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Video: 15,000 people escape Syria’s rebel-held East Ghouta

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  1. Manda says

    Compare and contrast with the US allied ‘campaigns’ to ‘free’ Mosul and Raqqa….

    • Mikalina says

      Or Mosul and Falluja – both of which they flattened; along with all the people. Is it possible yet to walk around the remains of those towns without holding a handkerchief to your nose due to the smell of rotting corpses?

      Today, 17 March, 50 years since the My Lai massacre. Another one for the memory hole.

  2. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Syrian refugees are going back home by the million — thousands every day.

    And in our own unreal world, the regime is trying to hinder their return, it would look bad for the Anti-Assad propaganda. “Don’t go back, I warn you, he’s a bloodstained butcher!”

    The best comment in the above link was from one of the Syrian refugee children; wants to go home because “Germany is boring”.

  3. Harry Law says

    The loss of the Middle East is in prospect for the US, the low hanging fruit of Syria to be followed by Hezbollah then Iran has gone pear shaped for them,[thanks to Russia] now the UK, France and Germany are proposing to the other EU members, sanctions against Iran because of their missile defence program and ‘meddling in the Middle East’ an obvious sop to Donald Trump.Why are the UK population being propagandized so much, could this be the reason…..
    “Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
    — Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials.

  4. MichaelK says

    There’s so much… irony, or is it a dark chasm of bottomless hypocrisy?, in the society we live in, like the UK media pretending that only RT sends ‘propaganda.’ Well, I suppose they don’t count the BBC World Service?

    I listened today and they had the same guy on again from their ‘Arabic Service’ dear Ali. He’s, how does one put it? very fond of Assad or the Syrian government, to put it mildly. He clearly despises them and everything they stand for. Objectivity, balance, fairness… not from Ali, he wears his emotions on his BBC sleeve and it’s clear, crystal clear where his sympathies lie. With the Syrian people and their ‘Revolution’ so cruelly crushed by Assad and his protectors the dreadful Russians! It’s a list of horrors from his side and mass slaughter of helpless and innocent civilians, hundreds of thousands and it’s all Assad’s fault, no doubt about that form the objective Ali and the objective and truthful BBC World Service.

    Like Ali said, there’s a saying on the regime’s side, ‘We will take the land, or we will burn it!’ and according to Mamoud Ali Hamoud the regime has burned 60% of Syria!

    How they can send this stuff, it hardly qualifies as journalism, is beyond me. It reeks of propaganda and a political agenda. Mamoud thinks the Syrians were misled and naive, believing the Americans would help the people of Syria after encouraging them during the Arab Spring. Christ where has he been living? Has he had his eyes closed for… decades? The very idea that Washington or London gives a flying fuck about the ordinary people of Syria or any other Arab state in the region is patently absurd. Washington doesn’t care about ordinary Americans, so why they’d lose sleep over Arabs is a fantasy in Mamoud’s troubled mind. But I suppose it’s a fantasy he has to articulate because otherwise he wouldn’t be employed by the BBC World Service?

    • Mikalina says

      Noam Chomsky to Andrew Marr (1996): “I’m not saying your self censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is that if you believe something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.”

  5. John Marks says

    Not according to the London Frauniad.
    The “régime bombardments” are causing thousands to “flee”.
    Not a word about rescue, escape nor liberation.
    Where is the Manchester Guardian when you need it?

    • Nick says

      Yeah you’ve gotta love the “Ghouta falling to the regime” shtick

    • Harry Stotle says

      Talking of the Guardian has Olivia Solon shared her thoughts with us yet (about the breaking news in East Ghouta), or is she still trying to figure out how best to respond to the James Corbett challenge?

      Amongst other things Corbett asks her “Assuming you are paid by The Guardian for your…cough…”reporting,” what can you tell us about the paper’s financing and how that might help to influence a pro-interventionist editorial position at the paper? And can you elaborate on any potential conflicts of interest that might arise from The Guardian’s relationship to The Doc Society, which promotes various White Helmet documentaries?”

      He also asks “Do you think the public should take The Guardian seriously as an objective arbiter of the truth about the White Helmets given that its editorial board is on record lobbying for the White Helmets to win the Nobel Peace Prize?”

      Funnily enough I was just listening to Freedland’s lecture on ‘false news’ – posted by GC on this thread

      Honestly, you couldn’t make it up.

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