• All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.

  • I.F. Stone

zondag 28 mei 2017

There She Is Again and Still Coughing

Hillary Clinton Emerges From Woods, Immediately Starts Coughing

"Allergies" continue to follow Hillary wherever she goes
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"Allergies"
"Allergies"
By her own admission, Hillary Clinton spends a lot of time walking in the woods—and drinking Chardonnay. But now she has finally returned to civilization (this isn't entirely accurate because she's made herself available for interviews so she can explain how Putin forced her to be an awful politician. But we digress...). 
Yes, Hillary Clinton gave the commencement address at her beloved alma mater, Wellesley College. And yes, she wore her favorite wizard hat and coughed a lot. 
Some things never change:
You know [COUGH] four years ago, maybe a little more or less [COUGH] [COUGH] for some of you—just a minute I gotta get a lozenge—[COUGH] a-hem [COUGH] thank you. I told the trustees I was sitting with, after hearing Tala's speech, I didn't think I could get through it—so we'll blame allergy instead of emotions. [POPS PILL] [COUGH] [COUGH] ... [COUGH]
"Allergies."
This is the same excuse she gave 5 days before going stiff like a board and falling into her van:
Hillary Clinton said she was feeling 'better' Tuesday after flooding her system allergy-fighting antihistamines.
'As I said, it, you know, it happens like crazy during the spring when the pollen comes, and it happens in the fall when the pollen comes,' she said.
Clinton's speech was a smorgasbord of tired clichés and lies (for instance, she insinuates that Trump, "like Nixon", will be impeached. Nixon was impeached? Not everyone is your husband, Hillary.)
Hillary also implored her audience to seize control of the Facebook algorithm so that the mean Russians won't be able to pollute America with their Fake News. 
The best part? She read this word-guano from a teleprompter. Come on, Hillary. It's a college commencement address—not your concession speech:
Anyway, watch her cough below:
Brain cancer starts at 0:00—coughing fit begins at 9:45. 

EU-ministers komen met richtlijn voor censuur van sociale media

EU-ministers komen met richtlijn voor censuur van sociale media

De Europese Unie en haar bestuurders doen geen moeite meer om te verbergen dat men de vrije uitwisseling van opvattingen en ideeën wil tegenwerken. Deze week kwamen de ministers van de lidstaten met een voorstel om de sociale media op inhoud te gaan controleren. Men wil hiermee onder de titel ‘veilige sociale media’ naar eigen schrijven; haat zaaien, het aanzetten tot haat en het rechtvaardigen van terrorisme op de sociale media platforms bestrijden. Het voorstel is onderdeel van een pakket maatregelen om de bestaande EU-richtlijn voor audiovisuele mediadiensten te moderniseren. Het voorstel moet nog wel in het Europees Parlement en de Europese Commissie worden behandeld.
Het gaat bij de sociale media bijvoorbeeld om Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google, waar filmpjes worden gedeeld, de beelden moeten worden gefilterd op ‘haatboodschappen’ en schadelijke inhoud voor kinderen. Hoewel ongewenste berichten al vanaf het ontstaan op het internet zijn te vinden, zorgt de combinatie met sociale media voor de nodige onrust. Daarom wenst men dat er extra druk op de sociale media bedrijven gezet wordt om bepaalde berichten niet langer toe te staan.
In de woorden van Andrus Ansip, de vicepresident van de Europese Commissie voor de digitale markt;
“We moeten rekening houden met de nieuwe manier waarop men video’s bekijkt en een goede balans vinden om op een betere wijze innovatieve diensten aan te moedigen, Europese films te promoten, kinderen te beschermen en haat zaaien aan te pakken.”
Voorstanders van de vrije meningsuiting zijn zeer kritisch over de nieuwe EU-richtlijn en waarschuwen ervoor dat dergelijke voorstellen controversiële discussies de grond in boren en tot censuur zullen leiden. Toevallig werd eerder deze week een Tweet van de Nederlandse politicus Geert Wilders in Duitsland geblokkeerd. De reden hiervan is dat in Duitsland al een dergelijke censuurwetgeving op tafel ligt, die waarschijnlijk in juli van dit jaar van kracht gaat. Een gevolg hiervan is dat bedrijven enorme boetes riskeren als ze vergeten of niet voldoende censureren.
Opvallend is dat Nederland zich tegen dit EU-plan voor controle sociale media uitsprak. Het argument dat werd gegeven is minder hoopvol, staatssecretaris Dekker maakt zich vooral druk over de reikwijdte van de richtlijn die onvoldoende onderscheidt zou maken tussen traditionele en de nieuwe media. Het is nu afwachten tot de richtlijn wordt voorgelegd aan het EU-parlement en de Europese Commissie, waarbij wordt onderhandeld over de definitieve richtlijn.

Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media

Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media Coverage (Video) 

Posted on May 27, 2017
In a two-part interview on Democracy Now!, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, co-founders of The Intercept, discuss the media’s role in covering victims of war and how WikiLeaks is crucial for a free press. The interview, conducted by hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González, could not be more timely.
In the first part of the interview, Greenwald and Scahill analyze how Western media have covered the victims of the Manchester, England, terrorist bombing yet are under-covering victims of war in the Middle East.
“If there was just some attention paid to telling the stories of the victims of our own government’s violence, I think there would be a radical shift in how we perceive of ourselves, the role we play in the world and who bears blame in this conflict,” Greenwald says.
The two shift focus in the second part of the interview to discuss journalism in relation to WikiLeaks.
“I think a lot of what is missed in the criticism of Assange and WikiLeaks from news organizations is that what they do to WikiLeaks, and if they do charge Julian Assange with espionage, if they do criminalize what WikiLeaks is doing, that’s a threat to journalists everywhere,” Scahill says. “Regardless of what you think of WikiLeaks, if you are not against their prosecution under this, then you’re going to be part of a drawing back of press freedom in the United States.”


Watch the two-part interview below.
Part 1:
Part 2:

—Posted by Emma Niles

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/us_media_war_victims_wikileaks_hypocrisy_20170527


Ann Coulter Far From Funny

Ann Coulter May Be Joking, but What She Says Is Far From Funny 

Posted on May 27, 2017
By Nick Oltmann

   Ann Coulter at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
Another Ann Coulter column, another casual endorsement of mass slaughter.
This week’s piece, “Rome Burns—Nero Worries About Pyrophobia,” addresses how to keep attacks like the recent one in Manchester, England, from happening again.
She has three ideas. The first is to add six months to the immigration moratorium President Trump promised but hasn’t delivered. The second is to “drop a nuke on some majority-Muslim city involved in terrorism.” The third is to deport a U.S. 9th Circuit Court judge (presumably because that court has ruled against the moratorium).


