Assad’s Democide Services

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Assad’s Democide Services

[Posted by Lara Keller 10/10/17]

Assad’s victory effect is not confined to Syria or even MENA Shia-Sunni regional tensions. Assad proved that you could mass impoverish, murder and torture your way to keeping your brutal kleptomaniac dictatorship in power.This must have an effect on other dictatorships around the world, facing the dilemma of reform or oppress. The Assad regime butchers will be able to sell advice on genocide of the people (“democide”). This is an angry mock advert for these disgusting consultancy services. It is meant as a warning allow Assad to get away with it, and the so called “international community” will be faced with many more so called “Syrian Crises”, which will become more urgent and harder to respond to.

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Assad’s War On Syrians Collection

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Assad’s War On Syrians Collection

[Posted By Lara Keller 8/10/17]

Articles about the war the Assad Regime has been conducting on the Syrian people since 1970, and more vigorously since 2011. [or see whole category Assad’s War On Syrians Collection]

Articles 2017:

Russia Muscles in on De-escalation Zones

Assad Wins: Beyond Humanity

Syrian Revolution’s Military Delegation Statement on Astana Negotiations, 4th May 2017.

Memorandum On the Creation Of De-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic, 4-May-2017

Syrian Revolution’s Military Delegation Statement on Astana Negotiations, 3rd May 2017.

Articles 2016:

Stop Assad, Continuing Massive Fraudulent Scam.

Stop The Mass Scam by the Assad Regime

Stopping Assad in Syria, Where are the millions of Muslims and Progressives demanding action?

Stop Assad, Using Hunger as a Weapon of War.

Stop Assad, The Mass Torturer

Stop Assad, The Mass Murderer

Articles 2015:

Hafiz Assad and his mentor Ceausesco.

If you think it is possible to talk to the Assad Regime, then watch this video.

The Bloody Farce In Syria

Main threat to Syrian Civilians is Still the Assad Regime

Stop Assad Bombing Syria

 

Solving The Syrian Crisis Collection

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Solving The Syrian Crisis Collection

[Posted By Lara Keller 7/10/17]

Articles about how the Syrian Crisis could be solved. Seems late now, but the stupid myopia of this lost opportunity will only deepen in the future. [or see whole category Solving The Syrian Crisis Collection]

Articles 2016:

Washington Post article reveals pathetic myopia of Obama administration Syria decision making.

Grossly inadequate EU Foreign Ministers Statement On Syria 17th October 2016

How a No Bomb Zone would work.

Recent ideas for an itinerary of strong effective action to empower the Syrian people to end the crisis

Going further …. cutting out the Assad cancer and creating an itinerary for ending the nightmare

A Plan for Winding Down the Syrian Civil War: Surge, Freeze, and Enforce Charles Lister, 30 September 2016

Syria Needs You, You Need Syria

No Bomb Zone, Syria March ?

Obama’s Syria Strategy Is the Definition of Insanity

Spain and Syria, facing the deep similarities.

Syria Needs Your Anger

Rebel Democracy in Action — Syrian Democratic Revolution

Breaking the media frame that imprisons the Syrian Crisis.

The defeat of the Syrian Revolution will create shocks in the West that dwarf extremist terrorism.

We need to support the struggle of the Syrian people, as much as they need our support.

Articles 2015:

Together for Syria: 5 Dec 2015, London

How can the bombing of Syria be stopped without a “no fly zone”?

How can Syrian civilians be protected without weapons?

How can diplomacy with dictators produce freedom in Syria?

Good information on good intervention in Syria produced by Syrians

How to solve the refugee crisis in Syria.

Good Intervention In Syria And MENA Generally Collection

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Good Intervention In Syria And MENA Generally Collection

[Posted By Lara Keller 4/10/17]

Articles about good intervention to empower people struggling with brutal dictatorships in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa, following the Democratic Uprising of 2011. [or see whole category Good Intervention In Syria And MENA Generally Collection]

Articles 2017:

List of Significant ISSG Communiques and UN Resolutions on Syria

What is the policy for helping to forge Syrian Security?

