• Syrians Use Pokemon Go to Depict Their Plight

    July 23, 2016

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    Posted in: Military, Syria


    Syria passed a grim milestone this week. The country now has more displaced people/refugees without homes than people still living in their homes.

    The only significant response to this humanitarian crisis, a slow motion genocide, from the West has been more war, both from foreign aircraft and special forces directly, and via more support for the militias on the ground. The Syrian people are treated as simply part of the landscape being fought over. Destroying them seems as consequential as blowing up the buildings they used to live in.

    That serves as background — literally — to the striking Pokemon Go images (above) created by Syrian artist Khaled Akil and others. They are trying to use the international frenzy over the game to keep attention on the plight of their people.

    Here, they say, is what politicians’ claims to “destroy ISIS!” really mean.

    The war in Syria, now in its sixth year with no end in sight, has killed more than 280,000 people. It is as if the only real question to be decided is if the West will run out of ammunition, or Syria out of people, first

    Another artist, Syrian Saif Aldeen Tahhan, posted showing Pokemon Go players holding smartphones and seeking not Pokemons but medical care, school books, or undamaged homes. One image depicts a smartphone in front of a rubber dinghy of refugees at sea, with the user trying to capture a life ring.

    “I am in Kafr Nabal in Idlib province, come and save me,” reads text underneath a Pikachu on a poster held by a young boy.

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    • chuck said...


      U.S. Media is bought and paid for. Have a nice day. Smile! The Assange 2nd leak of DNC is coming up. Enjoy. Wage Peace and Non Violence or “We Came, We Saw, He Died”.

      07/23/16 12:40 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Will Debbie Wasserman Shitlz not be reelected, and get a muti million dollar dear, or Ambassador to BB world? $he’s great!

      07/23/16 12:48 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Andrea Mitchell (Alans Greenspans wife) is talking on MSNBC about Sanders DNC Assange leak. Interesting times. How much does she make a year?

      07/23/16 12:51 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Clinton annoyed by Sanders stuff! Vote Ben/Dover 2016

      07/23/16 12:52 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      No Blood For Oil.

      07/23/16 2:21 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Kent State. Kabul. Who owns? Profits before People? Just Sat No…

      07/23/16 3:24 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Kent State. Kabul. Who owns? Profits before People? Just Say No…

      07/23/16 3:25 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      (sorry,time out) deleted

      07/23/16 3:35 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Chuck- get a life! Jesus Fuck! Bernie was a ringer for Clinton.
      Most of us who were suckered by Obama in 2008 didn’t vote for him in 2012, We sure as hell will not vote for Clinton or Trump or even Stein in 2016. The journey is not complete. From the Declaration of Independence to the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. We need to move beyond the Constitution. Of course there is no way the rulilng elite will “allow” the abolishment of the governing group’s hold on this nation. The original founders- aristocrat wanna bes all- could never imagine the world of 2016 so their so called checks and balances are completely defunct.

      07/23/16 5:09 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      @ Rich

      “The journey is not complete. From the Declaration of Independence to the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. We need to move beyond the Constitution.”

      Well said my friend. What lies ahead is anybody’s guess, but I know ONE thing. There are 100 million gun owners out there that think alike. And that “think alike” is the 2nd Amendment. The day that either Trump or Clinton think they now have the power to trump the Constitution, is the day this country will devolve into anarchy and revolution.

      07/23/16 7:19 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      shesssusfuckingchrist..what a moron I can be. JOHN.. my apology.. I don’t know why I attributed the above caption to Rich..but just know I saw what I did and now am trying to correct it.


      07/23/16 7:23 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Pitch, that’s OK. I get confused with JP too. Don’t get fooled by Trump or Hillarious. They are not in control of anything.


      07/23/16 9:20 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      If Hillary is elected, you may need those guns to commit suicide to avoid late-stage radiation poisoning. Syria may become a safer place.


      If Trump is elected, you may need those guns in the event of a civil-race war.

      07/23/16 9:54 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      Even Paul Krugman is latching onto that stupid trope that Trump is a Putin accomplice in some weird, contrived conspiracy. Apparently, Trump didn’t give the “right answer” in an interview when he was asked if he would step in militarily if Russia incurred on the Baltic states. The facts that these little former Soviet republics are all run by very right-wing governments, are rabidly anti-Russian and that Russia is not interested in having them back in the fold are moot points, I gather, as are the facts that the US and EU are the ones encroaching on Russia with NATO forces and threatening her with sanctions and weapons.

      If Russia “attacks” one of these tiny countries, I would take it as a given that it is a false flag event engineered by the US.

      Behind the Trump/Putin conspiracy theory, however, is the fact that Obama and Clinton and a whole fucking lot of the neocons/neoliberals seem to want to have a war with Russia, China and Iran. Clinton has referred to Putin as Hitler, which is one of the dumbest comments she has ever made (and that is a broad field to pick from). We are supposed to hate and fear Russia. These fools want another war in the worst way, so as to take the focus off our own economy, climate disasters, loss of civil rights, etc.

