Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Syria's Next Inevitable Battle: Against Corruption. Ghassan Kadi 8 August 2018

Ghassan had to think long and hard about writing this article. In the end, after the assassination that happened recently in Syria he felt compelled to publish this. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018


USA Sen. Dick Black, just before embarking on trip to meet President Assad, resigned from Cruze's Presidential Campaign. Cruze is a hard, hard core Zionist supporter and believes Jesus speaks through him and that if he became US President then basically Jesus would rule. [1]

Prior to that, Black [2] cleverly wrote a public letter of support to Pres. Assad and then, even more cleverly and wickedly, Clarion Project who author a fake ISIS magazine, put in Issue 13 of the "ISIS" magazine a threat to Black from "ISIS" based on his letter to Assad [3]

Simultaneously, his junior, Kortkamp, was busy infiltrating the Syria support movement on FB, creating networks, support and credibility, just like Eli Cohen, getting herself into positions, much more humble of course, as an Admin of Untold Story, the largest support group.

Then, Kortkamp who only uses that name for Syria operations, fooled a patriotic Syrian family into vouching for her, for her visa application, misrepresented in the application that the church was a regular Anglican one, took the hospitality and help for weeks in Kuwait of an ailing elderly former Government advisor Syrian (later to trash the family), and then, when that visa was not coming forth quickly enough, Sen. Black told Dr Shaaban that his "aide" was stuck in Kuwait. In a matter of hours her visa was done and she was in Damascus, where she dumped her Syrian helper for an agent who now is on the run from Syrian intelligence. She also told her followers that she had become an official visitor to Syria and would be "subject to scheduling". She laughed with her friends about deceiving Dr Shaaban.

In Lattakia, Kortkamp was interviewed by media as Black's "aide". When she returned home, she and Black colluded in a 90 minute (La Rouche) documentary, going to pains to change the story - that she went to Syria as an "ordinary housewife".

All these people attacking us "Kadis", Naassan (former admin of Syrian group who left in protest about Kortkamp being an admin), Jamal, Zak and others, are mad as hell because we provide the facts and information so they must discredit and shut us from the Syrian/Levantine community down. This makes them collaborators and accomplices with these Christian Zios and the overall NATO plan as described in my Saker article in 2017. [4]Time after time we provide facts or very strong theories and all of them go absolutely crazy. Ask yourself why?

[1] [2} [3] [4]


