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by Cem Ertür
Sunday, Jun. 08, 2014 at 4:20 AM
The June 3 presidential election in Syria was a massive defeat for the NATO countries which have been collectively waging a genocidal war on Syria since 2011. Apart few exceptions, this momentous event was conspicuously absent from the front pages of US, British, French, German, Italian and Turkish newspapers. Those few that reported it on the front page did so in the habitual propaganda format. Meanwhile, few others went as far as publishing anti-Syria propaganda reports on their front page without making any reference to the presidential election.
& censorship alert: NATO countries' media coverage of the
elections in Syria
compiled by Cem Ertür
7 June 2014
The June 3
election in Syria was a massive defeat for the NATO countries which
have been collectively waging a genocidal war on Syria since 2011.
Apart few exceptions, this momentous event was conspicuously
from the front pages of US, British, French, German,
Italian and Turkish newspapers. Those few
that reported it on the front page did so in the habitual propaganda
format. Meanwhile, few others went as far as publishing
anti-Syria propaganda reports on their
front page without making any reference to the presidential election.
The Independent, 4 June 2014
excerpt from: Syria
election: The barrel bomb and the ballot box - how Bashar al-Assad held
on to power
witnesses Assad's paper victory amid a bloody war
It's really all a question of
proportion. Field Marshal Sisi's 93.7 per cent presidential electoral
Egypt last week must surely be outshone by Bashar al-Assad today,
albeit that the skies of Damascus were filled with howling fighter jets
and the thump of explosions as its citizens shouted and danced - I kid
thee not - outside the voting booths. Two dull and obedient
politicians, one a former minister - both born losers - were added to
the hitherto one-man presidential voting list for the first time in
Baathist history, so when I asked the Syrian foreign minister, Walid
Moallam, if there was any danger of Bashar losing, he wisely replied:
“This is up to the Syrian people.”
Ah indeed, the Syrian people. Crushed, humiliated, tortured,
imprisoned, slaughtered, forever crying for freedom from terror - note
how these words of tragedy are used by both sides against each other in
Syria's agony - they were invited to participate, at the height of
their agony, in a little lesson in Middle East democracy. Sixty per
cent of the population was able to vote in the 40 per cent of Syria
firmly controlled by the regime, in more than 9,000 voting stations,
most of which were vulnerable to the gunfire of Bashar's largely
These rebel forces, fading secularists, frightening Islamists - groups
so fractured that they look like a broken windscreen - promised a rain
of rocket-fire into the country's cities to destroy an election which
American and European leaders had condemned as a farce. From dawn,
mortars and rockets crashed into central Damascus - until Bashar's Mig
fighter jets swept over town and blasted their suburbs and all within
them in the most persuasive form of electoral violence suppression in
the history of democracy.
Wall Street Journal, 4 June 2014
excerpt from: Syria Voters Celebrate
ballot boxes and staged rallies inside polling stations in an election
President Bashar al-Assad
expected to use as a mandate to prosecute the civil war.
Opponents of the regime inside and
outside the country have dismissed Tuesday's presidential vote, held
raging civil war, as a parody of democracy.
The nearly 40-month conflict
continued unabated during voting, with the sky above Damascus filled
buzz of military aircraft bombing rebel-held suburbs.
The mood in the country was a
mixture of fear, intimidation and exuberance.
The election was held only in
regime-held areas, while large swaths of the country under rebel
At polling stations in the capital
Damascus and its suburbs, Assad
supporters were allowed to cast handfuls of ballots for absent family
as election workers looked on.
La Croix, 4 June 2014
abandoned to the war
Syrians in the zones controlled by the Regime have voted
yesterday for the presidential election. After more than three years of
war, the conflict is currently bogged down, almost forgotten
Safak, 4 June 2014
cast [their votes] in the
The election parody began in Syria, where 160,000 people have lost
their lives since 2011. The smartly-dressed Assad couple who went to
vote at a school in Damascus were cheerful. Meanwhile, artists
boycotted the elections, which have not been recognised by the
the West, by painting “[Bashar], this is where you
containers and throwing their votes in them.
Washington Post, 4 June 2014
excerpt from: Syrian
election sends powerful signal of Assad’s control
Syrians voted on in a tightly controlled
election Tuesday that
reinforced President Bashar al-Assad’s tenacious hold on
underscoring the failure of U.S. policies aimed at inducing him to step
down. Three years after Assad’s brutal suppression of
protests plunged Syria into a vicious civil war, the election seems
certain to deliver him a third seven-year term in office, defying
President Obama’s 2011 call for him to “step
Le Monde, 5 June 2014
Assad launches chlorine
attacks, the West remains silent
• Paris has proof of the use of this banned
weapon, while Damascus
should be dismantling its chemical arsenal
Western countries do not want to get involved, given their failed
attempt to retaliate to the sarin gas attacks in summer 2013
Radikal, 6 June 2014
excerpt from: Cooperation with the US
over the Syria
The ‘foreign fighters’
in Syria, […] who are likely
to organise al-Qaida activities in their home countries upon return,
are at the center of an operation which is likely to be the largest
security/intelligence cooperation in the world recently. Apart from
Turkey and the US, numerous [other] NATO countries, including Britain,
France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and even Norway, are taking part in
this joint operation. It appears that Istanbul will be the command
center of this operation.
mark real D-Day victory
by Finian Cunningham, Press TV, 7 June 2014
Syrian People Have
by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 6
Elections in Syria: The People Say No
to Foreign Intervention
by Ajamu Baraka, Black Agenda Report, 4
in Syria: Washington Pressured Several Countries to Prevent Syrian
by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 4 June
focus on ‘delegitimizing’ Syria election
by Sharmine Narwani, RT News, 4 June 2014
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Vote in
Massive Support for Assad
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global
Research, 3 June 2014
Is Washington Planning a Terrorist
Operation against Syria in
the Wake of the Elections?
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 3 June 2014
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