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  30. <title>The Corbett Report: &#8220;Eva Bartlett Exposes the Lies on Syria&#8221;</title>
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  45. <description><![CDATA[From James Corbett&#8217;s November 6, 2017 post: &#8220;Today we’re joined by Eva Bartlett of InGaza.wordpress.com  to discuss her reporting from Syria. We talk about the lies, propaganda  and outright fabrications that have attempted to paint the terrorist  insurgency as a “civil war” led by “moderate rebels,” including the use  of children like Omran Daqneesh and [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23921&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  48. <p><span style="color:#000000;">From James Corbett&#8217;s <a href="https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1316-eva-bartlett-exposes-the-lies-on-syria/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">November 6, 2017 post</a>:</span></p>
  49. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Today we’re joined by Eva Bartlett of <a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">InGaza.wordpress.com</a>  to discuss her reporting from Syria. We talk about the lies, propaganda  and outright fabrications that have attempted to paint the terrorist  insurgency as a “civil war” led by “moderate rebels,” including the use  of children like Omran Daqneesh and Bana Alabed as unwitting icons for  the fake narrative. We also discuss recommended sources for real  information about what’s happening in Syria.&#8221;</span></p>
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  51. <p><strong><span style="color:#000000;">SHOW NOTES:</span></strong></p>
  52. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eva Bartlett’s website</a></span></p>
  53. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://www.patreon.com/EvaKBartlett" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eva’s Patreon page</a></span></p>
  54. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/order-returns-to-western-syria-civilians-recount-horrors-rebel-rule/232380/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Syria War Diary: Order Returns To Western Cities, Civilians Recount Horrors Of Rebel Rule </a></span></p>
  55. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ Rebel Rule </a></span></p>
  56. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/mintpress-meets-father-iconic-aleppo-boy-says-media-lied-son/228722/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">MintPress Meets The Father Of Iconic Aleppo Boy, Who Says Media Lied About His Son </a></span></p>
  57. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-973-lionel-on-media-fakery-and-historical-distortion/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lionel and James discuss the fake Syrian war footage by Norwegian filmmakers</a></span></p>
  58. <p><span style="color:#000000;">EVA’S RECOMMENDED SOURCES:</span></p>
  59. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://twitter.com/khalediskef?lang=en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Khaled Iskef</a></span></p>
  60. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">21st Century Wire</a></span></p>
  61. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://www.globalresearch.ca/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">GlobalResearch.ca</a></span></p>
  62. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://twitter.com/vanessabeeley?lang=en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Vanessa Beeley</a></span></p>
  63. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://theduran.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Duran</a></span></p>
  64. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://journal-neo.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">New Eastern Outlook</a></span></p>
  65. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://sana.sy/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">SANA</a></span></p>
  66. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://twitter.com/snarwani?lang=en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sharmine Narwani</a></span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/al-waer/'>al-Waer</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/aleppo/'>Aleppo</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/media-lies/'>media lies</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/russia/'>Russia</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/sauds/'>sauds</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria-my-interviews/'>Syria--my interviews</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/white-helmets-al-qaeda/'>White Helmets al Qaeda</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23921&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  78. <title>Absurdities of Syrian war propaganda</title>
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  81. <pubDate>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:01:45 +0000</pubDate>
  82. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
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  92. <description><![CDATA[Nov 2, 2017, RT Op Edge -Eva Bartlett As if we have no memory, corporate media continues to recycle accusations of starvation, chemical weapons, and more, in the propaganda war on Syria. In Syria, there never was a “revolution.” Instead, it was a premeditated war on Syria by foreign powers (namely the US, Saudi Arabia, [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23875&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  93. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;">Nov 2, 2017, <a href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/408618-syria-war-propaganda-media-west/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RT Op Edge</a></span></p>
  94. <h3><span style="color:#000000;">-Eva Bartlett</span></h3>
  95. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As if we have no memory, corporate media continues to recycle accusations of starvation, chemical weapons, and more, in the propaganda war on Syria.</span></p>
  96. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In Syria, there never was a “<em>revolution</em>.” Instead, it was a premeditated war on Syria by foreign powers (namely the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Israel) who armed even Al-Qaeda (something Qatar recently <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piq34SaF_2o" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">admitted</a>).</span></p>
  97. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In support of the conflict comes some of the most egregious war propaganda, endorsed by media, Hollywood <a href="https://nobelpeaceprize.whitehelmets.org/en" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">celebs</a>, and faux human rights <a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/syria/human-rights-front-groups-humanitarian-interventionalists-warring-on-syria/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">groups</a>. The following is a brief outline of some of the most obvious hoax personalities and purveyors of misinformation on Syria.</span></p>
  98. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Al-Qaeda&#8217;s rescuers</span></h2>
  99. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Irrefutable <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/tag/white-helmets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">documentation</a> reveals that the group known as the White Helmets and portrayed as “<em>neutral, volunteer, rescuers,</em>” are obscenely-funded by Western nations, work solely in Al-Qaeda and co-extremist areas, and have been <a href="https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-white-helmets-clean-following-rebel-execution-southern-syria-18-graphic/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">present</a> to clean up at executions. Yet, we are expected to believe they rescue civilians. People from areas liberated of Al-Nusra and cohorts <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/01/23/exposed-syrias-white-helmets-are-al-qaedas-civil-defence/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">described</a> them as “<em>the Nusra Front&#8217;s civil defense</em>.”</span></p>
  100. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Corporate media did not bother to investigate this transparent propaganda construct. Instead, they lobbied for Al-Qaeda&#8217;s rescuers to get the Nobel Prize.<br />
  101. </span><span id="more-23875"></span></p>
  102. <p><span style="color:#000000;">While the group didn&#8217;t get the Nobel, they did receive an <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/03/02/forget-oscar-give-the-white-helmets-the-leni-riefenstahl-award-for-best-war-propaganda-film/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oscar</a>, and actor George Clooney&#8217;s endorsement. Even though he is busy being a celebrity, by now, he surely cannot claim ignorance. One wonders whether he will have the gall to continue his <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/20/george-clooney-white-helmets-syria-civil-defence" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">support</a> for Al-Qaeda&#8217;s rescuers.</span></p>
  103. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/X27B0yuazGo?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  104. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Funny terrorist spokesman</span></h2>
  105. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23886" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/absurdities-of-syrian-war-propaganda/bilal-w-suicide-bomber-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="871,552" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1488554441&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="bilal w suicide bomber" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23886" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620" alt="bilal w suicide bomber" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg 871w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  106. <p><span style="color:#000000;">American former comedian Bilal Abdul Kareem was embedded with Al-Qaeda and other “<em>moderates</em>” in eastern Aleppo, promoted their narrative and interviewed Saudi <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/08/04/syria-cnn-normalizes-suicide-bombers-and-embeds-reporters-with-isis-and-al-qaeda/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">terrorist</a> Abdullah Muhaysini. Yet, corporate media <a href="http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cnn-hires-top-al-qaeda-propagandist/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">like CNN</a> have presented him as an “<em>independent</em>” <a href="https://www.facebook.com/halagoraniCNN/videos/1537413839608232/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">source</a> of credible information on Syria.</span></p>
  107. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As Aleppo was being liberated of Al-Qaeda and company, Abdul Kareem <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ognofficial/videos/vb.474053072794662/584642565069045/?type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">claimed</a> civilians did not want to go over to &#8216;regime areas.&#8217; However, on many occasions before liberation, civilians did try to flee to government areas. In November 2016, I <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">interviewed</a> one family who managed to escape, along with over 40 other people. This particular family had tried twice before and were forcibly prevented by the “<em>moderates</em>” in the district of al-Halek in Aleppo.</span></p>
  108. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When I returned in June 2017, in eastern Aleppo, I spoke with residents who had come back when peace was restored. I also saw hospitals turned into terrorist headquarters, using basements for Sharia court prisons.</span></p>
  109. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Following the expulsion of Al-Qaeda and other “<em>moderates</em>,” over 100,000 people from eastern Aleppo chose to stay in government-secured areas, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BShUBZJHy0s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">celebrating</a> the liberation of their city.</span></p>
  110. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/fcdritBIb5I?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  111. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Starvation in Syria?</span></h2>
  112. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The “<em>Assad is starving civilians</em>” theme has been recycled for years, from Damascus to Aleppo to eastern Ghouta. In 2014, a month after the Old City of Homs was secured, I <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/liberated-homs-residents-challenge-notion-of-revolution/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">met </a>civilians who told me of terrorists stealing every last morsel of their food. I heard the same in Aleppo, and also this June in <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/order-returns-to-western-syria-civilians-recount-horrors-rebel-rule/232380/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Madaya and al-Waer</a>, Homs. When I visited Madaya, people told me: terrorists hoarded the food aid and dramatically inflated the prices to rates civilians couldn&#8217;t afford.</span></p>
  113. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I saw a bomb factory, tucked away behind an apartment building, and remnants of the food aid which Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Qaeda had hoarded, and I visited some of their makeshift prisons used to torture and try civilians in Sharia courts. In al-Waer, life was trickling back. People spoke of starvation due to the terrorists, and of relief that their rule was over.</span></p>
  114. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When “<em>rebels</em>” fire mortars into civilians areas, corporate journalists like to claim the Syrian government was the perpetrator. On a November 2016 day when two mortars hit Aleppo&#8217;s Castello road, less than 100 meters from where I stood without a helmet or flak jacket, the NY Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/05/world/middleeast/aleppo-syria.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wrote</a> that soldiers blamed “<em>rebels</em>” and “<em>rebel groups denied it.</em>” Yet, there was no disputing that the shells came from an Al-Nusra area.</span></p>
  115. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In April 2014, after an elementary school was mortared by terrorists east of Damascus, killing one child, the BBC later <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27073863" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a>, “<em>the government is also accused of launching them into neighborhoods under its control.</em>” On a recent social media <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1717191791624141" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">post</a>, I noted this deceitful journalism, and the BBC could have easily learned about the <a href="https://zeroanthropology.net/2014/09/11/the-terrorism-we-support-in-syria-a-first-hand-account-of-the-use-of-mortars-against-civilians/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">trajectory</a> of mortars and from where the mortar in question could only have come: the “<em>moderates</em>” east of Damascus.</span></p>
  116. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Channel 4 and Guardian deceptions</span></h2>
  117. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In a hotel in Aleppo in July 2016, I shared an elevator with Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru Murthy, without knowing who he was. I would later become very familiar with Channel 4 and Guru Murthy&#8217;s relentless anti-Syria propaganda and romanticization of the terrorist factions in Syria, white-washing their crimes, <a href="https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/how-we-were-misled-about-syria-channel-4-news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">relying</a> on Al-Qaeda and other very partial sources.</span></p>
  118. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Guru Murthy produced a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URKsLLcpAOM" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">report</a> embedded with the Nour al-Din al-Zinki faction, who he deemed “<em>moderates</em>,” although some months prior they had savagely beheaded Abdullah Issa, a Palestinian boy. Not initially a problem for Channel 4, they did later <a href="https://www.thecanary.co/global/2016/10/14/channel-4-news-promoted-known-war-criminals-syria-now-hiding-report-video/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">remove </a>the incriminating video.</span></p>
  119. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Not featured on Channel 4 or other corporate media reports were the nearly 11,000 civilians killed by the <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bombing and sniping</a> of “<em>rebels</em>.”</span></p>
  120. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I wrote about these attacks, and the over 4,000 Aleppo doctors <a href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">disappeared</a> by the media, along with hospitals and <a href="http://theduran.com/idlib-school-attack-and-how-the-un-covers-up-actual-war-crimes-citing-al-qaeda-propagandists-in-syria/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">schools</a> attacked by “moderates.” Corporate media was busy claiming “<em>last doctors</em>” in Aleppo.</span></p>
  121. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When Krishan Guru Murthy, in July 2017, returned to Aleppo and interviewed MP Fares Shehabi, Guru Murthy <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1609850879024900" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">refused</a> to “<em>get into history</em>” over his lies, much less to acknowledge that the “<em>moderates</em>” he propagated about were Al-Nusra.</span></p>
  122. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In April 2016, the Guardian <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/29/aleppo-hospital-airstrike-un-syria" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a> that a Syrian or Russian airstrike “<em>completely destroyed</em>” the Quds hospital in Sukkari, Aleppo. The Guardian later <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/06/syrian-government-chlorine-gas-aleppo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">claimed</a> civilians were being treated in the same hospital after a chlorine gas attack, not researching that the <a href="http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/syrian-militants-have-access-chlorine-gas-plant-owner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sole chlorine gas</a> factory in Syria had been <a href="http://world.time.com/2013/04/01/syrias-civil-war-the-mystery-behind-a-deadly-chemical-attack/?iid=tsmodule" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">taken over</a> by Al-Nusra in 2012.</span></p>
  123. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The original lie about Al-Quds&#8217; destruction came from Médecins Sans Frontières, which <a href="http://www.msf.org/en/article/syria-airstrike-destroys-msf-supported-hospital-aleppo-killing-14" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">claimed</a> Quds had been “<em>destroyed</em>,” reduced “<em>to rubble</em>.” Since the Guardian was complicit in reproducing the lie, why didn&#8217;t the Guardian at least go to see the Quds hospital after Aleppo was secured? I did.</span></p>
  124. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In June 2017, <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I stood inside</a> the intact hospital. It was never destroyed.</span></p>
  125. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I also met the boy, <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/mintpress-meets-father-iconic-aleppo-boy-says-media-lied-son/228722/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Omran Daqneesh</a>, who, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/18/boy-in-the-ambulance-image-emerges-syrian-child-aleppo-rubble" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according</a> to the Guardian, was injured by a Syrian or Russian airstrike in 2016. Mohammad Daqneesh said his son was only mildly injured, and not by an airstrike. He blamed media and those affiliated with the White Helmets for using his son in propaganda.</span></p>
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  132. <p class="Tweet-text e-entry-title" dir="ltr" lang="en"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Meet Aylan &amp; Omran: Child victims used for Syrian war propaganda writes</strong> <a class="PrettyLink profile customisable h-card" href="https://twitter.com/EvaKBartlett"><span class="PrettyLink-prefix">@</span><span class="PrettyLink-value">EvaKBartlett</span></a> in her Op-Edge. <a class="link customisable" title="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/391958-aylan-omran-child-victims-syria-propaganda/" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/391958-aylan-omran-child-victims-syria-propaganda/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">https://www.rt.com/op-edge/391958-aylan-omran-child-victims-syria-propaganda/ …</a></span></p>
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  134. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">America&#8217;s fake war on ISIS</span></h2>
  135. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In June 2017, the American-led coalition illegally attacked Syria, <a href="http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/06/18/us-navy-fa18e-shoots-down-su22-over-syria.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shooting down</a> a Syrian plane. America did so admittedly to protect its proxy forces, the Kurdish SDF, which the US is using not to fight ISIS but in its continued attempts to destabilize Syria and control its oilfields.</span></p>
  136. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In September 2016, the US-led coalition waged a nearly one hour <a href="http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/01/how-the-us-enabled-isis-to-take-deir-ezzor.html#more" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">attack</a> on a Syrian military position in Deir ez-Zor, enabling ISIS to take over the post.</span></p>
  137. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In May 2015, convoys of ISIS streamed through hundreds of kilometers of open desert, taking over ancient Palmyra. The well-equipped, high tech, US-led coalition, offered <a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-palmyra-obama-20160327-story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">no resistance</a>, something which even Robert Fisk, openly sour about his dislike of the Syrian government, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-09/interview-robert-fisk-the-independent-newspapers/6763514" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">noted</a>.</span></p>
