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Chris Williamson MP Praises Assad Apologist.

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The “Rebel” tent at The Levellers festival: Who on earth would want to attend this event?

Or this:

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Or this?

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Well now we know:

Not surprisingly Williamson has already got some stiff replies:

Vanessa Beeley — the Syrian conflict’s goddess of propaganda

Brian Whitaker. 

One spin-off from the Syrian conflict has been a war of words that reaches far beyond the Middle East. It’s a battle in which honest reporting and the search for truth have come under sustained attack.

Those leading the attack claim they are simply asking questions that need to be asked. It’s healthy scepticism, they say. But it’s a selective kind of scepticism where reports from some sources, primarily mainstream media in the west, are dismissed as untrue — not because evidence shows they are wrong but because they don’t fit the desired narrative.

At the same time, reports that do fit the narrative win praise on social media, regardless of supporting evidence, and people who venture to question them are liable to be assailed with abuse.

A prominent example is the work of Vanessa Beeley, a supporter of the Assad regime whose reports from Syria have turned her into a social media celebrity. The Russian propaganda channel, RT, describes her as “an independent investigative journalist” and, in addition to her Russian TV appearances, she is associate editor of 21st Century Wire, the conspiracy theory website that publishes most of her work.

Beeley (fourth from right) with President Assad in 2016. She described it as her proudest moment.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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  1. 2,600,000 bolivars for this toilet roll 😀 😀

    More funny hyper-inflationary pics here:


    Hugo Chavez

    August 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm

  2. I’ve just been discussing this (via email) with a comrade. Here’s their comment:
    “Wow… Peter Ford, Vanessa Beeley, Jackie Walker, Craig Murray, Piers Corbyn… this is an absolute all-star lineup of conspiracism, antisemitism, and antisemitism-denialism”;

    “Piers Corbyn in particular is, as far as I know, more or less a full-on, 9/11 Truther, “Rothschild bankers”-type conspiracist. Craig Murray is probably on that wavelength too but is savvy enough to code what he writes in different language. Beeley has talked in the past about how “Zionists rule France”.

    “What a shit show.”

    To which I can only add: What the hell was a Labour MP doing joining in with this??

    Jim Denham

    August 20, 2018 at 2:21 pm

  3. Indeed, we talked about on FB when the programme was first announced which was a few months back.

    There was plenty of time to be aware of what it was going to be.

    Meanwhile in Monster Raving Land, the Brent Soviet has joined the show:

    How Long are Momentum Members Going To Accept a Jewish Supremacist and Zionist as Leader?

    Lansman’s Conversation with Graham Durham:
    From: Graham Durham
    To: “brent-momentum@googlegroups.com” brent-momentum@googlegroups.com
    Sent: Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:36
    Subject: [BRENT MOMENTUM] Exchange with Jon Lansman
    GD: Ok Jon your view accords with mine on an anti-racist Britain.But whilst understanding the support amongst Jews here for Israel we must not allow this to restrict our criticism or our understanding of how Irgun and other murder gangs created the state and the racist policies since.On anti-semitism I entirely agree with you and would never agree it should be unchallenged but the Hodge and Smeeth etc attacks abuse the desire to see anti-semitism challenged as they are simply a code for anti-Corbyn attacks.Sadly Jon your attacks on Jackie Walker,Pete Willsman and Marc Wadsworth place you in the wrong camp
    JL Jackie Walker is, I’m afraid, an anti-Semite. She provides leadership for other anti-semites. Marc Wadsworth went to the Chakrabarti report launch to disrupt it. He may not be anti Semitic but his actions were deliberate and brought the Party into disrepute. Pete Willsman is not in the same category at all but his consistent bad behaviour is not acceptable.


    Andrew Coates

    August 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

  4. Andrew Coates

    August 21, 2018 at 11:10 am

  5. […] half the leftish audience at the Beautiful Days festival agreed with them, including Labour MP Chris Williamson. I was shocked and stunned that so many apparently progressive people could swallow these outright […]

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