agencies) had been intimidated into doing so by Putin-Nazi-Assadist death squads.

But Fisk and the Syrians are small potatoes compared to the discord-sowing threat posed by the International League of Assad-Loving Twitter Conspiracy Theorists, a decentralized network of “anti-Western,” “pro-Assad,” extremist traitors led by people like Sarah Abdallah, a shadowy figure whose current whereabouts the BBC is still trying to pinpoint (and presumably report to MI6), and Vanessa Beeley, an independent journalist who writes about Syria for an “extreme right” website, speaks to “fringe groups,” and has appeared on RT, which the BBC is at pains to remind us is a “state-owned” media organization.

This nefarious network of dissension-sowers is also responsible for the “4000 percent increase” in Putin-Nazi propaganda in the wake of the Poisoned Porridge Attack that “Russia” carried out in Salisbury in March, in which operatives allegedly smeared the doorknob of a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter with oatmeal laced with Novichok, “the deadliest nerve agent ever devised,” instead of, well, you know, just shooting the guy, or throwing him out of an upper-floor window. Despite the potency of this lethal nerve agent, which, for some reason, “can only be made in Russia,” both victims are expected to completely recover. Tragically, their cat and guinea pigs, having also managed to survive the attack, were slowly starved to death by the police, presumably out of an abundance of caution.

In any event, according to the diligent, authoritative investigative journalists at The Guardian, following this brazen porridge attack, “automated bots” “based in Russia,” like @Partisangirl and @Ian56789, spread Putin-Nazi disinformation to millions of unknowing Twitter users in an attempt to “undermine the international system” (whatever that’s supposed to mean). As it turns out, @Partisangirl is just a human being and not a robot at all, and @Ian56789 is just a feisty British pensioner who is tired of being routinely lied to by the government and the corporate media … unless, of course, he’s a sleeper agent just posing as a feisty pensioner, which he hasn’t been able to conclusively disprove to the satisfaction of the corporate media. (Watch Ian being interrogated by a Sky News Russian Bot-Hunting Team and judge his loyalties for yourself!)

These are just a few examples of how the global capitalist ruling classes and their mouthpieces in the corporate media have been generating an atmosphere of mindless hysteria and paranoia in the service of drawing “a line in the sand” between neoliberalism (i.e., global capitalism) and any and all forms of dissent therefrom. They’ve been at this, relentlessly, for almost two years now, since they recognized they were being confronted with a bona fide widespread “populist” insurgency against the hegemony of global capitalism, not just in the Greater Middle East, but right in the heart of the Western empire.

I’ve been writing about this since 2016, so I’m not going to try to rehash all that here. The short version is, Western societies are being divided into two opposing camps … two extremely broad ideological camps, both of which encompass the traditional political division into left and right. Let’s call camp number one “the Normals” (i.e., those who support and conform to the values and ideology of global capitalism, regardless of whether they identify as conservatives, liberals, neoliberals, neoconservatives, or anything else). Let’s call camp number two “the Extremists” (i.e., those opposing global capitalism, or not conforming to its ideology, regardless of whether they identify as socialists, communists, anarchists, fascists, anti-fascists, jihadists, or whatever).

While, of course, real political conflict still takes place within each of these two broad camps, the global capitalist ruling classes are less concerned with the “left/right” equation than they are with “Normal/Extremist” equation. This is the battle they are fighting currently. Short some sort of miraculous event, it is a battle they are going to win. They are going to win it by demonizing anyone opposing global capitalism as one or another form of “extremist” … an Islamic terrorist, an Antifa terrorist, a white supremacist, a Black identity extremist, an anti-Semite, a conspiracy theorist, an Assad apologist, a Russian bot, a Putin-Nazi propagandist … or whatever. It doesn’t really matter which labels they use. The point is, anyone not conforming to the global capitalist version of reality is an enemy of all that is normal and good.

In an atmosphere of mass hysteria and paranoia (like the one we’re living in at the moment), the authorities’ narratives do not have to make sense, or stand up to any type of real scrutiny. Their primary purpose is not to deceive, but rather, to demarcate an ideological territory of acceptable belief, expression, and emotion to which “normal” people are expected to conform. Beyond the boundaries of that territory lies the outer darkness of “abnormality” and “extremism,” which no “normal” person wants anything to do with. To avoid being cast into this outer darkness, people will conform to the most absurd and paranoid nonsense you can possibly imagine. The global capitalist ruling classes know this, which is why they don’t care if you disprove their narratives on Twitter or some “disreputable” website they’ve rendered virtually invisible anyway. They are not debating the facts or the truth … they are marking the boundaries of that “normal” territory, and herding frightened people into it.