      They want Clinton in the White House to facilitate the new Longer War. To that end, they will use this “Trump hearts Putin” to discredit him. The important thing is to remember is that this particular theme is about demonizing Russia and Putin even more than it is about demonizing Trump. They really want more war. They will get it even with Trump in office, since he is not very smart and has no rigorously held beliefs, but it might take them a bit more effort. The Republican party platform itself calls for meeting the “return of Russian belligerence with the same resolve that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union” (are we herein admitting that we engineered the collapse of the SU?), calls the Obama administration “insufficiently aggressive”, and resolves to build up our military and nuclear weapons even further. So the Republicans are clearly in agreement with more wars, and specifically war with Russia. Trump seems a little dubious about it, but they’ll get him in line eventually. That he, Manafort, or whomever else did business with Russia is a red herring – all these corporate oligarchs do business with anyone who looks willing to deal. For that matter, Clinton approved a uranium mining deal that allows a Russian company to mine and take back to Russia 25% of all the uranium mined in the US. (It was a State Dept. deal that was originally inked with a Canadian company, but it was known at the time the deal was signed that the Canadian firm was being sold to the Russians.) Maybe Hillary is a Putin accomplice, too?

      With Clinton in the WH, WW3 is way easier. She’s already on board and has been pushing it for some time.

      07/24/16 7:15 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      You can be certain we will never see a dissent memo from the State Dept about the War Witch’s plan. And Hillarious thought Trump and the RNC was something out of OZ:


      07/24/16 7:42 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Regarding memos what is Bernie saying about leaked memos that Hillary’s DNC viciously satatoged his efforts in the primary? Hillary’s pantsuiters were reminding provincial voters who may not have known that Sanders was a Jew and rigging the delegate system. Why would he support Hillary knowing what she did? Any thoughts?

      07/24/16 8:14 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      “Why would he support Hillary knowing what she did?”

      Maybe he was just in it to funnel people to her. I think that’s why Trump is in it, too. Payola can take many forms, in case people wonder what is in it for them.

      Like PVB said a few weeks ago, if Sanders refused to mention the emails, etc., he didn’t really want to win.

      (Also, given how much the Dems, the Repubs, and a huge segment of the voting public kiss Israeli ass, you’d think touting Sanders being Jewish by heritage would be a plus for him, not something to be brought up as a negative by the Clinton camp. Politics is such a strange thing.)

      07/24/16 10:10 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      That last article you linked to has this little nugget:” ‘By the way, if you happen to know anybody, or run across anybody who is thinking about even contemplating voting for the other guy, ask that person, why do you think he won’t release his tax returns?’ Clinton said, adding, ‘Just asking. I think it is a question he should have to answer.’ ”

      Ain’t she something, though? She casually assumes no-one will ask her about releasing the texts to her Wall St. speeches in return. Actually, come to think of it, she might be right. Now that Sanders has shown his true colors, there’s nobody left who would ask.

      Trump’s returns are being audited, actually. As a bookkeeper, I can tell you he’d be an idiot to release returns that are in the middle of audit and have a big possibility of having to be amended. Having to release them twice, both pre- and post- audit, would make him look even worse.

      I HATE THIS DAMN ELECTION. In case anyone cares.

      07/24/16 10:18 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      “Imagine” My Brother Cornell West as new head of DNC !

      07/24/16 11:04 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Well, the leaked emails did cost Wasserman her position. She was a rogue actor and Hillary was totally unaware of how the DNC was rigging the primary to serve her and tarnish Sanders. But he may not have wanted to be POTUS and maybe even Trump doesn’t really want the job. No sane person would want to be POTUS? It’s a position for only sociopaths.

      07/24/16 11:28 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...



      07/24/16 1:25 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said…
      “No sane person would want to be POTUS? It’s a position for only sociopaths.”

      Hahahaha. 200 years of sociopaths leading the US.


      I can just see this in a POTUS job description.

      Must be a certifiable sociopath.


      07/24/16 1:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...



      Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Chair After Email Leak


      I can’t stand that vicious c..t. I hope she gets prosecuted. Along with the other DNC conspirators.
      Unfortunately..when pigs fly comes to mind. At least she’s no longer running the DC. And..it should be a warning for anyone thinking of hiring her. In essence, her stupidity has ruined her career. And I DO mean stupidity. I mean.. sheeezus. Any one who “conspires” in this day and age, by way of email..is a certifiable dumb ass.

      07/24/16 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      But the bulls*t that is the worst is that everyone including Hillary knew what was going on. They only moved Schultz off to the side after the dirty jobs were done and after they got outed. Let’s hope Putin has some of those 33k deleted emails off Clinton’s server to share with Wikileaks in October.