So Trump Attacked Assad. What Now?

Syrian Partnership, No Words

Articles 2016:

Urgent call to stop Russia blocking evacuation of Eastern Aleppo

Suggested pro humanitarian motion, to advocate for Yemenis facing famine, for the UK Parliament.

Syria at our crossroads.

How to Stop Barrel Bombs in Syria. 4/5/16

How to Stop Airstrikes in Syria. 4/5/16

Big Holes Left by Bernard-Henri Levy, on IS,Syria,Libya,EU,Democracy…. BBC Newsnight 23 Mar 2016

French Philospher BH Levy on IS,Syria,Libya,EU,Democracy…. BBC Newsnight 23 Mar 2016

Stopping Assad in Syria, Where are the millions of Muslims and Progressives demanding action?

We need to support the struggle of the Syrian people, as much as they need our support.

Options For Dealing With Assad Clique’s War On The Syrian People in 2016

Articles 2015:

Anti-Assad message of Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

Assad Regime: Why Intervention is Essential and Progressive

How To Defeat Islamic State And Bring Hope To Syria.

Break The Cycle At The Root

Break The Cycle

There are only Two Sects in Syria.

Handy Tool To Work Out If Your Attitude To Intervention In Syria Is Progressive?

Betrayal Of The Syrian People, Betrayal Of Progressive Values.

London, UK 14th March 2015. Syrians Demand No Fly Zone.

Demand Good Intervention

Where are the progressive pressure groups demanding good intervention?

 

 

 

Assad’s Allies Collection

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Assad’s Allies Collection

[Posted By Lara Keller 3/10/17]

Articles about those who have aided the tragic victory of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The other fake-left dictators and their complacent fake-radical apologists in the West. [or see whole category Assad’s Allies Collection]

Articles 2017:

What message would Assad victory send?

Fourth comment on “Peace Action” pro-Assad series of so called path to peace articles, with links

Articles 2016:

Pavel Felgenhauer On Putin’s Core Reasoning For The War On Syria

Inside Track On Race For Next US Secretary Of State.

Third comment “Peace Action” did publish on Syria.

Second comment “Peace Action” seem unable to publish on Syria.

Comment “Peace Action” Will Not Publish On Syria

Stop The Hypocrisy Of Pacifism For Assad

Trump’s Victory, Rise Authoritarianism and The Syrian Revolution

Assad’s Reaction To Trump’s Victory

Syria’s Questions for Jeremy Corbyn

Note to progressives blinded by Hard Left rhetoric to see the grave reactionary mistake they are making over the Syrian Revolution …….

Latest: Obama’s shocking defense of his Doctrine.

The two faces of American Foriegn Policy in the Middle East

Rim Turkmani Fake Part 2

What happens next in Aleppo will shape Europe’s future

re: George Galloway as Putin’s Third Man.

Satire on German and Rees of SWP, STWuk etc ….

Articles 2015:

Rim Turkmani and other fakes.

Time to protest against people and groups, whose actions support the survival of the Assad regime.

UK Ship Load Of Fools

Discussing “The Blindness Of The Western Commentariat On Syria”

Cartoon Satirizing SNP and Syria [2]

Cartoon Satirising SNP and Syria

The Blindness Of The Western Commentariat On Syria.

If they look like dictators ………….

Why talking with Assad is a terrible mistake.

Saudi investment in Islamic State pays in fight against the dignity of the Arab people.

Trusting Putin And Assad In Syria Is a Betrayal.

Jeremy Corbyn and UK Stop The War Coalition moral hypocrisy.

Thanks Comrades: UK Stop The War Coalition. Assad Allies. (part 3)

Thanks Comrades: UK Stop The War Coalition. Assad Allies. (part 2)

Thanks Comrades: UK Stop The War Coalition. Assad Allies. (part 1)

Excellent Guardian Article On Not Trusting Putin’s Russia In Syria

 

 

 

 

 

ORB International Surveys in Syria are Probably Worthless.

