The Assad regime runs extermination camps to mass murder civilians in Syria that the Russian government pays Dan Cohen to cover up. Notice how he refers to journalists as “one of their own”, because he isn’t a journalist, he’s a paid mouthpiece for dictatorship.
The second part of this Tweet is also a lie, all of the journalists Dan is paid by the Kremlin to target have covered Yemen extensively, far more extensively than he ever has. If Khashoggi was a Russian dissident killed in a Russian embassy Dan would be currently lying about it.
If you want to know what Dan would be saying about this case if Russia was involved not Saudi Arabia, go and check out Al Arabiya’s coverage. The same lies to cover up war crimes, just with a different paymaster.
In which Glenn Greenwald, a man who vehemently denies being a Putin apologist while defending Vladimir Putin at every given opportunity, panders to a literal White supremacist pro-Assad mouthpiece to distance himself from genuine open source investigative journalism.
Greenwald hates Bellingcat because Bellingcat do real journalism that exposes Russian war crimes. The closest thing Greenwald has ever done to journalism was when somebody leaked information to him, he is incapable of doing the kind of work Bellingcat do.
This exchange really exposes Greenwald's agenda for what it is. He will share the work of Russia Today propagandists, but wants to distance himself from the investigators that blew open the MH17 case, the Skripal poisoning and multiple Assad regime chemical weapons attacks.
I think it should be noted here in no uncertain terms, when a genocide was unleashed against Iraqi Yezidi, Jeremy Corbyn's official policy position was to refuse the military assistance that ultimately saved their community from total extermination.
Military intervention is difficult, dangerous & has a cost in blood. But sometimes those decisions need to be made to protect human life. The decision to intervene to save Iraq's Yezidi population was justified. To praise a survivor after refusing to help save her life is galling
RT correspondent, a fully grown man paid to deny the Assad regime's war crimes for the Russian government, is accusing me of writing a statement on behalf of a displaced Syrian teenager because I translated his Arabic op ed for the i Paper 6 months ago
How much did @dancohen3000 agree to sell his soul for? How much does the Russian government pay you to mock, denigrate, dehumanise and deny agency to children facing indiscriminate bombardment from Russian jets? How do you sleep at night?
Read Muhammad's words. He emailed me them in Arabic & I translated them into English. The Kremlin is paying Dan to attack & silence this child. They want to deny him the agency to protest the Russian jets that bombed him out of his home & killed his family inews.co.uk/news/world/sur…
Despite how actively I’ve called out Novara for the propaganda they have put out in the past, Ash Sarkar defending defacing one of the last remaining walls in the Warsaw ghetto is as low as it gets. Novara has become a bulwark of defending antisemitic behaviour from the left.
Novara Media, in particular Michael Walker, Ash Sarkar and Aaron Bastani have created an institutionally antisemitic media outlet purely to defend the Corbyn project. Whether they personally hate Jews is irrelevant, their actions are actively facilitating & enabling Jew hatred.
The last time I said this, Aaron Bastani publicly threatened to sue me. I have lawyers waiting for his letter of intent. I will not be silent in the face of racism and I will not be bullied or intimidated by legal threats.
So... are we just not going to say anything about all the frequent media commentators that pushed disinformation on the Salisbury poisonings for months? No? We're not going to ask them about the conspiracy theories they were disseminating & whether they will retract & apologise?
Craig Murray wrote conspiracist drivel and implied Israel might have been behind the Skripal poisoning. The issue is these people don't know what investigative journalism is, they can't tell it apart from opinion pieces or disinformation.
They spent months scoffing at & undermining real journalists who had been reporting the story accurately. Then they throw their hands up in the air when stuff like this happens, refusing to take any responsibility for the role they are actively playing in undermining public trust
Labour didn't become an institutionally racist party because of the antisemites within their midst. It became an institutionally racist party because instead of rooting out antisemites and confronting them, senior members of the party defended & continued to defend antisemites.
