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Syria days away from annihilating ISIS on the battlefield: Here’s what comes next

Here’s what Syria must do in order to keep ISIS and like-minded terrorists down.

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Mohammed Ibrahim Samra, the governor of Deir ez-Zor has stated that the Syrian Arab Army is 24 to 48 hours away from storming the gates of Deir ez-Zor city which for years has been besieged by ISIS.

Furthermore, Deir ez-Zor has subsumed the role as the major ISIS stronghold in Syria as fighters continue to flee the self-proclaimed ISIS capital of Raqqa.

While the United States and its Kurdish proxies who lead the SDF are struggling to break into Raqqa city, which is being held by approximately 2,000 ISIS terrorist fighters, Deir ez-Zor is now home to upwards of 20,000 terrorists who have arrived from liberated regions of both Iraq and Syria.

A Syrian soldier has stated,

“We carried out at dawn a successful raid against one of ISIS terrorists’ barricades in the direction of the Water Resources area through crawling and infiltrating it and throwing several bombs when we almost approached the area, killing all the terrorists at the site”.

Syria’s elite Tiger forces are now less than 3 kilometres from the city gates. With Russian Aerospace Forces consistently and successfully clearing the path for the Syrian Arab Army, the defeat of ISIS on the battle field is now a matter of when and not if and more specially, such a thing could be achieved before the end of September of this year.

The credit for the destruction of ISIS as a military unit will be legitimately earned by Syria, Russia, Iran,their volunteer partners and the Lebanese party Hezbollah.

But with the military phase of war against ISIS about to be won by Syria, the eventuality which must be planned for will be settling a peace that prevents terrorist incidents form isolated ISIS cells and lone-wolf adherents to the perverse ISIS ideology.

Syria should consider the following in order to avoid terrorism in the future.

1. Work with Russia to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity

Russia is the only party to the Syrian conflict which maintains either good or normal relations with all of the other parties including Syria’s allies: Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq as well as Syria’s adversaries: Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United States.

Interestingly, Russia’s relations with the US are worse than any of the aforementioned countries, but in spite of this, Russia continues to cooperate with the US on policing a de-escalation zone in south western Syria, along with Jordanian forces.

Russia has been unambiguous in its desire to see Syria’s territorial integrity preserved in the aftermath of the conflict.

In order to restore Syria’s territorial integrity, it will be necessary to secure a total withdrawal from the country of US and Turkish troops. Currently, US troops are mostly concentrated in north eastern Syria, with a few pockets remaining in the south near the Jordanian border, while Turkish forces and their proxies remain in Idlib and parts of Aleppo Governorate.

Russia’s increasingly good relationship with Turkey will prove extremely important in such matters. While Turkey has quietly dropped its support for anti-government terrorists in Syria and is primarily focusing on the legitimate threat posed to Turkish security by Kurdish forces in Syria, Turkey is still operating in Syria illegally and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recently stated that he still does not have any plans to mend Syria’s broken relations with Ankara.

If there is to be a peaceful withdrawal of Turkish forces or some understanding between Damascus and Ankara on the Kurdish issue, it will almost certainly fall on Russia’s diplomats to be the go-between during such initial discussions. This could also theoretically pave the way for an eventually restoration of normal relations between Turkey and Syria.

In many ways, Turkey is more ready for dialogue with Damascus than Syria is with Ankara. The reason for this is that Turkey’s original illegal actions in Syria which saw Turkey,fighting beside, arming and training terrorists, was merely an attempt by Turkey to extend influence in the Arab world by choosing what at the time looked to be the winning side.

For Turkey it was not a matter of ideology, but a matter of material, political and territorial ambition cloaked in a wider ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ style militant Sunni ideology.

Now that Turkey is aware that it in fact chose the losing side, Ankara is scrambling to redefine itself as an anti-Kurdish force in Syria rather than an anti-Syrian one.

In respect of US forces, matters are more complicated. While the US has zero legal mandate to be in Syria, there is a danger that the US might try and attain one by stealth. This could be accomplished via the unilateral declaration of a Kurdish state like entity on Syrian soil.

Here, Russia has the ability to thrash out some sort of settlement between the Kurds and Damascus, one which might also include security guarantees for Turkey, all while avoiding the creation of a Kurdish entity in Syria.

If Russia was able to manage this, it would deprive the US of even the most tentative justifications for a continued illegal presence on Syrian soil. At such a point, the US might simply cut its loses and focus on Iraq, where in spite of an Iraqi government which is increasingly anti-American, the US still technically has a legal presence. This of course assumes that the US isn’t inexorably intent on exercising more long-term menacing plans in Syria.