  138. <p><span style="color:#000000;">America has also “<em>accidentally</em>” <a href="https://journal-neo.org/2016/12/10/has-the-us-and-its-allies-used-covert-airdrops-drones-to-supply-the-islamic-state/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">delivered</a> weapons to ISIS and has long sought to use a “<em>Salafist principality</em>” in eastern Syria, aka Islamic State, as per a declassified US DIA <a href="http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Pg.-291-Pgs.-287-293-JW-v-DOD-and-State-14-812-DOD-Release-2015-04-10-final-version11.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">document</a>. One can always listen to John Kerry speaking in September 2016 about how America watched ISIS flourish. Excerpts include Kerry <a href="https://www.sott.net/article/338536-John-Kerry-admits-that-Russia-entered-Syrian-war-to-stop-ISIS-US-used-ISIS-to-pressure-Assad" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">saying</a> “<em>We were watching. We saw that, that Daesh was growing in strength. And we thought Assad was threatened.</em>”</span></p>
  139. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">ISIS terrorist bedfellows with Israel</span></h2>
  140. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In July 2017, the Washington Post <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/07/19/netanyahu-accidentally-reveals-israel-has-struck-iran-backed-fighters-in-syria-dozens-of-times/?utm_term=.37d1d5584900" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a> on an Israeli attack on Syria, citing Benjamin Netanyahu as saying they had attacked Syria “<em>dozens</em>” of times. Mint Press News <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-reconfirms-commitment-to-treating-wounded-syrian-al-nusra-fighters/226714/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a> on Israel giving medical treatment to over 3,000 terrorists. A 21st Century Wire <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/10/25/israel-now-threatening-neighbor-syria-military-escalation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">article</a> said the preference of Israeli politicians was even for an ISIS victory in Syria.</span></p>
  141. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-defense-minister-says-is-apologized-to-israel-for-november-clash/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">According</a> to the Times of Israel, ISIS has opened fire on Israel and apologized. This is the jihadist group, ISIS, which doesn&#8217;t attack the natural target, Israeli regime occupying Palestine, but instead, collaborates with it.</span></p>
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  150. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Unbelievable memoirs</span></h2>
  151. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Eight-year-old Aleppo girl, Bana al-Abed, is incapable of speaking or writing in English, and has recently miraculously published her memoirs. For those not familiar with the shameful exploitation of this girl by her mother and terrorist father, I wrote about it in July 2017, also noting: “T<em>he Bana narrative features an endearing child who causes otherwise rationally-thinking people to uncritically-accept transparent war propaganda rhetoric</em>.” Rhetoric included calling for WW3.</span></p>
  152. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Bana has been promoted by fiction writer J.K. Rowling, who shares the same sponsor: the Blair Partnership. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dear-World-Syrian-Girls-Story/product-reviews/150117844X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt_rgt?ie=UTF8&amp;reviewerType=all_reviews&amp;filterByStar=critical&amp;pageNumber=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Critiques</a> on Amazon reveal that thinking people aren&#8217;t buying brand Bana, in spite of her UN appearance and rehearsed <a href="https://twitter.com/AlabedBana/status/916739311176953856" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">speech</a> about children dying from bombs and hunger (which the United Nations retweeted, as all good neutral and credible institutions might).</span></p>
  153. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The above examples don&#8217;t even begin to cover the depth of war propaganda on Syria, but they do serve as warnings to consider from where corporate media are getting their claims, and what agenda their claims serve. Hint: it isn&#8217;t an agenda of bringing peace to the Syrian people. Maybe it&#8217;s time to start believing us “<a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Russian propagandists</em></a>”: you know, those who actually go and speak to Syrians, instead of citing Al-Qaeda affiliated sources.</span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/al-waer/'>al-Waer</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/aleppo/'>Aleppo</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/media-lies/'>media lies</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria-my-writings/'>Syria--my writings</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/un/'>UN</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/white-helmets-al-qaeda/'>White Helmets al Qaeda</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23875&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  178. <title>Photo-Report: The North Korea Neither Trump Nor Western Media Wants The World To See</title>
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  181. <pubDate>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 17:43:44 +0000</pubDate>
  182. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
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  187. <description><![CDATA[October 20th, 2017, Mint Press News By Eva Bartlett *all photos/videos by Eva Bartlett PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) is one of the least understood and most lied about countries on Earth. In Western corporate media renditions, most news about the country is alarmist (of “the [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23795&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  189. <p><time class="entry-time" datetime="2017-10-20T12:09:32+00:00">October 20th, 2017, <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-world-see/233355/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mint Press News</a><br />
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  192. <p>By <a class="author" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/author/eva-bartlett/"> <strong> Eva Bartlett</strong></a></p>
  193. <p>*<em>all photos/videos by Eva Bartlett</em></p>
  194. <p><strong>PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA —</strong> North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) is one of the least understood and most lied about countries on Earth. In Western corporate media renditions, most news about the country is alarmist (of “the North Koreans want to kill you” type), fake (“all men have to have the same haircut,” a<a href="https://youtu.be/2BO83Ig-E8E?t=5m8s" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> story originating from Washington itself</a>), or about the North’s military.</p>
  195. <p>Accounts of the nation’s military prowess and threat generally ignore (as<a href="https://iacenter.org/2017/05/01/korea-the-facts-please/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> noted here</a>) the presence of the 28,500 U.S. troops occupying South Korea, their 38 military installations, and more recently their Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in South Korea — “a U.S. radar system opposed by the Korean people, in the North and South, as well as China.”</p>
  196. <p>On September 19, 2017, in the forum of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Donald <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/19/trump-un-speech-2017-full-text-transcript-242879" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trump vowed </a>to “totally destroy” North Korea.</p>
  197. <p>This is not the first time threats against the DPRK have been issued. Colin Powell in 1995 <a href="http://fpif.org/diplomacy_by_dereliction_us_policy_toward_korea_is_in_disarray/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">threatened to</a> turn North Korea into “a charcoal briquette” and in 2013 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7g_8mxaLvQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reiterated that threat </a>to “destroy” the country.</p>
  198. <p>Not broadcast in corporate media is the fact that America had already annihilated North Korea, destroying the capital city, Pyongyang, and cities around the country, with 635,000 tons of bombs, including 32,557 tons of Napalm — indeed turning the North into a ‘charcoal briquette’.</p>
  199. <p><span id="more-23795"></span></p>
  200. <p>Retired U.S. General Curtis E. LeMay, who headed the Strategic Air Command during that earlier war, <a href="https://books.google.ca/books?id=eCWXBWVjkEMC&amp;pg=PA86&amp;source=gbs_toc_r&amp;cad=4#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener">said</a> that they had “burned down every town in North Korea.” In <a href="https://books.google.ca/books?id=eCWXBWVjkEMC&amp;pg=PA86&amp;source=gbs_toc_r&amp;cad=4#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LeMay’s words</a>, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off, what, 20 percent of the population of Korea, as direct casualties of war or from starvation and exposure?”</p>
  201. <p>Also omitted in news on North Korea are the criminal sanctions against the North, <a href="https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n10/bruce-cumings/a-murderous-history-of-korea?utm_source=LRB+icymi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=20170812+icymi&amp;utm_content=ukrw_nonsubs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">enforced since 1950</a>, making even more difficult the efforts to rebuild following decimation. The sanctions are against the people, affecting all sectors of life (as humorously noted <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stT-yhxFinA" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in this clip</a>). Yet, in spite of all odds, the country maintains an enviable health system. As Professor Michel Chossudovsky <a href="https://www.globalresearch.ca/north-korea-their-health-system-sucks-do-they-have-schools-and-hospitals-in-america-weve-got-medicare/5604293?platform=hootsuite" target="_blank" rel="noopener">noted</a>: “North Korea’s health system is the envy of the developing world.” And, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-10665964" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to World Health Organization Director</a> General Margaret Chan, North Korea has “no lack of doctors and nurses.”</p>
  202. <p>Further obfuscated in Western reporting are the simulated attacks (what America euphemistically calls ‘war games’) on North Korea twice a year. Involving “hundreds of thousands of troops.” As researcher and author Stephen Gowans <a href="https://gowans.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/washingtons-considers-military-action-against-north-korea-to-force-regime-change/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">noted</a>, “It is never clear to the North Korean military whether the U.S.–directed maneuvers are defensive exercises or preparations for an invasion.”</p>
  203. <h2>A purposeful and familiar crime against reality</h2>
  204. <p>The absurdly cartoonish “news” one hears in Western media about North Korea is meant to detract from America’s past and current crimes against the Korean people, and to garner support for yet another American-led slaughter of innocent people.</p>
  205. <p>The stories are designed to vilify the leadership and provide no context, while completely ignoring the North Korean perspective. This is standard operating procedure with respect to countries like Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, and wherever America and its allies have set their sights on establishing control (and military bases). As historian Bruce Cumings<a href="https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n10/bruce-cumings/a-murderous-history-of-korea?utm_source=LRB+icymi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=20170812+icymi&amp;utm_content=ukrw_nonsubs" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> wrote</a>:</p>
  206. <blockquote><p>The demonization of North Korea transcends party lines, drawing on a host of subliminal racist and Orientalist imagery; no one is willing to accept that North Koreans may have valid reasons for not accepting the American definition of reality.”</p></blockquote>
  207. <p>We are meant to believe that the North Korean leader is a maniac, inexplicably hell-bent on bombing America. Utterly deleted from the story is the fact that North Koreans have a different perspective: the right to a deterrent against yet another U.S. annihilation of their country. The right to self-defense.</p>
  208. <p>In response to Trump’s threats of annihilation, DPRK Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong Ho, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKBrIKS0pnA" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on September 23, stated</a>:</p>
  209. <blockquote><p>The United States is the country that first produced nuclear weapons and the only country that actually used them, massacring hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It is the U.S. that threatened to use nuclear weapons against the DPRK during the Korean war in the 1950s, and first introduced nuclear weapons into the Korean peninsula after the war.</p></blockquote>
  210. <p>…The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S. and it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force to the current level to cope with the U.S.”</p>
  211. <h2>North Koreans as seen through a visitor’s lens</h2>
  212. <p>Propaganda and history aside, what we hardly ever see in articles on North Korea is the human side, some of the faces among the 25 million people at risk of being murdered or maimed by an American-led attack.</p>
  213. <p>From August 24 to 31, 2017, I was part of a three-person delegation that independently visited the DPRK, with the intent of hearing from Koreans themselves about their country and history.</p>
  214. <p>As it turned out, we heard also about their wishes for reunification with the South, their past efforts towards that goal, their desire for peace, but their refusal to be destroyed again. Following are snapshots and videos from my week in the country, with an effort to show the people and some of the impressive infrastructure and developments that corporate media almost certainly will never show.</p>
  215. <h2>Impact of U.S. travel ban on unfiltered views of North Korea</h2>
  216. <p>My visit coincided with the impending U.S. travel ban to the DPRK, which came into effect one day after I left the country.</p>
  217. <p>As a dual citizen holding Canadian and U.S. citizenship, I can still choose to return to the DPRK after September 2017 on my Canadian passport. However, for Americans, the ban means they will only in limited instances be permitted to travel to the DPRK. The U.S. State Department advisory <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/north-korea-travel-warning.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">notes</a>:</p>
  218. <p>“Persons who wish to travel to North Korea on a U.S. passport after that time must obtain a special passport validation under<a href="https://www.govregs.com/regulations/title22_chapterI_part51_subpartE_section51.64" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> 22 C.F.R. 51.64</a>, and such validations will be granted only under very limited circumstances.”</p>
  219. <p>While the U.S. <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/north-korea-travel-restriction.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pretends that the travel ban is for the safety</a> of U.S. citizens, the same advisory contains this threat:</p>
  220. <blockquote><p>Using a U.S. passport in violation of these restrictions could result in criminal penalties. In addition, the Department may revoke a passport used in violation of these restrictions.”</p></blockquote>
  221. <p>This wording reveals that the intent of the ban is far more likely to prevent the American public from seeing the human face, and positive aspects, of the DPRK.</p>
  222. <p>Indeed, in an <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2017/08/07/the-north-korea-washington-doesnt-want-americans-to-see-photo-essay/7/#65ba4992463f" target="_blank" rel="noopener">August 2017 Forbes</a> essay on North Korea, amid the predictable Western rhetoric were surprising admissions of truths:</p>
  223. <blockquote><p>Pyongyang looks much more like a normal city than 25 years ago. Then there were no private cars and few government ones. I wondered why they bothered with traffic lights. Today there is traffic. It’s not much by U.S. (or Chinese!) standards. But there’s no longer the ghostly sense of empty boulevards. …Visitors on longer tours with more guides often have more meaningful informal interaction with “real” North Koreans. It’s one of the reasons I believe banning travel to the North is foolish and counterproductive.”</p></blockquote>
  224. <p>For more photos and videos from the DPRK, please see <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/media_set?set=a.1664413886901932.1073741908.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;pnref=lhc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">my Facebook album</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUoQioU65Mk&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">my Youtube playlist</a>, and watch <a href="https://www.patreon.com/posts/interview-with-14579589" target="_blank" rel="noopener">my conversation with</a> the creators of the satirical documentary, “<a href="https://youtu.be/2BO83Ig-E8E?t=5m8s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Haircut, a North Korean Adventure</a>.”</p>
  225. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23812" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23812" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/1-8/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504021436&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;5&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23812" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=620" alt="1" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/12.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>The Mangyongdae Children’s Palace in Pyongyang is a sprawling extra-curricular facility offering children lessons in sports, dance and music (Korean and non), foreign languages, science, computers, calligraphy and embroidery, and more. Around 5,000 children daily attend this facility. They may indeed be the most talented children in Pyongyang and surroundings, but encouraging the growth of talent is something done worldwide. Unlike in many Western nations, in the DPRK lessons are free of charge. <br /></em></p></div>
  226. </div>
  227. <p> </p>
  228. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23818" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23818" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/2-8/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504017276&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;9.9&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23818" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=620" alt="2" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/21.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>The Pyongyang International Football School opened in 2013. The complex includes a massive stadium and a school teaching all subjects, with football as a focus for the roughly 200 students. Different classes practiced their skills outside, doing warm-up drills to energetic music. When years ago I lived in Korea’s south, practicing Tae Kwan Do I warmed-up to similar drills.</em></p></div>
  229. <p> </p>
  230. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23822" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23822" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/3-9/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504023612&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;7.2&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23822" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=620" alt="3" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/31.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Students at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace playing the traditional Korean instrument, the kayagun. Listen to their performance <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZc-81r0pQ&amp;index=24&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a></strong>.</em></p></div>
  231. <p> </p>
  232. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23826" style="max-width: 4618px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23826" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/4-6/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504102635&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.003125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23826" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=620" alt="4" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/4.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>In Pyongyang Middle School. Students spoke in English of the universal desire for peace, one girl urging people to struggle for peace. On the issue of North Korea’s weapons, one teenage boy said: “We make intercontinental ballistic rockets, not for invading other countries but for our national defense. To protect one’s country, the country must have a powerful defense. To my questions about the U.S. sanctions, a girl replied: “The sanctions are not fair, our people have done nothing wrong to the USA.” Another boy spoke of the silence around America’s use of nuclear bombs on civilians: “Why do people all over the world give us sanctions? Why just us? Why can’t we put sanctions on the U.S.? It’s not fair, it’s totally wrong.”</em></p></div>
  233. <p> </p>
