The Battle for Homs By Alexey Pilko

7 March, 2012 — Voice of Russia

Recently, Syrian government forces completed the assault on Homs, a stronghold of anti-government military groups. According to media reports, a mop-up operation of the city is under way. However, even President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents did not dispute the fact that the Syrian army carried out a successful military operation last week that ended an almost month-long siege of a key strategic city.

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Role of mass media in Syrian conflict By Yekaterina Kudashkina

7 March, 2012  — Voice of Russia

Interview with Aisling Byrne – projects coordinator with the Conflicts Forum coming to us all the way from Beirut.

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Aisling, thank you very much for joining us. So, as far as I understand the United States has dismissed the results of the referendum saying it was cynical because it took place while the Syrian Government guns, tanks and artillery were still firing in Homs and other cities. So, basically that’s what the statement said.

I think that what we continue to see is that there are two sides to this media war and much of the conflict in Syria is a media war. For example if you read certain newspapers or websites and look at certain television stations you will see everything by essentially the mouthpieces of the Syrian opposition. And if you look at the other television stations or websites, or publications – you will see reporting given from both sides.

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Zionism loves colonialism, Zionism is colonialism By William Bowles

7 March 2012

Ynet Op-ed: Zionism will only cease being demonized when West stops to demonise colonialism

If I didn’t know any better I’d think the following Op-ed piece from the rightwing Israeli news source Ynet was another Yes Men spoof but it’s for real. I decided finally to publish the opinion in its entirety (if in a somewhat fragmented form) for it reveals the insane irrationality that underpins Zionism as the only ‘defender of the Jewish people’ (aside that is from its benefactor the US).

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Wikileaks Newslinks 7 March 2012

7 March


Wikileaks: Bin Laden’s body moved on CIA plane to US

Gant Daily

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – WikiLeaks on Tuesday made another stunning revelation when it released e-mails claiming that the body of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea, but instead moved on a CIA plane to the United …


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Bradley Manning Newslinks 7 March 2012

7 March


‘US world’s worst human rights violator’

Press TV

The UN special rapporteur on torture has found that the US authorities subjected WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Juan Ernesto Mendez says he is not convinced with the US authorities’ explanation regarding …


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«Arab Spring» is Arab Socialism’s Fall By Wayne Madsen

7 March 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The fall of autocratic regimes in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, which had more to do with skyrocketing unemployment and inflation than in a desire to «democratize,» gave the circling vultures of Western «pro-democracy» think tanks and foundations the opportunity to put stakes in the hearts of governing pan-Arab socialist political parties long seen as a threat to the goals of «uber-capitalist» globalization. The Ba’ath socialist party of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was the first victim of a desire by the global forces of extreme capitalism to re-make the Middle East’s financial, demographic, political, and social construct. 

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Fighting the “Rising Tide” of Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Syrian Crisis By Andrew Gavin Marshall


The following sample is a compilation of unedited research, largely drawn from official government documents of the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, White House, and National Security Council, outlining the development of the Eisenhower Doctrine and the American imperial perceptions of the threat of ‘Arab Nationalism.’

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