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Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker

Contributing Editor

Brian Whitaker is a contributing editor at New Lines magazine. He is a former Middle East editor of The Guardian newspaper and author of a new e-book, “Denying the Obvious: Chemical Weapons and the Information War Over Syria.”

Latest from Brian Whitaker

Unaccountable in Lebanon: How a PM’s Killers Got Away With It

Unaccountable in Lebanon: How a PM’s Killers Got Away With It

The investigation into the killing of “Mr Lebanon” was meant to take three months. It took 17 years and cost a billion dollars. Now as the UN-led effort finally comes to an end, what justice has been achieved?

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The Saudi Billionaire Who Sought to Join Britain’s Aristocracy

The Saudi Billionaire Who Sought to Join Britain’s Aristocracy

Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz's climb up the British social ladder began a decade ago with the purchase of a centuries-old Scottish feudal title that meant he could be legally known as the Baron of Abernethy. The title itself had no real significance, but it may explain why he is referred to as “Lord” Mahfouz on his family company’s website.

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The ‘Echo Chamber’ of Syrian Chemical Weapons Conspiracy Theorists

The ‘Echo Chamber’ of Syrian Chemical Weapons Conspiracy Theorists

The real issue here is not so much the denial of chemical attacks as the way it serves as a vehicle for normalizing conspiracy theories under the guise of critical thinking. Admirable though it is to view news reports and government statements with caution and scrutinize the evidence, the denial campaign was something else, encouraging people to reject information at will simply because it didn't fit their view of how the world works.

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