Subversive Actions Against Cuba Exposed

USAID Sets Aside $75,000,000 to Overthrow Cuban Revolution

Cuban News Agency

In an editorial published on Tuesday under the title “Truth and Reason,” Granma daily newspaper exposes some of the most recent plans and actions aimed at subverting Cuban constitutional order, including similar purposes of a trip to Cuba by a Swedish and a Spanish citizen, who were involved in a car accident that was the target of manipulation against the island.

The editorial explains that since last July 22, over 900 press articles and 120 thousand social network messages have addressed the regrettable car accident that resulted in death of two so-called “Cuban dissidents”, while one Spanish and one Swedish citizen were injured.

Some of the most vociferous elements of the Miami-based mob accused Cuba of having committed a political assassination, the editorial reads and points to the US Republican candidate, the US State Department and the spokesperson of Chile’s President, as those within the slanderous handful of people who demanded what they called “a transparent investigation.”

A July 27 release by the Cuban Interior Ministry strongly countered the infamous insinuation by giving unquestionable testimonies of experts and eye witnesses, including the two foreigners involved in the accident.

But the in the large international media coverage of the events few asked what two European politicians were doing in Cuba, since the two foreigners involved in the action were Angel Carromero Barrios, deputy secretary general of “Nuevas Generaciones,” the youth wing of Spain’s “Partido Popular” and Swedish Jens Aron Modig, leader of Sweden’s Christian Democrats, and president of that party’s youth sector.

Both European politicians entered Cuban territory on July 19 on tourist visas and later, in violation of their migration status, got involved in political actions against Cuba’s constitutional order, as part of an operation organized by the head of the foreign affairs section of Sweden’s Christian Democrats party, Anikka Rigo, Granma explains.

Their objective was brining money to the small counterrevolutionary “Movimiento Cristiano de Liberacion” led by Oswaldo Paya, one of the two Cubans who died in the car accident, and advising the setting up of a youth organization linked to that group, the editorial noted.

With this purpose, Spanish Partido Popular deputy Pablo Casado Blanco, former advisor to ex-chief of the Spanish government, Jose Maria Aznar, gave instructions to the other visitor, Carromero, to contact Spanish citizen Cayetana Muriel in Sweden, also a member of the Christian Democrats, who gave him the money and the instructions, plus a cell phone programmed with all necessary numbers.  Carromero later contacted Modig on Facebook and met in a Madrid restaurant.

Modig had previously come to Cuba with the same purpose in 2009, under instructions of Victor Omedo Capdepon, leader of Sweden’s Christian Democrats Party and editor-in-chief of the Stockholm-based anti-Cuba magazine “La Primavera de Cuba.”

Having delivered the money and given advice on the creation of a youth organization, Modig and his three companions headed for eastern Santiago de Cuba on their subversive agenda, when the accident took place.

The two foreign citizens received consular advice. Spain’s Angel Carromero is being charged with homicide in the event of driving a vehicle on the public roads.  Modig was allowed to return to his country despite his illegal activities and the violation of his migration status.

The operation described above is one in many others, particularly organized in the US city of Miami and also in Madrid and Stockholm.

The Granma editorial also exposes other subversion-oriented actions like the visit to Cuba by eight Mexican youths, just days before Pope Benedict XVI arrived on the island.  The Mexicans, who came on tourist visas, tried to incite protests on the streets and the storming of churches, the distribution of counterrevolutionary leaflets and disorder in activities scheduled during the Papal visit.

Four Mexicans were arrested and they admitted to have been paid and trained by Orlando Gutierrez Boronat, from the Miami-based Directorio Democratico Cubano organization for propaganda operations.  They said the operation chief in Mexico was Rene Bolio Hollaran, former senator for the Partido de Accion Popular (PAN), with close links to the mafia based in the US state of Florida, the editorial explains.

Before the operation took place a Facebook site titled “Por el levantamiento popular en Cuba” (For the people’s uprising in Cuba) had been opened with 13 civil disobedience projects.

Other projects have been aimed at fabricating virtual “opposition” leaders by providing them with Internet access, PCs and other technical means, with the expressed political purposes.

The US Interest Section in Havana, with openly subversive objectives, provides these persons with illegal connections to the Internet, conspiracy-oriented courses in violation of national laws and the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations, the editorial reads.

The US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have received a 75-million-dollar budget to undertake subversive plans against Cuba, while other US and European agencies allocate funds with the same purposes, the editorial notes by citing their names.

