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May 03, 2015

The Lies Of Anne Barnard

Anne Barnard is the New York Times’s Beirut bureau chief covering Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East region. Like her Washington Post's colleague Liz Sly she reports along the established Washington propaganda lines emphasizing Arab sectarianism and "U.S. does good" claims.

Here she writes on the killing of at least 52 civilians in Fridays bombing of Bir Mahli, in Aleppo Province by a U.S. led "coalition" air attack. The last sentence of her short report reads:

The Observatory said that members of at least six families were killed, along with some Islamic State fighters, and that 13 were missing.

Now compare that with the AFP report on the issue:

"Not a single IS fighter" was killed in the strikes on Birmahle, said Abdel Rahman, adding that the village is inhabited by civilians only with no IS presence.

The Associated Press report of the incident:

On Saturday, the Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said the strikes hit only civilians in their homes in Bir Mhali, a mixed Kurdish and Arab village, killing 52, including seven children and nine women.

How can Barnard claim the Observatory said the civilians were killed "along with some Islamic State fighters" when the Observatory, according to AFP and AP, said the opposite?

What Barnard wrote is not some fudging or misunderstanding. It is a clear lie.

That lie lets her readers believe that the murdered families were "collateral damage" of a well intended,  legitimate strike. But that is clearly not the case. No IS fighters were killed and none were even nearby.  The killing of these civilians may even have been intended from nefarious reasons.

McClatchy, with its own reporting and a historically much better record than the NYT, finds no IS fighters killed but suggests that the airstrikes and killing was part of an ethnic cleansing campaign by Kurds, supported by the U.S. "coalition", against the Arab population in the area:

The reported deaths of the villagers also embroiled the United States in Syria’s fierce ethnic rivalries, with activists pointing out that the fishing and farming village of about 4,000 Arabs has had tense relations with Kurds living nearby – especially with the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” or YPG.
...
The activist, who spoke to McClatchy by Skype on condition of anonymity out of fear of both the YPG and the Islamic State, said the coalition may have received flawed intelligence about the target from its allies on the ground, a reference to YPG forces. “ Kurdish hostility towards Arabs in the area has been pretty clear for a long time,” the activist said. “Otherwise, how would you explain the Kurds burning Arab houses under their own control?”

He added that the coalition had bombed a bridge at the town of Karakozak some months ago that he said was the only crossing over the Euphrates River in the area. The bridge’s destruction had “put the whole area under siege.”

If the U.S. relies solely on YPG information about targets we can expect a lot more bombing of Arab civilians in the areas next to YPG positions. We can also expect that Anne Barnard will then again claim that all those murdered in such strikes were killed "along with some Islamic State fighters".

Posted by b on May 3, 2015 at 10:49 UTC | Permalink

Comments

"How can Barnard claim the Observatory said the civilians were killed "along with some Islamic State fighters" when the Observatory, according to AFP and AP, said the opposite?"

The very fact that you are still asking such obviously ridiculous questions, at this late stage in proceedings, about the shenanigans of various very very obvious tribalists in the media is kinda astounding tbh

If yer eyesight's that bad you should prolly give up the cyber-Sooth-Saying, if this is the best you can do -

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 11:22 utc | 1

Comment No. 1 as if by a person feels guilty.

Posted by: Alan | May 3 2015 11:48 utc | 2

NYT reporter Judy Woods was the Cheney stovepipe stenographer. She wrote incredible, colorful lies; she was instructed directly by Cheney henchman "Scooter" Libby. All were members of the conservative, warmongering Aspen Group. Judy was martyred as a free speech hero; she went to jail for a few months because she refused to reveal her wicked sources. Scooter was disbarred. We know what happened and continues to happen to Iraq.

This kind of "reporting" has become typical. it is good for moa to point it out when he sees it.

