Propaganda alert: Madaya media fabrications; recycled photos

 

“I live in Tayr Filsey, not Madaya, and I am fine.” –Marianna Mazeh; ‘Starving Syria child’ revealed as south Lebanon girl (article below)

-Eva Bartlett, Dissident Voice

This is a brief post with the intent of merely alerting people to the latest campaign to demonize the Syrian government and army, and also at the same time to depict the terrorists inhabiting Madaya as somehow noble or in the right… as somehow not the human shielding terrorists that they in fact are. Madaya is the new Yarmouk. [See this post regarding the lies and propanda that were put forth in the exact same manipulative manner on Yarmouk previously. I will be writing an update on Yarmouk, which I visited in December 2015 soon.]

**UPDATE: see RT journalist on the ground now in Madaya updates on Twitter: Murad Gazdiev https://twitter.com/MuradoRT

(Jan 11, 2015)

-“More on : military sent 42 tons of food there on 27 november. All of it was seized by Islamist rebels; the are reselling aid”

-” #madaya civilians say rebels charged 100,000 SP ($250) for kilogram of rice”

-“Many #madaya civilians weeping for joy at finally leaving this place. Say #ISIS in town, fight together with rebels”

-“Fleeing #madaya civilians blame rebels for cruelty, theft..”

-“About two dozen journalists here. Can’t see any Western press. Strange, given how worried they were about #madaya”

See also his RT report, which includes: “Just passed by first aid trucks bound for . Water&flour. Judging by lack of markings, this is govt aid …Another fully loadef govt food aid truck going in to . Looks like rice or flour. …”
Jan 11 updates include:

Madaya Basics:

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*image from Fars News

-village in hills NW of Damascus, near the Lebanese border

-occupied for many months by approximately 600 terrorists (60% Ahrar al-Sham, 30% Jebhat al-Nusra, and 10% “FSA”) hold the village (according to a recent Hezbollah statement)

-residents number approximately 23,000, not the 40,000 being reported in MSM and social media (the same trick of inflating the numbers was used in the propaganda campaign on Yarmouk last year) (according to the Hezbollah statement)

-on Oct 18, 2015, the Red Cross delivered supplies to Madaya. ICRC statement here: (ICRC cannot confirm info being published re Madaya. ICRC was, however, able to bring medical and food supplies to Madaya, Zabadani, Foua and Kafarya in mid-October, 2015. ICRC concerned also very much about Foua and Kafarya, “where the people are telling us the same thing: they are lacking food, they have not been eating proper meals for months, they lack medicine…”)
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Christmas Celebrated in Terror-Ravaged Syria

Martyrs’ Tree: paying respect to martyred soldiers from the East Gate neighbourhood of Damascus.

Martyrs’ Tree: paying respect to martyred soldiers from the East Gate neighbourhood of Damascus.

Christmas trees, carols, church services, and the resilience of the human heart

Due to corporate media’s misrepresentation of Syria, some may be surprised to know that Syrians—suffering terribly under nearly five years of the foreign war on their country—are also celebrating Christmas from Damascus to Homs to Aleppo. Glittering displays, street Santas, choirs singing carols and people singing Jingle Bells, and tacky, exuberant Christmas parades are not unique to the West.

However, most Syrians I have met who are celebrating any religion’s holy day do so with heavy hearts—the loss of loved ones to NATO’s terrorists dampens festive spirits. But they also celebrate with a determination not to be cowed into submission or nonexistence, and not to allow their children to forget traditions.

Re-visiting Syria last week, I spoke with Syrians about Christmas preparations and the situation in Syria.  I visited a number of churches in Damascus and Homs. Although the unholy war on Syria persists, some of the areas ravaged by the NATO/Zionist/Gulf’s death squads but secured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are coming back to life.

Homs: Celebrations After So Much Sorrow

Rather than home to a “revolution” Homs was home to an infiltration of the most sadistic terrorists, who (as elsewhere in Syria) over their unwanted two plus year-stay not only killed, maimed and stole from Homs residents, but also targeted, and in many cases destroyed, Christian heritage and relics, including many churches in the Old City.

When I visited in June 2014, after the terrorists had been extracted from most of Homs, the destruction and vandalism I saw were immense. Even back then, as soon as the terrorists were gone, Old City residents were already returning in trickles to begin the cleanup and think about re-building their lives.

