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Walid Al-Muallem spoke for the Syrian Arab Republic in a stirring speech which exposed the state supporters of Takrifi terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

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The Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic, Walid Al-Muallem has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in a powerful and defiant speech which lacerated the enemies of Syria while praising the will, determination and dignity of the Syrian people and the Syrian Arab Army.

Walid Al-Muallem began by stating that in the present conflict ridden world, there is a standoff between two forces. The first force seeks to dominate the world and re-establish a unipolar order which fuels chaos and war while violating international humanitarian laws. This is a clear reference to the United States and its allies.

Opposed to this are forces which work to create a more “balanced, just and secure world, one which respects the sovereignty of states and the self-determination of peoples. This appears to be a reference to Syria’s allies including Russia, Iran and China.

He stated that while many people throughout the world continue to suffer due to the policies of “certain countries”, that no country has suffered more than Syria.

Specially, the Minister stated that Syria has suffered because certain countries believe that they could use terrorism to further their own greed, even if ultimately it is not even in their own interests. Again, the allusion to the United States is unambiguous in this statement.

In spite of six years of suffering, Walid Al-Muallem stated that the struggle and sacrifices made by Syrians have only strengthened the resolve of the Syrian people.

For 6 years, Syrian has fought terrorism supported by regional and international powers

Walid Al-Muallem defined Syria’s state policy as having two goals 

  1. Conbatting terrorism 
  2. Working hard for political solutions which will end bloodshed and restore stability. 

The Minister praised the Syrian Arab Army’s recent victory in breaking the ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor and also remarked with pride on the crucial victories against terrorism in Aleppo and Palmyra.

However, he stated that the threat of this plague (terrorism) persists. Walid Al-Muallem said,

“Takfiri ideology will spread like a tumour throughout the world unless everyone of us demonstrates a genuine will to cooperate to confront it together”.

He stated that in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Army’s immense victories against terrorism, that another reason for Syria’s success has been President Bashar al-Assad’s amnesty programme which has invited militants to put down their weapons and return to a normal life. The Minister stated that this reconciliation process is the best means of alleviating suffering.

Walid Al-Muallem went on to praise the Geneva and Astana peace formats, but warned that  the Astana peace process will test how far terrorists groups and their “Turkish sponsors” are willing to go in order to de-escalate the conflict. To this end, he assured the General Assembly that while Syria welcomes de-escalation zones, that such measures are temporary and cannot be used to threaten the territorial unity of the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then stated that all parties must repsct the follwoing Syrian “red lines”

–The complete destruction of terrorism 

–The territorial unity of Syria and its people

–No foreign interference in Syria’s future 

–Only Syrians have the right to make such decisions and no one can deprive the Syrian people of the free and legal will to shape their country 

Turning to Israeli aggression against Syria, Walid Al-Muallem  slammed Israel’s “unscrupulous and thuggish” aggression against Syria. He spoke of how “the usurper entity” has for 70 years occupied Palestine and also occupied Syria’s Golan Heights.

He stated that if Israel thinks that the present conflict will make Syria give up on restoring the Golan, that Israel is being delusional. 

But, he said, Israel did not stop there. Walid Al-Muallem stated that Israel has “provided funds, weapons, material and communication equipment to Takrifi terrorists”. He continued, stating that Israel continues to bomb Syrian army positions in a move which directly helps terrorists, something Walid Al-Muallem said should not be surprising as Israel and the Takfiri terrorists have the same goals and interests.

Turning to the United States, he claimed that the US and its western allies continue to peddle lies including falsely accusing  Syria of using chemical weapons–in spite of an OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report affirming that Syria has eliminated its old chemical weapons program. He claimed that this is evidence of an open conspiracy on the part of certain countries which is designed to slander Syria

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US led coalition, which is in Syria to allegedly fight terrorism, has killed many more innocent Syrians, mostly women and children, than terrorists have done. Furthermore the US and its allies have destroyed vital infrastructure that Syrians have worked for decades to build.

