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Continued lockdowns are a ticking time bomb that will cause a global health crisis in the near future


April 14, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

By continuing to push for lockdowns to 'protect hospitals', authorities worldwide are denying millions of cancer sufferers and other seriously ill people essential treatment. This will lead to many unnecessary deaths.

It is shocking that in 2021, surgeries for cancer and other critical ailments are being delayed. But thanks to the hysteria over overcrowded ICUs, staggering numbers of patients are being denied life-saving treatments for up to one year.

UK media recently reported a drop of around 350,000 urgent cancer referrals between March last year and January this year, compared to the same period in the previous 12 months. A researcher described the situation as a "ticking time bomb." There has also been a decrease in surgeries and chemotherapy and radiology treatments, "with 44,000 fewer patients diagnosed with cancer starting treatment."

This problem is not unique to Britain. Canadian provinces face similarly unacceptable numbers of delayed surgeries and treatments. As of April, Ontario has a backlog of 245,367 "medically necessary procedures." A 60% drop in cancer surgeries was reported when the pandemic struck last March , leaving over 36,000 Ontario cancer patients in agonizing limbo.

During stay-at-home orders in 2020, some patients chose to avoid hospitals, either out of worry about becoming ill or through fear of being forcibly estranged from family and loved ones. But also, then and now, elective surgeries and treatments have been halted under the premise that ICUs are overwhelmed.

Ontario recently went into a new lockdown, and with it we saw an increase in alarmist reports of ICUs being crowded. And so elective surgeries have been stopped again. It's worth bearing in mind that these are not necessarily cosmetic or trivial procedures, but refer to surgeries scheduled in advance, including those to treat cancer.

However, some Ontario doctors are now speaking out, providing anecdotal evidence that there are plenty of ICU doctors, and even that most are "underemployed."

As I wrote last week, every year in flu season, we've had reports of overcrowding in hospitals, with some bursting at the seams.

But Ontario politicians and medical officers continue to claim that locking down is necessary to allow hospitals to cope with the influx of Covid patients.

Even if the figure of 109 new ICU hospitalizations of Covid cases between April 4 and 10 is correct, it's worth pointing that Ontario's population is just under 15 million. The province is locked down and surgeries are being halted because of a rise in ICU hospitalizations that equates to 0.007% of the population.

And while the media makes constant reference to the number of Covid cases, if you look at deaths attributed to the virus, the number is actually very low. As of April 13, Health Canada lists that number (for the last 14 days) as two in Ontario.

In my opinion, the reason for stopping elective surgeries has more to do with the ensuring the incessant alarmism around "rising cases" continues. Talk of "cases" is meaningless, as I've written about before, noting that the testing gives false positives. This was demonstrated by Tanzania's late president when fruit he had tested for Covid came back positive.

A climate of fear also helps with the vaccine rollout and persuading the public into accepting rushed, potentially dangerous vaccines so that life can "go back to normal" and people can have the life-saving surgeries they are otherwise being denied.

On top of all this, there are also suggestions that the lockdowns are actually causing health issues. Common sense dictates that the lack of exercise and sunshine people have experienced, plus the increased stress and anxiety, despair, and loneliness, will affect their health and immune systems.

But there's more.

In a tragic irony, some of the globally pushed measures to fight Covid have been shown to be dangerous. In addition to other negative results of prolonged mask wearing, there are types of face covering that potentially cause lung cancer. Canada's state media highlighted the danger of some, noting: "One model of mask distributed to Quebec schools and daycares may be dangerous for the lungs as they could contain a potentially toxic material, according to a directive sent out by the provincial government.

"Health Canada conducted a preliminary risk assessment which revealed a potential for early lung damage associated with inhalation of microscopic graphene particles."

Further, the goop people have been obsessively slathering on their hands can be toxic, containing cancer-causing benzene.

A recent Newsweek article spoke of "dangerous levels of benzene in 21 of 260 batches of hand sanitizer." It stated, "In the case of hand sanitizers, benzene can enter the body through inhalation or absorption through the skin and is known to cause blood cancers such as leukemia."

This is hugely concerning when you consider that, among the disturbing measures children were forced to follow when at school this past year, they were made to regularly cover their hands in sanitizer.

Is all this really what we want? I can't imagine the physical pain and psychological torture patients and loved ones are enduring, knowing that treatable cancer is spreading and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Or that patients with heart conditions will just have to hang in there until the powers that be decide there is no ICU crisis.

