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Thursday, December 22, 2016
There are Syrians who just don't want to live in areas under Syrian rebel control--as much Western media want them to
This is something that can't be accepted by all the mainstream media (from Mainstream Media Now to New York Times and the WP) that millions of Syrian just don't want to live under Syrian rebel control. Some of the refugees are Syrians who don't want to live under rebel control (and others are people don't want to live under regime control or people who were driven by war). But there are Syrians who chose to stay in West Aleppo and who don't want to live under Syrian rebel control. Yesterday, they have festivities and celebrations and that is something that was not carried by Western correspondents in Beirut. Their coverage has been so propagandistic that they failed to even capture that aspect of the Syrian war. There were many on Arab social media who showed those celebrations in West Aleppo but Western media would not none of that. People who identify themselves as Christians were particularly festive about this coverage--whether you agree with it or not.
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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