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Largest “moderate” group in Syria calls for “an Islamic state” in country, Sharia law imposed in Northern Aleppo

Ahrar Al-Sham militants in Syria. Al Masdar News reports: The largest Islamist rebel faction operating in Syria – Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – has issued a statement [pictured below left] following their participation in the Riyadh peace conference This statement expressed Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s satisfaction with the meeting and its participants; it also thanked the Saudi’s for hosting the conference. Perhaps the most important part of the statement delivered by the Islamist group was the list of demands that expressed their overall objective in Syria. According to their statement, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham has issued a list of demands: 1. All Iranian and Russian military personnel must leave Syria. 2.The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) should be disbanded, along with their paramilitary units – they reference the Shabiha. 3. All of Syria shall be united – no partition. 4. Syria will become an Islamic state. 5. No negotiations with the Syrian Government. 6. Fighting ISIS is secondary because rebels have lost family members because of the war with the Syrian Army. 7. Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham asserts – once …

Readers’ Letters: Goodbye, Guardian

In the first post of a new section, we publish the letter of an (ex-)Guardian reader, detailing the reasons he bid goodbye to his former paper of choice. As yet the Guardian has not printed this letter, nor replied to the writer. If you have had similar experiences, or have written any letters that you have sent, or wish to send, to the Guardian – feel free to submit them to us at submissions@offguardian.org. Dear Guardian First off, I want to thank you for being the main source of my news for the past 20 plus years. Now 31, I have been an avid reader of the newspaper since I was a wee boy. Admittedly I no longer buy a copy everyday (along with the observer) as I rarely have the time to sit down and read the entire thing, but I still do on average three times a week and the Guardian website is the first website I go to on my laptop and I Phone. Thank you for breaking the best stories, having …

U.S. TV uses Russian airstrike footage to claim U.S. hits on ISIS oil trucks

A still from a Russian Ministry of Defense video showing airstrikes against ISIS oil trucks in Syria. Moon of Alabama writes: […] I have found no video of U.S. hits on Islamic State oil tanker assemblies. The U.S. PBS NewsHour did not find any either. In their TV report yesterday about Islamic State financing and the claimed U.S. hits on oil trucks they used the videos Russia provided without revealing the source. You can see the Russian videos played within an interview with a U.S. military spokesperson at 2:22 min [see below]. The U.S. military spokesperson speaks on camera about U.S. airforce hits against the Islamic State. The video cuts to footage taken by Russian airplanes hitting oil tanks and then trucks. The voice-over while showing the Russian video with the Russians blowing up trucks says: “For the first time the U.S. is attacking oil delivery trucks.” The video then cuts back to the U.S. military spokesperson. At no point is the Russian campaign mentioned or the source of the footage revealed. Any average viewer …

BBC caught throwing facts down the memory hole

by Kit Cast your mind back to 2013, I know it’s been a while, but try. It was a different time. Miley Cyrus was riding a wrecking ball and World War Z was tearing up the box office and David Cameron wanted to bomb Assad. It was truly a wondrous age. …but now the BBC wants to flush it all away. Sadly, this doesn’t include Miley Cyrus. Or World War Z. John Humprhys, veteran propaganda peddler and all-round swell guy, took out his scissors and pritt-stik and got to work editing our history. This is what he said on the BBC Radio 4’s Today Program (135 minutes in): Well its more than 2 years since the Government, our Government asked the House of Commons to approve military action against Islamic State in Syria and MPs said no, it was a devastating defeat. It seemed to proved the end of David Cameron’s plans to for British war Planes to join other Western forces in attacking them in Syria as well as in Iraq. The Foreign affairs …

Russian plane crash shows US/UK losing their grip along with their terrorist narrative