It's a very twisted reality we live in, where cancer surgery and operations needed to stay alive are now deemed surgeries that will just have to wait. It doesn't need to be this way – and the ultimate irony is that it's being done in the name of 'public safety'.

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Ontario has had the longest lockdown in North America – which has been so successful it’s just gone into another one


April 8, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

It's April 2021 and we're still being fed the same "stay home, save lives" line of 2020. But lockdowns are based on dodgy data and exaggerations, as well as causing more harm than they supposedly prevent.

As of today, Ontario is once again locked down. The last lockdown of two months was lifted only a month ago.

The province has endured the longest lockdowns in the country, thanks to politicians and medical officers pushing selective statistics.

The "Stay-at-Home" order (sounds so much nicer than lockdown!) requires people to imprison themselves again, except for "essential purposes" (exempt, of course, are Canadian politicians, who have repeatedly violated their own exhortations).

This latest draconian lockdown again impacts nearly every aspect of Ontarians' ability to live their lives

It means: closed businesses; increasing poverty, loneliness, and depression; increased domestic abuse, a rise in suicides and self-harm; and utter media hysteria (actually, the media hysteria and fear mongering has not ceased since the announcement of a pandemic one year ago).

A petition to end Ontario's lockdown of small businesses notes:

"There are over 440,000 small businesses in Ontario.

"Less than a week ago [state premier] Doug Ford told restaurants they would be allowed to operate outdoor dining even in grey zones; this caused restaurant owners to spend thousands of dollars on these spaces only to find out that this would not be the case in this current closure.

This level of carelessness and lack of foresight could be the demise of many locally owned restaurants."

Alarmism and exaggerated ICU data

Premier Doug Ford, in his address yesterday, spoke of case rates, hospitalizations, and ICU occupancy "increasing rapidly, threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system."

But, as I've written before, the whole concept of "cases rising" is meaningless: "Cases are determined by Covid-19 tests, which have proved to be unreliable and inaccurate, giving false positives and creating a false picture of reality. This faulty testing is exacerbating the media hype over 'rising cases.'"

And according to a long-time employee at the Ottawa General hospital I corresponded with: "I work in a large hospital and I pass through the Covid-19 ICU unit every day. And it's never been overflowing or too busy."

Or, as a columnist for the Toronto Sun noted: "Toronto's top doc said that data was showing younger people in ICUs. Asked about the data, she changed her tweet to say she was 'hearing' of younger Toronto ICU patients. Big difference between data showing and you hearing anecdotally."

Or, as an Ontario MPP noted: "The @OntHospitalAssn keeps fear mongering about ICU capacity. But Critical Care Services Ontario ICU data for Apr 3 reveals: Toronto 375 of 496 beds taken (76%) Central: 398 of 513 (78%) Ontario: 1852 of 2418 (77%) The question to the OHA is why?"

In fact, every year in flu season, we've had reports of overcrowding in hospitals, hospitals bursting at seams. This never caused us to shut down our economy and lock down our citizens.

Finally, more and more journalists are asking for proof of the claims bandied about by the Fords and media.

Even Naomi Wolf, not your average "conspiracy theorist" or "right winger" (as those opposed to brutal lockdowns are often described by dinosaur media) tweeted, "How are Canadians still being told such gigantic lies? The whole 'lockdown equals public safety' mythology is fully deceased."

Vested interests in vaccines?

While ordinary Canadians suffer tremendously under lockdowns, Canada's unelected medical tyrants, the Medical Officers of Health (MOH) are doing quite well, earning $200,000 – $300,000, and more.

In addition to pushing for this latest lockdown, Ontario MOHs went the extra mile and called for "fewer businesses to be deemed essential and more operations shut down."

Because a year-plus of lockdowns destroying small businesses' ability to survive just wasn't enough….

Some of these MOHs may even have financial links to the rollout of vaccines.

In his press conference yesterday, much of Premier Ford's focus was on pushing jabs.

Ford promised, "better days are ahead of us," followed by more calls for Ontarians to get jabbed with vaccines made faster than ever before which,  technically, will not even be out of the clinical trials stage till next year at the earliest. 

The AstraZeneca vaccine is being suspended by countries around the world for causing blood clotting, which could lead to death.

In spite of this, Ontario continues to push it. As of April first, Canada has bought around 24 million doses. In addition to its AstraZeneca purchases, Canada agreed to purchase at least 20 million doses of Pfizer's hurried vaccine.