This article in Haaretz by Alexander Reid Ross, a lecturer at Portland State University who has been publishing (or attempting to publish) a series of rather paranoid pieces smearing people he disagrees with as neo-Strasserist sleeper agents, provides an extreme but clear example of what Western governments and the corporate media have been doing, albeit on a much subtler level. Read the piece through if you can possibly stand it. You will be told how people like Michael Savage, Rania Khalek, Alex Jones, Breitbart’s entire UK office, Cenk Ugyur, Max Blumenthal, Caitlin Johnstone, Glenn Greenwald, The Nation‘s Stephen F. Cohen, Tucker Carlson, Vanessa Beeley (again), various British fascists, Jeremy Corbyn, and that modern-day Rasputin, Lyndon LaRouche, are all parts of the insidious Putin-Nazi plot to … well, I’m not sure, exactly, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with killing Jews and gassing babies.

Would you like to be associated with people like that … Assad-loving, Putin-supporting Nazis? No? Then stop and think very carefully before sharing, “liking,” or commenting on this essay.

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C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at or


toady bigkahuna Fri, 04/27/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

This is easy.

Anyone who agrees with me is a mild, moderate, easy to get along with, gentleman.

Anyone who disagrees with with me is a raving lunatic that needs to be put down.

Like a Carlin said, anyone driving slower than me is an idiot, and anyone driving faster than me is a maniac.

I am perfect, everyone else is wrong.

I am the walrus.


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FBaggins beepbop Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

Informative article. Thank you ZH. The ruling elites keep us divided in more ways than one. They the use the most "extreme" evil and corrupted means to attain their ends, and they now brand anyone challenging their authority as an "Extremist".   So if you are a truther or simply say the last Syrian gas attack was obviously another false-flag attack perpetrated by our ruling elites like 9/11 then you are an "Extremist".  Well, first all they should start becoming a little more worried than they are, because there are now a lot of Extremists out there, knowing the truth about more and more things which are going on and which have gone on. There days are numbered because more are more people are becoming ready to use not only information but also effective means to right things and get rid of the evil in our midst.

However, in this new movement of informed populism, the establishment should not count on people identifying themselves with their nomenclature or classifications - like the Extreme Justice Front - or the Party of  Extremists Americans  - or Extremist Party of Canada (a total oxymoron). Rather populists will simply continue to brand the establishment, their politicians, parties, intelligence agencies, and their MSM as what they actually are - lying, corrupt,  dissembling, murdering, plundering, thugs and crooks. They are the extreme evils of the world. 

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johnnycanuck Disgruntled Goat Fri, 04/27/2018 - 20:21 Permalink

What matters now is that people see who is coming out of the closet to further the division of Syria agenda.

The Western cabal, Gulf Sheiks plus Israel have burned through the local hoodlums and those with a legitimate grievance, the salafist extremists from neighboring countries and the mercenary Wahhabi crackpots from around the world, so now the curtain is drawn and the real organizers of the horror have stepped out and shown their faces to the world.

It's sad, bigly sad.

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bigkahuna BennyBoy Fri, 04/27/2018 - 20:57 Permalink

If you are in the ussa - you are in this group by default. Everything is bullshit. Either we believe in the bs, it is a conspiracy, or we use logic to fill in the blanks - gets closer to the truth. There is no leadership - heck, people in general have lost sight of what leadership is - today's "leadership" is a self serving pole dance. The tube snake boogie.

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el buitre bigkahuna Fri, 04/27/2018 - 22:19 Permalink

Most people on this site probably know this, but it is documented history that the "conspiracy theory" meme was a documented psy-ops by the CIA in 1967 to shut down people who had figured out that the CIA was the operational coordinating arm that murdered JFK.  Young Poppy making his bones taking orders on site from Allen Dulles.  The actual white paper was released years ago from a FOIA request.  I wonder what happened to the CIA clerk who fucked up?

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LaugherNYC Disgruntled Goat Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:14 Permalink


America, freedom prosperity=bad

Russia, Assad, tyranny = good

Do you all seriously believe ANYONE even ONE real non-troll person does not understand that Vlad needs to distract the Russian people from the cluster fuck that is the Russian “economy?” And create a bogeyman “enemy” out to destroy Mother Russia??


Is that why Vlad is so busy funneling the RUssian treasury to his private bank accounts in Switzerland and Cyprus, anywhere but RUSSIA?? So that he will be ready for the apocalypse??

Is that why he spends money and forces Russians to contribute their savings to building NUCLEAR BOMB SHELTERS under your cities?? As if a nuclear war is SURVIVABLE?

