Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mainstream Journalist Slams Mainstream Media Coverage of Syrian Crisis: “Incomparably Worse” Than Coverage of Iraq War


John Rosenthal has been known as a critic of Western intervention in both Libya and Syria since the beginning of both of those crises. Yet, having made a successful career of writing for the Western mainstream press and outlets such as the National Review, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and World Affairs, work has become slower and slower as his views on Anglo-American imperialism become more apparent.

Indeed, Rosenthal has found that mainstream outlets are much less likely to accept material criticizing imperialist measures and that they are virtually united in refusing to print material that does not paint the targets of Western imperialism in an unfairly bad light. While hesitancy to publish material critical of the governments for whom these outlets often speak has surely been a hallmark of the mainstream corporate press for some time, the noose of censorship and the tightening of the grip on information has become even stronger in recent years. Indeed, it is something that Rosenthal himself has been candid about in regard to his own career which he claims has been a victim of such censorship, a trend that he sees as growing with each crisis.

Rosenthal sat down for an interview with the BRICS Post recently and discussed a number of different topics, one of them being the state of the media and Western media coverage of the crises in Syria and Libya. What he revealed was that, at least from a mainstream journalist’s point of view, the journalistic culture in 2016 and the policies of mainstream outlets is more wedded to the idea of pushing agendas and suppressing facts when it comes to geopolitics, international crises, and Anglo-American war aims than even during the period leading up to the Iraq war in 2003.
For instance, BRICS Post asked Rosenthal the question:
There has been much criticism in the past few years of how Western press have covered the Syrian civil war. 
As a journalist who has written about the conflict, is this criticism warranted?
To which Rosenthal responded at length. He stated:
Absolutely. In fact, even though my writing is 99 per cent just factual, I was less and less able to write about the conflict, because the media did not want to publish the facts in question. 
One of the publications to which I had been a regular contributor – National Review Online, the website of the American conservative weekly National Review – went so far as to “bar” me from publishing. 
In other words, they blacklisted me. At least this is what the journalist Michael Weiss claims, and I think Weiss is right. 
The editors at National Review did not tell me I was “barred,” but they never again accepted a submission from me and eventually ceased responding altogether. 
Weiss, incidentally, is one of the main American proponents of the “Assad-as-root-of-all-evil” view of the Syrian conflict, and he clearly believes that my barring was well deserved. 
The reason for my barring was an article I published in June 2012 on the Houla massacre. The massacre represented a major turning point in the Syrian conflict. 
Responsibility was almost instantaneously attributed to regime forces and/or affiliated militias, and Western governments responded by cutting off diplomatic relations with Damascus. 
Two weeks later, however, Germany’s paper-of-record, Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published a report suggesting that these initial attributions were mistaken and that the perpetrators of the massacre were in fact rebel forces. 
I am a specialist in European languages and politics, and it struck me as normal, under the circumstances, to try to make the gist of this report accessible to the English-speaking public. 
But very quickly I heard from a contact at National Review that my sources were suspected of being “beholden to Assad”. 
The notion that the leading paper of Europe’s richest and most powerful nation is somehow “beholden to Assad” is downright laughable. 
But it is a measure of the parochialism of some of America’s would-be “opinion-makers” that it appears to have been taken seriously by the editors at National Review. 
Such insinuations – and, I suppose, the fact that I had the temerity to defend the credibility of the report against irrelevant smears – was enough to get me barred. 
Another example: As you know, in April 2014 the Dutch priest Father Frans van der Lugt was killed in a rebel-controlled Christian neighborhood of Homs. 
Father Frans’s death made headlines around the world and he was widely eulogized for his good works in Syria. Examining Father Frans’s publications in Dutch, however, I discovered that his own first-hand observations of the beginnings of the anti-Assad rebellion contrasted sharply with the standard view in the Western media. 
Undoubtedly most significantly, Father Frans insisted that the protests that sparked the rebellion in 2011 were not strictly peaceful, as they have been almost universally presented to the Western public, but rather contained an armed and violent element from the start. He also accused rebel forces of committing atrocities and then blaming them on the regime. 
By this time, needless to say, I could not even have dreamed of pitching an article on Father Frans’s observations to National Review. But I could not place one in any other Stateside outlet either, including venues with which I had an established relationship. 
Despite their obvious relevance and newsworthiness – or rather: precisely because of the latter – Father Frans’s views were taboo. 
If he had still been alive and his observations had become known, he would surely have been attacked as an Assad “propagandist” – as other Syria-based Christian clergy who made similar observations in fact have been. 
I could give numerous other examples. 
Once Washington and its European allies had established the terms of the politically “correct” narrative of the Syrian crisis, facts that failed to jibe with that narrative were unwanted and anyone who tried to report them was inevitably attacked as “pro-Assad”.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/mainstream-journalist-slams-msm-coverage-of-syrian-crisis-incomparably-worse-than-coverage-of-iraq-war/5523166