Walid Al-Muallem blasted the US for its illegal attack on an airbase in western Syria from the 6th of April and said that Syria has always been willing to welcome UN inspectors to the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US and its so-called coalition failed to make any meaningful progress against ISIS and that instead, the US and its allies have actually killed more Syrians and destroyed more of Syria’s infrastructure and heritage than the terrorists themselves have managed to do. 

He further stated that the US use of prohibited white phosphorus bombs (a chemical weapon) “before the eyes of the world”, has exposed the hypocrisy of many members of the international community who have said nothing about this atrocity. 

He then turned to the hypocritical nature of western so-called NGOs, stating that certain countries have boasted about fighting terrorism in Syria and they have established groups under deceiving titles like ‘Friends of Syria’. The Minister remarked that it is ironic as these deceptive groups come from  the countries which are destroying the lives and livelihoods of Syrians.

Apart from just killing Syrians through military means, Walid Al-Muallem said that the unilateral sanctions against Syria (from mainly western nations) has created a crisis in Syria’s once excellent health care system.

He then affirmed that US, Turkish and European actions in Syria are illegal and that Syria considers the presence of any foreign troops in Syria without consent to be foreign occupiers who are violating international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

The Foreign Minister further stated that it is impossible to fight terrorism without coordination with the Syrian army

In spite of this crisis, Walid Al-Muallem proclaimed that Syria is on the march to a victory which is now in reach.

He continued,

“When this unjust war against Syria is over, the Syrian Arab Army will go down in history as the army which defeated terrorists who came to Syria from many countries and who received support from the most powerful countries in the world”.

Walid Al-Muallem stated that the occupying powers and the terrorist failed to impose their backward ideology on a nation which for decades was a cradle of civilisation

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Great historical speech! The days of the satanic, imperialist, pro-ISIS (U$A) and its jihadist proxies are numbered in Syria! Victory to SAA, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah! Long live President Assad!

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Long live the incredibly brave Syrian Arab Army and government which have had the courage to stand up to and triumph over the terrorists and their US, UK, Saudi and Israeli supporters…

Never forget that the Real Axis of Evil is the US/Israeli/Saudi Axis of Death and Destruction…

And never forget THE ETERNAL SHAME OF THE UNITED STATES for having funded, armed and organized the cannibal terrorists of the Middle East since before 1979….

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I kiss the sword of truth and raise it in salute to Syria and Walid Al-Muallem.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

The Syrian Prime Ministers speech is a gale of fresh air where only fetid, putrid air has been since US self done 9/11. The US vassal states, all of them, are in great danger from America, with it’s bombs and it’s lies.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

We are seeing other nations pick up the flag which Russia and Putin in Munich 2007 first set flying: telling the truth, making no bones about who is doing what, and how the rest of the world feels about it. Truth is the powerful weapon we have, along with the commitment to honour and integrity that love of justice and life bring. The more of this that happens – and as more speak out, others will gain the courage to do so as well – then the faster the tide will turn against the aggressor, the sooner we can tell… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Whilst listening to this speech , I was simultaneously reading an RT article by John Pilger “The Killing of History” https://on.rt.com/8nyj It was quite incredible how many themes resonated with the Syrian FM and PM’s speech. Of course Mr Pilger speaks from a factual basis of many decades of US imperialist actions and is able to openly state the culprit. The Syrian speech did not even need to do so, such is the understanding by non-Western countries of US historical and present day violation of international law I am reminded of a further address that never grows irrelevant nor dated.… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

WOW thank you Terry….Forwarded to Europe as a reminder.

Sarah417
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Sarah417

I too want to thank you. I am an American and know what my country has done. I am ashamed.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You’re not responsible for what has been deliberately and systematically hidden from you. Don’t feel ashamed for what a handful of grotesque, ruthless men have done. The fact that we have the opportunity now to learn about the evil deception that has been ongoing for a very long time is good. And you’re taking part in learning and disseminating information. Me too.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Where are the rest of the Americans ? Are they ASLEEP, or are they supporting the USA slaughter of innocent people around the world ?

RussG
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RussG

Ray, the fact is, they do not know. The MSM in the US is the reason the ‘gubmint’ has got away with this. The truth, if revealed to all Americans (and they would watch the real news instead of The Batchelor or some stupid game show), would result in a huge civil uprising. But of course the ‘gubmint’ will see to it that does not happen.