  234. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23832" style="max-width: 4463px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23832" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/5-5/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4453,3299" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504105319&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;7.2&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23832" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=620" alt="5" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/51.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>In a hallway in the Middle School, a poster encourages students to alert authorities if they come across unexploded ordnance (UXOs). Our host, Kim Song-Nam, said: “We’re still discovering old bombs, for example when we dig to lay the foundation for a building.” <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3620192/north-korea-digging-up-bombs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This article</a> noted the discovery of nearly 400 UXOs near an elementary school playground, that farmers periodically come across UXOs, and that the cleanup period may take longer than 100 years. At the Pyongyang War Museum, we learned: “There were 400,000 people in Pyongyang, and they dropped more bombs than that on the city.” 428,000 bombs, according to the museum guide.</em></p></div>
  235. <p> </p>
  236. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23835" style="max-width: 4618px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23835" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/6-8/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504106003&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0015625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23835" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=620" alt="6" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/61.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Students playing football outside the Middle School.  <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtjvcHMk1ew&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos&amp;index=6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Watch the clip <strong>here</strong>.</a></em></p></div>
  237. <p> </p>
  238. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23840" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23840" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/7-4/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503843512&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;5.4&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="7" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23840" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=620" alt="7" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/71.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Pyongyang’s Science and Technology Center, completed in 2015, is an expansive structure heated by geothermal energy, and with drip irrigation-watered live grass on inside walls. Its more than 3,000 computers are solar powered, the library has books in 12 foreign languages, and a long-distance learning program enables people from around the country to study and earn a degree equivalent to that of in-university studies. </em><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_d39JvG7u8&amp;index=29&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Watch a tour of the center.</em></a></strong></p></div>
  239. <p> </p>
  240. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23845" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23845" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/8-3/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503741064&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.16666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="8" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23845" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=620" alt="8" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Student in the aquarium section of Pyongyang’s zoo. While the zoo was well-maintained, by far most interesting was watching the human interactions, from schoolchildren to adults. Koreans returned our smiles with deep, genuine smiles. <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpFkZ9J8640&amp;t=88s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Watch a clip from the zoo</a>.</strong></em></p></div>
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  242. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23849" style="max-width: 4618px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23849" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/10-7/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504092007&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;5.4&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;125&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="10" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23849" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=620" alt="10" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/101.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>The Okryu Children’s Hospital is a six-story, 300-bed facility across from Pyongyang’s towering maternity hospital. U.S. sanctions on the DPRK prevent further entry of machines like the pictured CT scan. While defiantly proud of the health care system, Dr. Kim Un-Song spoke of her anger as a mother: “This is inhumane and against human rights. Medicine children need is under sanctions.”</em></p></div>
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  244. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23853" style="max-width: 4618px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img data-attachment-id="23853" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/11-6/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504092716&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;11.6&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.04&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="11" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23853" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=620" alt="11" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/112.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>The Children’s Hospital provides classes to inpatient children to continue their studies while in hospital.</em></p></div>
  245. <p> </p>
  246. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23856" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23856" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/a1/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504093740&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.016666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="a1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23856 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/a1.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Dr. So-Yung (60) works in the tele-consultation department of the Children’s Hospital. “We have contacts with provincial-level and county-level hospitals, mostly about children’s diseases or illnesses. When they have difficulties with diagnoses, they request consultations from this hospital,” he explained. “I cannot suppress my anger about the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other countries. Yet, generally, it doesn’t affect our health system. We have a solid health system, we are giving proper treatment to people and are producing our own medicines.” <br /></em></p></div>
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  248. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23857" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23857" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/b/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503670385&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.008&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="b" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23857 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/b.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>While walking up a path to the Pakyong Waterfall, over 100 km south of Pyongyang, I met a group of men and women grilling meat over a fire. At the waterfall, other picnickers ate grilled meat, fish, boiled eggs, kimbap (“Korean sushi”), and kimchi (fermented vegetables), drinking beer and soju (alcoholic drink). Having lived in South Korea, this scene is one I saw countless times along the sea or in the mountains. Watch clips <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIggZt9YJMk&amp;index=8&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos">here</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0J8_3ouyC8&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos&amp;index=9">here</a></strong>.</em></p></div>
  249. <p> </p>
  250. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23858" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23858" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/c-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503671231&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;18.8&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="c" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23858 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Beneath a tree near the waterfall, soldiers took turns being photographed with the waterfall as a backdrop. Later, they repeated at the waterfall. Watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIJ0B0pqGPU&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos&amp;index=11"><strong>here</strong></a>.</em></p></div>
  251. <p> </p>
  252. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23872" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23872" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/sitting/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503672218&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;6.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="sitting" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23872 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/sitting.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>A group of men sit and chat near the base of the waterfall. Watch kids playing nearby <a href="https://youtu.be/65by3FWGeOE"><strong>here</strong></a>.<br /></em></p></div>
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  254. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23861" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23861" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/corn-4/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503667304&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;6.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="corn" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23861 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/corn.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>North Korea has suffered harsh periods of drought and starvation. The long-imposed brutal U.S. sanctions and destruction of the country don’t help matters. Yet, traveling over a hundred kilometers south from Pyongyang, we passed endless lush fields of corn and rice.</em></p></div>
  255. <p> </p>
  256. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23862" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23862" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/farm/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503997939&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;9&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.000625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="farm" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23862 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/farm.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Plots of land surround houses in the Jangchon Cooperative Vegetable Farm. Homes are equipped with solar water heaters, and use methane gas for cooking. Song Myong-Oh moved with her husband from Kangnam county to the farm. Outside their home grew eggplants, peppers, corn, and herbs. Of America’s threats against North Korea she said: “Although we don’t want war, we are not afraid of the US.”</em></p></div>
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  258. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23863" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23863" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/nursery/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503997107&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;15.2&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.04&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="nursery" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23863 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/nursery.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Inside the child-care center of the Jangchon Cooperative Farm. The cooperative also includes a cultural center for meetings and events, and rows of greenhouses.</em></p></div>
  259. <p> </p>
  260. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23864" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23864" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/coaster/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;5.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503912482&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;32.2&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.008&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="coaster" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23864 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/coaster.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>At the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park inside the city one night, I interacted with people and tried out some of the rides. The park was packed with families and children, including a group of 14-year-olds who had visited multiple times. A schoolteacher from Nampo City said she frequently brings her students to visit. A young man next to me on one of the rides filmed with his mobile. With an entrance fee of 200 North Korean Won (about US $0.22), the lines were long. Photo: A second amusement Park outside of Pyongyang.</em></p></div>
  261. <p> </p>
  262. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23865" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23865" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/factory-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1504086677&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;22.4&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;320&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.016666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="factory" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23865 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/factory.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Under colonial Japanese rule, Pyongyang Silk Factory laborers worked in unsanitary conditions. When Korea gained independence, conditions were gradually modernized and improved. The present-day factory is clean and well lit, with water coolers throughout. The 1,600 workers work eight-hour shifts, with financial incentives to those who exceed their quotas. A nursery provides childcare, and unmarried women have accommodation on site, with a cafeteria and sports and leisure areas.</em></p></div>
  263. <p> </p>
  264. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23866" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23866" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/vendor/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.6&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503935248&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;5.9&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.016666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="vendor" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23866 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vendor.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Fruit stand seen in Pyongyang. Small stands this size also sell snack food, sweets, water, sodas, beer, and ice cream.</em></p></div>
  265. <p> </p>
  266. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23867" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23867" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/hotel/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503857506&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.33333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="hotel" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23867 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/hotel.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>A revolving bar and restaurant at the top of Yanggakdo Hotel overlooks a modern, rebuilt city. The DPRK receives tourists from around the world — especially China and Japan, but also South Koreans — and is continually opening up areas for tourism. The potential for more American tourism was recently stymied with the September 1, 2017 U.S. travel ban.</em></p></div>
  267. <p> </p>
  268. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23868" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23868" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/pan/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503661063&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.000625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="pan" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23868 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pan.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>At Panmunjom, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), one learns the North Korean side of history, including the over 8,400 ceasefire violations by the United States. One of many notable such violations was the espionage vessel, the USS Pueblo, now on display outside Pyongyang’s war museum. North Koreans on several occasions proposed to have peace treaty talks, with “no positive response from the U.S. side.”</em></p></div>
  269. <p>This is something former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who has visited the DPRK three times,<a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/09/07/jimmy-carter-koreans-want-peace-treaty-replace-1953-ceasefire/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> confirmed — saying</a> he had met with Kim Il-Sung in 1994 “in a time of crisis, when he agreed to put all their nuclear programs under strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to seek mutual agreement with the United States on a permanent peace treaty, to have summit talks with the president of South Korea.” Carter maintained Kim Jong-Il pledged he would honor these promises.</p>
  270. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23869" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23869" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/meetings/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503658959&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.1&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="meetings" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23869 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/meetings.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>In a hall near the DMZ, photos depict 2000 and 2007 meetings between North and South discussing reunification, as well as the support of the people in both South and North. Our guide at Panmunjom noted: “On July 7, 1994, the day before he died, President Kim Il-Sung was looking through documents regarding reunification. He devoted his whole life to this.”</em></p></div>
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  272. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23870" style="max-width: 1610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23870" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/photo-report-the-north-korea-neither-trump-nor-western-media-wants-the-world-to-see/metro/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.5&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Picasa&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503766404&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;5&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.1&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="metro" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="wp-image-23870 size-full" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=620" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/metro.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>Pyongyang’s metro is a three-minute escalator ride below ground into a series of marble stations with elaborate chandeliers and beautiful wall paintings. Passengers ranged from well-dressed people, women in nice dresses and high heels, and others in casual blouses and slacks. Mosaics and engravings depict scenes of farming, construction, factories, rebuilding. Riding the metro costs the equivalent of a few cents. The tour group, Uri Tours, writes that half a million people ride the subway daily. Watch a clip of the metro <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoApzQ6b_L8&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos&amp;index=23"><strong>here</strong></a>.</em></p></div>
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  357. <title>Syriana Analysis: &#8220;Exclusive interview with Eva Bartlett 🎙️&#8221; Oct 8 at 2:47pm</title>
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  360. <pubDate>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 19:22:14 +0000</pubDate>
  361. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  362. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
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  365. <description><![CDATA[Syriana Analysis, Oct 4, 2017 &#8220;Syriana Analysis&#8217;s first outdoor interview with the Canadian freelance journalist Eva Bartlett in Favorite Park in Ludwigsburg.&#8221;   In Germany last week, I met with Kevork Almassian, the Syrian analyst and Master&#8217;s student behind the Syriana Analysis Youtube channel (watch this 4 minute clip in which Kevork introduces himself).   [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23743&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  366. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/V4AFdHn1p5E?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
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  372. <div><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Syriana Analysis&#8217;s first outdoor interview with the Canadian freelance journalist Eva Bartlett in Favorite Park in Ludwigsburg.&#8221; </span><br />
  373. <span style="color:#000000;">  </span><br />
  374. <span style="color:#000000;"> In Germany last week, I met with Kevork Almassian, the Syrian analyst and Master&#8217;s student behind the Syriana Analysis Youtube channel (watch <a href="https://www.patreon.com/posts/speaking-with-of-14701715" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this 4 minute clip</a> in which Kevork introduces himself).</span><br />
  375. <span style="color:#000000;">  </span><br />
  376. <span style="color:#000000;"> Kevork and I had a lengthy discussion on Syria, &#8220;Syriana Analysis&#8217;s first outdoor interview with the Canadian freelance journalist Eva Bartlett in Favorite Park in Ludwigsburg,&#8221; as he noted.  </span></div>
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  379. <h3 class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">Some relevant links to things mentioned in our discussion:</span></h3>