During the 9th Session of the Cuban Parliament, President Raul Castro said that the United States continue with their effort to raise a fifth column on Cuban soil, and to use modern technology with subversive aims.

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Pentagon and CIA Sued for Murder of US Citizens in Yemen

Al-Awlaki family seeks justice for assassinations of family members

Matt Murray

On July 19, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the al-Awlaki family against the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency for the summary executions of three U.S. citizens in Yemen.

Last September, Samir Khan, Anwar al-Awlaki, and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, all U.S. citizens, were killed in Yemen by U.S. unmanned drone strikes. Al-Awlaki’s 17-year-old nephew also died in the same attack that killed his son, while the two youths were dining at a local restaurant.

U.S. citizen Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, age 16, killed by a U.S. drone in Yemen.

None of the victims were convicted or even charged publicly with a crime prior to the drone strikes that took their lives, clearly an egregious violation of the most elementary rights allegedly afforded to all U.S. citizens.

“I never expected, you know, that a small boy who was born in America, who was a citizen of America, would be killed by the United States government, his own government,” said Nasser al-Awlaki, the grandfather of Anwar and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. (National Public Radio, July 19)

According to the ACLU lawsuit, the “killings rely on vague legal standards, a closed executive process and evidence never presented to the courts.”

ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer argued that by executing its own citizens without revealing the evidence in support of such actions, the Obama administration has directly violated the U.S. Constitution.

“We want the government to introduce whatever evidence it relied on to a court,” said Jaffer. “And a court can decide whether that evidence was sufficient to justify the government’s actions.” (National Public Radio, July 19)

As the United States has expanded its so-called “War on Terror” since 2001, CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces have carried out unmanned drone strikes with increasing frequency, intensity and impunity all over Asia and Africa, most notably in officially declared war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in regions outside zones of officially declared armed conflict such as Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and the Philippines.

The program, initiated under the Bush administration, has increased markedly during President Obama’s tenure. In May, dozens of Obama administration officials interviewed by The New York Times revealed that the president directly oversees a so-called “kill list,” through which he can directly designate suspects for “kill or capture” and authorize the Pentagon and the CIA to carry out related drone strikes. (The New York Times, May 29)

While the ACLU lawsuit could potentially limit the scope of the use of drone-strike executions, the legal avenues to pursue the issue are severely constrained by the U.S. legal system. The Obama administration could, for example, assert the State Secrets Privilege to conceal the details of drone strikes on the grounds that exposing evidence in court could endanger national security. It is to be expected that the lawsuit will encounter a myriad of such legal obstacles, likely limiting its effectiveness if not derailing it entirely.

The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria

Shamus Cooke

The U.S. media has made its intentions clear: the ‘rebels’ attacking Syria’s government must have more support to advance Syria’s “revolution.” This was the result of the much-hyped advance of Syria’s rebels into the country’s two largest cities, which the western media portrayed as a defining moment in global democracy. But “journalists” like these have blood on their hands, with much more in the works.

The systematic dismantling of Syria has more to do with western media lies and geo-politics than “revolution;” and the more that the U.S. media cheers on this bloodletting, the more politicians feel enabled to spill it.

The rebel attacks on the cities of Damascus and Aleppo were, in actuality, meant to convince the western media that the rebels are near victory, with the hopes of attracting more direct military support from abroad. In reality, however, the attacks in Damascus were instantly crushed by the Syrian government, but the U.S. media predicted “victory just around the corner” for the rebels.

Suddenly Syria is becoming a U.S. presidential topic of debate. Republicans have accused Obama of “outsourcing” the Syrian conflict, refusing to be involved when the rebels deserve extra support (guns mainly). But Obama is the principal cause of this humanitarian catastrophe. Middle East expert Robert Fisk explains:

“While Qatar and Saudi Arabia arm and fund the rebels of Syria…Washington mutters not a word of criticism against them. President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, say they want a democracy in Syria. But Qatar is an autocracy and Saudi Arabia is among the most pernicious of caliphate-kingly-dictatorships in the Arab world.”

Fisk fails to mention that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are virtual puppets of U.S. foreign policy; they would never act independently to overthrow a regional neighbor; they do so on command.

Syria is conveniently surrounded by close allies of the U.S., and it is through these allies that guns and foreign fighters have poured into Syria to cause massive destruction. The rebel-held areas of Syria exist only on the rural borders of Turkey, Jordan, and Northern Lebanon, areas in alignment with U.S. foreign policy.

