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  2. Wednesday 14th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Warmongering MPs claim fall of Aleppo is down to rejecting intervention in 2013

    TORY and Labour MPs expressed their regret yesterday over failing to go to war against Syria in 2013 during a sparsely attended emergency Commons debate.

    The government is “complicit” in the suffering faced by tens of thousands of Syrians in Aleppo, according to the Conservatives — who voted overwhelmingly in favour of military action in 2013.

    The debate came after UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon raised concerns over unverified reports of “atrocities against a large number of civilians, including women and children.”

    Conservative former minister Andrew Mitchell and former chancellor George Osborne said MPs who voted against intervention had “to take responsibility” for the current conflict.

    Mr Osborne — who voted in favour of British military action — said: “We are deceiving ourselves if we think we have no responsibility over what has happened in Syria.

    “The tragedy in Aleppo did not come out of a vacuum — it was created by a vacuum. A vacuum of Western leadership, American leadership, British leadership.

    “Parliament should take responsibility over what it prevented from being done. And there were multiple opportunities to intervene.”

    However, he did admit that the “price” of intervention includes bloodshed and suffering of thousands of civilians, the “chaos that inevitably follows” such as in Iraq and Libya, the cost to the British taxpayer and societal division in Britain.

    He even went on to take a swing at yesterday’s Morning Star front page, joining MPs including Toby Perkins, Wes Streeting, Ian Austin and Jess Phillips in deriding Tuesday’s headline that stated the “final liberation of Aleppo is in sight.”

    However, Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German told the Star: “Those MPs like George Osborne who say we made a mistake not intervening in Syria are in denial about Britain’s role.

    “Firstly we are intervening in Syria against Assad — this has being going on for years. Secondly the disaster of Syria and the role of Isis started with the war in Iraq. Every single British intervention in the war on terror has been a failure and has only brought more war and terrorism. We should be calling for an end to the war, to all outside intervention on whatever side, and for aid to those who need it.”

    Ms German said: “We should also allow Syrian refugees into Britain, something these hypocritical MPs have no intention of doing.”

    Leader Jeremy Corbyn called on PM Theresa May to work towards a peaceful resolution enabled by a UN-brokered ceasefire and human corridors to allow citizens out.

    It later emerged yesterday that terror groups announced a ceasefire to the Russia-backed Syrian military after the latter regained 99 per cent control of east Aleppo after four years of struggle.


  3. Wednesday 14th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    With so much of the Syrian coverage based on dubious facts, RAMZY BAROUD asks: ‘Has the war in Syria also destroyed journalism?’

    WHEN a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on watching video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate media coverage on the war in Syria.

    In a recent article in the Independent, Fisk reflects on the siege, uprising and atrocious nazi massacres in Warsaw, Poland in 1944. The terribly high cost of that war leads him to reject the French assertion that the current siege in Aleppo is the “worst massacre since World War II.”

    Fisk asks: “Why do we not see the defending fighters, as we do on the Warsaw films? Why are we not told about their political allegiance, as we most assuredly are on the Warsaw footage?”

    “Why do we not see ‘rebel’ military hardware — as well as civilian targets — being hit by artillery and air attack as we do on the Polish newsreels?” further demonstrating what he perceives to be the flaw of such a comparison.

    Not that Fisk doubts that pictures of the dead and wounded children in eastern Aleppo are real; his argument is largely against the one-sidedness of the coverage, of demonising one party, while sparing another.

    Without reserve, I always find comparing massacres — to find out which is worse — tasteless, if not inhumane.

    What is the point in this, aside from mitigating the effect of a terrible tragedy by comparing it to a hypothetically much greater tragedy?

    Or, as the French have done, perhaps exaggerating the human toll to create the type of fear that often leads to reckless political and military action?

    The French and other Nato countries have used this tactic repeatedly in the past.

    In fact, this is how the war on Libya was concocted, purportedly to stave off the imminent Tripoli “genocide” and Benghazi “bloodbath.” The US used it in Iraq, successfully. The Israelis have perfected it in Gaza. In fact, the US intervention in Iraq was always tied to some sort of imagined global threat that, unsurprisingly, was never proven.

    Tony Blair was so eager to take part in the conquest of Iraq in 2003 that he contrived intelligence alleging that Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, was able to deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes from the moment such an order was given.

    The US went even further: it was only recently revealed that the US had hired a London-based firm, Bell Pottinger, to create fake al-Qaida videos and news reports that were designed to appear as if written by legitimate Arabic media.

    The propaganda videos were “personally approved” by the commander of the US-led coalition forces in Iraq at the time, general David Petraeus, Salon and others reported.

    We still do not know the specific content of many of these videos and to what extent such material, which cost US tax payers $540 million (£425m), influenced events on the ground and our understanding of these events.

    Considering the high financial cost and the fact that the company worked directly from inside Baghdad’s “Camp Victory,” side-by-side with high-ranking US officials, one can only imagine the degree of deceit imparted upon innocent viewers and readers for years.

    Compounded with the fact that the whole reason behind the war was a lie, the then secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld had no intention of ever informing reporters of what was really transpiring on the ground and that countless reporters agreed to be embedded with US-British forces, thus further contributing to the one-sided narrative.