Posted by: fast freddy | May 3 2015 12:40 utc | 3

The 'tribalists' whose 'shenanigans' - aka routine disinforming - are being 'questioned' are the tribe of Israeli suborned government stenographers and apologists at the NYTimes and Amazon-CIA-Post. B is not asking any questions concerning them, although like all of us he'd like to know the truth behind their cloud of disinformation. But the AIPAC has a firmer hold on the MSM than on the USG, even, and it is the routine lies of these Israeli tribalists that b consistently exhibits. Never can tell when someone not yet as aware of the routinely disinformative features of the Israeli subverted US/EU MSM as they might be will fall by the bar to wet his or her whistle. No charge for disabusing them of their mistaken notions.

No one trying to find our what's happening outside the beltway pays any attention to the NYTimes or Amazon-CIA-Post.

Posted by: jfl | May 3 2015 12:41 utc | 4


It might be the "smoking gun" the world has been waiting for. A bullet (30mm? )was found in the wreckage of MH 17. It would indicate that a fighter jet shot down the plane. Have a look at the video from CNN from the day of the shootdown.

http://www.n3ws.info/2015/05/malaysian-airlines-m17-canon-bullet.html

Posted by: Terje | May 3 2015 13:38 utc | 5

ff @ 3: "This kind of "reporting" has become typical. it is good for moa to point it out when he sees it."

Agreed.

Terje @ 5: Thanks for the link, but, it'll NEVER get world-wide play.

And the beat goes on.

Posted by: ben | May 3 2015 14:06 utc | 6

Same trend at the BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32572408
"...Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had evidence that the bombs were used at least twice against Houthi rebels. There were no reports of casualties."

Posted by: Mina | May 3 2015 14:12 utc | 7

Anne Barnard and Liz Sly should be kicked out of Lebanon and sent to Saudi Arabia where they can report all their lies freely.

Posted by: Virgile | May 3 2015 14:42 utc | 8

@terje #5:

One is left to wonder, what kind of irrational psychopaths would order such a murderous act, what brain-dead automatons would carry it out
Those are rather naive questions. The answer is obvious: Ukrainians.

Informed observers have recognized by this point that Ukrainians are nothing but rabid Nazi self-loathing Russians. The idea that there are Ukrainians who are not rabid nationalists is analogous to the idea that Americans who flaunt Confederate flags are just legitimately expressing their cultural identity.

Posted by: Demian | May 3 2015 15:10 utc | 9

B is not asking any questions concerning them,

Posted by: jfl | May 3, 2015 8:41:09 AM | 4

Oh, you noticed, finally, did you?

although like all of us he'd like to know the truth behind their cloud of disinformation.

Really? YOu have proof of this?

No one trying to find our what's happening outside the beltway pays any attention to the NYTimes or Amazon-CIA-Post.

and yet, there he is, ATL, paying them lots of attention .

What was that you said again "No one trying to find our what's happening outside the beltway pays any attention to the NYTimes or Amazon-CIA-Post."

Indeed.

You should at least attempt to follow your own line of logic, no ?

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 16:01 utc | 10

B's post just highlights the problem with nearly all the reporting from this and other ME conflicts. Most if not all this reporting is second or third hand and filtered through different groups ideological filter so calling some reporter a liar is meaningless.

Trying to characterize an error in targeting or a misdirected attack as some master plan in action makes interesting discussion but lacks any verifiable basis in fact.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | May 3 2015 16:08 utc | 11

thanks b. i think it is useful to point out the lies and attach the names of those making the lies. someone needs to address this directly even if most everyone knows it is going on.. putting a name with the lie is good.. maybe someone can tweet anne barnard your post for comment.. i imagine she is probably quite insulated and would blow it off regardless..

@5 terje. thanks. not sure if anyone is interested.. as anne barnard demonstrates - facts be damned.. the mic/fic have a job to do and they won't let inconvenient facts get in the way of their constant mantra being playing in the msm by all the servants/slaves working for them..