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Sabotage of Syria Peace Initiative by Free Syrian Army (FSA) and “Moderate” Al Qaeda “Opposition”


The so-called Syrian opposition, mainly a diverse range of rebranded Islamist militants, is dissatisfied that Al Nusra, the main striking force of the Salafists in Syria, was recognized as a terrorist group and excluded from the negotiations.


http://www.globalresearch.ca/video-sabotage-of-syria-peace-initiative-by-free-syrian-army-fsa-and-moderate-al-qaeda-opposition/5523015#

This report makes the important point that the various armed opposition groups in Syria work hand in hand with the extreme Islamists, making the ceasefire largely unworkable.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Keiser Report (E909): 'I'm from Goldman Sachs, and I’m Here to Help'


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the nine most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from Goldman Sachs, and I'm here to help." They explore why it is that Goldman Sachs Bank USA is so eager to attract small-time depositors. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Jim Rickards about his new book, The New Case for Gold. They look at the SDR (the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights) and why it is that China is accumulating them.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Lynne Patton "The Trump Family That I Know" - A Black Female Trump Executive Speaks



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Still Report #838 - Trump on Track - 1st Ballot Win


According to a new analysis in yesterday’s Washington Times, Donald Trump is on track for a 1st ballot victory. Going into today’s Indiana primary, Trump is only short a bit over 200 delegates to prevent the dreaded “brokered convention” hoped for by both Cruz and Kasich.
Oh, before we go on, a calming word to Trumpets nationwide; all those delegates that Calgary Ted is “stealing” only count after the 1st ballot. Cruz is working his evil deeds the only way he can – stealing delegates should the convention go to multiple votes. However, that ain’t gonna happen.



Ted Cruz Drops out !!

Ted Cruz drops out after Trump wins Republican primary in Indiana

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 5th, 2016.]

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NGOs, the Pentagon, and the Human Rights - Industrial Complex


Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire joins us today to discuss his recent article on "Smart Power and The Human Rights Industrial Complex." Topics discussed include the NGO/State Dept/Pentagon/NATO nexus, the use of human rights as a perception management tool to demonise NATO enemies, and the complicity of the media in reporting these stories uncritically.



An excellent and essential MUST SEE interview talking about soft/smart power manipulation. Included in the conversation is the example of the 'White Helmets' NGO in Syria - as a front for Western propaganda.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

RECAP: Obama's SEAL Team 6 Coverup - Explosive Paul Craig Roberts Radio Interview




This clip includes a local Pakistani account of the Bin Laden 'raid' that indicates there was NO SEAL TEAM raid - at least not as described by the Obama Administration. The SEALS that later died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan may have been killed because they started asking questions about who conducted the raid if not themselves.

Another fact to consider is that Osama Bin Laden could not have been killed in the 2011 raid because he had died previously in late 2001. Videos and audio of 'Bin Laden' in later years have been discredited. If there was a raid then those involved would know, or suspect, that the individual killed on their alleged mission was not the CIA connected terrorist 'mastermind'. Because of this situation, anyone connected with the attack (SEALs), who was deemed untrustworthy, or suspected of being untrustworthy, would be marked for death to keep this secret hidden.

Only the truth about both this raid and the false flag attack of 911 will stop the criminals and their murderous agenda.

Related Info:

Osama Bin Laden DIED in Late 2001 - Don't fall for the "We Killed Him in 2011" Propaganda

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

Can You Handle The Facts About Jewish Support for Communism ?


How blind are you ? Do you just refuse to hear ? Wake Up. This is not that hard.



There is a zionist mafia (AIPAC) that controls US foreign policy in Washington today. This situation, and the Communist revolution in Russia, is a logical result of a group of well connected people, particularly intellectuals, wanting to take control of society to shape their own futures (in this case at the expense of other peoples lives and wealth).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

VIDEO EVIDENCE The Voting Machines Are WRONG! (and It’s Being Covered Up)


Some might be disappointed by our primary elections, but they should be furious. The Chicago Board of Elections is seen in this video either covering up or turning a blind eye to fraud. Please watch and share so we can regain our democracy.



