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*photo: Resilience of Syrians, Old City of Homs, December 2015.

As many readers will know, I have visited Syria four times, between April 2014 and December 2015—independently on a journalist’s visa and as part of two peace delegations. When in Syria as a writer, I visited key places—including liberated Homs and Ma’loula, terror-bombed regions of Homs, and the Yarmouk district, which has been focus of slick propaganda by anti-Syria corporate media and so-called human rights groups—and have conducted numerous interviews, with Syrian political and religious leaders, as well as Syrian civilians.

I have taken many photographs and videos, collected numerous personal testimonies, undertaken my own research and investigations, visited hospitals and refugee centres, and—in every area that I visited—have conversed with Syrians about what they feel is the cause of the problems in Syria, the solution, and on their insistence for Syria’s sovereignty, and on their support for the Syrian Arab Army and their president.

In the months since my last trip, I have been transcribing interviews and testimonies and writing articles based on them, writing about my personal impressions based on my visits to Syria, and challenging the latest corporate media lies and propaganda campaigns.

I will be returning to Syria, as soon as possible, and for that I must ask for financial assistance to make this trip possible. [see:  Syrian Voices Book Project on GoFundMe ]

Why am I compelled to go to Syria?

In order to write a book that prioritizes Syrian voices from Syria: truths from some of the most highly-misrepresented, lied about or plainly ignored areas of Syria.

To do justice to the full spectrum of the stories of Syrians as told by them, it is essential that I visit areas I not previously been to, areas that have been liberated since I was last there and areas that are enduring especially egregious suffering—such as in Aleppo under terrorist bombs.

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Sara Flounders Speech on Syria at Left Forum 2016

In this forum, particularly interesting is the speech given by Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center, on her visits to Syria, on the reasons behind the global war on Syria and the documentation of US planning the destabilization of Syria since at least 2005. Flounders also gives historical context to the lead-up to the 2011-begun war on Syria, as well as the many reasons why the NATO-GCC-Zionist alliance want to destabilize and break apart Syria.

 

Related:

Excerpts from US delegation visit to Syria, Feb 2015, In Gaza

-The Real Syrian Moderates: Voices of Reason (Mufti Hassoun & Dr Bouthaina Shaaban), Mar 15, 2015, Russia Today, in Arabic at Dr. Shaaban’s FB page, Dissident Voice, Uprooted Palestinians, In Gaza

-University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism, Mar 3, 2015, In Gaza

-The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians, Sep 11, 2014, Zero Anthropology, Global Research, Rabble, Dissident Voice, In Gaza

Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria, Oct 10, 2015, Dissident Voice, Syrian Free Press, Sott.net, World News, Uprooted Palestinians, prominent Norwegian blog, Steigan blogger, prominent Swedish blog, Anders Romelsjö Jinge.se *in Polish: Medium Publiczne and Wirtualna Polonia, In Gaza

-Syria Dispatch: Most Syrians Support Assad, Reject Phony Foreign ‘Revolution’, Mar 7, 2016, SOTT.net (in Spanish; in Turkish; republished at: Off Guardian, Dissident VoiceStrategic Culture, Global Research, In Gaza) (cited in: “Western Reporter in Syria Finds U.S.-Backed Fighters Are Jihadists”, Washington’s Blog; “Contrary to West’s Humpty-Dumpty Allusion Syria is ‘Coming Together Again’”, Sputnik News)

-Western media ignoring reality on the ground in Syria: terrorism and anti-Syria sanctions which help terrorists, Mar 3, 2016, Russia Today, (republished at: SOTT.netDissident Voice, 21st Century Wire, Global Research, The Vineyard Saker In Oceania, In Gaza)

-Where is the West’s compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?, Jan 30, 2016, Russia Today ( Global Research, 21st Century Wire, Sott.net, In Gaza)

Ex-Reuters freelancer, published in Mail and Telegraph, pictured with “Hell cannon”

Robert Stuart writes:

Fabrication in BBC Panorama 'Saving Syria’s Children'

Update 18 May 2016: following the publication of this post, all of the images below from Amer Alfaj‘s and Iessa Obied‘s Facebook accounts have been removed/hidden. Obied has also removed further images featuring weaponry which are included in this submission to the Charity Commission.


