Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By William Bowles

15 February 2012

Prequel: I’m going to write a longer piece on this issue, not Ali per se but  on the entire ‘orientalism’ approach that saturates all of us, left and right.

All quotes from, ‘Assad must go to save Syria from intervention’, RT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that:

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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Finding the words to say it By William Bowles

16 November 2008

“The BBC’s Tim Franks in Jerusalem says we have no clue as to when or where this video was shot and it is impossible to know just how frequently such incidents occur.” — ‘BBC: Israel army studies ‘abuse video’

But right below this it says:

“But a leading Israeli human rights group says “many instances of abuse are not exposed because they have become the norm””.

But is this all this group said? Why isn’t the group named? Why is the source not identified? It seems the ‘rules’ that allegedly govern reportage are as flexible as Mr Franks interpretation of events are.

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