Now, a year-and-a-half later, while immense reconstruction remains, there was a significant improvement. I saw new shops opened, and saw homes, stores, streets, and churches decorated in the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas lights dangled over Old City lanes and in church courtyards. A friend from Homs later sent me photos of the streets lit up at night, and of the once-burned St. Mary’s Church (Um al-Zinnar) now repaired and decorated, and filled with worshippers, a youth choir and band.

At the Old City’s Jesuit Church, new portraits of Dutch priest, Father Frans van der Lugt, assassinated in April 2014 by the West’s “moderate” terrorists. The church also had a simple Christmas tree and home-made nativity scene, the grotto walls of which were made of crumpled brown paper.

Two well-known restaurants, which suffered differing degrees of destruction, have been re-opened. Beit al-Agha, greatly-damaged by the terrorists, is now coming back to life, although repairs are still needed. Al-Bustan restaurant, which was completely ravaged, is fully re-built and open to customers. Photos from al-Hamidiya Community Facebook page show a packed restaurant during Christmas, and dancing at night. The page shows celebrations in the different churches and streets of old Homs.

(*last photo is from internet )

In Saha al-Majaa, an Old City square, I saw six locals adding finishing touches to the Christmas tree they’d crafted using scavenged and bought materials. In a nearby room, full-size nativity scene figures, made of sponge and cloth and other basic materials were stored until the display went up. Neighbourhood residents had chipped in for fabric, bought from Tartous.

“Come, tomorrow at 5 pm and you’ll see the finished display,” I was invited, but didn’t have the chance to get back. However, photos on social media show their creative efforts have paid off: in this square where despair was once deep, hope is flourishing anew.
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Palestine Resists, Syria Resists (Radio Interview)

img_0500This is a recent interview I gave on the popular Sott Radio Network, on Behind the Headlines.

We discuss Palestine, what I’ve seen there, how the zionist strategy has been to make life as unbearable, unliveable, as possible throughout occupied Palestine.Having lived several years and two brutal massacres in Gaza, I talk about the manifold zionist war crimes perpetrated again and again on Palestinians, including use of White Phosphorous, killing medics, shooting civilians in the border region, and more.

We talk about the circumstances in Palestine today and the savagery of the occupation army which, for example, recently threatened to gas all residents of Aida camp, threatened to slaughter the Palesitnian in their captivity, if another STONE was thrown.  The level of zionist sadism has been ramped up and Palestinians are rightly Resisting.
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Click below link to listen.
http://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=419011&episodeId=8039453

“This week on Behind the Headlines we’ll be discussing the conflicts in the Middle East and assessing where it’s all likely to end up.

First up, we’re interviewing Canadian freelance journalist and human rights activist Eva Bartlett. Bartlett has lived in the Gaza Strip since late 2008, and was aboard the Dignity, one of five Free Gaza missions to successfully sail to the Strip that year. Bartlett reported from Gaza during the 2008/2009 and 2012 Israeli attacks. She has visited Syria three times since April 2014, including independently on a journalist visa. Her Syria writings are collated on this page.

Later in the show, we’ll also be speaking with Iranian-American Navid Nasr, writer, political analyst and host of the ‘Bullet Points’ radio show on the ‘Voices of the 99%’ radio network. Nasr has covered US and global conflicts – including those in Syria, Ukraine, Egypt, Yemen and Libya – for Lebanese Al-Etejah TV and PressTV.

Join us this Sunday, 1st November 2015, from 2-4pm EST / 8-10pm CET, for the perspective you won’t hear on the mainstream media.”

See Also:

Convening for Palestine:Second “Global Convention of Solidarity With Palestine” December 8, 2014, Crescent-online

Israel a criminal offender at large, UN listing or not, Russia Today, Eva Bartlett

UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable today, Dec 21, 2014, Russia Today

Other interviews I’ve done on Palestine

Feedback on talks I’ve given on Palestine

Eva Bartlett’s presentation on Gaza should be heard by every American, including every single member of Congress. I am quite sure that they would end the American taxpayers’ financial support of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine if they only knew the horrors our money was paying for. Bartlett spoke beautifully, in a clear, articulate voice, presenting all the details of Israeli atrocities in a most professional manner. Her speech contained no rhetoric or pretense, with no hint of ego; she just described the facts that she has witnessed living in Gaza for several years. Her modest and captivating demeanor made her presentation all the more powerful. I strongly recommend everyone to make every effort to attend a presentation by Eva Bartlett, or organize one yourself if there are none nearby. It is a real privilege to hear her speak.

