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July 10, 2016

Reuters Colludes With Terrorists By Disguising Them As "Rebels"

The British news agency Reuters seems to have difficulties distinguishing between various forms of militancy.

Thus it categorizes designated terrorists as "rebels".

July 1 2016 : Syria rebels retake key town in western coastal province: monitor, rebels

Insurgents seized a strategic town from Syrian government forces and their allies in the western coastal province of Latakia on Friday, a monitoring group and the rebels said, in a rare advance for them in the area.
Nusra Front said in an online statement that an alliance of Islamist rebel groups including itself had captured Kansaba and a number of other villages, seizing several tanks and artillery guns.

The Nusra Front is Al Qaeda's organization in Syria. Two UN Security Council resolutions call on all UN members to "eradicate" the terrorist organization's safe havens.

July 10 2016: Iran says Saudis back terrorism after senior prince attends rebel rally

(Reuters) - Iran on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of backing terrorism after a senior Saudi prince, a former intelligence chief, addressed a Paris rally held by exiled Iranian rebels and told them he wanted the Iranian government to fall.
The rally addressed by Prince Turki al-Faisal on Saturday was held by the political wing of the exiled People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), which seeks the overthrow of Iran's clerical leadership established by the 1979 Islamic revolution.

With backing from Saudi money and extensive bribing in Washington DC the MEK managed to be taken down from the U.S. list of designated terrorists. But it has neither changed its aims nor its terrorist methods and clearly continues to deserve that label.

By disguising designated and well established terrorist groups as "rebels", not once but twice within a short time frame, Reuters colludes with these groups. This demonstrates that Reuters has serious problems with providing objective news.

Posted by b on July 10, 2016 at 14:47 UTC | Permalink


Reuters has gone the way of the rest of the old rags. Credibility is lost. Stenographers for our Malignant Overlords.

(I think you meant to write MEK and not MOK.)

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 10 2016 15:44 utc | 1

I have not read a Reuters piece in recent memory that was not propaganda. Its hard to take them seriously. As for the 'Monitor'; I suppose that refers to the Syrian Observatory for Human Right which is essentially one guy sitting in an apartment in London, who has not been back to Syria in 15yrs!?

The Saudis are so reactionary and predictable. Do they not know that Iran will simply oblige them by intensifying their political and military backing of Yemen's army and Houthi fighters and also stir up more trouble in the eastern part of Saudi inhabited by Shia's that are sitting on Saudi's main oil fields? The House of Saud are their own worst enemy.

Posted by: bored muslim | Jul 10 2016 15:53 utc | 2

Reuters and other "news" organizations that are allowed to enter the mainstream discourse have to adhere to formal regulations established by the Deep State. When the State says some group is terrorist then they are and all the media turns on a dime as if, indeed, there was a Central Committee that change the Party Line in the same way it changed in the USSR. It also air-brushes people out of history, not quite as obviously, but it does. It's amazing when you've followed the press for as long as I have how much it is actually getting more controlled over time. Nusra and AQ have always been allies of the Deep State sometimes they play the role of villains and sometimes as heroes. Depends on which faction in the State has power and the propaganda needs of the time.

Posted by: Banger | Jul 10 2016 16:45 utc | 3

According to Iranian FARS News: Rumors Confirmed about Death of MKO Leader, Massoud Rajavi

Rajavi's death was revealed after former Director of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID) Turki al-Faisal who was attending an MKO annual gathering in Paris made a gaffe and spoke of the terrorist group's ringleader as the "late Rajavi" twice.

Faced with Faisal's surprising gaffe, Rajavi's wife, Maryam, change her happy face with a complaining gesture and cued the interpreter to be watchful of translation words and exclude the gaffe from the Persian translation.

