Syria – Assad – Putin – Allepo – A Brutal War of Smoke – Mirrors and Bombs – If You Can Handle the Truth About the Wanton Destruction of a Nation – Read On

 

 

Image result for Ayman Asfari, images

Ayman Asfari and his boat

 

 

 

 

Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria – Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the “Syria Campaign” leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government.

The shadowy “Syria Campaign” which is behind the regime change war being waged against President Assad and his government was initially founded and is sustained by Ayman Asfari, the CEO of the British oil and gas supply company Petrofac Limited.

Asfari is worth $1.2 billion and owns about 20% of the shares of his company, which employs near to 20,000 staff and has a turnover of around $7.5 billion annually. Through his Asfari Foundation, he has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to “The Syria Campaign” and secured a seat for his wife, Sawsan, on its board of directors.

Other very rich Syrian exiles routinely add their own significant financial contributions to the campaign. In the current year significant contributions have been received from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Annual income to the fund varies between 1.5 -3.0 billion

He is also a top financial and political supporter of the Syrian National Coalition, the largest government-in-exile group set up after the Syrian revolt began. A group determined to remove Assad, replacing him with one of its own. In London, his place of residence, Asfari has been a major donor to former British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party.

In May 2016, Cameron keynoted a fundraiser for the “Hands Up for Syria Appeal”, a charity heavily supported by Asfari that sponsors education for Syrian children living in refugee camps. Cameron was an unusual choice for the event given his staunch resistance to accepting unaccompanied Syrian children who have fled to Europe. However, Asfari supports Cameron’s exclusionary policy.

Asfari enjoys close relations with the Obama administration and has visited the White House many times since the start of the “Syria Campaign” until recently meeting with Philip Gordon, Obama’s Middle East policy adviser.  Gordon was, at the outset, a keen supporter of Asfari and the “Syria Campaign” but after leaving the admistration he urged Obama to give up on the mission to overthrow President Assad.  In September 2015 in a lengthy article for “Politico” he wrote, “There is now virtually no chance that an opposition military ‘victory’ will lead to stable or peaceful governance in Syria in the foreseeable future and near certainty that pursuing one will only lead to many more years of vicious civil war.” Asfari was livid and attacked Gordon accusing him of being fanciful and unrealistic.

 

 

20 Photos Describe The "war"

Allepo before and after

 

 

 

 

 
September 2016: The bombing of Allepo

Demonstrators gathered in city squares across the West for a “weekend of action” to “stop the bombs” raining down from Syrian government and Russian warplanes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Thousands joined the protests, holding signs that read “Topple Assad” and declaring, “Enough With Assad.”  Few participants knew that the actions were organized under the auspices of an opposition-funded public relations company called the “Syria Campaign.”

By partnering with local groups like the Syrian civil defence workers popularly known as the “White Helmets”, and through a vast network of connections in media and centres of political influence, the “Syria Campaign” has played a crucial role in disseminating images and stories of the horrors visited this month on eastern Aleppo. The group operates freely within the Obama administration in Washington and has the power to mobilize thousands of demonstrators into the streets.

The “Syria Campaign” presents itself as an impartial, non-political voice for ordinary Syrian citizens that is dedicated to civilian protection. The “Syria Campaign” strategy director James Sadri said “We see ourselves as a solidarity organization. We’re not being paid by anybody to pursue a particular line. We feel like we’ve done a really good job about finding out who the front-line activists, doctors, humanitarians are and trying to get their word out to the international community.”

But behind the lofty rhetoric about solidarity and the images of heroic rescuers rushing in to save lives is an agenda that aligns closely with the forces from Riyadh to Washington clamouring for regime change.

Indeed, the “Syria Campaign” has been pushing for a no-fly zone in Syria that would require at least “70,000 American servicemen” to enforce, according to a Pentagon assessment, along with the destruction of government infrastructure and military installations. There is no record of a no-fly zone being imposed without regime change following —which is exactly what the “Syria Campaign” and its partners want.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee said “For us to control all the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.”

While the military brass in Washington is reluctant to apply the full force of its air-power to enforce a no fly zone (N.F.Z.), the “Syria Campaign” is capitalizing on the outrage inspired by the bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo to intensify the drumbeat for greater U.S. military involvement.