So, it’s official. The UK/US are losing their grip along with their terrorist narrative. Their straw-grasping and agenda-hyping has reached critical mass preceding meltdown. It’s anyone’s guess what new self-inflcted humiliations lie ahead, or how close to WW3 they take us all simply to preserve their sense of entitlement. A Russian plane flying from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg goes down in Egypt on Saturday. Russia says it doesn’t know yet what caused the crash and launches an investigation. But the US and UK see a chance to grab back the initiative they lost when Putin began bombing ISIS for real, and not merely pretending to in the approved western fashion. So they decided it was a bomb! There’s no evidence yet, of course, but never mind about that. David Cameron is almost definitely sure, and Obama thinks so too. Because unnamed investigators say so and there were some sort of intercepted phone calls which nearly-definitely-almost-maybe proves it was an ISIS bomb. Though of course they can’t share any of this valuable info with …

As Russia Bombs ISIS, US Bombs Syrian Civilian Power Stations

by Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post In yet another telling episode, the United States has again demonstrated its true position in regards to ISIS and the Russian bombing of the terrorist organization. As Russian forces drop bombs and missiles on top of ISIS fighters all across Syria, lobbing cruise missiles from the Caspian, regular sortie missions, and combat helicopter attacks against ISIS and other “relatively moderate” cannibals and terrorists, the United States launched a bombing mission of its own against two power plants in Aleppo. The power plants were located in al-Rudwaniya east of Aleppo and resulted in power outages affecting the Syrian people, adding to the American tradition of bombing civilian infrastructure instead of ISIS and other terrorist targets in Syria. The power outages only further contribute to the misery surrounding the people of Aleppo who have been bombarded by barbarians funded by the United States and NATO, intent of raping and beheading their way through the city and declaring their caliphate of pre-civilization on civilized people. It should also be noted that the …

Searches in Kiev: Svoboda party members suspected of Maidan mass murder

About one hundred people, including 18 police officers, were shot to death by snipers in Kiev’s Independence Square on February 20 2014,Con l’Ucraina antifascista reports: Aleksandr Aronets, spokesman of Svoboda in Kiev, reports [see below] that this morning there were raids against members of Svoboda, on suspicions of mass murder during the Maidan – murders that were attributed to “snipers of former President Yanukovitch and to Berkut [the police]. Among the materials in the hands of investigators is a video [see below] where you see someone shoot from a window of the hotel “Ukraine” on Independence Square, protesters and police. The room in question (no. 1132) was occupied by the Svoboda deputy Oleg Pankevich. Recall that the National Fascist party Svoboda was one of the main organizations to take part in the violence that led to the coup, with the not hidden support of the EU and US. In fact its leader Oleg Tjagnibok had numerous meetings with John McCain, Victoria Nuland and European representatives, like the then High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton. …

Guardian accused of passing off terrorist “hell cannon” as “barrel bombs”

Robert Stuart, the indefatigable challenger of the media narrative through his analysis of the BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children” program, is now taking on the Guardian. Below we publish his recent letter to the Graun’s complaints department regarding its use of a photo it claimed was a Syrian “barrel bomb”, but which is apparently no such thing.

BBC censoring its own licence-payers

According to an item on Liveleak the BBC has just wiped from its website hundreds of comments that criticised the accuracy of its reporting on the Syrian crisis. Those presently campaigning to “save the BBC” might want to reflect this is a state-controlled broadcasting outlet which has consistently presented pro-government propaganda to the point of flagrant dishonesty. If Cameron is stupid enough to scrap the licence fee for one of his most loyal lap dogs then more fool him and the better off UK citizens will be. An Article published on the 6th of October 2015 by the BBC, titled ‘Syria conflict: Russia violations of Turkish airspace ‘no accident’, included a rare free to comment section for BBC members to comment and express their views. The comment thread was then flooded with more than 1000 comments, mostly contradicting the BBC narrative and showing support to Russia’s air campaign in Syria. The following day, the majority of top rated comments suddenly became flagged for ‘breaking the house rules’.