      07/24/16 2:44 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      And the photos of Trump romping with Putin’s prostitutes too.

      07/24/16 2:48 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Did it bother Wasserman to trash a fellow Jew to help Hillary? Maybe not- Putin to the rescue- saving us from Hillary. I could work with that easily.

      07/24/16 3:05 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      So Hillarious has another reason to bomb Russia. Great.

      07/24/16 4:17 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      WOW, the KGB Putin is doing US a favor since the FBI Commies won’t.

      07/24/16 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Syria-lessly, Peter, ever consider adding a forum tab on the WMW site so we can keep these comments in some order?

      Meanwhile,I’m buying Rosetta Stone French in anticipation of all the consular visa jobs that may open in Paris the day The Donald is elected.

      “Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S.”

      07/24/16 5:08 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...


      That Putin fellow really gets around it’s almost like clones;)


      teri said. I agree but lame stream press needs sell Amerikas sheeple another war because we just don’t have enough going at this time to keep up the profits of the merchants of death at dod & sd

      I’ll be voting Green.

      07/24/16 6:04 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      Seriously, the whole thing reeks of hypocrisy. First off, the US spies on everyone on the planet, including her own citizens, and Clinton is complaining that someone hacked into the DNC emails? And she and the media are trying to blame it on Russia? How do we know it wasn’t the NSA? Or Guccifer 2, who already said he was the hacker? Even if it was Russia, so what? We no doubt hack into anything and everything we can coming out of their country.

      But what no-one is talking about is that there shouldn’t have been anything for a hacker to find: the DNC is supposed to support all Democratic candidates equally. None of these assholes should have been attempting to sway the election one way or the other. Clinton et al can blame Russia or Trump or Satan himself – the fact is that there should have been nothing like this to be found.

      Of course, had the emails shown that the election was rigged in Sanders’ favor, we sure as hell wouldn’t be hearing about “Russia interfering in the democratic process” – we’d be hearing about how awful and despicable the Sanders people are. CNN and MSNBC are desperately trying to make the claim that no-one will be talking about this by this evening; “it’s like the story about Mrs. Trump plagiarizing Mrs. Obama’s speech,” they are saying. “It’ll blow over by Monday night.” Ha! I don’t think so. There is no proof either Mr. or Mrs. Trump fucked with the voters. They just aren’t good public speakers. Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Schultz, however, will have to deal with a couple of million righteously pissed off Sanders supporters.

      Too bad about the idiot Wasserman-Schultz. Anyone who helps the Clintons risks going to jail, losing his job, or dying young. The Clintons, OTOH, always, always hold the “get out of jail free” card for themselves and throw the fools who aid and abet them under the bus. If Schultz didn’t know that by now, tough shit for her.

      I’m with you…I hope we see a huge Clinton email dump before Nov.

      07/25/16 4:20 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      How about that? I thought I was the only one who remembered that Clinton story. (Uranium One and Clinton Foundation.)

      Cool to see someone bring it up.

      07/25/16 4:24 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      teri said:
      “But what no-one is talking about is that there shouldn’t have been anything for a hacker to find: the DNC is supposed to support all Democratic candidates equally.”

      Well sooprise sooprise sooprise. not….


      At this rate, the DNC will implode by the time the convention is over. However, one thing is clear. This is a CONSPIRACY to sell government “appointments”, and if this isn’t illegal..I’ll eat my words. Moreover, Comey now faces an even worse ethics scenario, to which, if he and Lynch let THIS one slide, I’d submit they might as well pack their bags cause Trump will wipe the floors of the Justice Department with their reputations, REGARDLESS if he wins or not. And THAT I would agree with him.

      07/25/16 6:15 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Wow. Look at this: Clinton just rewarded Wasserman-Schultz for her loyalty by making her the honorary chair of the Clinton 50 State Program. In other words, Debbie – after just being caught rigging the presidential election – is now going to be in charge of “helping” other Democratic candidates get “elected”.

      Jesus Christ. You cannot make this shit up.


      PS: PVB, sorry for hogging the comment section this morning. I’m done now.

      07/25/16 6:15 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      You keep going, Teri. You’re saying things that need to be said.

      I’m just glad the Russians skipped her private email server full of Top Secret stuff to hack into the DNC (yeah, right.) I can’t wait until October, or will Putin blackmail her ahead of that and just own her soul in return for truly deleting the emails?

      07/25/16 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      ps..sheeezus…I can’t believe how fucking stupid these people in the DNC really are. Furthermore, something in my gut tells me there’s some people in the DNC who are scared shitless now that 20k emails have been hacked. I’ve got $25 there’s a blockbuster of blockblusters out there that will rock the Clinton campaign to it’s core, notwithstanding exploding the whole “party” eithics to smithereens. Please lord..make my day.

