Skip to main content

UN feigns outrage over Ghouta while terrorist rockets rain down on Damascus

Eva Bartlett breaks down the dizzying array of information surrounding the mounting humanitarian crisis in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. With accusations abound, parsing the reality on the ground is becoming more challenging by the day.

by Eva Bartlett

Part 5 - Targeting of Afrin civilians met with relative silence

While UNICEF on January 26 noted having received “alarming reports” regarding children’s deaths in Afrin, it hasn’t thus far expressed outrage at the Turkish murder of civilians in the northwestern Syrian town. On February 20, SANA reported: “Entering its 32nd day, the Turkish aggression continues to claim more civilian casualties and causing material damage to properties. Medical sources at Afrin Hospital told SANA that so far, 175 civilians were killed and more than 450 civilians, most of them children and women, were injured due to the continued assault on civilians’ houses and infrastructure.

Contrast the nonspecific and tame title of the January 26 UNICEF statement, “UNICEF statement on the escalating violence in Syria,” to the emotive language of February 20, riding on the coattails of corporate media hysteria around Ghouta: “The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus; … No words will do justice to the children killed; … We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage; … barbaric acts …

The UN has yet to issue an updated statement of concern regarding the latest Turkish bombings of Afrin.

In UN humanitarian chief Lowcock’s February 22 address, he spoke of “the killing of civilians and the destruction of entire cities and neighborhoods.

However, he didn’t mean the killing of hundreds (a lower estimate) or even thousands of Syrian civilians by the U.S.-led coalition, illegal in Syria — the latest being 12 civilians, “mostly women and children,” killed in residential neighborhoods in Hajin town in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside on February 21.

One day prior, Syrian media reported the deaths of “at least 16 civilians, including nine women,” in al-Bahra village, Deir Ezzor countryside, noting, “the death toll is likely to rise as a number of civilians were injured and some of them are in critical condition as a result of airstrikes…

A UN press release on Lowcock’s statement cited him as saying: “You can still save lives in eastern Ghouta – and elsewhere in Syria. I urge you to do so.

But this is precisely what Syrian officials have been attempting to do, with offers of amnesty, safe transport of out of Ghouta, and the provision of medical and food aid.

Recently, independent researcher Hadi Nasrallah tweeted (in a long thread on Ghouta): “Even After 7 years of failed negotiations with terrorists for the sake of civilians held in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian government dropped flyers and maps on the terrorist-held city to give details for civilians on how to flee areas with high tensions and guaranteed them safety

Al Masdar News reported: “…eight projectiles struck the Al-Wafideen camp site where the Syrian Army has set up an evacuation point for civilians attempting to escape militant-held areas of East Ghouta.

As with Aleppo, a humanitarian corridor has been established to enable eastern Ghouta residents to leave the district. However, given that terrorists repeatedly shelled humanitarian corridors in Aleppo (including a corridor road I stood on in November 2016), holding civilians hostage, it is quite likely terrorists in eastern Ghouta will do the same.

Yet, in the end, the combination of humanitarian corridors and Syria’s offer of amnesty and reconciliation enabled the exit of terrorists and return of life in Aleppo. As of August 2017, over half a million displaced Syrians returned home, the vast majority internally-displaced.

In Madaya, al-Waer, Homs, and many other areas of Syria, the same deals as in Aleppo enabled the return of stability and life.

In addition to opening the humanitarian corridors, the Syrian army has dropped leaflets over eastern Ghouta informing civilians of designated safe exits for civilians to leave the district to safety in Damascus.

These are the types of actions the UN should be focused on and supporting, not repeating war propaganda that only confuses and prolongs the fight for peace.

***

Source, links, videos:


[1] [2] [3] [4]


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Καταγγελία-βόμβα Βαρουφάκη: ο κλειστός κύκλος της οικογένειας Μητσοτάκη έχει μετοχές στα ταμεία που αγοράζουν τα κόκκινα δάνεια!

 globinfo freexchange

Το τελευταίο διάστημα, ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης αναφέρει συνεχώς, σε διάφορες συνεντεύξεις και ανακοινώσεις του Μέρα25, τον ύποπτο νόμο "Ηρακλή", που ψήφισε τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη. Στο ακόλουθο βίντεο, με ημερομηνία ανάρτησης 30 Μαρτίου, δηλώνει χαρακτηριστικά:

                    Ακόμα δεν απάντησαν για τα κόκκινα δάνεια. Για τη μονιμοποίηση της προστασίας της πρώτης κατοικίας και των μικρομεσαίων. Ή, γι'αυτό που πρότεινα προσωπικά στον πρωθυπουργό: μια πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου, με την οποία πρέπει να παγώσει ο "Ηρακλής" άμεσα. Γιατί και να αναβάλουμε τις πληρωμές των στεγαστικών, των επιχειρηματικών δανείων, τις δόσεις, να μην ενεργοποιηθούν οι εγγυήσεις στα αρπακτικά ταμεία, που έχουν δικαίωμα σε τρεις μήνες να ζητήσουν από το δημόσιο 12 δισεκατομμύρια, τα οποία ο κύριος Μητσοτάκης θα πρέπει να πάει στην Τρόικα να τα δανειστεί, υπέρ των αρπακτικών ταμείων! Αν είναι δυνατόν! Πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου σήμερα ν…