Saturday, August 4, 2018

WINNING THE MORAL WAR By Ghassan Kadi, 4 August, 2018

Ghassan Kadi, 4 August, 2018

I have taken a side step, writing only for The Saker, but when matters of principle and morality come up, I have an obligation to break my silence.
Whether goodness finds itself fighting Hitler or Daesh, one has to always keep in mind that two wrongs do not make it right.
One cannot make claims to be in a position of self-defense, in a position of upholding lofty principles, of fighting for justice, when he allows himself to succumb into the debauchery of his supposed evil enemy.
But sadly, humanity doesn’t seem to be ready to learn from its previous mistakes, and when Brutus was giving his speech after “executing” Julius Caesar, trying to explain to the people of Rome that it was something he had to do because of Caesar’s tyrannical grab of power and dictatorship and that the principles of a democratic republic must be defended at any cost, irrespective of who is standing in the way, a member of the crowd yelled out “let him be Caesar”.
Brutus must have felt he was giving pearls to swine.
And if the “War on Syria” has failed to reach its objective, it is because the Syrian side has had the moral upper hand on the fanatic fundamentalist head choppers who killed, maimed and enslaved others in the name of God, and as if God gave them a mandate to do so, even though He tells them that He is Compassionate.
It is very appalling and disappointing to see that alleged supporters of Syria are displaying the same slogans as those of Daesh, almost to the word; beginning with Allahu Akbar, and ending with “Victory to Islam”.
Which Islam I ask? If those perpetrators are asking for a victory of Shiite Islam, instead of Sunni Islam, how are they demonstrating that they are any better than Daesh if they are calling for death to America and to curse Jews? What about Christians and atheists? Do they want to curse them and wish them death too?
Some six years ago or so, I wrote an article titled “Palestine is not for Muslims”. It angered many who claim ownership of it on Muslim religious grounds. Anyone who shouts a slogan proclaiming that Palestine is for Muslims is not any better or different from a Zionist saying that Palestine is for Jews. Palestine is for all of its people, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, as well as those who do not wish to belong to any of the above.
For some narrow-minded rooky academic to display the hateful Houthi narrative on his shoulder (Allahu Akbar, Death to America, Death To Israel, Curse the Jews, Victory to Islam) is not accepted; especially in Syria.
Syria is a nation reeling from a fundamentalist epidemic. It was torn apart and dismembered by those same slogans. To display this under the national Syrian flag is not only an oxymoronic statement, but also an insult to all patriotic Syrians.
Syria did not fight and win fighting for Islam or any other religion, and any person who pledges death and revenge, and curses people and religions is an ignorant bigot.
In his I-am-the-new-Guevara body language and cocky display, the kid can be excused for being an ignorant novice. But what is the excuse of his seasoned master and protector?
What is more disappointing and appalling is that this kid is a protégé of a senior “leader”, an alleged defender of Syria and a master of one of the most widely spread Syrian defense Facebook pages. Instead of coming to terms that this was unacceptable behavior that neither conforms with any international law nor the spirit of Syria, instead of apologizing or even claiming that they did not know what the Arabic script meant, the master/student duo did not flinch and acted as victims. Victims indeed they are of their own folly. They even had the audacity to go on the attack, attacking genuine indigenous activists, because this is all they know, and this is all they do.
Little do those characters seem to realise that displaying such slogan now, in the name of Syria, is akin to brandishing Swastikas in the streets of London and Moscow during WWII. But this ignorance is not by accident, it is a true reflection of how little those nincompoops know about Syria and their onion skin deep understanding of what she is going through right now. This has inadvertently been an untimely and unwanted exposure of their true substance, or lack of it.
Such display of ignorance is reminiscent of when the self-proclaimed expert on all matters, another kid, another alleged supporter of Syria, was lecturing about Saudi Arabia being circled by a Shiite Circle, at a time when Syria was fighting against all sectarian slogans.
Syria is still fighting against sectarian slogans, and those ignorant troglodytes are adopting and endorsing the rhetoric of the enemies of Syria; all under the pretense of defending it. This is part and parcel of the dirty war on Syria.
It is a shame that such meddlers have come into the defense of Syria and how the gates were flung open to embrace them. Those attention-seeking unprincipled people cannot be shamed, because they are shameless. They have made a career for themselves in being hoppers, from one doctrine to another, one cause to another, and wherever there is unrest, they poke their noses in under the guise of reformers, freedom fighters and liberators, but they haven’t been yet able to liberate themselves from their own need for self-importance.
You can take your bigoted, sectarian, ignorant filth and display it wherever you want, but not under the Syrian flag, not in the name of Syria. Use your own flag, and fight your own wars. Hands off Syria.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Questioning the Ownership of Voices in Conflicts.
By Intibah Kadi
1 August 2018

The horrific 2013 Lattakia and 2018 Sweida Massacres in Syria both were met with international “mainstream media” (MSM) silence. In the five years between these two massacres, thousands of other events have also missed being covered by the MSM or at best received scant attention. Instead, fabricated events are promoted and done to death as representing the real stories of Syria, the most notable being that of BBC Panorama’s “Saving Syria’s Children”, the “White Helmets” phenomenon and the most dangerous of all, the alleged chemical weapons attacks. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5].

Is this failure after all these years to get the truth out into the more commonly read media the fault of activists and their supporters? Can it merely be attributed to the determination of the forces that wish to bring the Syrian government down to silence the truth?  If one maintains that high profile activists for the truth about Syria have made inroads in informing the wider public in the West, then did the recent Sweida massacres get a better coverage in the MSM?  CBS News, Agent France Presse and Reuters reported on it, but these were not taken up widely as news items by other MSM. Reuters repeated the mischievous questions of Walid Jumblatt, leader of a section of the Druze, conveniently ignoring local facts on the ground as to the known identity of some of these attackers and of course the backers of such terrorists. [6], [7].

Or merely, has the case all these years been that the reports and analysis of the real issues pertaining to Syria are discussed in forums and media that have the readership and support of the “already converted”? Are these in some cases “echo chambers” as some have claimed? And, if this is the case, why did it never go beyond that? Could there be other reasons why there is almost no success in getting these stories out to the wider media?

