Western media lie about Syria – eyewitness reports — RT

29 April 2011 — RT


A photo released by the Syrian Arab news Agency (SANA) on April 27, 2011, shows one of 6 coffins of a killed member of either the army or security forces being taken from the October Military hospital in Damascus to their towns and villages for burial, following several days of unrest (AFP Photo)

While media reports paint a picture of the situation in Syria as a mass public uprising brutally suppressed by the dictatorial government, the events are viewed in a totally different way by those living there.

­RT caught up with Anhar Kochneva, director of a Moscow-based tourist firm specializing in the Middle East. She often travels to Syria, and stays in touch with hundreds of people in the region. She shared what her contacts say about the unfolding unrest and who they blame for the spreading violence.

RT: What’s happening in Syria? What have you seen? And [w]hat are the Syrians saying?

Anhar Kochneva: Not even once did I come across anyone who would in any way support these riots; and mind you, in the line of my job, I deal with all sorts of people. There are many vehicles with the president’s portraits driving the streets throughout the country – ranging from old, barely moving crankers to brand new Porsches and Hummers. You can’t force people into hanging up portraits. It means that people, irrespective of their status and income, support the president rather than the rebellion. I saw quite a number of young people walking or driving around with Syrian flags. How can you force a young person hanging out with friends to wave flags? I think it’s difficult too. If you understand the mentality of the Syrians you can tell there is a sincere impulse from a forced obligation.

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Stop Violence Now and Start National Dialogue! By the Syrian Communist Party (Unified)

27 April 2011 — MRZine

The statement of the Syrian Communist Party (Unified) on the urgency to stop violence immediately and to start comprehensive national dialogue

O, the masses of our people!

The bloody events that have taken place in some governorates of Syria for more than a month, especially in the last several days of this month, are heartbreaking, an injury to our soul and a cause of great concern.  The events have already left dozens of citizens, soldiers, and members of security forces dead and wounded, in armed confrontations which could have been avoided and need not be repeated if the security solution is replaced by the logic of politics.

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Libya Newslinks 27-30 April 2011

30 April 2011 — williambowles.info

30 April 2011

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Libya Newslinks 25-26 April 2011

26 April 2011 — williambowles.info

26 April 2011

EU to ban herbal and traditional medicines

3 May 2011

Sorry, I think you’re too late for this one…

28 April 2011

In 3 days, the EU will ban much of herbal medicine, pressing more of us to take pharmaceutical drugs that drive the profits of big Pharma.

The EU Directive erects high barriers to any herbal remedy that hasn’t been on the market for 30 years — including virtually all Chinese, Ayurvedic, and African traditional medicine. It’s a draconian move that helps drug companies and ignores thousands of years of medical knowledge.

We need a massive outcry against this. Together, our voices can press the EU Commission to fix the directive, push our national governments to refuse to implement it, and give legitimacy to a legal case before the courts. Sign below, forward this email to everyone, and let’s get to 1 million voices to save herbal medicine:


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Gitmo Papers Reveal Hundreds of Innocent People Held and are Still Held

27 April 2011 — The Real News Network

Vincent Warren: Secret Guantanamo files reveal what’s been known for years – evidence against most detainees was a sham

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.


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Ed Neumeister ‘ESP’

27 April 2011

Readers might be curious as to why I also publish music videos on a site dedicated to investigating imperialism. Well the short answer is that I’m an ex-muso raised on jazz, funk, reggae, latin and african music and amidst all the gloom and doom, I need a shot of syncopation every now and then and this an opportunity to share it with you.

From a concert in Theater Bouwkunde in Deventer (NL) on 1. december 2010. The arrangement is by Ed Neumeister who is taking the first solo, alto-sax solo is by Gerlo Hesselink, the song composed by Wayne Shorter.

THE LAST NSAM STANDING – Deconstructing a Secrecy Blunder: A Study in Dysfunction

21 April, 2011 National Security Archive Update

For more information contact: John Prados – 202/994-7000

Washington, D.C., April 21, 2011 – The last remaining secret national security directive from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, a National Security Action Memorandum on Laos, has finally been declassified, nearly fifty years after it was first issued, and was posted today on the Web site of the National Security Archive.

Today’s posting is a case study of sorts–a selection of documents which are analyzed not so much for their historical value as for what the materials show about operation of the declassification system. This inquiry has its origins in a quest by Archive senior fellow Jeffrey T. Richelson to obtain the declassification of presidential national security directives issued since President Harry S. Truman. During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, the highest level directives that flowed from the White House were called National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs). President John F. Kennedy issued 173 NSAMs during his time in office. Reaching the point where only NSAM-29, on Laos, dated March 9, 1961, remained secret, Richelson finally obtained the declassification of this directive on October 29, 2010, almost fifty years after it was issued.

As the “last NSAM standing,” NSAM 29 received significant attention inside the National Security Archive. But to the present author, the Archive’s project director on Vietnam war records, it immediately seemed familiar. A search for related records produced a number of other items (also posted today) which provide the context for discussion of NSAM-29’s release. More importantly, however, the search disclosed that the document, far from being the last NSAM standing, was already in the public domain, in multiple versions, some more than a decade old. Given present controversies over secrecy in America, the case of the last NSAM illuminates the enormous problems that are endemic in the declassification system.

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Why Does America Go to War? Read "America's 'War on Terrorism'" to learn the truth By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

21 April, 2011 — Global Research

war-on-terror-book.jpgTo understand the complex web of deceit aimed at luring the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity, get your copy of Michel Chossudovsky’s international bestseller, America’s “War on Terrorism”

In this expanded edition of Michel Chossudovsky’s 2002 best seller, the author blows away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an attack on America by “Islamic terrorists”. Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the cover-up and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

The expanded edition, which includes twelve new chapters focuses on the use of 9/11 as a pretext for the invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq, the militarisation of justice and law enforcement and the repeal of democracy.

According to Chossudovsky, the “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.

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