In respect of Syria’s allies Iran and Hezbollah, Syria has every right to develop any kind of security and cooperation deal with them that it sees fit. The trouble here is that Israel has committed multiple acts of illegal aggression against Syria due to Syria’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah. In recent weeks, leaders of the Israeli regime have promised more such strikes against Syria.

Here, Russia too has a unique ability to draft an agreement which in theory could assuage Israeli paranoia over Syria conducting legal partnerships on her own soil. That being said, this is a tall order, but one that Russia is uniquely placed to attempt to resolve, whereas no other country can realistically say that it is in such a position.

2. Sealing the borders 

Syria has already secured much of its borders with Lebanon, Jordan and in-part, Iraq. In order to prevent any influx of foreign terrorists in the future, it will be essential for Syria to totally secure its frontiers on all sides.

Here, Turkey and Israel present the biggest problems.

While Turkey has all but given up trying to influence events in the majority Arab territories of Syria, Turkey maintains a presence along self-proclaimed Kurdish regions which all border Turkey. Here, one must refer to the previous section in respect of Russia being a go-between in order to deliver messages from Damascus to Ankara.

Since Turkey shares the largest single border with Syria and also because after Iraq, Turkey is the most popular entry point for terrorists sneaking into Syria, it is essential that Syria seals this border, something which could also benefit Turkey as it would seal off pockets of Kurdish terrorism from linking up with their brethren in parts of southern and eastern Turkey.

Israel has illegally occupied the Syrian Golan Heights since 1967. While no nation, including even the United States, recognises the illegal occupation, the nuclear armed Israel will likely not vacate the territory without a large international effort forcing Tel Aviv to obey international law. Therefore, it will be crucial for Syria to constantly monitor this region in order to prevent any penetration of Syria’s de-facto frontiers in this region.

3. Policing extremism in Sunni majority regions 

While many of the terrorists who have attempted to destroy Syria sine 2011 are foreign, others are drawn from Sunni regions of the country. While the majority of all Syrians support the government, a violent minority of Sunnis have shown various degrees of loyalty to extremist Sunni supremacist ideologies which threaten the peace of the region and the wider world.

Since 1971, Syria has had one of the most professional security services in the region, the Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Amma. It will be necessary for the Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Amma to heavily police regions that are susceptible to populations being brainwashed by Sunni supremacist propaganda, mainly from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Just as Syria crushed an insurgency by the Sunni extremist terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood in 1982, Syria today, must work to effectively eradicate any lingering traces of Wahhabism/Salafism/Takfirism in the country. Anything less will mean that Syria has won the important battles, but lost the wider war for survival.

This must be done in tandem with re-development programmes to invest in infrastructural development in all parts of Syria along with education and in some cases re-education programmes to promote secular, inclusive, multi-faith Ba’athist policies. Those who oppose such a settlement should be treated by Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Amma as instantly suspicious individuals who are potential enemies of the peace.

Unless Syria works hard to police Sunni supremacists, such people could transform from ISIS on the battlefield, into dangerous lone-wolf terrorists who could turn Syria into a state in constant danger of Wahhabi attacks.

This must never be allowed to happen and the Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Amma is the body which must be strengthened in order to produce a military like response to any potential disturbances.

Here, Iran can help with intelligence sharing and enhanced training techniques, although it will be crucial for any Iranian presence in policing matters to be done covertly so as not to make it appear that there is a Shi’a vendetta against violent Sunnis, something which plays into the hands of Saudi style propagandists.

Conclusion: 

If Syria can accomplish these three tasks in the aftermath of what looks to be a certain defeat for ISIS and their fellow travellers, Syria can not only return to peace, but can work with economic partnership throughout the world including China, to make Syria a model of recovery after years of suffering under foreign sponsored terrorist groups.

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Excellent analysis, Adam… You say “Syria today, must work to effectively eradicate any lingering traces of Wahhabism/Salafism/Takfirism in the country….” This is the heart of the problem and it goes far beyiond Syria…. The Saudi (and Qatari) national sect, Wahhabism, if the poison that has been spe*read by Audi billions for over 40 years now… As you know, the United States deliberately used Saudi Wahhabism to radicalise the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan to attack the Russians (and non fanatical Afghans)…. in 1979…. This Wahhabi poison has now spread to the whole Middle and Far East and even into Europe… So the… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

F/B regime change in its spiritual home, the United Snakes.

