Tag Archives: Western Inaction

World Socialist Web Site: Doing PR for Assad

Cherry picking is not just confined to fruit. It is incredibly popular amongst politicos. Such an approach can be seen from the World Socialist Web Site’s defence of the Assad government on the Houla massacre. A copy is left below … Continue reading

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On Syria

Syria and the West are intimate friends. For years Western leaders courted Bashar Assad, arguing he was a moderate and a vehicle of change. Vogue even produced a propaganda edition on the Assad family. Elsewhere, Russia and China continued to support … Continue reading

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Assad’s Syria

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Greenbelt: British Christians, Syria And Assad

A yearly Christian festival has come in for criticism to the extent that Greenbelt felt compelled to put out a Statement on Israel/Palestine programming by Greenbelt. Whilst there is the broader question of, whether or not Westerners should be interfering in the Middle East, there should be … Continue reading

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The “Israel Apartheid Week” And “Don’t buy from the Jews week”

Over at Engage, David Hirsh’s acid wit skewers the Palestine Solidarity Campaign with, “Israel Apartheid Week” – Don’t Buy from the Jews Week. I looked in at the PSC’s site, to see if they had covered the recent death of Palestinians in Syria, … Continue reading

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French Imams, Sellafield Dumping And Syria Round Up

So much to blog so little time to do it. I have been meaning to do a couple of posts and roundups, but never finally get round to finishing off. In the interim, this is a meagre effort. Given the … Continue reading

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Chagossians, An innumerate Iain Duncan Smith And More

I had hoped to start 2013 on a better footing, with longer, more thoughtful post but time and life are not so generous. I think the plight of the Chagossians deserves a wider audience: “For the uninitiated, in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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In Short: Syria And Egypt

Despite the many benefits of the Internet, access to news from all parts of the world and almost instantaneous translation, it is sometimes difficult getting a grasp of what is really happening in a certain country, particularly those in the … Continue reading

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An Orwell, The Middle East And Boycotts Round Up

There is never enough time to read, reflect and blog, so whilst I think over other posts here is a quick round up of stories that caught my eye. I was surprised to find that George Orwell had a piece … Continue reading

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Rape And Sexual Violent in Syria

I recently read a disturbing and under-reported aspect of the conflict in Syria, violence against women. Video: WMC’s Women Under Siege director tells CNN of the horrors we’ve documented in Syria. Lauren Wolfe in the ultimate assault: Charting Syria’s use … Continue reading

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Assad Regime Guilty Of War Crimes

The Guardian is commendably forthright on Syria and the Assad regime’s crimes: “The UN has issued a damning 102-page report saying that Syrian government forces and Shabiha fighters have carried out numerous war crimes in the country including murder and … Continue reading

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Reuters Hacked by Pro-Assad supporters

According to the CS Monitor, supporters of the Syrian dictatorship had hacked into a Reuters’ blog to push propaganda on behalf of Assad’s regime: “On Friday, Reuters said its “blogging platform” was hacked illegally. The hack involved at least two … Continue reading

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Syria’s Dictatorship Admits Possessing And Biological Chemical Weapons

I suppose we should not be terribly surprised by the latest outburst from the Assad regime: “The Syrian regime has threatened to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first-ever acknowledgement that it … Continue reading

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The West, Conspiracies and Syria

In the West conspiracies have always been popular. They play to a certain irrational desire to simplify events, to explain away complexities and interactions by reference to some controlling force, outside of our view. That holds true for the JFK … Continue reading

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Assad Regime Systematically Killing Civilians

Reuters’ report AI’s opinion on Syria: “(Reuters) – Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organized attacks on towns and villages that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing evidence from over 20 locations in the … Continue reading

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Assad’s Syria, Blood and PR

Often PR companies are not too choosy as long as their clients pay well. So it is with those in the business of polishing the image of Assad’s murderous regime, the Indy reports: “At the very least, it was a … Continue reading

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Hama, Syria Now And In 1982

Until the uprising just over year ago the coverage of the Syria in the West was piecemeal and even complimentary. The crimes of the Assad family regime were conspicuously forgotten, as Western Governments and the media tried to suck up … Continue reading

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A Syrian Military Officer And Houla

This is a compelling account: “Raslan served until last Saturday in the Syrian Air Force in the strategically vital port city of Tartous. He had been in Houla on leave when the town was shelled just after 1pm last Friday, … Continue reading

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The Shabiha In Syria

Fifteen months on, some 13,000+ killed, 100,000s injured and about half a million people displaced in Syria and finally, the role of the Shabiha is being questioned in the Western media. Ghosts of Syria: diehard militias who kill in the … Continue reading

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Syrian Government: Was The Martians What Did It

No, they didn’t say that, but they could have. If you took the trouble to listen to the early reports of the massacre in Houla, Syria then you could be forgiven for wondering how the Syrian government would respond. Instead … Continue reading

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