In March, the media reported that Toronto's MOH, Eileen de Villa, is married to Dr Richard Choi, a cardiologist and lecturer at Unity Health Toronto, who lists Pfizer and AstraZeneca among his 'Relationships with financial interests.' Under de Villa's leadership, "Toronto Public Health has been used as a tool to counter any 'misinformation' about vaccination," and was allegedly "behind a call to ban vaccine exemptions because of religious or philosophical beliefs."

Another article on the de Villa-Choi conflict of interest noted: "It's not a good look when you lock down your city when you don't have to and your husband has financial interests with AstraZeneca and Pfizer."

In mid-March, Premier Ford said he isn't making the decisions, the chief medical officers are. He also said it would essentially be political suicide to go against them.

"To be frank, there's no politician in the country who's going to disagree with their chief medical officer. They're just not going to do it. They might as well throw a rope around their neck and jump off a bridge." 

Last December, Toronto's Associate MOH, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, and Chief MOH, Dr. David Williams, admitted they are just reading a script, "I just say what they write down for me." And laughed about it.

So, we have unelected medical officers running the show, essentially forcing government decisions on lockdowns and related issues. And as a Toronto lawyer opposed to lockdowns noted, "local Councils are legally powerless to stop" these unaccountable MOHs. How wonderfully democratic.

There is definitely a will and momentum to resist the brutal lockdown measures affecting all but the fat cats flouting them. With a new round of bullying by unelected medical officers, I hope the resistance to tyranny grows.

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translate | Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:04:19 +0000

Even as a White Helmets boss admits ‘former’ militant links, Canadian national media talks ‘Russian disinfo’


*From Clarity of Signal

April 2, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Even when a high-ranking White Helmet admits that some of the 'rescuers' came from the ranks of Syrian militants, all he gets from Canada's national broadcaster is unquestioning praise and concern about "Russian disinformation."

On March 30, Carol Off, the host of As it Happens on Canada's government-funded CBC, interviewed Montreal-based Farouq Habib, deputy general manager of the White Helmets, about the organization's operatives and their family members evacuated to Jordan (via Israel, with Canada's help) nearly three years ago.

At the time, Canada pledged to take in 50 White Helmets and 200 family members. Off's focus was on 43 evacuees who still haven't arrived in Canada.

So she asked Habib: "There are some suggestions that the Canadian security believes that these remaining White Helmet people have a connection to the insurgency, that they were militants in some way. Is there evidence of that?"

Habib replied to the positive, "Regarding this particular issue, we don't deny it at all. It's declared and we are proud that many of the former fighters who were involved in the beginning in the war…They lay down their arms and they joined the rescue teams to rescue others..."

Militant-linked propaganda operation

The Western-funded White Helmets describe themselves as volunteer rescuers, and claim to have "saved more than 100,000 lives." To prove – or rather, propagandize – their heroism, the group uses professionally-produced videos and social media content about their operations.

Western corporate media has been unblinkingly regurgitating their claims and content, while at the same time smearing journalists who actually went to Syria and interviewed civilians on the White Helmets. From far outside of Syria, it has instead been whitewashing the controversial, militant-linked group.

The White Helmets are not just propaganda, though. I wrote previously about their ties to terrorist and extremist groups. They have been filmed holding weapons alongside terrorists. They were seen at scenes of executions, standing over dead Syrian soldiers, and reportedly cleaning up after an execution in Daraa Governorate.

Journalists have taken testimonies of civilians who had lived under the rule of terrorists, who spoke of how the White Helmets worked alongside terrorists, numbered among them, and denied medical treatment to the people they were supposedly saving.

The White Helmets purport neutrality, but evidence – summarily dismissed by mainstream media as Russian and Syrian "disinformation" – shows they are in fact very partial – partial to militant factions.

Canada backs the White Helmets, giving at least $7.5 million and unquestioning media support.

Hence, CBC has a vested interest in reading the "hero" script on the White Helmets, instead of actually doing journalism.

No questions asked

With the above in mind, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Carol Off never veered from her script to at least doubt Habib's claims that all of the militant-linked White Helmets have really "laid down" their weapons. Not to mention the numerous other questions a responsible journalist could have asked, like:

-How many White Helmets members formerly (cough) fought in armed groups?

-Which factions were they members of?

-Do any have blood on their hands?

-Do any currently carry weapons?