Posted by: james | May 3 2015 16:09 utc | 12

@11 wow.. more smoke and mirrors bullshit from you.. what else is new? lol..

Posted by: james | May 3 2015 16:11 utc | 13

as anne barnard demonstrates - facts be damned.. the mic/fic have a job to do and they won't let inconvenient facts get in the way of their constant mantra being playing in the msm by all the servants/slaves working for them..

Posted by: james | May 3, 2015 12:09:36 PM | 12

lol

So Anne Barnard tells great big whopping lies, because she's a member of the "MIC/FIC" Tribe?

That's a hell of a euphemistic way to put it

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 16:17 utc | 14

she is a servant/slave to it - needs the paycheck where lying is the mandate..

Posted by: james | May 3 2015 16:20 utc | 15

just reading helmers latest now..

here's another example of how facts and the nyt version have little to nothing in common..

SECRET RECORD REVEALED IN AUSTRIAN COURT – YANUKOVICH PRESSURED INTO UNION WITH EU BY NULAND THREAT TO IMPRISON FIRTASH..

Posted by: james | May 3 2015 16:25 utc | 16

she is a servant/slave to it - needs the paycheck where lying is the mandate..

Posted by: james | May 3, 2015 12:20:20 PM | 15

You seem to be maintaining that unless she were paid to do so, that Anne Barnard would not tell such lies about Air attacks and who the casualties were?


I contend that Anne Barnard would still lie about Air attacks and who the casualties were even if she were not being paid to do so, because imho her agenda is not merely a simple one of "Just paying the rent"

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 16:36 utc | 17

The Automatic Earth has a good piece up on the wholesale distortions the media is churning out- as James said here once like watching a slow motion train wreck. The media's function is to assure the passengers on the train they are just pulling into the station when the car is off the rails and into thin air.

Sucking spoilt milk from a bloated dead sow

The entire apparatus is geared towards selling you a doctored image of the world you live in, instead of presenting you with reality. Not because as Jack Nicholson said “You can’t handle the truth”, but because you knowing the truth is not in the interest of those who run governments, nations and supranational organizations. You’re caught in a trap somewhere between Goebbels and Orwell, and it takes a lot of energy to escape it, energy you will be inclined and tempted to instead use to improve your position inside the trap. Just like everyone else does. We are social animals, we are disposed to do as those around us do.

As I said above, you can’t trust anything you hear or read about politics, geopolitics and economics:

• The US is not a democracy. You can’t have a democracy and SuperPacs at the same moment. For the hundredth time: if you allow money into your political system, it will end up buying the entire system. And if you allow endless amounts of money to enter it, that process is greatly accelerated.

• The US is not the supreme leader of the world. Today’s world doesn’t allow for a supreme leader. Neither does it need one. Countries like Russia and China will not tolerate American supremacy to dictate what they do. Not economically, and not militarily. This is very hard to stomach for parts of American society, but they’re going to have to get used to it. Going to war over these issues is pointless. Unfortunately, it increasingly looks like the entire globe will have to find that out the hard way. The very hard way.

• The American economy is not in recovery. I already mentioned the creative jobs numbers accounting. Also, without Fed intervention, asset prices (bonds, stocks, real estate..) would be much lower. This would have been a lot healthier for everyone, except for banks and their shareholders. But once QE is unleashed, there is no smooth exit possible. It will need to continue until it self-implodes.


Posted by: Nana2007 | May 3 2015 18:00 utc | 18

@18 nana.. thanks. it's a good article for a number of reasons, not just that it confirms b's specific example using bernard, but that it highlights the financial dynamics at work that i feel at an important part of this..

regarding b's article, the kurds role in all this is ignored by the same media outlets but i am glad mcclatchy is capable providing critical details that give more of a complete picture of what is unfolding here... the usa/sa/israel/nato countries need to stop meddling in others affairs thru warfare, but that it's being ramped up, instead of lessened..