Any of these three recommendations should be implemented every time there is a terrorist attack in the West carried out by Muslims, she writes.
Just like her protégé Milo Yiannopoulos, Coulter likes to keep her audiences guessing as to when she’s joking and when she’s just dishing out hard truths. Unlike Yiannopoulos, she has managed that balancing act with great aplomb—and cashed in for decades because of it.
But what makes her trio of suggestions on how to respond to terrorism so telling is that two of the three must be jokes. The U.S. can’t lengthen an immigration moratorium that hasn’t been, and probably won’t be, put in place. And if President Trump hasn’t managed to pull an Andrew Jackson and ignore the courts, he certainly can’t start deporting the judges whose decrees he’s beholden to. Those two recommendations are obviously jokes.
President Trump could, however, launch a nuke at Tehran, Iran, or Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
So the question then becomes: Are all three of her recommendations jokes? It would be strange for a right-wing pundit to end a column about stopping Islamic terrorism with three jokes. Indeed, after she makes her recommendations, she solemnly closes with:
“Since Trump, politics has become a game to liberals. The media is a game. Hollywood is a game. Islamic terrorists are killing little girls in England. This isn’t a game.”
If Coulter thinks this is not a game, then it stands to reason that the recommendations she makes—those that are possible—are serious. Furthermore, this week’s column is not exactly a departure from the usual for her.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2006 she, to great applause, roared, “I think our motto should be post-9/11, ‘raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.’ ”
In her first column after the 9/11 attacks, she ended with:
“We should invade their countries [majority-Muslim ones], kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
In an interview in 2005, she really went full-Coulter, saying, “I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning. … They’re a major threat. I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world.”
If you think Coulter’s comments are in jest, I’d have to ask what she could say that would make you take her seriously.
Another thing about Ann Coulter that isn’t a joke is her open and obvious racism.
It’s not just the periodic dog-whistles that she, like some other Republicans, indulges in, such as when she wrote that desegregating schools led to “illiterate students knifing one another between acts of sodomy in the stairwell.” Her racism runs much, much deeper.
Her weekly column, for instance, can be read on not one but two white nationalist websites. One is VDare, named for Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in the Americas. In addition to Coulter’s syndicated column, some of VDare’s recent articles have included “It’s Official: Europeans (Such As Macron’s Voters In France) Have a Genetic Death Wish” and “The Moral Of New Orleans: Americans Can’t Live With These People,” a protest against the removal of Confederate statues in that city.
There is no ambiguity here. The website is openly racist, the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled VDare a hate group, and even other pro-Trump Republicans keep their distance.
The second white nationalist website Coulter is syndicated on is, shockingly, even worse. American Renaissance has been around since the 1990s and was the “alt-right” before there was an alt-right. It publishes essays about the supposed need to form a whites-only ethnostate, claims that blacks love raping white women, and obsesses over the supposedly impending genocide of whites in South Africa. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the founder and longtime president of American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, commented on the ensuing disorder: “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears.”
To reiterate, both of these websites publish Coulter’s columns. See for yourself here and here.
Could it be that Coulter is unaware that her work runs on these sites?
No.
She has attended Christmas parties thrown by VDare. She has also tweeted links to the American Renaissance website. American Renaissance in turn retweets her frequently, nor does it shy from mentioning her.
Coulter was also good friends with the late polemicist Joe Sobran; read her fawning obituary for him here. Sobran not only spoke at several American Renaissance conferences, he also spoke at a Holocaust denial conference. Some of his greatest hits include suggesting that gays with AIDS get tattoos on their posteriors that read “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here” and quipping “An anti-Semite used to mean a man who hated Jews. Now it means a man who is hated by Jews.” After his death, Coulter lamented, “And I’m insanely jealous that he’s giving God all the good belly laughs now.”
It is a long-standing pattern. There is no ambiguity or room for doubt when it comes to Ann Coulter. She’s a racist warmonger who advocates nuclear warfare and is published on white nationalist websites. She should have been banished from polite society years ago.
Instead, she’s a pundit whose influence reaches into the Oval Office. Ain’t that America?

How America Really Works



Syria's Assad Just Explained How America Really Works

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
May 23, 2017

While Americans endlessly battle each other over seemingly important choices like Clinton and Trump or Democrats and Republicans, it is clear that the majority of the population has little understanding of how the U.S. government operates. Yet, for those who pay the price for the apathy and confusion of the general population of the West, it often becomes stunningly obvious that neither Presidents nor political parties in America represent any discernible difference in the ongoing agenda of the Deep State and the rest of the oligarchical apparatus. Indeed, that agenda always marches forward regardless of who is president or which political party is in control.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has thus had the unique position of not only being on the receiving end of American imperialism by virtue of not only being a citizen of a target country but also by being the head of the country, steeped in politics in his own right and thus understanding how certain factors come into play at the national level.

With that in mind, it is worth pointing out a recent statement made by Assad during the course of an interview regarding the opinion of the Syrian government on Donald Trump. Assad stated,
The American President has no policies. There are policies drawn by the American institutions which control the American regime which are the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms and oil companies, and financial institutions, in addition to some other lobbies which influence American decision-making. The American President merely implements these policies, and the evidence is that when Trump tried to move on a different track, during and after his election campaign, he couldn’t. He came under a ferocious attack. As we have seen in the past few week, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime. That’s why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American President’s foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades.