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ORB International Surveys in Syria are Probably Worthless.

[ Posted by Lara Keller 2/10/17 ]

The UK public opinion survey company ORB International (Opinion Research Business) has conducted several polls inside Syria since 2013 (or is it 2014?). ORB International is owned by Gallup and is described as a “respectable” opinion poll company. They specialize in conducting public opinion polls in foreign conflict and other crisis zones. Their polls have been widely reported in the English speaking media as respectable realistic surveys of Syrian public opinion.

Criticism of ORB mainly relates to 2007 when it used surveys to estimate the number of people who died as a result of the Iraq War. There is little criticism of its surveys in Syria.

In 2015 UK BBC commissioned ORB to conduct a survey inside Syria. The part of the poll that covered Islamic State controlled Raqqa, was criticized in a “Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFERL)” article ( https://www.rferl.org/a/raqqa-happiness-poll-syrian-activists-protest-bbc/27256546.html ) : “While most Syrians said IS had a somewhat negative or completely negative influence, a majority — some 70 percent — of the 53 people polled in IS-controlled Raqqa said IS had a somewhat positive or a completely positive influence on events in Syria.”

A Syrian activist Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi described these results as “crap”. ORB would not provide RFERL with information about the polling methodology used in Raqqa (being parsimonious about methodology information was also a complaint in the ORB Iraq deaths survey). Johnny Heald who runs ORB told the BBC that IS agreed to the poll because “as the data verifies, many of those living in Raqqa now are happier since IS took over.” This suggests ORB sought permission from IS to conduct the poll. Since Islamic State is also widely reported as ruthlessly suppressing free speech, it seems highly unlikely the people surveyed were chosen at random and allowed to freely express themselves.

As the Assad regime has also been widely reported for over forty years as ruthlessly suppressing free speech, it seems highly likely the same problem applies to ORB surveys in regime controlled areas. According to the 2015 survey 67% in regime controlled Damascus felt Bashar al-Assad had a completely positive influence, while 23% felt Assad had a “somewhat positive influence”. In Idlib the figures were 5% and 4%.

There is not much on the ORB International’s slick website about methodology. The BBC article on the ORB poll it commissioned contains more information ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34173549 ): “ More than 14 supervisors and 40 interviewers travelled throughout the country to collect data. ‘It starts with one week’s training in southern Turkey where the supervisors come to Gaziantep and we go through the methodology, the questionnaire and the quality control procedures,’ Mr Heald said. ‘We pilot the questionnaire before it is fielded. We then ensure we have the relative permits/permissions to operate and undertake a risk assessment.’ ”

It seems likely then that ORB conducted their surveys in regime areas with Assad Regime permission, and must assume with the regime’s supervision in some form. Therefore negative or even neutral attitudes to Bashar al-Assad could not have been freely expressed to the ORB survey, and so it is reasonable to question if these parts of the survey have any meaning.

It also reasonable to suggest that different standards apply to the expected reliability of public opinion polls conducted domestically as opposed to those conducted abroad. In the same way as they do to the reporting of domestic and foreign news. A news reporting organization in the UK like the BBC is held to higher standards of impartiality in domestic reporting than in foreign reporting. In practice it is not expected to always be journalistically objective, but only to balance differing popular domestic opinions. There is no large constituency of pro-Syrian Revolution opinion in the UK, which means the BBC can commission and report dubious surveys from ORB, and not get any backlash. Indeed ORB’s reputation has not suffered in the media market due to their probably highly inaccurate Iraqi death toll survey. As Johnny Heald blithely said it was only an estimate. These estimates influence popular support or opposition to foreign policies, and so potentially effects the lives of millions of people.

