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Eva Bartlett/The Richie Allen Show: I’m Back From Syria, The Media Are Lying To You

Re-posting this video (link below) with thanks, from The Tap Blog. Thanks also to Jean of Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth for posting this link.

Terrific, must-listen witness testimony from an independent freelance journalist, Eva Bartlett, post long sojourns in Syria (her first visit was in April 2014), traveling, and speaking to people in various cities and areas devastated by bombing and terrorism. Her intention, she notes, was to listen to what the people in Syria had to say, as opposed to the corporate narrative promulgated by corporate Western media. “As you know the corporate narrative totally ignores the will of the Syrian people, and they take representatives from exile or Saudi-backed representatives as word of the Syrian people.”

“The people in Syria understand that what is happening in Syria is a foreign war (a NATO-alliance war) on Syria designed to topple their government and serve certain agendas, and the agendas of certain neighboring countries such as so-called Israel, and they adamantly support their government, their President, and their Syrian Arab Army.” She goes on to describe the devastation she has witnessed from the terrorism of car-bombings and rocket-launchings in civilian areas in Damascus, Aleppo, and other places, where she says residents are being “punished for not taking the corporate side of this foreign war on Syria.”

“My main intention is to bear witness and to transmit what Syrians tell me, what they want the world outside to know of what is actually happening here.” Later she notes that the Government of Syria is not starving civilian populations in various cities,  as reported in mainstream news, it is the terrorists who are doing so,  the Government is in fact making food and power supplies available to the people. She is aware that corporate media are spinning a completely different narrative, and reports what she has seen on the ground that contradicts this corporate media narrative. The Government is also not gunning down unarmed protesters, as has been reported in mainstream media, she says; she recommends news analysis by Professor Tim Anderson on this subject, which documents and refutes these reports as lies. 

In answering listeners’ queries, she also notes that human rights groups in the UK are being used as front groups to quite possibly send more arms to the terrorists who are waging war on the Syrian civilian population, and who are obtaining funds from deceived UK residents. She notes the manipulated death of Serena Shims, possibly by Turkish Intelligence; Serena Shims was  the young television journalist who was documenting the flow of weapons via Turkey into Syria–other reports since then, she says, have noted this flow of weapons into Syria, also across the large Iraq border. Additionally Western planes have, more than five times, “accidentally” dropped supplies into terrorist faction camps, who range beyond Daesh to many groups, she notes.

This is an absolutely eye-opening interview with information unavailable in current mainstream media news that makes its way to the US. You can find updates and information on Eva Bartlett’s blog, including links to more news resources at her post on this interview.

Much gratitude to Eva Bartlett for her unflinching reportage, her delivery of the truth of what she has witnessed, and her courage in letting the truth about Syrian reality stand against deceiving corporate Western narratives that seek to, as she notes,  reinforce and promote imperialist and Zionist, war-mongering agendas.  Her voice and conviction are inspiring, and will, I can only hope, ignite more of us to stand up and speak out in courage within our own fields of experience and influence, for what is right, for peace, and for justice.

Helen Keller’s 1916 Advice to Soldiers: Strike Against War

In January, 1916, about a hundred years ago now, Helen Keller made a speech in Carnegie Hall, New York where she quite unabashedly called out the hypocrisy and manipulations of industry leaders and government who were pushing young people and working people into supporting the war (World War I). This is a remarkable speech, in which she spells out quite simply that all wars would end if people–soldiers–simply refused to fight, but put down their arms, a thought that might seem radical to some arms-manufacturers today, but makes perfect sense to most of us.

Worth reminding ourselves of, in this time of Endless War perpetrated round the globe by the US war machine, fruits of which we are seeing today in the overflowing refugee crisis situation–it’s a special call to soldiers, to those who bear arms for this or that “noble cause” of “protecting the homeland” or ensuring “national security,” including those who toil covertly to assault activists and ethical citizens in the “War of Terror”.  When soldiers lay down their arms-and today, their electronic weapons, the makers of arms and bombs–and electronic weapons, and the banksters behind them will be forced to find and fund more useful endeavor. Wouldn’t that be marvelous, a world where no government can go around declaring war and dropping bombs by commanding the actions of its military, where militaries wake up and listen to their consciences instead…

The text of the speech, published in the volume, Helen Keller: Her Socialist Years (International Publishers, 1967), can be found online at various places, including here at Gift of Speech. The video below offers excerpts, as also the text below.

“We are facing a grave crisis in our national life. The few who profit from the labor of the masses want to organize the workers into an army which will protect the interests of the capitalists. You are urged to add to the heavy burdens you already bear the burden of a larger army and many additional warships. It is in your power to refuse to carry the artillery and the dread-noughts and to shake off some of the burdens, too, such as limousines, steam yachts and country estates. You do not need to make a great noise about it. With the silence and dignity of creators you can end wars and the system of selfishness and exploitation that causes wars. All you need to do to bring about this stupendous revolution is to straighten up and fold your arms.

We are not free unless the men who frame and execute the laws represent the interests of the lives of the people and no other interest. The ballot does not make a free man out of a wage slave. there has never existed a truly free and democratic nation in the world. From time immemorial men have followed with blind loyalty the strong men who had the power of money and of armies. Even while battlefields were piled high with their own dead they have tilled the lands of the rulers and have been robbed of the fruits of their labor. “

Strike against all ordinances and laws and institutions that continue the slaughter of peace and the butcheries of war. Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought. Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder. Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings. Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.

Please visit Gift of Speech for the whole transcript of the speech. The American Federation for the Blind, where Helen Keller worked for 44 years, is seeking to digitize her archives and is looking for donations this month, if you would like to support them.

‘In an endless war on terror, we are all doomed to become Palestinians’

Thanks to Jean of Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth and Sott.net for re-posting this important article by Jonathan Cook in Middle-East Eye, covering Israel’s role in supplying arms and technology to countries around the world, and in building the industry of “global pacification,” which seems to essentially mean War Against the People, also the title of a new and forthcoming book by Anthropology Professor and head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, (ICAHD), Jeff Halper, whose analyses are featured here.