-How can you ensure that they have dropped their extremist ways and now are truly impartial and dedicated to helping all Syrian civilians?

Off could have asked any of these questions, or all of them. Instead, she went on:

"Let's remind people, the White Helmets are believed to have saved tens of thousands of lives. They were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. But at the same time, we know that Russian and and Syrian agents have conducted a disinformation smear campaign against the White Helmets. There's been a lot of propaganda suggesting that they're not real saviours, that they're militants. Do you think that the Canadian officials might have been exposed to that propaganda?"

…as if she never heard the part where, just a moment earlier, Habib explicitly bragged that there are "former" militants among the White Helmets – a fact that, at the very least, should arouse suspicion with those responsible for letting them cross Canada's border.

And just like that, no hard questions asked, the interviewer went on to trumpeting the White Helmets using their own propaganda about the "Russian/Syrian disinformation campaign."

'A few' bad apples?

As for Off's guest, just how neutral is Farouq al-Habib?

He was a leader of the Homs uprising against the Syrian government and a founder member of the 'Homs Revolutionary Council.' When jihadist commander and footballer Abdul Baset al-Sarout died in June 2019, Habib mourned his passing, lamenting his "heroism" and "honour." Sarout not only held extremist and sectarian views, but was in a terrorist faction and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

It's not surprising that Off chose not to probe into Habib's history, just as she chose to ignore his admission of White Helmets' supposedly-former militant affiliations.

As my own and other journalists' research on the ground in Syria indicates, many White Helmets members are partial to militant or terrorist factions. They even cheered alongside and for al-Qaeda in Syria. In the rare cases of acknowledging that, media have played it down as just "a few bad apples."

That's not the case. Most of the apples are fully rotten. And so is the mainstream reporting.

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The cruelties we have inflicted on children under Covid-19 are unethical and immoral, we’re devastating a whole generation


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April 1, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

A year of lockdowns, mask-wearing, isolation and depriving youngsters from seeing friends and grandparents has caused a surge in kids committing suicide, self-harming and suffering other mental health issues. It needs to end.

Scrolling through Twitter the other day, I came across a tweet about a worrying increase in the numbers of children and youths having suicidal thoughts.

It mentioned that Boston Children's Hospital had reported a 47% increase "in kids needing to be hospitalized for suicidal ideation or attempts," between July and October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

So I started to research, and in doing so tried to contact organizations concerned with the mental health of young people.

One UK suicide prevention organization that I emailed for information on the correlation between lockdown restrictions and the rise in child (and adult) suicides instead played down the effects of lockdowns and warned against writing about children being affected.

Its media spokesperson told me: "We're really keen to avoid any media narratives that suggests that suicide is an inevitable consequence of the pandemic and its restrictions, as this can be harmful to vulnerable readers and induce a sense of hopelessness during these uncertain times."

Although I am not saying suicide is an inevitable consequence of Covid-19 restrictions, clearly there are strong correlations between a year of lockdowns, isolation, depriving children from seeing friends, classmates and grandparents, making them wear masks and other measures, and a sharp rise in child suicides, self-harm and increased mental health issues in general.

The UK organization (whose name I will leave out because, while I am critical of their perspective on these issues, I don't want to tarnish their reputation for the possibly life-saving work they otherwise do), deflected on the matter of the correlation, saying:

"Currently there is no evidence of a national rise in suicide rates, real-time data is not yet available to determine the true impact on particular population groups or geographic areas."

But that simply is not true.

As was reported in January 2021, the UK Centre for Mental Health revealed, "500,000 children under 18 in England, with no previous problems, will need mental health care due to the devastating economic, health and family pressures caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. This has manifested itself in children as young as five reporting self-harm and suicidal thoughts to counsellors and a tripling in the number of eating disorders reported by adolescents."

An article the following month, citing a UK doctor's diary, revealed: "Children in mental health crisis used to be brought to A&E about twice a week. Since the summer it's been more like once or twice a day. Some as young as 10 have cut themselves, taken overdoses, or tried to asphyxiate themselves."

The rise in children committing suicide, having suicidal thoughts and self-harming is happening around the world. A December 2020 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics found, "a significantly higher rate of suicide ideation in March and July 2020 and higher rates of suicide attempts in February, March, April, and July 2020, as compared with the same months in 2019."

A January 20, 2021 article cited the executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa as saying, "We're seeing about a 30-40 percent increase in those who are contacting mental health crisis services. We're seeing a doubling of the calls that are young people calling or their family is calling because they're worried about suicide."