Posted by: james | May 3 2015 18:36 utc | 19

@lol@1

LOL...your "writing," better said your shooting, resembles your "logic," or lack thereof. Clearly you don't understand the nuances of writing, and judge b's style from your mafia hitman writing style. Making rhetorical questions is a valid tool of the writing art, unfortunately it is not taught at junior high level, which is about yours. Wonder who do you work but you smell rotten.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 3 2015 19:25 utc | 20

Techno-Financial Capital and Genocide of the Poorest of the Poor
By James Petras
This essay will begin by mapping the genocidal wars against ‘the wretched of the earth’, identifying the geography of genocide, the countries and subjects under attack, and the trajectory, which has been chosen and executed by the leaders of the Euro-American regimes.

Then we will examine the reason for genocide within the dynamics and forms of contemporary capitalism. In particular, we will develop the genocide hypothesis: that imperial genocide of the poorest of the poor is a deliberate policy to reduce the growing surplus labor, which is no longer needed or wanted for wealth accumulation but is increasingly feared as a potential political threat.

In the last section, we will discuss how the ‘wretched of the earth’ are responding to this policy of imperial genocide and what is to be done.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41745.htm

Posted by: okie farmer | May 3 2015 19:35 utc | 21

20

lol LW replies with "you smell" - last person I saw trying that tactic was a petulant little 9 yr female brat that couldn't get her way with her younger sibling.

being trolled by a sycophantic halfwit who uses the sort of retort one expects from a petulant 9 yr old Girl never gets old

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 20:19 utc | 22

@lol@22

Guess self-awareness is not your forte. How about some remedial reading along with writing, Mr. Troll? Your posts read as a provocation, not a contribution to the issue at hand. Your goal is to hijack the thread with your single-digit IQ comments. And yes, you stink of agent provocateur all the way to high heaven.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 3 2015 23:05 utc | 23

Listen to Anne Barnard's interview on NPR all things considered

Posted by: Virgile | May 3 2015 23:29 utc | 24

Yep

Still a sycophantic halfwit, i see, LW

B and his coterie of fawning sycophantic halfwits, constantly maintains that the tribal affiliations of the likes of Barnard have absolutely nothing to do with their behaviour. Hes said so several times, quite forcefully.

B, and his coterie of fawning sycophantic halfwits, constantly maintains that the Barnards of this world are not motivated by their Zionism, nor is their Zionism motivated by their Jewishness, to constantly lie us into war after war.

Your pretence otherwise is just laughably dishonest. But that's what one expects from sycopanthic halfwits, laughable dishonesty

So stfu with the stupid "9yr old brat" act LW, it aint impressing no one but your fellow sycophantic halfwits

Posted by: lol | May 3 2015 23:33 utc | 25

Your pretence otherwise is just laughably dishonest

So, we have got a British troll with a "genius" complex, ghetto writing skills, and know-it-all pretenses. Someone is scraping the bottom of the septic tank...at some trailer park. Waste of time, back to serious matters.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 3 2015 23:54 utc | 26

I luv when you clowns get all sherlock holmes and think you figured something out.

If you expended less effort trying to impress us with yer non existant sleuthing skills, you'd look a lot less clueless

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 0:35 utc | 27

link to anne bernard's 5 minute npr interview that virgile @ 24 suggests listening to.. npr = national propaganda radio.. the interviewer is a first class bozo.. instead of asking what the fuck the usa is doing in syria, it is all assumed that the exceptional nation is on the same righteous divine path it has been on since vietnam or further back, lol..

"Despite her position, Anne Barnard is not able to read or speak Arabic and cannot report without the aid of a translator." beautiful..

Posted by: james | May 4 2015 0:57 utc | 28

"...Welcome to the world of Western journalism in Beirut."

