Rami Abdulrahman, aka Curve Ball II,
Independent's BS Machine
The Independent, a British rag owned
by a pair of Russian oligarchs, has some of the best
writers in the MSM, and I'm thinking of the likes of Robert Fisk and Patrick
Cockburn. And then there are the lesser writers, who form the
majority. Not the
lesser known writers, the lesser writers. The dolts. The deadbeats. The
ones who don't have the wherewithal to collect their own information so they
rely on online BS-purveyors like Rami
Abdulrahman (a pseudonym) who runs a very flash website
Observatory for Human Rights," which is neither Syrian nor does it
promote human rights. It's a British company that promotes anti-Assad
terrorism in Syria.
Abdulrahman is said to run SOHR out of his
home as a strictly volunteer organization. But like the Brown Moses
dude, Eliot Higgins, clearly these spooky guys have sources of
funding beyond what they claim. I mean, this is not one of those
billionaire oil oligarchs from Russia who end up in London. Abdulrahman fled Syria and knows what the
inside of a Syrian prison cell looks like. For years he has been trying to jack up a US-led war in Syria to bring down
Bashar al-Assad. Nobody knows where
this guy gets his "information," and he won't say. RT
has reported that Abdulrahman has recently traveled to Kazakhstan to meet with
Syrian opposition terrorists, but he has not actually been inside Syria for 15
years. One might reasonably wonder whether just as Abdulrahman
supports the Syrian terrorists, he, in turn, is supported by those who
desperately want to bring down Assad, like, say, the CIA, MI6, or Mossad.
If Abdulrahman is a CIA asset, his spy-handle is likely "Curve Ball II."
Recall that Curve
Ball II was the
source of an anonymous CNN
story ( "Rights group: 8
babies die after power cut to Syrian hospital" Aug07|2011) claiming that Assad's people had cut power to hospitals,
resulting in the deaths of babies in incubators. Within 24 hours
the story was proven to be a complete fabrication. (Ali Abunimah, Electronic
Intifada, Aug08|11~"How CNN helped spread a hoax about Syrain
babies dying in incupators".) And yet the world's major media,
including the NYT and WaPo, continue to this day to report
and rely on unsubstantiated BS from Curve Ball II. And this
brings us back to the Indy.
The lesser reporters at the Independent have been publishing hit-pieces on Assad and his government
ever since the Syrian civil war began. They throw a bunch of
nonsense up on the Internet and use the Curve Ball II or some Syrian terrorist
group as their source. Then, often as not, within a day or so the propaganda article
vanishes -- sometimes they re-direct the original links to a new
article. Let me give you a couple of examples of the Indy's
On Dec07|2015 the Independent published an
by Justin Carissimo (New York) -- headline:
As of today, Dec14|2015, that link is still
good. Check it out. Carissimo does not cite a single original
source. He cites Abdulrahman and the Guardian -- mostly he
cites the Guardian citing Abdulrahman. IOW he did
nothing more than what I do: sit on his ass and surf the web. But I
don't claim, and don't get paid, to be a reporter.
But look closely at Carissimo's article. Here
are the two paragraphs that discuss the Syrian body count that is featured in the
OK, so the headline body count is
"26." The first paragraph says the same. The second
paragraph breaks down that number: 7 kids, 4 women, 17 missing. How's
your addition? Probably better than Curve Ball II's and Carissimo's. Hold
onto that total of 28 victims, we'll come back to it.
I would argue, and I'll bet you would
agree, that if all you have is the bodies
of 7 children and 4 women, then you have no grounds for claiming a body
count larger than 11. If 17 people are missing, then you don't know
whether or not they are dead. IOW, there is absolutely no basis in Carissimo's
article for the advertised body count of "26 civilians."
This article is immediately recognizable as pure
bullshit (PBS). Not only is Carissimo feeding the public phony
mortality numbers, he provides absolutely no evidence to
support his allegation that these people -- however many -- were killed by
one or more "US-led airstrikes." None.
It gets worse. Yesterday, Samuel Osborne of the
Independent repeated this PBS propaganda stunt with a headline cloned from
This piece, like the Carissimo
piece four days previously, is pure bullshit. First, note the
coincidence that the body count Osborne advertises is exactly the same
number as the total of victims alleged by Carissimo's text. Osborne also
relies entirely on Curve Ball II for his number; apparently, Curve Ball has a thing about the
number 28. Either that or the pro-Assad jet jocks prefer to kill
innocent civilians in bundles of 28.
