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Truth and Lies of the Syrian Conflict: Conversations with Eva Bartlett, Tom Duggan and Patrick Henningsen. Global Research News Hour episode 212

Recently, I spoke with Michael Welch of Global Research News Hour, for his episode, “Truth and Lies of the Syrian Conflict”.

Michael Welch’s introduction includes:

“The Syrian crisis is once again making headlines. In particular, humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, AVAAZ, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are blaming Syrian and Russian airstrikes for civilian deaths in East Ghoutta while completely ignoring the carnage meted out by rebel factions in the area.

While such respected agencies, as well as supposedly independent media outlets like Democracy Now may fall short of actually endorsing war, the distorted coverage and one-sided humanitarian narratives they relay play into the hands of the military interventionists.

This week’s installment of the Global Research News Hour returns its gaze to Syria and attempts to provide a fuller picture of what’s happening on the ground and why.

First up is Eva Bartlett. She has visited Syria frequently over the last several years, interviewing numerous people in all parts of Syria. She can attest to the important stories that are being deliberately weeded out of the corporate press. In her conversation with the Global Research News Hour (transcribed below) she details missing reporting about terrorist activities in the country. She also corrects the record on the meme of her being on Russia’s payroll, while disclosing areas where the objectivity of UN and other humanitarian agencies are compromised.

We next hear from Damascus-based journalist Tom Duggan. He speaks about the shelling of schools, hospitals and other non-military targets by militants in East Ghouta and the suffering that has resulted. He also elaborates on the way Western sanctions against Syria have contributed to the humanitarian disaster in the city.

Finally, Patrick Henningsen returns to the program. The geopolitical analyst has been to Syria in the last year. He addresses the actual reasons for U.S. interest in the overthrow and undermining of President Assad. He also gets into Washington’s ‘Plan B’ for Syria and interprets Turkish operations in Afrin, Israeli involvement near Damascus, and Kurdish activity within the north of Syria within that context.”

“Eva Bartlett is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine.

She’s a recipient of the international journalism reward for international reporting from the Mexican Press Club in 2017. Bartlett maintains that the major press have based their assertions about the Syrian conflict on unreliable and partisan sources.”


*Bio & Mexican Press Club Award

*On Bilal Abdul Kareem & Bana al-Abed:

*On doctors in Aleppo: Western corporate media ‘disappears’ over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors

*On Madaya and east Aleppo:

*UN War Propagandizing:

*On terrorists attacks on humanitarian corridor (Castello road) while I was there in November 2016

*On Omran Daqneesh:

*On terrorism that is whitewashed in corporate media:

*Rebuttals to MSM claims and smears:

*On War Propagandizing Human Rights groups:

*Democracy Now & Counter Punch Shills For War:

*On Foua and Kafraya, besieged by terrorists, starving and bombarded:

Elijah J. Magnier: Developments in Ghouta, Afrin, and Corporate Media’s Shameful Reporting on Syria

On March 11, 2018, I was joined again by courageous journalist and analyst, Elijah J. Magnier, who was in Syria. He addressed developments in eastern Ghouta and in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin–where Turkey has been waging an illegal month and a half-long bombardment operation, killing hundreds of Syrian civilians.


RT: “Mainstream media campaign exploits children for regime change”

An excellent report by Dan Cohen on Ghouta, the terrorist factions within, and the surge of truly incredible war propaganda around Ghouta (Aleppo take two).


Cohen notes that corporate media is relying uncritically on sources affiliated with known terrorists, such as Qusay Noor (see below link).

Important mention is that of the “serial harasser , a central figure in the ongoing schemes exploiting Syrian children to stimulate public support for US military intervention.”

Also, around 3:00 into the report, note the part about Kerry admitting allowing ISIS to grow.


UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorists’ Rockets Rain Down on Damascus


*Syrian civilians put in cages and used as human shields by Jaysh al-Islam, the Saudi-backed group near-daily shelling Damascus’ civilians, the group which the West supports as “moderate opposition”.

Feb 26, 2018, Mint Press News

-Eva Bartlett

On February 20, from Amman, Jordan, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, issued a statement of “outrage” titled: “The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus.”

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The “statement” — consisting of blank lines with the preface “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones” — dovetails with corporate media’s increasingly hysterical rhetoric on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, which has been plagued with chemical weapons attacks for over four years, perpetrated by U.S.-backed proxies allied with the Nusra Front attempting to frame the Syrian government with war crimes.

Tunnel Warfare in Syria

Seeing a SANA news update on the discovery of more terrorist tunnels in Syria reminded me to post my collection of short videos and photos from Madaya and al-Tall from June 2017, seeing tunnels terrorists used to move safely underground.
What corporate media told us about Madaya was that the Syrian government was starving civilians. Little to no mention of Ahrar al-Sham, al-Qaeda in Syria and other terrorist factions hoarding the food that entered via many food aid deliveries. In my article following my June 2017 visit to Madaya and al-Waer, I detailed this, as well as the terrorists’ prisons used to try civilians, seeing one their bomb factories–above which was a storage room with their hoarded aid–and the words of civilians saying that the sole reason they had starved was the terrorists’ presence and stealing of food.
MSM and their shills will speak of last doctors, last hospitals, Bana al-Abed (hoax) take 2, and more predictable and transparent war propaganda, but they won’t speak of the actions of their ‘rebels’, which include putting civilians in cages and using as human shields, and incessantly mortaring and shelling Damascus civilian areas, on a near-daily basis, nor of the civilian victims of these attacks, much as the corporate media obfuscated on the ~11,000 civilian victims of such attacks in Aleppo.
But those honestly following Syria know that the liberation of Ghouta will mean a return of peace to its residents and those of areas targeted by terrorists occupying the district.
Related videos on this public post.

Veteran Journalist Elijah Magnier on latest developments in Syria


Published on Feb 14, 2018, Eva K Bartlett

Elijah Magnier is the chief international correspondent at Al Rai and a political and terrorism/counterterrorism analyst, with over 32 years’ experience, including covering Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya & more.

Interview on Press TV: Eva Bartlett: Everything you’ve been told about Syria is a lie

Published on Feb 15, 2018

Independent journalist Eva Bartlett explains how the mainstream media lies about events in Syria.