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Anne Barnard on Hizbullah spy

This is exactly the origin of the story: "The accounts in the Lebanese and Arab news media, relying on unnamed sources, identify the mole as Mohammad Shawraba". But Barnard forgets to add an important qualifier: that these were pro-Hariri/pro-Saudi media. In other words, the story appeared "exclusively" in anti-Hizbullah Arab (oil-funded) media. That is an important qualification. Here, she is wrong: "The admission from Hezbollah’s deputy chief was startling". She says that Qasim's general statement is the first admission. She is, of course, wrong. The middle-level Hizbullah figure, Ghalib Abu Zaynab, was the first to conceded the story of the spy when he called a Lebanese TV station to make this correction: he recently resigned from his post as the man in charge of Hizbullah's liaison with Christian parties and figures, and the same pro-Saudi media had said that he resigned because he is the brother-in-law of the Israeli spy, Muhammad Shawraba. He made this correction: Shawraba is not married to one of his sisters because he has no sisters. Most of Barnard's story is based on the account of Nicholas Blanford (whose credibility on all matters related to Hizbullah is as big as the guy who paid local men to play paintball with him to publish an article about "painballing with Hizbullah") in the Daily Star. So do you see how the Beirut correspondents operate: stories and rumors appear in the highly unreliable Saudi/Hariri media, then one of them write about it in English, and then the rest rush to write what the English language writer had written and it becomes a "reliable story". Welcome to the world of Western journalism in Beirut.

PS As for the post that Shawraba holds within Hizbullah, no one really knows. All what was written has been mere speculation and those who know have not said a word.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 4 2015 1:20 utc | 29

"...Welcome to the world of Western journalism in Beirut."

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Anne Barnard on Hizbullah spy

This is exactly the origin of the story: "The accounts in the Lebanese and Arab news media, relying on unnamed sources, identify the mole as Mohammad Shawraba". But Barnard forgets to add an important qualifier: that these were pro-Hariri/pro-Saudi media. In other words, the story appeared "exclusively" in anti-Hizbullah Arab (oil-funded) media. That is an important qualification. Here, she is wrong: "The admission from Hezbollah’s deputy chief was startling". She says that Qasim's general statement is the first admission. She is, of course, wrong. The middle-level Hizbullah figure, Ghalib Abu Zaynab, was the first to conceded the story of the spy when he called a Lebanese TV station to make this correction: he recently resigned from his post as the man in charge of Hizbullah's liaison with Christian parties and figures, and the same pro-Saudi media had said that he resigned because he is the brother-in-law of the Israeli spy, Muhammad Shawraba. He made this correction: Shawraba is not married to one of his sisters because he has no sisters. Most of Barnard's story is based on the account of Nicholas Blanford (whose credibility on all matters related to Hizbullah is as big as the guy who paid local men to play paintball with him to publish an article about "painballing with Hizbullah") in the Daily Star. So do you see how the Beirut correspondents operate: stories and rumors appear in the highly unreliable Saudi/Hariri media, then one of them write about it in English, and then the rest rush to write what the English language writer had written and it becomes a "reliable story". Welcome to the world of Western journalism in Beirut.

PS As for the post that Shawraba holds within Hizbullah, no one really knows. All what was written has been mere speculation and those who know have not said a word.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 4 2015 1:24 utc | 30

Link for above post.

Anne Barnard on Hizbullah spy

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 4 2015 1:28 utc | 31

Speaking of bozo's I find it hilarious that every lame attempt by fakes like Lame Wolf to explain-away the clearly mendacious actions of scum like Barnard always end up at ye olde worlde "Incompetence Theory"

Its the go-to catch-all for shills and liars everywhere - lol

And it is of course complete bullshit as Lame Wolfs patethic attempt to run interference for the Zionist liar Barnard, demonstrates

But none of that explains why Barnard outright lied about the alleged ISIS casualties, but none of the other agencies did

If Lame Wolf's even lamer NPR bullshit were true then all the agencies would have reported the same thing, true or not.

