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Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since

    Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since

SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA — In early August I traveled to Russia for the first time, partly out of interest in seeing some of the vast country with a tourist’s eyes, partly to do some journalism in the region. It also transpired that while in Moscow I was able to interview Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Foreign…

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MintPress Sits Down with Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

    MintPress Sits Down with Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

 Moscow — In a simple meeting room at the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry building, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave me a generous hour of her time in a conversation peppered with bemused laughter at Western allegations about Russia and clear frustration at the West’s incessant vilification of all things Russia. I traveled…

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A Syrian Leader Tells His Country’s Story: An Interview with SAA General Hassan Hassan

    A Syrian Leader Tells His Country’s Story: An Interview with SAA General Hassan Hassan

For years, international headlines spotlighting Syria have claimed that the Syrian government, army, and its allies were guilty of a variety of atrocities. Yet as time has passed, many of the accusations levied at government and its allies have been shown to have been either falsified, staged (as in the case of allegations of chemical…

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Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

    Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

AD-DUMAYR, SYRIA — A little over a year ago — just after the Syrian army and its allies liberated the towns and villages around eastern Ghouta from the myriad armed jihadist groups that had waged a brutal campaign of torture and executions in the area — I interviewed a number of the civilians that had…

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Media Ignores the Plight of Kirill Vyshinsky: A Russian Journalist Imprisoned Without Trial in Ukraine

  Media Ignores the Plight of Kirill Vyshinsky: A Russian Journalist Imprisoned Without Trial in Ukraine

The case of Russian-Ukranian journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without fair trail in Ukraine since mid-May is yet another in a long list of attacks on journalists by NATO-aligned countries that never make the headlines. A petition for Vyshinsky’s release reads: On May 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out a massive operation against journalists, having forcefully…

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Western Media Launch Attack on Critics of Controversial White Helmets Group

  Western Media Launch Attack on Critics of Controversial White Helmets Group

The October 16 issue of NY Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovani titled “Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets”. The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth.     A Crude & Disingenuous Attack Council on Foreign relations fellow…

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Damascus Trade Fair and Festival of the Cross Mark the Return of Peace to Much of Syria

  Damascus Trade Fair and Festival of the Cross Mark the Return of Peace to Much of Syria

DAMASCUS and MAALOULA, SYRIA — (Report) In April 2018 I returned to Syria, visiting recently-liberated areas in eastern Ghouta and also travelling to the southern village of Hadar — which at the time was under continual bombardment by terrorists just to the south, with the assistance of Israel and its observation towers over the region.…

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Welcome to Hadar: A Village Under Siege by al-Qaeda and Israeli Forces Alike

  Welcome to Hadar: A Village Under Siege by al-Qaeda and Israeli Forces Alike

HADAR, SYRIA — Situated in the northern part of Quneitra governorate, with the towering Jabal al-Sheikh (Mt. Hermon) overlooking it and the region, Hadar is in both a beautiful area of Syria and a dangerous one. The roughly 10,000 defiant villagers of Hadar are isolated and under constant threat of attack. Until December 2017, Hadar…

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