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Archive for 'Syria'

Fisk’s and Hersh’s reporting ignores ordinary Syrians

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a dissident Syrian journalist who spent 16 years in the regime’s prisons, challenges the reporting of Robert Fisk and Seymour Hersh, especially on the regime’s murderous use of chemical weapons.
A reader who relies exclusively on Fisk/Hersh for their understanding of Syria would never know that the Assad regime had used chemical [...]

Looking in all the wrong places

Guest post by DaveM
In 1936 the National Union of Journalists set up a 12-point code of conduct which its members must strive to adhere to. Points 2 through 4 state that a journalist:
• Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
• Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
• Differentiates between fact [...]

Czech orchestra heard in pro-Assad propaganda

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi blogged last year about the pro-Hezbollah, pro-Assad Lebanese Christian singer Julia Boutros, whose martial song “Atlek Neranak” is routinely played on Syrian State TV and on pro-regime YouTube videos.
You can hear it in this recruiting video for Women’s Battalion of the Syrian National Defense Forces:

According to “SovereignSyria,” which posted the video:
Syrian National [...]

Farage-Galloway convergence watch

So if by some horrible sequence of events, Nigel Farage becomes Britain’s next prime minister, will he appoint George Galloway as foreign secretary?
The Guardian reports:
The Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, has broken the consensus inside western intelligence by telling the BBC before his Europe debate with Nick Clegg that he believes the chemical attack in Syria [...]

The bravery of Kamal al-Labwani

Kamal al-Labwani is a democratic opponent of the Assad regime, a former Syrian military doctor who endured a total of eight years in Bashar’s prisons before his release in November 2011.
Now in exile, he recently was interviewed on Orient News TV, an opposition Syrian channel based in Dubai, and spoke in favor of making peace [...]

My upcoming reading tour of Syria

Cross-posted from Kevin Higgins at Mentioning the War

Bashar al-Assad was once rather cruelly described, by Christopher Hitchens, as “the human toothbrush”. There is, undeniably, a certain likeness. Many people don’t like Mr Assad. It’s said of him that he’s a homicidal dictator and even more desperate to stay in office than Alan Shatter. 
Mr Assad is [...]

Syria three years on

Let’s not forget that the Syrian uprising-turned-horror is now entering its fourth year with no end in sight.
It’s appropriate that the US Holocaust Memorial Museum issued a statement to mark the depressing anniversary.
The conflict in Syria is not simply a civil war between opposing armed forces. What started as a democratic uprising has now become [...]

Syrian TV blames you-know-who for crisis in Ukraine

Guest post by DaveM
Wondering what exactly is going on in the Ukraine? Wonder no more as Syrian TV station Al Ikhbaria has all the answers!
They explain it all in their March 8 report entitled “The crisis is an opportunity to make the Jews emigrate to the Occupied Lands”.

No sooner had the flames of the Ukrainian [...]

Weaker than a spider’s web

Guest post by DaveM
On 26 May 2000, shortly after Ehud Barak withdrew the Israeli army from Lebanon’s south, Heznbollah’s general secretary Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech where he uttered these words:

“This Israel which possesses nuclear weapons and has the most powerful air force in the region, by God it is weaker than a spider’s web! [...]

That’s what friends are for

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent “a message of confidence to Venezuela” and “signed agreements on financial support.”
Meanwhile, in a message to Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “expressed his solidarity, on behalf of the Syrian people, with Putin’s efforts to ‘restore security and stability in the friendly country of Ukraine.’”
Assad [...]