But they didn't, did they?

AFP, AP, and McClatchy, all reported no ISIS fighters amongst the dead

So Lame Wolf's pathetic attempts to run interference for Barnard by recycling NPR "incompetence theories" are nothing but dishonest nonsense, designed to actually protect the likes of Barnard by simply mislabeling them as mere incompetents rather than the mendacious scum that they truely are.

Lame Wolf in shilling for the ZioNazi mouthpieces like Barnard truly is pathetic.

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 2:20 utc | 32

I'm beginning to think that lol is Jewish, and goes on about "ZioNazis" and Holocaust denial in order to discredit this blog and criticism of Israel. This kind of thing happens in comment sections of progressive blogs.

Posted by: Demian | May 4 2015 2:47 utc | 33

It's strange that this thread has latched onto a MSM talking head who does what is expected, spinning and slanting the news instead of the more serious McClatchy claim that this attack was directed by the Kurds against their neighbors using the Coalition for their ends.

The other anomaly is that when the Syrian Observatory reports on this incident it rated discussion and condemnation but when they almost weekly report on the SAA bombing and killing large numbers of civilians that is ignored.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | May 4 2015 2:54 utc | 34

Demian, you dopey little turd, it was your bumchum Rufie, the wannabe Inquisitionist, that ran around accusing people of the modern day heresy of "denial"

One thing you are totally reliable at demian, is adding the stupidest comments in almost every thread you comment in

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 2:58 utc | 35

@33 "It's strange that this thread has latched onto a MSM talking head who does what is expected, spinning and slanting the news instead of the more serious McClatchy claim"

If any one rivals Anne Bernard as a talking head who does what is expected, spinning and slanting the news instead of looking at things seriously, its you, you clown.

Though presumably you probably get paid much, much less.

Posted by: guest77 | May 4 2015 4:12 utc | 36

@Demian@32

I'm beginning to think that lol is Jewish, and goes on about "ZioNazis" and Holocaust denial in order to discredit this blog and criticism of Israel. This kind of thing happens in comment sections of progressive blogs.

Yup, he is one of bouncer Lieberman hasbara useful idiots, and his line of attack is stretching a comment to its negative potential, i.e. trying to make b say La Barnard lies because she is Jewish, or La Barnard is Jewish therefore she lies. His first intervention was not a comment, it was an ambush, he and/or his clique (hasbara work in cliques) were waiting for b's next post in order to set the tone for the thread, an old hasbara trick. Some posters tried to counter his horseshit, providing some undeserved credibility to his horse manure, not realizing they were dealing with a hasbara troll not interested in reasoning. As the saying goes, if you fight a pig, you get all muddy and the pig likes it. Can't reason with a hasbara troll, they have to be exposed, and denounced.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | May 4 2015 4:46 utc | 37

@Lone Wolf #36:

Can't reason with a hasbara troll, they have to be exposed, and denounced.

Yeah, here's what I was thinking about:

Mondoweiss: ‘Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism

Posted by: Demian | May 4 2015 5:20 utc | 38

Since the US terrorist sky-force has been; either mis-led or supportive about targeted or "signature" strikes by locals as a clan, tribal or sectarian "trick", whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or Yemen numbering in at least the dozens or hundreds - then this atrocity can be added to the list of war crimes. And since there's never has and will be never will be serious consequences of this heinousness, then it will continue on.

The warning by even McCrystal of, 'every one we bomb we create 10 more enemies', just means more threats to kill and more starvation blockades that have less resistance than an occupation or puppet dictatorship.

It might be bad for creating more enemies and resistance to the empire, but the blind murderous contempt the US empire has for us all, and much more so foreigners, just means as they see it, much more mass- murdering.

