CNN anchor Jake Tapper promoted 7-year-old girl Bana Alabed and a shady opposition lobbyist as his go-to regime-change talking heads on Syria.
By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, including best-selling Republican Gomorrah, Goliath, The Fifty One Day War, and The Management of Savagery. He has produced print articles for an array of publications, many video reports, and several documentaries, including Killing Gaza. Blumenthal founded The Grayzone in 2015 to shine a journalistic light on America’s state of perpetual war and its dangerous domestic repercussions.
Journalist Lindsey Snell reports from inside Idlib, al-Qaeda’s Syrian stronghold.
By Lindsey Snell / AlterNet
I spent a night this past July crammed in a sitting room with a family in Kafr Halab, a small village in the western countryside of Aleppo. The Russian air force was in the midst of a bombing campaign, dropping cluster munitions on homes in the area. I held my breath each time I heard a plane, but the family’s matriarch offered reassurance. “If you can hear that plane sound, it means they are far away.”
Lindsey Snell is a journalist covering conflict and crises in the Middle East and North Africa, especially Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Tunisia.
Salafi-jihadist rebels that were vetted by the CIA and enjoyed the backing of American neoconservatives have joined a new rebranded al-Qaeda group called Tahrir al-Sham.
By Ben Norton / AlterNet
A closer look at the media work of American reporter Bilal Abdul Kareem reveals a pattern of creating sectarian recruitment propaganda for extremist Salafi-jihadist rebels in Syria.
By Ben Norton / AlterNet
Emails reveal that the Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a popular source for the mainstream Western press, is a UK-backed propaganda outlet that offered reporters huge sums of money.
The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.
The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.
Over the summer, the Middle East reporter, who asked not to be named, was contacted by an American acquaintance and former colleague about working for RFS.
“I’m currently in Istanbul, working on a media project for the HMG [the British government],” wrote the acquaintance in an email time-stamped June 23. “We’re working on media surrounding the Syrian conflict, as one of their three partners.” The email included links to RFS Media’s English website and SMO Media, an Arabic website that covers the Southern Front, a Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group.
Reporters who rely on the White Helmets’ leader in Aleppo ignore his record of deception and risk manipulation.
By Gareth Porter / AlterNet
Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, and the author of several books.