    One is left to wonder if any truth ever emerged from Iraq.

    Then, again, we know that hundreds of thousands have died in that catastrophic military adventure, that Iraq is not better off and that thousands more are still being killed because this is what happens when countries are invaded, destabilised, hurriedly reassembled and then left to lick their wounds, alone.

    The chaotic violence and sectarianism in Iraq are the direct outcome of the US invasion and occupation, which were constructed on official lies and dishonest media reporting.

    Is it too much to ask, then, that we learn from those dreadful mistakes, to understand that when all is said and done nothing will remain but mass graves and grieving nations?

    As for the lies that enable wars and allow the various sides to clinch on their straw arguments of selected morality, few ever have the intellectual courage to take responsibility when they are proven wrong. We simply move on, uncaring for the victims of our intellectual squabbles.

    “The extreme bias shown in foreign media coverage of similar events in Iraq and Syria will be a rewarding subject for PhD students looking at the uses and abuses of propaganda down the ages,” wrote war reporter Patrick Cockburn.

    He is right, of course, but as soon as his report on media bias was published, he was attacked and dismissed by both sides on social media. From their perspective, a proper position would be for him to completely adopt the version of events as seen by one side and totally ignore the other.

    Yet, with both sides of the war having no respect for media or journalists — the list of journalists killed in Syria keeps on growing — no impartial journalist is allowed to carry out his or her work in accordance with the minimum standards of reporting.

    Thus, the “truth” can only be gleaned based on deductive reasoning — as many of us have successfully done, reporting on Iraq and Palestine.

    Of course, there will always be the self-tailored activist-journalist-propagandist variety who will continue to cheer for death and destruction in the name of whatever ideology they choose to follow.

    They abide by no reasoning, but their own convenient logic — that which is only capable of demonising their enemies and lionising their friends.

    Unfortunately, these media trolls are the ones shaping the debate on much of what is happening in the Middle East today.

    While the coverage of war in the past has given rise to many daring journalists — Seymour Hersh in Vietnam, Tariq Ayyoub in Iraq, photo-journalist Zoriah Miller and hundreds more — the war in Syria is destroying journalistic integrity and with it, people’s ability to decipher one of the most convoluted conflicts of the modern era.

    In Syria, as in Iraq and other warring regions in the Middle East, the “truth” is not shaped by facts, but opinions, themselves fashioned by blind allegiances, not truly humanistic principles or even simple common sense.

    “Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will,” wrote Mark Twain many years ago. It was as true then as it is true in the Middle East today.

    • Dr Ramzy Baroud is an internationally syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His website is http://www.ramzybaroud.net.


  4. YPG: Turkish army killed 3 civilians and wounded 4 others

    YPG Press Office reported that Turkish army killed 3 civilians and wounded 4 others in the territory of Rojava (West) Kurdistan.

    People’s Defense Units (YPG) Media Center released a statement regarding the ongoing attacks of the occupant Turkish army.

    The statement said:

    “At 00:10 on January 26, a helicopter of the Turkish army crossed the Rojava border and shelled the field located between Ashkan and Hamir villages of Tirbespiyê at random. The helicopter crossed back into the Bakur (North Kurdistan) side of the border later.

    During the same night, 3 UAVs of the Turkish army conducted reconnaissance flights over the territory between Tirbespiyê and Ayndiwer. After the reconnaissance, Turkish army shot the civilians in Mezre village of Ayndiwar. 3 people were confirmed killed and 4 others were wounded as a result of this aggression.”

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 29-01-2017

  5. Wednesday 22nd February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SYRIA accused invading Turkish forces yesterday of massacring 11 civilians in the Isis-occupied northern town of al-Bab.

    The official Sana news agency quoted local sources who said Turkish artillery had shelled residential neighbourhoods in the town north-east of Aleppo.

    Three children and four women were among the dead.

    While Turkish troops and their Free Syrian Army allies struggled to make headway in al-Bab, the Syrian army and Kurdish People’s Protection Units had Isis on the run.


  6. 12 civilians massacred by Turkish army in al-Bab

    The Turkish army that has invaded the Shehba region under the guise of fight against ISIS has committed yet another massacre in al-Bab, killing 12 civilians, largely from same families.

    According to local sources, Turkish military conducted artillery strikes on al-Bab yesterday, killing 12 civilians, many of whom are from same families.

    Names of the massacred locals are:

    Mihemed Xêr Umer Bethîş and his wife Bethîş; Hesen El-Hac Ehmed Bethîş, his wife Nedwa Hemda and their 7-month-old baby; Umer Hisên Bethîş and his wife Adil El-Nacih, El-Hemdo El-Salih, Hessan Umer Bethîş (4), Mihemed Umer Bethîş (3), Mehmûd Hisên Bethîş and his wife Osam, child named Hesan Mehmûd Bethîş and another unidentified child.

    Turkish military attacks in al-Bab have left around 400 civilians dead and hundreds of others wounded during the past two months.

    Source: BAB – ANF 21-02-2017

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