An image has emerged of a former Reuters freelance photographer and Syrian hospital employee participating in the firing of a “Hell cannon” mortar.

An image in a Facebook album posted by Amer Alfaj – whose photos from Bab al-Hawa on the Syria-Turkey border have been published in The Daily Mail and The Telegraph – shows him attending the preparation of an improvised mortar shortly before it fires a modified propane gas cylinder. Other of Alfaj’s Facebook photos, which date from 2013 when he was employed by Bab al-Hawa hospital [1], celebrate these munitions in repugnant manner.

Amer Alfaj (striped top and baseball cap) attends…

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Concerts at Palmyra represent liberation, resilience, revival

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May 8, 2016, American Herald Tribune

-Eva Bartlett

The momentous Syrian-Russian liberation of world heritage site Palmyra on March 27, 2016, came and went with zero congratulations from world leaders who are supposedly fighting terrorism. Palmyra is an area that was subject to ten months of Da’esh (ISIS) occupation, slaughters, and destruction.

When a delegation of foreign journalists went to Palmyra post-liberation, although scheduled to join the delegation, the four US media outlets are reported to have cancelled the night before. When a delegation of independent visitors went to Palmyra still not long after, the information in accounts they shared until now remain glaringly-absent from corporate newspapers and channels.

On May 5, the ancient site was newsworthy once again. Just over a month after its liberation by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the Russian Air Force, Palmyra’s Roman Amphitheatre was host to a concert of exceptional musicality and tremendous significance for both Syria and Russia.

Sputnik News reported:

“According to Syrian Culture Minister Issam Khalil, the concert of the Russian world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in the Syrian city of Palmyra is dedicated to the upcoming Victory Day.”

Sputnik cited Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who addressed the audience and musicians by video link, saying of the concert:

“I consider it as an expression of gratitude, memory and hope. The gratitude to everyone, who fights against terrorism without sparing their own lives. The memory of all the victims of terror regardless of the place and time when crimes against humanity have been committed.”

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An introduction by acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev, included:

“The music you will hear today, you hear our pain and our memory. But there’s also great hope in this music.  It’s very difficult to speak about emotions we feel, we musicians. We protest against barbarians who destroyed wonderful monuments of world’s culture. We protest against the executions of people, here on this great, great stage. Our concert in Palmyra is our appeal for everyone to come to peace and unity, and all people in the world to unite and work against this evil, against the terrorism.”
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Terrorism in Syria: A VoltaireNet Listing of Terrorist Attacks 2016

Homes opposite the terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra'a, Homs © Eva Bartlett

Russia Today: Homes opposite the terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra’a, Homs (Dec 2015)      © Eva Bartlett

This Voltairenet article contains a very comprehensive list of terrorists’ attacks in Syria, from Dec 31, 2015 to April 1, 2016.

It begins with the poignant comment that: “The Western Press does not have anything to say about terrorism in Syria.”

[This is something I wrote about earlier,after visiting Bourj al-Barajneh in Beirut and al-Zahra’a in Homs, where both have been victims of western-backed terrorists’ attacks:

Where is the West’s compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?” Jan 30, 2016, Russia Today]

*Note: If the listing was up to date, the recent increased terrorists’ bombings of Aleppo would be included. See:

Aleppo Reverend’s Plea to the World To Stop Terrorists’ Attacks, Support Syrian Army [ENGLISH]

Hospitals Bombed: Aleppo Burning Under “moderate” terrorists’ Bombs

Aleppo Doctor Attacks Western Media for Bias, Censorship and Lies

Related:

US-Backed Terrorism in Syria: A First-Hand Account of the Use of Mortars Against Civilians

University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism [photos]

VOLTAIRE NETWORK, May 5, 2016:

“The Western Press does not have anything to say about terrorism in Syria. These acts are perpetrated by groups of foreign combatants, supported by a few Syrian collaborators, and armed and funded by Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, the United States, France, Israël, Qatar, the United Kingdom and Turkey. Here is a list of the terrorist attacks of which Syrian civilians have been victims since the start of the year.