The “Syria Campaign” has been careful to cloak interventionism in the liberal-friendly language of human rights, casting Western military action as “the best way to support Syrian refugees,” and packaging a no-fly zone — along with so-called safe zones and no bombing zones, which would also require Western military enforcement — as a “way to protect civilians and defeat ISIS.”

 

 

Image result for white helmets images images

 

 

 

 

 

The White Helmets

Among the campaign’s most prominent vehicles for promoting military intervention is a self-proclaimed “unarmed and impartial” civil defence group known as the “White Helmets.”

Footage of the “White Helmets” saving civilians trapped in the rubble of buildings bombed by the Syrian government and its Russian ally has become ubiquitous in coverage of the crisis. Having claimed to have saved tens of thousands of lives, the group has become a leading resource for journalists and human rights groups seeking information inside the war theatre, from casualty figures to details on the kind of bombs that are falling.

But like the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” are anything but impartial. Indeed, the group was founded in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Transitional Initiatives, an explicitly political wing of the agency that has funded efforts at political subversion in Cuba and Venezuela.

USAID is the “White Helmets” principal funder, committing at least $23 million to the group since 2013. This money was part of $340 million budgeted by USAID for “supporting activities that pursue a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria” — or establishing a parallel governing structure that could fill the power vacuum once Bashar Al-Assad was removed.

Thanks to an aggressive public relations push by the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and have already been awarded the “alternative Nobel” known as the “Right Livelihood Award.” At the same time, the “White Helmets” are pushing for a NFZ in public appearances and on a website created by the “Syria Campaign.”

The “Syria Campaign” has garnered endorsements for the “White Helmets” from a host of Hollywood celebrities and with fundraising and “outreach” performed by the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” have become the stars of a slickly produced Netflix documentary vehicle that has received hype from media outlets across the West.

 

 

Image result for white helmets images images

 

 

 

 

 
Targeting the UN and aid convoys

September 2016: An aid convoy organized by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs came under attack on its way to the rebel-held countryside of West Aleppo.

The “White Helmets” pinned blame squarely on the Syrian and Russian governments. Indeed, a “White Helmets” member was among the first to appear on camera at the scene of the attack, declaring in English that “the regime helicopters targeted this place with four barrel [bombs].”

The “White Helmets” also produced one of the major pieces of evidence Western journalists have relied on to implicate Russia and the Syrian government in the attack: a photograph supposedly depicting the tail fragment of a Russian-made fragmentation bomb. (This account remains unconfirmed by both the UN and SARC, and no evidence of barrel bombs has been produced).

Ironically, the “White Helmets” have also figured prominently in the “Syria Campaign’s” push to undermine the UN’s humanitarian work inside Syria. For months, the “Syria Campaign” has painted the UN as a stooge of Bashar Al-Assad for coordinating its aid deliveries with the Syrian government, as it has done with governments in conflict zones around the world.

A Westerner who operates as a politically neutral humanitarian NGO in Damascus offered me a withering assessment of the “Syria Campaign’s” attacks on the UN. The source accused the “Syria Campaign” of “dividing and polarizing the community” along political lines.

Significantly, a few days before the aid convoy attack prompted the UN to suspend much of its work inside Syria, the “Syria Campaign” spurred 73 aid organizations operating in rebel-held territory, including the “White Helmets,” to suspend their cooperation with the UN aid program.

The Western press widely reported that, “The decision to withdraw from the Whole of Syria programme, in which organisations share information to help the delivery of aid, means in practice the UN will lose sight of what is happening throughout the north of Syria and in opposition-held areas of the country, where the NGOs do most of their work.”

Despite the “Syria Campaign’s” influence on the international media stage, details on the outfit’s inner workings are difficult to come by. the “Syria Campaign” is registered in England as a private company called the “Voices Project” at an address shared by 91 other companies. Aside from Asfari, most of the Syria Campaign’s donors are anonymous.

Looming over this opaque operation are questions about the “Syrian Campaign’s” connections to “Avaaz”, a global public relations outfit that played an instrumental role in generating support for a no-fly zone in Libya, and the “Syria Campaign’s” founding by “Purpose,” another PR firm spun out of “Avaaz.”

But, a careful examination of the origins and operation of the “Syria Campaign” raises doubts about the organisation’s and its supporter’s self created image as an authentic voice for Syrian civilians, and should invite serious questions about the agenda of its partner organizations as well.