WikiLeaks - Secret Congressional report foresaw Fannie Mae's negative impact on financial markets right before the eruption of the global crisis

The CRS is a Congressional "think tank" with a staff of around 700. Reports are commissioned by members of Congress on topics relevant to current political events. Despite CRS costs to the tax payer of over $100M a year, its electronic archives are, as a matter of policy, not made available to the public. Individual members of Congress will release specific CRS reports if they believe it to assist them politically, but CRS archives as a whole are firewalled from public access. This report was obtained by Wikileaks staff from CRS computers accessible only from Congressional offices. 
globinfo freexchange
A report from April, 2007, examines the practice of privatization of many government services in the United States, emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
An interesting part of the report explains the distinction between privatization and marketization, an alternative to privatization, which is "the structuring of a government agency so that it provides goods and ser…

COVID-19 came to confirm that UBI alone won't solve the problem - capitalism must end now!

globinfo freexchange
Who would have thought that a virus would force governments around the world to dig up some Socialist policies to tackle the pandemic? And we mean real Socialism, not "Socialism for the rich", like the one during the 2007-08 financial meltdown, when the governments bailed-out the parasitic banking sector with tons of money instead of letting it pay the price for the huge damage it had created.
Central banks have fed again the voracious mouths of the bankers with trillions, keeping in life support an already broken system. Yet, many governments in the West took action contrary to the typical and failed recipes of the neoliberal "gurus" of financial capitalism. 
You see, things are getting serious. And many governments realized that they had to take action, instead of just waiting the "invisible hand" of the free market to do the job. No time for games.
Besides, the "invisible hand" was completely absent when the storm appeare…

Γενική πρόβα για ιδιωτικοποίηση του τομέα της υγείας από το Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς εν μέσω πανδημίας

globinfo freexchange
Σε χθεσινό άρθρο, αποκαλύψαμε τη νεοφιλελεύθερη ζούγκλα που επικρατεί στο χώρο της υγείας στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες. 
Όπως είχαμε επισημάνει, δεδομένου ότι στην άκρως νεοφιλελεύθερη Αμερική τα δημόσια νοσοκομεία είναι έννοια σχεδόν άγνωστη, η εικόνα που σχηματίζεται ισοδυναμεί με τον απόλυτο εφιάλτη, ειδικά σε καταστάσεις συναγερμού, όπως αυτή που διανύουμε λόγω της πανδημίας. Στα ενδιάμεσα στάδια της πυραμίδας του κέρδους δεν υπάρχει πουθενά κάποια δημόσια παρέμβαση που να λειτουργεί ως δικλείδα ασφαλείας για τον μέσο Αμερικανό, έτσι ώστε να εξασφαλίζεται η θεραπεία του, τουλάχιστον σε έκτακτες περιπτώσεις σαν αυτή που βιώνουμε.
Αντίθετα, η πλήρης ιδιωτικοποίηση και εξαγορά ουσιαστικά του πολιτικού συστήματος από τις τράπεζες και τις μεγάλες εταιρίες, έχουν εξαφανίσει κάθε ίχνος ηθικής, με το όλο σύστημα να επιδιώκει τρόπους μεγιστοποίησης του κέρδους την ώρα που οι άνθρωποι πεθαίνουν. Πολλοί από αυτούς, επειδή απλά δεν έχουν αρκετά χρήματα για θεραπεία…

It's actually the liberal elites that are now on the ropes, not Bernie Sanders

globinfo freexchange

Bernie Sanders' latest defeat in another round of the Democratic presidential primaries was received by most of the liberal corporate media almost as his political ending. Just take a quick look at the headlines. You will immediately recognize a bizarre anxiety by most of them to portray Joe Biden as the ultimate winner in the mother of all battles.
One more time, the liberal apparatus has been exposed, giving one more evidence that the liberal elites are considering Sanders as a biggest threat than even Donald Trump. One more time, the liberal establishment completely justified the perception circulated among many progressives: corporate Democrats would rather lose to Trump again than give Sanders the leadership of the party.

So, why all this anxiety?