The cessation of hostilities came into force on the 27th February 2016 at midnight (Damascus time).

However, the civilian populations continued to be widely attacked by groups described as the «moderate opposition» who were invited to participate in the «inter-Syrian» negotiations in Geneva, and also by the jihadists of Al-Qaïda and Daesh.

List of the terrorist opérations from the 1st January to the 1st April 2016

31 December 2015 and 1 January 2016
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Aleppo Reverend’s Plea to the World To Stop Terrorists’ Attacks, Support Syrian Army [ENGLISH]

Reverend Ibrahim Nasir is the spiritual leader of the Arabic Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in Aleppo [listen also to his July 2014 speech]

Highlights from Rev. Nasir’s message (directed at President Obama):

“Is this your standards of humanity? To see people are killed in the city of Aleppo, to see babies are killed in the wombs of their mothers.

…The people of Aleppo are (being) killed now, by the gangs and the weapons of the west. These weapons are used by Saudi Arabia and by Qatar and by Turkey to kill the people who believe in God, who believe in his country, who believe in the value of humanity.

…Support our legal military, who are trying to defend humanity now–they are not defending only Syria, they are defending the values of humanity all around the world.”

 
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Hospitals Bombed: Aleppo Burning Under “moderate” terrorists’ Bombs

Last week I shared the update of my Syrian friend, then in Aleppo, who began with the words, “Aleppo is burning”.  Anti-Syria propagandists have attempted to hijack those words for their White Helmet, blame-Assad propaganda[Update: Vanessa Beeley at 21st Century Wire: “#AleppoIsBurning Campaign Created by US and NATO to Facilitate a “No Bomb Zone”“].

Their lying rhetoric aside, Aleppo truly is burning under western-backed terrorists’ bombs. [See: “Western media break their silence on Aleppo with flagrant lies, obfuscations and omissions“]

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Before and after of al-Dabeet maternity hospital. via Syrian Republic

MATERNITY HOSPITAL AMONG THOSE BOMBED BY TERRORISTS:

On May 3, SANA news reported: “…terrorists fired 65 rocket shells on the neighborhoods of al-Neel Street, al-Siryian, al-Khalidyia, al-Mocambo, al-Sabeel and the surroundings of al-Rahman mosque leaving 11 civilians killed and 37 injured. A source at Aleppo Health Directorate said that most of the wounded civilians are children and women and their injuries are severe as the number of the killed civilians might increase.

Later, SANA’s correspondent in Aleppo reported that three women were killed, 17 other women and children were wounded and extensive material damage was caused by terrorist organizations’ attack with a rocket shell on al-Dhabeet Hospital in al-Mouhafaza neighborhood.”

SANA listed the attacked districts as: al-Midan, al-Furqan, Nile Street, al-Mukambo, al-Khalidiye, Jami’et al-Zahra’a, al-Ameriye, al-Ramousa, al-Masharqa, al-Muhafaza, al-Meridian, al-Serian, al-Sabeel, and al-Jamiliye in Aleppo city.

SANA’s Facebook  update included numerous photos of the bombed al-Dhabeet Hospital, noting the number of dead had risen to at least 14, a number which will no doubt rise in the coming hours.

According to SAMA tv, the number of murdered has risen to 28.

Ruptly TV raw footage shows the disastrous impacts of the bombings, and–uncensored–some of the mutilated victims.
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