White Helmets co-founder stole aid money destined for Syria – report


17-07-20 04:18:00,

As Western governments opened their checkbooks for the White Helmets – a controversial ‘rescue organization’ in Syria – their co-founder used the cash to top up his wage and even finance his wedding, according to a Dutch report.

Days before he plunged from a window in Istanbul to his death last year, White Helmets co-founder and British mercenary James Le Mesurier admitted to defrauding Mayday Rescue, an organization that fundraised for the anti-government rescue group in Syria.

According to documents seen by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Le Mesurier told an accountant sent to audit the charity’s books that he forged receipts for $50,000, pretending that it was sent to finance an evacuation operation in Syria. Instead, the money was paid to Le Mesurier himself. In addition to paying himself a salary of €24,000 ($27,414) per month, Le Mesurier dipped into company cash to finance a lavish wedding in Istanbul in 2018, and to issue loans to his new wife, former diplomat Emma Winberg, the report claims.

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The accountant sent to investigate Mayday found that “tens of thousands of dollars in cash” were withdrawn to pay for the “fairytale wedding.”

Meanwhile, governments across the Western world were lining up to support Mayday, and channel money to the White Helmets. According to a 2018 report by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organization took in $127 million between 2014 and 2018, with only $19 million of this haul coming from non-state donors. The government of the Netherlands paid out almost $11.5 million in this period, while similar donations flowed in from Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Qatar, and others.

Despite being hailed as fearless rescue workers, the White Helmets have been accused of partnering with Al-Qaeda. Operating exclusively in rebel-held territory, the group’s members have been photographed posing with jihadists and have been accused of staging chemical weapons attacks to draw in Western forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Le Mesurier’s death was deemed a suicide by Turkish authorities. Shortly afterwards, a number of countries that had donated to Mayday demanded an accountant have another look over the organization’s books.

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White Helmets, James Lemesurier, and the Humanitarian Regime Change Network – Global Research


15-12-19 10:02:00,

THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. – Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) [1]


Click to download the audio (MP3 format)

Since at least as far back as World War I, propaganda has been a major force in our lives, and a critical factor shaping public support for foreign policy.

With time, this propaganda campaign has gotten more sophisticated. Consider, for example, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, acceptance of which was ramped up following a testimony of an alleged witness of atrocities by invading Iraqi soldiers. The incident was eventually exposed as a massive deception as explained in the following video by Canadian journalist Barrie Zwicker.

The current conflict in Syria would seem to reveal an unprecedented evolution of this process of mind control in service of imperial conquest.

The general public throughout the West, including many self-described progressives and anti-imperialists, see the Syrian conflict as a civil war. An uprising of democratic rebels against a tyrannical dictator. The Syrian regime, together with the Russian military are, apparently, the main cause of the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the dislocation of millions. He stands accused of using chemical weapons on his own people in 2013, 2017, and 2018.

Enter the White Helmets – a team of volunteers rescuers whose exploits have impressed the sympathetic masses as heroes. A documentary about them won an Oscar Award. They have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. They have also helped foster popular enmity toward president Assad and his government.

As revealed in past episodes of the Global Research News Hour, the Syrian conflict is not a civil war, but an insurgency, backed by the U.S., Qatar,

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The White Helmets: How the U.S. Has Sponsored Terrorists in Syria – Global Research


25-11-19 05:24:00,

James Le Mesurier, the co-founder of the White Helmets, was found dead on November 11, 2019, in Istanbul. It is noteworthy that his body was discovered near one of the headquarters of the organization. This incident brought us once again to the deeds of the volunteers.

The White Helmets have an extremely questionable reputation. In the West, they are considered to be human rights activists. They are invited to participate in various conferences on Syria, and even their documentaries became film festival winners. But, not everyone finds it normal.

A number of journalists claim that the White Helmets supported different terrorist groups. For example, in 2017, the Australian academic Tim Anderson analyzed the posts and photos of the so-called human rights activists in social networks and proved that they were really involved in the crimes of radical armed groups.

The videos of the White Helmets where they show their rescue operations have been also repeatedly criticized. In 2017, a number of Arabic mass media cited a Syrian journalist Abbas Juma who published several remarkable screenshots. It turned out that the same children were rescued by the White Helmets several times in the same places. The only possible explanation is that the videos were staged.

White Helmets in Han-Sheihoun

The Syrians themselves have repeatedly spoken about distrust for the organization. Recently, the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad marked the White Helmets as a part of the al-Nusra Front. He emphasized that the activists are involved in executions of civilians, abuse of prisoners and other crimes against humanity. That is why the majority of Syrians do not trust them.

Initially, the White Helmets arose as a project funded by Western countries to promote the positive image of radical jihadists groups. The British journalist Vanessa Bailey investigated the scheme for creating the organization back in 2015. She found out that besides various private funds, the British Foreign Office as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are among the beneficiaries of the organization.