Election fraud exposed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

I'm Still Hearing This Talking Point That Trump Has No Real Policies, Offers No Real Details


Just stop it already, you're embarrassing yourselves.

"What surprises me very much about people who write about Trump or presume to be pundits about Trump, is that I don't think these people have read Donald Trump's many books. Now I have. He has multiple books, he's probably in a about four of them, over a twenty year period, he's evolved his ideas about what he would do as president and agree with him or not, anybody who says that he hasn't offered a lot of details about how he would run the country is just an ignoramus playing pundit. Because he has probably more ideas down on paper, documented, than anybody else who's running and I've read those books." -Bestselling Author John Hogue  

Bestselling Author John Hogue Endorses Donald... by debunkerbuster
Trump Presidency Equals 9/11 Disclosure

Some Donald Trump Endorsements

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 4th, 2016.]

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Unspoken Truth is that America is Supporting Al Qaeda: Heavy Propaganda Rages in the Battle for Aleppo. The Terrorists are Portrayed as “Freedom Fighters”


Heavy propaganda accompanies the strategic battle in Aleppo between the Syrian Army and its allies (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and other militia) and the Saudi-Turkey-NATO backed terrorist groups (Jabhat al Nusra, Jaysh al Islam, Ahrar as Sham and ISIS).

Fighting escalated in late April when the armed groups sent hundreds of mortars into Syria’s second city, and the Syrian Army responded with its long awaited offensive.

Western media now claim that Aleppo’s citizens are under threat from the Syrian Army, while Syrian sources show civilians, reeling from constant mortar attacks, demanding that the Army roots out all terrorist groups.

In an attempt to claim the moral high ground, Washington uses proxy NGOs alongside proxy militia, to maintain the fiction that the Syrian Army does nothing but attack Syrian civilians.

Prominent among these NGOs is ‘The White Helmets’ aka ‘Syrian Civil Defence’, which has become a principal source of claims that Syrian and Russian planes are targeting hospitals.

In fact ‘The White Helmets’, which claims to be independent, is a Wall Street creation, led by former British soldier James le Mesurier, co-funded by the US Government and embedded with the terrorist organisation Jabhat al Nusra, banned by the UN Security Council.

Every attack on al Nusra is thus portrayed as an attack on ‘civilians’ and clinics, or on emergency health workers. Much the same applies to Medicin Sans Frontiers (MSF), which funds al Nusra clinics (mostly without foreign volunteers) in several terrorist held areas.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-unspoken-truth-is-that-america-is-supporting-al-qaeda-heavy-propaganda-rages-in-the-battle-for-aleppo-the-terrorists-are-portrayed-as-freedom-fighters/5522594#

Related Info:

Defense Dept: "It's primarily al-Nusra who holds Aleppo." 20 Apr 2016


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 3rd, 2016.]

The Real US-NATO “Creators of Hell” in Aleppo. NGO Complicity with Terrorism in Syria


As US and NATO propaganda reaches another crescendo in Aleppo, it is important to remind ourselves of a few salient facts. First and foremost we need to understand that the prevailing force occupying Aleppo and terrorising civilians is US and NATO backed Al Nusra in the city itself and ISIS in Northern and Eastern outlying areas. 
 
We are re-publishing an article written in 2015 with the testimony of an Aleppo civilian who remains anonymous because of the possible threat to their family and friends if their name were to be made public. The content of the article is still relevant, even now, as The Syria Campaign in familiar fashion twists the truth into the shape of western propaganda.

According to the Syria Campaign, every missile that has targeted civilians in Aleppo has been dropped or fired by the Syrian Government forces.

Please note that their infographic is based upon information supplied by the SNHR another US foundation backed NGO on the ground in Syria.

