Some truth on Syria

I met a woman yesterday afternoon who just arrived from a six month mission in Syria with Médecins Sans Frontières. Our group of Celtic supporters fell in with her and her friend at a downtown bar and it came up that she had just arrived from Syria two weeks ago. I will call her ‘A’. As soon as we started talking I could see her relief at having finally met someone who had a perspective on Syria close to watch she actually experienced there. She kept saying, “I LOVE this man!” and “You’re the first person since I’ve arrived who hasn’t made me feel crazy!”. (Apart from the friend she was with, that is.)

A’s problem since her arrival is that all her friends and family know about Syria is what they get from mainstream sources, and so apart from having to deal with coming back from a war zone, she’s back home and no one is anywhere close to being informed on the real situation in Syria. In fact, they are misinformed. She did not strike me as a political person, just a social worker who wants to make a difference and went to Syria to work with children. She has heartbreaking stories to tell about what these children are going through. Imagine you were 7 years old when the Syrian War started, and now you are 14 years old and the war is still on and half your life all you’ve known is the violence and trauma of war. What does that do to a child? Of course, it’s happening just about anywhere the U.S., U.K. and NATO decide on their fake “humanitarian interventions”, but it’s not every day one gets to listen to a person who was actually working with these children, day-in, day-out. And just think about this: the children of Gaza. What do we do for them? We give money and arms to their oppressors.

I have posted quite a bit here on Syria over the years, and what she had to say about what she saw and experienced there generally confirms much of what I’ve posted, which is mostly based on what people who have actually been there have reported anyway. It isn’t a civil war in Syria, it’s a proxy war funded by the usual (US/UK/NATO) suspects and justified by the massive war propaganda machine known as the “mainstream media”. Most of the “freedom fighters” aren’t Syrian, and are far from being “moderate rebels”, but rather of the type we call “ISIS”. We have other names for them, but that’s pretty much what they are. What is going on in Syria is yet another crime against humanity perpetrated by so-called “good guys”, the same “good guys” who are allied with Saudi Arabia and who support Israel no matter what they do. The sooner we disabuse ourselves of the notion that Western powers have any moral high ground, and that the Western mainstream media actually tells the truth when it comes to the ludicrous notion of “humanitarian interventions”, the better.

And if we want to get an idea of the truth, we should at least ask “Who benefits?”, and then start listening to what the people on the ground are telling us in any given situation, not war propagandists sitting comfortably in studios in London, New York, or Washington.

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Blue or Black Dress? Laurel or Yanny? Why Do We Care?

February 2015 Headline:

“The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress”

May 2018:

“Laurel or Yanny? What science has to say”

Me:
“It’s all complete and utter nonsense! As our heads are about to explode from the massive propaganda assault on our minds, they give us this:

‘The Internet is divided over a (black or blue) dress!’
‘The Internet is divided over whether it’s (Laurel or Yanny)!’
‘Please, SCIENCE, tell us what is true! You ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH!’

Meanwhile, we’re being gaslighted by just about every mainstream media outlet in the English language about just about anything that matters.”

Some Facts on the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights

Report Traces “Neutral” Syria War Observer SOHR Funding to UK Foreign Office

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been funded to the tune £194,769 by the U.K. Foreign Office, ostensibly for “communications equipment and cameras”, which might be a euphemism for “propaganda stuff”. It’s also a one-man show with the ‘man’ – Ossam Suleiman – frequently operating under the pseudonym Rami Abdurrahman. Suleiman lives in Coventry and operates the SOHR on a part-time basis and makes his living primarily working for a local clothing shop. The NYT has described him as “The man behind the casualty figures in Syria”. His massive network in Syria consists of four people. He has not been to Syria since 2000. Yet when journalists on the ground in Syria tell you what they see and what people living there see, you’re not supposed to listen to them, you’re supposed to listen to the numbers and reports the SOHR provide the mainstream media from the Coventry home of Suleiman. You won’t find any of this on the Wikipedia article for the SOHR, but that’s not a surprise. Wikipedia has long been part of the war machine’s “infowar”, but they too are ramping up their role in the infowar. Also worth reading on the subject of Wikipedia’s clear bias with respect to anti-war journalists and activists, see Craig Murray’s The Philip Cross Affair. What a time to be alive!

As if on cue, Facebook announce “election partnership” with the Atlantic Council

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The “infowar” is now on.

Today the Facebook “newsroom” announced on Twitter that Facebook is now in an “election partnership” with the Atlantic Council . Who are the Atlantic Council? They’ve been described as the marketing arm of the “military-security complex”, and judging from their sales brochure entitled Arming for Deterrence: How Poland and NATO Should Counter a Resurgent Russia, it’s hard to argue that point.