Dorthyredison
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Dorthyredison

Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family!!!
On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
>>>http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash370TopOne/GetPay$97/Hour..

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“Dorothy” has exactly the same picture as “Mary Philips” and another female whose name I have forgotten, who always seem to manage to buy exactly the same car with the money they are earning.
If it sounds unbelievable, it probably is.

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tapatio

They’re all probably the same offshore scammer/group of scammers. All it takes is a FB acccount>Disqus account>Adverts-as-comments = some ignorant readers out their money/personal information.
(my oldest daughter is a security guru at Microslop).

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tapatio

Actually the “spiritual home” lies in Buckinghamshire and works on St. Swithins Lane in London…………Rothschild & Co. – the parent corporation of everything from the Federal Reserve (a PRIVATE bank) to your neighborhood title loan/check cashing shop (90% of which are owned by major banks – whose controlling shareholders are – the Rothschilds).

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I’ll go with that.

tapatio
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tapatio

TY

Ronald
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Ronald

Very well spoken , “This cannot be said often enough ” .
Now what can be done to neutralize those 40 years of Wahhabism / Salafistism / Takfirism , not only in Syria , but in every nation .

tapatio
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tapatio

Destroy the head of that snake – the predatory capitalists who profit from Wahhabism/Salafistism/Takfirism/Talmudism/Zionism/Nazism/Communism and the other related -isms. They are ALL tools in the capitalist kit.

tapatio
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tapatio

Entirely correct. BUT……….the important regime changes are in Washington and in the eradication of predatory capitalism, as represented by the creature below (which also owns Washington and Riyadh)………………….
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Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Fascinating how Mr Burns looks exactly like this individual.

tapatio
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tapatio

Jacob Rothschild has been the model for “Greedy Jew” for at least the last 40 years. He was the model for Mr. Burns.

Gavin Allen
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Gavin Allen

“The credit for the destruction of ISIS as a military unit will be legitimately earned by Syria, Russia, Iran,their volunteer partners and the Lebanese party Hezbollah” – absolute nonsense. The YPG have done more than all of those put together. “While the United States and its Kurdish proxies who lead the SDF are struggling to break into Raqqa city” – pathetic garbage. SDF are doing a great job in Raqqa. And Kurdish forces are not US proxies. “the legitimate threat posed to Turkish security by Kurdish forces in Syria” – So, democracy in Syria is a “threat” to Turkey? You’re… Read more »

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Avramijevdan

Your people and their leadership have choice. Continue carving Syria and continue using USAdistia for that purpose or calmly state you don’t intend carving Syria and you don’t intend controlling her borders with Turkey. In other words either join Syria, Russia and Iran or be ready for (yet another) rude awakening which will inevitably follow should you continue your work on a new a state against all involved states in the region.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Mr. Allen, You sound like an antifa propagandist. Are you? — Whatever: Your ethnicity/identity politics diatribe serves to underscore why Syria, under any government, would not accept the imposition of a non-viable Kuridsh-state entity.

Screwloose
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Screwloose

Looks like a JTRIGS troll.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Please unravel. I am a bit acronym-challenged. My German Wikipedia tells me me: Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), specializing in “dirty tricks” such as generating false information (fake news?) and denouncing adversaries with such. Is that your JTRIGS?

Screwloose
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Screwloose

Yep; that’s them. A grubby little subdivision of the UK’s GCHQ. (‘Government Communications Headquarters’ in Cheltenham.)

They’re a tedious nuisance on many platforms – usually trying to defend the false narratives spun by the Nato lie-machine. Their desperate attempts to inject false facts into the MH-17 newsflow was both obvious and laughable.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Tip my hat: you fish with finer meshed nets than I have. Such a pretentious name. Makes it sound as if they would have some professional standards. — Let’s see where Mr. Allen’s “trigger” is, if he has one: is he JTRIGS or is he made-in-usa antifa/transgender embed (horrible thought) with the SDF, or is there a joint venture?

I really liked the story about the Kurdish airforce.

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

“Kurdish airforce”: good laugh, thank you.

tapatio
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tapatio

The Kurdish Air Force actually exists – thanks to a very sudden gift from Washington. I’m sure that there are Kurds who are allowed to wash the windshields on their American/Israeli flown planes – which invariably attacked SAA (Syrian) positions instead of the Zio/US/Saudi terrorists.

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

Thank you for the update.

tapatio
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tapatio

YW

tapatio
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tapatio

Hasbarats are their twins…………
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tapatio
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tapatio

Nah, just a hasbarat…………

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

What a load of deluded nonsense! Moron.

