• US occupying forces in northern Syria are continuing to plunder natural resources and farmland, a practice ongoing since 2011
  • Recently, US troops smuggled dozens of tanker trucks loaded with Syrian crude oil to their bases in Iraq.
  • The fuel and convoys of Syrian wheat were transported through the illegal settlement of Mahmoudia.
  • Witnesses report a caravan of 69 tankers loaded with oil and 45 with wheat stolen from silos in Yarubieh city.
  • Similar acts of looting occurred on the 19th of the month in the city of Hasakeh, where 45 tankers of Syrian oil were taken out by US forces.
  • Prior to the war and US invasion, Syria produced over 380 thousand barrels of crude oil per day, but this has drastically reduced to only 15 thousand barrels per day.
  • The country’s oil production now covers only five percent of its needs, with the remaining 95 percent imported amidst difficulties due to the US blockade.
  • The US and EU blockade prevents the entry of medicines, food, supplies, and impedes technological and industrial development in Syria.
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      I’m a critical thinker and student of public policy and global society and political discourse?

      I have a deep and lasting dislike of authoritarianism, no matter the political orientation?

      I value media literacy and critical thought?

      I dislike the exploitative trend of capitalism, it believe that ny ultimate purpose is to use my own privilege to try and soften the blow for humanity in whatever small way I can, thinking globally in scope while emphasizing engagement with my own immediate community?

      But really, I’m just weirded out by the attack on critical thought around here, when all I did was question a questionable source. I’m also wondering why the fuck my political orientation is relevant here, and why you think you’re able to condescend to me in such a childish way.

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        I have a deep and lasting dislike of authoritarianism, no matter the political orientation?

        You’re literally the one appealing to the authority of MBFC here, irony is truly dead.

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        This conversation is entirely being driven by you saying irrelevant things and using garbage sources like mediabiasfactcheck.com

        Nobody is stopping you from finding sources that contradict the original posted story. Nobody is stopping you from explaining why the original posted story is wrong.

        Dying on a hill about the usefulness of a glorified amazon review ass source isn’t critical thinking.

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          “Nobody is stopping you from explaining why the original posted story is wrong.”

          Breaking news: There is a teapot orbiting Mercury.

          Use your sources to prove it wrong.

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            I don’t need sources to “debunk” a statement used for demonstrations. But you do need some argumentation to combat claims made by the original story. US troops have been known to engage in questionable behaviour in the past (vast understatement) and in terms of stealing oil, the US government has openly seized oil tankers from other states as well

            The Suez Rajan was carrying more than 980,000 barrels of Iranian crude oil last year when it was seized and the oil confiscated in the U.S. sanctions enforcement operation.

            We also know that various parts of the US security aparatus have peddled drugs and weapons around the world, both to raise money that can be used without congressional approval and to sow instability. For this point, you can find the stories yourself, it is an extensively covered topic.

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              Your distractions will not work against me. Prove there isn’t a teapot orbiting Mercury. I want you to demonstrate for everyone here why that doesn’t make sense.

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                Lmao. Liberals are hilarious. I provide you with arguments and sources that restore the discussion to the topic of the post, and instead of critiquing that, you get stuck on martian orbital teapots. This is exactly what I was talking about in my original comment. Bad faith arguers never advance the discussion in a substantial way, they only derail it with nonsense.