How a US & Qatari regime change deception produced the ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

25 June 2020 — The Grayzone

Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by shadowy US and Gulf-backed operatives. Instead of protecting Syrian civilians, the unilateral measures are driving them towards hunger and death.

By Max Blumenthal

The US Department of Treasury’s imposition this June of the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act, a draconian set of economic sanctions on Syria, amounts to a medieval-style siege on all Syrians living inside the country’s territory.

Inspired by photos that Western governments and media claim were smuggled out of Syria by a supposed Syrian military whistleblower codenamed “Caesar,” the sanctions are the product of a highly deceptive intelligence operation orchestrated by the US and Qatari governments.

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Human Rights Watch, taking Israel’s side (again)

13 July 2014 — Just World News

HRW’s pro-Israel partisanship on ‘Protective Edge’

The NYC-based organization Human Rights Watch, which has grown increasingly closer to the US government over the years, has sunk to a new low in the kneejerk response it published July 9, to Israel’s deadly ‘Operation Protective Edge’. See how.

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Syria extremists financed by private Gulf donors carried out mass killings – HRW

11 October 2013 — RT

[That Human Rights Watch (HRW), a US-aligned so-called NGO, is now accusing Syrian rebels of committing atrocities in Latakia, indicates at the very least, a change in tactics by the US government but don’t hold your breath for any kind of lovefest between Obama and Assad. See also NATO’s turnaround. WB]

At least 190 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage by Syrian rebels financed by private Gulf donors in an August 4 military offensive in the Latakia governorate, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

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Syria’s Civilian Suffering – Western Imperialism Resorts to Medieval Barbarity By Finian Cunningham

14 April 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The human suffering in Syria, which has escalated from crisis to disaster over the past two years, is the nefarious work of Western governments and their regional allies. It is a simple, provable, glaringly obvious truth. Yet, the thought-control Western mainstream media manage to somehow turn reality on its head, and make a virtue out of something vile and unspeakably villainous. 

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HRW Report on “Syrian Torture” Nonsensical, Hypocritical by Tony Cartalucci

3 July 2012Global

Careless readers might think report covers Western atrocities committed in Afghanistan and Iraq

012 – The Western press leapt into action, promoting and sensationalizing a recent report on alleged “torture” taking place in Syria. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, is based solely on 200 alleged victims of the abuse including opposition members and alleged defectors interviewed either by phone or Skype, or in terrorist havens inside NATO-member Turkey along the Turkish-Syrian border. Continue reading

Syria Newslinks 22-23 March 2012

23 March 2012 13:35:55 —

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

Medvedev against solving problems by force
Voice of Russia, News Today at 12:51
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev believes that threats of using force against any country are very dangerous. He said this at an international conference on security in Europe and the Atlantic region, which is currently under way in Moscow. “;Some people want to make Syria ‘a modern democracy’ as soon as possible,”; Mr. Medvedev said.

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Syria Newslinks 15-16 December 2011

16 December 2011 —

16 December 2011
IRAQ MISSION [FINALLY?] ACCOMPLISHED : A dictatorship without a dictator
Asia Times Online Today at 11:00
A democratic Iraq in a neighborhood riddled with dictatorships will not work, because Arab and Iranian regimes will always try to bring it down, as they did with Lebanon for more than 40 years. With Saudi Arabia and Syria, though, distracted by their own internal problems, it will fall on Tehran to continue its meddling ways in Baghdad. – Sami Moubayed (Dec 16, ’11)

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Video: Zainab al-Hosni, the "Flower of Syria," Alive and on TV: Will Human Rights Organizations and Mass Media Issue Corrections? By Yoshie Furuhashi

4 October 2011 — MRZine

Zainab al-Hosni, dubbed the “Flower of Syria,” who the Syrian opposition claimed was tortured and murdered, burned and decapitated, by the Syrian government, has just appeared on Syrian TV, very much alive.  Here is the video of the TV interview with Zainab, who says she fled from her family home because her brothers were beating her: Continue reading

Media Lens: Doubt Cast on BBC Claims Regarding Fallujah

18 April 2005 — Media Lens

The BBC has published an online Newswatch article entitled ‘Has the BBC ignored weapons claims?’ (April 14, 2005,

This is in response to a large number of emails generated by our March 30 Media Alert, ‘No Great Way to Die,’ (see under ‘Latest‘,

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