A UNICEF Canada March 2021 press release noted: "The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that have disrupted every aspect of a child and young person's childhood is a grim reminder of the sacrifices made by young people over the last year. For children experiencing violence, neglect or abuse at home, lockdowns have left many stranded without the support of teachers, extended families and communities."

A March 15 article on the McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, began, "Pandemic safety measures have had a negative impact on some aspects of children's and teens' health."

It cited a threefold increase of youths admitted for medical support after a suicide attempt, with youngsters reporting a "lack of social interaction, increased conflict at home, and the inability to rely on friends as main contributors" as factors contributing to their plight.

The article also noted an increase in substance abuse admissions ("doubled compared to last year") and "unprecedented" rates of eating disorders, with referrals up "90% in a four month period, compared to last year."

In France, doctors have reported children as young as 8 years old, "deliberately running into traffic, overdosing on pills and otherwise self-harming."

The same article said that a doctor working in a northern England infirmary "used to treat one or two children per week for mental health emergencies, including suicide attempts. The average now is closer to one or two per day, sometimes involving children as young as 8."

In March, the Foundation for Economic Education published an article that stated: "When it comes to lockdowns, we've extensively documented the unintended consequences at FEE, including isolation, depression, suicidality, unemployment, drug abuse, domestic violence, and more."

The evidence is overwhelmingly clear: there is a serious rise in child suicide, suicide attempts and thoughts, self-harm and mental health issues that can be attributed directly to the result of Covid-19 measures enforced on children, including many with no previous history of mental health issues.

Lifting lockdown measures would help children heal

The lockdowns are based both on the premise that they are necessary in order to "flatten the curve," as was said one year ago, and to protect people.

Now (goalposts moved), they are apparently needed until everyone is vaccinated (with rushed vaccines that have raised concerns they may cause blood clots or deaths).

The different stages of lockdowns are largely based on the incessant reports of rising "cases" of Covid-19.

Cases are determined by Covid-19 tests, which have proved to be unreliable and inaccurate, giving false positives and creating a false picture of reality. This faulty testing is exacerbating the media hype over "rising cases."

Even Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health in July 2020 admitted, "… if you're testing in a population that doesn't have very much Covid, you'll get false positives almost half the time. That is, the person actually doesn't have Covid, they have something else, they may have nothing."

Or as noted in December 2020, even the World Health Organization, "released a guidance memo on December 14th, warning that high cycle thresholds on PCR tests will result in false positives."

The 24/7, sensationalist media we have been subjected to for the past year is a major cause for anxiety, fear, depression and hopelessness.

Talking honestly about the negative impacts of lockdowns, isolation, masking and the resulting mental health issues is something we need to be doing.

A Canadian initiative, Save Our Youth, has produced a series of short videos of parents speaking about how lockdowns are affecting their children. The coalition encourages others to submit their own clips.

Journalist Robert Bridge recently wrote: "Children have been taught to look at each other warily, like walking chemical factories capable of infecting and even killing, as opposed to fellow human beings that can provide love, comfort and support.

"We did the most unconscionable thing imaginable, forcing young children – at the most momentous times of their lives – to adhere to social distancing rules while shutting down their schools and imprisoning them in their homes. That is simply cruel and unusual punishment. In a word, it is child abuse."

The UK suicide prevention organization which deflected the correlation between lockdowns and rising child suicides and self-harm does children a disservice with its stance.

The lockdowns and related measures are, in my and many others' opinions, the core reasons for childrens' suffering. The sooner we return to normal and lift lockdowns and end the masking of children, the sooner our young will start to heal and live in ways beneficial to their physical and mental health.

I do, however, agree with the organization's guidance to "remind people that suicide is preventable by encouraging help-seeking and including sources of help." And for parents and loved ones to pay close attention to any changes in behaviour in children (or adults) who might be silently suffering.

Recently, the editor of the Toronto Sun said: "Keeping children under lockdown so much in quarantine, not letting them just interact with their natural environment as much as they would normally be doing is actually going to stand a risk of harming their immune system, develop allergies, asthma, and even autoimmune diseases later in life because they're not having a natural exposure to to the microbial atmosphere out there.

"It's unethical, it's immoral, to ignore the harms that are being done to our children to the degree that we are ignoring them as a society."