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

bet it’s Yid

tapatio
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tapatio

It is………their writing style betrays their training.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I have always maintained that the destruction visited upon ISIS by the Kurdish Air Force has been wrongly attributed to the Russians, who as we know, are constantly inebriated, and incapable of climbing into an aeroplane, still less using it to drop bombs on terrorists.

Shahna
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Psst. “Kurdish land” in Syria is SYRIA!
And yes they are US proxies – whether or not they remain so or remember they are SYRIANS is up to them.

People who take up arms against their own govt and use those arms to shoot fellow CIVILIANS are TERRORISTS. They don’t get a free ride just because they are Kurds.

YOU, Mister, are the imbecile!
The very idea that just the Kurds have done more to liberate Syria than Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah combined is simply delusional.

tapatio
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tapatio

Ah, little Gavin……….are you a hasbarat or simply a fool who adores Fox NoNews?

The Kurds are a TRIBE……EXF**KING-XACTLY AS THE JEWS ARE A TRIBE. Neither is a “nation” or anything resembling a nation. The Kurds are NOTHING but a political football of the Jews and their minions.

The Kurds have had NOTHING to do with the defeat of the Zio/US/Saud mercenary terrorists. That was 100% an accomplishment of Syria, Russia, Hezbollah and Iran.

seby
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seby

wahhabism/salafism/takfirism (never to be written in upper case) will end when US imperialism ends.

Let’s hope for the sake of the planet, that day isn’t that far off.

tapatio
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tapatio

Sorry, but those diseases will end when the Zionist-Talmudic Disease is eradicated……….”ahhabism/salafism/takfirism” are mere spin-offs of the primary disease.

They existed long before the Rothschilds discovered their lust for oil/gas. But, mainstream Islam slapped them down whenever they became visible. The Rothschilds, however, found those minor diseases complimented the disease carried by Judaism.

seby
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seby

How’s the weather today in tel aviv?

tapatio
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tapatio

What are you talking about? I’m on the US Pacific coast and I would NEVER enter a Jew state.

seby
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seby

The Palestinian people don’t have your luxury of choice. The iron heel of zionism has stepped on them for far too long now.

Yes, I am calling you an agent provocateur with your kindergarten political anulysis and armchair/keyboard activity. You’re a zionist’s wet dream. They need nutters like you to obfuscate things and pursue their evil designs.

It’s bad enough being called an anti-Semite for criticizing the racist, apartheid state of israel and its actions by people who cant tell the difference between a German and a nazi!

Good riddance. I don’t need to read your cointelpro farts.

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Tom Welsh

Good article! Thank you. I must say I disagree with this: “…Iraq, where in spite of an Iraqi government which is increasingly anti-American, the US still technically has a legal presence…” As far as I know, the USA does NOT have a legal presence in Iraq. Its current status is that of “occupying power”, but that status derives from the Second Gulf War which was itself completely illegal. There was no UN mandate for the invasion of Iraq, nor had Iraq declared war on the USA. Consequently, the US invasion of Iraq was a flagrant violation of the UN Charter… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

To Ed: “This could be accomplished via the unilateral deceleration declaration of a Kurdish state like entity on Syrian soil.”

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Noticed these solecisms too, Terry!
My feeling is that Adam records his thoughts, and then a low-level operative types them out, hence the bizarre spelling mistakes and word changes.

Screwloose
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Screwloose

Or is he using a glitch-ridden verbal transcription algorithm..?

A lot of the constantly-annoying typos are homophones or possibly auto-corrected misheard words – like the infamous ‘Basaltic Missiles’.

Either way; proper proof-reading is a necessity – or the fate of the Grauniad beckons…

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Tend to agree.
I’ve heard Adam speaking in interviews, and he is extremely compelling, and a joy to listen to, and very knowledgeable.
So it lets the side down if he allows these badly-written pieces to get to air.

Shahna
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Then perhaps Mr Garrie should have his work proofread before publishing?
The errors make Mr Garrie look half literate…. not the typing pool.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I am inclined to agree with you.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Syria-Russia-Iran conflict with the US is just around the corner. In the context of US seizure of Russian diplomatic properties, US incapacity to accept the Iran deal, US targetting both China and Russia via N. Korea, US refusal to accept its having lost in Afghanistan, US determination to not only destabilize Venezuela but also to declare China’s and Russia’s involvment in South America a threat to US strategic interests (just wait, it’s coming), the US narrative about “cooperating” with Russia in Syria will likwise soon evaporate. “Cooperation” in the US narrative simply means not doing anything the Russians will not… Read more »

Shahna
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“US targetting both China and Russia via N. Korea,”
————–
Haha – they think they are,
But those Yanks really should learn the Diplomatic Tango.
That one’s a threesome and they’re being taken for a ride.

