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A Fact Finding Mission to Yemen

Abdallah Mabkhout al Ameri, one of the dead, had previously survived a US strike on his wedding party. Photo via Reprieve

In February, President Trump gave the go-ahead to a Special Ops Mission in Yemen that was originally planned on Obama’s watch.    Numerous civilians were killed including 9 children, one of whom was Anwar Awlaki’s 8 year old daughter.   The event was widely, but not deeply covered in the U.S. MSM.   The focus was on blaming Donald Trump.   The Bureau of Investigative Journalism ran The Full Details of Botched US Raid in Yemen within a couple of days, naming the victims and providing information about them.  Since then, The Intercept ran an even more personalized article with interviews of the local people.   They must have someone inside Yemen.   Meanwhile, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that the number of drone strikes in Yemen has exploded since President Trump came into office.   Apparently the new President is also thinking of waiving a Congressional block on selling certain types of weapons to Saudis for use in Yemen.   It is difficult to imagine appropriate use of any weapon against the defenseless population of Yemen, but even so, Mr. Trump has once again iced the cake of mindless international intervention and destruction.

On one of the list serves I frequent, someone asked the question, who will go to Yemen and tell us their story.   I’ve actually been thinking about this.   Yes.   It seems crazy, but it would be something to go there and show some compassion for the people and bring back their stories.   Of course, The Intercept is already doing that.   But, I was mulling the difference between going to Syria to talk with people and going to Yemen.

I wrote:

I wish I could go to Yemen to document what it is happening there.

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Telling the Wrong Story

This week, U.S. Mainstream Media across the spectrum ran a story that Trump is going to shift more of the drone operations to CIA control.   Seems like an odd choice given that he has a noticeably bad relationship with the CIA, but I guess that could mean is his decision is just a cynical manipulation.   This was at one time a point of contention.   Who is responsible for the drone program?    Under a great deal of political/popular pressure,  Obama promised to take the CIA out of the loop – basically to give the appearance of doing something.  But I doubt if he could have done more then shift the balance a little.   Now, perhaps Trump has done something to shift it back.   But, as David Swanson pointed out,  the Air Force was flying the ‘CIA’ drones and they continue to fly them now.   Trump is continuing the policy that was in place before there was a public outcry that caused Obama to take a step back.   But it isn’t a new idea or practice and which brutal agency controls the drones is irrelevant to the victims.

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US Peace Council on Syria: Terrorism in Syria Sponsored by the US

Members of the US Peace Council and our Fact Finding Peace Delegation to Syria recently published the following video on Syria.   It provides an excellent overview of what is really happening in Syria.

Terrorism in Syria: Sponsored by the U.S. with Middle Eastern & European Allies

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Aleppo in the Eye of the Storm

Reconciliation and the War in Aleppo

You probably thought, when you read my last post about imminent reconciliation in Aleppo, that I was bonkers. Indeed the war rages on in Aleppo. Not only is the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) moving to retake the Eastern side of the city, but the fighters in East Aleppo, with Al Nusra and ISIS flags at the forefront, are persistently bombing areas of West Aleppo that their weapons can reach. Numerous civilians have been killed and wounded in these attacks on strictly civilian areas including many children (RT News, October 14 – 17). There is no doubt that there are also civilian casualties in Eastern Aleppo where the fighting is actually occurring as reported in the Western media.

The latest from the Syrian war reporters is that the SAA now holds a number of critical hills around East Aleppo, and they are feeling confident of an imminent victory. The reconciliation message is popular in Syria and so the government is promoting it, just as the US style reconciliation imposed by international agreements among competing states is popular in the west, and the absence of that possibility is the source of endless one sided propaganda in our news. In fact, it is a very aggressive schedule to expect the reconciliation plan to work so quickly. However, the cards are on the table. Amnesty for fighters who lay down their arms, a bus trip to Idlib for those who do not wish to continue a hopeless battle but do wish to fight for independence, and a rout for the foreign mercenaries and extremists leading too relief for civilians and ongoing support from the government.

When we met with Ali Haidar, he told us that whenever the reconciliation is imminent the intensity of resistance rises. He also said that building the reconciliation is a slow process. This is surely a problem in Aleppo where they are under a great deal of pressure from the international forces that are vying for power in Syria. The Syrians and their Russian allies have once again called a unilateral halt to fighting so that civilians and the wounded can be evacuated to West Aleppo. I hope this time they will be allowed to leave, but it is certainly not guaranteed. Al Nusra leadership has rejected the offer to leave Aleppo under international protection. The issue of sorting FSA moderates from Al Qaeda is once again on the table, though that too has been repeatedly rejected.

