[Marxism] Mother Agnes Updates: The Choir Strikes Back

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Thu Nov 28 21:14:49 MST 2013

A Scud missile slammed into a bakery in Raqqa, Syria yesterday killing
40 people and injuring another 200. You probably haven't heard anything
about it because this sort of thing just isn't considered news worthy.
Especially on Thanksgiving were there are parades and games to report on
and you want to keep everybody in a good mood to go out and shop.

If there is any news from the region, it will be all about the high
level deals being made. Obama is making nice with Assad. Iran is making
nice with Obama, everybody is planning a big Syria conference in Geneva
sometime in future except the people fighting Assad will have none of it.

Meanwhile, civilians continue to be slaughtered in large numbers by the
Assad regime, and Assad apologist should be clear - nobody kills
civilians with Scuds in Syria but Assad. Nobody shoots Scuds but Assad,
or bombs from planes of shoots protesters from helicopters. There has
been a dust blown up about who is doing the lion's share of the
slaughter in Syria and this dust has allowed the killing to continue.

Well, I can't do anything about the Scuds falling on bakeries in Syria,
but I can help blow away some of the smoke screen thrown up by Assad
regime apologist like Mother Agnes-Mariam, so I spent today writing this
and being thankful that Scuds weren't falling on my family.

In Solidarity,


      Mother Agnes Updates: The Choir Strikes Back

> <http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jAt6iz9jLGI/Uns1hmdRZiI/AAAAAAAABEc/PgC8q5q4NkM/s1600/mother-agnes-mariam-0.jpg>
> *Mother Agnes-Mariam's* press conference scheduled for 3 December in
> Montreal, Canada has been cancelled. The *HEAR MOTHER AGNES MARIAM
> <http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/2013/11/24/hear-mother-agnes-mariam-speak-in-montreal/>
> link on the tour's central website, the pro-Assad *Syria Solidarity
> Movement* <http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/>, returns /*"Oops!
> That page can't be found."*/ But no explanation for their mistake is
> offered.
> This is just the latest success in a campaign, being spearheaded
> <http://www.sacouncil.com/take-action/action-alert-stop-the-mother-agnes-mariam-assad-propaganda-tour/>
> by the *Syrian American Council* <http://www.sacouncil.com/> and
> *Syrian Christians for Peace,*
> <http://www.all4syria.info/Archive/107362> to expose Mother
> Agnes-Mariam as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Assad Regime.  In a
> press release last month they said
> <http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11282057.htm>:
>     The Syrian American Council (SAC) joins Syrian Christians For
>     Peace (SCP) in protesting the pro-Assad regime group /"Syrian
>     Solidarity Movement"/ for organizing a multi-city tour for Mother
>     Agnes, a nun who is proclaiming to the world that the chemical
>     weapons attacks in Damascus suburbs, were /"staged"/ and the
>     videos /"fabricated."/
> Mother Agnes is promoting Assad's views as her own on this tour. The
> campaign has the aim of getting venues to either dis-invite her or
> provide for an opposing view. In many cases, she has been able to
> wrangle venues based on her religious affiliation from those unaware
> of her controversial stands, like absolving the Assad regime of
> responsibility for the Ghouta sarin gas attacks that killed more than
> 1400 people and embellishing the regime story that the opposition
> gassed its own supporters. *Owen Jones* of The Independent, talks
> about
> <http://owenjonesramblings.tumblr.com/post/67573116704/mother-agnes-syria-and-free-speech>
> her response to the Ghouta gas attack as well as Mother Agnes's 2011
> claims that there never were any peaceful demonstrations against Assad
> in Damascus:
>     Mother Agnes is perhaps most infamous for publishing a 50-page
>     report claiming that the video footage of the Ghoutta massacre was
>     faked, that the children suffocating to death had been kidnapped
>     by rebels and were actually sleeping or /"under anaesthesia"/.
>     This was the most striking, crank-like example of Mother Agnes
>     blaming what were widely accepted atrocities on the rebels, and
>     therefore her detractors regard her as a mere mouthpiece for the
>     Assad dictatorship.
>     Syrian Christians for Peace have previously attacked Mother Agnes
>     for publicly claiming that there had been no peaceful
>     demonstrations in Damascus, despite been seen witnessing one
>     herself. They further claimed that they had never received any
>     money she had raised, and even called for her to be
>     /"excommunicated"/.
>     A Jesuit priest named Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who was been exiled
>     by the Assad dictatorship and is now imprisoned by ISIS, an
>     al-Qaeda group, has denounced her for being /"consistent in
>     assuming and spreading the lies of the regime, and promoting it
>     through the power of her religious persona. She knows how to cover
>     up the brutality of the regime."/
> While Assad and his supporters continue to claim the regime had
> nothing to do with the chemical slaughter in Ghouta, there is no doubt
> that the regime was behind the attack. I have written about that in
> some detail at *Linux Beach*, most notably:
>         Who Used Sarin in Syria?
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/who-used-sarin-in-syria.html>
>         Why would Assad use CW with UN Inspectors in Syria?
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-would-assad-use-cw-with-un.html>
>         Secret Intel Source of Ray McGovern & VIPS Revealed!
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/secret-intel-source-of-ray-mcgovern.html>
>         Why did Assad Regime first Deny CW Attack if Blameless?
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-did-assad-regime-first-deny-cw.html>
>         Assad Knows: Chemical Attacks Kill Children First!
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/08/assad-knows-chemical-attacks-kill.html>
>         1300+ Dead after Obama "Green-lights" new CW attack in Syria
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/08/1300-dead-after-obama-green-lights-new.html>
>         Where Robert Fisk's defense of Assad falls down
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/where-robert-fisks-defence-of-assad.html>
>         More on ex-journalist Robert Fisk's defense of Assad
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/more-on-ex-journalist-robert-fisks.html>
>         The Courage of Ghouta in a Craven World
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-courage-of-ghouta-in-craven-world_7.html>
> *AP* also thinks the regime did it and reminds us
> <http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201311271257APONLINEINATIONL_ML_Syria_Controversia-1>
> that the recent poison gas attack was not the first time Mother Agnes
> claimed the videos were fake:
>     The nun was skeptical of the 2 1/2-year-old Syrian uprising from
>     the start.
>     She claimed much of the footage of anti-Assad demonstrations
>     posted to social media networks was faked, along with video of
>     Syrian forces beating and killing protesters.
> She simply refuses to believe her own eyes!


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