Mike McPherson
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Terry, thanks for quoting one of the most articulate and revealing exposés of American foreign policy and its cover up by the magnificent Harold Pinter, it is always worth repeating.

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nodomino

Syria has won back it’s lawful and moral right to determine their own national direction. They and their allies have defeated the most odious regime extent on the planet Today. The government of the United States.

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ignasi

Many successes to the People of Syria to defend the Freedom of the peoples of the World

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Watchman for Truth

Imperialistic US military and Zionist Israel have waged a covert global campaign of endless terrorism and blatant atrocities on the defenseless and innocent. These psychopathic arrogant twins of evil will not end their arrogance and endless horrific wars of aggression until they are militarily challenged by Russia, China and Iran to finally obliterate them out of existence. The time for political peace talks is over…complete annihilation is the only solution. World peace can only be realistically achieved when these demons are exterminated.

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America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars
We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and
powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need
it.
https://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/09/21/1015592-americas-jews-are-driving-americas-wars/

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Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Where would you say the British royal family fit into this mix? I ask because: a) The Rothschilds and the Windsor ‘firm’ go back several generations in their financial dealings; b) I’ve seen several different stories about Princess Diana being Goldsmith’s secret daughter (Goldsmiths and Rothschilds marry each other a lot); and c) Princess Diana’s son is doing a bizarre and deliberate thing with his hand in his jacket in the first photo with Melania Trump in this report today on The Daily Mirror:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4912946/Prince-Harry-meets-workers-hospital-Canada.html

bluewater
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well my friend it is very long story…. you are correct.. You do know that the Windsors are GERMAN … The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha … and then invade Britain with WILLIAM OF ORANGE and changed the name to WINDSORS so nobody would know they are GERMAN.
THE CITY OF LONDON run by THE ROTHSCHILDS is the financial capital of the world,while the VATICAN is the SPIRITUAL center and WASHINGTON D.C. is the MILITARY POWERcomment image comment image comment image

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes indeed. We appear to have visited all the same sources in our research.

bluewater
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bluewater
bluewater
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bluewater

Trump – Illuminati Jews are half-Jewish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2gu9eL4dXo&t=1s

bluewater
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bluewater

Global Citizen Festival: ILLUMINATi United Nations AGENDA 2030 “Sustainable Development” EXPOSED!!!
https://youtu.be/0T_Ydub3NEc

bluewater
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The Spencer family is blue blood..Diana was brought in to bring in FRESH BLOOD into these SATANISTS…because the blood was getting to pure and UGLY.. it was all planned at her birth. Prince William is a 33 degree FREEMASON and so is Harry so he is doing his HIDDEN HAND MASONIC SIGN. I do not mind telling you the TRUTH but i get censored a lot on these sites because those that run these sites do not like it..especially BLACKLISTED NEWS. AS far as Melania..she is not what you think she is..can not say here take the BLUE PILL and… Read more »

bluewater
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bluewater

The Queen of England is a CRYPTO JEW

PRINCE WILLIAM is a CRYPTO JEW

KATE MIDDLETON is a SAPHARDIC JEW

so the children are jewish..get the picture

QUEEN LIZY and the ROTHSCHILDS control the CROWN

https://youtu.be/hKycRuWnnO4

Gary Wells
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Gary Wells

I didn’t watch the speech, but what the ambassador said was simply the truth. Was that hag who so appropriately represents the US present for the speech?

Gavin Allen
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Gavin Allen

“Syria blasts…” The illegitimate dictatorship of the murderer Assad is not “Syria”.

Ian Shears
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Ian Shears

Honesty is so refreshing.

RussG
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RussG

Excellent speech, Mr. Al-Muallem! The only thing you could have stressed more is that the “West” and its hegemonic ideology is responsible for starting the war in Syria in the first place.

I wonder how many other UN attendees really absorbed the truth in this speech.

