[Marxism] Prestigious journal pulls paper about chemical attack in Syria after backlash | Science | AAAS

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 15 06:04:30 MDT 2019

In an about-face, a prestigious journal has decided not to publish a 
controversial paper that casts doubt on the Syrian government's 
responsibility for a 2017 chemical attack that killed more than 80 
people. Science and Global Security (SGS) had originally accepted the 
paper, but reversed itself after a backlash from scientists who accused 
one of the authors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor 
emeritus Ted Postol, of pushing conspiracy theories.

“The Editors have decided to return this manuscript to the authors 
without prejudice and not proceed further with considering it for 
publication,” an update posted on the journal's website on Saturday says.

Postol, one of 17 members of SGS's editorial board, calls the decision 
“totally wrong and untenable” and says he has resigned from the board. 
(He has not been involved in deliberations about the paper, he says.)


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