In the early years of the Syria defence movement, the activists were sticklers for ensuring accuracy and integrity in their reports and advocacy activities. Syrians were firmly in charge of and in control of their movement. They also knew humility and honesty was necessary for the credibility of their work and hence needed to be open and real in meeting and dealing with justified criticisms about Syria and her government, ensuring they never were dismissed as “propagandists” and manufacturers of false narratives. They knew that they had to maintain the moral upper ground and walk the talk when exposing the complicity of much of the mainstream media in the war machine targeting the Syrian state. 

The precursor to the largest Syrian led Facebook group was called “Peaceful Reforms”, with mostly Syrian and other Levantine activists in it who endeavoured to turn around Syrians and others from the region who were buying the narrative and sectarian talk of the Free Syria Army (FSA), and remember, when it gradually became evident that the attack on the State and people of Syria was taking on a “Islamist” nature some of the FSA supporters walked away from them. After all these years it is a given that this was happening but, in the beginning it was not something talked about. It was Ghassan Kadi who first wrote about the employment, fermentation and recruitment based on Islamist, fundamentalist passions in the effort to topple the Syrian government and that those movements had an axe to grind with the Syrian government.[8]

This is lost on the more recent activists who largely demonstrate they are oblivious of the history of the movement, taking for granted the hard won gains, achievements and shared knowledge of the movement and treating them as something that was always known. It was this level of honesty, humility and openness for dialogue with almost anyone that the earlier activists displayed that slowly and surely won them friends and made inroads into opening minds among some journalists in the MSM or other widely read media and people of influence. Skilled journalists can always find ways to get subtle messages across without losing their jobs. Journalists do change jobs too. Relationship building with suitable people of influence in the media was important. Every day we see evidence in the media of reports that surprise us with their honesty. Even if these are dismissed as cynical displays of “balanced reporting”, nevertheless they surely have some value, and on this premise, the efforts of the earlier activists were made.

Did the Syrian activists and their friends lose out on their careful relationship building and long term strategies of attracting the support of potentially open minded journalists from the mainstream media? If so, at what point did they start to lose that battle and endeavour? Were there any particular issues that caused a steep decline or division between the serious advocate for Syria and their approaches to potential allies in mainstream media?

The early activists endeavoured to operate in a demeanour of politeness, civility, showing respect, demonstrating concern and willingness to help fill in the gaps of knowledge or understanding of these journalists and other people of influence. They knew that in a sense they were ambassadors for Syria. Building bridges to understanding was in the uppermost mind of every serious activist’s mind. Even when the chances of getting these points across successfully were exceedingly slim, never was it acceptable to pursue, persecute and bully media or other influential figures that they disagreed with.  With the future always an unknown, how was one to know whether any of these media or influential people may at some point start questioning and start listening, at least on some points? 

In recent times, negative, somewhat aggressive engagement by a number of fairly newly arrived “Syria activists” with mainstream media journalists has, in effect, at least temporarily, caused a shift in focus on emerging, more big picture issues, with “combatants” getting bogged down in details and technicalities, whilst not putting these into the perspective of a wider understanding of why the war on Syria is wrong.  Perhaps this more militant approach is in line with particular anti-imperialist activist frameworks commonly employed in the West amongst its adherents.  Another issue of concern in this contact between mainstream media and the newer “Syria activists” is that some of their treatment of research, fact finding and debunking has been called into question and it appears that there have been instances where this has given their critics in the MSM ammunition. One area of concern for the Syria defence movement is that these newer “Syria activists” became engrossed in a narrow range of topics which tended to drown out other important issues and voices from the region.

Contrary to the overwhelming anti-Empire support activists gave to Iraq during its invasion and all its consequences, when those same forces attacked Syria, and for similar reasons, Syria did not receive such support and solidarity. As a matter of fact some leading figures in the Gaza Flotilla movement supported the Free Syria Army (FSA). Nevertheless, a development in the Syria support movement occurred with the entrance of a new breed of “Syria activists” which included some members of this category and some who had been active on Iraq and Palestine in the alternative media. Their motivations for activism tended to be steeped in broader political views and causes compared to the Indigenous based ones who were mostly concerned with fighting for their country and culture. In previous years to their arrival, bringing these international, “anti-Empire” activists on board for Syria was a huge and mostly futile struggle. Midway through the war on Syria a number of them suddenly turned up.