Naz Shah's Facebook post isn't the problem with the party. The problem with the party is Willsman, Williamson, Shawcroft et al. They are the ones that reinforce a racist power structure within the institution. They aren't fringe cranks, and the pro-Labour media voices know this.
This is why the fight for IHRA means so much for the bigots & fake news merchants at Novara. They have lost control of the narrative and cannot be seen as anti-racists while they continue to aid and abet racism. Their only option is to change the definition of racism to suit them
People need to understand at this point that no matter what Corbyn has done, his supporters don't care. They don't even feel compelled to be honest about his behaviour anymore, they can just call it a "smear" safe in the knowledge that eroding British democracy works for them.
Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, Matt Zarb Cousin, Aaron Bastani, Michael Walker et al have all put out contradictory statements denying Corbyn laid a wreath on Khalaf's grave, which he admitted doing and is photographed doing.
That's it. Corbynism has gone full post-truth now. The truth doesn't matter, only the image and PR campaign matters. The media are "liars" and morally bankrupt op-ed columnists are the only "trustworthy" voices, even when they are telling transparent lies.
This is probably going to get really ugly. There could be a major diplomatic confrontation if Ankara moves on Incirlik, which would in turn spell a major crisis for NATO. That's without even thinking about the implications in northern Syria.
With Russia and Iran also under new US sanctions, Turkey is being pushed further and further into alliance with them, who all in turn have competing agendas in Syria. US and EU relations are already strained. This stuff is looking... not great to say the least. It's all bad news.
As the Turkish Lira slides, the Assad regime is preparing an assault on Idlib where Turkish troops are currently stationed. Assad will continue to push & probe, so either Turkey intervenes to prevent a regime assault, or it has a major crisis on its hands
In one of the more outrageous and personally offensive attacks Corbynites have launched on me, being told that I don't care about anti-semitism is up there with one of the worst. Here is just a small sample of private messages I have received from left-wing Jews in the past week.
I care about anti-semitism because I'm an anti-racist. I defended Jewish areas in London from National Action, I fought Polish neo-Nazi groups with my own hands in Tottenham after they attacked Jews in a park. I did this long before Corbynism infected Labour with anti-semitism.
I did it without ever asking for credit. I did it because I can not & will not sit by and tolerate racism. To be accused of not caring about anti-semitism by someone defending Corbyn's "hand of Israel" comment is a perfect example of how Corbynites really feel about British Jews.
Michael seems like a nice guy and I have no doubt that he is a true progressive. The issue is Corbyn and Milne are not, and journalists like myself have proved this time and time again, but Momentum just keep moving the goalposts.
First all the anti-semitism stuff was a smear, now it's a problem but one that Jeremy supposedly cares about. But Jeremy is AWOL, his actions are indefensible and his supporters are struggling to patch up the mistakes he is making.
It was really telling that Channel 4 News requested someone from Labour to debate anti-semitism and the leader's office recommended a pro-Corbyn Jewish PhD student with no formal position in the Labour party. LOTO are relying on surrogates to bail them out of this.
I lost a lot of friends in 2015 when I warned people that Jeremy Corbyn was not the man he was portraying himself as. I told them he had dodgy views on Jews, dictators & terrorism. 3 years later, a lot of those people now see the same thing.
Truth is I really don't want an apology from any of those people. I don't accept it. Lebanese concerns, Jewish concerns, Syrian concerns, Ukrainian concerns, all of these issues were dismissed. It's not like you didn't know, you did, you were warned & you actively ignored it all.
All you had to do was take a look at the articles he was writing about Ukraine, or the people he was having meetings with about Syria. All you had to do was look. You didn't even want to. Now here we are. So no, I don't accept your apologies, and frankly I never will.
If you had just listened to Jews in the first place instead of calling them liars you wouldn’t even be in this mess. But dismissing the concerns of the Jewish community & redefining anti-semitism was Seumas Milne’s goal from day 1, and still the Labour left won’t call him out.
