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I wonder about Aleppo…

By Jan Oberg

I shot this simple video out of the window on December 13, 2016. I wonder about Aleppo and say #keepfocusonaleppo

© Jan Oberg 2016

Here in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo lived and worked 40,000 people. It had 50% of Syria’s industrial capacity.

Today – after the occupation by Western-backed militants and terrorist groups – this is what is left.

I wonder why the Syrian government did not destroy this industrial city between 2000 and 2012. We are told that all this destruction is caused only by that side and the dictator kills his own.

I wonder where the terrorists used the weapons and spent the money they got from NATO countries – Turkey in particular – Saudi and Qatar since they did not do any of this destruction here – according to Western media and the White Helmet reporters and a series of humanitarian organisations.

I also wonder where the Western left is? Solidarity with the workers who lived here?

No many among them defend this and want to arm this or that group even more.

The more I study, the more I wonder.

And something doesn’t seem right.

Humans in liberated Aleppo

Have just published the second of a series of photo stories from Syria – “Humans in liberated Aleppo”.

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Boy in Eastern Aleppo demonstrating to me, as a visitor there during the days of the liberation, that he sees this as a liberation, as a victory – I hope he will soon see a beautiful re-built Aleppo – full of energy. He indeed deserves that after four years of living in what many described as hell.

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And here is a little background to this photo story:

Unique photos with text from Eastern Aleppo’s liberation, December 11-12, 2016.

Of some of the roughly 100,000 who were finally liberated, of the real humanitarians, the transport between East and Western Aleppo – and of the military, the children, street scenes, a bread queue and the devastation of this once so beautiful, bustling city.

Photos of heart-breaking suffering and sorrow in children’s eyes but also of smiles and hope.

Photos of the fellow human beings who did not fit the general Western political and media narrative since 2011 and therefore got no attention:

– the civilians who suffered for four years from the brutal occupation under Western- and allies-backed terror groups and from the Syrian-Russian military’s defence and liberation of the city.

This is my story.

The photos are genuine, not constructed by a marketing corporation.

This story is about our handling of Syria and its people – yes the lives of 23 million people should be central.

What you see here is the consequences of arms trade, sanctions and ignorant divisions of terribly complex societies into two groups – the good and the evil.

And it is a story about Western de facto support to terrorm since the US started history’s most counterproductive war: the war on terror that has only increased the problem 80 times.

We hate terrorists when they hit us in Europe – understandably.

But we support terrorists when they fight those “we” just don’t like.

Here are some of those – innocent fellow human beings – who pay the price of that cruel way of thinking.

I’m afraid the West has lost it. Are you?

 

Vi Ses Hos Clement og på Russia Today

Om min policy vedrørende deltagelse i medier

I forbindelse med en debat på “Vi Ses Hos Clement” på Facebook blev jeg inddraget og på et tidspunkt spurgt af Clement-redaktionen – da jeg erkendte at jeg “optræder” af og til på Russia Today:

  • Vi ses hos Clement: “Tak for din kommentar, Jan Oberg. Har du, i forbindelse med dine optrædender på RT, undersøgt hvordan stationen er finansieret?

Hele miséren havde at gøre med et – i mine øjne – komplet horribelt udsagn fra journalist og forfatter Jakob Sheik, der blev interviewet af Clement Kjersgaard.  Han siger blandt andet:

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“Bashar al-Assad er i gang med systematisk at udrense sit eget folk, og det har vi dokumentation for. Alligevel er medierne berøringsangste.”

Og “Vi bliver for forhippede på at høre begge sider af en sag.”

Han mener at det ikke er mediernes opgave at lytte til og rapportere begge eller alle sider i konflikten men at skære igennem, holde sig til “fakta” og han virker fortørnet over at al-Assad er blevet citeret i danske medier.

Se uddraget hér. Jeg har ikke set hele udsendelsen; det handler kun om denne korte sekvens som altså også giver anledning til megen debat på Facebook.

Her er så mit svar på redaktionens spørgsmål. Continue reading

Danmark fejlbomber i Syrien – og hvad skal vi så spørge om, tro og lære?

Hvor er den officielle danske beklagelse og undskyldning til ofrene? Det vågne, skadereducerende diplomati lige nu?

Er påstanden om at det blot var en fejltagelse den mest bekvemme?

Har Pentagon ladet Danmark udføre et beskidt arbejde uden at vore piloter vidste det?