Notice the sharp contrast with reporting from SANA, the foremost Syrian media outlet with reporters inside Aleppo.
Aleppo, SANA- Sixteen civilians were killed and scores others, most of them children and women, were injured due to terrorist rocket attacks on the residential neighborhoods of Aleppo city by the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and other armed groups affiliated to it on Friday. 
A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter that as worshippers were wrapping up Friday Prayer, terrorist organizations fired dozens of shells on the neighborhoods of Bab al-Faraj, al-Midan, al-Muhafaza, Seif al-Dawla, al-Iza’a, al-Martini and al-Nile Street. 
Many citizens were killed, a number of houses were destroyed and fire erupted in two places in al-Nile Street and Bustan al-Zahra neighborhood due to terrorists using explosive shells to cause massive damage in the area. 
A medical source at al-Razi Hospital said that 16 dead bodies arrived to the hospital in addition to 32 injured persons, some of them are in critical situation and most of them are children and women. 
Nine civilians were injured, including 5 children, in terrorist rocket attacks that targeted the villages of Qastal Jando, Baflouna and Qatma in Efrin area in northwestern countryside of Aleppo province on Friday, local sources told SANA reporter on Friday.
The terrorist attacks caused material damage to the locals’ properties, the sources added.
HRW, Amnesty International and assorted Humanitarian offshoots are on a ceaseless crusade against the SAA use of barrel bombs. Today, Ken Roth even compared the use of Barrel bombs to the destruction caused by the nuclear bomb used on Hiroshima whilst failing to mention that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2014 can very credibly be compared to Hiroshima in its destructiveness and tonnage of explosive dropped on innocent civilians in the besieged & battered enclave.

According to Roth, barrel bombs are also responsible for all refugees…not our Governments imperialist, murderous plundering of sovereign nations. Then Annie Sparrow [ Roth’s wife] is blaming all destruction in terrorist occupied Idlib on the SAA.

Never a mention of US backed terrorist chemical weapons, hell cannons, mortars, suicide bombers, beheaders, racists and rapists, on their Captagon fuelled murderous invasions of civilian areas.

The barrel bomb itself is a rudimentary missile, cheap to produce [around $ 200 per bomb depending upon level of TNT]. It has design faults in that the fins on the bomb are still not aerodynamically perfect, despite several changes.

The detonation depends upon the bomb falling vertically on to its nose to trigger the detonator. It actually has a relatively high failure rate Its supposed advantage is that it can be launched from helicopters and the accusation is always that only the SAA use helicopters in Syrian airspace.

This has been proven untrue. It has been well documented that Turkey supplied helicopter cover for terrorist forces. “In the morning attack on Kassab, Syria on March 21, 2014 it was Turkish military helicopters which began the attack. That morning 88 unarmed civilians were killed, and 13 of those beheaded. The Turkish military assisted the FSA, Jibhat al Nusra, and Al Qaeda that morning with heavy canon fire and helicopter missiles shot at the Kassab police station.”
The barrel bombs are a non-issue cooked up to vilify the SAA because other countries are not using them. I suppose it would be better if they could afford Tomahawk missiles at $1-2M apiece. We know how surgically precise they are and never touch civilians. If the SAA were dropping perfume they would probably be accused of chemical weapons.
Direct quote from Khaled Abdel-Majid, the secretary general of the united Palestinian factions that are fighting the extremists in Syria, particularly Yarmouk, alongside the Syrian Arab Army.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-real-us-nato-creators-of-hell-in-aleppo-ngo-complicity-with-terrorism-in-syria/5522623

Related Info:

Aleppo Doctor Attacks Western Media for Bias, Censorship and Lies

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 3rd, 2016.]

The Secret of Oz by Bill Still



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The Secret of Oz by Bill Still 2 of 2 by debunkerbuster


"Filmmaker William T. Still uses L. Frank Baum's Oz saga as a springboard to exploring the concept that the people of a nation should control its money, and not the banks. If we were to just create our own currency as a sovereign nation, argues Still, we could perhaps find our way out of the current financial crisis on our own terms, rather than becoming increasingly indebted to the powers that be." - Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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"The idea that government can print money and spend it into the economy is not, necessarily, inflationary. Open your minds people! What causes inflation is too many dollars chasing too few goods and services. Provided that government does not print too much, then the value of the currency will remain stable. It's that simple.

Furthermore, without using debt based money, the necessary exponential economic growth into infinity is lessened or alleviated all together.

The idea that economies must grow forever is driven by the fact that bank created debt-based money carries the burden of interest. No debt money, no interest payments, economies stabilize, economists become unnecessary.

Money can and should be plentiful. Suffering, starvation, and war are all outcroppings of the idea that money is scarce. Why replace one scarce commodity with another? Does that really make sense to any of you?" - iconoclast63

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 3rd, 2016.]