Think for a moment. The average American General makes over $200k a year, has the best health care in the world for free for himself and his family for their lives, a huge pension, and the respect of his country. If he leaves the military, great Jobs paying into the millions weait in the private sector. Their kids go to the best colleges, and have bright futures living in wealthy America. Here, we live in big homes, have too much food - so much people get fat, sports, cars = the best of everything, and the best it has ever been in the history of mankind.



Guess what? The Americans, the Jews, the British — we all have wonderful, comfortable lives. Life in America is so good, everyone everywhere wants to come live here. Yes, we have poor people, but their numbers shrink every year. We face financial issues, but this country is so big, so productive, so energetic (work the longest hours of any people on Earth) that we will overcome these issues.

Bit VLAD, Criminal Overlord Of Russia says we want something YOU have, and are willing to cause the end of mankind in a firestorm to get it.  Do you not see him in his $7,000 suits, his $250,000 watches, his $50 million yacht, his dachas, his shareholding’s in all major Russian companies, his vast anonymous and proxy accounts at every offshore bank? The Good Christian with his young girlfriends, his murdering of opponents, imprisonment of anyone who speaks against him, assassination of former agents (oh, right, the UK needed a false flag attack so they could....what, again?)

his funding and arming of the Middle East’s most brutal dictator, who, yes, gasses his own people to remind them of the price for opposing him, now that he has his big buddy Vlad to destroy his opposition. THIS is the great leader you believe when he tells you America wants to destroy Russia.

Believe me, there is not a thing NOT ONE THING that Russia has that America wants. We even have our own oil now. Russia has developed nothing of value except criminal software code. Most excellent. Maybe some advanced weapons as the treasury emptied. The US doesn’t want to TAKE Middle East oil. If we did, we would have just taken Iraq’s fields and never left.

But keep posting this crap. Keep trying to convince people. Maybe if it works,you will get what you want - which is —what? Oh right, for VLAD to take territory and resources ME, to force the Soviet states back under HIS power, so that VLAD can be all powerful.

Fine. If the Russians want to dominate the world, enslave people, and put an end to liberal democracies and freedom, just say so. But please, stop pretending to be so damn put upon. Fuck Off and live in PEACE.


and now, let the troll dowvotes begin. There will be no refutation, because the truth is abundantly clear.

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Shemp 4 Victory LaugherNYC Sat, 04/28/2018 - 04:40 Permalink

America, freedom prosperity = myth

Russia, Assad, Xi = hope for the future of humanity

Remainder of comment reads like a greatest hits medley of US citizen cheap propaganda.

One of the most shocking events in this new century is the decrease in quality of propaganda.

Where is good propaganda?

Good propaganda leaves doubt, allows not to show a hand. It is not a call "show your beliefs in our drivel to prove your loyalty to us. You know we are lying and we know you know. Accept our lies and you will be accepted among us."

Time to work, propagandists, because the quality level of drivel vomited is low, extremely low.

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land_of_the_few Shemp 4 Victory Sat, 04/28/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

Well part of the problem is that education in the West isn't what it was, standards have slipped badly, so the people who actually compose the posting materials are really pretty confused about the world, economics and their place in history, and even have problems with simple things like critical thinking, and composing text that actually makes any sense. These are common problem in the West now with most people under the age of 55 or so. Cultural and educational degeneration.

Plus the people copy-pasting the propaganda are probably living in a frozen shithole "country" which survives on EU or NATO soup-kitchen economics.They may idolize the West, but they will never understand its language, far less its culture or history. Or even their own region's culture or history, which has centuries of better educated, more productive, more civilized times, as a proper functioning imperial province under various masters (WWII doesn't count as "functioning"), with actual trade and a real economy in the past.

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Vuke LaugherNYC Sat, 04/28/2018 - 04:45 Permalink

"this country is so big, so productive, so energetic (work the longest hours of any people on Earth) that we will overcome these issues."

Is this not equivalent to slavery?  I gather you do not like Russians for some reason.  I have known many and disagree. They have produced some of the world's greatest writers, musicians, philosophers and scientists, were first in space and defeated at great cost the ugly vision of Nazi Germany.  All this without the luxury of printing the world's reserve currency.

If Vlad is seizing all state earnings how is it Russia is able to buy so much gold? I cannot begin to imagine the BS virus that infects your mind.


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FBaggins Disgruntled Goat Sat, 04/28/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

NO. Sorry Disgruntled Goat you are wrong. Our Western nations who for Zio interests, bankster interests, pilster interests, pipe-line interests and OWN all of the death instruction, and WE THE PEOPLE are responsible for our nations, but all we do is complain and point the finger. If we were really against the bullshit we would get the MSM completely out of our live, form independent populist parties and storm legislatures everywhere. Then once ih power there would be real accountability, and shit like Iraq and Syria would not ever occur again. 