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  382. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*Related  to the question about whether hospitals/schools/etc occupied by  terrorists become legitimate targets:</span></p>
  383. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“There is some debate as to  whether clinics or hospitals run to service banned terrorist  organisations have protection under international humanitarian  law. Certainly US law does not allow it. A few years back the US jailed  US doctor Rafig Sabir for 25 years after it emerged he had been ‘on  call’ to treat al Qaeda fighters in Saudi Arabia.</span></p>
  384. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Registered  hospitals certainly do have such protection, and it is a crime to  attack them. However this protection disappears when the facility  becomes militarised. ‘Civilian objects are protected against attack,  unless and for such time as they are military objectives’.”  -From: “<a href="https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-aleppo-hospital-smokescreen-covering-up-al-qaeda-massacres-in-syria-once-again/5524250" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The ‘Aleppo Hospital’ Smokescreen: Covering up Al Qaeda Massacres in Syria, Once Again</a>&#8220;</span></p>
  385. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*At 32:00, where we’re talking about terrorists or armed groups  (musalaheen) taking food aid, for example in Aleppo and Madaya, see my related articles from both places:</span></p>
  386. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ ‘Rebel’ Rule</a>”</span></p>
  387. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/order-returns-to-western-syria-civilians-recount-horrors-rebel-rule/232380/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Syria War Diary: Order Returns To Western Cities, Civilians Recount Horrors Of &#8220;Rebel&#8221; Rule</a>”</span></p>
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  389. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  390. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  391. <div><div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23754" style="max-width: 810px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23754" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/23743/11-5/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="800,600" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="11" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23754" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=620" alt="11" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/111.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Ramadan prayers in the Rowda mosque, where Grand Mufti Hassoun used to give sermons. According to his assistant, before the war on Syria about 500 women regularly came to pray at the mosque. &#8220;Six or so months ago, a mortar hit the mosque. It bounced off the dome and fell outside in the courtyard. There were about 400 children here learning the Quran. If it had gone through the roof, it would have killed a lot of children,&#8221; he said. The worshippers at this mosque are predominately Sunni, in a city secured by the Syrian government. This is notable in that it contradicts the Western media&#8217;s blatant propaganda about a sectarian war, a &#8220;Sunni uprising against the government&#8221;. [From: &#8220;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://www.sott.net/article/327727-Eva-Bartlett-photo-essay-Aleppo-and-nearby-villages-ravaged-by-the-U-Ss-moderate-terrorists">Photo essay: Aleppo and nearby villages ravaged by the U.S.&#8217;s &#8220;moderate&#8221; terrorists</a>&#8220;]<strong><br /></strong></em></span></p></div></div>
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  399. <h4><span style="color:#000000;">I&#8217;m also now on Patreon, where I will be doing interviews (video and audio) at: <a href="https://www.patreon.com/EvaKBartlett" rel="nofollow">https://www.patreon.com/EvaKBartlett</a></span></h4>
  400. <p> </p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23743&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  412. <title>Syria War Diary: Order Returns To Western Cities, Civilians Recount Horrors Of &#8220;Rebel&#8221; Rule</title>
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  415. <pubDate>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 19:17:11 +0000</pubDate>
  416. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
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  427. <description><![CDATA[In revisiting Madaya and al-Waer after their reclamation by the Syrian army, it soon became clear from Bartlett’s conversations with residents, just how distorted the reporting of corporate media about their fate under “rebel” control had been. September 26th, 2017, Mint Press News -By Eva Bartlett In the last year, the Syrian cities of Aleppo [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23493&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  428. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23494" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23494" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/10-5/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1497004866&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;9&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="10" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23494" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=620" alt="10" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/10.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>After reconciling with the Syrian government, former militants clear debris as they rebuild their homes, and their lives, in al-Waer, Homs. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  429. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">In revisiting Madaya and al-Waer after their reclamation by the Syrian army, it soon became clear from Bartlett’s conversations with residents, just how distorted the reporting of corporate media about their fate under “rebel” control had been.</span></h2>
  430. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><time class="entry-time" datetime="2017-09-26T10:06:47+00:00">September 26th, 2017, <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/order-returns-to-western-syria-civilians-recount-horrors-rebel-rule/232380/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Mint Press News</strong></a><br />
  431. </time></span></p>
  432. <div class="follow-wrap">
  433. <h3><span style="color:#000000;">-By <a class="author" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/author/eva-bartlett/"> <strong> Eva Bartlett</strong></a></span></h3>
  434. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In the last year, the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Madaya have become familiar to the international community as they have become subjects of heavy propaganda amid corporate media coverage to justify a so-called “humanitarian” war. Another area used in the war propaganda was al-Waer, a district of Homs occupied by the Western armed and financed “moderates” of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham, and terrorists showing allegiance to Daesh (ISIS).</span></p>
  435. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When I again visited Syria in June 2017, Aleppo, Madaya and al-Waer had been restored to peace, following the evacuation of these armed groups. I was able to visit these areas and speak to residents about the reality of life under the rule of these factions.</span></p>
  436. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In Part I of my coverage August 2017 article <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/">focused on Aleppo</a> and the life of civilians there under “rebel” occupation — which included many dangers, deprivations, and horrors, not the least of which was susceptibility to extra-judicial trials and executions.</span></p>
  437. <h3><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Related |</strong><a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/">Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ Rebel Rule</a></span></h3>
  438. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Here, I look at Madaya and al-Waer, again from on the ground, to give a voice to Syrians who have been marginalized by the Western corporate media, which has instead glorified the insurgency.</span></p>
  439. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Stability with reconciliations</span></h2>
  440. <p> <br />
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  442. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img class="size-full wp-image-232395" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AP_17102395360883.jpg" alt="This frame grab from video provided by Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian rebels about to be released as part of a government deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from Madaya and Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria, April 12, 2017. " width="1200" height="542" /></span><span style="color:#000000;"><em>This frame grab from video provided by Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian rebels about to be released as part of a government deal to evacuate over 10,000 residents from Madaya and Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria, April 12, 2017.</em></span></p>
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  446. <div class="follow-wrap">
  447. <span style="color:#000000;">During my visit in June, I met with Syria’s Minister of Reconciliation, Dr. Ali Haidar. Established in June 2012, the Ministry has successfully dialogued with tens of thousands of armed Syrians to enable and facilitate return to their civilian lives.</span></p>
  448. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to Haidar, in Madaya and al-Waer stockpiles of food and medicines were found in buildings occupied by armed groups. Large quantities of weapons and ammunition were also found—notably foreign-made weapons—including <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=106993" target="_blank" rel="noopener">from the U.S. and Israel</a>. While Western media has not reported on this, Israel’s JPost in April 2016 <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syrian-army-reportedly-seizes-Israeli-made-weapons-on-their-way-to-ISIS-452497" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reported on</a> another incident: the capture of a vehicle containing Israeli mines coming from southern Syria.</span></p>
  449. <p><img class=" wp-image-232385 aligncenter" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/syria-map-madaya-kefraya-foua_0.jpg" alt="Map of Syria showing the ICRC's presence and the location towns of Madaya, Foua and Kefraya. (Map: ICRC)" width="475" height="316" /></p>
  450. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Map of Syria showing the ICRC’s presence and the location towns of Madaya, Foua and Kefraya. (Map: ICRC)</em></span></p>
  451. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Haidar explained to me that an agreement was reached at the end of 2015 that included Madaya, nearby Zabadani, and the Idlib villages Foua and Kafraya. That 2015 agreement saw <a href="https://www.icrc.org/en/document/syria-un-sarc-icrc-evacuation-wounded-idlib-rif-damascus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">over 450 people from the four areas evacuated</a> by agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).</span></p>
  452. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The evacuated included injured, ill and elderly from <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/09/06/syria-the-children-of-kafarya-and-foua-are-crying-in-the-dark/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Foua and Kafraya</a>, with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1264895143520477" target="_blank" rel="noopener">some of whom I met </a>in August 2016 to hear about their experiences.</span></p>
  453. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to a report compiled in the Reconciliation Ministry, and explained to me in our June meeting, 3,000 people, including 950 militants, left Madaya for Jarablus or Idlib on April 15, 2017. Another 600 militants laid down their arms on April 19, staying in Madaya. As of June, 20,000 people had returned to Madaya.</span></p>
  454. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In a <a href="https://dissidentvoice.org/2014/08/as-foreign-insurgents-continue-to-terrorize-syria-the-reconciliation-trend-grows/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">June 2014 interview</a>, Minister Haidar told me that over 10,000 Syrians had reconciled and returned to their civilian lives. According to his office, as of June 2017, that number was over 85,000.</span></p>
  455. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Media explosion on Madaya</span></h2>
  456. </div>
  457. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23523" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="960,721" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23523" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=620" alt="19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/19105600_1581168008559854_7641172099962582360_n.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  458. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Adjacent to a munitions factory used by armed groups in Madaya, I found packaging of an ICRC-supported food parcel, a remnant of repeated aid convoys sent into the town. As in eastern Aleppo, in Madaya armed extremists hoarded food and medicines.</span></p>
  459. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Owing to the presence of Ahrar al-Sham, al-Nusra and other groups, from around mid-2015 Madaya was under Syrian military siege. As <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/syria-war-diary-what-life-is-like-under-moderate-rebel-rule/231201/">noted in Part One</a> of this series, siege is a common tactic <a href="http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-brutal-sieges" target="_blank" rel="noopener">of wars past</a>, and one that the United States employed in Iraq (for example, the <a href="http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_of_Sadr_City" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more than four-year siege of Sadr City</a>).</span></p>
  460. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The military sieges came with offers of amnesty to those armed Syrian men who hadn’t committed bloodshed, or safe passage to another area of Syria for those who refused reconciliation, including the non-Syrian extremists. During the siege, the Syrian government did continue to send in aid to Madaya, and continued to also approve the provision of aid from the ICRC, UN and other bodies, including <a href="https://www.icrc.org/en/document/syria-war-aid-damascus-medical-supplies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in October</a> 2015.</span></p>
  461. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23535" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/rc-3/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=264&#038;h=241" data-orig-size="620,567" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="rc" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=264&#038;h=241?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=264&#038;h=241?w=620" class="  wp-image-23535 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=264&#038;h=241" alt="rc" width="264" height="241" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=264&amp;h=241 264w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=528&amp;h=482 528w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=150&amp;h=137 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/rc.jpg?w=300&amp;h=274 300w" sizes="(max-width: 264px) 100vw, 264px" /></span></p>
  462. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In December 2015, the ICRC was back in Madaya for the evacuation of injured or ill.</span></p>
  463. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/aYsL9BQTFeU?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;start=826&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  464. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In <a href="https://youtu.be/aYsL9BQTFeU?t=13m47s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his January 2016 statement</a>, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari, confirmed this October 2015 aid delivery, and noted:</span></p>
  465. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“On December 27th, we asked the resident coordinator to send immediately convoys of humanitarian assistance again to Madaya, and to Kafraya and al-Foua. The UN did not send. … Huge humanitarian assistance and medical assistance was distributed inside Madaya, October, December and now (January).</span></p>
  466. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The main problem is that the armed terrorist groups steal the convoys and trucks, and they deviate them to their own warehouses and storage. And then they resell it to civilians at prohibitive prices that the civilians cannot afford it.”</span></p>
  467. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Overnight in January 2016, Western and Gulf media, in chorus, started campaigning that the Syrian state was starving civilians in Madaya.</span></p>
  468. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_232388" style="max-width: 418px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class=" wp-image-232388 aligncenter" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/484063_img650x420_img650x420_crop.jpg" alt="The family of Marianna Mazeh, a south Lebanon girl, have expressed anger that her photo was circulated on sites claiming she was a starving child from Madaya in Syria." width="408" height="263" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><span style="color:#000000;"><em>The family of Marianna Mazeh, a south Lebanon girl, have expressed anger that her photo was circulated on sites claiming she was a starving child from Madaya in Syria.</em></span></p></div>
  469. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The same media made scant to no remarks about the terrorists occupying the hillside town. Some reports used photographs of emaciated people not from Madaya, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMnm9zl2qwk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">nor even from Syria</a> — including a pretty <a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Jan-09/331101-starving-syria-child-revealed-as-south-lebanon-girl.ashx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lebanese girl whose parents objected</a> to the media’s exploitation of their daughter — in support of the “starvation” claims.</span></p>
  470. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | ‘Fact Check on Madaya’</strong></span></p>
  471. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/NMnm9zl2qwk?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  472. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Those behind the sudden media upheaval included none other than <a href="https://www.longwarjournal.org/tags/muhaysini" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Saudi terrorist Abdullah Muhaysini</a>, known for his <a href="https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/11/us-treasury-designates-saudi-jihadist-cleric-three-others-in-syria.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">support to al-Qaeda</a> and <a href="https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/04/al-qaeda-linked-cleric-leads-new-recruiting-campaign-for-jihadists-in-syria.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">recruiting of new terrorists</a>. In early January 2016 he also <a href="http://www.globalcir.com/2016/11/18/sirija-al-qaeda-kao-novinarski-izvor/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">called for</a> the annihilation of Foua and Kafraya.</span></p>
  473. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A <a href="http://www.twitt-book.com/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%8A%D8%B3%D9%86%D9%8A-40-%D8%A3%D9%84%D9%81-%D9%86%D9%81%D8%B3-%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AA-%D9%87%D9%84-%D9%8A%D8%B9%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%85/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cached article</a> noted that Muhaysini had “appealed to the media to highlight the disaster in the region.” Another<a href="http://www.lebanondebate.com/news/231809" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> article, in Arabic</a>, cited Muhaysini as using the hashtagged phrase “Madaya is Hungry”.</span></p>
  474. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When, <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=66443" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in mid-january 2016</a>, Syrian reporters and RT <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDFwRaxK3M" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reporter Murad Gazdiev</a> entered Madaya with another shipment of aid, residents spoke of the starvation caused by the terrorist occupiers, as residents of eastern Aleppo and al-Waer later would: The terrorists stole the food aid and sold it at prices too obscenely inflated for civilians to afford.</span></p>
  475. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Inside Besieged Madaya: ‘Militants sold us 1 kg of rice for $250’</strong></span></p>
  476. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/rGDFwRaxK3M?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  477. <p> </p>
  478. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">On the ground in Madaya, June 2017</span></h2>
  479. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23550" style="max-width: 785px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img data-attachment-id="23550" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/madaya-street/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=775&#038;h=581" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="madaya street" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=775&#038;h=581?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=775&#038;h=581?w=620" class="  wp-image-23550 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=775&#038;h=581" alt="madaya street" width="775" height="581" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=775&amp;h=581 775w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=1550&amp;h=1162 1550w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/madaya-street.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 775px) 100vw, 775px" /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Life on the streets as I entered Madaya on June 13, 2017. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  480. <p><span style="color:#000000;">There was normal life on the streets of Madaya when I visited last June. Small grocery stores and other shops were open, residents and children filled bottles at the central water fountain. A sense of calm prevailed, with Ahrar al-Sham and al-Qaeda two-months departed.</span></p>
  481.  