Posted by: tom | May 4 2015 6:38 utc | 39

Well the gobshite twins, demian the gobshite and Lame Wolf the gobshite, are working up a nice little fairytale of ranks of massed hasbara hoardes to sooth their vacuous little minds. They are trying to convince themselves that no theyre not gobshites at all but in fact are a pair of intrepid hasbara hunters hot on the trail of a whole gang of adversaries.

Lol

When gobshites like thicko Demian and pathetic Lame Wolf get together the results are like an hilariously pathetic paranoid circle jerk.

Demian the gobshite and Lame Brain Wolf are really just trying to distract from people noticing b's complete lack of real curiosity about thelikes of Barnard and her obviously tribalist modus operandi.

Hes actually on record as claiming that such scumbags are not driven by their zionism to peddle lies.

That their zionism has nothing whatsoever to do with any of their actions.

Such patently ludicrous, and very obviously false, statements have been made by him several times,

Demian the gobshite and Lame Brain dont want readers here thinking too much about that, and its implications,


Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 7:41 utc | 40

Yawn, cant reason much with sycophantic halfwits like Lame Brain and Thicko, the tweedledumb and tweedledumber of professional gobshites

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 7:45 utc | 41

Kinda ironic that the insult of choice of both tweedledum and tweedledummer above is essentially "Jew!"

Well done Lame Brain and Thicko, the dummest pair of hasbara hunters evar!

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 7:50 utc | 42

I guess the question is this:
Did she write that because she's listening to voices in her head, or because someone is whispering in her ear?

Mind you, either way means that she's not confirming her "facts", which means she's a not fit to call herself a reporter.

Posted by: Johnboy | May 4 2015 8:30 utc | 43

Reuter news: Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in spite of ceasefire. Details: their armored vehicle rode over a land mine -- where?

Second title can be an inspiration for Anne Barnard: MILF killed one of the most wanted terrorists in the Philippines.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 4 2015 11:37 utc | 44

The Kurds that called in this airstrike and the US military are claiming that this town was taken recently from the Kurds by the IS and that there were no civilians there for at least two weeks prior to the attack. Is this facts or more spin?

Posted by: Wayoutwest | May 4 2015 16:05 utc | 45

Barnhard believes in and defends "AmeriKan exceptionalism" as it pays her mortgage. And they call people like this "journalists" these days. How can she have even a smidgen of brain in her head and believe what she writes. Some journalist. They want her to praise animals and rapists and headchoppers so she does. Sickening.
Obomba is a Saudi-Israelia military industrial grade whore (Oh Chalky One, I beseech thee to bomb and kill all the enemies of Israel, past, present, future, real or imagined) who in his role as Gay Emperor has decided freedumb must reign, like daisy cutters on the poor people of Syria - multi-ethnic, multi-religious coexistence, and secular.
This kind of stability could not stand. Not in Iraq, not in Libya, not in Syria. And these journalists on the Pravda level could just come right out and say we support murderers and thugs under some catch-all of religious extremism and violent regime change, at least then there would be some truth...the NPR bitch can convince us they are just as AmeriKan as mom and apple pie, these assholes we send money and guns and training - like those Contras in Central America - the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.
I hope her and others like her live to choke on their goddamn lies.

https://worldhumanrights.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/why-anne-barnard-of-the-new-york-times-is-just-plain-wrong-on-syria/

Posted by: farflungstar | May 4 2015 16:18 utc | 46

Actually did not want to add that link from WHR - sorry. As you can tell, the author of this article prefers the unknown and foreign Islamic fundamentalists backed by the USSA and Saudi-Israelia and all their benevolence to Assad. Remember these parties get to choose who is in charge in Syria - NOT the Syrians - asshole.

