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Mainstream media: Syria lies need to be exposed before it is too late

The world once again finds itself hurtling to the brink of war, and once again the establishment mouthpiece puppet propaganda media is leading the charge. This time around their lies defy description. In the sick world of the would-be warmongers, child beheading terrorist scum are now the heroes. The blood of the innocents that spill from here on in covers the hands of the mainstream media propagandists.


Comment: Excellent video, a must see and share.


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'Massive evidence shows 'White Helmets' are a foreign-funded group set up to support terrorist entities in Syria'

© Thaer Mohammed / AFP
The White Helmets walk amid the debris in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo.
Through the White Helmets we are seeing the eradication of Syrian state institutions and the implanting of a Syrian shadow state by predominantly the UK, the US and supported by EU governments, says Vanessa Beeley, independent researcher and journalist.

With Syria's White Helmets having been in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, grabbing headlines as 'Heroes of Peace', with the media and politicians endorsing them, RT spoke with Vanessa Beeley, independent researcher and journalist.

Beeley discussed whether The White Helmets are indeed "independent, impartial and unsullied by Western cash".

RT: The White Helmets claim to be a "neutral, impartial, humanitarian NGO". Is that really the case?

Vanessa Beeley: It's impossible for that claim to be legitimate. Let's take it first of all, "neutral". They claim that they receive no funding from any governments that have a vested interest in the Syrian conflict. And yet they are in fact multimillion funded, conservatively speaking, 100 million dollars from the US, 23 million via USAID; from the UK around now 65 million - it was originally 19.7 million pounds and Boris Johnson announced a further 32 million. France is supplying equipment. Denmark, Germany, Holland and even Japan through the international agency in Japan.

Comment: The White Helmets: Brought to you by the CIA, Mercenary Companies, Inc., Washington think tanks and their exceptionally dedicated whores in the Western media.


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Gold Seal

Massive banner of 'Putin as peacemaker' unfurled from New York City bridge

© REUTERS/ Brendan McDermid
A massive banner praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "peacemaker" was hung from the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday afternoon.

At around 1:45 p.m., a 20 foot by 30 foot banner, featuring a photo of Putin with Russian and Syrian flags as the background was hung over the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Over an hour later, at around 3 p.m., the banner was removed by city officials, but not before plenty of onlookers grabbed photos to post on social media.

Comment: Good to see that at least some people are aware and awake!


Chess

Russia politely lets Pentagon know it has deployed missile air defense systems all over Syria


From Russia with love
Russia's Defense Ministry has cautioned the US-led coalition of carrying out airstrikes on Syrian army positions, adding in Syria there are numerous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems up and running.


Comment: Eh... if they're saying what we think they're saying, then the announcement earlier this week that just one S-300 system had only just arrived in Syria was a decoy... the Russians apparently have lots more of them stationed elsewhere in the country.


Russia currently has S-400 and S-300 air-defense systems deployed to protect its troops stationed at the Tartus naval supply base and the Khmeimim airbase. The radius of the weapons reach may be "a surprise" to all unidentified flying objects, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson General Igor Konashenkov said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, any airstrike or missile hitting targets in territory controlled by the Syrian government would put Russian personnel in danger.

The defense official said that members of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria are working "on the ground" delivering aid and communicating with a large number of communities in Syria.


Comment: Konashenkov also pointed out:
Konashenkov also pointedly reminded the US that the Syrian military itself possesses S-200 and BUK surface to air missile systems supplied by Russia. Though the S-200 system is now old (it dates back to the 1960s) Konashenkov warned that it had been thoroughly updated and therefore also presents a threat to US missiles and aircraft.

Konashenkov's statement incidentally confirms that the decision to deploy S-300VM Antey-2500 systems to Syria was taken in response to the US air attack on the Syrian military defending Deir Ezzor.

The systems were apparently delivered to Syria by sea rather than air, so the decision to deploy them was made too early to have been influenced by the latest threats coming from Washington. This is consistent with Konashenkov's claim that they were deployed in response to the US attack on the Syrian military defending Deir Ezzor.

The fact the Russians decided to deploy these systems in response to this attack incidentally shows that the Russians do not believe the US explanation that this attack was a mistake.

Though the deployment of S-300VM Antey-2500 systems to Syria was not made in response to the latest threats from Washington, Konashenkov's warning shows that it has happened at what the Russians must think is an opportune time.
The US has essentially just been checkmated. It's all out of options to 'regime change' Syria.

See also: Russia Checkmates US in Syria: Expect More Terrorism, Not Nuclear War


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Vanessa Beeley travels to Aleppo to expose the truth buried under NATO propaganda


Passing through Khanaser, al-Safira, and the industrial city of Sheikh Najjar on the road to Aleppo.
Editor's Note: This article is the first in a two-part series of one Western journalist's journey to Aleppo, a city ravaged by an insurgency supported by the United States, NATO member states, and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel.

In Part I, Vanessa Beeley lays out the mainstream narrative on Syria, revealing a neoconservative agenda promoted by NATO-funded NGOs. These NGOs paint the destruction of the historic city as being caused by the Syrian government under Bashar Assad, not the violent armed insurgents which receive arms, funding and training from Western governments and their allies.
Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and "Syrian state-generated" violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives.

The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that whatever comes out is tailored to meet State Department requirements and advocacy for regime change. The propaganda mill churns out familiar tales of chemical weapons, siege, starvation and bombs targeting civilians - all of which are attributed to the Syrian government and military, with little variation on this theme.

The purpose of this photo essay and my journey to Aleppo on Aug. 14 was to discover for myself as a Western journalist the truth behind the major storylines in the U.S. and NATO narrative on Syria.

