Useful Atrocities

the real Syrian Free Press

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~ “USEFUL ATROCITIES” ~By Eva Bartlett ~ Zeroanthropology ~

Who outside of Syria knows the names Yara Abbas, Maya Naser, Mohamed al-Saeed…? The corporate media has inundated us with news of the two American journalists allegedly beheaded, the first of whose execution video has been deemedfaked. But what of the non-Western journalists and civilians beheaded and murdered by ISIS, al-Nusra, and associated terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine?

Why didn’t the August 2012 execution (which somereported as a beheading) of TV presenter MohamedalSaeed, claimed by the Nusra gang, create the same outrage? Or the December 2013 kidnappingandpointblankexecution in Idlib by ISIS of Iraqi journalist Yasser al-Jumaili?

Why wasn’t themurderof Yara Abbas—a journalist with al-Ikhbariaya, whose crew’s car was attacked by an insurgent sniper—broadcast on Western television stations? Or that of Lebanese cameraman for al-Mayadeen,

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