–Jane Jewell, 14 Friends of Palestine, founder

State Department Diplomacy at its Finest: spokesperson backtracks on accusations of Russian airstrikes hitting civilian infrastructure

Corporate media and the US government first accused Russia of attacking Syrian civilians **before** the airstrikes had even begun a month ago. Now, their latest scheme is accusing Russia of bombing hospitals in Syria (and ignoring the actual bombing of hospitals by the west’s “moderate” terrorists… like the Kindi Hospital, for example, and (as of January 2014) “NATO-backed armed groups have systematically attacked more than two thirds of Syria’s public hospitals, and have murdered, kidnapped or injured more than 300 health workers.” (Syria’s Hospitals targeted by NATO-backed Armed Groups)

Take a look and listen to their **evidence** when asked by Russia Today (RT) and then by journalist Matt Lee for details on the alleged bombing and on targeting civilian infrastructure.

**watch/listen to trudeau’s facial gestures and inflection… Traits of an utter liar, deflecting questions with nonsensical replies**

Prelude: John Kirby, state dept: “We’ve seen some information that would lead us to believe that Russian military aircraft did hit a hospital.”

RT to state dept Elizabeth Trudeau: “Can you really offer no details on the hospital that the us accuses Russia of hitting?”

Trudeau: “We’re gonna stand by my kirby’s words.”

RT: “You’re not even going to say where it is, that hospital that you are saying Russia hit?”

Trudeau: “What we’re saying is that we have seen information that Russia is targeting civilian infrastructure”…

RT: “He spoke about a specific hospital, in Syria. Where exactly is it? What details can you offer about that hospital?”

Trudeau: “Again, I’m not gonna get into the sort of *detail* of operational assessment for this. Maybe you should speak to the Russians on their targeting.”

Matt Lee: “Clearly she or her colleagues have spoken to the Russians about it, and they say that you are wrong. Isn’t it incumbent on you to come up with even a location, it doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult. And the second thing is, you just expanded it quite broadly to say not just hospitals, you said that the Russians are actually targeting civilian infrastructure…” (gets cut off) CONTINUE READING

MOSAIC SYRIA: Another Actor in the Anti-Syria War Propaganda Theatre

Mosaic Douma

-by Eva Bartlett

*re-published at Syrian Free Press

Ties Between White Helmet and Mosaic Syria

In recent months, the propaganda of the UK/US-backed White Helmets has been revealed again and again; their credibility has long been shattered. Yet, unsurprisingly, the HR industry continues to endorse WH’s staged propaganda.

In Nov 2014, the WH alliance created an animation video to further try to put forth the fairytale that they are “civilians” assisting “civilians” being bombed by the “regime”. The sheer, slick but obvious propaganda elements of the video aside, who are some of the key people involved in this propaganda piece?

According to the Youtube clip,”Story and directed by:Amjad Wardeh.”

Who and where is Amjad Wardeh? According to his profile, he is a Syrian “is currently practicing art in Istanbul.” According to a June 2014 article on Wardeh, he has lived in Instabul since early 2013.

Interestingly, Wardeh has made prior propaganda videos, one of which, a 2 minute animation (‘War on famous canvas’) for which he was (translated from French), “one of three winners of the competition “Made in Med,” organized by Euromed Audiovisual, an EU program.”

An EU program. Of course, the EU has no interest in destabilizing Syria, right?!

Wardeh also participated in a 2013 London exhibition, “#withoutwords: emerging Syrian artists at the P21 Gallery,” which is described as “a collaboration between P21 and the charity Mosaic Syria”.

Mosaic Syria is yet another propaganda front, sloganeering against Syria. While its “Who We Are: Our Story” section describes the group as having “no political or ideological agendas…solely focused on humanitarian work of a charitable and unconditional nature” various posts and campaigns betray this lie. They use terminology like “brutal attacks of the regime,” “civil war”, and focus solely on baseless allegations against the Syrian government, with little to no mention of the documented crimes and murders of the never-“moderate” “rebel”-terrorists in Syria.
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Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria

2.3 km Syrian flag, al-Mezzeh Highway, Damascus, SANA, June 15, 2011.

2.3 km Syrian flag, al-Mezzeh, Damascus, SANA, June 15, 2011.

-by Eva Bartlett, Oct 10, 2015, Dissident Voice

*republished at Global Research, 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

Over the past five years, the increasingly ridiculous propaganda against President al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has ranged from the scripted (OTPOR fomented -“revolution“) “peaceful protesters under fire” rhetoric, to other deceitful lexicon like “civil war,” and “moderate rebels.”