Posted by: CE | Jul 10 2016 16:52 utc | 4

The Guardian, today:" On Saturday evening, rebels launched a counter-offensive, leading with two car bombs to open the vital Castello road to eastern Aleppo, according to activists. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, which gathers information from a network of informants, said the cars were driven by two suicide bombers from al-Qaida’s Syria affiliate, the Nusra Front, which fights alongside rebel groups against government forces. Syrian journalist Ahmad Primo said one of the car bombs was driven by a militant from Ahrar al-Sham, another ultra-conservative jihadist group fighting the government."


By those standards, Dallas sniper is a member of ultra-moderate opposition. Not only he seems secular, but also refrained from killing civilians: " State media reported a rocket barrage on residential areas on the government side of the city killed 44 people on Friday night. The Observatory [opposition] put the toll at 38 dead, among them 14 children and 13 women."

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 10 2016 16:57 utc | 5

This article speaks of "100,000" people attending the rally. This would not fit except in a stadium. How can the Saudi newspapers be so full of BS...

Posted by: Mina | Jul 10 2016 17:08 utc | 6

Nothing new ... Saudi Arabia extremist teaching of Islam in unison with fascist state of Israel. IDF cooperated with terror group Al Nusra along the Syrian border with the occupied Golan Heights.

From my diary in January 2006:

Did you say CNN translation and coverage can be trusted?

It will probably surprise a lot of people that the notion that the West invented the story of the Holocaust as an excuse for the creation and continuing support of Israel is believed by many in the Arab and Islamic Worlds.

See the rubbish spouted by a Jewish rabbi Abraham Cooper from Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles. To be clear, I have great respect for Simon Wiesenthal, his courage and his work in Vienna, Austria. Los Angeles has become a center similar to AIPAC as a lobbyist organization with mostly propaganda.

More to follow ...

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal

Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to the United States denigrated in an interview with the Washington Post, the Iranian president's description of the Holocaust as a myth. The ambassador said the "horrific genocide" is a "historical fact" no longer in dispute, adding that the Arab world has "made our peace" with the Jewish state's establishment.

In the interview, Prince Turki al-Faisal said "As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, [the Holocaust is] a historical fact, you cannot deny that, and people should move forward from that."

Turki said the Arab world has "made our peace" with the creation of Israel. He noted that in 2002, the Arab League adopted a Saudi plan that committed Arab nations to a peace process that would result in the creation of Palestine and an acceptance of Israel, including normalization of relations, once it leaves territory occupied after the 1967 Six-Day War.

Posted by: Oui | Jul 10 2016 17:17 utc | 7

Reuters ?

The same Reuters that was called Al-Reuters when they tried to tell a little bit of the truth?

They have never tried to do that again.

Posted by: Trond | Jul 10 2016 17:17 utc | 8

Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK)
The People's Mujahedeen of Iran, more commonly known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq or MEK, is a controversial Iranian resistance group; it was once listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States for its alleged killing of U.S. personnel in Iran during the 1970s, and for its ties to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Recognizing the group's rejection of violence, the State Department delisted the MEK in late 2012 but voiced ongoing concerns about its alleged mistreatment of its members.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jul 10 2016 17:20 utc | 10

Breaking news - "2 Russian pilots killed as ISIS shoots down chopper near Palmyra – MoD " - RT.

What I find strange is that for all the hits the US is supposedly having on ISIS on the Iraq/Syria border, is that no US aircraft are targeted by anti-aircraft missiles, this is what Russia fears, and probably why it withdrew many of it's planes after the original offensive against the terrorists. Is this a warning shot across the bows of the new 'targeting agreement' between Russia and the US?

Posted by: fredjc | Jul 10 2016 17:56 utc | 11

They've been really thick on the propaganda on all fronts, lately. It seems like a lot of formerly faux objective news outlets have given it up. The people in charge are afraid. Propaganda is coming thicker and faster from both the top (nytimes, reuters) and the bottom (vice news, random twitter personalities)

Posted by: Cresty | Jul 10 2016 18:14 utc | 12

Hopefully there will be a hard push to drive the islamocarpetbaggers out.

Like Bryant in Blade Runner said - the only way to stop 'em is to kill 'em.