First of all, the primaries are not over yet. Sanders may have suffered another defeat, but he won't give up easily. And the fact that he is still there, ready to crush Biden in a debate with just the two of…

Η πανδημία ακυρώνει προσωρινά τα σχέδια των νεοφιλελεύθερων τζιχαντιστών του Μητσοτακικού καθεστώτος

globinfo freexchange
Η αυτοδυναμία που πήρε η χειρότερη δεξιά της μεταπολίτευσης στις τελευταίες εκλογές, άνοιξε διάπλατα το δρόμο στη φράξια των νεοφιλελεύθερων τζιχαντιστών της, προκειμένου να πραγματοποιήσουν την τελική τους επέλαση ενάντια στο κοινωνικό κράτος.
Είναι σίγουρο ότι στα σχέδια υπήρχε η ιδιωτικοποίηση και του Εθνικού Συστήματος Υγείας, καθώς η φράξια ενισχύθηκε σημαντικά με την εκλογή φανατικών του νεοφιλελεύθερου δόγματος, όπως ο Μπάμπης Παπαδημητρίου.
Ήδη κάνουν το γύρο του διαδικτύου τα ηχητικά του Παπαδημητρίου που δήλωνε πως "Από τα κρατικά νοσοκομεία τα μισά τουλάχιστον πρέπει να κλείσουν. Γιατί είναι φορείς ασθενειών, γιατί έχουν πρόβλημα ...", με τον Άρη Πορτοσάλτε να συμφωνεί και να επαυξάνει λέγοντας πως πρέπει "όχι απλώς να κλείσουν, αλλά να γκρεμιστούν". 

Όμως η επέλαση της πρόσφατης πανδημίας, λόγω κορονοϊού, έμελλε να αναβάλει, τουλάχιστον προς το παρόν, τα "υγρά όνειρα" των φανατικών του Μητσοτακικού καθεστώτος για αθρόες ιδ…

April 1st 1957: the day Western mainstream media officially became masters of propaganda through a seemingly innocent April Fools' Day joke

globinfo freexchange 
In 1957, BBC conducted a very interesting experiment. The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, purportedly showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree".
At the time spaghetti was relatively little known in the UK, so that many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees.

Decades later, CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".


This "innocent" farce showed dramatically the unimaginable power of TV and the mainstream media to shape massively the minds of millions. Earlier, Freud's young nephew, Edward Bernays, had set the foundations of modern propaganda.

It is worth to add that the technology of real-time video man…

Συνεχίζεται ο εμπαιγμός από το Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς: εν μέσω πανδημίας, αντί να ενισχύσει το ΕΣΥ, το διαλύει!

globinfo freexchange

Γνωρίζαμε ότι η φράξια των νεοφιλελεύθερων τζιχαντιστών του Μητσοτακικού καθεστώτος είχε ως κεντρική αποστολή να ξεπουλήσει τα πάντα και να ιδιωτικοποιήσει το Εθνικό Σύστημα Υγείας. Δεν μπορούσαμε όμως να φανταστούμε, ότι οι φανατικοί του Μητσοτάκη θα έφταναν σε τέτοιο σημείο, ώστε όχι μόνο να εμπαίζουν πολίτες, γιατρούς και νοσηλευτικό προσωπικό, αλλά και να βρίσκουν μιας πρώτης τάξεως ευκαιρία, με αφορμή την κρίση, να συρρικνώσουν, αντί να στελεχώσουν το ΕΣΥ!
Είναι χαρακτηριστική η ανακοίνωση που έκανε η βουλευτής του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στο νομό Καστοριάς, Ολυμπία Τελιγιορίδου, για τον απίστευτο εμπαιγμό των κυβερνώντων, οι οποίοι αρνούνται, ακόμα και τώρα, να στελεχώσουν το νοσοκομείο της πόλης με νέο προσωπικό και μάλιστα σε μια περιοχή που έχει πληγεί ιδιαίτερα. Όπως ανέφερε η βουλευτής: 
Με χαρά άκουσα αρχικά την ανακοίνωση του Υπουργού Υγείας κ. Κικίλια και του Υφυπουργού Πολιτικής Προστασίας κ. Χαρδαλιά πως έφερε γιατρούς στο Νοσοκομείο Καστοριάς.

Ψάχνοντας το θέμ…

Capitalism evolves into a giant clusterfuck

failed evolution
Coronavirus came to give the final blow to a system that was already spinning out of control. Here are three videos (just a sample) of the non-linear, chaotic trajectory that the capitalist system now follows:

AND

We are now at the point where no one seems to know what the hell is going on and how to fix this broken system.

Dear Berners: Dementia Joe is how much “your” party HATES you

by Paul Street
Part 6 - Deleting Dementia: A “Classic Orwellian” Moment

I could go on but won’t because doing so would be too depressing and start to feel like able-ism and elder-abuse. Glen Greenwald is correct:
it is visible to the naked eye that the 77-year-old six-term Senator and two-term Vice President is in serious cognitive decline…That is a grave matter not just because the establishment wing of the Democratic Party wants to put him in charge of the world’s most dangerous nuclear arsenal, a large chunk of the planet’s health, and the welfare of hundreds of millions of people, but also because it directly pertains to whether he can sustain the rigors and spotlight of a General Election against the incumbent President. And multiple incidents over the past couple weeks — from Biden’s forgetting the words of the most iconic and memorized passage of the Declaration of Independence to confusing his wife for his sister to spouting sentences that make no sense — have only intensified…