Unfortunately, you cannot verify my
criticisms of Osborne's article because the article has been vaporized -- less than 24 hours after the original Osborne article
link was changed to target a different article with a re-cloned
headline but a different Indy reporter, Laura Pitel.
The headline has been dramatically altered
to include 2 kids amongst the 28 dead civilians, and the school is now
located in Damascus, the text tells us Douma. I have no earthly idea
why the Indy editors stuck with the 28 number for the headline, for Pitel
actually claims that the body count was either 35 or "as many as
60." One has the feeling that these reporters and editors are just
throwing around numbers here.
I have to give Pitel some credit: Although
she does cite Abdulrahman as one of her sources, she doesn't rely entirely
on him. She
cites SANA, the Syrian news agency, and a couple of terrorist so-called
coordinating committees. But she fails to tell her readers that this area,
Douma, is held by Jaysh
al-Islam, a gang of bloody safalist pricks every bit as extreme as
Da'esh and very likely to be the people responsible for the Ghouta Massacre
The people we see in the still shot and video in Pitel's article are very
likely to be Jaysh al-Islam terrorists, if the graphics are from Douma.
If they aren't, they are irrelevant to the story. My point being
that it is through this article, and many like it, that the Indy supports
terrorism in Syria.
Pitel also cites by "name" a
terrorist photographer: Firas Abdullah. And somehow she got
through to this guy as he was picking bits of cement and rubble out of his beard. I
noted this interesting quote from Abdullah
describing the hardships of the terrorists and their families in Douma:
"Families were forced to cut down trees as fuel for cooking and
heating, he said, while food was so expensive that he recently saw a 1kg
bag of rice on sale for $50 (£33)."
So, what we've got is the photographer for a
violent Syrian/Saudi salafist terrorist organization talking to a British reporter and quoting the going price for rice in
Douma in . . . dollars. WTF? Dollars? After the Ghouta Massacre, the only
people left in Douma must be terrorists. If they are buying staples
with US money, that has to tell you something, but I'm not sure
what. Pitel makes no
mention of this oddity.
But that's not all that's fishy about
Pitel's article. She uses the same graphics as Osborne did, and
those are interesting. It stands to reason that for a PBS
article hawking the death of children you'd want some photos or
vid footage of dead, or at least injured, kids, ignoring for the moment
the obvious question of why the terrorists would have their kids in a
crumbling stronghold that is
attacked regularly by government forces. This need for
graphics showing dead/dying kids is met by a photograph and a video in Pitel's
The photograph is by Sameer
which sounds suspicious right off the bat. Al-Doumy from Douma?? Is
that like al-Baghdadi from Baghdad? More to the point, al-Doumy's photo
looks more than a little funny to me. Here's is the focal point of
Now, Laura Pitel, Sameer al-Doumy, and Amol
Rajan, the editor of the Indy, all want you to think you are
seeing a panicked man running through bomb-rubble with an infant in his
arms. And if you are a sucker, that's what you think you are
seeing. But what you are actually seeing is a man with a pristine,
pink blanket balled up in his arms. Is there a baby in that
blanket? Probably not, IMO, but who knows? The only thing for
certain is that we can't see any
baby. But what
we can see is that there is no blood and the blanket looks like it has just
came off of a shelf at WalMart while everything else in the photo is
covered in dust.
The other graphic in Pistel's article, the
vid, does show an infant being carried by a man through the dust, and
rubble, and chaos. The man has blood on his face -- looks like he
may have a scalp wound, a cut on his right neck, and a bloody nose. The
video is available on YouTube;
it was uploaded on Dec13|2015.
This is the only photo or video of this
"attack" I have seen in which blood is visible. The man is
covered in dust; the child is perfectly clean. There is not the
slightest indication that the child is injured. There is no blood,
no blood-stains. The child is not dead and not even
unconscious. You can tell that because he/she is holding his/her
head upright without any support. And as has been observed virtually
universally in these post-bomb photos and vids of Douma, there are no
women in this vid. Not just no injured or dead women, no women
period. Where's the baby's mum?
What is really weird is that as I stepped through this vid
frame-by-frame watching this guy, it suddenly occurred to me that he is wearing a
fake nose. Below is a close up. I don't think that's a
pair of glasses on his face; at least I can't see any lenses in the
varying angles shown in the vid.
It really looks like a phony schnozz.