By mid to late 2013 it had become clear to Syria’s enemies that taking down the government of Syria was no walk in the park. Moderators of social media (Facebook) based Syria defence groups noticed a surge in what appeared to be supporters from predominately the West. Suddenly, the largest Syria support group on Facebook experienced a change in tone in the group and its dynamics where a whole new culture emerged incompatible with the Syrian culture and existing modus operandi. Instead of focusing on fact finding to debunk the lies of the MSM, the tone changed to panic ridden posts, discussions about the imminent bombing of Syria, even nuclear strikes on Syria and also on Yemen which were the work of pop-science fantasy and irrationality. On 11 June, 2012, in his own article, Ghassan Kadi foresaw the potential for these problems to affect the movement [9] and later on wrote more on it including publishing an article about the USA having repeatedly tried and failed to bomb Syria.[10]

Many of the newcomers disappeared as quickly as they had appeared but some remained, working to ensure their particular frameworks for understanding the world were adopted for the case of Syria. They refused to accept that the indigenous activists had their own frameworks and approaches and this caused divisions. In time most of  Syrians and others from the region who had come to engage with the supporters of their cause walked away returning to their own Arabic language based groups.  From there, fairly rapidly, the newcomers moved the movement away towards Twitter; a place where most Syrians don’t engage in. However, Twitter was a good way to reach journalists from the MSM and other people of influence. On that forum, in recent times, highly volatile exchanges have occurred between the new activists speaking on behalf of Syria and MSM journalists accused of being biased. The question is whether this “war” on Twitter has damaged the movement that Syrians originally envisaged. 

With the entry of Russia into Syria, by invitation, in late 2015, Russian media took a great interest in news from Syria. Syrian activists and writers had largely been unable to access the Russian international media and have their voices heard, but suddenly these new activists, foreign voices for Syria, were increasingly given a platform. The “war” continued between some of these activists and their supporters and those in the MSM who they accused of biased coverage on Syria, with each accusing the other of being tools of Empire/governments and vehicles of propaganda.  Perhaps had the values and strategies of the earlier Syrian custodians of the movement been upheld and their voices amplified as legitimate testifiers of the Syrian story, such strong accusations of propaganda, unprofessionalism and in some cases “fake news” may not have occurred, casting a negative shadow on the movement. This was the dilemma of accepting any voice for Syria versus maintaining the integrity of the Syrian voice, its values and strategies. The writer, a year ago, after stumbling across a NATO research document, pondered on these questions in light of that research. [11]

How, in the future, do the voices of those whose countries are under attack ensure they get heard out in the international arena? How do they tell their story, as it is, and without any meddling? These are the witnesses to the crimes of the “Empire”. The “Empire” has every reason to fear them and find ways to mute them or silence them. How do movements in the future that aim to defend their country or cause ensure they keep control of their movement, their agendas and strategies? How do these movements navigate the very deceptive, complex ways that can see their causes derailed, hijacked and destroyed? [12] How do they discern unhealthy agenda ridden “help” from unconditional, empowering help so that they can find ways to get their message across to potential listening ears in the MSM and to other people of influence?

*The writer is married to a well-known Lebanese-Syrian analyst and has been active in challenging the mainstream narratives about Syria since the beginning of the war. Both write under pseudonyms.

[1] Ogarite Dandache, a Lebanese based journalist for Al Mayadeen, presented the whole story of what happened to the people of those villages in Lattakia in her documentary some time later. The link to her documentary with explanations in English can be found here. Our work on this was presented erroneously elsewhere as the work of others

[2]At that stage the Western dominant media took its news of Syria from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) and yet not a single news item in the mainstream was promptly published at or around the time of this massacre. SOHR reported on August 6, 2013 “Latakia province: Reports that rebel fighters took hold of the villages of Obin and A'ramo in the Jabal al-Akrad area of Reef Latakia in the midst of clashes between rebel and regular forces in the area”.

 [3] Over two months later, in The Guardian, finally a report, although vague and sketchy, emerged of this terrible atrocity.