Revolutions are city affairs, but the Syrian revolution has been a rural undertaking ever since foreign powers decided to destroy the country. It is fortunate for the rebels that Syria’s two largest cities are close to these border countries: the rebels made a quick foray into the cities for some high profile attacks, and then drifted back to the border areas to seek protection from their friends.

Although it is true that the so-called Free Syrian Army includes defectors from the Syrian military, it is possible that these defectors are simply betting that, in the long term, the U.S. will spare no expense in overthrowing the Syrian government.

The commonsense question that the U.S. media never explores is whether Syrians want their country destroyed, the inevitable result of this conflict. In fact, there are numerous indications to the contrary. After constant cheerleading of the Syrian rebels, The New York Times has been forced to admit on several occasions that massive pro-government rallies have been held in Syria’s only two large cities:

“The turnout [at least tens of thousands] in Sabaa Bahrat Square in Damascus, the [Syrian] capital, once again underlined the degree of backing that Mr. Assad and his leadership still enjoy among many Syrians… That support is especially pronounced in cities like Damascus and Aleppo, the country’s two largest.”

This was further confirmed by a poll funded by the anti-Syrian Qatar Foundation, performed by the Doha Debates:

“According to the latest opinion poll commissioned by The Doha Debates, Syrians are more supportive of their president with 55% not wanting him to resign.” (January 2, 2012).

This should be of zero surprise. Syrians have seen Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya destroyed by U.S.-style “liberation.” Americans should know better too — and many do — regardless of their media’s blatantly criminal behavior.

The United States is using a strategy in Syria that has been perfected over the years, starting with Afghanistan (in the 1980’s) Yugoslavia, and most recently in Libya: arming small paramilitary groups loyal to U.S. interests that attack the targeted government — including terrorist bombings — and when the attacked government defends itself, the U.S. cries “genocide” or “mass murder,” while calling for foreign military intervention.

In each instance the targeted society is dismembered, mass murder and ethnic/religious violence is consciously used to gain military advantage that inevitably spirals out of control; refugee crises are also natural consequences, which inevitably lead to cross border destabilization and wider regional conflicts. Millions of lives are completely ruined in each instance, if not ended.

There is every indication that the Syrian conflict has the potential — as the Iraq war before it — to cause incredible ethnic and religious violence on a multi-nation scale. Neighboring Lebanon has already experienced armed conflict as a direct result of Syria and is a powder keg of ethnic and religious tension that needs only a spark to explode, and Syria promises to spew flames.

The U.S. population has largely been spared images of the incredible suffering and social destruction caused by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Syria’s crisis is thus happening in an already-destabilized region, having the potential to completely tear the social fabric of the larger Middle East.

These war crimes benefit nobody except the very rich who take over the helm of governments and use these positions to privatize the invaded country’s economy, though especially the oil. The people in Syria, however, are being used as cannon fodder for an additional reason: so that the U.S. can have a steppingstone towards destroying Iran (Syria is Iran’s close ally). But Russia and China are acting more boldly against this genocidal behavior, and may act with more vigor in defending their allies, a dynamic that could easily lead to a regional or even world war.

Thus, the hell that has become the Middle East is being poked and prodded by U.S. foreign policy with absolutely no regard for the global implications. Both U.S. major presidential candidates are cheerleading the flood of blood to different degrees, ensuring that the next election will provide fresh “legitimacy” to an equally barbarous U.S. foreign policy.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (www.workerscompass.org) He can be reached at shamuscooke@gmail.com

“Free Syrian Army” is al Qaeda

Susanne Posel

EU Gives WikiLeaks Propaganda About Chemical Weapons in Syria

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are not just tied to al-Qaeda, the CIA-funded fake Islamic terrorist group, they ARE al-Qaeda. In a video of members of the FSA, these men are brandishing AK-47s provided to them by the CIA and have al-Qaeda flags flying in the background.

Al-Qaeda has been used by the US government in insurgent recruitment and in destabilizing Middle Eastern governments. The new recruits, being trained by the CIA in Turkey, then being allocated to the FSA and being used to destroy the Syrian government are directly tied to al-Qaeda. In the mainstream media, al-Qaeda is still touted as a separate terrorist organization with no ties to the US government.

Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, is now decrying that his involvement in assisting the CIA has created a backlash of violence in his own country and compromised their national security.

