Much to do the next couple of days. Up too and including this weekend. Sigh....
Russia is proposing a sanctions free UN resolution for Syria
Which is not expected to meet western approval. Also, the west is expected to make their own proposal.
Manufactured Realities Very in depth and well worth reading.
Thanks to KamNam for leaving the link to this one and cheers to you also.
"The final and central piece of this operation was a communications platform you all know very well and use every day. The global, open, instantaneous communications network that Twitter has become would be the vehicle to control the operation and deliver propaganda to the media and the public. Video, graphics, website design, and disinformation were all prepared months in advance, as were the tools to enlist the unwitting cooperation of the masses. Once set in motion this elaborate plan to gain the support of people worldwide was intended to grow organically through appealing to and manipulating the genuine and humanitarian desires and instincts of the people, while using them as cover for their true intentions. To this very moment, it has continued to do just that"
Asia Times had a good piece: Covering Syria: The information war
The narrative, as CNN puts it, is in essence this: "The vast majority of reports from the ground indicate that government forces are killing citizens in an attempt to wipe out civilians seeking [President Bashar] al-Assad's ouster" - the aim being precisely to elicit a heart-wrenching emotional response in Western audiences that trumps all other considerations and makes the call for Western/Gulf intervention to effect regime change.
But it is a narrative based on distortion, manipulation, lies and videotape.
In the first months, the narrative was of unarmed protesters being shot by Syrian forces. This then evolved into one of armed insurgents reluctantly "being provoked into taking up arms", as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton explained, to defend peaceful protesters.
It was also a narrative that from the outset, according to a recent report in Time magazine, that the US has facilitated by providing training, support and equipment to Syrian opposition "cyber-warriors".
As does the video below, brought to us by Tozz . Speaking of manufacturing realities, another video, demonstrating the absurdity of the FSA scripted dramatics? Made for prime time? Fooling so many people, so much of the time.....
However we would like to label the FSA dramatics? Tozz has chosen "Silly theater by FSA"
One last video, from Gallier
"Quick summary: the guy proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, by comparaison of pieces that the "Syrian rebel" on the AP photo of a Canadian mainstream paper (Metro) uses a weapon that comes from Israel. The showed weapon is an AK74 a modern Kalashnikov, but it isn't a normal, factory delivered model. It is kitted with accessories coming from an Israely company named zahal. As he shows in the video, that company boasts with its high profile connections. It is clear that whoever gave that gun to this terrorist (let's name things by their real name) had good connection to Israel."
It is in French. But, you'll get the gist of it!
That's all folks