ISIS & the psycho-nightmare of US Middle East “policy”

That ISIS/al Qaeda, or whatever name we want to use, were to some extent packaged and marketed as designer fear porn seems beyond doubt. Nothing else explains their unparalleled success as media-manipulators or their immunity to any kind of retribution. It’s possible a lot of the guys in the ubiquitous promo pics never did anything more violent than pose with a black flag or an assault rifle. But some of them apparently did a lot more than that. They didn’t just take the money and fight either. They tortured people. En masse. On film.

Guardian accidentally shows even more proof Syrian “rebels” are western stooges

by BlackCatte In a narrative of increasing farce, we are now being told by the Guardian that “41” of the various Syrian rebel groups have joined in a rare “show of unity” to condemn the Russian bombing and promise revenge. As expected the Guardian is sketchy about the background of these groups, or about whether we should be sympathising with them or not. This is suggested in tone, rather than overtly stated, because sympathy for Ashrar al Sham or al Nusra would be a hard thing for even the Guardian to justify. Apparently what the Graun expects us to take away from this is that people like being bombed by the west, but hate being bombed by Russia. Because Russia is evil. They don’t, apparently, think we’ll notice this is stupid, and that the mere spreading of such a ridiculous tale only makes it more obvious the “rebels” are and always were western-backed mercenaries, there to further US geopolitical interests at any cost. Like the psychopath claiming he didn’t murder his wife even after the …

OffGuardian tells Jessica Valenti why ‘Comment is Free’ matters (because she apparently doesn’t know)

by BlackCatte The Guardian is unraveling. Having tried to manage its own readers with draconian moderation, it now admits even that policy is a humiliating failure and – today – it tries a new angle – banning comments completely It obviously isn’t putting its full weight behind this idea at this point, because it chooses Jessica Valenti to float the idea, and she’s not someone you’d entrust with anything but a fairly forlorn hope. Her role at the Graun is to talk interminable nonsense on a wide variety of “social issue” clickbait topics, with a special reference to reality-reversal victim narratives. So she’s ideal for a test-run on this latest bit of “consensus totalitarianism” the management trust has come up with. Let’s skim through what she says. It’s not clever, but it is revealing… “…It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m not fond of comments sections. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many female writers who are….” Two sentences in and I have to interject. Jessica – I’m a female writer, and I am …

The Guardian: “bomb Assad and save the refugees”

by BlackCatte The Guardian is currently providing us with a good example of what is often called the “problem-reaction-solution” method of controlling public discourse. Step One: Find, create, emphasise, or de-contextualise a problem In this case, the “refugee crisis”, currently screaming from the front pages of most mainstream media outlets. The unanimity and hysteria should immediately alert us to a potential agenda. Yes, of course there are thousands of refugees and their plight is appalling. Yes the way they are being received by the EU is predictably callous and racist. But this is what happens when you start imperialist wars, and even the Guardian admits it’s not new. The MSM has been content to ignore the plight of displaced Libyans since 2011, displaced Iraqis since 2003, displaced Syrians and Ukrainian since 2014. So we need to ask why the western media are suddenly headlining this ongoing human tragedy? Why the blatant attempts to create mass hysteria through manipulation of basic human emotions – fear (of the alleged incoming hordes of displaced people) and outrage (for …

Dear Guardian editors: this is why no one believes you anymore

by BlackCatte Dear Guardian editors, especially the Anonymous Perpetrator of Sunday’s Guardian view on Ukraine – While this is just the latest on the conveyor-belt of state-promoted Stalinist ‘alternative realities’, which now constitutes the vast majority of your (ahem) political analysis, I feel the need to make a few observations, more out of pity than anger. You must be wondering why, after over a year of a continued propaganda campaign that has seen you defending neo-nazis, racist massacres, and the wholesale terrorising of innocent civilians, you are still largely failing to get the message across, even to your core traditional readership. I can sense a rising panic, bafflement and bewilderment in you. And it makes me want to reach out. To bridge the gulf and explain why you are so totally failing to convince anybody of anything. It’s not just because you cosy up with nazis (sorry, ‘nationalists’), while queasily obscuring their crimes and ideologies. It’s not just because you fail to see that your go-to Russia correspondents such as Shaun Walker and Luke Harding …