I wholeheartedly agree. We should be doing everything we can to protect children from lockdowns, potentially toxic masks, isolation and the spiralling mental health issues that result from them.

translate | Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:42:57 +0000

Western media quick to accuse Syria of ‘bombing hospitals’ – but when TERRORISTS really destroy Syrian hospitals, they are silent


*Dec 2013: FSA & Al-Qaeda bomb and completely destroy Aleppo's Al-Kindi hospital, one of the best cancer hospitals in the Middle East.

March 24, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

As legacy media again bleat the unsubstantiated "Syria is bombing hospitals" chorus of its war propaganda songbook, let's pause to review the relatively unknown (but verifiable) reality of terrorists bombing hospitals in Syria.

Following recent allegations of a hospital being targeted Al Atarib, western Aleppo, the US State Department repeated the claim, in spite of any clear evidence to back it up.

Instead, reports rely on highly questionable sources like the White Helmets, the USAID-funded Syrian American Medical Society and the usual unnamed "witnesses" and (clearly impartial!) "rebel sources," as per a Reuters' report on the recent claims.

In fact, Reuters even acknowledges being unable to verify the authenticity of videos purporting to show "a ward damaged and civil defence rescuers carrying bloodstained patients outside."

Let's recall that Idlib is occupied by Al-Qaeda in Syria – a fact emphasized (as I wrote) by the US' own former special envoy, Brett McGurk, who deemed the northwestern Syrian province the "largest Al-Qaeda safe-haven since 9/11."

The presence of Al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups makes it impossible for independent, neutral bodies to assess what is going on.

Facts matter, they say. But really, not so much when it comes to war propaganda.

In Sarmada, Idlib countryside, one of the targets was a Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Qaeda in Syria) fuel market, the smuggled fuel tankers obliterated.

A White Helmets video supposedly filmed in Al-Atarib alleges a hospital was bombed there. It indeed shows what looks like a medical facility covered in dust, and a lot of bulky men of fighting age. Glaringly absent are women or normal looking civilians.

Given the White Helmets' penchant for working only in areas controlled by terrorist factions, working with them and even numbering among them, dabbling in organ trade, and having lied many times in the past, the video proves nothing.

There is, on the other hand, a precedent for "hospitals" or medical centres being weaponized by terrorists. And not just once or twice, but repeatedly in terrorist-occupied areas throughout Syria.

I've seen them in Aleppo and eastern Ghouta.

The Eye and Childrens' Hospitals, a large complex in eastern Aleppo, was militarized and occupied by terrorists including the Tawhid Brigade, Al-Qaeda and even IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS). Prisoners were held, and tortured, in nightmarish prisons and solitary confinement cells deep below. 

As journalist Vanessa Beeley noted, in eastern Ghouta, medical centres, "provided treatment almost exclusively to extremist armed factions." They were also built underground, "linked by a vast maze of tunnels that snaked below most of the districts controlled by the armed groups, providing cover for the fighters during SAA [Syrian Arab Army] military campaigns." (An aside, see one of these massive tunnels in Douma, at the location of the underground "hospital.")

In Idlib, a "hospital" that the New York Times claimed Russian warplanes bombed in May 2019 was a cave used as a terrorist headquarters. Another fortified cave in Khan Sheikhoun was well-stocked with weapons, medical supplies and gas masks, and a prison with solitary confinement cells.

In areas liberated from terrorists, the Syrian Army routinely finds such caves, with tunnels connecting terrorist bases so they can avoid moving above ground.

In the past, Russia has provided satellite imagery when the question of a building allegedly being bombed arose. Until we have conclusive evidence either way, it is a question of he said, she said, although common sense (and the history of such lies) points to more media fabrications.

Hospitals bombed, media yawns

Since the media and pundits clearly care so much about Syrian hospitals being bombed, and even destroyed, it's worth reviewing some of the major hospitals damaged or destroyed by terrorist factions.

However, unsurprisingly, not a lot of information is available. The following is a partial list, with me filling in details from attacked hospitals that I have gone to.

  • The September 2012 Free Syrian Army (FSA) bombing of and complete destruction of Al-Watani Hospital in Qusayr, Homs province. 
  • The September 2012 FSA bombing and complete destruction of two hospitals in Aleppo.
  • The December 2013 FSA & Al-Qaeda bombing and complete destruction of Aleppo's Al-Kindi hospital, one of the largest and best cancer hospitals in the Middle East.
  • The April 2015 FSA bombing and siege of the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib.
  • The May 2016 IS horrific multiple suicide bombings in Jableh (and also in Tartous the same day), including inside Jableh's National Hospital.
  • The May 2016 attack outside Aleppo's Dabeet maternity hospital, a missile hit a car parked outside, which then exploded, killing three women at the hospital and injuring many more. 