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Their donors list also includes UAE, NATO, four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs,  Google, the State Department, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and the usual assorted banks and other companies with military contracts.

Facebook says it’s very “excited” about the partnership, which they say will “get Facebook real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.”.

Further:

Facebook will also use the Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other highly sensitive moments. This will allow us to focus on a particular geographic area — monitoring for misinformation and foreign interference and also working to help educate citizens as well as civil society.”.

What this amounts to is this: Facebook is teaming up with the PR arm of NATO to police Facebook posts, users, and various pages.

Read Caitlin Johnstone’s May 3 article Atlantic Council Explains Why We Need To Be Propagandized For Our Own Good to get an idea of what this partnership might have in store for us. It’s a scathing critique of The Atlantic Council’s Elisabeth Braw’s We Need a NATO for Infowar. Within two weeks of Braw’s declaration, Facebook announce they are at the frontline of Braw’s infowar. So now not only are they a component of the global surveillance state, they will now play the key role in the censorship of information and propagandizing of citizens the world over.

From the announcement:

“Facebook is investing heavily to prevent our service from being abused during elections. We’re doubling the number of people who work on safety and security and using technology like artificial intelligence to more effectively block fake accounts – the source of many bad ads and a lot of misinformation. In addition, we’re more actively working with outside experts, governments and other companies because we know that we can’t solve these challenges on our own. For example, last month we announced an independent commission to help fund and organize research into the impact of social media on society — starting with elections.”

The war has been declared. We’ve been in it for a while now, and it’s been ramped up to insane levels in 2018, but now, they’ve made it official. Battle come down!

 

The Skripal Case: DSMA Notice on Pablo Miller

Revealed: rebranded D-Notice committee issued two notices over Skripal affair

Background: The Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury on 4 March. Sergei Skripal was a double-agent and was paid money to out other Russian agents. He was eventually caught and sentenced to 13 years in prison for high treason. After serving three years, he was released to the U.K. in a spy swap. That’s pretty much par for the course in the spy world.

His MI6 handler was Pablo Miller. Shortly after the poisoning story broke, it emerged that Miller works for his former MI6 boss Christopher Steele’s Orbis Intelligence, the group responsible for the so-called “Steele Dossier”, and lives in Salisbury. Most of this was first reported by The Telegraph on 7 March, but that it was referring to Pablo Miller was an open secret. Hours after the Telegraph report was published, the U.K. government issued a ‘Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Committee’ Notice. While having no legal force, the committee that issued the notice is made up of 15 representatives of the U.K. media, along with 5 from the government. The DSMA notice issued by the committee is basically a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the media and the government that the “identifies (sic) of intelligence agency personnel associated with Sergei Skripal” not be revealed. Yet it was widely known that Miller lived in Salisbury and that he was Skripal’s handler. What the DSMA Notice really served to do was ensure that Miller and Steele would never be part of the story, when they are very much a part of it. As the writer puts it, “It is a standing rebuke to the notion that journalism should question power, that 15 senior media people should agree to sit on this censorship committee.”

Caitlin Johnstone: How to Silence RT Forever

How To Silence RT Forever

The solution is so simple even a child could understand the logic. Would they ever consider it? Not on your life. In short:

“Allow leftist and antiwar perspectives to be voiced on western mainstream media.”

Find me a single prominent voice in the mainstream western media who has been against the endless “humanitarian” wars being waged by the U.S. and its NATO lapdogs and I might change my mind. As it stands, RT are the only outlet for those voices with a decent budget. Since the criminal invasion of Iraq, where there was a galvanized anti-war movement, the war mongers have been slowly but surely tightening their grip and silencing anyone who dares to defy their fake “humanitarianism”.

Iran did 9/11? C’Mon!

US Court Finds Iran Liable for 9/11

This is so crazy I don’t know even to know where to start. Iran were never in the picture until the families of the 9/11 victims started pressing for a suit against the Saudis. Now that makes sense, since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The U.S. authorities weren’t going to allow their Saudi allies to be named in a lawsuit even though there is some evidence indicating Saudi involvement, but Iran? Nothing as far as I know, and up until the lawsuit filed against the Saudis, Iran didn’t figure into any 9/11 narrative, official or otherwise. What this ruling does is protect the Saudis.

More on this suit by Kristen Breitweiser here:

https://consortiumnews.com/…/the-ploy-to-shift-911-blame-t…/

She’s one of the 9/11 widows who pressed for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and was part of the suit against the Saudis.