Assad also addressed the Western media’s portrayal of him as a “devil” who kills and oppresses his own people. He stated,
Yes, from a Western perspective, you are now sitting with the devil. This is how they market it in the West. But this is always the case when a state, a government, or an individual do not subjugate themselves to their interests, and do not work for their interests against the interests of their people. These have been the Western colonial demands throughout history. They say that this evil person is killing the good people. Okay, if he is killing the good people, who have been supporting him for the past six years? Neither Russia, nor Iran, nor any friendly state can support an individual at the expense of the people. This is impossible. If he is killing the people, how come the people support him? This is the contradictory Western narrative; and that’s why we shouldn’t waste our time on Western narratives because they have been full of lies throughout history, and not something new.

When asked about the allegations made by the United States that the Syrian government has retained some stocks of chemical weapons, Assad responded by saying,
You and I remember well what happened in 2003, when Colin Powell showed the world in the United Nations what he claimed to be the evidence which proves that President Saddam Hussein possessed chemical, nuclear, and other weapons. However, when the American forces invaded Iraq, it was proven that all he said was a lie. Powell himself admitted that the American intelligence agencies deceived him with that false evidence. That wasn’t the first nor will it be the last time. This means that if you want to be a politician in the United States, you have to be a genuine liar. This is what characterizes American politicians: they lie on a daily basis, and say something and do something different. That’s why we shouldn’t believe what the Pentagon, or any other American institution says, because they say things which serve their policies, not things which reflect reality and the facts on the ground.

One can scarcely argue with Assad’s portrayal of the U.S. government and the position of the Presidency in 2017. After all, Donald Trump campaigned on keeping America out of foreign wars and the affairs of other countries as well as the WW3 policy of Hillary Clinton. However, not even four months into his Presidency, Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria and the United States struck a Syrian military convoy en route to liberate the Southeast of the country from terrorists only days ago. The Trump administration has repeatedly pushed the envelope even further in Syria and provoked fears that the U.S. aggression in the region and in Asia could result in a confrontation with a nuclear power much in the same way that Hillary Clinton advocated for during the campaign.

While Americans remain more divided than ever and as they ceaselessly argue over which party and political figurehead is better, the war machine marches onward not only in Syria but also in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. If Americans are not capable of understanding that there is more to the system in which they live than two pathetic political parties and clownish Presidential personalities, that war machine will march itself clear across the globe until it comes back home.



The transcript of the interview with Bashar al-Assad is included below in this article. Assad addresses the United States involvement in the Syrian crisis, the Israeli role, and the attempt to destabilize Venezuela. 

teleSUR (TS): Mr. President, thank you for receiving us.

President Bashar al-Assad (BA): I welcome you and teleSUR TV in Syria. You are welcome.

TS: Let’s start directly with the latest developments. Russia has warned that there might be other alleged chemical attacks. What are the precautionary measures that Syria has taken in order to prevent that?

BA: First of all, terrorists have used chemical materials more than once in the past several years and in more than one region throughout Syria. We have asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send specialized missions to investigate what happened. And every time, the United States obstructed these investigations or prevented sending such missions in order to carry out such investigations. This is what happened last week when we called for investigations over the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The United States and its allies prevented OPCW from taking that decision. As far as we are concerned, we still insist on an investigation, and we and our Russian and Iranian allies are trying to persuade OPCW to send a team to investigate what happened, because if it doesn’t, the United States might repeat the same charade by fabricating the use of false chemical weapons in another place in Syria in order to justify military intervention in support of the terrorists. On the other hand, we continue to fight the terrorists, because we know that the objective of all these American and Western allegations concerning chemical weapons is to support terrorists in Syria. That’s why we will continue to fight these terrorists.

TS: But the Pentagon says that Syria has chemical weapons. Is it true that Syria has kept one percent of the weapons it has committed itself to hand over and destroy four years ago?