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Let me join you in this prayer for peace my dear DURAN. May President Putin win and the whole world will benefit peace including NKorea .

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Adam, you forgot to mention the COMPLETE withdrawal of the US and its forces – regular AND paid mercenaries e.g. Blackwater etc from within the territory of Syria’s international borders….without which they will continue to OCCUPY Syria. This should be done under the auspices of the UN (I know…almost zero chance)

Shahna
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Great!
Yanks, Yids and Flightless Birds – OUT!

James Johnson
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James Johnson

Our war lords (US) have certainly made a wreck out of every one’s lives

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Latest News:
A Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea has fired a salvo of Kalibr cruise missiles at a group of jihadists stationed near the city of Deir ez-Zor in western Syria, the Russian military reported. Dozens of terrorists were eliminated, as well as ISIS command posts, a communications center, arms and ammunition depots were destroyed in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor. The effectivenes of the missile strike was confirmed by UAV reconnaissance.

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President Putin signs law blocking fake news, but the West makes more

Western media slams President Putin and his fake news law, accusing him of censorship, but an actual look at the law reveals some wisdom.

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The TASS Russian News Agency reported on March 18th that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new law intended to block distorted or untrue information being reported as news. Promptly after he did so, Western news organizations began their attempt to “spin” this event as some sort of proof of “state censorship” in the oppressive sense of the old Soviet Union. In other words, a law designed to prevent fake news was used to create more fake news.

One of the lead publications is a news site that is itself ostensibly a “fake news” site. The Moscow Times tries to portray itself as a Russian publication that is conducted from within Russian borders. However, this site and paper is really a Western publication, run by a Dutch foundation located in the Netherlands. As such, the paper and the website associated have a distinctly pro-West slant in their reporting. Even Wikipedia noted this with this comment from their entry about the publication:

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis, The Moscow Times was criticized by a number of journalists including Izvestia columnist Israel Shamir, who in December 2014 called it a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia”.[3] In October 2014 The Moscow Times made the decision to suspend online comments after an increase in offensive comments. The paper said it disabled comments for two reasons—it was an inconvenience for its readers as well as being a legal liability, because under Russian law websites are liable for all content, including user-generated content like comments.[14]

This bias is still notably present in what is left of the publication, which is now an online-only news source. This is some of what The Moscow Times had to say about the new fake news legislation:

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

As is the case with other Russian laws, the fines are calculated based on whether the offender is a citizen, an official or a legal entity.

More than 100 journalists and public figures, including human rights activist Zoya Svetova and popular writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, signed a petition opposing the laws, which they labeled “direct censorship.”

This piece does give a bit of explanation from Dmitry Peskov, showing that European countries also have strict laws governing fake news distribution. However, the Times made the point of pointing out the idea of “insulting governmental bodies of Russia… including Putin” to bolster their claim that this law amounts to real censorship of the press. It developed its point of view based on a very short article from Reuters which says even less about the legislation and how it works.

However, TASS goes into rather exhaustive detail about this law, and it also gives rather precise wording on the reason for the law’s passage, as well as how it is to be enforced. We include most of this text here, with emphases added:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking untrue and distorting information (fake news). The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal.

The document supplements the list of information, the access to which may be restricted on the demand by Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies. In particular, it imposes a ban on “untrue publicly significant information disseminated in the media and in the Internet under the guise of true reports, which creates a threat to the life and (or) the health of citizens, property, a threat of the mass violation of public order and (or) public security, or the threat of impeding or halting the functioning of vital infrastructural facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit institutions, energy, industrial or communications facilities.”

Pursuant to the document, in case of finding such materials in Internet resources registered in accordance with the Russian law on the mass media as an online media resource, Russia’s Prosecutor General or his deputies will request the media watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to the corresponding websites.

Based on this request, Roskomnadzor will immediately notify the editorial board of the online media resource, which is in violation of the legislation, about the need to remove untrue information and the media resource will be required to delete such materials immediately. If the editorial board fails to take the necessary measures, Roskomnadzor will send communications operators “a demand to take measures to restrict access to the online resource.”

