Ken Roth keeps on digging?

Ken Roth has now conceded that the video he said was of carnage caused by Syrian regime barrel bombing in Aleppo, was actually of carnage caused by Israeli regime bombing in Gaza. As here:

He then links to an image, sourced from a BBC article that was published on May 5th, as a genuine ‘example of Aleppo’s destruction after Assad’s barrel bombs’. As here:

The BBC article is about a report from Amnesty International, published last week, which has documented how, in Aleppo:

government forces and many rebel groups are committing war crimes on a daily basis.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32581007

But nowhere in the article is it actually stated that the destruction shown in the image that Roth linked to was caused by a barrel bomb. Indeed, it doesn’t even say that it was caused by Syrian regime bombing at all.

The caption accompanying the image states:

Much of Aleppo, Syria’s industrial and financial centre, has been devastated

That it unambiguously shows the aftermath of a regime barrel bomb would appear to be nothing but Roth’s own interpretation.

However, given that the article is about both rebel *and* regime crimes, I am not sure that interpretation is reasonable.

A bit of further digging reveals that the image in question was taken by AFP photographer George Ourfalian on April 9th 2015, and is sourced to Getty Images. The blurb accompanying the photo states that:

A general view shows destruction in the Hamidiyeh neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as local popular committee fighters, who support the Syrian government forces, try to defend the traditionally Christian district on the third day of intense battles with Islamic State group jihadists

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/general-view-shows-destruction-in-the-hamidiyeh-news-photo/469041930

So the photo would actually appear to be of a ‘pro-regime’ neighbourhood that had been coming under attack from ISIS.

Now, that doesn’t of course preclude the possibility that the destruction we see in the photograph was caused by a regime barrel bomb. It may well be the case. But could it not just as well have been caused by ISIS artillery or rocket fire? Or even a ‘conventional’ regime airstrike?

And how does Roth know that it was caused specifically by regime barrel bombs? Because despite a few hours of Googling around, i’m still none the wiser.

My suspicion, quite frankly, is that Roth doesn’t actually know *for certain* either.

He’s just Googled ‘Aleppo barrel bombs’ (or something along those lines), and then linked to the first picture he came across from a vaguely credible source.

If this is the case, then it’s simply more slack, unforgivable shoddiness from such a high profile human rights campaigner.

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4 Responses to Ken Roth keeps on digging?

  1. rsterling1 says:

    excellent. i had not seen this before.

    thanks, rick

  2. Yes it’s a good expose’ Peter, but I still think you are way too generous with Kenneth Roth. About a month ago his partner Annie Sparrow tweeted a picture showing a ridiculous Orange cloud over a city in Syria, claiming it was ‘Chlorine’. Apart from chlorine being green, the size of the cloud and its nature made it clearly a hoax. Sparrow, like Roth, is just an agent for the project of regime change in Syria, which is now reaching a terrible climax. In this context, anything Roth says, posting photos or not, about ‘regime barrel bombs’ in Aleppo is part of the push for intervention, and supporting the Al Nusra/IS forces currently laying waste in Aleppo.
    The fact is that ‘barrel bombs’ are just bombs, albeit dropped from a helicopter to better target the insurgent groups who are lobbing their home made gas-bottle bombs at civlian neighbourhoods, and killing innocents every day around Damascus and Aleppo. Now they also have to cope with US TOW missiles, which means that the tanks they need to protect themselves from terrorist snipers are no longer safe. What alternative is there but to intensify the bombings? At least the Syrian government doesn’t use cluster bombs and White phosphorus, the chosen ‘crowd control’ methods of ‘the allies’. Or GAS!

  3. How much longer do we excuse Ken Roth and Dr Sparrow their outright lies and manipulation of the facts? This was my short article on the Orange cloud fabrication that David is talking about:

    https://thewallwillfall.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/hrw-fiction-award-or-the-wizard-of-oz-is-working-for-empire/

    I would like to share this with you. Tweeted by Dr Annie Sparrow who, if you didnt know, is wife of HRW’s director Ken Roth wink emoticon. So no collusion there? This was tweeted on the 12th April and was blatantly claimed to be proof of the use of Chlorine by the SAA as a “weapon of terror”.

    Now anyone with even one brain cell can see that this picture is fake.

