The real Syrian moderates: voices of reason

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Mar 15, 2015, Eva Bartlett, Russia Today

[re-published at: Dissident Voice and in Arabic at Dr. Shaaban’s FB page]

While the Western-led, anti-Assad bloc mind-blowingly speaks of arming non-existent “moderates” to fight in Syria, they also continue to demonize and silence the very voices that offer a true means of bringing peace and stability back to the region.

Two of these voices are: Political and Media Adviser to President al-Assad, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban; and Syria’s highest Muslim official and scholar, Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun. Both are highly-educated and convey messages of dialogue, understanding, and peace. And both seemingly terrify the West, which has been quick to sanction and deny them visas, lest the anti-Syria lies and propaganda be challenged before a Western audience.

From February 24-26, 2015, the US delegation I accompanied met a number of important Syrian figures, including Mufti Hassoun and Dr. Shaaban.

Dr. Shaaban is known to her American friends as “the bridge,” she says. “I always wanted to be a bridge between Syria and Western cultures.” She has lived abroad, earning a PhD in English literature from Warwick University, on a Fulbright scholarship at Duke University, and later as professor at Eastern Michigan University.

She speaks affectionately and respectfully of Americans: “I enjoyed American people, their hospitality and kindness.” Affection for the people aside, she is heavily critical of the US government and allies’ prolonged attack on Syria.

Not only has the West backed and trained terrorists in Syria, the so-called “opposition” they hand-picked to represent Syrians can’t even pretend to do so. “They adopted personalities who haven’t lived in Syria for 30 years! Further, they took the wrong step in closing embassies, instead of communicating with us and observing from the ground. In the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ they are destroying our country.”
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on the dastardly US drone that flew no more in Syrian airspace

Lilly Martin Sahiounie​:

“March 17, 2015: Latakia, Syria. At about 7:30 PM local Syrian time (GMT +2) the Syrian Air Defense system shot down an American drone. This was an unmanned aircraft called MQ1. This specific drone carried anti-tank weapons, for the purpose to destroying tanks used by military. The local residents of the beach area called Ibn Hani and Ras as Shemra (just north of Latakia city) saw the Syrian missiles fired at the drone, and then looking at the sky they saw the drone explode. As it was coming down, it hit the top corner of a house. No one was injured in the house, or on the ground. I actually heard the explosion from far away. It is my theory that this drone was looking for information about the Syrian Army position and success in the area called Selma, just east of Latakia. It is possible that this drone had orders to fire on the Syrian tanks, thus helping the Free Syrian Army and their allies such as Al Qaeda, Jibhat al Nusra and other Radical Islamic terrorists. The Obama government support the terrorists and have helped them for 4 years. This drone has nothing to do with the US fight on ISIS, which is hundreds of kilometers away from Latakia, and has no relationship to the drone being shot down. CONTINUE READING

Imam and scholar Zafar Bangash: staging the “revolution”


Mar 9, 2015

Imam and scholar Zafar Bangash on: Islamophobia, Harper’s proposed draconian new anti-terrorism legislation (Bill C-51), and Canada’s military mission in Iraq and Syria. Bangash is a world-renowned Muslim scholar, editor of Crescent International Magazine, author, and imam at the York Regional Islamic Centre in Markham, Ontario

**note: from around 16:00, Zafar lays out the behind-the-scenes meetings which planned the war on Syria (aka the “uprising”):

-former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, two years before 2011, was told by British officials  that Britain would launch operations in Syria, would France be interested in joining?
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FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL: starts BELFAST, SAT 14th March

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From the FB event page of the Malcolm X Movement

“One of the greatest living revolutionaries, Leila Khaled is CONFIRMED to speak via live internet link to the first of seven events of the FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL – organised by the Malcolm X Movement in BELFAST at Culturlann on the Falls Road 1-630pm THIS SATURDAY 14th March.

Leila Khaled is a senior PLO member, elected member to the PA, and a leading member of the radical socialist and anti-imperialist Palestinian organisation the legendary Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Comrade Leila will also be joined at the event in person by Saeb Shaath, a accomplished advocate, formerly a diplomat and revolutionary for the Palestinian cause. It is a pleasure and honour to have Comrade Saeb joining us for this event.

The Malcolm X Movement requests you publicise this event page and encourage people to attend and make this Saturday’s and the whole series of events a success. ”
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Devastation…and Inspiration: Recalling Liberated Ma’loula

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**belatedly-penned thoughts on June 2014 visit to Ma’loula. As the Syrian Arab Army and allies continue to fight western-sponsored terrorism in Syria, it is important to recall the victory of places like Ma’loula, which faced the west’s **absolutely** non-“moderates” for 8 months before victory. 

 

As Syrian and allied Resistance forces fight NATO’s death squads in the outskirts of Damascus, Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria, I re-visit the story of the formerly-terrorized ancient village of Ma’loula, which I visited in June 2014, two months after it had been liberated. Although no longer beset by terrorism, the story of Ma’loula is very much a current story, a case study of the senseless destruction, looting, and killing by Western-sponsored terrorists throughout Syria.

When I visited in June 2014, a calm prevailed. One seemingly random observation that stood out was the sound of peeping birds, which just months earlier would have been lost in the tumult of terrorist bombings and gunfire. There was the expected destruction from battles waged by and on the terrorists. There was further—clearly-intentional—destruction meted out systematically by the al-Qaeda death squads—particularly on Christian, cultural, and heritage sites.

In Ma’loula, terrorists likewise took great apparent pleasure in destroying and desecrating Christian relics, to the extent of gauging out the eyes from icons and mosaics and shooting down the large clifftop Jesus and Mary statues which had overlooked the village. They likewise burned, robbed and vandalized churches and homes.

Russia Today correspondent Maria Finoshina has reported numerous times from Ma’loula, visiting the village prior to its devastation, during its occupation, and post-liberation. Video footage from a pre-destruction visit shows children singing in Aramaic inside the then-intact and lovely church in St. Thekla convent.

In April 2014, during an Easter celebration at a Bab Touma (Thomas Gate) district restaurant in Damascus’ Old City, I met a stunning young woman, Diala. During a pause in the pro-Syria and pro-President al-Assad songs blasting all evening, she’d stood up and beautifully sung in a cappella. As it happened, she was from Ma’loula; many of Ma’loula’s displaced residents have temporarily re-settled in the Bab Touma district.

We spoke briefly, curtailed by the raging party. Her words echoed reports on Ma’loula. “We were living happily, no one bothered us, but when the terrorists came, they destroyed, slaughtered, kidnapped, and stole. They destroyed the holy churches, stole icons…” CONTINUE READING