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The Duran – News in Review – Episode 168.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the ‘no confidence’ vote that UK Prime Minister May won with the a slim margin…meaning that though few MPs have confidence in her ‘Brexit withdrawal’ negotiating skills, they appear to have no problem allowing May to lead the country towards its Brexit deadline in March, which coincidently may be delayed and eventually scrapped altogether.

Meanwhile Tony Blair is cozying up to Brussels’ oligarchs, working his evil magic to derail the will of the British people, and keep the integrationist ambitions for the UK and Europe on track.

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The UK government led by Theresa May, has survived to fight another day, after winning a no-confidence vote, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, following parliament rejecting the PM’s Brexit deal, earlier on Tuesday evening.

The no-confidence vote was defeated by 19 votes – the government winning by 325 to 306. It’s a rare positive note for May’s Tory cabinet after the humiliating Brexit defeat.

Speaking immediately after the vote, a victorious May said she was “pleased” that the House expressed its confidence in her government. May said she will “continue to work” to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU.

May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

“I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit,” she said.

Responding to the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the House had “emphatically” rejected May’s deal on Tuesday. The government, he said, must now remove “clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would result from that.”

Labour will now have to consider what move to make next. Their official Brexit policy, decided by members at conference in September, states that if a general election cannot be forced, then all options should be left on the table, including calling for a second referendum.

Liberal Democrats MP Ed Davey also called on May to rule out a no deal Brexit.

The way forward for Brexit is not yet clear and May’s options are now limited, given that the Brexit deal she was offering was voted down so dramatically on Tuesday.

Gavin Barrett, a professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law in Dublin, told RT that May will now have to decide if her second preference is a no-deal Brexit or a second referendum. Her preference will likely be a no-deal Brexit, Barrett said, adding that “since no other option commands a majority in the House” a no-deal exit is now “the default option.”

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Final Steps in Syria’s Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty

The war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus.

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The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib that frees the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian aviation to liberate the de-escalation zone.

Trump has promised to destroy Turkey economically if he attacks the Kurds, reinforcing his claim that Erdogan will not target the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) once the US withdraws from the area. One of the strongest accusations made against Trump’s withdrawal by his opponents is that no Middle Eastern force will ever trust the US again if they abandon the SDF to its fate, that is, to its annihilation at the hands of the Turkish army and its FSA proxies. This, however, is not possible; not so much because of Trump’s economic threats, but because of Damascus and Moscow being strongly opposed to any Turkish military action in the northeast of Syria.

This is a red line drawn by Putin and Assad, and the Turkish president likely understands the consequences of any wrong moves. It is no coincidence that he stated several times that he had no problems with the “Syrians or Syrian-Kurdish brothers”, and repeated that if the area under the SDF were to come under the control of Damascus, Turkey would have no need to intervene in Syria. Trump’s request that Ankara have a buffer zone of 20 kilometers separating the Kurdish and Turkish forces seems to complement the desire of Damascus and Moscow to avoid a clash between the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the SDF.

The only party that seems to be secretly encouraging a clash between the SDF and Turkish forces is Israel, criticizing Ankara and singing the praises of the SDF, in order to try and accentuate the tensions between the two sides, though naturally without success. Israel’s continued raids in Syria, though almost constantly failing due to Syrian air defense, and the divide-and-rule policy used against Turkey and the SDF, show that Tel Aviv is now weakened and mostly irrelevant in the Syrian conflict.

In Idlib, the situation seems to be becoming less complicated and difficult to decipher. Russia, Iran and Syria had asked Erdogan to take control of the province through its “moderate jihadists”, sit down at the negotiating table, and resolve the matter through a diplomatic solution. Exactly the opposite happened. The HTS (formerly al-Nusra/al-Qaeda in Syria) has in recent weeks conquered practically the whole province of Idlib, with numerous forces linked to Turkey (Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki) dissolving and merging into HTS. This development puts even more pressure on Erdogan, who is likely to see his influence in Idlib fade away permanently. Moreover, this evolution represents a unique opportunity for Damascus and Moscow to start operations in Idlib with the genuine justification of combating terrorism. It is a repeat of what happened in other de-escalation areas. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly requested the moderates be separated from the terrorists, so as to approach the situation with a diplomatic negotiation.