BA: You and I remember well what happened in 2003, when Colin Powell showed the world in the United Nations what he claimed to be the evidence which proves that President Saddam Hussein possessed chemical, nuclear, and other weapons. However, when the American forces invaded Iraq, it was proven that all he said was a lie. Powell himself admitted that the American intelligence agencies deceived him with that false evidence. That wasn’t the first nor will it be the last time. This means that if you want to be a politician in the United States, you have to be a genuine liar. This is what characterizes American politicians: they lie on a daily basis, and say something and do something different. That’s why we shouldn’t believe what the Pentagon, or any other American institution says, because they say things which serve their policies, not things which reflect reality and the facts on the ground.

TS: What is the objective behind Syria’s desire to acquire the latest generation of anti-missile systems from Russia?

BA: We are already in a state of war with Israel; and Israel has been committing aggressions on the Arab states surrounding it since its creation in 1948. So, it’s natural that we should have such systems. However, the terrorists, acting on Israeli, American, Turkish, Qatari, and Saudi instructions have destroyed some of these systems. And it is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening these systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles. That has become a real possibility after the recent American aggression on al-Shairat airbase in Syria.

TS: What is the role that Israel, in particular, has played in this war against Syria? We know that Israeli attacks against the positions of the Syrian Arab Army have continued in recent weeks.

BA: It is playing this role in different forms; first, by direct aggression, particularly by using warplanes, artillery, or missiles against Syrian Army positions. Second, it is supporting terrorists in two ways: first by providing direct support in the form of weapons, and second by providing logistic support, i.e. allowing them to conduct military exercises in the areas it controls. It also provides them with medical assistance in its hospitals. These are not mere claims or assumptions. They are facts, verified and published on the internet which you can easily access as proven evidence of the Israeli role in support of the terrorists in Syria.

TS: How do you assess the current policy of Donald Trump in the world, and in Syria in particular?

BA: The American President has no policies. There are policies drawn by the American institutions which control the American regime which are the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms and oil companies, and financial institutions, in addition to some other lobbies which influence American decision-making. The American President merely implements these policies, and the evidence is that when Trump tried to move on a different track, during and after his election campaign, he couldn’t. He came under a ferocious attack. As we have seen in the past few week, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime. That’s why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American President’s foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades.

TS: The American administration has opened a new front now with North Korea. Is it possible that this will affect the current American approach towards Syria?

BA: No, the United States always seeks to control all the states of the world without exception. It does not accept allies, regardless of whether they are developed states as those in the Western bloc, or other states of the world. Every state should be an American satellite. That is why what is happening to Syria, to Korea, to Iran, to Russia, and maybe to Venezuela now, aims at re-imposing American hegemony on the world, because they believe that this hegemony is under threat now, which consequently threatens the interests of American economic and political elites.

TS: Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict is very clear; but what is the role of China, this other great global power?

BA: There is great cooperation with Russia and China in terms of political action or political positions. Viewpoints are similar, and there is cooperation in the Security Council. As you know, the United States and its allies have tried several times to use the Security Council in order to legitimize the role of the terrorists in Syria and to legitimize their role in the illegitimate and aggressive intervention in Syria. That’s why Russia and China stood together, and China’s role, with the Russian role, was essential in this regard.

Moreover, some of the terrorists are Chinese nationals who came to Syria through Turkey. They pose a threat to us in Syria, but they pose an equal threat to China. China is aware of the fact that terrorism in any place in the world moves to any other place; and consequently, whether these terrorists are of Chinese or any other nationality, they might return to China and strike there as they have done in Europe, in Russia, and in Syria. We are now cooperating with China on security issues.

TS: Western and American media talk now about moderate terrorists and extremist terrorists. In reality, is there a difference between the two groups?