"While Mrs. Barnard and some in the West may be softening their stance on Assad and his supporters are still backing him, the majority of Syria is not. I see Bashar al-Assad pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes and doing a masterful worldwide P.R. campaign, nothing more. I do not see a repentant man who is softening his heart, turning against his evil ways, and trying to make amends for his unspeakable crimes. Rather I see a master manipulator, a ruthless and sadistic sociopath hiding in sheep’s clothing, and a man desperately trying to hang onto power so much so he is willing to give into the West and lose his entire chemical weapons stockpile to do so. He saw the writing on the wall, he knew Obama and the West could soon order his imminent destruction, he knew the gig was up. He did what he had to do to survive, it is what he has done from the beginning. He realized the chemical weapons launch to demoralize the opposition backfired in a terrible way for him. He will burn Syria to the ground, order the murder, torture, and rape of as many of the Syrian men, women, and children he has to in order to stay in power. Whats over 120,000 people murdered, the brutalizing of thousands of men and young men in prison, the savagery of rape being committed against thousands of women and children to him. They mean nothing to him, they are his enemy, and the enemy must be destroyed. This is how he sees all Syrians who are opposed to him, being worthless and not fit to be treated with dignity or even fit to live. His actions make clear that is what he thinks; actions speak louder than words."

Posted by: farflungstar | May 4 2015 16:28 utc | 47

Posted by: fast freddy | May 3, 2015 8:40:38 AM | 3

It wasn't Judy woods, it was Judith Miller. ;-)

Posted by: MRW | May 4 2015 20:25 utc | 48

"If the U.S. relies solely on YPG information about targets we can expect a lot more bombing of Arab civilians in the areas next to YPG positions"

The US relies on the YPG information on targets because it wants to do exactly that.
It's not as if they are being mislead- the US is colluding to create a nation for a bunch of thugs that never had a homeland anyway- being nomads- In order to do this they have to destroy the homes of millions
The US is not blind- they are cleansing the area of certain persons to create a new terror state- NATO's new southern flank etc

as for Barnard- she will continue to do what she does best- maintain the illusion for the delusional plebes- rah, rah
They prefer lies to truth anyway

ISIS was no where to be seen- even Ken Roth at HRW admitted this with his typical fake hand wringing
Had this up at my place:

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch said the target of the attack, the group calling itself “Islamic State” (ISIL) was just “two kilometers away” and asks “what went wrong?”

US reportedly kills 52 Syrian civilians in Birmahle. ISIS was 2 km away. What went wrong? http://t.co/VQAwkGf92w pic.twitter.com/XzANTzdljy
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) May 2, 2015

WOW asks if the Kurds were being truthful?
"The Kurds that called in this airstrike and the US military are claiming that this town was taken recently from the Kurds by the IS and that there were no civilians there for at least two weeks prior to the attack. Is this facts or more spin?

Posted by: Wayoutwest | May 4, 2015 12:05:57 PM | 44"

The "kurds" are lying through their teeth, like they did when they gunned down the Canadian in cold blood-
The Kurds and their comrades in Israel are driving this agenda- and whatever it takes to push it through- they will do
Lie, Cheat, Steal Murder-


Posted by: Penny | May 4 2015 22:21 utc | 49

I wonder what motivated judy miller to lie like that to help start a war against Saddam. A war declared necessary decades beforehand in the Israeli "Yinon Plan" because the Iraq built by Saddam was seen as a major threat to Israel hegemony

Let's see . . . What does wiki say about her background?

    Early life and education[edit]

    Born in New York City to a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother,

    Judith Miller grew up in Miami and Los Angeles, where she graduated from Hollywood High School. Her father, Bill Miller, was the owner of a night club in New Jersey and later in Las Vegas.[citation needed]

    Miller attended Ohio State University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She graduated from Barnard College in 1969 and received a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

    In 1971, while at Princeton, Miller traveled to Jerusalem to research a paper. She became fascinated with the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and spent the rest of the summer traveling for the first time toEgypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.[citation needed] In 1993, she married Jason Epstein, an editor and publisher.

Hmmm

I Bet it was the Irish Catholic Mother!

Lying feckers, them Irish Catholic Mothers!

Posted by: lol | May 4 2015 22:34 utc | 50

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