In case of deleting such untrue information, the website owner will notify Roskomnadzor thereof, following which the media watchdog will “hold a check into the authenticity of this notice” and immediately inform the communications operator about the resumption of the access to the information resource.
The conditions for the law are very specific, as are the penalties for breaking it. TASS continued:

Liability for breaching the law

Simultaneously, the Federation Council approved the associated law with amendments to Russia’s Code of Administrative Offences, which stipulates liability in the form of penalties of up to 1.5 million rubles (around $23,000) for the spread of untrue and distorting information.

The Code’s new article, “The Abuse of the Freedom of Mass Information,” stipulates liability for disseminating “deliberately untrue publicly significant information” in the media or in the Internet. The penalty will range from 30,000 rubles ($450) to 100,000 rubles ($1,520) for citizens, from 60,000 rubles ($915) to 200,000 rubles ($3,040) for officials and from 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($7,620) for corporate entities with the possible confiscation of the subject of the administrative offence.

Another element of offence imposes tighter liability for the cases when the publication of false publicly significant information has resulted in the deaths of people, has caused damage to the health or property, prompted the mass violation of public order and security or has caused disruption to the functioning of transport or social infrastructure facilities, communications, energy and industrial facilities and banks. In such instances, the fines will range from 300,000 rubles to 400,000 rubles ($6,090) for citizens, from 600,000 rubles to 900,000 rubles ($13,720) for officials, and from 1 million rubles to 1.5 million rubles for corporate entities.

While this legislation can be spun (and is) in the West as anti-free speech, one may also consider the damage that has taken place in the American government through a relentless attack of fake news from most US news outlets against President Trump. One of the most notable effects of this barrage has been to further degrade and destroy the US’ relationship with the Russian Federation, because even the Helsinki Summit was attacked so badly that the two leaders have not been able to get a second summit together.

While it is certainly a valued right of the American press to be unfettered by Congress, and while it is also certainly vital to criticize improper practices by government officials, the American news agencies have gone far past that, to deliberately dishonest attacks, based in innuendo and everything possible that was formerly only the province of gossip tabloid publications. The effort has been to defame the President, not to give proper or due criticism to his policies, nor credit. It can be properly stated that the American press has abused its freedom of late.

This level of abuse drew a very unusual comment from the US president, who wondered on Twitter about the possibility of creating a state-run media center in the US to counter fake news:

Politically correct for US audiences? No. But an astute point?

Definitely.

Freedom in anything also presumes that those with that freedom respect it, and further, that they respect and apply the principle that slandering people and institutions for one’s own personal, business or political gain is wrong. Implied in the US Constitution’s protection of the press is the notion that the press itself, as the rest of the country, is accountable to a much Higher Authority than the State. But when that Authority is rejected, as so much present evidence suggests, then freedom becomes the freedom to misbehave and to agitate. It appears largely within this context that the Russian law exists, based on the text given.

Further, by hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook, rather than prison sentences, the law appears to be very smart in its message: “Do not lie. If you do, you will suffer where it counts most.”

Considering that news media’s purpose is to make money, this may actually be a very smart piece of legislation.

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ABC’s Ted Koppel admits mainstream media bias against Trump [Video]

The mainstream news media has traded informing the public for indoctrinating them, but the change got called out by an “old-school” journo.

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Fox News reported on March 19th that one of America’s most well-known TV news anchors, Ted Koppel, noted that the once-great media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, have indeed traded journalistic excellence for hit pieces for political purposes. While political opinions in the mainstream press are certainly within the purview of any publication, this sort of writing can hardly be classified as “news” but as “Opinion” or more widely known, “Op-Ed.”

We have two videos on this. The first is the original clip showing the full statement that Mr. Koppel gave. It is illuminating, to say the least:

Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume, a former colleague of Mr. Koppel, added their comments on this admission in this second short video piece, shown here.

There are probably a number of people who have watched this two-year onslaught of slander and wondered why there cannot be a law preventing this sort of misleading reporting. Well, Russia passed a law to stop it, hitting dishonest media outlets in their pocketbook. It is a smart law because it does not advocate imprisonment for bad actors in the media, but it does fine them.

Going to prison for reporting “the truth” looks very noble. Having to pay out of pocket for it is not so exciting.

Newsmax and Louder with Crowder both reported on this as well.

This situation of dishonest media has led to an astonishing 77% distrust rating among Americans of their news media, this statistic being reported by Politico in 2018. This represents a nearly diametric reversal in trust from the 72% trust rating the country’s news viewers gave their news outlets in 1972. These statistics come from Gallup polls taken through the years.

 

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