A must-read article. MCM
“Moving into the East Ghouta village of Al Shiffuniyya in the past few days, the Syrian army found a chemical weapons factory abandoned by Jaish al Islam. The material includes shelves loaded with bottles of chemicals, rows of plastic barrels, what seemed to be an underground mixing chamber, a large metal drum with the manufacturer’s logo stamped on the side (‘Hill-Rom Mediplus Air Plant’), a sheaf of dockets bearing the logo of Jaish al Islam and what seemed to be instructions for the mixing of chemicals. Founded in 1829 the Hill-Rom company manufactures medical equipment under the slogan ‘Bring home into the hospital.’ How its products (other machines bore the company’s name) ended up in East Ghouta is an obvious question, to which the answer might lie in Hill-Rom’s operations in Saudi Arabia, the chief backer of Jaish al Islam.
“Foreign reporters were present in East Ghouta to report on the opening of the ‘humanitarian corridor.’ None seemed to have responded to the Syrian government’s invitation to visit Al Shiffunia. Sharmine Narwani went and duly reported on what she saw in the factory, as well as the lush crops being grown outside in what is supposed to be a food-starved region under siege: Sharmine Narwani, Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett, with their reporting and commentary, have completely exposed the fraudulent nature of mainstream ‘reporting’ on the crisis in Syria. The list of corporate media outlets which completely ignored this hard evidence of the manufacture of chemical weapons included the following, in no particular order, according to a survey of their internet sites: Al Jazeera, Washington Post, the New York Times, the BBC, the Guardian, the ABC network (the US) and the ABC (Australia), CNN, CBC (Canada) and the Daily Telegraph (London).”
All The Shit That’s Fit to Print against Syria and Russia
Corporate media propaganda against Syria is an avalanche that never seems to end. Government policy and media policy are now melded into a single policy of support for ‘the opposition’ and unceasing hostility towards ‘the regime’ and all those who have come to its aid, especially Russia.
The hysteria in the US over alleged and completely unproven Russian interference in the US elections is now reaching the point of open confrontation with Russia. Britain has climbed aboard with its alleged and unproven accusation of official Russian involvement in the nerve weapon poisoning of a washed-up former spy, whom Russia could have no conceivable interest in eliminating.
Syria sits at the epicentre of this global campaign of fear, hatred and menace. For most of the past seven years the overthrow of the government in Damascus has been the central objective of the governments masquerading as the ‘friends’ of the Syrian people. But since Russian intervention with air support in 2015 ‘regime change’ has given way to the determination to stop Russia in its tracks. The motivation is entirely negative. Russia cannot be allowed to win in Syria or anywhere else and towards this end any lie can be told and any distortion of the news allowed.
Never before has ‘news’ began less deserving of the designation. The media has trampled on the basic principles of journalism. It does not report the news without fear or favour and it does not protect people from the lies and manipulation of governments. It actually promotes these lies. It represents not the interests of the people but the designs of governments – often malevolent – and the vested interests standing behind them. The sanctified logo of the New York Times, ‘all the news that’s fit to print’, needs to be replaced with something more contemporary, more attuned to the fake ‘news’ cycle in which we are all trapped, perhaps ‘all the shit that’s fit to print.’ What is being printed – certainly about Syria and anything to do with Russia – is rank propaganda designed to whip up support for confrontation and possibly war with Russia.