Erdogan is reluctant to continue to cooperate with CIA training facilities that create more “troops” for the FSA who are released into Syria through the Turkish border. The further involvement of Turkey in attempting to “handover Assad” to the US government through the use of fake terrorist organizations is causing a Kurdish outcry while military training camps are turning out “a good number of Kurds” who have been taught how to covertly support the US and Israel movement toward forced regime change in Syria.

Abu Thuha (a pseudonym) is an al-Qaeda operative who claims that “we have experience now fighting the Americans, and more experience now with the Syrian revolution. Our big hope is to form a Syrian-Iraqi Islamic state for all Muslims, and then announce our war against Iran and Israel, and free Palestine.”

The terrorist activity in Syria has been directly committed by oppositional groups that are being controlled and directed by the US government in order to facilitate internal conflict, says a study by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

Joseph Holiday, analyst for the ISW, who studies the influence al-Qaeda has had on the Arab Spring, asserts: “The emergence of Al Qaeda-linked terrorist cells working against the regime poses risks to the United States and a challenge to those calling for material support of the armed opposition. It’s something to keep an eye out for, the convergence of Iraq and Syria. As the Syrian government loses the ability to project force on the periphery of its territory, what you’re going to see is an emboldened Sunni opposition emerging in Nineveh and Iraq.”

Daniel Byman, a professor and counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University as well as a fellow of the Brookings Institute, says that it is obvious that al-Qaeda is becoming more active in Syria. This terrorist organization was used by the US government in Somalia and Mali, and before that in Chechnya and Yemen, and the group is currently trying to turn a local conflict to its advantage. “There’s no question Al Qaeda wants to do that, and they are actually pretty good at this sort of thing,” said Byman. “They’ve done well at taking a local conflict” and taking it global. “They learned a lot from Iraq,” he remarks. “They even write about this — they say, ‘We got on the wrong side of the locals.’ ”

Along with use of fake terrorist groups, Syria is being accosted with false claims of chemical weapons which are being tied to Iran by the US government and Israel. Documents provided by the European Union are being used to support the WMDs false flag. The EU says they provided the technical assistance and equipment as well as $14.2 million to the Syrian Ministry of Industry in 2010. The EU says that now these procurements are being used to create a chemical weapon’s program.

An EU spokesperson says that the money they gave Syria was supposed to be allocated to safety standards for products and laboratories, but now they believe it has been used to create chemical weapons.

James Quinlivan, senior operations research analyst at the RAND Corporation, a globalist front for Elite agendas, claims that “calibration is a big deal for these things. While mustard [gas] lasts amazingly well, nerve agents do not. For nerve gases, particularly sarin, retention relies on purity, and this must be tested.”

WikiLeaks have been working with the US State Department in framing Iran and Syria, as the website has built a following and reputation as being an exposer of wrong-doings by governments. Yet, the WikiLeaks phenomena is also created and controlled by the US government and only “leaks” information that is useful to the US government’s agendas and strategies overseas.

The so-called “Syrian Files” were nothing more than propaganda planted by the US government in conjunction with Julian Assange to divert attention, create false claims against Syria and promote the coming military strike against Syria.

Surfacing just in time to prove that Syria has WMDs is a 2006 communication that was supposedly confidential which claims Syria and Iran are working together to develop 5 new chemical weapons plants; in particular that Syria has new sites that are fronts for manufacturing facilities.

This time the global Elite are not just claiming that the “enemy” has WMDs, they are planting the evidence so that the debacle that faced former President George W Bush with Iraq’s non-existent WMDs will not be an issue.

According to the falsified documents provided by WikiLeaks, a US diplomat states: “Iran would provide the construction design and equipment to annually produce tens to hundreds of tons of precursors for VX, sarin, and mustard [gas]. Engineers from Iran’s DIO [Defense Industries Organization] were to visit Syria and survey locations for the plants, and construction was scheduled from the end of 2005-2006.”

2008 correspondence by the US State Department says that Syria has become “sophisticated in its efforts to move equipment and resources from civilian programs to weapons development.”

According to the document “the Australians believe Syria is committed to improving and expanding its program, including through testing. Syria maintains a basic indigenous capability, in contrast to other countries of concern, but maintains some dependence on precursor imports. . . . Syria appears focused on importing precursors and precursors of precursors.”