  482. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/water-fountain/'><img width="113" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg?w=113&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg?w=113&#038;h=150 113w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg?w=226 226w" sizes="(max-width: 113px) 100vw, 113px" data-attachment-id="23624" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/water-fountain/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,4000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="water fountain" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg?w=225" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/water-fountain.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  483. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/watermellon-sales/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23625" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/watermellon-sales/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="watermellon sales" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/watermellon-sales.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  485. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Entering a small shop selling clothing, I was welcomed and offered apricots from a pail on the counter. The Madaya-Zabadani region is known for its rich agriculture and tasty fruits. It is also an area to which people from Damascus and environs would retreat in the summer, to picnic on farmland or to eat at one of the restaurants along the road leading to the towns.</span></p>
  486. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23620" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7876/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=398&#038;h=298" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7876" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=398&#038;h=298?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=398&#038;h=298?w=620" class="  wp-image-23620 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=398&#038;h=298" alt="DSCN7876" width="398" height="298" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=398&amp;h=298 398w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=796&amp;h=596 796w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7876.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w" sizes="(max-width: 398px) 100vw, 398px" /></span></p>
  487. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to Madaya’s mayor (mukthar, in Arabic), the main armed factions that had been present were the terrorist groups of Ahrar al-Sham, al-Nusra and the FSA. The shop owners also maintained that ISIS terrorists had been present in Madaya.</span></p>
  488. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I asked if they had seen ISIS themselves. Their reply: “ISIS killed a civilian outside the shop.” As it turned out, when the man was shot, residents were protesting the presence of ISIS in the town.</span></p>
  489. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I asked whether people had protested the presence of other militants. “Yes,” they said, “there were protests against the armed groups, and in support of the government, asking the government to come to Madaya. ISIS killed three protesters and another seven were injured.” Indeed, I had seen a video of Madaya residents <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAyTWUjgA5c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">marching in support</a> of the Syrian president and against the armed factions.</span></p>
  490. <p><span style="color:#000000;">To my question whether Western media was right, that the Syrian government had starved them, the four men answered ‘no’ in unison, talking over one another to make their point.</span></p>
  491. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/L-Ktf7UkHx8?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  492. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“It was not the government that starved us, it was the armed groups,” a middle-aged man said.</span></p>
  493. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“The government provided us in Madaya with supplies that would have been enough for 20 years,” a younger man exaggerated, making the point there was ample food in the town. “We received aid convoys, but the armed groups would steal the supplies and monopolize them.”</span></p>
  494. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He said he had sold his car in order to buy overpriced food from Ahrar al-Sham and al-Qaeda: “They sold us a kilogram of rice for 100,000 Syrian pounds.”</span></p>
  495. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At current exchange rates, this came to around US$200.</span></p>
  496. <p><span style="color:#000000;">An older man nicknamed Abu Sharif said repeatedly that militants had hoarded food and extorted civilians, and added:</span></p>
  497. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“After the Syrian army entered, they found 50 storage units of food, also medicine. They are still uncovering storages.” According to this man, the militants also stole jewelry from women, and forced them to dress fully covered. “They called us ‘kuffars’ and said we weren’t real Muslims.”</span></p>
  498. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The mukthar maintained: “The siege from the Syrian army had the effect that the terrorists started surrendering themselves at Syrian army posts.” Indeed, SANA reported <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=43467" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in June 2015</a> that 11 armed men had turned themselves in and — even prior to the siege, <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=11035" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in August 2014</a> — over 250 militants had joined the reconciliation process:</span></p>
  499. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“The siege was on the militants, if they hadn’t been here, there would have been no siege. There’s no siege now, everything is open.”</span></p>
  500. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Prisons, civilian shields, and a bomb factory</span></h2>
  501. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23566" style="max-width: 4618px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23566" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/ahrar-al-sham/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1497355552&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="Ahrar al Sham" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23566" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=620" alt="Ahrar al Sham" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ahrar-al-sham.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Crude graffiti bearing the symbols of Ahrar al-Sham, the dominant Islamist rebel group that once occupied Madaya, in an area of modern apartments and villas. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  502. <p><span style="color:#000000;">With the mayor, two villagers, and my driver/translator, we drove from the town hub and along winding roads leading to an area of attractive apartment homes at the edge of the town.</span></p>
  503. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Stopping the car en route, the mayor pointed at a small school, one of six in the town. A few stories high, its walls had been blown out, presumably by Syrian army shelling. “It’s an elementary school. The militants occupied it and took it as a stronghold and fired from it,” he said, saying that terrorists had occupied all of the town’s schools.</span></p>
  504. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In his investigations, Aleppo journalist Khaled Iskef highlighted why armed groups had occupied schools. <a href="https://youtu.be/oAu0OySvvaA?t=19m" target="_blank" rel="noopener">According to</a> a former fighter for the Shami Front whom Iskef interviewed, “Terrorists use schools because the infrastructure is solid and they have cellars to use for munitions storage and prisons.”</span></p>
  505. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Khaled Iskef’s report highlights armed rebels occupying schools</strong></span></p>
  506. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/oAu0OySvvaA?version=3&#038;rel=0&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;start=1051&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  507. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Madaya never had a hospital, only a small clinic, which the locals said terrorists had closed to the public. The regional hospital for the area is <a href="https://www.google.hr/maps/place/%D9%85%D8%B4%D9%81%D9%89+%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B2%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%E2%80%AD/@33.6896562,36.1183154,13z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0xdee13a8d289100b5%218m2%213d33.7126225%214d36.1129081" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in nearby Zabadani</a>. Yet, by November 2016, reports on Madaya’s nonexistent hospital includedd <a href="http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/madayas-last-hospital-closes-one-syrian-father-loses-two-children-week-2134570442" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this headline</a> from the Qatar-funded Middle East Eye: “As Madaya’s last hospital closes…”</span></p>
  508. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This is the same ‘last hospital’ theme that abounded in propaganda around Aleppo.</span></p>
  509. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The town did have a small medical clinic, though. In the media spin around Madaya, purportedly heroic non-MDs were treating the citizens of Madaya, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIoFZYPU1RU" target="_blank" rel="noopener">including</a> one dentist and one veterinarian.</span></p>
  510. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to the mayor and other men I spoke with, though, only terrorists and their families were treated or given access to medicines. Given that this accusation was later widely heard from civilians in liberated areas of Aleppo, and given that the terrorists in question were al-Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham (which the <a href="https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43727.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">U.S. Congress lists as a terrorist group</a> in its own documents), it is highly unlikely that the Madaya people who alleged this were not telling the truth.</span></p>
  511. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Madaya’s mayor said he knew the two “hero doctors.” Of the dentist, the mayor said he benefited from helping the militants. “He could get whatever he want[ed] from them, like food and medicine, and he became famous in the media.”</span></p>
  512. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The video on this hero doctor was Netherlands-produced (a country which supports the ‘opposition’), and featured a Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) board member. SAMS <a href="https://www.sams-usa.net/who-we-are/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">purports to be</a> a “nonpolitical, nonprofit, professional and medical relief organization,” but supports al-Qaeda-occupied areas in Syria. Their <a href="https://www.sams-usa.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Syrian-American-Medical-Society-Annual-Report-2015.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">own website notes</a> meetings with the State Department, Homeland Security, and other establishment policymakers, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry — all deeply involved in the U.S. war on Syria.</span></p>
  513. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23580" style="max-width: 3821px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23580" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/madaya-mukthar/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="3811,2744" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Madaya mukthar" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23580" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=620" alt="Madaya mukthar" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/madaya-mukthar.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>The Mayor of Madaya, standing near buildings once occupied by “moderate rebels” who sniped and fired mortars on the road below. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  514. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In addition to occupying schools, “moderate rebels” occupied apartment buildings and the luxurious villas, turning some into prisons. Standing next one apartment, the men told me that it and buildings across the road were used by the occupiers to bomb and snipe the Madaya-Zabadani road below:</span></p>
  515. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“The civilians living below were like human shields for the terrorists. The army couldn’t shoot at the terrorists easily because they’d risk hitting the civilians.”</span></p>
  516. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23616" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=593&#038;h=445" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="civilian homes below sniper and firing point" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=593&#038;h=445?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=593&#038;h=445?w=620" class="  wp-image-23616 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=593&#038;h=445" alt="civilian homes below sniper and firing point" width="593" height="445" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=593&amp;h=445 593w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=1186&amp;h=890 1186w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/civilian-homes-below-sniper-and-firing-point.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 593px) 100vw, 593px" /></span></p>
  517. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I asked how life was in Madaya before 2011. “Madaya was a tourist’s paradise,” the mayor replied, smiling, eyes closed, remembering. “People who came from outside of Syria would come to Madaya,” to enjoy the environment of natural beauty.</span></p>
  518. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Further on among the hillside dwellings, we stood near an apartment that had been occupied, one floor turned into a prison to hold locals until their fates (including execution) were decided in terrorists’ Sharia trials.</span></p>
  519. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Nestled behind the apartment, out of view, was a factory where terrorists manufactured mortars and rockets.</span></p>
  520. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Above that factory, one of the food storage caches was found after militants had left Madaya. The mayor said, “Last time the army found a storage with more than 400 cartons of food.” Syrian authorities filled five trucks with medicine hoarded by the armed groups, he said.</span></p>
  521. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Walking gingerly over rubble, not yet cleared by engineers of any unexploded ordinance, we reached the bomb workshop, a single ground-level room. Equipment and materials for manufacturing explosives still lay scattered.</span></p>
  522.  
  523. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/bomb-factory1/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23629" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/bomb-factory1/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="bomb factory1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory1.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  524. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/bomb-factory2/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23630" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/bomb-factory2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="bomb factory2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/bomb-factory2.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  525.  
  526. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Hidden factory where mortars and rockets were manufactured by terrorists</strong></span></p>
  527. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/7xl54mHshbs?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  528. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Down the lane, another villa had also been used as a headquarters and prison until it was hit by Syrian army shelling, forcing the “rebels” to relocate. Another mass food storage was found in a neighboring building, the mayor said.</span></p>
  529. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Entering the relocated prison through a hole blown into the wall, I walked past a room containing a cooking stove and refrigerator, both booby-trapped by terrorists to kill whoever tried to move them. I had learned of this tactic in 2014 in the old city of Homs.</span></p>
  530. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch |Visit to the relocated prison</strong></span></p>
  531. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/vXW2Dkk_1Bg?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  532. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“They left booby-trapped explosives in the houses, all over, even behind paintings on the wall,” <a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/liberated-homs-residents-challenge-notion-of-revolution/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">I was told</a>. Similarly, in Maaloula in June 2016, <a href="https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/10/18/overcoming-savagery-treachery-maaloulas-heroic-defenders-fight-future.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">I was told</a>: “They rigged houses so that when someone opened the door, an electrical trigger with a small charge would detonate and explode a gas canister.”</span></p>
  533. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Two rooms, metal doors welded onto the entrances, had been used as cells. In the middle of another room, a metal bed frame with a piece of cloth tethered at one end. “They interrogated and tortured people here,” a former FSA militant said. An unwilling participant, he said he was forced by other militants to join, and that he was among the first to take the government-offered amnesty when peace was restored to Madaya in May 2017.</span></p>
  534.  