 

 

Image result for white helmets images images

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avaaz – Purpose – Syrian Voices – Syrian Campaign – The Voices Project –  All interlinked smokescreen organisations

Best known for its work on liberal social issues, the New York – and London-based public relations firm “Purpose” promises to deliver creatively executed campaigns that produce either a “behaviour change,” “perception change,” “policy change” or “infrastructure change.”

As the Syrian conflict entered its third year, this company was ready to effect a regime change. In February 2014, “Purpose,” placed job adverts seeking “two interns to join the team at “Purpose” to help launch a new movement for Syria.” and third intern for the PR firm’s new “Syrian Voices” project. “together with Syrians in the diaspora and NGO partners,”

The sales pitch said, “Purpose” is building a movement that will amplify the voices of moderate, non-violent Syrians and mobilize people in the Middle East and around the world to call for specific changes in the political and humanitarian situation in the region.” The post-holder would be based in London reporting “to a Strategist based primarily in London, working closely with “Purpose” teams in both London and New York.

“Purpose” founder Jeremy Heimans drafted articles of association for the “Syria Campaign’s” parent company “The Voices Project”, and registered the company at 3 Bull Lane, St. Ives Cambridgeshire, England. It was one of 91 private limited companies listed at the address. An explanation has not yet been forthcoming explaining why the “Syria Campaign” had chosen the location or why it was registered as a private company.

“Purpose” Europe director Tim Dixon was appointed to the “Syria Campaign’s” board of directors. So was John Jackson, a “Purpose” strategist who previously co-directed the Burma Campaign U.K. that lobbied the EU for sanctions against that country’s ruling regime. Anna Nolan became the “Syria Campaign’s” project director, even as she remained listed as the strategy director at “Purpose.”

In summary; the job adverts for its “Syrian Voices” project boasted that “Purpose” grew out of some of the most impactful new models for social change” including “the now 30 million strong action network “avaaz.org.”

The “Syria Campaign’s” founder, “Purpose” co-founder Jeremy Heimans, was also one of the original founders of “Avaaz”. In an interview with Forbes magazine he said, “I co-founded Avaaz and “Get Up”, [the Australian activist group] which inspired the creation of “Purpose.”

 

 

 

Image result for white helmets images images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enforcement of a No Fly Zone – Exposed – The “Syria Campaign’s” ties to “Avaaz”

In 2011, “Avaaz” introduced a public campaign for a no-fly zone in Libya and delivered a petition with 1,202,940 signatures to the UN supporting Western intervention.

John Hilary, executive director of “War On Want,” the U.K.’s leading anti-poverty and anti-war charity, warned at the time, “Little do most of these generally well-meaning activists know, they are strengthening the hands of those western governments desperate to reassert their interests in north Africa… Clearly a no-fly zone makes foreign intervention sound rather humanitarian—putting the emphasis on stopping bombing, even though it could well lead to an escalation of violence.”

John Hilary’s dire warning was fulfilled after the NATO-enforced no-fly zone prompted the ousting of former President Moamar Qaddafi. Months later, Qaddafi was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in the road by a mob of fanatics. The Islamic State and an assortment of militias filled the void left in the Jamahiriya government’s wake. The political catastrophe should have been serious enough to call future interventions of this nature into question. Yet Libya’s legacy failed to deter “Avaaz” from introducing a new campaign for another no-fly zone; this time in Syria.

“To some a no-fly zone could conjure up images of George W. Bush’s foreign policy and illegal Western interventions. This is a different thing,” “Avaaz” insisted in a communique defending its support for a new no-fly zone in Syria. The “Syria Campaign’s” support for a no-fly zone was being proposed as the product of a “deep listening process” involving the polling of Syrian civilians in rebel-held territories and refugees outside the country. “Avaaz”. was a “solidarity organization,” not a public relations firm, and if and when a no-fly zone would be imposed over Syrian skies, it would be different than those seen in past conflicts.

http://www.alternet.org/world/inside-shadowy-pr-firm-thats-driving-western-opinion-towards-regime-change-syria

 

 

 

Image result for white helmets images images

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “Syria – Assad – Putin – Allepo – A Brutal War of Smoke – Mirrors and Bombs – If You Can Handle the Truth About the Wanton Destruction of a Nation – Read On”

  1. To denigrate the civil defence volunteers is despicable. You may have an anti-american agenda but to use that to support bombing of civilllians and their helpers is beyond the pale. You are a person the independence movement can do without.