The false flag assertion of Syrian chemical weapons is giving the international community the necessary fuel to support the US/Israeli military attack of Syria. It is being kept secret from the general public with the assistance of the MSM that the murder of Syrian civilians is being committed by the FSA under the direction of the CIA, the script being played out to keep Assad’s armies under foot with “little chance of turning defeat into victory.”

Syria: Twisting the Truth, Torturing Logic

Michael Collins

Obama administration support for Syrian rebels is based on a United Nations authorized report from November 2011. In that document, Syria is accused of committing “crimes against humanity.” The report’s co-author is a board member at a Washington, D.C. based think tank that just happens to have the former chairman of ExxonMobil, a consultant for the Saudi Binladin Group, and a former CIA executive on its board of directors.

Much of the U.S. and European press on the so-called civil war originates from a tiny organization in the United Kingdom called the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (the Observatory). The one man operation is run by a longtime opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

For the most part, this is how we know what we know about Syria.

The “human rights” rationale

The United Nations Human Rights Council authorized an independent committee to study human rights in Syria in 2011. The committee didn’t visit Syria, claiming that the three members lacked access. Instead members set up a safe house in Switzerland, brought in individuals who claimed to have fled Syria, and took anonymous testimony on human rights concerns. This was the basis of the November 23, 2011 report to the UN HRC criticizing the Assad regime.

The report co-author, Karen Koning AbuZayd, is on the board of directors for the Middle East Policy Council in Washington DC. The board’s vice chairman is the former head of a non-government organization that received over $50 million in 2011 from U.S. Agency for International Development and other government agencies. The council received a $1 million grant from a Saudi prince in 2007.

The council strongly supports regime change in Syria as evidenced by the selection the spokesperson from the rebel Syrian National Council as a presenter for its July 23 Capitol Hill briefing for Congress.

The UN HRC failed to report on foreign fighters in Syria, foreign funding of the rebels, and human rights violations by the rebels over the past year, including terrorist suicide bombing. The report is selective, biased, and one sided. It is also the basis for of sanctions plus NATO and Gulf oil oligarch aid that turned an armed conflict into a civil war.

News from the front, Coventry, UK

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory is a one man operation located in Coventry, United Kingdom. Rami Abdul Rahman dispatches reports to the Western media from his apartment. He claims to have 200 sources on the ground in Syria. The sources don’t know other sources and their names are a secret that only Abdul Rahman knows. He has not been there since his self-exile in 2001. He claims to be self-funded. He was part of the resistance to Assad and supports the Free Syria Army. Rahman is hardly objective yet his operation serves as the preeminent source for much of the Western media reporting on Syria.

Here are some recent examples of the Observatory in action. Their allegations are often cited in the first or second paragraphs of stories on the conflict,

MSNBC uses the Observatory for day to day reports on battles and outcomes: “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, reported helicopter attacks on the central Salaheddine district of Aleppo and fighting elsewhere in the city.” MSNBC, July 28

Bloomberg cited the Observatory for summary statistics on total deaths in the conflict on both sides: “International and regional efforts have failed to end the violence in Syria, which began in March 2011 and has left at least 19,000 people dead, including about 5,000 government troops, according to the Observatory.Bloomberg, July 27

Even Aljazeera uses the observatory as a primary source: “Civilians crowded into basements seeking refuge from the bombing, with the SOHR’s Rami Abdel Rahman describing the clashes as the uprisings fiercest.” Aljazeera, July 29

The Western media apparently ignores itself. Reuters, which uses Observatory reports, did a profile of the organization and concluded that “it is virtually impossible to verify any data trickling out of the country.” The media also ignored a major investigative article in Alakhbar, January 26. It provides more than enough reasons to question the death toll estimates, action reports, and the stability of the Observatory.

If regime change is such a great idea, why twist the truth and torture logic?

The ruling elite want to keep its Saudi oil connection pumping and the contracts from the Gulf States alive. It is about oil and money. But it’s about much more than that.

The Money Party (aka ruling elite) has one set of tactics for achieving their goals — intimidation, subversion, war, and destruction. These are very blunt instruments. Why not? Who will stop them? Assad is pro-Iranian, he’s in power, and he won’t leave. So, what to do? Take control of the storyline, create a rationale for the anti-Syrian campaign, and get your minions in the two parties and the corporate media to execute the strategy.

While the country and much of the world languishes in a real depression, the leaders waste time on projects like this. As we face the imminent decline in the ability of the environment to support the human population, there’s no real effort to address that issue. The leaders are just too busy with Syria.