[4] Human Rights Watch which had played a key role in misrepresenting facts as if to assist regime change in Libya and Syria, surprisingly produced this report.

[5] In the months and years following this massacre, the odd article appeared that referred to the incident. For example, in April 2014 it was reported that a terrorist freed from Guantanamo had participated in the crime,

Friday, July 27, 2018

US, Israel Want White Helmets Out of Syria to Prevent Exposure. Joint Interview on Sputnik 26 July 2018

I’ve not posted all the recent articles published with  Ghassan’s opinions. This one below seeks the views of two from Syrian backgrounds; Ghassan Kadi and Chris Assad, an ex CIA person Philip Giraldi and an Israeli who gives a predictable answer! Thanks to Ekaterina Blinova, the talented journalist, analyst and historian in Russia.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When Non Syrian Community Members Police our Community. 25 July 2018

When Non Syrian Community Members Police our Community.

In 2017, eager to share some good activities of Diaspora Syrians, I shared something from an organisation named "Jusoor"who are Diaspora Syrians who get scholarships at top international universities for Syrian refugees. I didn't examine them closely enough to see if they tick the "Tim Anderson Compliant" box.

Lo and behold Dr Tim Anderson found they're not pro-Syrian Government. Tim Big Boss Man of Syrians (and Syrian's wives like me) made an Infograph about my crime, putting my real name with my activist name for all the Takfiris and whoever to see, perhaps hoping someone will take care of us for him. He may also have made Infographs which name our activist names as well as our real names AND our photos with "friends" of Syria like Bartlett and Beeley sharing them around enthusiastically.

That's perhaps how hopeful this bunch are that the Takfiri terrorists who have sent death threats over the years to "Ghassan Kadi" catch up with us. My husband, a well known and published Lebanese-Syrian writer, one who'd taught much to Tim Big Boss Man of Syrians in the early years of the war, had requested I use the pseudonym for our safety.

Tim Big Boss Man of Syrian's Infograph went far and wide with all Syrians but a few silly ones ignoring it in disgust. Sadly one Syrian who'd known us since the beginning of the war, smitten with the bleached blonde Christian Zionist church planter exposed by my husband and two other Syrians, shared the Infograph calling me a "Mossad agent". The British husband of a Syrian lady residing in Damascus shared it in his group too, and a North African Arabic lady, a retired doctor, apparently not related to Syria, someone who loved our work and knew us from the beginning of the War, shared it in the group she is now Admin of, a group I gave approximately 60 hours a week to, over nearly four years as an admin. Many months after deleting my "criminal" post, these people were still posting Tim Big Boss Man of Syrians Infograph.

Needless to say, the usual bunch of thugs, trolls, paid FB "likers", Mythomaniacs, Orientalists and NATO operatives shared the Infograph enthusiastically perhaps forgetting that if they want to look like genuine activists they ought not to out the names of those in the community/country they claim to be assisting who require/choose to use pseudonyms/activist names. It really shows them up for what they are.

So bad was my crime! I decided to go and check on how terrible Jusoor really was. I even wrote to a "liker" of the Jusoor page, a Syrian much loved and respected by all and whose writings these thugs approve of and see no threat in him and finally publish through their networks. Even Tim Big Boss Man of Syrians approves of him. He told me he's often shared posts of Jusoor, knows the founder of the organisation and that they try to be neutral but don't support the government. Naturally I deleted my post after learning that.  I noticed many Syrians from my own SSNP community had liked the page of Jusoor, as well as other Levantine friends from Syria.

So how did these Patriots dare to disobey Tim Big Man Boss of Syrians? Why has he not punished them? Is it just that he sees me as a soft target being, female and the non-Syrian wife of a Lebanese-Syrian, one Indigenous writer and thinker that was targeted for silencing?

Shall I put all the screenshots of the posts from these "friends" of Syria including the one from that disgraceful Syrian and husband of a Syrian here with my real name redacted? Family members including from the SAA live just near him in the Old City. How does his Syrian wife feel about his insults to us? Shall I put the shots of Big Boss Man of Syrians thanking a person for calling for my friends and my hanging too?

Shall I put all the names of the likers and sharers of Jusoor? They are all solid, amazing patriotic Syrians. I wonder if Big Boss Man of Syrians Tim Anderson will make Infographs on them too?