Rania Khalek Dispatches from the Underclass

A few weeks ago I participated in a speaking event about Syria and US foreign policy more generally. It was hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action. Below is a video of the conversation. What’s interesting about this event is that there was an attempt to get it canceled organized by a collection of pro-regime change groups and individuals. They even wrote a letter petitioning the organization that was hosting me to cancel it, throwing around vague accusations and misrepresentations of my views. Those of you who follow my work know that I have reported from the ground in Syria and that my understanding of the war there is nuanced and firmly opposed to more violence, which is why I vehemently opposed US intervention and continue to oppose the starvation sanctions that hurt ordinary Syrians today. Whatever your opinion about Syria, even if it is the opposite of mine, I hope we can agree that deplatforming and canceling individuals you disagree with is wrong. That said, it’s obvious that those who want to silence me do so to prevent others from hearing what I have to say because it exposes their pro-war narrative as a lie.

Watch for yourself. And for more information you can find some of my past reporting on Syria here, here, here, here and here.

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