Shaun’s latest MH17 propaganda

by Bryan Hemming With the shadow of nuclear war looming it becomes even more crucial to focus the spotlight on the way the corporate media reports armed conflicts throughout the world, especially those in Ukraine and the Middle East. That said, Shameless Shaun Walker is at it again, more shamelessly than ever. The first anniversary of MH17 is just few days off. Yet the result of the investigation into its causes seems to inch further and further away. Instead of clamouring for the full facts of this outrageous attack on a civilian aircraft to be made public, mainstream journalists stand on the side-lines, digging up stories they filed last year to feed the mill one more time. Just what do they take us for? Real concern for the families of the victims appears to be the last thing on their mind. On Sept 9th last year The Dutch Safety Board investigating MH17 stated: “The Board aims to publish the report within one year of the date of the crash.” That has been pushed forward to …

Are we the fascists now?

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

The Lincoln controversy…

The150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and the end of hostilities in the American Civil War, has seen a new focus on the continuing – if marginalised – controversy over what they both represent. Was the Civil War a heroic intervention to end oppression and slavery, or the first modern US war of imperialism masquerading as ethics? Was Lincoln a hero, an emancipator, or a racist hypocrite? Did he save the union? or force it upon a people who had chose secession? We can’t can’t claim to have any final answers, but the debate itself – and even more so the fact of its almost total suppression in the mainstream – is important for what it can tell us about our own present day and the formulation of memes, myths and received truths. The rawness and brutality of what was done to the South in the name of justice an unity still lives in the the collective unconscious of the Southern people – and perhaps also in the North – with an intensity …

Does ISIS really smuggle “$3M worth of oil” into Turkey EVERY DAY?

by BlackCatte Part 2 of our series “Questions you aren’t supposed to ask about ISIS”. Part 1 is here Last summer, quoting either David Cohen, the “US Treasury department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence” or a statement from Iraq Energy, a “non-profit policy Institute”, ISIS was suddenly revealed by media storm to be bootlegging crude across the Turkish border, and to be getting shockingly rich as a result. The media reaction was intense and – as ever – unified. Claims were rarely examined, sources rarely verified, amounts were often vague, but by God the message was clear. ISIS raking in cash: Extremists earn more than $1 million a day…” National Post October 23 …the ISIS–controlled oil market in Iraq…is believed to be raising at least $2 million a day…” CNN August 22 …ISIS Makes Up To $3 Million a Day Selling Oil…” ABC News August 2 …How ISIS makes up to $6M A DAY… Newsweek Nov 6 ISIS raises $1 million a day selling crude oil Daily Mail July 12 So incredibly successful were …

Questions you aren’t supposed to ask about ISIS: #1 – those Toyota trucks

by BlackCatte Part 1 of our “ISIS” series. Part 2 can be seen here ISIS. Murky, masked, terrifying Bad Guys. Islamic hardliners, doing unspeakably ghastly things in faraway sandy places. A horde poised to be unleashed on the innocent everywhere. They merge in the Jungian western mind with race memories of the Saracen, that other convenient boogey man from a previous and ultimately ill-fated bid to make strategic conquest into a moral Crusade. Fear is the message. And it works. As with most official narratives, the ISIS trope is left largely unexamined by mainstream media, while at the same time being used as a major motivation for continued and increasing war in the Middle East. Given the growing chaos in the region, now spreading to Yemen, and the increasingly blurry role ISIS would appear to be playing, as media fear-porn, war-provocateur and enemy of western enemies, we’ve decided to do a short series asking some of the largely un-addressed questions about these people, and who may be offering them direct or indirect support. How did …