As the intervention campaigns continue with new terrorist and “humanitarian” actors (literally) constantly emerging in the NATO-alliance’s theatre of death squads, it is worth reviewing some of the important points regarding the war on Syria.

Million Person Marches

On March 29, 2011 (less than two weeks into the fantasy “revolution”) over 6 million people across Syria took to the streets in support of President al-Assad. In June, a reported hundreds of thousands marched in Damascus in support of the president, with a 2.3 km long Syrian flag. In November, 2011 (9 months into the chaos), masses again held demonstrations supporting President al-Assad, notably in Homs (the so-called “capital of the ‘revolution’”), Dara’a (the so-called “birthplace of the ‘revolution’”), Deir ez-Zour, Raqqa, Latakia, and Damascus.

Mass demonstrations like this have occurred repeatedly since, including in March 2012, in May 2014 in the lead-up to Presidential elections, and in June 2015, to note just some of the larger rallies.

In May 2013, it was reported that even NATO recognized the Syrian president’s increased popularity. “The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support” the Assad government. At present, the number is now at least 80 percent.

The most telling barometer of Assad’s support base was the Presidential elections in June 2014, which saw 74 percent (11.6 million) of 15.8 million registered Syrian voters vote, with President al-Assad winning 88 percent of the votes. The lengths Syrians outside of Syria went to in order to vote included flooding the Syrian embassy in Beirut for two full days (and walking several kilometres to get there) and flying from countries with closed Syrian embassies to Damascus airport simply to cast their votes. Within Syria, Syrians braved terrorist mortars and rockets designed to keep them from voting; 151 shells were fired on Damascus alone, killing 5 and maiming 33 Syrians.

For a more detailed look at his broad base of popular support, see Professor Tim Anderson’s “Why Syrians Support Bashar al Assad.”

The Reforms

Prior to the events of March 2011 Syrians did have legitimate desires for specific reforms, many of which were implemented from the beginning of the unrest. In fact, President al-Assad made reforms prior to and following March 17, 2011.

Stephen Gowans noted some of those early reforms, including:

  • Canceling the Emergency Law;
  • Amending the the constitution and putting it to a referendum [8.4 million Syrians voted; 7.5 million voted in favour of the constitution];
  • Scheduling, then holding, multi-party parliamentary and presidential elections

The constitution, according to Gowans, “mandated that the government maintain a role in guiding the economy on behalf of Syrian interests, and that the Syrian government would not make Syrians work for the interests of Western banks, oil companies, and other corporations.”

It also included:

  • “security against sickness, disability and old age; access to health care; free education at all levels”
  • a provision “requiring that at minimum half the members of the People’s Assembly are to be drawn from the ranks of peasants and workers.”

Political commentator Jay Tharappel further articulated:

The new constitution introduced a multi-party political system in the sense that the eligibility of political parties to participate isn’t based on the discretionary permission of the Baath party or on reservations, rather on a constitutional criteria….the new constitution forbids political parties that are based on religion, sect or ethnicity, or which are inherently discriminatory towards one’s gender or race. (2012: Art.8)

No surprise that NATO’s exile-Syrian pawns refused the reforms and a constitution which ensures a sovereign Syria secure from the claws of multi-national corporations and Western banks.
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Syrian Forces’ Gains; Russia’s Strikes Against NATO’s Terrorists

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Syrian Army Begins Full-Scale Offensive in Hama Province, Oct 7, 2015, Sputnik News

“Syria’s army has begun a full-scale operation against the Islamic State in the country’s Hama province on Wednesday, a Syrian military source told RIA Novosti.

Terrorist forces’ military positions are being shelled from Syrian BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems. The Syrian army is fighting to free the Hama province from terrorist groups including the al-Qaeda-aligned Jabhat al-Nusra group and the Islamic State.

“A ground military operation began with [Syrian] artillery support and will head toward Idlib to the north. The goal is to cleanse the territory of ISIL and other terrorist groups,” the Syrian officer told RIA Novosti.

The offensive was reportedly preceded by massive artillery strikes ahead of the advance for much of the first half of the day.The assault began after several days of preparation by both the Syrian army and Russia’s air force. The Russian Air Force bombed terrorist infrastructure and underground headquarters in the province.

The Syrian military has been coordinating its movements with Russia, which began its operation against ISIL and other terrorist groups on September 30. Hama and the neighboring Homs province have been part of the operation’s focus. Russia has carried out a total of 112 airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria since the operation began, according to the force commander.”
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