  535. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7963/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23634" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7963/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7963" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7963.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  536. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7960/'><img width="150" height="107" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg?w=150&#038;h=107" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg?w=150&#038;h=107 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23633" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7960/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg" data-orig-size="3905,2785" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7960" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7960.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  537.  
  538. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In neighboring Buqayn, Ahrar al-Sham transformed the municipality building into a prison, fortified with sandbagging and bricks. The dank cells were sealed with the same solid metal doors.</span></p>
  539.  
  540. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7971/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23650" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7971/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7971" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7971.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  541. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7976/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23651" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7976/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7976" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7976.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  542. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7966-2/'><img width="113" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg?w=113&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg?w=113&#038;h=150 113w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg?w=226 226w" sizes="(max-width: 113px) 100vw, 113px" data-attachment-id="23642" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7966-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,4000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7966" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg?w=225" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn79661.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  543.  
  544. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A soft-spoken employee of the municipality, limping as he walked, came over to tell me how he was shot at close range. Leaning on a crutch with prayer beads wrapped around the handle, he explained his injury. Recounting that terrorists had shot at the truck he and three others were in, he said, “the driver was killed and we were all injured. … We were subject to shooting many times.”</span></p>
  545. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Municipal employee describes being shot by terrorists as part of intimidation campaign</strong></span></p>
  546. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/ikgV0O9i36g?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  547. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The reason for the attacks? To intimidate them from returning to work at the municipality. Three surgeries later, still needing another, the man said his wounded leg is now seven centimeters shorter than his good leg.</span></p>
  548. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Below and beyond the village, in a sitting room away from the June sun, a farmer-turned-soldier, still wearing his military uniform, spoke of why he took up arms in support of the Syrian army:</span></p>
  549. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">Life was good here, we were living well. When things turned violent in the area, I and other men from the area volunteered to support the Syrian army.”</span></p></blockquote>
  550. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He and others warned Madaya locals not to fall for the political game that originated from America, Israel, Turkey and others, he said — also pointing out that sectarianism was never a way for most Syrians, that it came from Saudi Arabia and other outside forces:</span></p>
  551. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">If you came and visited our home, slept in our home, we never asked what religion you were.”</span></p></blockquote>
  552. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As I left, he insisted on giving me bags filled with cherries and other fruits grown on his land.</span></p>
  553.  
  554. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8032/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23600" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8032/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN8032" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8032.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  555. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8053/'><img width="136" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg?w=136&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg?w=136&#038;h=150 136w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg?w=272 272w" sizes="(max-width: 136px) 100vw, 136px" data-attachment-id="23601" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8053/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg" data-orig-size="2794,3076" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN8053" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg?w=272" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8053.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  556. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8054/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23602" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn8054/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN8054" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn8054.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  557.  
  558. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></h2>
  559. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Al-Waer at peace</span></h2>
  560.  
  561. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer3/'><img width="150" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23668" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer3/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1450184238&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;43&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.000861&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="waer3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer3.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  562. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer2/'><img width="150" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23667" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1450183930&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;43&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.000679&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="waer2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer2.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  563. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer1/'><img width="150" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23666" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer1/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1450183876&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;43&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00106&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="waer1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer1.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  564. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer4/'><img width="150" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23669" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer4/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1450185004&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;296&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.080353&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="waer4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer4.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  565. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer5/'><img width="150" height="150" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg?w=150&#038;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23670" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer5/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1450185113&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;934&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.121905&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="waer5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer5.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  567. <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Scenes from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1120538324622827&amp;set=a.1128530780490248.1073741883.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outskirts of al-Waer, December 2015</a>. Photos: Eva Bartlett</em></span></p>
  568. <p> </p>
  569. <p><span style="color:#000000;">To the west of Homs lies the suburb of al-Waer. In December 2015, when a truce was holding, I had stood at a Syrian army checkpoint on the western outskirts of al-Waer, speaking with residents as they crossed back into the district with food from outside and bags of bread from the industrial-sized bakery to the side of the road.</span></p>
  570. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Trucks loaded with eggs, meat and medicines waited to enter the district. Zakariya Sha’ar, a doctor bringing medicine, mentioned the presence of non-Syrian militants, including Saudis, Tunisians, and Chechens, among others.</span></p>
  571. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1109530025723657&amp;set=a.1128530780490248.1073741883.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="noopener">I stood on the road</a>, less than 100 meters from the checkpoint of the militants, I was cautioned to step back: “It’s not safe, at any moment they could do anything, break the ceasefire.”</span></p>
  572. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23720" style="max-width: 519px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img data-attachment-id="23720" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/waer5-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=509&#038;h=509" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="waer5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=509&#038;h=509?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=509&#038;h=509?w=620" class="  wp-image-23720 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=509&#038;h=509" alt="waer5" width="509" height="509" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=509&amp;h=509 509w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=1018&amp;h=1018 1018w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=150&amp;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=300&amp;h=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/waer51.jpg?w=768&amp;h=768 768w" sizes="(max-width: 509px) 100vw, 509px" /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em><span id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption"><span class="hasCaption">Tariq, a Palestinian resident of al-Waer (the district of Homs which is almost cleansed of the terrorists infesting it), born in 1957, is originally from Akka. Of his life in Syria, he (like every other Palestinian friend or person I&#8217;ve met in Syria) told me: &#8220;The Syrian government treats me as well as a Syrian.&#8221; (More photos <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1120538324622827&amp;set=a.1128530780490248.1073741883.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a></strong>)</span></span></em></span></p></div>
  573. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI5BmvsDTkE" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Inside the bakery</a>, I saw locals producing the bread that would go into al-Waer. I was told the wheat was provided by the Syrian government.</span></p>
  574. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Footage inside the al-Waer Bread Factory, Homs</strong></span></p>
  575. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/aI5BmvsDTkE?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  576. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Syrian Minister Ali Haidar told me that armed groups had gathered in al-Waer due to its large population, around 300,000 people:</span></p>
  577. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">They [the armed groups] entered al-Waer, closed it off, and turned it into a zone to fight the government. The large number of civilians made the government unable to start a direct battle against the militants. Therefore, we remained around the neighborhood.”</span></p></blockquote>
  578. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to Haidar, the Ministry started attempts at broaching reconciliation at the end of 2013, and reached an agreement at the beginning of 2014:</span></p>
  579. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">However, the large number of the militant groups in al-Waer, the internal disputes among them—and most importantly the control of al-Nusra over other militant groups—hindered the project after we had begun.”</span></p></blockquote>
  580. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The reconciliation effort began anew early 2016 but, again due to the presence of al-Qaeda, was delayed for a year — hampered by “external directives, mainly Qatari, to leaders of militant groups to hinder the project,” Haidar said, “[in order] to cause problems outside al-Waer.”</span></p>
  581. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When from March to May 2017 the evacuations did finally occur, no UN personnel were involved, Haidar said, only the Syrian Red Crescent, Russian military police, and Syrian security personnel. As with evacuations elsewhere in Syria, militants left with light arms.</span></p>
  582. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to a detailed breakdown (provided to me at the Ministry of Reconciliation) of the 11 evacuations from March 18 to May 21, the final tally of militants who departed from al-Waer was 4,937, with a further 750 who chose to reconcile and stay in the district. Of the departed militants and their families, Minister Haidar maintained that at least 70 percent were not from al-Waer but from other areas of Homs and elsewhere.</span></p>
  583. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“Immediately,” Minister Haidar told me, “we started the plan to return the locals to al-Waer.” As of June, there was a plan for the return of 50,000 people to al-Waer over the next couple of months.</span></p>
  584. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Visiting secured al-Waer</span></h2>
  585. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23685" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23685" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/2-7/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1497001067&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0008&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23685" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=620" alt="2" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Riding in a local taxi along the broad streets of al-Waer, the driver had spoken glowingly about the area’s infrastructure. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  586. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In a local taxi, I approached the district with a journalist from Homs. Driving along smooth boulevards, Hayat and the driver took turns telling me about al-Waer, nicknamed “New Homs.” It was known for the green spaces and parks, the good infrastructure, she said — and impeccable infrastructure, the driver interrupted, saying “life was so good here.”</span></p>
  587. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As the taxi entered al-Waer, a housing complex came into view, and apartment buildings further along, all studded with gunfire and holes from shelling. The car paused in front of a building where a boy of perhaps 12 years shoveled rubble from in front of his home. The buildings to the left of him were blackened from shelling.</span></p>
  588. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23689" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23689" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/1-7/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;4.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1497000925&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;18.8&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0015625&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23689" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=620" alt="1" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/1.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>A boy, about 12 years-old, clears rubble from outside of a home in al-Waer. Many homes targeted like this had been used as headquarters by the militants occupying the district. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  589. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Some minutes later, we passed an empty lot with shells of buses pocked with gunfire.</span></p>
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  591. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7816/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23775" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/dscn7816/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN7816" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/dscn7816.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  593. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/8-2/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23728" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/8-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="8" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/8.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  594.  
  595. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Further along, another bus, windows blown out, was parked across a road formerly leading to a Syrian army checkpoint. Walking along the streets, Hayat pointed to an intact multi-story apartment building, and another with shelled upper-level rooms.</span></p>
  596. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“This building had civilians. That building had militants,” she said, indicating that buildings not used by militants were not targeted.</span></p>
  597. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This is a difference many journalists willfully overlook, choosing instead to speak of physical destruction in general terms, ignoring and negating the presence of terrorists — whether high up in sniping and shelling vantage points, or bunkered safely below ground, as I saw <a href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/">in Bani Zeid, Aleppo</a> last year — and the efforts made to confine destruction to these targets.</span></p>
  598. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mC49LX80T8A?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  599. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A green bus filled with passengers passed by, characteristic of those <a href="https://www.google.ca/search?q=green+bus+evacuation+aleppo&amp;dcr=0&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiz_q3g4LbWAhUBuBQKHTzmBwUQsAQIJg&amp;biw=1366&amp;bih=635" target="_blank" rel="noopener">used in the evacuations in eastern Aleppo</a>. They were also used in al-Waer, along with other buses, for the evacuation process. Today, as in Aleppo, the buses are back to city services. There was some life on the streets otherwise: an older man bicycled down one lane, and a child crossed the other in the distance.</span></p>
  600. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23735" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23735" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/11-4/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="11" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23735" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=620" alt="11" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/11.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Graffiti remnants of the west&#8217;s &#8220;moderates&#8221; in al-Waer.</em></span></p></div>
  601. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In one small shop, a young clerk was reluctant to talk about life under terrorist rule, as was his father. Possibly the family supported the militants.</span></p>
  602. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23697" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23697" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/3-8/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23697" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=620" alt="3" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/3.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>A small shop with shelves no longer empty after militants left and the military siege was subsequently lifted. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  603. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Another shop, unfurnished save for a faded plastic poster of a horse and another of a mother and child, was stocked with items that had been long-absent for most people. Sugar, flour, detergents, eggs, a variety of cigarettes, an array of chocolate bars and cookies, and bags of potato chips, instant noodles, and other non-perishable food items filled the shelves.</span></p>
  604. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The shop owner said they had suffered from hunger. “The armed groups wouldn’t give us anything at all,” he said. “The opportunists, you mean,” remarked an older man, a friend, who had walked in. The latter continued: “One kilogram of salt reached 8,000 Syrian pounds (US $16), one bag of bread 3,000 pounds (US $6).”</span></p>
  605. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23701" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/5-4/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23701" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=620" alt="5" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/5.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  606. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I asked about the bakery I had seen in 2015, and whether bread in fact regularly entered the district. “Yes,” said the second man, “it did,” but the militants would sell it at the inflated prices he had mentioned.</span></p>
  607. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A man selling cigarettes on a street corner, his makeshift table stacked with cigarette cartons, said he hadn’t left al-Waer during the presence of the militants — it was and is his home.</span></p>
  608. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="23704" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/6-7/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23704" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=620" alt="6" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/6.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  609. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“Life was very, very bad. There was no food, they used to take the food for themselves,” he said of the armed groups, continuing with the same complaints as the others I’d spoken with: “They would sell it to us with a price they decided,” he said, citing similar exorbitant prices for flour, sugar, and basics.</span></p>
  610. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A father of six children, he worried about their future after so many years of war. We parted with his last words:</span></p>
  611. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">But now the army is here, they are doing good, hopefully everything will return back to how it was.”</span></p></blockquote>
  612. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23708" style="max-width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23708" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/10-6/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="2000,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="10" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23708" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=620" alt="10" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/10.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>After reconciling with the Syrian government, former militants clear debris as they rebuild their homes, and their lives. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  613. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Further on in the district, three men worked clearing rubble from around a home badly damaged on the ground level. They waved and greeted us as our taxi stopped, but went silent and refused to speak when noticing my camera. A level up, a woman’s face peered out a small hole in the wall, then her hand reached out and gestured to come upstairs.</span></p>
  614. <p><span style="color:#000000;">She was one of the many who left al-Waer, departing in 2013 and renting elsewhere in Homs. She said her life prior to 2011 was wonderful, and was strongly optimistic for the future:</span></p>
  615. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“People are coming back home. Although many houses are destroyed, they are inhabited. If they are destroyed, we’ll rebuild them. What matters is that we’ve got rid of those bastards,” she said of the militants dubbed “moderate rebels” by western media and politicians.</span></p>
  616. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The men below, it turned out, had been militants, but took amnesty and reconciled with the state, and are returning to their lives.</span></p>
  617. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This was hard for me to process: living in the same building is a family evidently patriotic—the woman’s brother is in the Syrian army and she herself praised both the army and government—and the very former militants the family fled from, men who took up guns against both the government and in many cases civilians.</span></p>
  618. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I asked if she knew her neighbors well. “Of course,” she answered. “But some people were brainwashed by others about ‘bad people, oppressing people.’ So, there were guys who joined those bastards,” she said of the militants.</span></p>
  619. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As we spoke, one of the men came into the room. We shifted the conversation to casual talk about her family. After he left the room, she explained quietly that he was keeping an eye on her, what she might be saying to me. I was again struck by the strangeness of the situation, and when he had left, asked her if she wasn’t afraid to be living above the men.</span></p>
  620. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“The state is here, we aren’t afraid. They’ve provided everything for us, are helping us, mash’allah,” she replied.</span></p>
  621. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I stopped on the stairs leading from her apartment, listening to the call to prayer coming from the nearby mosque, watching as life trickled along the streets of the badly damaged district.</span></p>
  622. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Watch | Pausing to listen to the call to prayer from nearby mosque</strong></span></p>
  623. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/g17zW7dr4Vs?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  624. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Epilogue</span></h2>
  625. <div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23655" style="max-width: 4010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img data-attachment-id="23655" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/syria-war-diary-order-returns-to-western-cities-civilians-recount-horrors-of-rebel-rule/tunnel-villa-outside/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="tunnel villa outside" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23655" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=620" alt="tunnel villa outside" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/tunnel-villa-outside.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><p class="wp-caption-text"></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><em>The outside of a villa used by rebels as a tunnel entrance. The idyllic mountain view was marred only by the signs of battle: an empty swimming pool lightly littered with rubble, and a villa beyond, roof and walls blown out by shelling. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/MintPress News)</em></span></p></div>
  626. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When at the Ministry of Reconciliation later, waiting for my meeting with the Minister, I saw many women and some men also waiting to talk with someone at the Ministry, about their loved ones, militants who had left another restored district, Qudsaya, for Idlib in October 2016. The militants wanted to come home.</span></p>
  627. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The minister’s office also told me at the time that 72 families had already returned to more-recently secured al-Waer, from Jarabulus.</span></p>
  628. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On July 11, Syrian state media, <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=109881" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SANA, reported</a>: “Fourteen buses carrying about 150 families, including 630 persons from the residents of al-Waer neighborhood, have arrived in Homs city coming from Jarabulus.” The report noted that this was the fifth group of families returning from Jarabulus or Idlib, and that many more families were scheduled to return.</span></p>
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  757. <title>&#8220;Eva Bartlett in North Korea – Going Behind the Media Iron Curtain&#8221;&#8211;The Taylor Report &#038; 21st Century Wire</title>
  758. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/eva-bartlett-in-north-korea-going-behind-the-media-iron-curtain-the-taylor-report-21st-century-wire/</link>
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  760. <pubDate>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:58:28 +0000</pubDate>
  761. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  762. <category><![CDATA[DPRK North Korea]]></category>
  763. <category><![CDATA[interviews]]></category>
  764. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
  765.  