    Like

    1. What a warped view you reveal in your comments. I am not anti-American but I am anti the bullshit forced upon the people of the world by the rich and powerful whose desires are driven by their need to retain control of the worlds resources for their own purposes. Your perception of the rescue work of the White Helmets is also based on a false premise distributed by organisations in support of the US and UK agenda for regime change.

      In defence of the actions of Assad and Putin you fail to accept that Assad is the elected head of the State of Syria and his actions in defence of his nation are entirely justified.

      The context of the bombing of Allepo needs to be amplified. For your understanding, two thirds of the city are untouched by the conflict which is confined to the western part of the city. The area is a hellhole created by the illegal presence of around half a dozen rebel groups, all with different agenda’s, created, and financially supported by the US and the UK.

      The rebel groups have sub-divided the Western third of the city of Allepo into ghetto’s. Each group is, in turn fighting the others and the government forces.

      The largest and most ruthless rebel group, Al Nusra (was Al Quaeda until last week) numbered around 8,000 a few weeks ago but is reduced to less than 1000. It is this group that is using civilian locals as shields. Offers of safe passage out of the City have been rejected by the rebels who say that they speak for the civilian population. I they left the city the bombing would stop.

      So there it is 4000 rebels holding a city to ransom. Fully supported by the US and the UK.

      Like

      1. Who drops the barrel bombs I assume you believe the rebels throw them in the air to fall back on their own positions. I don’t suppose the Assad regime will fund a humanitarian group such as the white helmets so you denigrate them becuase they receive their funds from outside Syria. I have no love for USA politicians nor for the religous fanatics and other lunatics who seem to set the agenda for politics in that country.

        The Assad regime is a brutish regime which has no real concern for other Syrians as long as its own position is protected.

        Like

      2. Syria under Assad was a truly secular state in which the population enjoyed a very high standard of living, including universal healthcare. Having been to the country I do not recognise the brutal regime you state. It was not utopia but compared to other countries in the region it was acceptable. The White Helmets are not the angels the media portray them. It is often the case that they create a situation involving injury and destruction then report it as yet another attack by Assad forces. You need to remember that the vast bulk of the rebels are not Syrian and are in the country illegally

        Like

      3. NICE one Jock, True Publica has pointed out what you said.
        On another note, could you shorten your headers for storing purposes TA

        Like

  2. Great article!
    I was so pleased this week that the despicable ‘White Helmets’ did not win the Nobel Peace Prize, even with the propaganda support of so many. I couldn’t believe how many people were spreading links to the petition….I wonder who set it up……but made sure I linked articles of truth to dissuade them.
    I used to subscribe to Avaaz but immediately saw their agenda when they started the petition in March 2015 for a no fly zone, claiming that Assad had used chlorine bombs. I emailed them this response…
    “Sorry, but I won’t sign this petition and, with this agenda I won’t be signing any more.

    It has been proven in the past, although pushed that Assad was using chemicals, that these were actually used by forces supported by and supplied by the west.

    A No fly zone, from past experience, has resulted in an escalation and full blown military action from the west, to further their own agenda.

    I think this is very disappointing”.

    Like

    1. The US and UK are calling for a no fly zone so that they would be able to regroup, reorganise, rearm and relocate the much reduced rebel groups. The sustained intervention by Russian forces has tipped the balance and final outcome the war firmly in favour of Assad.

      It is all about saving face for the US and UK. They need to disengage sharpish. Right is on the side of Assad and Putin.

      Like

      1. The next move by the Syrian Campaign will provide indication of their future intent. If the rebels in Allepo use ground to air missiles against the Russian planes then it is game on between the US and Russia.

        Like

  3. Thank you for this article, I’ve been suspicious since the msm have upped the ante on their reporting from Aleppo , every report has seen them drag children in front of the camera’s pleading for the Syrian government and the Russians to cease bombing them. Goebbels couldn’t have done it better!

    Like

    1. The problem is that there are many poor souls that totally believe the hype. The “special relationship” exists only in the minds of those who benefit financially from it.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s