      Btw, I see Ms Scumbag Shultz, has resigned…as of..the end of the convention. How convenient. Once Clinton is in..I see a big ole pardon for Ms Shultz should she get any accountability blowback. But I ain’t holding my breath.

      07/25/16 6:25 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      teri said…

      “Wow. Look at this: Clinton just rewarded Wasserman-Schultz for her loyalty by making her the honorary chair of the Clinton 50 State Program.”

      Holy fucking shit. You just snuk that in between my 2 posts. And you are right. You can’t make this shit up.
      The honorary chair of the Clinton 50 State Program.
      Unbelievable. These people are now just simply rubbing their corruption in our noses. They just plain don’t give a shit anymore.

      btw teri..you are NOT hogging the comment section. Please keep it up.

      07/25/16 6:34 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      07/25/16 6:36 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      c’maan teri.. this is a hogging war!

      07/25/16 6:38 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      from the link:

      quote”This time, Sanders’ people were out with their pitchforks—literally.”unquote

      LITERALLY? Cool. It’s about fucking time to color them red. I just wish I could be there. I have a feeling..this is about to get worse. Much much worse.

      07/25/16 6:44 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      teri said…

      “How about that? I thought I was the only one who remembered that Clinton story. (Uranium One and Clinton Foundation.)

      Cool to see someone bring it up.”

      ummm.. someone else is too. Because some people believe the leak is from Russian intel people.


      The last link leads here:


      sheeezus. Who needs TV soap opera’s when you have Murikan political theater.

      07/25/16 7:05 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      If someone in the lapdog media had bothered to do some digging on the Clinton-DNC, you know JOURNALISM, then Hillarious wouldn’t have to engage in Russian-Trump conspiracy theories. The Wall Street War Party paid good money to keep the voters ignorant and then Putin goes and fucks it all up.

      07/25/16 7:38 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Thanks for being so tolerant, Peter. I guess I am not quite done, after all….

      I have work to get done this morning, but I wanted to add to my other thoughts on this whole new Democratic theme song (“The Devil Went Down to Cleveland”, also released as the hit single, “Donald and Vladimir Sitting in a Tree…”). Saw some CNN and MSNBC very early this a.m. and they are all over the email thing and the idea that Russia did it to help Trump win.

      Never mind that there’s no proof Russia did anything, but why can’t anyone just point out to these media jerkwads and politicians that the US government spies on everyone on the planet, scoops up all the phone calls and emails, has hacked into other countries’ systems on a regular basis, has installed malware into other countries’ systems and, BY THE WAY, has interfered in so many elections in other countries, couped the leaders of other countries, or outright assassinated leaders abroad that perhaps no-one should be astonished that perhaps someone finally has had e-goddamned-nough of it.

      (People in Haiti, embroiled in their own election issues, have been protesting the Clintons by name for months, saying they want the Clintons to stay the hell away from the country, stay out of their elections, and just leave them alone.)

      Too bad Bernie didn’t think Clinton’s emails were anything to talk about; apparently others have a different opinion.

      Wasserman-Schultz is also the opening and closing speaker at the Dem convention, I heard this morning. Even though she won’t be in charge of the DNC starting immediately after the convention, they are still letting her give the open and wrap-up speeches. This was something she insisted on. I guess she doesn’t mind the fact that the audience is going to bitch-slap her like a redheaded stepchild when she starts talking.

      Want to place a wager? How much you wanna bet that something “unexpected” happens this week to take all this attention off the DNC/Clinton/email shit? Like, I dunno, maybe a few shootings between protesters and cops? Or between protesters and counter-protesters? Or something even bigger, apart from the convention?? (Bonus side-bet: we’ll find out in a couple of years that whatever the “something unexpected” is, it was carried out by Clinton agents provocateur.)

      07/25/16 9:50 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Speaking of that wager… I think you give Americans too much credit, saying they need such distractions. They don’t because they are too stupid. We’ve had 30 years of “distractions” around the Clintons, from those sweetheart cattle future deals in the 80s to the FBI and email last month, and none of it mattered. She’ll have her convention as if none of that happened because she knows in the end none of it matters. Her most honest statement in life was saying just that after Benghazi — why does it matter? because it clearly does not.

      That said, there still could be shootings or whatever, but that’s just what happens nowadays.

      07/25/16 10:02 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Undersecretary of Defense for “intelligence” from 2011 to 2015 Mikey Vickers said an effort by the Russians have attempted to influence elections in states closer to their border but that seeking to do so in the United States would represent a historic and significant change, even in an era when Russian intelligence gathering has become more aggressive.

      “What is really NEW here is the attempt to influence the politics of the United States. That is the problem,” he said.

      Mikey, use some of that “intelligence” and read a fucking history book.

      07/25/16 11:39 AM | Comment Link

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