Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Syrian civil war, from a different perspective

With Al Jazeera America on the air, we Americans can no longer access Al Jazeera English videos on YouTube. I am forced to find alternative sources of news videos. One source is Russia Today, which is decidedly pro-Assad in its coverage.


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Ripituc said...

I don't think RT is a good souce. Videos and tweets I've seen from them are very propagandistic.

Maxichamp said...

@Ripituc: I agree with you.

How does Chile feel about Syria right now?

Ripituc said...

@Maxichamp I'm not sure, everything on TV nowadays is about the 40th anniversary of September 11th, 1973. The only I've seen on TV about Syria is the documentary I posted on my blog, from TVN (our state TV), which seemed balanced to me. I even visited the Syrian embassy to see if there was extra protection or something unusual, but it was normal.

There is a small but relevant Syrian-decent colony here (as a curiosity, the girl sitting across the cubicle wall from me right now is one of them). Mostly Catholic, and also some Muslim. I'd like to know what they think about currents event there, but I haven't heard anything.

Public opinion here tends to be against any US intervention, anywhere, and that might be exacerbated by the alleged CIA support of the '73 Coup (which I think is overstated).

The Communist Party here supports Assad and puts it as a victim of US imperialism. A Communist mayor even tweeted Cuban "news" on Syria as "proof" of the chemical attack being a lie invented by the US to justify an invasion. And there was a Syrian flag on one of the most recent "student" protests. All of which is ridiculous and classic Communist-hypocrisy, IMO.

I mean, I think the US shouldn't attack Al-Assad. It wouldn't solve anything, and some of the opposition seems to be even worse than the current regime. But making Al-Assad into a victim? BS.