I went to Aleppo in July 2016 and spoke with the director, who confirmed his hospital was gutted in the blast, and noted that a week later terrorists' mortars hit the roof of the hospital, destroying the roof and injuring construction workers.

In May 2018, before Daraa was fully liberated, I went to areas which were under fire from terrorists (including the day I went), and took a perilous high speed ride in the taxi I had hired in Damascus to the state hospital, down a road exposed to terrorist sniping from less than 100 metres away.

The hospital was battered and partially destroyed from terrorists' mortars, and mostly empty of patients. The director showed me destroyed wards (dialysis and laboratory), and off-limits areas due to high risk of sniping (gynecology, operations, blood bank, nursing school, children's hospital).

When I returned to Daraa in September, after the region was liberated, the hospital was full of patients, since it was finally possible to access without risk.

Behind the hospital, roughly 50 metres away, I saw a building when I was told had been occupied by terrorists. Hence the extreme risk of being sniped while inside the hospital.

I never saw any Western outlet speak of this hospital, although it serviced civilians and was quite visibly partially destroyed.

In November 2016, I met Dr. Ibrahim Hadid, former Director of Kindi Hospital, who said that he wanted medical colleagues and institutions to exert some of the concern they have for "hospitals" allegedly bombed in terrorist areas.

They, and Western corporate media, have done the opposite, of course.

Another chemical song and dance routine?

Meanwhile, Russia is warning of a possible new staged chemical provocation by Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation says, "militants are plotting to stage a fake chemical attack near the settlement of Qitian," to again accuse the Syrian government of using chemicals on the people.

As anyone following the war on Syria knows, although the West desperately wants to prove Syria committed one or more chemical attacks, it has failed, to the point where even OPCW experts spoke out, contradicting the claims.

As I wrote last week, in spite of incessantly lying about Syria for ten years, Western (and Gulf) media, pundits and politicians steam ahead with more lies – recycled accusations and war propaganda.

So, it is likely the "hospitals bombed" theme will surge anew, and then the "chemical attacks" theme. And then maybe we'll have another new Bana al-Abed to ask Biden to bomb Syria or "holocaust" Idlib…

On and on it goes, ceaseless war propaganda.

The irony is of course, as I feel the need to make clear nearly every time I write, those script-readers claiming that Syria (and Russia) are bombing hospitals, or using chemicals, or whatever lie is next recycled, don't actually care about the lives of Syrians. 

If they did, they would stop whitewashing terrorism in Syria, aid the country and its allies in liberating Idlib and the Aleppo countryside, stop pillaging its oil, leave Syria, and lift the sanctions.

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Canadians’ growing rebellion against draconian Covid restrictions


*"Vacant storefronts on Queen st West" via BlogTO

March 19, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Increasing numbers of Canadians, including doctors, scientists, lawyers and business owners, are pushing back hard at their country's increasingly oppressive Covid-19 restrictions, using the law as their weapon.

Since being told one year ago that the curve-flattening would be a two-week process, many Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses have instead been forced to close for much of the year (while big-box superstores have remained open).

Dan Kelly, the president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, recently tweeted against the enforced closures, asking Ontario Premier Doug Ford for "a new plan."

In a separate tweet, Ford, pretending that his policies hadn't destroyed businesses and impoverished the working class, wrote of firing up the economy, creating more jobs, and getting people back on their feet.

Tell that to the small businesses barely operating, or those unlikely to ever reopen again.

But the lockdowns haven't only affected businesses and incomes, they have a caused a host of other grave consequences: people, especially the elderly, feeling deeply and profoundly isolated; an increase in drug overdoses, domestic abuse and suicides; and major delays in surgeries and treatments of chronic and other diseases, leaving the afflicted suffering.

Canadians have been prevented from seeing loved ones, especially over holidays (although a long list of politicians and officials have overstepped "the rules" to do so themselves), and in recent months those daring to travel abroad have been subjected to quarantine in hotels, at their own very hefty expense. 

And now, in Ontario, a new round of lockdowns has been instituted, even though cases of the virus are extremely low: As of March 16, there were just 761 people in hospital with the disease and 292 of them in intensive care, out of a population of 14.5 million people.