The effect of the ORB poll has been reflected in countless internet article like this: “Suppose a respectable opinion poll found that Bashar al-Assad has more support than the Western-backed opposition. Would that not be major news?” ( https://news.alayham.com/content/suppose-respectable-opinion-poll-found-bashar-al-assad-has-more-support-western-backed ). The impression of ORB’s Syria surveys is to reinforce the idea that Assad or Islamic Extremists are highly popular with ordinary Syrians, and so the West’s intervention should be avoided. This closes down the popular debate that is urgently needed on good and bad intervention, which should keep the brutal dictators and the Western vested interests happy.

New Dark Era Of Red-Brown Fascism Collection

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New Dark Era Of Red-Brown Fascism Collection

Collection of articles and illustrations about the rise of brutal non-ideological Russian-Chinese backed authoritarian regimes around the world. Stalinist was called “red-fascism” by its critics. Since the end of the Cold War we have once communist authoritarian governments openly embracing nationalism and racism. This malignant political hybrid is termed “red-brown fascism” by many. This political philosophy has an enhanced ability to be actively spread and is an acute threat. [or see whole category New Dark Era Of Red-Brown Fascism Collection]

[Posted By Lara Keller 21/9/17 Updated 4/10/17]

Articles, Illustrations Etc 2017:

Assad’s Democide Services

Fruits of appeasement, Future news: Venezuela threatens nuclear strike on US

Future News if Assad and Kim Jong-un get away with it

Assad getting away with Genocide will enable Unrestrained Oppression around the World

Appeasing North Korea is the sure road to Disaster

Extremist Politics New and Old

A history of democracy is no reason for complacency

What is wrong with West progressive politics, a 3D approach

Articles, Illustrations Etc 2016:

Stopping Rise Of Authoritarianism In The West

West’s Darkening Hour, Stop The Rout

West’s Darkening Hour

The Non-Interveners , Spain & Syria, Geoffrey Grigson.

 

Grenfell Fire Articles Collection:

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Grenfell Fire Articles Collection 

[or see whole category Grenfell Fire Articles Collection]

[Posted By Lara Keller 21/9/17]

Grenfell Fire Articles 2017:

Grenfell Everything I Have Learned On The Causes Behind The Inferno

Key Points to Creating Justice for Victims of Grenfell Tower Fire Slaughter

If regulations were followed, the Grenfell Tower inferno should have been impossible (Geoff Wilkinson)

Grenfell Tower – The KCTMO Culture Of Negligence (Grenfell Action Group)

Grenfell renovation proposed temporary removal of fire protections (Inside Housing)

 

 

Future News if Assad and Kim Jong-un get away with it.

 

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 [Posted by Lara Keller 18/9/2017]

If Kim Jong-un gets away with manufacturing nuclear missiles and Bashar Assad gets away with genocide, this will be our future news. Is this what you want?

Text of future 2019 news story:

On Tuesday Venezuela launched a long range missile that after a 25 minute flight landed 100 miles South of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean. This comes after last month’s successful underground hydrogen bomb test in the same region of North West Venezuela. The missile has been positively identified as an unmodified version of the “Moravid-1” Iranian ICBM. North Korea’s news agency reported on the 1st September that “missile compatible” nuclear war heads had been supplied to Venezuela. On Friday President Maduro announced at a rally for military personnel, that the Bolivarian Revolution would fight with all the weapons at its disposal against US imperialism. Maduro specifically threatened to strike the US with “Fire and Fury” unless the Trump administration stopped supplying Brazilian Republicans with weapons, and conducting “false flag” Sarin gas attacks with stolen Syrian Army equipment. He claimed 90% of the United States was now within range of nuclear strikes, and that Venezuela would not allow Brazil’s 11th February Revolution to be crushed. This latest increase in nuclear confrontation, is expected to lead to more support for a vast peace protest planned for Washington on October 12th. Dr Jill Becher a spokesperson for Peace First, said that “If we wish to avoid nuclear war, then the United States must urgently learn to take its place in the world. We must stop this evil humanitarian imperialism and interference in the self determination of other countries.” Chinese Premier Xi-Jinping cautioned against military escalation and called for the resumption of diplomatic efforts based on the United Nations.