BA: For them, a moderate terrorist is that who carries out acts of beheading and slaughter but without carrying al-Qaeda flag, or without saying “Allah Akbar,” while an extremist terrorist is that who carries the flag and says Allah Akbar when carrying out acts of beheading and slaughter. This is the only difference. For the United States, all those who serve its political agenda against other states are classified as moderate opposition and not as extremist and terrorist, even if they commit the worst acts of terrorism. They are freedom fighters and not fighters in the cause of destruction and sabotage.

TS: There have been six years of war in Syria. What is Syria’s position now, particularly in the absence of statistics about human losses?

BA: The most painful loss in any war is human loss, the suffering which is inflicted any family when it loses one of its members; for the whole family is scarred for life. This is the natural feeling in a region like ours, where family ties are very strong. Nothing compensates that loss, and nothing exceeds the pain it causes. There are of course huge economic and infrastructure losses, but this infrastructure has been built for a little over 50 years by Syrian hands, not foreign hands. And we have the capacity to rebuild this infrastructure. The same goes for the economy, for the Syrian economy is based on Syrian capabilities first and foremost; and our economic ties with the West have always been limited. When the war is over, it will all be rebuilt. We do not have a problem with that. It is true that it takes time, but it is not impossible. So, the greatest and most painful loss for Syria is the human loss.

TS: Of the 86 states constituting the alliance waging war on Syria, are there any that would take part in the process of reconstruction?

BA: No, of course not. First of all, they do not want to rebuild Syria, but some companies in those countries, if they see that the wheel of the economy and rebuilding has started to turn, and since they are opportunists, they are certainly prepared to come and have a share of rebuilding Syria in order to make money. The Syrian people will certainly not accept this. All the states which stood against the Syrian people and took part in the destruction and sabotage will never take part in rebuilding Syria. That is final.

TS: But how was life during these past six years in this besieged country?

BA: Life has certainly been tough to every Syrian citizen. The terrorists have destroyed the infrastructure. In certain areas, electricity is on for one or two hours, and there are areas in which there’s no electricity at all. There are areas in which electricity has been cut off for more than two or three years. People don’t know television, children do not go to school, there are no medical clinics or hospitals, and nobody treats the ill. They live a prehistoric existence thanks to the terrorists. There are areas which did not have water for years, like what happened in Aleppo, which did not have water for many long years. Sometimes, they use polluted water for drinking, washing up, and other purposes. Life has been very tough.

TS: One of the main targets during these years has been the person of Bashar al-Assad. Have you ever felt fear during these years?

BA: When you are in the middle of the war, you do not feel fear. I believe this is something common to all people. But you have a general concern for the homeland; for what is the value of being safe, as an individual, as a citizen, while the country is under threat? You cannot feel safe. I believe that the feeling we have in Syria in general is concern for the future of Syria rather than personal fear. The evidence is that mortar shells fall anywhere, on any house; nevertheless, you see that life continues in Syria. The will to life is much stronger than personal fear. As a President, I take strength from the feelings of the general public, not from my personal feelings. I do not live in isolation from the others.

TS: Western media have been waging a media campaign against you. Am I sitting now with this devil portrayed by the media?

BA: Yes, from a Western perspective, you are now sitting with the devil. This is how they market it in the West. But this is always the case when a state, a government, or an individual do not subjugate themselves to their interests, and do not work for their interests against the interests of their people. These have been the Western colonial demands throughout history. They say that this evil person is killing the good people. Okay, if he is killing the good people, who have been supporting him for the past six years? Neither Russia, nor Iran, nor any friendly state can support an individual at the expense of the people. This is impossible. If he is killing the people, how come the people support him? This is the contradictory Western narrative; and that’s why we shouldn’t waste our time on Western narratives because they have been full of lies throughout history, and not something new.

TS: What can Syria, too, do in order to put an end to this war ahead of the sixth round of Geneva talks?

