Quick Update: Payoff for Jordan’s Syria-Front Generosity, AntiWar.Com Status, RT Today

jordanI am looking at a fully-packed schedule for today. Peter and I will be interviewing Pepe Escobar on Syria-Turkey-Jordan. I am scheduled for an interview-analysis session with Russia Today. I have several phone calls scheduled with my sources on the latest developments in Syria. And there are tons of topics/issues/cases I want to cover and talk about that have to wait until things calm down a bit … which almost never happens.

Let’s start with Jordan. Last week we broke the story on reported US-NATO troops and operations in Jordan- on the Jordanian-Syrian border. Follow-ups to our report were carried out by only a few select international news organizations. Pepe Escobar had an excellent article on that (see here).

Today I received this report on the generous financial aid granted to Jordan by the United States.

US to Provide Jordan with $660 Million in Aid in 2012

AMMAN, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States will provide Jordan with 660 million U.S. dollars in 2012 as economic and military assistance, Jordan's ministry of planning and international cooperation said Tuesday…The U.S. assistance to Jordan from 2007 to 2011 reached 2.4 billion, according to the ministry.

You see, Jordan is fairly dependent on US generosity, aka military-financial aid. And as expected, that dependency tends to ‘color’ a lot of things. Come to think of it, almost every member of the so-called Arab League appears to have similar dependencies: US financial-military aid and support to maintain and sustain their regimes’ existence. Hello, you remember our atrocious Bahrain regime, no? Oh well, they too are part of this ‘Arab League.’ So basically, these dependent puppet dictator regimes are now in charge of determining Syria’s level of dictatorship and soon–to-come final destiny. Ironic, no? Okay, I’ll have more on this when I reach the ‘calm’ period…

antiwarNext, I want you to monitor the Antiwar.Com website for a while. This once-upon-a-time excellent website has been going through tremendous not so pretty changes. Coincidentally, these changes coincide with recent mysterious appearances of their donor angels. What I want you to look for and keep tabs on:

1- More and more they’ve been citing articles and news from their once-culprit foe US MSM. Their updates are filled with NYT, WP, CNN, Huffington Post …created twists and spins.

2- If you remember, a few months ago they put on this publicity and PR campaign for the Soros-Rockefeller funded NGO who actually gave Obama an award for being the most transparent president of the United States.

3- Check out their author column. Do you notice my name there? Well, since the unnamed mysterious donors showed up, about 2 years ago, to round up their half a million dollars a year fund, they have decided to keep my name but completely censor anything I write on their ‘once-upon-a-time’ issues: police state, perpetual wars, secrecy, whistleblowers…

4- Contrary to their title, name, they have been loudly and repeatedly and unquestioningly reporting only the unsupported numbers killed by the Assad regime in Syria, Assad’s alleged inflicted massacres, and …Now, for a site called AntiWar, they are either willingly or unintentionally beating the war drums and spreading unconfirmed propaganda, exactly the same way our infamous MSM has been doing…

It is truly a shame. I like and have been following a few of their excellent editorial writers such as Raimondo and Giraldi. They usually have a good selection of editorials. And as I said, they used to be exemplary as an independent news roundup site on civil liberties and war related topics. 

I’ll have more on AW, and will inquire about their unnamed mysterious funder angels, but please go and review their last two year archives, and start accumulating your own research data…You may also want to send them e-mails-notes and encourage them to go back to what they used to be: an alternative, not an echo wall for the MSM. Hopefully they are not beyond rescue, and if they are, and they prove to be, then, I suggest their public donors look elsewhere to support…

I’ll be on Russia Today for an interview. I’ll post the clip as soon as it becomes available.

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  1. Hi Sibel,

    This stuff isn’t surprising. Other examples range from many sites saying they’ll link with you and they never do to blatantly ripping off your material. Unless you hire someone to police all of this for you, what can you do?

  2. Dear Sibel,
    The link in this page to Pepe Escobar’s page leads to a reported attack page which says that people have got infected with malware from visiting that site. I don’t know if it is a scam or true but it is a bit scary.

    I wish you and your team all the best for the New Year. I enjoy your site and find the articles podcasts and videos very interesting and informative. Please keep up the good work.

  3. I’m afraid Chuck is correct re: Asia Times Online. This is the second time in three days, it crashed my browser. When I attempted to load it at work (bad boy!) I had to get the IT guys in to clean up the mess. It directs you to a particularly nasty bit of malware claiming you’ve been infected with “malware.” That message is the malware! Don’t click “register” whatever you do or you’ll be seriously pwned!

  4. @Chuck: Thank you for the heads up, and same to you: Happy New Year.

    @Antifascist: Thank you. I am going to replace the link with this: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29982.htm this may pi.. off Asia Times but ‘sorry’ no other choice.

    Tomorrow I’ll post a heated interview by Peter B. HIs guests: Me & my favorite journalist Pepe Escobar. It is already up at PBC Show.

    I’ll also find the clip for the brief interview with RT. It was LIVE, and I didn’t know it until the last SECOND! Last week we had to deal with the massive fire drill in the building. Well, today, the entire block was BLOCKED by the FBI/Police: some suspicious package ina nearby building …anyhow, nop one could enter the building, including me, and we started 30 minutes late…

  5. Is it just me or was anyone else a little concerned when Скот женился на Ларисе? It seems like she tends to lean towards limited hangout on some things for some reason, whereas he always was a straight-shooter. Maybe I’m just biased since I see eye to eye with Scott politically & she’s on the opposite side of the spectrum.

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