Handing Out Sweets: How British Propaganda Steers Events in West Asia

Kit Klarenberg Menwith Hill is a vital part of the sprawling global surveillance network maintained by America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ. The dome-shaped radomes pictured here hide listening antenna. Photo Credit: The Cradle Whitehall contractor, Global Strategy Network, is founded and led by an MI6 veteran. Its West Asia propaganda operations include the Soleimani assassination…

Bellingcat Funded by US and UK Intelligence Contractors that Aided Extremists in Syria

Kit Klarenberg Supposedly “independent” website Bellingcat raked in money from scandal-ridden Western intelligence firms that wreaked havoc – and reaped massive profits – in Syria. Since its launch in July 2014, the self-styled open-source investigations website Bellingcat has cemented itself as a darling of mainstream Western media, with its dives into alleged Syrian government chemical…

Double Cross: How Lebanon’s Military Intelligence Spies for London

Kit Klarenberg British security contractor, Torchlight, supplies the technology to capture sensitive information on Lebanese citizens for the Lebanese army’s military intelligence agency. Photo Credit: The Cradle Torchlight, a British security contractor with high-level security clearances from the UK government, has access to the Lebanese Army’s military intelligence unit and its data files on Lebanese…

Meet the Anglo-Turkish Oil Company with an Iron Grip on KRG Oil

Hedwig Kuijpers Anglo-Turkish oil company Genel Energy has been the front-runner for Kurdish oil contracts and is unprepared to let go. Photo Credit: The Cradle The Kurdistan Regional Government has sold its soul to Turkish oil predators and Iraq is paying the price. Genel Energy is one such company, and the debt it has generated…

Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (PART I)

Niloufer Bhagwat Parallels between Afghanistan historical and political developments and the Middle East The decision of the United States of America to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan is not sudden, as propagated by its allies in Europe and South Asia. The decision was first announced more than a year ago, after which negotiations began…

How Britain Infiltrates Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces

Kit Klarenberg UK Foreign Office leaks document a long-term British effort to infiltrate and influence Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, currently via Siren Associates. Photo Credit: The Cradle Leaked Foreign Office documents show, since 2008, a British government-funded program has infiltrated Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) at every level. The Cradle Editor’s note: The leaked British…

Britain’s Secret Propaganda War in Lebanon

Kit Klarenberg Leaks show the UK’s Foreign Office has directed influence operations targeting Lebanon’s youth and civil society to shape the direction of mass protests in service of British interests. The Cradle Editor’s note: The leaked British Foreign Office documents described in this investigation first surfaced in December 2020 and were covered in local Arabic-language media,…

Complicity in Terror

Patrik Paulov In the second of a two-part series, PATRIK PAULOV examines how two court cases highlight the role of Sweden and Britain in supporting extremist groups in Syria In the  autumn of 2015, a trial in the Swedish city of Gothenburg received a lot of attention. Two men from Gothenburg were charged with terrorist…

How a Network of UK Intel-Linked Operatives Helped Sell Every Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Kit Klarenberg While Western media covers up their credibility issues, these pseudo-experts and spooks have helped drive the dirty war on Syria. A tight-knit cast of characters has sought to destabilize the Syrian government by convincing Syrians, Western citizens, foreign states, and international bodies that the CIA-backed Free Syrian Army is a legitimate, “moderate” alternative,…

38 British Watchtowers Span Lebanon’s Borders: Who Are They Watching?

Elijah J. Magnier Ostensibly built to monitor ISIS, the UK erected dozens of watchtowers along the Lebanese-Syrian border. But ISIS is long gone, so who are they really watching? The UK has constructed dozens of sophisticated watchtowers on the Lebanese–Syrian border in recent years. Ostensibly, the initial pretext was that the reason for the construction of…