Posted by: bbbb | Jul 10 2016 18:32 utc | 13

I was going to write something about that so-called news service but other had the same idea;)

Posted by: jo6pac | Jul 10 2016 19:00 utc | 14

The Saudi, Israel, USUK Nexus is a tricky one. Place your bets on which will get tricked.

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 10 2016 19:17 utc | 15

Reuters and other complicit war criminal media propagandists always use a vague general term like "rebels", with the aim of deliberately obscuring and intentionally not identifying terrorists and other Western serving criminals, to hide this reality in service for Western war, crimes and domination.

Posted by: tom | Jul 10 2016 19:25 utc | 16

As alluded to at 5 by PB

"Rebels in Dallas caused a ruckus."

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 10 2016 19:28 utc | 17

Been like this for awhile in major mass media outlets now from what I can tell. If the terrorists attack Russians (or any other non-approved groups/nations) they are "rebels" and "insurgents". If done in Paris, they are "terrorists". A simple google search reveals this. Put together a search string with "rebels kill Russians" or "rebels Beslan" and you will get hits. Try putting together search strings with rebels killing or shooting Paris and nothing about the recent attacks. Got some hits about Algeria.

Posted by: Erelis | Jul 10 2016 20:00 utc | 18

thanks b.. the way the language is used is critical for ongoing propaganda.. that is why so many of us have been saying 'bullshite' to the use of the term 'moderate' rebels for the past few years..

i am fully on board piotr's reflections @ 5, putin my own words, stolen from the msm progaganda machine - "that was a 'moderate' rebel that killed those police in dallas"..

Posted by: james | Jul 10 2016 20:22 utc | 19

lol - putin, as opposed to put in..

Posted by: james | Jul 10 2016 20:22 utc | 20

Reuters huh - think I'm going to die of not surprise.

Posted by: Bridger | Jul 10 2016 21:44 utc | 21

You know who I really feel sorry for?

All those poor slobs who wanted to be journalists. The only way they can is to work (as in sell their souls) for the mass media. To blindly regurgitate what is palatable to all of our Malignant Overlords. Of course, they (like most of us) sold out to the system a long time ago ... and the way things are set up, it is hard to imagine any change.

The Malignant Overlords gave us 'prosperity' in the post wwii era. That allowed them to create the illusion that all was hunky dory ... houses in suburbia, cars, consumer goods, easy credit ... a trap that makes many think that there is hope for stuff and that we are entitled. Decent wages for the blue collar and dreams of wealth (or at least comfort) for the white collar. But, both had collars ... connected to the chains held in the hands of the 1%, the Malignant Overlords. And, with very few exceptions, we fell for it. Even now most of the comments on this blog and other similar sites are written by people deluding themselves that the post wwii world was a nirvana we deserved.

Posted by: rg the lg | Jul 10 2016 23:22 utc | 22

Donald Trump Might Pick a Democrat As Running Mate

Michael Flynn, ex-DIA who was cut short in his term, is named as a possible VP for Republican candidate Trump. Both share the view the US and NATO should be less belligerent towards Russia and cooperate with Putin to fight Islamic extremists.

Would that be something, on foreign policy Trump would present a ticket more Democratic leaning than Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Oui | Jul 10 2016 23:43 utc | 23

Donald Trump Might Pick a Democrat As Running Mate

Michael Flynn, ex-DIA who was cut short in his term, is named as a possible VP for Republican candidate Trump. Both share the view the US and NATO should be less belligerent towards Russia and cooperate with Putin to fight Islamic extremists.

This would be a brilliant strategy. He should be smart enough to actually do it. Hillary would be flummoxed and outflanked.

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 11 2016 0:04 utc | 24

That the Atlanticist, corporate media are part of the full-court press of the UN/US/UK/EU to reconquer the world and to reestablish the Western dominion is no longer news, but it is good to keep it before our eyes.