In the absence of an effective division of combatants, all are considered terrorists, with the military option replacing the diplomatic. This remains the only feasible option to free the area from terrorists who are not willing to give back territory to the legitimate government in Damascus and are keeping civilians hostages. The Idlib province seems to have experienced the same playbook applied in other de-escalation zones, this time with a clear contrast between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that shows how the struggle between the two countries is much deeper than it appears. The reasons behind the Khashoggi case and the diplomatic confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were laid bare in the actions of the HTS in Idlib, which has taken control of all the areas previously held by Ankara’s proxies.

It remains to be seen whether Moscow and Damascus would like to encourage Erdogan to recover Idlib through its proxies, trying to encourage jihadists to fight each other as much as possible in order to lighten the task of the SAA, or whether they would prefer to press the advantage themselves and attack while the terrorist front is experiencing internal confusion.

In terms of occupied territory and accounts to be settled, two areas of great importance for the future of Syria remain unresolved, namely al-Tanf, occupied by US forces on the Syrian-Jordanian border, and the area in the north of Syria occupied by Turkish forces and their FSA proxies. It is too early to approach a solution militarily, it being easier for Damascus and Moscow to complete the work to free Syria from the remaining terrorists. Once this has been done, the presence of US or Turkish forces in Syria, whether directly or indirectly, would become all the more difficult to justify. Driving away the US and, above all, Turkey from Syrian territory will be the natural next step in the Syrian conflict.

This is an unequivocal sign that the war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus. Several countries — including Italy in the near future — will reopen their embassies in Syria to demonstrate that the war, even if not completely over, is effectively won by Damascus and her allies.

For this reason, several countries that were previously opposed to Damascus, like the United Arab Emirates, are understood to have some kind of contact with the government of Damascus. If they intend to become involved in the reconstruction process and any future investment, they will quite naturally need to re-establish diplomatic relations with Damascus. The Arab League is also looking to welcome Syria back into the fold.

Such are signs that Syria is returning to normality, without forgetting which and how many countries have conspired and acted directly against the Syrians for over seven years. An invitation to the Arab League or some embassy being reopened will not be enough to compensate for the damage done over years, but Assad does not preclude any option, and is in the meantime demonstrating to the Israelis, Saudis and the US Deep State that their war has failed and that even their most loyal allies are resuming diplomatic relations with Damascus, a double whammy against the neocons, Wahhabis and Zionists.

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Google Manipulated YouTube Search Results for Abortion, Maxine Waters, David Hogg

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News.

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In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.

“The Slate writer said she had complained last Friday and then saw different search results before YouTube responded to her on Monday,” wrote the employee. “And lo and behold, the [changelog] was submitted on Friday, December 14 at 3:17 PM.”

The manually downranked items included several videos from Dr. Antony Levatino, a former abortion doctor who is now a pro-life activist. Another video in the top ten featured a woman’s personal story of being pressured to have an abortion, while another featured pro-life conservative Ben Shapiro. The Slate journalist who complained to Google reported that these videos previously featured in the top ten, describing them in her story as “dangerous misinformation.”

Since the Slate journalist’s inquiry and Google’s subsequent intervention, the top search results now feature pro-abortion content from left-wing sources like BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In her report, the Slate journalist acknowledged that the search results changed shortly after she contacted Google.

The manual adjustment of search results by a Google-owned platform contradicts a key claim made under oath by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his congressional testimony earlier this month: that his company does not “manually intervene on any search result.”

A Google employee in the discussion thread drew attention to Pichai’s claim, noting that it “seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists.”

One of the posts in the discussion also noted that the blacklist had previously been edited to include the search term “Maxine Waters” after a single Google employee complained the top YouTube search result for Maxine Waters was “very low quality.”

Google’s alleged intervention on behalf of a Democratic congresswoman would be further evidence of the tech giant using its resources to prop up the left. Breitbart News previously reported on leaked emails revealing the company targeted pro-Democrat demographics in its get-out-the-vote efforts in 2016.