BA: We said that there are two axes: the first is fighting the terrorists; and this is not subject to any discussion, and we don’t have any other choice in dealing with the terrorists except fighting them. The other axis, the political one, includes two points: first, dialogue with the different political forces over the future of Syria; and second: local reconciliations, in the sense that we negotiate with the terrorists in a certain village or city, depending on each case separately. The objective of this reconciliation is for them to lay down their weapons and receive an amnesty from the state, and consequently return to their normal life. This approach has been implemented during the past three or four years, has succeeded, and is ongoing now. These are the axes which we can work on in order to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

TS: From the perspective of a country in a state of war, how do you see the situation in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela, where a number of acts very similar to those which caused the conflict in Syria have emerged?

BA: Of course, they should be similar, because the party planning and implementing these acts is the same. It is the United States as a maestro and the Western states constituting the choir. Latin America in general, and Venezuela in particular, used to be the backyard of the United States for decades. Through that backyard, Western states, particularly North America, or the United States, used to secure their economic interests through the influence of the big companies in your countries. Military or political coups in Latin America during the 1960s and the 1970s aimed at perpetuating American hegemony over the interests of your people. But Latin America freed itself during the past twenty years and gained its independent decision-making. Governments started defending the interests of their peoples, which is unacceptable to the United States. That’s why they are exploiting what’s happening in the world, starting with the orange revolution in Ukraine up to the recent coup there a few years ago, and what is taking place in the Arab countries, in Libya, Syria, Yemen and others, in order to implement it in Latin America. They started in Venezuela with the objective of overthrowing the national government, and it will spread over to other Latin American countries.

TS: Some people, particularly ordinary citizens in Latin America, think that a scenario similar to what’s happening in Syria could be repeated in Latin America. What do you think?

BA: This is true. That’s why I say since the party planning and implementing is the same, it’s natural that the scenario is not only similar, but identical. Some local elements might be different. In Syria, they said in the beginning that there were peaceful demonstrations, but in fact, when these peaceful demonstrations did not spread wide enough, they implanted individuals who fired on both sides, on the police and the demonstrations, and there were casualties. They started to say that the state is killing the people, and this scenario is being repeated everywhere. The same scenario will be repeated in Venezuela. That’s why the Venezuelan people have to be very careful. There is a difference between opposing the government and being against the homeland, a huge difference. On the other hand, no foreign state can be more concerned about Venezuela’s interests than the Venezuelan people themselves. Do not believe the West, for it’s not concerned either about human rights or about the interests of states. It is only concerned about the interests of part of the governing elites in its countries. And these governing elites are not necessarily politicians, they are economic companies too.

TS: I’m talking about Latin America, Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution which was your strong ally. How do you remember the late Hugo Chavez?

BA: President Chavez was a world-class distinguished personality. When we talk about Latin America, we immediately remember the late President Chavez and the late leader Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution. They are distinguished personalities who changed the face of Latin America. But of course the leader I knew personally and whom I met more than once and had a personal relationship with was President Chavez, when he visited us in Syria and I visited him in Venezuela. He visited us twice. When you meet him, you can tell that he is the son of the people. You do not feel that you are meeting a president or a politician, but a person who lived the suffering of his people. Everything he said, and every minute of his time, was about the details related to the people of his country. And when he talked with a head of another state, or an official from another state, he always thought of how to create common interests which reflect positively on his people. He was a real and strongly charismatic leader. And he was an extremely genuine person.

TS: They demonized Chavez before; and it is clear that it is Nicolas Maduro’s turn now.

BA: Of course, as long as President Maduro is walking the same patriotic line, the line of Venezuela’s independence, and acting in the best interest of his country’s people, it is natural that he should be the first target of the United States. This is self-evident.

TS: How does Bashar al-Assad envision the end of the war?

BA: Today, foreign intervention in Syria aside, the problem is not complicated, for the majority of the Syrians are tired of the war and want a solution. They want to return to safety and stability. There is a dialogue between us as Syrians, there are meetings, and people live with each other, i.e. there is no real barrier. The problem now is that with every step we make towards a solution and regaining stability, the terrorist gangs receive more money and weapons in order to blow the situation up. That’s why I can say that the solution should be stopping outside support to the terrorists. As far as we are concerned in Syria, reconciliation among all Syrians, and forgetting and forgiving all that happened in the past throughout this war, is the way to restore safety to Syria. Rest assured that Syria will be then much stronger than it was before the war.