The list of WH sponsors

Several additional non-profit organizations that actually receive Western funding are operating in Syria today. For example,

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White Helmets plot new false-flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib – Russia’s UN envoy


25-04-19 06:24:00,

The White Helmets, a controversial Western-backed ‘civil defense’ group, is readying a new provocation that will see them using toxic agents on civilians to frame the attack on Damascus, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador has said.

Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, Russian Deputy UN Representative Vladimir Safronkov said the new false-flag attack is being prepared in the rebel-controlled Idlib province.

“The pseudo-humanitarian personnel of the White Helmets continues to prepare ever new provocations in order to accuse the lawful authorities of using toxic agents,” Safronkov said. “We see what is going on.”

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Safronkov said that despite the Syrian Army’s advances, Idlib remains a hotbed of terrorism. An Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham – the rebranded Al-Nusra terrorist group – continues to carry out indiscriminate attacks on government-controlled areas, he added.

“They strike indiscriminately and that includes strikes on civil infrastructure, and the civilians are dying.”

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, claimed that foreign media appears to have filmed a staged killing of a Syrian family in a “chemical attack” that is to be blamed on Damascus. He said the filming took place in the Hama province, but has not provided any further details.

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Moscow has repeatedly warned that militants have been plotting to stage a false-flag chemical attack in Syria with the help of foreign intelligence. Last month, the center reported that operatives from the secret services of Belgium and France were allegedly involved in preparations for such an attack along with the White Helmets.

While the White Helmets have received accolades and broad financial support in the West, including a recent US pledge to funnel $5 million to the organization, doubts have been cast on their credibility.

The group operates exclusively in jihadist-controlled areas and has been accused of having ties to terrorist groups and faking evidence of alleged chemical incidents.

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The White Helmets, Alleged Organ Traders & Child Kidnappers, Should be Condemned Not Condoned – Global Research


26-01-19 11:15:00,

The White Helmets, “volunteers” who reportedly “rescue Syrians from rubble.” Never in history has such a group been so feted by the elite, or received so many awards from institutions acting as extensions of US and UK hegemony.

A recent panel at the UN Security Council in New York revealed the shocking evidence of White Helmet involvement in organ trafficking in Syria. The lucrative trade of human body parts, bones, blood and organs is one of the most protected and hidden harvests of war.

The potential of White Helmet involvement in these nefarious activities raises questions that must be answered. Why were the shocking revelations met by a wall of silence from corporate media present at the panel in New York?

Not one media outlet pursued the subject, preferring to divert onto more comfortable issues that did not challenge the iconization of the White Helmets that has been the default position for virtually all state-aligned media since the establishment of the group in 2013 in Jordan and Turkey.

© Screenshot from the presentation of Maxim Grigoriev

Above is one of the slides from the presentation of Maxim Grigoriev, director of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, given to the panel and audience at the UNSC in New York, December 2018.

In July 2017, I had interviewed residents of the East Aleppo districts that had been under occupation of the various extremist armed groups and the White Helmets. Salaheddin Azazi was a resident of the Jib Al Qubbeh area (also mentioned in Grigoriev’s presentation).

Azazi went through the details of the November 2016 Nusra Front attack on civilians trying to flee via the Syrian and Russian-established humanitarian corridors which had been spun by the White Helmets into a “regime” bombing raid that resulted in a civilian massacre. It was a complete misrepresentation of reality which was seized upon by corporate media with no fact checking. My full report on that incident and the White Helmet involvement in the massacre and subsequent theft of civilian belongings from the dead and dying is here.

“The bodies of the dead and dying were left unattended for ten hours in the street after the Nusra Front rocket attack that killed 15 civilians.

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White Helmets: Helden oder Verbrecher? | KenFM.de


23-12-18 03:38:00,

Von westlichen Regierungen hochgelobt, ausgezeichnet und finanziert, und von ihren Kriegsgegnern in Syrien als „Humanitäre-Fakes“ mit illegalen bewaffneten Gruppen gleichgestellt. 

Von Jochen Mitschka.

Das Narrativ der von westlichen Regierungen gegründeten und finanzierten Organisation White Helmets, die ausschließlich in von „Rebellen“ kontrollierten Gebieten Syriens präsent sind, besagt, dass es sich um uneigennützige Freiwillige handelt, die als Zivilschutz in nicht von der Regierung kontrollierten Gebieten agieren. Syrien, Russland und Kritiker des Krieges im Westen erklären seit Jahren, dass die White Helmets in erster Linie zu Propaganda-Zwecken vom Westen gegründet und unterstützt wurde, um den Regime-Change in Syrien zu rechtfertigen. Tatsächlich, so die Behauptung, untermauert von Fotos und Videos, wären die White-Helmets eine Hilfsorganisation von Al-Kaida-Terrorgruppen und anderen Terrororganisationen. Nun hat ein russisches Forschungsinstitut eine systematische Datenerhebung durchgeführt und erhebt ungeheuer erscheinende Anschuldigungen in einer Anhörung im UNO Hauptquartier in New York am Donnerstag, den 20. Dezember.

Der folgende Text basiert auf der Live-Übertragung der Präsentation im UNO-Hauptquartier bzw. dem daraufhin erstellten Video, das über   YouTube abrufbar ist.

