Syria

President Maduro: “The Venezuelan People Do Not Want Violence or Foreign Military Intervention”

On March 17, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, met with the US Peace Council delegation for over an hour, speaking on issues related to the recent power outage, how the Venezuelan people responded, and the US draconian policies against Venezuela.

I filmed around 10 minutes of our over hour long meeting. What President Maduro had to say about US policies against, and obsession with, Venezuela is accurate, and reminds me of their same grotesque policies and propaganda against Syria, Libya, Iraq, Cuba…

Western corporate media will never allow leaders of the nations the US is targeting to speak freely, because that might allow a Western audience to think for themselves, based on the leader’s words and not on corporate media’s propaganda.
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Eva Bartlett on “The silenced voices of the Syrian people”

In February 2019, I joined a very informative panel of journalists and activists speaking on a variety of current and important issues, including control of media and their role in war propagandizing–along with NGOs, Syria, the White Helmets, and much more. I traveled after that panel and have been busy working on a number of things since, so didn’t have the chance to share this till now.

Here is my segment, during which I present examples of Syrian voices ignored by media and some of media’s blatant lies, contrasting what I saw and heard on the ground on 11 trips to Syria.

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Kirill Vyshinsky, Imprisoned in Ukraine for Practicing Journalism (radio interview)

Very grateful to Phil Taylor of The Taylor Report for having me on the show yesterday to speak about the case of Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without trial in Ukraine since May 2018. [LISTEN HERE]
The Taylor Report writes:
“Feat. Eva Bartlett, independent journalist and rights activist, author of ingaza.wordpress.com
 
Phil interviews Eva Bartlett concerning her interviews with broadcaster/journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, and his lawyer, Andriy Domanskyy.
 
Vyshinsky has been in custody in Kiev, Ukraine, since May 2018 without trial. Human rights groups have had little to say about Vyshinsky, since they practice a double-standard when journalists are perceived as political adversaries of the West.
 
Vyshinsky has been charged with high treason by Ukrainian security forces though the news agency he leads, RIA Novosti Ukraine, publishes a wide range of articles by journalists both for and against the current government of Ukraine, which was installed by a US-supported coup in 2014.
 
Bartlett discusses the many irregularities of Ukrainian justice in Vyshinsky’s case. She also investigates the possibility that his continuing incarceration might be connected with the upcoming Ukrainian election, and the scheme to try to swap Vyshinsky for a Ukrainian charged with espionage in Russia.”
Note: My interview with Andriy Domansky will be published on Mint Press News in the next day or two.
 

Please see the following related links:
 

“They Just Want Me in Prison”: MintPress Interviews Jailed Ukrainian Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky
 
Media Ignores the Plight of Kirill Vyshinsky: A Russian Journalist Imprisoned Without Trial in Ukraine   Eva Bartlett speaks with journalist Vladimir Rodzianko (Владимир Pодзянко) Rodzianko on the detention of Кирилл Вышинский by Ukraine since May 2018.

Release Imprisoned Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky (petition)

old Aleppo shop owner: Just leave us in peace and we will re-build

More from my January 2019 re-visit to Aleppo, Syria.
 
Again in the old city of Aleppo, and around the Citadel, I speak with civilians about life, take footage from a city ravaged by terrorism but rebuilding, and add a bit of footage from November 2016 where the person I was with told me terrorists burned the old souq before leaving.
 
Shop owner:
“This is not my work. My work, I have a factory for bottling olive oil, in Idlib.” [When was the last time you saw it?] “Before 8 years.”

Radio Sputnik ‘The MSM shows a double standard when reporting on Syria’ – Eva Barlett

On Sputnik the other day to address the latest from a BBC producer on Douma.

Sputnik writes:

“On April 14th 2018, Britain, France and the US launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for what they had said was a chemical attack staged by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on the Syrian town of Douma. Reports at the time had alleged that up to 500 people had attended hospital on 7th April with ‘signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals’.

The main evidence cited was video footage of a hospital which claimed to show victims of a sarin or chlorine gas attack. Together with photographs of supposed gas cylinders, this visual evidence was held up by the international community as irrefutable proof that the Syrian government had been responsible for gassing its own people. Despite skepticism from various experts on the genuine nature of the footage, calls from the Russian government to treat the evidence with caution and the fact that the OPCW found no concrete evidence of a chemical weapons’ attack at the Douma site, western leaders and media continued to push the narrative that the Syrian leader was indeed to blame.

Now a BBC Syria producer, Riam Dalati, has revealed on Twitter that he believes the footage of people being treated after the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged.

Sputnik spoke to journalist Eva Bartlett, for her take on this admission by a BBC journalist.”

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/the-msm-shows-a-double-standard-when-reporting-on-syria-eva-barlett
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Interviewing Defense Lawyer For Journalist Imprisoned in Ukraine Since May 2018

Two days ago in Kiev, I interviewed Andriy Domanskyy, lawyer of imprisoned Ukrainian-Russian journalist #KirillVyshinsky, arrested by Ukrainian authorities in May 2018 and held without trial since.
 
Backgrounder on Kirill Vyshinsky:
 
 
Mr. Domansky spoke of dirty tactics used to ensure Vyshinsky remains imprisoned without justice or fair trial (or any trial, period, to be clear), but also noted that intimidation and harassment tactics are being used against journalists in general in Ukraine, and also against lawyers like himself, including the recent raid on his own home.
 
I’m still in transit but will do my utmost to publish this interview in the coming week.
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Highlighting the Peace Damascus Missed for Years When Under Terrorists’ Mortars


As I mentioned at the beginning of this clip, when in Syria as a journalist it usually takes 3 or so days to acquire the necessary permissions to go to areas outside Damascus (or rather, areas outside of Damascus where there is a risk due to presence of terrorists, terrorists bombings, or their landmines).

During this time, instead of loitering I try to interview average Syrian civilians, sometimes artisans, and otherwise love walking alone in the meandering back lanes, absorbing the atmosphere–whether daytime or evening.

People ask me about safety: I feel completely safe walking alone in these lanes. In contrast from my first visit in 2014 to the liberation of eastern Ghouta in 2018, I did not feel safe, nor did Syrian civilians, because at any moment a terrorist-fired mortar might strike, as they did incessantly over the years.
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