Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
Funding sources should be investigated by those interested in reporting the truth.
We know, for example, the US Congress funds USAID and its off-shoots, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the International Republican Institute (IRI)[v]. So these organizations, which are fronts for the CIA and serve to effect regime changes throughout the world, are not "non-governmental". More accurately, they represent illegal foreign interventions in the domestic affairs of "host" countries, all with a view to subordinate other nations to perceived US national interests. Whenever a government has been "renovated"[vi], or there is a color revolution which devolves into open warfare, these "NGOs" are in the shadows orchestrating the chaos. [vii] USAID, as an example, provides funding for the discredited "White Helmets" in Syria.
Meanwhile, convicted financial criminal George Soros has provided $100 million in funding for HRW [viii]. As for the purported "neutrality" of the group, HRW boss Ken Roth argues for bombing in Syria, while director Tom Malinowski supports illegal torture renditions.
Private Intelligence Agencies (PICS)[ix] are also part of the "Soft Power Complex". Rita Katz's SITE intelligence group, for example, provided ISIS beheading videos and pictures, all for mass consumption, with a view to engineering perceptions and generating hatred as a pretext for illegal invasions. (The irony is rich, since ISIS are "strategic assets"/allies of the West in Syria.)
A recent video [x] has emerged which illustrates the danger inherent in basing policies and perceptions on discredited sources. A US State Department spokesperson made the very serious allegation that Russia bombed hospitals in Syria. When questioned about the basis for his allegation, the spokesperson referenced press reports, civil society groups, and "operational information". Strong evidence demonstrates, however, that the information is false.
These are not trifling lies and misrepresentations, since false intelligence has already served as a catalyst for illegal invasions [xi], and it is likely do so again.
MSM needs to reinvent itself and decide to start reporting evidence-based truth, rather than warmongering propaganda.
By Mark Taliano
Appeared at American Herald Tribune