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Remember Bana, the 7 year old Syrian "voice" reading from CNN's teleprompter? Exposed

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yeah that Bana, the amazing Syrian 'child' who wrote a hart-wrenching book in English all by herself. Gag me.

BANA: The Heartbreaking Story of Child Exploitation, Propaganda and Media Falsehood

July 14, 2017 By 21wire


IMAGE: JK Rowling author of Harry Potter has been instrumental in propagating the Bana myth on social media.

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I shall be speaking of the internet phenomenon @AlabedBana and of the adults responsible for creating it. To speak of family members is unavoidable.

To start with a simple and very obvious fact: the @AlabedBana Twitter account was not initiated or run by a 7 year old girl from Aleppo, even if one was used as its living avatar. Anybody confused or doubtful on this point quite honestly needs to think a bit harder. I am writing for adults. I should add, though, that I am presuming no more good sense in readers than I would expect from any of the kids I know.

What was intuitively obvious before about the spuriousness of the tale – and yet resisted as ‘conspiracy theory nonsense’ in the corporate media and its penumbra of disinformationists – is now also empirically demonstrable.


Bana with her mother Fatema. ( Photo: Screenshot)

Since the fighting stopped in Aleppo, the verifiable truth about people, places and events there during the time of the occupation and siege has been coming out. It differs from almost everything we were encouraged to believe by the massed corporate media of the world. The twitter account @AlabedBana is one of the most conspicuous examples. Another is the image of the little boy Omran, who we’ll also have a brief mention of at the end.

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Khaled Iskef’s full report on video. WATCH ~



In this latest video, Khaled takes us on a short walk around the Alabed house and environs, accompanied by Nour Al Ali doing the filming and photography. They show us into the Alabed house, and then into the Al Nusra headquarters adjacent to it.

The proximity of the house to the Al Nusra headquarters is demonstrated – each a few meters from a shared street corner. This explains why the house was in an area being bombed. About 100 men were quartered in the basement of the adjacent building, according to a local witness interviewed.

We learn about the Alabed family. The paternal grandfather was running a weapons dealership and repair workshop for Al Nusra and other militant groups; his sons worked there; one of them had served a criminal sentence, even before the war, for gun smuggling; and we are shown a photo of the now famous granddaughter at about 3 years posing with a serious-looking weapon that is as big as her.

Her father Ghassan worked as a lawyer, before joining the armed groups. We see photos of Ghassan, armed, with the militant factions Al Nusra and the Islamic Safwat Brigade. We see documents showing he served in the Sharia Court based in the ‘Eye Hospital’. Amidst other papers strewn about the abandoned house is one that indicates he was ‘assistant director of the Civil Registry of Aleppo Council’ – a “rebel” organisation with links to foreign states and armed groups in the governorate.

Another document shows he worked as a military trainer and investigating judge for the Islamic Safwa brigades. Prior to 2015 he had been working with ISIS in the Sharia court in the Eye Hospital. We see a photo of him brandishing an AK47 beneath an ISIS flag; and another of him in the midst of an armed Asafwa group. We see him with four brothers, each holding a serious weapon, outside the store.

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Tim Hayward is a Professor of Environmental Political Theory, founding Director of the Just World Institute and the Ethics Forum. Beyond Edinburgh I administer the Political Theory Email List, including its facebook page and am a founding member of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought.

Read more: http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/07/1...dia-falsehood/



Amazing. Her propaganda twitter account from a war zone is 'verified' while twitter refuses to 'verify' Julian Assange's. She supposedly has a literally unbelievable 370K followers.



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