Hvor stor er splittelsen i den amerikanske udenrigsadministration og var det måske derfor ikke en fejltagelse?

Hvorfor mon vælger forsvarsminister Peter Christensen en så dum forhalingsstrategi og lader som om han ikke ved hvad der er sket? Og i stedet rakker ned på russerne, der fik dette vanvid stoppet med bedre efterretninger?

Kun et meget naivt menneske tror på officielle forklaringer fra krigsførende landes regeringer, uanset hvilket.

Og hvis det er en fejltagelse hvorfor sker den så – dybest set? Og er der noget at lære af den?

Kort sagt, en rigtig møgsag som følge af en møgpolitik.

For mediefolk, der ikke bare er mikrofonholdere, turde der være nok at grave i.   

På en stille søndag aften kommer den tragiske nyhed at Danmarks F-16 fly har været med at “fejlbombe” i Syrien.

Midt under en skrøbelig våbenhvile har den USA-ledte koalition bombet “de forkerte”, nemlig syriske regeringsstyrker istedet for Islamist Stat. er er ifølge forskellige kilder Det hér bør blive en meget meget interessant politisk historie for Danmarks stats-, udenrigs- og forsvarsminister. Gad vide hvilken (medie)strategi man vil vælge for at forklare og forsvare sig?

Tekniske spørgsmål

Hvorfra får danskerne sine oplysninger og koordinater for bombetogter? Hvor mange efterretninger samler det danske militær selv ind? Tør man stå imod med egne oplysninger hvis de ikke stemmer overens med dem, man får fra USA og andre?

Hvem fortæller Danmark hvor de skal bombe og hvorfor? Kan de sige nej til en ordre fra Pentagon? Eller går man ombord i hvad som helst for at se seje ud i  His Master’s Voice’s øjne?

Hvordan vil man beklage tabet og forklare at Danmark samtidig støtter fuld op om våbenhvilen?

Danmarks Radios  stjernerapporter, Steffen Gram, har naturligvis hurtigt den for USA og Danmark mindst dårlige forklaring nemlig at der er dårlig kommunikation og at Danmark har fået forkerte efterretninger. Man “har blot fløjet efter amerikanske instrukser.” Hvordan i alverden man blot sådan gør dét undlader han dog – researchfrit – at fortælle os.

Forsvarsministerens forhalingsstrategi – han har dårlig samvittighed

Forsvarsminister Peter Christensens strategi virker dum: forhalingens “lad os nu vente og se hvad der er sket – hvad der er op og ned i denne sag.”

Angrebet fandt sted den 17. september og allerede samme aften gik den amerikanske CENTCOM ud med en pressemeddelelse, der mere end antyder at Continue reading

Gun in hand – less motivated to negotiate

Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Reject UN Peace Effort

Perhaps understandable but tragic. When all this began in Syria some of us – a clear minority and without any media interest – suggested an arms embargo on all sides and involvement of the UN.

But “Friends of Syria”, hot-headed politicians and media people knew that arming the opposition and never talk with Al-Assad was the only way. We he opposed it were considered ‘naive” and ‘unrealistic’.

Today we see the results: Weapons embold people. Such people believe they can win – somebody else paying the price, but do they care? – and say no to each and every mediated solution.

And, so, the killing, suffering, and displacement of innocent Syrian citizens – squeezed between the ruthless government and the ruthless rebels – will go on.

When will the world norm change and arms traders be put on trial as the war criminals they are – civil as well as governmental arms traders who “weaponize” conflicts so they cannot possibly be solved?

US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

☮ ☮ US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion – Al Jazeera English

Does the United States want a war? Read this carefully!

Samantha Power used to be a researcher one could respect, albeit not always agree with. Now she has turned into a war-monger. Here she has the guts to say that if Russia should deliver humanitarian aid to the suffering people in Eastern Ukraine, it will be considered “an invasion”.

This is a completely new principle in the world community invented for the occasion. And Ban Ki Moon supports the idea that the Ukraine government – which is seriously co-responsible for the humanitarian crisis – does fine in terms of humanitaarian aid.

If he had been the UN’s man and not the US’ man he would have condemned both parties’ violence. I mean, Kiev is “killing its own” as they said about Khadafi and Al-Assad and others.

Does the US want a war over Eastern Ukraine and force Ukraine into NATO – if not, why is this being handled in this exceptionally confrontational and counterproductive – for the West itself – manner?

And when will media people begin to ask that and similar question?