Dan Glazebrook (independent analyst), Lizzie Phelan (journalist), and Harpal Brar (politician and writer) provide much-needed analysis, counterpropaganda and polemic on ‘Libya, Africa and Imperialism’ in a public meeting convened by Oxford’s Stop the War Coalition. Phelan and Brar recently returned from Libya and provide substantial firsthand insight.
January 15, 2012 – “Syria is Completely Contrary to Media Depictions.”
The known journalist Lizzie Phelan said in an interview, that she was totally surprised upon her arrival in the Syrian capital Damascus that the situation is not like she has thought it — based on the image presented by questionable media and journalists.
Phelan mentioned the image of the media, that the situation on Syrian ground a prevailing of chaos, not safe and that the Syrian army deployed in the streets.
The British journalist also mentioned that she thought, based on the sold image by international media, that the anti-government protests are being held daily and everywhere. But all these thoughts were false. That`s what this journalist sees since her arrival in Syria.
Lizzie Phelan said in an interview with Syrian TV, that what she has seen during her visit to Syria until now is, that the life is still normal and that the Syrian people go to their businesses and schools in spite of some problems, of course.
Phelan also stated, that the Syrian capital Damascus is still very safe and that she herself moved around in Damascus alone, also in the late hours of the night, without facing any problems, danger or to see huge anti-government protests.
In this interview with Syria TV, the British journalist Phelan mentioned also the huge pro-government demonstration at the Umayyad Square in Damascus and that she really was surprised with the reality of the situation within Syria. Although she should have known this before — considering, that she traveled to Libya while the partly faked “revolution” against the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Qaddafi).
Lizzie Phelan made it clear in this interview with Syrian TV, that the situation in Syria is completely different from what is being conveyed to the Western population and other countries. This again raises questions about the credibility of so-called journalists and the Muslim Brotherhood-office, based in London; some call it falsely the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” –useful tool for lazy journalism or even propaganda journalism.
In her interview with Syrian TV, Lizzie Phelan also considered that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to the Umayyad Square and talked directly to the Syrian people there.
Phelan stated, that it has been very interesting for her to see President al-Assad at his direct talk to the people at this pro-government rally within the Syrian capital Damascus, because such media channels as BBC and al-Jazeera still claim that the Syrian people aren`t in support with the President Bashar al-Assad. This claim is false and far away from the truth.
The huge majority of Syrian people are still in support with the government or at least, with the President Bashar al-Assad. The British journalist Lizzie Phelan seems to stay in Syria a little bit longer. We are looking forward to further reports by Lizzie Phelan.
An interview with Lizzie Phelan, freelance journalist
A prominent journalist says the Arab League report on Syria is flawed because it states that a threat exists on the people and government, yet it proposes the army should stand down.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Lizzie Phelan, freelance journalist, to further discuss the issue.
The following is a transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Some of the major points of the report by the head of the Arab League monitors in Syria: They didn’t face any problems, they say, from the Syrian govt.; violence has subsided, they say, despite claims by the armed opposition; the fact that the opposition are armed; and that there were exaggerations over the way the monitors conducted their mission. Overall, how do you see the report?
Phelan: Well, of course, there are from the Syrian government’s point of view some positive things that have come out of the report, but overall they’re not very happy with the report because they have recommend that the president hand over power to the deputy. And the Syrian government has called this a blatant violation of their sovereignty.
Of course, there is a political process happening here in Syria. Just a couple of weeks ago, the president has announced reforms including a new constitution that would be put to a referendum in a very short space of time.
January 26, 2012 – Syria: Lizzie Phelan has some doubts concerning Arab League
Press TV has managed to get another interview with the independent British journalist Lizzie Phelan, who is in Syria since some days. Of course, the interview was about the Arab League (AL) report on Syria and the opinions of Lizzie Phelan about this.
We already published some reports and video interviews with Lizzie Phelan and we have to mention that we do respect Lizzie a lot for her work in the recent years.
In this new interview, Press TV asked Lizzie Phelan about the major points of the report, which have been delivered by the Arab League observers in Syria. This points mentioned that the Arab League observers didn`t have any problems in Syria and that they got support by the Syrian government for their job as observers.
It also mentioned that the violence has subsided and that this reality is in a clear contrast to the claims by the armed opposition. This also underlines the fact that the opposition groups within Syria are armed.
Press TV wanted to know from Lizzie Phelan how she sees this report of the Arab League (AL).