More and more Canadians are fed up with the restrictions, and are questioning the science and logic behind them, especially given that on many occasions, various Canadians in positions of power have violated the very measures they endorsed.

Pushing Back Against Needless Measures

Some Canadians, armed with knowledge of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, aren't complying with the draconian and absurd measures, and instead are walking out of airports instead of being incarcerated in quarantine hotels.

In March, nurse Jessica Faraone made headlines for doing just that and walking out of Toronto's Pearson airport instead of subjecting herself to a costly $2,000-plus quarantine hotel stay.

In a later interview, Faraone said a border guard had attempted to intimidate and shut her up, but she knew her rights. She added: "I have worked in the hospitals and more than ever I'm seeing suicide, depression, strokes, heart attacks, addiction issues. Masking people and children, oppressing health-care workers' opinions that go against the grain, socially isolating people, and instilling fear into Canadians… is not how we solve this problem." 

And it's not just well-informed individuals who are contesting the drastic measures. 

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has been active in challenging the government both on quarantine hotels and on tickets issued to citizens for alleged violations of public health orders. The centre is also disseminating resources for Canadians to know their rights regarding Covid measures.

Liberty Coalition Canada was formed after Covid restrictions were brought in. The coalition is a "national network of clergymen, elected officials, small business owners, legal experts and other concerned citizens" that now has a number of sub-groups addressing specific aspects of the measures Canada has taken.

These include the social media campaign Save Our Youth, Reopen Ontario Churches, and the End the Lockdowns Caucus. The latter comprises a number of current and former elected representatives who came together in February "resolved to ensure there is open, honest, and public debate regarding the Covid government response."

This body espouses what many ordinary Canadians have been feeling: "After careful examination and scrutiny of mitigation measures undertaken by all levels of government, it is now evident that the lockdowns cause more harm than the virus and must be brought to an end."

Likewise, the newly-formed Professionals Against Lockdowns – already listing over 100 professionals, including doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, legal experts, police and teachers – aims to provide "evidence-based, scientific research that will educate and empower the public.

Noting the widespread censorship of any dissenting voices on issues Covid, its statement reads: "It is our professional duty to protect the public, our communities, and our children. We will advocate for what is right and speak up against harm. Together, we will continue to be the voice for the voiceless to ensure that the truth about these lockdowns is heard.

"The government's response has lacked a risk variant analysis on all our populations. We are seeing the harm being done first-hand. We know lockdowns, isolation of healthy individuals, and the violation of our rights are causing more harm than good."

And likewise, noting that Canada's policies are not based on solid science, the recently formed Canadian Doctors Speaking Out stated: "The current government measures regarding COVID are not supported by evidence-based medical research and many of these measures are harmful to individuals, families and society in general."

The alliance calls on the government to stop promoting not only lockdowns, mask-wearing and physical distancing, but still more supposedly necessary Covid measures, including cleaning surfaces with toxic disinfectants and the quarantining of asymptomatic people.

And they also say (another statement I would wager many Canadians would agree with): "Our goal is to halt the misuse of power by politicized public health 'experts' currently being conveyed through damaging Covid-19 public health policies that are destroying Canadian society and the health of Canadians."

Dissenting Voices Know Science, Too!

We are told to follow the science (and not question it), but as more people ask exactly what science it is that we're following, it is encouraging to see these coalitions of doctors and other experts together addressing the absurdities and dangers of lockdowns and related Covid measures.

Their combined knowledge is based on science, and I'm much more comfortable following their advice, rather than that which has ruined lives over the past year, and promises to damage more.

What of the science of Toronto's Medical Officer of Health? Might her husband's vested financial interests in Pfizer and AstraZeneca impact some of her decisions?

And there's the idiotic advice of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam, who suggested wearing a mask while having sex.

Or the Albertan Covid vaccine task force buffoon, who clearly wasn't accustomed to wearing the mask his task force promotes (a must-see performance!).

Meanwhile, professionals with science-based opinions that counter the hoops Canadians have had to jump through have been ostracized by the mainstream media (CBC cut off one such professional, Dr. Joel Kettner, in mid-sentence), censored by social media platforms, and essentially rendered invisible to Canadians, denying the public the possibility of hearing anyone's professional thoughts on Covid other than the government's. 

To those in Canada who have felt isolated and helpless, you're not alone, and now you have access to legal resources to fight the government's unnecessary and truly dangerous policies. 

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