TS: Are you prepared to have reconciliation with those who carried arms against the Syrian people?

BA: Of course, and this has actually happened in many and different places, and some of them have fought side by side with the Syrian Army, some fell martyrs, and some returned to their cities and live in the part under government control. We don’t have a problem. Tolerance is essential to end any war. And we are proceeding on that track.

TS: Mr. President, what is your message to Latin America and the world?

BA: Keep your independence. We, in the Arab region, are celebrating independence in more than one country. But this independence used to mean, in a number of countries in the region, the mere evacuation of occupying forces. But real independence happens when you are in possession of your national decision-making. For us, Latin America was a model of independence, in the sense that occupiers were evacuated, in case there were foreign forces, but at the same time there was national decision-making, openness, and democracy. You provided the world with an important model. So, keep it, because if the countries of the third and developing world wanted to develop, they should follow the model implemented in Latin America.

TS: Mr. President, thank you for giving teleSUR this interview, and thank you for your precious time and all the information that you have provided.

BA: Thank you for coming, and once again I welcome you in Damascus.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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Aleppo Reporter Exposes White Helmets, West For Working With al-Qaeda



Aleppo Reporter Exposes White Helmets, West For Working With al-Qaeda; Debunks "Assad's Brutality" 

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
May 24, 2017

As more and more evidence reveals the terroristic nature of the White Helmets and the fact that the groups is nothing more than a wing of al-Qaeda/Nusra, the facts surrounding the terrorist support group seem to be snowballing. After in depth research by Vanessa Beeley of 21st Century Wire and The Wall Will Fallseriously damaged the credibility of White Helmets-based propaganda, Beeley herself was able to travel to Syria and document evidence that the White Helmets were indeed working with al-Nusra and al-Qaeda.

Now, independent journalist Khaled Iskef, who is based in Aleppo, has followed up on Beeley’s work by releasing a series of reports of his own detailing the information he obtained as a result of analyzing the contents of files, documents, and papers left over in the East Aleppo White Helmets headquarters which, notably, was located directly next to the Nusra headquarters.

In the series of reports included below, Iskef reveals through the documents he obtained (footage is constantly rolling in the background showing the documents, graffiti, and buildings he is discussing) that the White Helmets were specifically trained by Qatar in Turkey. Like Vanessa Beeley’s report, Iskef also shows on camera the fact that the White Helmets headquarters contained not only their own logo but also the logo of ISIS.

Iskef’s report contains a brief discussion of the M10 hospital which can be seen in the video and which was only used to treat terrorists and jihadist fighters at the expense of civilians.

Iskef also claims that a French doctor named Raphael Betty assisted in treating the terrorists as did the director of COMSYR. In addition, Iskef claims that he has evidence which shows a “deal” between the “Free Aleppo Governorate Council, Osama Talgo, Rafael Betty and Ala, one of the members of the COMSYR society.”


In the report, Iskef shows a document which is, in effect, a written agreement between the White Helmets and ISIS for cooperation and mutual assistance involving safe passage and other forms of collaboration.

In the second video, the report goes some length in discussing the issue of the use of fake names for White Helmets “activists,” which Iskef points out is a very curious thing since fake names are a hallmark of intelligence agencies and intelligence operations. Furthermore, he claims that the documentation he obtained shows that various groups of terrorists are being paid $200,000 per month from the West alone.

The third video is particularly interesting since it contains snippets of interviews Iskef conducted with Syrians who had been captured, tortured, or otherwise witnessed the torture and murder of other civilians by the terrorists. These interviews reveal that the West’s proxies intentionally kidnapped civilians and forced them out to the front lines for the express purpose of seeing them killed by SAA gunfire so that they could then parade their bodies in front of the television cameras and claim Assad was responsible for their deaths. Other interviews reveal the intentional shelling of civilians by terrorists.

You can view the videos for yourself below:







Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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