This time, they may not get their way. As Steve Hynd noted on July 20 and the Guardian’s Luke Harding reported, we’re looking a conflict that could take years.

What will The Money Party do if it doesn’t get its way right away? Does the term false flag ring a bell?

February 1, 2007: “If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted
bloody involvement in Iraq (Syria), the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large. A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a defensive U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan…” (Zbigniew Brzezinski, Senate Foreign Relations Committee countering George W Bush’s push for an attack on Iran – See Quds Force II – the Storyline Repeats Itself)

Flipping The Script: The Western Media’s Syria Propaganda Is Falling Apart

Saman Mohammadi

What is written in the press is lies. What is hidden in plain view is the truth.

Do you remember this guy, Jason Russell? He was the frontman for the short-lived and over-hyped “Kony 2012” propaganda campaign that exploited young people’s emotions to popularize a U.S. military invasion of Uganda. After his lies were exposed on the Internet he had a shocking meltdown in public. He ran around naked near traffic lights, smashed his fists on the pavement, and screamed bizarrely. The heavy spirit of Madness conquered his weak will.

The day before his freakish breakdown Russell was idolized in the mainstream press as a saint on a mission to save the children of Africa. His war propaganda documentary about the deceased CIA contractor Joseph Kony became hugely popular on Facebook and other social media outlets. But as soon as his mask came down and his craziness was captured by cameras, the media vultures forgot about his crusade and quickly moved on to the next hot story.

The new story that captured the corrupt Western media’s attention was Syria. The conflict was heating up, and the “international community” was being pressed to take action against the country. “Assad is killing his own people,” they said, without offering any evidence. “This is the next domino to fall in the Arab Spring, the rebels must be supported and Assad has to step down,” so went the propaganda. And yadda yadda. The media’s insane lies were repeated for months. Major media channels were engaged in non-stop propaganda warfare to destroy the independent Syrian state and reduce Syrians to slavery.

But then something remarkable and unexpected happened. Some Western journalists began telling the truth about the origins of the conflict, the true motives behind the West’s anti-Syria propaganda, and the nature of the unpopular Syrian opposition.

The spell was broken.

In June, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reportedthat the infamous Houla massacre was committed not by Assad’s forces, as it was claimed by the Western media at first, but by the NATO-backed terrorist opposition.

The official narrative about the Syrian conflict fell apart at that point. The moral case for overthrowing Assad was lost because it was based on total lies. The naked aggression by NATO’s barbaric pawns against Syrian civilians was clear to see for anyone who was paying attention.

II. The Global Alternative Media Rises: End of Mainstream Propaganda

The establishment media no longer has a monopoly on reality. Official lies are challenged, buried truths are dug up, and objective reality is preserved. The magician’s tricks have been revealed by spoilers in the crowd. The global alternative media is rising and it is an engine of peace, liberation, understanding, and sanity.

Even mainstream media figures are forced to admit that they have been lying to the world about nearly everything and that their warmongering views are not mainstream. They are losing their control over the minds of the masses, and like Russell of the Kony 2012 stunt, they are also losing control of their own minds.

In fact, establishment journalists have already gone crazy and lost their grip on reality. Their world is falling down around them and their temporary power is disappearing by the day. Truth is too strong a force. The establishment media is going against the gravity of reality and it is losing the battle.

But not everybody in the Western media has lost their heads and hearts. There are still some respectable and honourable journalists around who place the facts of history above the lies of governments. The writer “b” of MoA writes:

“There seems to be slight turn in the western media coverage of Syria. Here in Germany the press has now more reports showing the “rebels” as what they really are: traveling jihadists and foreign paid rabble. Commentators on the news websites are now mostly highly critical about the usual propaganda pieces and the German government policy of supporting the SNC. There also seems to be a slight shift in international media.”

Whereas in the recent past the Western establishment media was all-powerful and its official narratives were unquestioningly accepted by the general public, today its legitimacy is rapidly collapsing and it is failing to make people believe in government lies.

Young consumers of news are looking to the rising global independent media to get the facts about critical issues and conflicts. In the process, their worldview is changing and their government-made beliefs are dying.

The truth about Syria, like the truth about 9/11, can be suppressed for the time being but it cannot be erased from the record of history.