According to the source, a software engineer in the thread also noted that “a bunch of terms related to the abortion referendum in Ireland” had been added to the blacklist – another change with potentially dramatic consequences on the national policies of a western democracy.

youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

At least one post in the discussion thread revealed the existence of a file called “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” which contains a list of YouTube search terms that Google manually curates. In addition to the terms “abortion,” “abortions,” “Maxine Waters,” and search terms related to the Irish abortion referendum, a Google software engineer noted that the blacklist includes search terms related to terrorist attacks. (the posts specifically mentions that the “Strasbourg terrorist attack” as being on the list).

“If you look at the other entries recently added to the youtube_controversial_query_blacklist(e.g., entries related to the Strasbourg terrorist attack), the addition of abortion seems…out-of-place,” wrote the software engineer, according to the source.

After learning of the existence of the blacklist, Breitbart News obtained a partial screenshot of the full blacklist file from a source within Google. It reveals that the blacklist includes search terms related to both mass shootings and the progressive anti-second amendment activist David Hogg.

This suggests Google has followed the lead of Democrat politicians, who have repeatedly pushed tech companies to censor content related to the Parkland school shooting and the Parkland anti-gun activists. It’s part of a popular new line of thought in the political-media establishment, which views the public as too stupid to question conspiracy theories for themselves.

Here is the partial blacklist leaked to Breitbart:

2117 plane crash Russian

2118 plane crash

2119 an-148

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

2121 florida shooting crisis actors

2122 florida conspiracy

2123 florida false flag shooting

2124 florida false flag

2125 fake florida school shooting

2126 david hogg hoax

2127 david hogg fake

2128 david hogg crisis actor

2129 david hogg forgets lines

2130 david hogg forgets his lines

2131 david hogg cant remember his lines

2132 david hogg actor

2133 david hogg cant remember

2134 david hogg conspiracy

2135 david hogg exposed

2136 david hogg lines

2137 david hogg rehearsing

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

The full internal filepath of the blacklist, according to another source, is:

//depot/google3/googledata/superroot/youtube/youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

Contradictions

Responding to a request for comment, a YouTube spokeswoman said the company wants to promote “authoritative” sources in its search results, but maintained that YouTube is a “platform for free speech” that “allow[s]” both pro-life and pro-abortion content.

YouTube’s full comment:

YouTube is a platform for free speech where anyone can choose to post videos, as long as they follow our Community Guidelines, which prohibit things like inciting violence and pornography. We apply these policies impartially and we allow both pro-life and pro-choice opinions. Over the last year we’ve described how we are working to better surface news sources across our site for news-related searches and topical information. We’ve improved our search and discovery algorithms, built new features that clearly label and prominently surface news sources on our homepage and search pages, and introduced information panels to help give users more authoritative sources where they can fact check information for themselves.

In the case of the “abortion” search results, YouTube’s intervention to insert “authoritative” content resulted in the downranking of pro-life videos and the elevation of pro-abortion ones.

A Google spokesperson took a tougher line than its YouTube subsidiary, stating that “Google has never manipulated or modified the search results or content in any of its products to promote a particular political ideology.”

However, in the leaked discussion thread, a member of Google’s “trust & safety” team, Daniel Aaronson, admitted that the company maintains “huge teams” that work to adjust search results for subjects that are “prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content” – all subjective terms that are frequently used to suppress right-leaning sources.

He also admitted that the interventions weren’t confined to YouTube – they included search results delivered via Google Assistant, Google Home, and in rare cases Google ’s organic search results.

In the thread, Aaronson attempted to explain how search blacklisting worked. He claimed that highly specific searches would generate non-blacklisted results, even controversial ones. But the inclusion of highly specific terms in the YouTube blacklist, like “David Hogg cant remember his lines” – the name of an actual viral video – seems to contradict this.

Aaronson’s full post is copied below:

I work in Trust and Safety and while I have no particular input as to exactly what’s happening for YT I can try to explain why you’d have this kind of list and why people are finding lists like these on Code Search.

