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Ep. 95 Tareq Haddad on the OPCW Scandal on Syria’s Chemical Weapons, and Why He Resigned From Newsweek

Tareq Haddad was a (recently hired) reporter for Newsweek who was repeatedly rebuffed when trying to cover the emerging story of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report on Syria. He eventually resigned. Tareq discusses how the US authorities pressured the OPCW to change the report to fit their desired narrative, and how powerful groups control the media narrative.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. chris on 01/25/2020 at 11:55 AM

    Excellent foray into the murky world of investigative journalism, Bob. This is quite a scoop, especially regarding the discussion about the designated censor in the newsrooms.

    Regarding the Soleimani assassination, one thing which is very clear, is the extremely probable fact that the Saudis were the ones who, probably unknowingly, set up the trap to kill Soleimani, by inviting to meet with him to discuss peace. Considering the level of belligerence of the Turmp administration toward Iran, the likelihood that the ‘peace’ contacts between them and Iran were actually sanctioned by the US, or even more that they were done without US approval, is exactly zero.

    BTW The Contra Cruise Roast ‘commercial’ is absolutely hilarious!!! LOL!!!

    • Robert Murphy on 01/25/2020 at 4:30 PM

      Thanks Chris (on all counts)!

    • chris on 01/25/2020 at 6:42 PM

      .. errr meant to say that the chance that Saudi-Iran contacts were NOT sanctioned by the US was zero, of course. … and that the sole purpose of those ‘peace talks’ was to lure Soleimani to where he could be murdered.

  2. Chad on 02/03/2020 at 2:04 PM

    Really great episode. I am interesting in seeing how the larger story plays out with all these journalists telling of their experiences with this type of censorship to see how pervasive this problem is.

    I wonder how much Tareq is aware that he is venturing into the dangerous waters of the “Intellectual Dark Web”. Also, I think Bob’s idea of a book would be more helpful than another podcast – the mainstream people that need the truth don’t listen to podcasts (but maybe they don’t read either).

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