I think the TNC media are no longer attended to. That most people understand that we're in the midst of a 'cold war' - tell that to the Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Yemenis, Libyans, Syrians, Ukrainians ... Palestinians, Haitians, Venezuelans, Brazilians, Argentines, Russians - and that the corporate media are on the side of the Western 'powers' and that what they broadcast is all tailored to fit the 'narrative'. Most people who care about the state of the humanity and the world no longer bother with the TNC media, but come to MoA and sites of the same ilk to get an idea of what's actually happening, of how the criminal 'adventure' of the West in the 21st Century is actually proceeding.

Maybe someday we'll actually do something about it. I'll spare you all yet another link to write-in elections and the establishment of popular sovereignty.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 11 2016 0:45 utc | 25

I guess the good news is they don't dominate all nations. Just hoping that another Crimean War is not brewing.

Posted by: Jay M | Jul 11 2016 1:02 utc | 26

Oui@23 - I use to respect Flynn on a lot of his positions, but I can't accept vague promises of working with Russia when the guy spews Israeli-firster nonsense like this in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

“Iran’s stated desire to destroy Israel is very real,” Flynn said and added that Iran has “contributed to the severe insecurity and instability of the region, especially the sub-region of the Levant surrounding Israel.”

Iranian clerics are prone to hyperbole. They've also threatened the destruction of the U.S. several thousand times, too. If Flynn's IQ doesn't permit him to understand the notion of hollow threats and saber-rattling by Iranian clerics, then I doubt he's of any use to any administration. Iran hasn't attacked anybody in the last half century.

And I would toss in a few zingers about some other nations that have "...contributed to the severe insecurity and instability of the region..." but most of you already know who they are. I don't think Iran even makes the list.

Israel “sees its primary ally and patron becoming increasingly distant and a hostile power is rising against it, which may lead Israeli leadership to undertake increasing rash or desperate actions in an effort to secure immediate gains,” he said.

Oh Jesus... So the U.S. has to continue to spend billions (as we have for decades) to keep Israeli leadership from going crazy? No - I'm tired of this game. No more protecting Israel from it's insane leaders. I say let them go berserk and maybe the rational, humane people in Israel will finally rise up and overthrow the Likudist nutjobs and their tyrannical, fascist apartheid regime. We should support the moderate Israeli rebels in that case, even if they chop a few Likudist heads.

“...Israel lives under the threat of total annihilation from Iran and other Islamic radical elements in the region [bolding is mine] — something the United States must never allow, nor should we deal equally with those who spew this type of hatred and bigotry. We would not stand for it here in this country and we should not stand for it elsewhere in the world where our closest friends are at risk...”

WTF other islamic elements - the moderate head-choppers and al Nusra that Israel aids and abets? No, I don't think al Nusra is any threat to Israel (besides a drain on the military medical budget). So tossing in any imaginary Iranian threat with U.S. head-chopper threat is not only terribly flawed logic, but fails the basic sniff test, Flynn. Fail.

“...Iran’s leaders made it clear the furthest they will go is to allow international inspectors only ‘managed access’ to nuclear facilities, and only with significant prior notification. This makes it nearly impossible, as a matter of full transparency, to have real “eyes on” the state of Iranian nuclear development to include their missile program...”

If Flynn wants to be part of any administration, he should probably read the laws passed by Congress that prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding to any nation that covertly develops nuclear weapons. That would be Israel. Of course, they are always free to prove they don't have nuclear weapons or a program for such, but then we would need "eyes on" the state of Israel and at least 'managed access' to nuclear facilities. How about this Flynn: we sanction Israel exactly like we sanction Iran until both of them allow access and verification. That seems fair. Oh, and Israel owes U.S. taxpayers upwards of $12 billion dollars in illegal aid so far. Aid to Israel that explicitly violated the laws of our nation, Flynn. Bibi: Write the check out to Paveway - I'll make sure the money gets where it belongs. And no damn bitcoin or shekels.

“We, the United States of America, must comprehend that evil doesn’t recognize diplomacy and nations such as Iran will still maintain the intent of achieving nuclear weapon status.”