By this afternoon, Dec14, just a day after it
was originally published under Osborne's by-line, this Indy article had been
scrubbed from the Independent online front page. The link is still
live. The number of shares has increased from 394 to 569, but the
comment-counter has not increased by a single digit in at least 24
Finally, not to pick nits, but will someone
please send the Independent's editor, Amol Rajan, a note:
It's "ISIS;" not "Isis." Get
Indy headline Dec14|15
Isis was an Egyptian and Roman goddess. She was the daughter of Geb and Nut
(seriously) and she married
her brother, Osiris (seriously). It was a very close god-family.
The BBC actually sets some limits on
Earlier this month I
complained, yet again, about appalling media bias against all
things Muslim. As if to confirm my grounds for annoyance, on Dec11 Amena
Saleem at The
Electronic Intifada tells us how for the second time this year
Britian's white, male-dominated Today show -- broadcast by publicly funded TV/radio
organization, the BBC -- has been chastised by by its own editorial
oversight unit for bias in behalf of the Government of Ysrael (GoY) and against the Palestinians.
In the latest attempt at spinning the GoY killing-spree, the Today
clowns were talking about the body count for the recent streak of violence
and making it sound like all of the victims are iJews, when, in fact, the
vast majority are Palestinians.
This is interesting because it suggests
that somehow toxic iJews are able to elicit biased reporting from the BBC
editorial staff and reporters who actually write and spew the pro-GoY
crap, and yet they are not able to muzzle the BBC ombudsman or editorial
complaints unit who field the complaints from the public. In the US,
of course, the pro-GoY media-bias is guaranteed because so much of the corporate
media is owned/controlled by the News-Jews
and the USG, largely controlled by the GoY lobby, does nothing to
discourage the massive pro-GoY propaganda that has poisoned the minds of
just about the entire country. After all, lying to the public is as
much a First Amendment right as telling the truth.
And so it goes.
The 5-yo Ahmed torched by psychopath
iJews "still not doing well."
18-month old price tag victim, Ali Dawabsheh
I noted the price-tag murders of the Dawabsheh family in the West
Bank village of Duma near Nablus on Jul31|15. The
entire family was torched by psychopathic iJews, who are collectively and euphemistically
referred to as "settlers" by the News-Jews. The young
mother and father and their 18-month old baby died. A 5-yo boy
survived. Here's the follow-up.
Basically, GoY did nothing to find the iJew
psychopath-perps. The GoY Defense Minister went so far as to say the
crime might never be solved. The Palestinians filed suit with the
GoY Supreme Court and the UN started bitching. It was turning into
another in a long list PR disasters for Netanyahu and GoY.
Then suddenly Shit Bet (Hebrew:
Shabak), the GoY version of the FBI, busted four suspects and an
accomplice. Amazing how fast the wheels of justice turn when the
whole world starts watching.
The suspects are being held incommunicado -- that can't even
talk to lawyers. That's the GoY version of "democracy,"
which knows no due process. The court has imposed a gag
order and the identities of the suspects cannot be revealed, which is
diametrically opposed to the manner in which they handle cases of
Palestinians accused of terrorism. In the case of Palestinian
suspects, the GoY courts allow the homes of the suspects' family to be
destroyed long before there is any trial or finding of guilt. The
GoY courts have held that no advance warning or notice is required to
destroy these homes. The bulldozers just show up, and that's it.
has a problem with this, even if Obama and the shekels-driven Congress
On Dec11 Richard Silverstein identified the
accomplice in the Dawabsheh murders as Netanel Porkovich, as in
Pork-o-vich. He has been released from detention. Apparently,
it was his car that carried the murderers to the Dawabsheh's
home. Silverstein identifies one of the suspects as Elisha
Odess. Odess' father, a rabbi, has also been detained.
another suspect as an American-Israeli, Israel Keller.
As for the 5-yo, Ahmed, the burned boy . .
. he's still alive. Here is how his grandfather put it:
“Mohammed is recovering but he is still not doing well.
Every day the [doctors] put him in an induced coma for four hours to
wash the burned skin and redress him. The pain is excruciating. He still
asks why his mom and dad don’t come to visit him. He doesn’t know
they’ve passed away. We haven’t said anything to him about that.”
There is a law in Ysrael that provides for compensation
for the victims of terrorism. If the Dawabsheh family had been iJew
settlers killed by Palestinians, the surviving boy and relatives would
have received generous compensation. But GoY has, not unexpectedly,
ruled that no compensation is to be paid in this case. Such
anti-Palestinian discrimination is a hallmark of what fawning US
congresspeople call "the only democracy in the Middle
East." Anyone who keeps up with what is going on there calls it
And so it goes.