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War of words on British left over how to deal with Syrian uprising against Assad regime
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A demonstration against the regime of Bashar al Assad over the weekend in Homs, Syria. Are these people dupes of an American plot, as some on the British left claim? (-/AFP/Getty Images)

The Guardian is well-known as a newspaper on the left of the political spectrum. As a sideline, and wholly unrelated to his work for the paper, The Guardian's Middle East editor Brian Whitaker runs the website al-Bab, to "introduce non-Arabs to the Arabs and their culture. Western explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries portrayed the Arab world as a strange, exotic and sometimes terrifying place. Al-Bab seeks to portray the Arab world neither as an object of fear nor as a cultural curiosity - fascinating though it may be."

It is worth checking out al-Bab from time to time but today especially so. Whitaker introduced me to a new term "Zio-American plot." That's what Syria's official news agency calls the uprising against the Assad regime.

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