Meanwhile, the US is currently engaged in a battle to retake Mosul, Iraq from ISIS. Along with the Iraqi Army, Shia militias from the south and local Sunni militias, the Kurdish Peshmerga and Turkish forces, there are 1500 Americans in this battle as ‘advisors’. Shades of Vietnam. The coalition is not stable. Unlike the Syrian coalition, which is composed of allied forces, this is an ad hoc coalition of opportunity. The Sunni and Shia militias don’t trust one another. The Peshmerga expect to be repaid in villages given over to Kurdish governance, and Turkey has coveted Mosul since they lost it in the negotiations that ended the Ottoman Empire.

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Reconciliation for Aleppo?

A little bird just whispered in my ear that the Syrian Government is in the final stages of securing a Reconciliation plan for East Aleppo.

There are a few details to be resolved, but it appears that fighters who wish to continue fighting will be bused out of town, and civilians allowed to leave in safety so that the field will be clear for a final battle with foreigners and those determined to stand to the end.

Apparently there is also a deal on the table in the UN Security Council to rescue the foreign fighters of Al Nusra/Al Qaeda/Fatah Al Sham -.

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Basic Syria Information

Below are some links that lead to some articles with basic Syria facts.   Some of these writers, even after undermining much of the US propaganda on Syria, repeat harsh and biased western judgements as if it is just too dangerous to step entirely outside the Political ‘consensus’.  But, I trust my readers to separate factual presentations from the kind of reflexive judgements that keep one within the bounds of ‘mainstream analysis’ and are the foundation of the US drive for the destruction of the Syrian Republic.  Others stand proudly outside the Washington consensus.

 

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UNAC Statement on Syria, 9/26/16

The US has moved from supporting proxies to direct intervention in Syria. It is the second time in as many months that they have killed nearly 100 Syrians in an air raid. They have betrayed a long negotiated treaty and when confronted, US Ambassador Samantha Power dissembled and attacked the messenger. It is clear that the United States remains committed to overthrowing the internationally recognized government of Syria. Pentagon planners have shown no respect whatsoever for international law or for the United States diplomatic commitments in Syria. They hope to prevent any resolution before a new president is inaugurated.

US participation in the ceasefire was a sham and now the US continues to dissemble, buying time to reinforce their proxies and put more US soldiers on the ground. The Pentagon is sowing the seeds of open warfare against the legitimate government of Syria (and the threat of war with Russia) while exacerbating the horrific humanitarian crisis of the Syrian people.

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The time to stop them is NOW!

Hands off Syria!

US Out of the Middle East!

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Reconciliation: A Way Forward for the Syrian Republic

Reconciliation: A Way Forward for the Syrian Republic

“Reconciliation” is what I called my presentation in Syracuse on Tuesday, August 30, the first related to my recent participation in the US Peace Council Fact Finding Peace Delegation to Syria. There was a pretty good audience of 30-40 people, and they were very positive towards the presentation and asked a lot of questions. There is so much potential for unity in Syria if only the people could be allowed to resolve their own problems without becoming pawns in a global power struggle.

Wilton Vought made a video of the talk where he integrated my slides in with my words so it is very easy to follow what I am talking about, and also covered a good part of the Q&A. See what you think.

 

 

I plan to write a piece soon that looks at some of the fluid facts on the ground in relation to the plans and ideas that I talk about in this presentation. JB’

 

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Syria and the Broken Spear Vision

George Panyne and I recording The Broken Spear Vision in the new studio for WRFR Rochester Free Radio

Below is my recent interview with George Payne on his radio show, The Broken Spear Vision.   We talked about my trip to Syria from a variety of perspectives.   I’m always amazed at how much information we pack into each 1/2 hour show of the Broken Spear Vision.   George wrote an excellent article in which he embedded the interview and posted to his personal blog.   If we don’t agree on what is possible, George at least is open to what I have to say about my experiences and to the fact that I continue to look at the positive initiatives in Syria and the Region with the potential to restore not only the sovereignty of the smaller nations of the world but to move these populations towards a just peace.

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Conversations on War and Peace with Judy Bello

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Talk Nation Radio Interview

David Swanson of Talk Nation Radio

I did a 15 minute Talk Nation Radio interview with David Swanson a week after I returned from Syria, which I never brought into this blog.   If you haven’t heard it, I give a summary of my impressions of Syria when they were very fresh in my mind.

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You can listen to it here:
or go to David’s page and read his intro first:

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