Caesar

America's war-talk is all bluster, Putin has slammed it with a geopolitical judo swing

© AP Photo/Amanda Voisard
In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, photo, provided by the United Nations, US President Barack Obama, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin toast during a luncheon hosted during the 70th annual United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.
With a swift, determined twist, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has wrong-footed his American adversary, pinning him to the ground over the Syrian crisis.

Writhing and flustered, the American opponent is protesting at being upended. First, in the form of a contorted media campaign smearing Russia's military operations as somehow criminal.

Second, the Americans are breathlessly claiming that Russia's "outrageous" support for Syrian state forces is scuppering peace efforts.

Third, the Americans have tried to intimidate Russia by cutting off diplomatic contact over Syria, which is a veiled attempt to threaten Russia militarily, either from direct US intervention in Syria or indirectly by upping supply of anti-aircraft missiles to the proxy terror groups.

Russia is having none of this American menacing. It has proceeded to ramp up the military offensive along with Syrian forces to defeat the Western-backed terror groups in their last redoubt in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. If the anti-government mercenaries are vanquished there, then the six-year foreign-fueled war for regime change in Syria is all but over.

Pistol

Police brutality is CLASS warfare, not 'race war': 19 Americans killed by cops this week, most of them NOT Black


These people don't care if you're white, black or yellow
At least 19 people lost their lives in encounters with police in the United States last week. The victims, all men, ranged in age from 18 to 53. Seventeen were shot to death, one tased, and one both tased and beaten and strangled. In only two of the cases were the victims shot while engaged in violent attacks on others. All the others were shot while fleeing or allegedly resisting police, or while experiencing mental health or emotional crises.

In several instances the police killings sparked protests. In El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego, there were protests over the death September 27 of Alfred Olango, an immigrant from Uganda who was tased and shot to death while unarmed. Olango was having an emotional breakdown after learning of the death of a friend.

In Pasadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, more than 100 people gathered to protest the killing of Reginald Thomas, father of eight children, after police were called to address a domestic dispute early Friday. The 36-year-old black man, who was reportedly bipolar, was said to be waving a knife and a fire extinguisher when police arrived.

Comment: Class, not race, is the primary determinant of who gets killed by The Enforcers; a fact that is almost completely lost in a climate where hysteria favors the super-rich super-elite because ordinary people turn against each other and forget about the bank bailouts, the illegal wars, the rigged elections, the illegal surveillance state, the destruction of civil liberties, etc, etc.

See also:

US Police State - All the ways you can comply and still die during an encounter with police


Meteor

Battle of Armageddon: Will it come on Obama's or Clinton's watch?

© Wikipedia
"Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags".. - John Kirby, US State Department.
The battle of Armageddon refers to the final war between human governments and God. In the book of Revelations, in Christian scriptures, this ultimate battle of good and evil takes place on a plain beneath the Israeli town of Megiddo. Most scholars agree the reference to the town is figurative only, but Tel Megiddo is just over 80 miles from embattled Damascus, Syria. I know this is an interesting revelation for some, but geographic proximity to end days is not the only "coincidental" moment of our time.

There's a song from the 1960s that comes to mind. The melody and lyrics of the Zager and Evans super hit tune "In the Year 2525" are droning in my brain this morning, one stanza in particular: "In the year 7510 If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then Maybe he'll look around himself and say Guess it's time for the Judgement day."

Attention

Bombshell: Pentagon paid PR firm $540mln to film terrorist propaganda


US contractor Nicholas Berg is filmed sitting in front of Zarqawi, centre, and his henchmen moments before he is murdered. Zarqawi pioneered the use of internet videos as a tool of terror - did he work for Bell Pottinger by any chance?
The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

The agency's staff worked alongside high-ranking US military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.

Bell Pottinger's former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the Sunday Times, which worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had worked on a "covert" military operation "covered by various secrecy agreements."

Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA and the National Security Council on its work in Iraq, he said.

Comment: Fast forward ten years and ask yourself: how much of the ISIS propaganda we see today is also produced by a British PR firm to "track suspected sympathizers"? How much of the "al-Qaeda material" used by Bell Pottinger in their black propaganda was produced by military/intelligence?

Remember the context: the American occupation was facing a strong strong insurgency from Iraqis fighting against the illegal invasion and occupation of their country. Covert military strategy in such a scenario should be obvious: polarize the population view white/grey/black propaganda to gain support for the puppet regime, radicalize the nutjobs, terrorize the population, and paint the patriotic insurgency as terrorists, thus delegitimizing them. Black ops are employed for the same purposes.


MIB

U.S. Special Forces officer: How the CIA armed and trained jihadists for war in Syria

The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

"No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort", a former Green Beret writes of America's covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian insurgents, "they know we are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, 'Fuck it, who cares?'". "I don't want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans," the Green Beret added.

In a detailed report, US Special Forces Sabotage White House Policy gone Disastrously Wrong with Covert Ops in Syria, Jack Murphy, himself a former Green Beret (U.S. Special Forces), recounts a former CIA officer having told him how the "the Syria covert action program is [CIA Director John] Brennan's baby ...Brennan was the one who breathed life into the Syrian Task Force ... John Brennan loved that regime-change bullshit."

In gist, Murphy tells the story of U.S. Special Forces under one Presidential authority, arming Syrian anti-ISIS forces, whilst the CIA, obsessed with overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad, and operating under a separate Presidential authority, conducts a separate and parallel program to arm anti-Assad insurgents.

Comment: Yes, pity Syria - that has, however indirectly, and for the last how many years, bravely fought a life or death struggle against one of the most maniacal, covert and pathological forces ever to walk Earth - the CIA. And if that isn't bad enough, it has one of the most maniacal, covert and pathological forces on Earth spreading lies about the whole tragedy - the Western media.