But Gen. Flynn, why wouldn't Iran want nuclear weapons when faced with U.S. evil which doesn't recognize diplomacy? Oh, wait - you meant....

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jul 11 2016 1:30 utc | 27

Think about it folks. There has to be collusion here around message that has some sort of electronic footprint. We need a snitch within the infrastructure of the global plutocrats and their jackboot, private finance. We need someone to release the marketing/sales/propaganda/brainwashing game plan or some of the parts.

I want to see the Nixon type hubris exposed. We call ourselves civilized and yet the basic tenets of our form of social organization have not evolved for centuries. I am referring to private finance, private ownership of property and both enabled by ongoing inheritance abuse.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 11 2016 4:06 utc | 28

And yet not one word about Sudan, where 300 just died, no doubt because Sudan is only an oil reserve, while Syria is an oil transmission corridor. As Nixon misspoke when describing GeoPolitical Domino Theory, and the need to invoke the Kissinger Option: "Why, there is Viet Nam (a domino) and Cambodia, and ... uhh ... rubber and tin!!"
God, that guy Nixon was the consummate NeoCon! "This (carpet-bombing Cambodia) better god-damn work, Henry!"

Don'cha get it! You're sports-casting shuffleboard finals on the Titanic! The Tribe owns everything, thanks to QEn. Even now, Poroshenko is receiving World Bank grants that will be used to upgrade Eastern Ukraine roads and bridges to carry heavy missile units, artillery and battle tanks.

Play soccer with your kid, or feed a homeless person, or plant some fruit trees. What a total war-pron distraction to waste on Syrian conflict play-by-play narratives. What about Tanganyika or Tanzania? Put some e-ink on Africa!

The Rising Terrorist Threat in Tanzania - CIAO

Posted by: Uk Tahder | Jul 11 2016 5:49 utc | 29

A conspiracy theory has been forming in my mind about the Zika virus, the Olympic games in Brazil and the BRICS impact on world economy.

Could the Zika virus have been played up to reduce attendance at the Olympics? I just did a quick scan of the internet aggregators and it has fallen off the current "news" event horizon.

What are the economic impacts to Brazil and for that matter all of South America of a failed Olympics?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 11 2016 6:15 utc | 30

rg the lg says:

You know who I really feel sorry for?

All those poor slobs who wanted to be journalists

you mean the dead ones, like Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen?

hey, didnt they work for Reuters?

( shoot, i'll talk......)

Posted by: john | Jul 11 2016 10:09 utc | 31

Meanwhile the Israeli-firsters in the U.S. gov’t are busily burrowing away at undermining any basis for the Iranian nuclear deal. The latest gambit:

US aircraft sales to Iran blocked by House, jeopardising $25bn Boeing deal

We have what looks to be a clash of the titans. In one corner, the military-industrial complex supported by Obama and the White House; in the other corner, Israel, its hydra-headed support groups in the U.S. and the sycophantic Israeli-firsters in the U.S. gov’t led by Peter (I sold my soul to Israel) Roskam.

at stake: implementation of the nuclear accord to include lifting of economic sanctions and normalization of trade relations.

first prize: U.S. led war with Iran ( coming soon to the global theatre, starring President Hillary Clinton)

So ladies and gentlemen place your bets and pass the popcorn.

Posted by: pantaraxia | Jul 11 2016 10:13 utc | 32

Bloomberg: "Michael Flynn, who served as Obama's second Defense Intelligence Agency director, takes the opposite view. "Field of Flight," a new book Flynn co-wrote with historian Michael Ledeen, argues that America is up against a global alliance between radical jihadis and anti-American nation states like Russia, Cuba and North Korea. They say this war will last at least a generation. And they say it will require outside ground forces to go after al Qaeda and the Islamic State as well as a sustained information campaign to discredit the ideology of radical Islam."