Tony Cartalucci says that Western propaganda against Syria has gotten too out of control and as a result it is falling to pieces. The tangled lies are being exposed before their usefulness can be exploited. Here is an excerpt from Cartalucci’s article, “US Treasury: Al Qaeda Runs Syrian “Rebellion”:

“Now, it appears that the West’s Arab “foreign legion,” Al Qaeda, is about to suffer an unprecedented defeat – not at the hands of Western anti-terrorism forces, but at the hands of Syrian troops in the city of Aleppo. In a desperate effort to prevent this, the West is employing a series of desperate strategies ranging from portraying the trapped foreign-fighters committing atrocities inside Aleppo as “pending a certain massacre,” to using the very presence of these foreign-fighters as evidence “Al Qaeada” is operating in Syria and must be “stopped” by Western intervention.

It is essential to understand that, as empires have always done, the monolithic corporate-financier interests of the West seek regional hegemony as a step toward global domination, and will say and do anything in order to achieve it. As resistance increases, the West’s lies become more difficult to sell, the consistency of their propaganda overtly crumbling. The West, in nearly a single breath, has now claimed FSA fighters are both “Al Qaeda” that need to be eliminated, while also impeding a “massacre” by Syrian forces if something isn’t done to save them.

When US President Obama referred to the “depths of depravity” regarding Syrian security operations in Aleppo, he and his script writers do so with the belief that Americans, and the world, are ignorant and disinterested in the truth, and will gladly allow Western foreign policy to once again prey on their emotions and good intentions to sell yet another destructive, self-serving military intervention.”

It is strange to hear that Washington is at war with Al-Qaeda in Yemen, and, at the same time, it is an ally of Al-Qaeda in Syria. Only one of these two things can be true. Washington is either at war with Al-Qaeda or it is not.

Washington’s sense of logic is funny and twisted, but it is not unique. That’s the way of the world. Throughout history, empires first conquer the truth,reality, and human consciousness, and then move their way to resource-rich lands.

The power of an empire is dependent on the cult beliefs and cult personalities that are created to justify its brutal rule at home and abroad.

It is a sign of hope for the world and for the collective life of mankind when the sovereignty of truth overcomes an empire of death, in whatever age in human history.

Corporate Media Promotes Sectarianism to Divide Syria

Imperialists Side with Non-Syrian Extremists to Collapse a Secular Government

The Brotherhood is promoting a moderate image and claims that the Assad government is responsible for violence, not the opposition. But that isn’t the view of former SNC supporter Kamal Lebwany, who told the New York Times on May 5 that the Brotherhood “monopolises everything – the money, the weapons, the SNC. The SNC has a liberal peel covering a totalitarian, non-democratic core.”

Kenny Coyle

Western media coverage of Syria has made much of the fact that many of its leaders, including the dominant Assad family, belong to the Alawite sect of Islam.

Perhaps it’s a response to the appalling superficiality of coverage of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq – in light of widespread sectarian violence journalists are more willing to view Islam as a creed with many tendencies.

But this comes at a cost. Now religion is presented as almost the sole factor in conflicts, neatly obscuring the historical and current role of outside imperialist interference.

The mainstream narrative is that the Middle East is destined for incessant sectarian conflict.

Yet religious sectarianism – from Derry to Damascus – has always been used by colonial powers as political cover to divide and rule people who might otherwise unite in defence of their common interests.

Imperialism has often used the mantra of the “failed state,” arguing that a country is too riven by age-old conflicts and tribalism to rule itself. Intervention is then presented as a response to, rather than a cause of, these divisions.

On May 30 the BBC’s Mark Urban wrote on its website: “Reports that hundreds of Sunni jihadists from across the Middle East have joined the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite regime are also causing some in Washington to think long and hard about lining up on the same side as al-Qaida.”

But the Assads have not dominated Syrian politics for 40 years by representing only the Alawites, who comprise perhaps 12 per cent of the population.

Syria is certainly in the throes of a bitter and bloody conflict where sectarian forces are increasingly active.

One effect of the early shift from peaceful protests to armed conflict has been to polarise the country further, fuelling a cycle of revenge killings.

But, as Urban concedes, much of this is being stimulated from outside Syria.

It is the combustible mix of external interference with internal political crisis that threatens Syria with further bloodbaths reminiscent of 1990s Yugoslavia.

But to understand the Syrian crisis we need to place the ethnic and religious divisions in a broader political and social context.

About 25 per cent of the population are non-Sunni Muslims. Alongside the Alawites are the Druze and Isma’ilis, as well as mainstream Shia. There are also Christians of various denominations.