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  767. <description><![CDATA[21st Century Wire published an interview I had done with Phil Taylor on his Taylor Report, making it into a video using some of my publicly uploaded photos from the DPRK. The 21 Wire post follows&#8230;   Eva Bartlett in North Korea.  21st Century Wire says… Intrepid, independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, has recently returned from [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23444&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  768. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;">21st Century Wire published <a href="http://www.radio4all.net/files/[email protected]/16-1-TheDPRKisfullofRealPeople.mp3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an interview</a> I had done with Phil Taylor on his Taylor Report, making it into a video using some of my publicly uploaded photos from the DPRK. The <a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/09/24/eva-bartlett-north-korea-going-behind-media-iron-curtain/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">21 Wire post</a> follows&#8230;</span></p>
  769. <div class="post-info"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  771. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/09/24/eva-bartlett-north-korea-going-behind-media-iron-curtain/attachment/18/" rel="attachment wp-att-99685"><img class="alignnone  wp-image-99685" src="https://i2.wp.com/21stcenturywire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/18.jpg" alt="" width="601" height="601" /></a></span><br />
  772. <span style="color:#000000;"><em>Eva Bartlett in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1664423866900934&amp;set=a.1664413886901932.1073741908.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater">North Korea</a>. </em></span></p>
  773. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.21stcenturywire.com"><strong>21st Century Wire</strong></a> says…</span></p>
  774. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Intrepid, independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, has recently returned from a fact-finding trip to North Korea, in her words, ” one of the most vilified nations in the world today”. What she saw and recorded during her week-long trip defies all western attempts to portray this proud nation as a nest of iniquity and oppression. </strong></span></p>
  775. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In the last few days, Bartlett gave an interview to the <a href="http://www.radio4all.net/files/[email protected]/16-1-TheDPRKisfullofRealPeople.mp3"><strong>Taylor Report</strong></a> during which she revealed her valuable insights which take us behind the media iron curtain that separates us from the reality of life in North Korea.<br />
  776. </span></p>
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  778. <p><span style="color:#000000;">21st Century Wire has taken this interview and created a video, showcasing just some of Bartlett’s stunning photography and video footage taken during her stay in North Korea, as Phil Taylor says:</span></p>
  779. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>“North Korea does not exist in black and white. Witness Eva Bartlett’s photos and be struck by the colour.</em></span></p>
  780. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Despite a barrage of propaganda designed to portray a monochromatic dystopia, North Korea is a vibrant country populated by real human beings. Phil interviews Eva, whose timely voyage to the DPRK shines a light on a land darkened by our own ignorance.”</em></span></p>
  781. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Listen to Eva Bartlett and enjoy the poignant &amp; evocative images. <em>WATCH:<br />
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  784. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/JAvyOyXbaXQ?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  785. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*More of my photos and videos at <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this recently-updated post</a></strong></span>, to which I will continue to add content.</span></p>
  786. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*A recent interview with Edward Rhymes, Rhymes Media, which I <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/talking-dprknorth-korea-with-edward-rhymes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">posted here</a></strong></span>, along with relevant links.</span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/dprk-north-korea/'>DPRK North Korea</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/interviews/'>interviews</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23444&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  811. <title>Talking DPRK/North Korea, With Edward Rhymes</title>
  812. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/talking-dprknorth-korea-with-edward-rhymes/</link>
  813. <comments>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/talking-dprknorth-korea-with-edward-rhymes/#comments</comments>
  814. <pubDate>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:00:07 +0000</pubDate>
  815. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  816. <category><![CDATA[DPRK North Korea]]></category>
  817. <category><![CDATA[interviews]]></category>
  818. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
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  821. <description><![CDATA[    Below is a recent interview/discussion on North Korea with host Edward Rhymes, who wrote:   &#8220;Eva Bartlett fresh from her journey to the DPRK in North Korea, talks about her insights and discusses w/Edward Rhymes the issues facing that nation. Ed and Eva talk about the provocative war games that US have engaged [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23369&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  828. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">Below is a recent interview/discussion on North Korea with host Edward Rhymes, who wrote: </span></div>
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  832. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;<em>Eva Bartlett fresh from her journey to the DPRK in North Korea, talks about her insights and discusses w/Edward Rhymes the issues facing that nation. Ed and Eva talk about the provocative war games that US have engaged in on right outside North Korea &#8211; and North Korea as the simulated enemy in these war games; the anti-North Korean propaganda machine the West&#8217;s quashing of North &amp; South Korea&#8217;s reunification and the desires of the North Korean people.</em></span></div>
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  836. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;"><em>It is difficult to come away from talking w/Eva without being better informed. She puts it on the line in her travels and she is uncompromisingly honest in her work as an investigative journalist. Join us, here, on #IndependentMediaMonday.</em>&#8221; </span></div>
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  840. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">Listen to our discussion <strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><a href="https://www.rhymesmediagroup.com/single-post/2017/09/22/RMGs-IndependentMediaMonday-wEdward-Rhymes-Eva-Bartlett-2017-09-15" target="_blank" rel="noopener">at this link</a></span>.</strong></span></div>
  841. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  847. <h3 class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">RELATED LINKS:<br />
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  851. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  852. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>-On Defectors:</strong></span></div>
  853. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  854. </div>
  855. </div>
  856. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">*(March 2017): &#8220;&#8230; South Korea will <a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/world/asia/hoping-to-lure-high-level-defectors-south-korea-increases-rewards.html">significantly increase the rewards it pays to defectors </a>from the north who treasonously disclose state secrets or surrender military equipment. High-ranking North Korean officials will receive $860,000 for defecting and selling out their compatriots, while pilots will be offered the same to fly their warplanes to South Korea. Sailors who surrender their warships to Seoul will also receive $860,000. At the same time, payouts from $43,000 to $260,000 will be handed to North Korean military personnel who defect, if they bring with them lesser weapons, such as tanks or machine guns. &#8221; Read the entire article by Stephen Gowans, including much-needed historical context, here: &#8220;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://gowans.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/washingtons-considers-military-action-against-north-korea-to-force-regime-change/">Washington Considers Military Action Against North Korea to Force Regime Change</a>&#8220;</span></div>
  857. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  858. </div>
  859. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement">
  860. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">*Interesting, surprising, admissions of truth in a CBC investigation. &#8220;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://youtu.be/ccx7X7_Hgu4?t=4m42s">Shin Dong-hyuk changes his story.</a>&#8221; (VIDEO) </span></div>
  861. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  864. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">*&#8221;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkegD7V9E6g">Why do North Korean defectors keep changing their stories?</a>&#8221; (VIDEO) </span></div>
  865. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  867. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement">
  868. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">*&#8221;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUtY7tMiozM">Yeonmi Park the Celebrity DPRK Defector Exposed!</a>&#8221; (VIDEO)</span></div>
  869. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  871. </div>
  872. <div><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>-Other Related Links:</strong></span></div>
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  876. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">-&#8220;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://journal-neo.org/2017/03/13/north-korea-the-grand-deception-revealed/">North Korea: The Grand Deception Revealed</a>&#8220;, Christopher Black </span></div>
  877. <div><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  878. </div>
  879. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement">
  880. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">-&#8220;<a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://youtu.be/2BO83Ig-E8E">The Haircut (2017) &#8211; A North Korean Adventure</a>&#8220;</span></div>
  881. </div>
  882. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement">
  883. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr"><span style="color:#000000;">-See some (not yet all) of my photos and videos from North Korea <a class="jpF-components-SimpleRichTextEditor-LinkSpan--linkSpan" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/">on my Facebook page</a>.</span></div>
  884. </div>
  885. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  886. <div class="_2TO-components-SimpleRichTextEditor--paragraphElement"><span style="color:#000000;"> <img data-attachment-id="23393" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/talking-dprknorth-korea-with-edward-rhymes/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="720,616" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-23393" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=620" alt="21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/21761498_10209823940971022_8931466203366354666_n.jpg 720w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></div>
  887. </div><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/dprk-north-korea/'>DPRK North Korea</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/interviews/'>interviews</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23369&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  903. <title>Patreon: Yes, People Exist in Pyongyang</title>
  904. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/patreon-yes-people-exist-in-pyongyang/</link>
  905. <comments>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/patreon-yes-people-exist-in-pyongyang/#comments</comments>
  906. <pubDate>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:15:53 +0000</pubDate>
  907. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  908. <category><![CDATA[DPRK North Korea]]></category>
  909. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
  910.  
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  912. <description><![CDATA[A common comment I&#8217;ve gotten on the fraction of photos/videos I&#8217;ve posted from North Korea (as I continue to sift through hundreds of them) is the lack of people on the streets. Bearing in mind that I haven&#8217;t yet posted videos and photos from busy places like the metro/subway system and public places, I&#8217;m sharing [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23356&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  922. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A common comment I&#8217;ve gotten on the fraction of photos/videos I&#8217;ve posted from North Korea (as I continue to sift through hundreds of them) is the lack of people on the streets. Bearing in mind that I haven&#8217;t yet posted videos and photos from busy places like the metro/subway system and public places, I&#8217;m sharing these screenshots from a video of a busy public square near the train station, a square that was filled with people, mostly sitting, each time I passed it.</span></p>
  923. <p><span style="color:#000000;">If you&#8217;d like to see the video now, consider following me on Patreon. <span class="_47e3 _5mfr" title="smile emoticon"><img class="img" role="presentation" src="https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f4c/1/16/1f642.png" alt="" width="16" height="16" /></span></span></p>
  924. <p><strong><span style="color:#000000;">See:</span> <a href="https://www.patreon.com/posts/14266611" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yes, People Exist in Pyongyang</a></strong></p>
  925. </div><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/dprk-north-korea/'>DPRK North Korea</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23356&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  941. <title>Talking North Korea/DPRK on UK Column News</title>
  942. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/talking-north-koreadprk-on-uk-column-news/</link>
  943. <comments>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/talking-north-koreadprk-on-uk-column-news/#comments</comments>
  944. <pubDate>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:47:14 +0000</pubDate>
  945. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  946. <category><![CDATA[DPRK North Korea]]></category>
  947. <category><![CDATA[media lies]]></category>
  948.  