Labour’s anti-semitism problem stems entirely from breakdown of communication & decisions to make unilateral changes to internationally recognised norms regardless of how offensive those decisions are. Milne is behind all of it. It is his communication strategy, not an aberration
When I approached the New Statesman over my Milne article, there were plenty of things Labour staffers had leaked to me that I couldn’t stand up with two independent sources, but mainly the issue was many were too scared of damaging their careers to go on record.
The media really needs to stop giving Bastani a platform on anti-semitism. He has himself shared anti-semitic conspiracy theories. He routinely dismisses the concerns of the Jewish community and he has no direct affiliation with the Labour leadership. His opinion is worthless.
Furthermore, he uses the Palestinian narrative to whitewash his position on anti-semitism, despite the fact that he also deploys racist Islamophobic tropes and hasn't uttered a word about the 4000 Palestinians murdered by people he defends the actions of in Syria.
Here is Aaron openly defending Hezbollah, an anti-semitic terrorist organisation involved in the murder of thousands of civilians
You know what isn't a smear and is a disgrace @OwenJones84? The fact that Seumas Milne supports the Russian bombardment of Syria. He said it in front of two witnesses and then he got James Schneider to lie about it to keep his "anti-war" public image. newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…
He has a history of Putin, Khamenei and Hezbollah apologism. He has routinely defended human rights abusers, tyrants and militant anti-semites. That is who he is. And sadly, and I mean this genuinely & with sincere regret, it appears that is who you are destined to be.
Don't ever use the words "justice in the Middle East" and 'Seumas Milne' approvingly in the same sentence ever again. It is an appalling insult to quite literally millions of people across the Middle East. You all only ever talk over Arabs and use us as political pawns.
And, for the record, I think calling Jeremy anti-Semitic is totally fair comment. Nobody could oversee an appalling change like this without being complicit. If this was any other ethnic group we would be calling it exactly what it is: racism.
No other group is expected to prove ‘intent’ when reporting racial abuse. I as a Muslim do not need to prove intent when someone calls me a ‘terrorist’, forcing anyone to do so would be a humiliating experience. I’m genuinely sickened by this.
Protecting Assad was always at the heart of the American far-left's support for Trump over Clinton, something which brought them in line with the American and Israeli far-right. Revelations from @emptywheel suggest this was understood from day one. haaretz.com/middle-east-ne…
It shouldn't shock people to find out that various political actors in the West cared more about geopolitical point-scoring than they did about human rights, but the role they played in defending the Assad regime from accountability warrants criminal investigation.
Wheeler shines a light on some of this stuff in this interview. There is a lot more still to come out on this subject, that can only happen when journalists start taking this more seriously. The comparisons with Watergate are ridiculous, this is WAY bigger
I've marched with Jewdas for refugees and I've marched with Jewdas against fascists. I don't agree with a lot of the positions they take, but the way they are being portrayed by some is cynical, disingenuous and politicised. I also don't think Corbyn should have met them tonight.
Also their membership, if you can even define an anarchist collective in those terms, is varied politically. There were people in attendance that have protested Corbyn's paralysis over anti-Semitism too. That said, this is not a good way for Corbyn to be building bridges.
That's just the way it is, Corbyn isn't a protest politician anymore, he's supposed to be leader of the opposition and this is an own-goal, no matter which way you try and spin it, as you all attempt to do tonight.
OK Owen, the BBC have had two left wing pro-Kremlin war crimes deniers on air in the last 48 hours alone defending Putin. But please talk more shit about defending your ideology while this insidious shit you ignore keeps taking place. Shameless.
The BBC have *literally never* invited me on a panel show to discuss Syria, despite me being infinitely more qualified to talk about the subject than you Owen. But guess who gets invited on whenever there is a "drive to war in Syria". Yeah, you. But you won't complain about that.
I find it really striking that in times of a national crisis, where large elements of the hard-left are pushing Kremlin lies on the British public, Owen is ignoring these lies to complain that more liars aren't being given a platform to push more lies.