When dealing with abuse/controversial content on various mediums you have several levers to deal with problems. Two prominent levers are “Proactive” and “Reactive”:

  • Proactive: Usually refers to some type of algorithm/scalable solution to a general problem
    • E.g.: We don’t allow straight up porn on YouTube so we create a classifier that detects porn and automatically remove or flag for review the videos the porn classifier is most certain of
  • Reactive: Usually refers to a manual fix to something that has been brought to our attention that our proactive solutions don’t/didn’t work on and something that is clearly in the realm of bad enough to warrant a quick targeted solution (determined by pages and pages of policies worked on over many years and many teams to be fair and cover necessary scope)
    • E,g.: A website that used to be a good blog had it’s domain expire and was purchased/repurposed to spam Search results with autogenerated pages full of gibberish text, scraped images, and links to boost traffic to other spammy sites. It is manually actioned for violating policy

These Organic Search policies and the consequences to violating them are public

Manually reacting to things is not very scalable, and is not an ideal solution to most problems, so the proactive lever is really the one we all like to lean on. Ideally, our classifiers/algorithm are good at providing useful and rich results to our users while ignoring things at are not useful or not relevant. But we all know, this isn’t exactly the case all the time (especially on YouTube).

From a user perspective, there are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content. Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay. E.g. a video of a puppy playing with a toy is probably okay in almost every culture or context, even if it’s not relevant to the query. But a video of someone committing suicide and begging others to follow in his/her footsteps is probably on the other side of the line for many folks.

While my second example is technically relevant to the generic query of “suicide”, that doesn’t mean that this is a very useful or good video to promote on the top of results for that query. So imagine a classifier that says, for any queries on a particular text file, let’s pull videos using signals that we historically understand to be strong indicators of quality (I won’t go into specifics here, but those signals do exist). We’re not manually curating these results, we’re just saying “hey, be extra careful with results for this query because many times really bad stuff can appear and lead to a bad experience for most users”. Ideally the proactive lever did this for us, but in extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary. And also keep in mind, that this is different for every product. The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high. However, the bar for things we let our Google Assistant say out loud might be a lot lower. If I search for “Jews run the banks” – I’ll likely find anti-semitic stuff in organic search. As a Jew, I might find some of these results offensive, but they are there for people to research and view, and I understand that this is not a reflection of Google feels about this issue. But if I ask Google assistant “Why do Jews run the banks” we wouldn’t be similarly accepting if it repeated and promoted conspiracy theories that likely pop up in organic search in her smoothing voice.

Whether we agree or not, user perception of our responses, results, and answers of different products and mediums can change. And I think many people are used to the fact that organic search is a place where content should be accessible no matter how offensive it might be, however, the expectation is very different on a Google Home, a Knowledge Panel, or even YouTube.

These lines are very difficult and can be very blurry, we are all well aware of this. So we’ve got huge teams that stay cognizant of these facts when we’re crafting policies considering classifier changes, or reacting with manual actions – these decisions are not made in a vacuum, but admittedly are also not made in a highly public forum like TGIF or IndustryInfo (as you can imagine, decisions/agreement would be hard to get in such a wide list – image if all your CL’s were reviewed by every engineer across Google all the time). I hope that answers some questions and gives a better layer of transparency without going into details about our “Pepsi formula”.

Best,

Daniel

The fact that Google manually curates politically contentious search results fits in with a wider pattern of political activity on the part of the tech giant.

In 2018, Breitbart News exclusively published a leaked video from the company that showed senior management in dismay at Trump’s election victory, and pledging to use the company’s power to make his populist movement a “hiccup” in history.

Breitbart also leaked “The Good Censor,” an internal research document from Google that admits the tech giant is engaged in the censorship of its own products, partly in response to political events.

Another leak revealed that employees within the company, including Google’s current director of Trust and Safety, tried to kick Breitbart News off Google’s market-dominating online ad platforms.

Yet another showed Google engaged in targeted turnout operations aimed to boost voter participation in pro-Democrat demographics in “key states” ahead of the 2016 election. The effort was dubbed a “silent donation” by a top Google employee.

Evidence for Google’s partisan activities is now overwhelming. President Trump has previously warned Google, as well as other Silicon Valley giants, not to engage in censorship or partisan activities. Google continues to defy him.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to [email protected].

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