  949. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://ingaza.wordpress.com/?p=23333</guid>
  950. <description><![CDATA[I joined the UK Column yesterday to talk about some aspects of my recent trip to the DPRK/North Korea. Short segment and I&#8217;m still processing all my notes, but interesting conversation with Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen. UK Column, Sep 5, 2017 &#8220;Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with today&#8217;s UK Column News, including a conversation [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23333&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  951. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;">I joined the UK Column yesterday to talk about some aspects of my recent trip to the DPRK/North Korea. Short segment and I&#8217;m still processing all my notes, but interesting conversation with Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen. </span></p>
  952. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mPDztmWfziM?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  953. <p><span style="color:#000000;">UK Column, Sep 5, 2017</span></p>
  954. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with today&#8217;s UK Column News, including a conversation with investigative journalist Eva Bartlett, recently returned from North Korea.&#8221;<br />
  955. </span><span id="more-23333"></span></p>
  956. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></p>
  957. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I have joined <a href="https://www.patreon.com/EvaKBartlett" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Patreon</a>, as a means to stay afloat while remaining a fully independent-minded journalist. Please support (even just by sharing <a href="https://www.patreon.com/EvaKBartlett" target="_blank" rel="noopener">my Patreon page</a>) if you value my work. Many thanks!</span></p>
  958. <p><span style="color:#000000;">See also: </span></p>
  959. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">-Photos from a week in the DPRK</a></span></p>
  960. <p>-My Youtube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUoQioU65Mk&amp;list=PLqtiZC-4QZC1gws0TTZSW8SPVSlmW2Oos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DPRK Channel</a></p>
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  977. <title>Photos from a week in the DPRK</title>
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  980. <pubDate>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:46:29 +0000</pubDate>
  981. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  982. <category><![CDATA[DPRK North Korea]]></category>
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  986. <description><![CDATA[From August 24-31, I visited the DPRK (North Korea) as part of a very small delegation interested in hearing from North Koreans themselves about their lives, the US sanctions and incessant war manouevres, their history and more. A sample of photos and videos, with more to follow soon. Please bear in mind that this country [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=23258&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  987. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div data-shortcode="caption" id="attachment_23259" style="max-width: 630px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="23259" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn0110-fb/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN0110 FB" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" class="wp-image-23259 size-large" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" alt="" width="620" height="465" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=620&amp;h=465 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=930 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Children in Pyongyang Orphanage before performing drumming. August 29, 2017.</em></span></p></div>
  988. <p><span style="color:#000000;">From August 24-31, I visited the DPRK (North Korea) as part of a very small delegation interested in hearing from North Koreans themselves about their lives, the US sanctions and incessant war manouevres, their history and more. A sample of photos and videos, with more to follow soon.<br />
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  1018. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn0110-fb-2/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23302" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn0110-fb-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN0110 FB" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn0110-fb1.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  1047. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9358/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23478" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9358/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503765754&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;500&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9358" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9358.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1048. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9361/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23479" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9361/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503765830&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;500&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9361" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9361.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1049. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9364/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23480" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9364/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503765867&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.16666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9364" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9364.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1050. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9367/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23481" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9367/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503766347&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;400&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.04&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9367" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9367.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1051. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9369/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23482" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9369/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503766364&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9369" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9369.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1052. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9373/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23483" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9373/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503766453&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;280&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9373" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9373.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1053. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9375/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23484" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9375/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg" data-orig-size="4608,3456" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;3.3&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;COOLPIX P610&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1503766465&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;800&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9375" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9375.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1054. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon/'><img width="150" height="106" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg?w=150&#038;h=106" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg?w=150&#038;h=106 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23485" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg" data-orig-size="3929,2776" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9386 FB TWITTER after share on Patreon" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9386-fb-twitter-after-share-on-patreon.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1055. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9401-fb-2/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23486" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9401-fb-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9401 fb" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9401-fb1.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1056. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9407-fb/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23487" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9407-fb/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9407 fb" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9407-fb.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1057. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9926-fb/'><img width="150" height="92" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg?w=150&#038;h=92" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg?w=150&#038;h=92 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="23488" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/photos-from-a-week-in-the-dprk/dscn9926-fb/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg" data-orig-size="3218,1971" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="DSCN9926 fb" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/dscn9926-fb.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  1058.  
  1059. <p><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText" style="color:#000000;">Please bear in mind that this country is among the most vilified on earth&#8211;along with Syria and formerly (now-destroyed) Libya, to name a few. <span class="text_exposed_show">Western media does not speak of North Korea&#8217;s people, nor of the amazing infrastructure, free housing and medical care, impressive agriculture and green energy, and the many things the people of the DPRK have done so well which I&#8217;ll elaborate on over the coming days.</span></span></p>
  1060. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Pyongyang, and much of North Korea, was leveled in the 50s by US bombings, with reportedly just one or two low-level buildings standing. After destroying and murdering in DPRK, America slapped sanctions on the country. How the people have continued, and made huge advances, is worthy of respect. The absurdly cartoonish &#8220;news&#8221; one hears in western media about North Korea is meant to detract from America&#8217;s crimes against the Korean people, and to garner support for yet another American-led slaughter of innocent people.</span></p>
  1061. <p><span class="fbPhotoCaptionText" style="color:#000000;"><span class="text_exposed_show">One high school student commented something to the effect: &#8220;Why doesn&#8217;t anyone put sanctions on America?&#8221; Too true.</span></span></p>
  1062. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I&#8217;ll be adding more photos to this album as internet and time allow, with hopes of offering a starkly different view than the corporate media rendition of North Korea.</span></p>
  1063. <p><span style="color:#000000;">**A few good resources on North Korea and the US aggressions:</span></p>
  1064. <p><span style="color:#000000;">1. <a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/north-korea-their-health-system-sucks-do-they-have-schools-and-hospitals-in-america-weve-got-medicare/5604293?platform=hootsuite">Michel Chossudovsky&#8217;s overview</a>, including citing western media sources acknowledging the US destruction of North Korea:</span></p>
  1065. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked,</em><em><strong>“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.” (</strong></em>See War Veteran Brian Willson. <a href="http://globalresearch.ca/articles/WIL204B.html">Korea and the Axis of Evil</a>, Global Research, April, 2002)</span></p>
  1066. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to Dean Rusk, who later became secretary of state, the US bombed <em><strong>“everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.”  </strong></em></span></p>
  1067. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel <strong>lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.”</strong> (</em>See Brian Willson. <a href="http://globalresearch.ca/articles/WIL204B.html">Korea and the Axis of Evil</a>, Global Research, April, 2002)</span></p></blockquote>
  1068. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Even Newsweek tacitly acknowledges that the US committed extensive war crimes against the Korean people:</span></p>
  1069. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-15-at-20.00.31-1.png"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-5604327" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-15-at-20.00.31-1-1024x376.png" alt="" width="716" height="263" /></a></span></p>
  1070. <p style="text-align:center;"><em><span style="color:#000000;">Screenshot Newsweek 4 May 2017</span></em></p>
  1071. <p><span style="color:#000000;">While<em> Newsweek</em> in this article is telling the truth, more generally the US media has failed to inform Americans regarding the extensive war crimes committed against the Korean people by successive US administrations.</span></p>
  1072. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Collective Memory of the People of North Korea</strong></span></p>
  1073. <p><span style="color:#000000;">It is not in America’s collective memory as pointed out by Newsweek, but it is certainly in the collective memory of the people of the DPRK.</span></p>
  1074. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>There is not a single family in North Korea which has not lost a loved</strong> one during 37 months of extensive US carpet bombing (1950-53). Put yourself in their shoes.</span></p>
  1075. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/pyongyangdestructionkoreanwar.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-5350975" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/pyongyangdestructionkoreanwar.jpg" alt="" width="538" height="338" /></a></span></p>
  1076. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Pyongyang capital of North Korea, in 1953, almost entirely destroyed by U.S. bombing during the Korean War.</span></p>
  1077. <p><span style="color:#000000;">* </span></p>
  1078. <p><span style="color:#000000;">2. Stephen Gowans&#8217; &#8220;<a href="https://gowans.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/washingtons-considers-military-action-against-north-korea-to-force-regime-change/">Washington Considers Military Action Against North Korea to Force Regime Change</a>&#8220;</span><br />
  1079. <span style="color:#000000;"> &#8220;In addition to direct military action from 1950 to 1953 against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the country’s official name), US aggression has included multiple threats of nuclear annihilation, and the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons into South Korea until 1991. Re-deployment is now under consideration in Washington.</span></p>
  1080. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Most US nuclear threats against Pyongyang were made before North Korea embarked upon its own nuclear weapons program, and constitute one of the principal reasons it did so. The country’s being declared an original member of the Bush administration’s Axis of Evil, along with Iraq and Iran, provided an additional impetus.</span></p>
  1081. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8230;North Korea has additionally been menaced by annual US-directed war games involving hundreds of thousands of troops, carried out along North Korea’s borders. While US officials describe the twice yearly assembling of significant military forces within striking range of the DPRK as routine and defensive, it is never clear to the North Korean military whether the US–directed maneuvers are defensive exercises or preparations for an invasion. &#8220;</span></p>
  1082. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></p>
  1083. <p><span style="color:#000000;">3. The <a href="http://iacenter.org/4679/korea-the-facts-please/">International Action Center</a>: &#8220;U.S. troops have occupied south Korea since 1945; 28,500 are still there. There are 38 U.S. military installations in south Korea, plus one militarized golf course. (<a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flifeinkorea.com%2F&amp;h=ATPJlfBfq1SdCsuSJtcbU4ASXqNjBtb_u33wAYrcGAGNGyr5sCN8tDtlPbcxlImt2ZDHvUG3XiVuAcLivahnurAj7HvkNbeIARUvrVC0V3cKCelt-wope0NRSubRxjTsLIqAV2Fc4-hxFVfgmS2fmN547U4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">lifeinkorea.com</a>) The golf course is the station for the first Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in south Korea, a U.S. radar system opposed by the Korean people, in the north and south, as well as China.</span></p>
  1084. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Every year, the U.S. carries out massive war exercises in and around the Korean peninsula. This year’s Operation Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, which began in March and continued until April 24, has involved hundreds of thousands of troops from the U.S. and south Korea.</span></p>
  1085. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The south Korean news agency Yonhap reported on March 13: “The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.” Yonhap quoted an unnamed military official as saying, “A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year’s Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North’s war command and demolition of its key military facilities.&#8221;</span></p>
  1086. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></p>
  1087. <p><span style="color:#000000;">4. Christopher Black&#8217;s &#8220;<a href="https://journal-neo.org/2017/03/13/north-korea-the-grand-deception-revealed/">North Korea: The Grand Deception Revealed</a>&#8220;</span></p>
  1088. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;In 2003 I had, along with some American lawyers, members of the National Lawyers Guild, the good fortune to be able to travel to North Korea, that is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, in order to experience first hand that nation, its socialist system and its people. The joint report issued on our return was titled “The Grand Deception Revealed.” That title was chosen because we discovered that the negative western propaganda myth about North Korea is a grand deception designed to blind the peoples of the world to the accomplishments of the Korean people in the north who have successfully created their own circumstances, their own independent socio-economic system, based on socialist principles, free of the domination of the western powers.</span></p>
  1089. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At one of our first dinners in Pyongyang our host, Ri Myong Kuk, a lawyer, stated, on behalf of the government, and in passionate terms, that the DPRK’s Nuclear Deterrent Force was necessary in light of US world actions and threats against the DPRK. He stated, and this was repeated to me in a high level meeting with DPRK government officials later on in the trip, that if the Americans would sign a peace treaty and non-aggression agreement with the DPRK, it would de-legitimize the American occupation and lead to reunification. Consequently there would be no need for nuclear weapons. He stated sincerely that, “It’s important that lawyers are gathering to talk about this as lawyers regulate the social interactions within society and within the world,” and added just as sincerely that, “the path to peace requires an open heart.”</span></p>
  1090. <p><span style="color:#000000;">It appeared to us then and it is apparent now, in absolute contradiction to the claims of the western media, that the people of the DPRK want peace more than anything else so they can get on with their lives and endeavours without the constant threat of nuclear annihilation by the United States. But annihilation is what they in fact face and whose fault is that? Not theirs.</span></p>
  1091. <p><span style="color:#000000;">We were shown American documents captured in the Korean War that are compelling evidence that the US planned an attack on North Korea in 1950. The attack was carried out using American and south Korean forces with the assistance of Japanese Army officers who had invaded and occupied Korea decades before. The North Korean defence and counter-attack was then claimed by the US to be “aggression” which the United States manipulated in the media to get the UN to support a “police operation,” the euphemism they chose to use to carry on what was in fact their war of aggression against North Korea. Three years of war and 3.5 million Korean deaths followed and the US has threatened them with imminent war and annihilation ever since&#8230;.&#8221;</span></p>
  1092. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span><br />
  1093. <span style="color:#000000;"> <strong>Related:</strong></span></p>
  1094. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I had an interesting encounter with a Korean man I had met when exiting the flight from DPRK on August 31st. Then we had just exchanged some brief words. Later in Beijing, we met by chance and spoke about North Korea.</span></p>
  1095. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As it happens, he had visited 28 years prior, and as it further happens he was born in the south and lived 20 years of his life there before America. He speaks the language and on this recent trip interacted with North Koreans one-on-one.</span></p>
  1096. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In sum, he was very impressed with the changes since he&#8217;d been there nearly 3 decades ago. And while he was born in the south, and lives in America, he does not support the US rhetoric around the north.</span></p>
  1097. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Hopefully we&#8217;ll have a proper interview/talk when both back at respective homes.</span></p>
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