    Here are some comments on the photo from chemical experts:

    “What a ridiculous photo! It doesn’t even look like Nitrogen Oxides, such as you get after an ammonium nitrate explosion. ( Which I have seen when using Amm nitrate/Diesel mixture to blast rock for road making) It’s true that this has been used, and by terrorists in the past for big truck bombs, and has now been banned as a fertiliser because of it, but I don’t think today’s terrorists bother with it; there are plenty of better things available it seems.

    However it is obviously, quite obviously NOT chlorine, which I believe in any case would not behave like this, going up into the air. While we can’t tell from this photo whether it is photoshopped, I would say it must be, even though the coloured cloud may be from an air strike or other explosion. If I wanted to create such an image I’d bring the coloured cloud in from somewhere else as it would be much easier to select out.”

    *****************************
    “It looks fake, and even secure bio said so. What it is, not sure – probably just a smoke generating machine with yellow color. The only alteration I could see is an overall yellow-orange-shift. I fixed it so the white building is white and sky is blue again. Looks about the same – color a bit less orange and slightly closer to a chlorine color, but still too orange, too thick and vivid – it’s just a bit more evident by contrast (didn’t save the result, nothing that amazing). Anyway, still not a chlorine expert, but I think it’s pretty clearly fake, and probably fair enough to taunt any idiot that promoted this.”

    *******************************
    Cheryl Rofer @cherylrofer Apr 12
    @SecureBio @EliotHiggins Color (if photo is correct) is of nitrogen oxides.

    ************************************

    Now this was tweeted by the illustrious Dr Sparrow and of course retweeted by her husband Ken Roth and then retweeted by hundreds who are failing to engage brain on Syria.

    It should also be noted that no mention of this particular alleged chemical attack has been made since. So their malicious intent must be evident.

    This is wizard of oz manipulation of the facts and rather like the scarecrow, we need to go in search of a brain to disentangle fact from fantasy, or like the lion, go in search of the courage to withstand the propaganda storm, or like the tin man, go in search of the heart to stand by Syria rather than peddle the media and NGO lies determined to bring about her downfall.

    I would like to share this with you. Tweeted by Dr Annie Sparrow who, if you didnt know, is wife of HRW’s director Ken Roth wink emoticon. So no collusion there? This was tweeted on the 12th April and was blatantly claimed to be proof of the use of Chlorine by the SAA as a “weapon of terror”.

    Now anyone with even one brain cell can see that this picture is fake.

    Here are some comments on the photo from chemical experts:

    “What a ridiculous photo! It doesn’t even look like Nitrogen Oxides, such as you get after an ammonium nitrate explosion. ( Which I have seen when using Amm nitrate/Diesel mixture to blast rock for road making) It’s true that this has been used, and by terrorists in the past for big truck bombs, and has now been banned as a fertiliser because of it, but I don’t think today’s terrorists bother with it; there are plenty of better things available it seems.

    However it is obviously, quite obviously NOT chlorine, which I believe in any case would not behave like this, going up into the air. While we can’t tell from this photo whether it is photoshopped, I would say it must be, even though the coloured cloud may be from an air strike or other explosion. If I wanted to create such an image I’d bring the coloured cloud in from somewhere else as it would be much easier to select out.”

    *****************************
    “It looks fake, and even secure bio said so. What it is, not sure – probably just a smoke generating machine with yellow color. The only alteration I could see is an overall yellow-orange-shift. I fixed it so the white building is white and sky is blue again. Looks about the same – color a bit less orange and slightly closer to a chlorine color, but still too orange, too thick and vivid – it’s just a bit more evident by contrast (didn’t save the result, nothing that amazing). Anyway, still not a chlorine expert, but I think it’s pretty clearly fake, and probably fair enough to taunt any idiot that promoted this.”

    *******************************
    Cheryl Rofer @cherylrofer Apr 12
    @SecureBio @EliotHiggins Color (if photo is correct) is of nitrogen oxides.

    ************************************

    Now this was tweeted by the illustrious Dr Sparrow and of course retweeted by her husband Ken Roth and then retweeted by hundreds who are failing to engage brain on Syria.

    It should also be noted that no mention of this particular alleged chemical attack has been made since. So their malicious intent must be evident.

    This is wizard of oz manipulation of the facts and rather like the scarecrow, we need to go in search of a brain to disentangle fact from fantasy, or like the lion, go in search of the courage to withstand the propaganda storm, or like the tin man, go in search of the heart to stand by Syria rather than peddle the media and NGO lies determined to bring about her downfall.

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