Die Organisation und Methodik

Maxim Grigoriew: „Unsere Organisation, die ‚Foundation for the study of Democracy‘ beurteilt Menschenrechtsangelegenheiten und analysiert terroristische Ideologien in der ganzen Welt. Wir sind Mitglied des globalen Anti-Terror-Netzwerkes, das vom Exekutivdirektorat der UNO für Antiterrorismus eingerichtet wurde, und uns wurde ein beratender Status beim UNO Rat für wirtschaftliche und  soziale Fragen eingeräumt. (…) Als wir Garantiegeber für das Buch (Anmerkung des Übersetzers: „countering the terrorist propaganda“, das im Jahr 2016 bei einer Sondersitzung des UN-Sicherheitsrates vorgestellt worden war) waren,  überraschte uns, dass hunderte von Facebook-Konten von Weißhelmen Daesh / ISIS Propaganda enthielten. Nachdem wir das festgestellt hatten, begannen wir einen Faktencheck der Aktivitäten der White Helmets. Ich werde beginnen mit einer Beschreibung unserer Methoden.

Wir haben über 100 Augenzeugen interviewt, mehr als 40 Mitglieder der White Helmets, 50 ehemalige Kämpfer von illegalen bewaffneten Gruppen, 50 Personen im Gebiet der von illegalen bewaffneten Gruppen kontrolliertem Gebiet, wo die White Helmets aktiv waren. (Anmerkung des Autors: Alle Interviews wurden auf Video festgehalten und werden der Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung gestellt.) Wir führten auch zwei soziologische Umfragen in Aleppo und Dara mit der Hilfe von Freiwilligen durch. 

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White Helmets sollen nach Deutschland evakuiert werden

White Helmets sollen nach Deutschland evakuiert werden

21-07-18 07:05:00,

Aktionsgebiete der White Helmets. (Grafik: White Helmets)

Aktionsgebiete der White Helmets. (Grafik: White Helmets)

Nach Angaben des US-Magazins TIME stehen die USA kurz davor, Mitglieder der Zivilschutzorganisation White Helmets aus dem Südwesten Syriens zu evakuieren. Das Magazin beruft sich bei seinen Angaben auf Informationen von zwei hochrangigen US-Beamten. Die Evakuierung soll von den USA, Kanada und Großbritannien geleitet werden. In der ersten Phase sollen die White Helmets aus dem Südwesten in Transitlager der Nachbarländer gebracht werden. Das Magazin wörtlich: „Von dort aus werden sie in Drittländer, darunter Großbritannien, Deutschland, die Niederlande und möglicherweise Kanada, geschickt, so die Beamten, die unter der Bedingung der Anonymität gesprochen haben, weil sie nicht befugt waren, die Angelegenheit öffentlich zu diskutieren.”

Abraham Wagner vom Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST) sagte den Deutschen Wirtschaftsnachrichten, dass am Rande des NATO-Gipfels in Brüssel über die Evakuierung der White Helmets gesprochen wurde. Wagner wörtlich: „Der Krieg wird hier zurückgeschraubt und Syrien (Regierung in Damaskus, Anm. d. Red.) erlangt die Kontrolle über ganz Syrien zurück. Diese Organisation (White Helmets, Anm. d. Red.) ist größtenteils eine humanitäre Organisation, die versucht, mitten im syrischen Bürgerkrieg Katastrophenhilfe zu leisten, und es gibt viele Beweise dafür, dass sie viele Menschen gerettet haben. Es gab einige ’Berichte’, wonach sie irgendwie mit Terroristen in Verbindung stehen, von denen die meisten glauben, sie seien falsche Berichte. Ich weiß wirklich nicht, wohin sie evakuiert werden würden, wenn sie syrische Staatsangehörige sind. Es wäre problematisch, wenn sie nach dem derzeitigen US-Reiseverbot versuchen würden, in die USA einzureisen, es sei denn, sie würden Ausnahmegenehmigungen erhalten. Es könnte auch sein, dass die Russen Assad dazu bringen könnten, sie gut zu behandeln, so dass die Evakuierung nicht notwendig wird.”

Auch ein Sprecher der White Helmets hat dem US-Magazin diesen Evakuierungsplan bestätigt, da die syrische Armee (SAA) in den südwestlichen Regionen Quneitra und Daraa an Boden gewinnt. Die Evakuierungsmaßnahmen würden seit geraumer Zeit stattfinden. Allerdings seien diese nach dem NATO-Gipfel in Brüssel beschleunigt worden. „Das sind harte Stunden und Minuten (…) Dies ist der schlimmste Tag meines Lebens. Ich hoffe, sie retten uns, bevor es zu spät ist”, so ein Sprecher der White Helmets aus Quneitra. Quneitra ist der letzte Landstreifen in Syrien, der sich noch nicht komplett unter der Kontrolle der SAA befindet.

Zwischen Söldner-Truppen und der Regierung in Damaskus laufen auch Verhandlungen über die Evakuierung der Söldner aus Syrien in die nordwestliche Provinz Idlib.

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