Assadist alliance collapsing over excesses of Bartlett & Beeley, not over fascism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism

Bouthaina Shaaban receiving scarf as Beeley watches (June 2017) photo by Eva Thomassen

The inevitable collapse in relations has begun between the fascist wing of Assad supporters, led by Eva Bartlett & Vanessa Beeley, & their fellow travelers who claim to be “anti-imperialist.” It isn’t their associations with fascism, Islamophobia, & anti-Semitism that disturb these fellow travelers but that Bartlett & Beeley have been repeatedly exposed as lying propagandists who go over-the-top in defending torture, vilifying civilians being bombed as terrorists (including children & doctors serving in bombing zones), in censorship of articles & reports about Syria, & in bullying & vituperating against all who disagree with them. Such excesses discredit the whole rotten lot of Assad supporters. Some of the more prominent Assadists who have jumped the Bartlett-Beeley fan wagon include Barbara McKenzie from New Zealand, Paul Larudee on the steering committee of the Assadist Syrian Solidarity Movement, Sibel Edmonds, who runs the pro-Assad NewsBud video operation. These people breaking ranks are no prize packages. Edmonds holds up the smarmy, social climbing Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, & Rania Khalek as examples of reputable journalists though they stoop just as low as Bartlett & Beeley.

What these “anti-imperialist” Assadists want is Assad’s Beavis & Butthead duo to stop harping on the White Helmets & denouncing little kids as terrorists or dolls & to find a less obvious & detestable way of defending the bombing of civilians–like the national sovereignty thing. What these fellow travelers don’t understand is that the Bartlett, Beeley, & Tim Anderson types are associated with the Assad regime at the highest levels & function as ventriloquist dummies to the regime–from Bashar Al-Assad himself, to Syrian politician Fares Shehabi, Syrian representative to the UN Bashar Al-Jaafari, hangman & chief executioner Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun, & political & media advisor to Assad Bouthaina Shaaban. Bartlett & Beeley are repeating what they are told & remunerated well to say by Assad regime officials.

This breakdown in the Assadist movement presents some major problems for Assad, even though the level of sycophancy among fellow travelers cannot be underestimated. The greater likelihood is that ways will be found to vilify & isolate the likes of McKenzie, Larudee, & Edmonds in order for the Assad regime to continue using Bartlett & Beeley to promote lowlife & detestable slanders against the Syrian revolution. If Bartlett & Beeley are discredited, the entire propaganda edifice goes with them.

Photo is Vanessa Beeley fawning as Assad political & media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban receives a scarf as a gift from a Norwegian Assad supporter. Shaaban is probably Bartlett & Beeley’s handler within the Assad regime.

Video showing breakdown among Assadists:

(Photo by Assadist Eva Thomassen posted by Beeley)

Massive protests in Yemen against 3 years of carpet bombing by Saudi-US-UK coalition

Sana'a antiwar protest Mar 26 2018--3rd anniversary of war

Protests today in Sana’a, Yemen, went on for miles to protest three years of Saudi-US-UK coalition bombing. The coalition includes France, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, & Senegal. The official narratives for the cause of the bombing involve ‘geopolitical” conflict between Saudi Arabia & Iran, the Houthi rebel takeover of the government in January 2015, Al Qaeda & ISIS, the Sunni-Shia conflict. Whatever role those different factors play, the primary intent of carpet bombing Yemen is to destroy every vestige of the Yemen Arab Spring uprising in 2011-2012.

There is very little media coverage of these protests except by RT, Russia’s propaganda news agency, & Press TV, Iran’s propaganda news agency. Russia & Iran of course do not cover the war out of solidarity & most certainly did not support the Yemen uprising. Their purpose is partially to take the attention off their counterrevolutionary savagery in Syria. As far as one can tell from the RT video of the protests today, the marches were organized by the Houthis who undemocratically run Yemen. The Yemeni uprising was politically profound & not all of the participants agree with the program & methods of the Houthis. But on the issue of opposing the Saudi-US-UK coalition bombing, they speak with one voice: Stop the Bombing! Out Now!

RT video of rally:

(Photo is screen shot from video of the march today)

Cuba & Venezuela stand by Burmese junta in genocide against Rohingya people

On March 23rd, the UN Human Rights Council passed a cowardly, half-assed resolution shaking the naughty finger at Burma for genocide against the Rohingya people. That Burundi, China, & Philippines vetoed the resolution makes sense. They’re stone-cold reactionary regimes. But don’t you just cringe at the jive talk Cuba & Venezuela would use to explain why their veto of the resolution was the revolutionary thing to do, the Bolivarian thing to do?