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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Yves Engler & Paul Jay on TRRN: “Trudeau Pushes Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela”

Yves Engler–in my opinion one of Canada’s best journalists/authors (if not THE best)–explains:

“The Lima Group was formed because the governments that were critical of the Maduro government in Venezuela, because they couldn’t get resolutions through the Organization of American States.
They didn’t have the majority of votes to pass resolutions at the OAS. So they basically set up another forum to bring together governments, mostly right-wing governments, in Latin America that were critical of the Maduro government.
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Canada joins with imperial ‘Mafia’ to threaten Venezuela

Thank you Yves Engler

Yves Engler

Most Canadians think of their country as a force for good in the world, but recent efforts by Justin Trudeau’s government to overthrow Venezuela’s elected government have once again revealed the ugly truth about the Great White North. We are an important partner in imperialism, willing to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, up to and including the use of military force, to benefit the perceived self-interest of our elites.

Over the past two years Canadian officials have campaigned aggressively against President Nicolás Maduro. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has repeatedly criticized Caracas’ democratic legitimacy and human rights record. Recently she said, “the Maduro regime is now fully entrenched as a dictatorship” while in September Ottawa asked (with five South American nations) the International Criminal Court to investigate the Venezuelan government, which is the first time a government has been formally brought before the tribunal by another member.

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Laith Marouf: “Syria: For 1st time since Vietnam a ‘3rd world country’ withstands Imperial invasion”


“What happened in Syria is actually saving the rest of the world. The Syrian government, and the Syrian army, and the Syrian people resisting. For the first time since Vietnam, a supposed 3rd world country withstands an Imperial invasion. This is a huge thing for, not only for the Syrian people but for the whole world.
Venezeula hopefully will also teach a lesson to the Imperialists.”

-Laith Marouf

This is a fascinating interview with Beirut-based political analyst/media producer Laith Marouf, which I conducted a few days ago while passing through Beirut before returning to Syria.

He provides historical, cultural and political context to a number of issues, from Syria to ethnic cleansings, to the brutal rule of colonial powers around the world, to the current Saudi and alliance’s war on Yemen.

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US-Led Efforts to Overthrow Maduro Spurred by Business Interests, Not Democracy

“Maduro is not a dictator. He is the elected head of a government confronting a genuine national emergency engineered by hostile foreign powers. Measures taken by the government to defend its citizens against the determination of the United States to impose on Venezuela policies which cater to the interests of corporate America at Venezuelans’ expense are wholly legitimate; they represent the actions of a democracy against a US-led international tyranny.

It is important to remember that Maduro’s government, like Chavez’s, has sought to put the interests of ordinary Venezuelans ahead of those of US investors. As a result, it has provoked Washington’s enmity.”

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January 24, 2019

By Stephen Gowans

The US-led and coordinated intervention to overthrow Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro by recognizing Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly as the interim president, has nothing whatever to do with restoring democracy in Venezuela (which was never overturned) and everything to do with promoting US business interests.

Washington’s imperial arrogance in effectively appointing Guaidó as president, attempting to go over the heads of Venezuelans—who alone have the right to decide who their leaders are—is motivated by the same concerns that have motivated other US interventions around the world: toppling governments that put their citizens’ interests above those of US investors.

That Washington has a propensity to engage in destabilization operations against leftwing governments is hardly a secret. From 1898 to 2004, the US government undertook 41 successful regime change interventions in Latin America, an average of one every two-and-a-half years. And that…

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