Syria News Links 17 September 2018

17 September 2018 20:19 — William Bowles

Brave and Crazy: Dilyana Gaytandzhieva discusses her courageous exposés on Western imperial crimes.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheGreanvillePost/~3/1RNoo0kBiQw/

Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45554188

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Idlib: Lull before the hurricane – by Peter Ford

17 September 2018 — Tim Hayward

This article is posted on behalf of Peter Ford, former UK ambassador to Syria [TH].

It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed.

New US policies for Syria

Without fanfare the US has just reformulated its position to create the conditions for it to launch devastating strikes on Syria no longer just on the pretext of alleged use of chemical weapons but on any ‘humanitarian’ pretext the US sees fit. In an interview with the Washington Post on 6 September, James Jeffrey, the hawkish new Special Envoy for Syria fresh from the neocon incubator of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, did not mince words:

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Corbyn Might Long Regret Capitulation on Anti-Semitism

15 September 2018 — Consortium News

The British Labour Party’s decision to adopt the IHRA’s contested anti-Semitism definition is a victory for the Israel lobby and for forces on both sides of the Atlantic seeking to stifle criticism of Mideast policy, argues Daniel Lazare.

Daniel Lazare
Special to Consortium News

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The Bluffer’s Guide to Bombing Syria By Peter Ford

17 September 2018 — 21st Century Wire

The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out ‘talking points’ to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons.

Here is a guide from a former insider to the top dozen of these lies.

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Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War. Prism of Disaster

17 September 2017 — Global Research

Excerpt from Chapter 1, ‘The global gamble of a new Cold War’

By Prof. Kees van der Pijl

‘Based on wide-ranging meticulous research, van der Pijl utilises the case of the downing of MH17 as a prism to refract the political corruption of state-directed oligarchic capitalism in Ukraine coupled to the self-interest of a neo-liberal driven European Union. He offers a masterly analysis of the complex domestic personal relationships and class forces involved in the breakup of Ukraine and the wider Soviet bloc, and concurrently the clash by foreign interests for material assets. The discussion of the downing of MH17 is based on a wide range of sources and provides the best available case study of the topic. Van der Pijl’s research raises controversial conclusions both about the validity of the process, the conclusions of the investigation of the crash and the wider motivations of the principal interests.

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Censored film reveals The Israel Project’s secret Facebook campaign By Ali Abunimah and Asa Winstanley

13 September 2018 — The Electronic Intifada

The Israel Project, a major advocacy group based in Washington, is running a secret influence campaign on Facebook.

This is revealed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar following pressure from pro-Israel organizations.

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First They Came for Alex Jones, Then for Russian Cable News RT and Syrian TV. Going to War with Russia, Syria, Iran? By Ann Garrison

14 September 2018 — Global Research

Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibibi calls Alex Jones “the media equivalent of a trench-coated stalker who jumps out from behind a mailbox and starts whacking it in an intersection.” Good description but he rightly warned that “Censorship Does Not End We.”

Shortly after Alex Jones was kicked off Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, New York City residents let me know via email and Twitter that the Russian cable news outlet RT was gone in their area. They all reported the screen message, “Programming on this network is no longer available.” One said that he had called Spectrum customer service, where a representative confirmed that RT was no longer available, but with no further information. He complained and the rep said she’d pass it upstairs.

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Part II – Syria’s White Helmets: War By Way of Deception ~ ‘Moderate Executioners’

28 October 2015 — 21st Century Wire

1-WHite-Helmets-Terrorists-CIAVanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

“If there is any doubt concerning the nefarious undertones of subversiveness in these NGO dealings, [National Endowment for Democracy] NED founder reportedly said the following in the 1990s: ‘A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.’ What was once done at night under the cloak of ‘imperialism’ is now done during the day under the guise of ‘humanitarianism.’” ~ The Wrong Kind of Green

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Syria’s White Helmets: War by Way of Deception – Part I

23 October, 2015 — 21st Century Wire

1-White-Helmets-Syria (3)Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

“The Ivy League bourgeoisie who sit at the helm of the non-profit industrial complex will one day be known simply as charismatic architects of death. Funded by the ruling class oligarchy, the role they serve for their funders is not unlike that of corporate media. Yet, it appears that global society is paralyzed in a collective hypnosis – rejecting universal social interests, thus rejecting reason, to instead fall in line with the position of the powerful minority that has seized control, a minority that systematically favours corporate interests.” ~ Cory Morningstar

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The Dike Breaks – Netherland Ends Support For “White Helmets” Terrorist Propaganda By Moon of Alabama

15 September 2018 — Moon of Alabama

Updated below

The Netherland just announced that it is ending its support for al-Qaeda’s propaganda gang, the “White Helmets”. It also ends its support for the so called Free Syrian Police. Last week the Netherlands shut down its “non lethal” support for the Free Syrian Army after Dutch news organizations found that members of these groups were accused of terrorism by their General Prosecutor.

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Emboldened by Trump, Israel Bombs Damascus International Airport By Miri Wood

16 September 2018 — Global Research

Emboldened by Trump’s continuing threats to protect al-Qaeda in Syria, Israel has chosen the joyous occasion of the Damascus 60th International Fair…to bomb Damascus International Airport. Not that it matters to Israel — or to Trump — it is a war crime to bomb civilian planes and airports. Several missiles were intercepted by Syria’s air defense system and no casualties have been reported at this writing. 

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