Still Report #834 - Cruz Bails on Indiana (next to no one shows up at his rallies)


Ted Cruz has pulled his full campaign apparatus out of Indiana. Ted Cruz’s campaign manager is telling media officials that they are now going to focus all of their campaign efforts in the state of California.” The news comes less than 24 hours after the latest polling showed Cruz 22 points behind Trump. Trump 49.3%, Cruz 27.1% and Kasich 16.3%.
Oh, one last thing. This video of one Friday night Ted Cruz rally. Only 500 people showed up.
And here is a shot of another Cruz rally. But here is what the lying media showed the general public – never mentioning there was almost no one there.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 3rd, 2016.]

Still Report #835 - Cruz Records Sealed Because They Don't Exist


According to blogger, Rick Wells, at RickWells.us, the only logical answer to why Ted Cruz has forbidden access to his immigration and naturalization records is that they do not exist.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 3rd, 2016.]

Monday, 2 May 2016

America to the Rescue of Al Qaeda in Syria: Washington Opposes Placing Saudi, Turkish ‘Proxies’ on UN Terror List


The United States objects to adding Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam to the UN sanctions list because they operate as proxy forces inside Syria for key allies like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, experts told Sputnik.

On Wednesday, US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said putting Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam on the sanctions list would be damaging to the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Russia submitted a request to the United Nations on Wednesday to add the two groups to the terrorist list, which already contains the Daesh and al-Qaeda.

“Jaish al-Islam is Saudi Arabia’s proxy [in Syria]. Ahrar ash-Sham is mixed… [they are] Saudi, Qatari and Turkish proxies,” University of Ottawa Countering Violent Extremism specialist Kamran Bokhari told Sputnik.

The United States, Bokhari continued, objects to designating Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam as terrorist entities because three of Washington’s key allies in the region are supporting these groups.

US opposition to the move, Bokhari added, has nothing to do with a ceasefire in Syria that never existed in the first place.

Both Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam are Salafist jihadist organizations that share the same ultimate goal of first toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad and then proclaiming an Islamic state, he added.”They don’t want it to be a caliphate,” Bokhari clarified. “They want it to be an Islamic state within the borders of Syria.”

Exactly what the Islamic government would look like, Bokhari suggested, is anyone’s guess because none of the members of Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham themselves even know, outside of implementing sharia law.

Bokhari claimed that what these groups want, however, is irrelevant because of their limited territorial reach and dubious connections.

“One of the biggest problems with Ahrar Ash-Sham’s is that one of their biggest allies is Jabhat al-Nusra,” Bokhari pointed out. “This is a big complication for the Americans.”

Radio show host and political activist Stephen Lendman told Sputnik that Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam are not only proxies of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but the United States as well.

“These terrorist groups are US proxy foot soldiers, serving US-led Western and Israeli interests along with Riyadh’s and Ankara’s,” Lendman claimed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Lendman added, and other Russian officials have known all along that all of the Syrian anti-government groups are terrorists, not so-called “moderate rebels.”

“Washington’s goal from the outset of the conflict along with its NATO and regional partners is regime change,” Lendman noted.

The United States wants to replace a sovereign independent Syrian government with a US-controlled puppet state, he suggested.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-to-rescue-of-al-qaeda-in-syria-washington-opposes-placing-saudi-turkish-proxies-on-un-terror-list/5522549

Related Info:

The Covert Origins of ISIS


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 2nd, 2016.]

The Syria White Helmets Exposed as US UK Agents Embedded with Al Nusra and ISIS




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 2nd, 2016.]

International Military Review – Saudi Arabia, Houthi Alliance Hold Talks on Yemen War




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 2nd, 2016.]

Keiser Report (E908): 'Making America Great Again' Quest


In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss the quest to ‘Make America Great Again’ as only two AAA rated companies are left standing and trade deals which are loaded with ‘all risk, no benefit’ threaten to annihilate the last vestiges of dignity, hope and greatness remaining. In the second half Max interviews Jim Rickards about his new book, The New Case for Gold. They destroy the old arguments against holding gold and look at the latest action in the gold market and what it portends for the future world order.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 2nd, 2016.]

Black Trump Supporter Calls Out Racist Protesters As Propaganda Victims


Black Trump Supporter Speaks Out Against Establishment Leftist Group Who Hate America and What It Stands For.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 2nd, 2016.]