In short, crazy enough to satisfy Trump, and perhaps the Republicans.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 11 2016 12:05 utc | 33

@ Mina #6

They met in Auvers-sur-Oise and I doubt they have a facility that can convene 20K attendees. As usual, the spinmasters of the Saudis are exaggerating. Wonder how much money Gingrich was paid this time and by whom.

As usual the BFF Giuliani was there also as far as rumours are concerned.

Posted by: Yul | Jul 11 2016 13:19 utc | 34

33;Believing Bloomberg about anything is an exercise in stupidity.
The perfect candidate,Jesus Christ aint running for POTUS.
A non politician,as Flynn is,and Trump is,is far better choice than career losers for Zion.We will see.
Yes,our political whores kill jobs for American prosperity for Zions whim.Boeing and at least 25 billion go up in the smoke of zion.
Reuter was a Jew,wasn't he.
He must of got an early edition of the alleged forgery one isn't allowed to mention.

Posted by: dahoit | Jul 11 2016 13:55 utc | 35

29;S Sudan is an Israeli oil field.Why do you think it was carved by BS from Sudan.
And its more of a hell hole than ever.
Anything Zion touches turns to shite.Even their own creepy nation.

Posted by: dahoit | Jul 11 2016 13:57 utc | 36

BBC silencing the fact that the Western neighborhood attacked today by the 'rebels' is a Christian neighborhood, as always. They replace 'Christian' by 'Syriac'

Posted by: Mina | Jul 11 2016 15:00 utc | 37

Thanks Yul
I had forgotten the link anyway. It is on the Angry Arab
the article said "Paris" and 100,000 persons. I had my doubt that the French gov would have been stupid enough to host such an event in Paris with the police already kept busy by the hooligans.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 11 2016 15:02 utc | 38

Le Monde has something on Sudan. To make it well twisted, they explain the existence of South Sudan not by the role of the US and Qatar but in a very ambiguous sentence that most readers will not understand: "Après l’indépendance (par sécession du Soudan), en 2011, deux hommes ont vu leur rivalité grandir au point de menacer l’équilibre : le président, Salva Kiir, et son vice-président, Riek Machar."
Which basically reads that they got independent because "Sudan" had decided to be independent!

Posted by: Mina | Jul 11 2016 15:05 utc | 39

Gun Control in the US needs to start with the police. Bunch of sad pussies.


Posted by: Shh | Jul 11 2016 15:59 utc | 41

opps wrong thread. moderator, please delete prior post.

Posted by: Shh | Jul 11 2016 15:59 utc | 42

Mina thanks for the link. Pretty even story. I gave up reading le monde for the most part years ago. I one time I referred to them as la merde.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jul 11 2016 21:28 utc | 43

Is anyone following the lawsuit of Marie Colvin's family against the Syrian government in American courts? Apparently, one of its targets is the millions of frozen Syrian assets. So much bull in WaPo, it's a chore to dig through it.

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Jul 12 2016 0:49 utc | 44

pantaraxia @ 32 --

Perhaps the anti-Iran forces killing the Iranian Boeing purchases just might be doing the Iranians a favor. The US government loves to have a nation tied to the need for parts for their planes (or other important manufactured goods). When the US wants to "persuade" that nation to do only what the hegemon wants them to do, they often put some kind of sanction against sale of necessary parts.

I guess I'd stick with European plane manufacturers. At least then the US has to put pressure on not only, in this instance, Iran, but also on the EU nation(s) involved.

Is there a reason that not purchasing the Boeing planes would be bad in other ways?

Posted by: jawbone | Jul 12 2016 15:19 utc | 45

PavewayIV | Jul 10, 2016 9:30:37 PM | 27 --

Re: Michael Flynn's analysis. I think the psychological term for his type of thinking is "projection."

Probably almost everyone getting anywhere in the MIC/federal government ethos is to think that every one else thinks as they do. Thus, if we think about using jihadis for our desire to control nations and regions, of course the Russians and Cubans must be thinking that way. I think it was crazy to include North Korea, but it is a good way to scare US citizens.

Posted by: jawbone | Jul 12 2016 15:28 utc | 46

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