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LaugherNYC Disgruntled Goat Sat, 04/28/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

"the era of mass hysteria we now live in..."

The only mass hysteria is in the country that is building nuclear bomb shelters and telling its people America will bomb them.

In America, children go to school, play sports, enjoy life. No one is planning to nuke anyone.

In Russia, families pay 500 hard-earned roubles to build these fantasy shelters, so that Vlad can seek to dominate the world, and tell everyone the world will end if he doesn't.

Then the troll army comes forth to say there is some Zionist plot to control the Universe. Hey, take it from an American Jew, the only thing the world's Jews are interested in is surviving, and not having our kinsmen in Israel annihilated by some crazed Muslims backed by the Russian billionaire madman. Unlike Trump, he really is  worth $10 billion. In ONE account. 

Why don't the Russian people simply ask themselves: why would rich, prosperous, comfortable, healthy, happy people with the largest economy, best health care, surpluses in agriculture and farming, nearing energy independence, with the best standard of living in the world, and their fellows in Western Europe who live much the same, want to risk another world war?

Did the US or the liberal democracies start WWI or WWII? Did they GAIN ANYTHING from them? Did they CONFISCATE anything from Germany or Japan when they ended? Did the US reach out to Russia, only to be rubuked by Stalin as he sought to dominate Eastern Europe - which he DID, and brought the Iron Curtain and a generation of gloom to Russia and the Soviet republics?

This myth of the US/Israel/"Rothschild" axis of evil is just the old "THE JEWS DID IT" that genocidal maniacs always fall back on. No, the Jews didn't do shit. They were given a homeland after a ruinous war, and the Muslims couldn't even let them have their tiny patch of desert. Then the Muslims attacked every time they could. The Israelis won every time, and finally, they decided they needed a buffer. Personally, I think settlements are a mistake but, hey, if your neighbors are going to shoot at you and try to exterminate you anyway, may as well try to spread the prosperity, the civilization, a little bit wider. Maybe the Arabs will one day see how the Israelis live and realize it would be better to emulate them and live in peace, rather then constantly try to destroy them.

The stupid inaninty of the trolls - 9/11 was a staged attack by the Jews or the CIA as an excuse to invade Iraq. Right. We needed an attack so we could blow $2 trillion and thousands of lives to change the regime in Iraq, rescue Kuwait, and then just hand everything back to them - all the oil, bank accounts, cash. We destroy Iran's sworn enemy, and even give them billions in cash that they had in our banks and forfeited as sponsors of terrorism, and they thank us by arming to the teeth, and now moving into Syria to expand their influence with Russia and threaten -who else? Those nasty Israelis over there. I mean, it's not like we couldn't see it coming. But Americans always believe people will do the right thing. So we do. Who would have said or done squat if the US said, now that we have a half a million troops and the world's most potent military over here, why don't we just set up shop, start pumping oil and rename this place Americaoilistan? Nobody, that's who. Instead, we trust the mullahs and the Russians to do the right thing. As if.


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Chupacabra-322 Boris Alatovkrap Fri, 04/27/2018 - 21:08 Permalink

@ Boris,


Remember Five points:


1. Isreal will fight to the very last American Soldiers Death.

2. The Zionist screams in Pain as he Stikes you.

3.The Yinon Plan.

4.Operation TALPIOT.

5. Qatari Pipeline Petro Dollar Vs. Russia / China Petro Yaun.


One bright aspect is the Anti-Isreal / Jew Zionist movement is gaining steam.  More & more Individuals are speaking openly against Israel’s War Crimes, False Flag involvements, The Yinon Plan along with Pro Zionist immigrantion policy of migrating Muslim’s &  Arabs to the EU & US without fear of retribution.  Pro migration policy which supports territory boarder expansion via the Yinon Plan & ethnic cleansing & migration of Arabs & Muslim’s. 

Not to mention the Billions in US foreign aid, AIPAC, ZioNeoConFascist NGO’s & dual Israeli Citizen’s which hold Political Office in CONgress.  Which must be outlawed.  


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DemandSider Boris Alatovkrap Fri, 04/27/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

Yup. So is the illegal Genie Energy operation in Israel occupied Syrian land in The Golan Heights. If any of your children are in the service, please tell them to be patriots and quit immediately, before Operation Hog Feed begins in full force. No, really, they should be paying these dopes to fight their wars for them, not the tax payers.

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