And among the Sunnis there are non-Arab minorities, such as Kurds, Circassians and Turkomans.

Sandwiched between Lebanon to the west and Iraq to the east these communities – whatever their past and current grievances – have plenty of reason to fear the fall of Assad’s authoritarian but essentially secular state.

Nor should we assume that the Sunni population is some homogenous bloc. There are heterodox Sufis, militantly political and anti-regime Salafis and many who follow a secular lifestyle.

Traditionally Alawites were damned by many Sunni theologians as heretics – they don’t worship in mosques, don’t observe the five pillars of Islam, the women don’t wear headscarves or veils and they observe a variety of feasts and holidays from other traditions. Unlike Jews and Christians the Alawite and Druze communities were denied official recognition in Ottoman times and suffered all-round discrimination.

Under French rule Alawites and other minorities were recruited in great numbers by the colonial forces. For Alawites military service offered a means of social advancement, security and status.

After the French left the Alawites continued to dominate the military ranks. US Middle East expert Joshuah Landis estimated that Alawites made up almost 60 per cent of non-commissioned officers in the Syrian army by 1955.

When Bashar al-Assad’s father Hafez came to power in 1970 it was due to his roots in the military wing of the ruling Ba’ath Party rather than an attempt to create an Alawite ruling elite.

Due to their history of persecution and their secretive, unorthodox rites and customs, Syria’s Alawites have generally favoured secular government and have shunned the political Islamic movements common among both Shia and Sunni.

Alawites were therefore especially open to the secular philosophy of Ba’athism and one of the party’s original ideologists Zaki al-Arsuzi was himself an Alawite.

Ba’athists found themselves competing against Islamist groups early on, particularly their arch-rival the Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian wing of which was founded in 1944.

In Syria the Brotherhood has historically been split between two factions – an Aleppo wing, considered more moderate, and a more radical faction with Homs as its base.

It was banned during the Adid al-Shishlaki dictatorship of the early 1950s and remained ineffective during Syria’s brief union with Egypt. In 1964 radicalised Brotherhood supporters launched a jihad in Hama against the newly installed Ba’athist regime. The revolt was bloodily crushed.

During the 1960s and ’70s there was also a growing gap between the Brotherhood’s public commitment to non-violence and the increasing involvement of its members in radical armed groups, the most important of which was known as the Fighting Vanguard and had its origins in the Hama revolt.

In 1973 there were mass protests against Ba’athist moves to advance a secular constitution, leading to a revival of the Brotherhood and the armed groups. By the late ’70s Islamist groups were engaged in a guerilla war against the government.

In June 1979 a Fighting Vanguard unit massacred scores of army cadets in Aleppo military academy. It also organised an assassination attempt on Hafez Assad and orchestrated dozens of shootings and bombings across the country.

Assad’s response was brutal and effective. Membership of the Brotherhood became a capital offence. There were large-scale executions of Islamist prisoners.

In February 1982 the army laid siege to Hama. In scenes chillingly reminiscent of the current crisis it first ordered non-combatants to leave the city and then bombarded the Islamists, who used the cover of the remaining civilian communities.

Fighting lasted nearly three weeks and cost thousands of lives, many civilian.

Despite some attempts at reconciliation during the early part of Bashar al-Assad’s rule the Brotherhood and the Ba’ath Party are again on a collision course. The exiled Syrian National Council (SNC) has a significant Brotherhood presence.

The Brotherhood is promoting a moderate image and claims that the Assad government is responsible for violence, not the opposition. But that isn’t the view of former SNC supporter Kamal Lebwany, who told the New York Times on May 5 that the Brotherhood “monopolises everything – the money, the weapons, the SNC. The SNC has a liberal peel covering a totalitarian, non-democratic core.”

And in addition to Syria’s homegrown Islamists, there is a new breed. Politicised and militarised by Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, hardline jihadist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra have carried out car bombings and other attacks.

But most foreign Islamist fighters are being integrated into the various militias under the umbrella of the Saudi and Qatari-funded Free Syrian Army (FSA).

An interview with a Sunni Lebanese fighter published in Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper mentions Lebanese fighters joining “regular FSA brigades” and even an entirely Lebanese armed unit. It also quotes “militants” saying that other Arab nationals are fighting alongside the Syrian rebels, including “citizens from Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.”

The internationalisation of the Syria conflict is no propaganda ploy of the Assad regime but a dangerous reality.