Syrian boy exposes US chemical attack masquerade: "lured with cookies than sprayed with water"


A boy who was portrayed as a ‘victim’ in a rebel-linked activists’ video of the alleged chemical attack in Douma has told Russian broadcaster VGTRK that he was lured into the hospital with cookies and then sprayed with water.

Panic, fear, screaming adults and frightened children featured in the purported footage of the aftermath following the alleged chemical attack in the Eastern Ghouta city. The video has been circulated by mainstream media since April 7 after being posted by the so-called Douma Revolution group.

The group is one of the organizations, along with the notorious rebel-linked White Helmets, that has claimed government troops were the culprits behind the reported chemical attack.

One of the main ‘characters’ in the footage is a soaked boy, who is seen being sprayed with water by people who claim to be ‘rescue workers.’ It’s not clear whether they are doctors from the hospital, human rights activists, or White Helmets members. The latter usually make such videos and send them to news agencies, including Reuters.

Russian broadcaster VGTRK said it found the boy in the video, who appeared to be 11-year-old Hassan Diab. His story differed from the one presented by the activists and later propagated by the mainstream media. He was in the basement with his mother, who said they ran out of food, when they heard some noise outside.

“Somebody was shouting that we had to go to the hospital, so we went there. When I came in, some people grabbed me and started pouring water over my head,” he told Evgeny Poddubny, a war correspondent from Russian broadcaster VGTRK. Hassan confirmed that he was the boy in the video, and was very scared when the whole situation unfolded. He is now fine and shows no symptoms of having experienced a chemical attack two weeks ago.

Привет. Это Хасан Диаб. Ему 11 лет и он снимался в ролике Белых касок за еду (финики, рис, печенье) 7 апреля в Думе. Хасан жив и здоров и передает привет всем, кто так сильно переживает за пострадавших в Думе от отравления, и одобряет удары по Сирии. ************************************************************In return for playing a victim in #WhiteHelmets propaganda video 11 year old #HassanDiab got some badly needed food a few dates, rice, and a cookie He is alive and well and sends his greetings to everyone#whitehelmets #douma #syria #chemicalattack

A post shared by Евгений Поддубный (@evgeny.poddubny) on Apr 18, 2018 at 8:16am PDT

He was eventually found by his father, who said he didn’t hear about any chemical attack that day. “I went to the hospital, walked upstairs, and found my wife and children. I asked them what had happened, and they said people outside were shouting about some smell, and told them to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave dates and cookies to the kids,” he said.

One of the medical workers, who was reportedly on shift at the time, said he was surprised by the sudden influx. “Some people came here and washed people. They said: ‘Chemical attack. Chemical attack.’ We didn’t see any chemical attack symptoms,” he added. He did, however, say that there were many people with respiratory problems as a result of dust from recent bombings in the city.

Social media posts and the White Helmets’ report were enough for the US, UK and France to launch a series of strikes on Syria on April 14. The announcement of the strikes came hours before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team was scheduled to arrive in Douma to determine whether chemical weapons had been used there.

“The boy agreed to play this role for food. Then the video was circulated across the globe and became the ‘evidence’ which served as an excuse for the US, the UK and French airstrikes [against Syria],” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

Moscow is planning to show the video about Hassan at the next meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia told Rossiya 1 on Thursday.



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Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary and MAKES BANK


San Diego, CA — A young entrepreneur, with the foresight to target her audience, sold a record-breaking amount of cookies over the weekend in only six hours. Knowing that marijuana often carries the side-effect of making people hungry, a 9-year-old girl set up her cookie enterprise right outside of a marijuana dispensary.

The dispensary, likely seeing the potential for a mutually beneficial arrangement between the two businesses, then put out an Instagram post with the scout in an adorable picture, holding several boxes of cookies.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with – shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the company wrote. “GSC” refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies.

According to the local news, the scout’s father said his daughter sold more than 300 boxes.

While the Girl Scouts’ rules state that booth sales cannot start for another week, the girls are allowed to sell from wagons as long as a parent is present. That is exactly what happened here.

“So if that’s what they say they were doing… then they were right within the rules,” said Alison Bushan, of Girl Scouts San Diego.

The idea of a girl scout selling cookies out in front of a pot shop is not without controversy, however.

As News 10 reports, Girl Scouts of America Colorado was prompted to issue a statement in 2014 after a scout reportedly sold more than 100 boxes of cookies in two hours outside a San Francisco dispensary.

“If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars,” the organization’s Colorado branch tweeted.

However, this move was contradicted later by Kelly Parisi, the chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, who told the LA Times that each region makes “all decisions on how the cookie program is run. As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve.”

“As Girl Scouts, we assume good intent,” Girl Scouts spokesperson Mary Doyle said in a statement to TODAY. “Should we learn that a girl is in violation of a cookie program standard or guideline, we almost always discover that the parent was unaware of that rule.”

Naturally, the front of a pot shop is magnitudes safer and far better of an image than the front of a liquor store. It is also important to note that many dispensaries provide not only recreational marijuana but also medicinal which makes them no different than a Rite Aid or Walgreens.

In fact, selling cookies in front of a pharmacy—as is common practice across the country—is arguably more detrimental to the image of the Girl Scouts than peddling cookies in front of a store that sells a plant that makes people happy. Why? Well, pharmacies have been caught illegally doling out dangerous opioids by the millions which are killing record numbers of Americans every year.

It is also important to point out the effects of legalizing marijuana and the reduction in harm and crime it causes. If this girl chose to sell cookies in front of places where weed is sold in illegal states, rest assured, it would not be a safe environment. However, because it is legal in California, all the negative traits associated with prohibition, like crime and the police state, subside—an important lesson to be learned.

Rest assured, however, that as more free market loving girl scouts try their fate at selling cookies to a target market in front of marijuana dispensaries that the regulators will likely move in to ruin it.

Indeed, if lemonade stands in California are any indication of what’s to come, we may see Girl Scouts fined and shut down for operating a business in front of a pot shop without the proper permit.

Luckily, however, humanity seems to be winning as even consumers of mainstream media appear to support the little girl’s entrepreneurial spirit as a whopping 90 percent of those polled by the Today Show thought it was okay, while the other 10 percent should probably go to a dispensary.


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Belgium’s New Food Pyramid Groups Bacon With Cookies And Cake

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

In 2015, many people’s worldview was shaken when the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring processed meat — including deli sandwiches and bacon — to be a “possible carcinogen.” However, the finding affirmed what many health educators knew, and that is that a diet low in animal products is optimal for health and longevity.

In the time that has passed, many nations have revised and improved their food guidelines, such as Canada. Now, Belgium has released a new food pyramid, and it it is different than most other countries’. As TreeHugger reports, the new Belgium food guide groups tofu, legumes, oils, vegetables and grains toward the top of the inverted triangle. These are the foods that should be prioritized in one’s diet. Bacon, cake, cookies, French fries, alcohol, soda, and salami are grouped toward the bottom. They are the foods that should be consumed “as little as possible.” Midway, chicken, eggs, dairy, and fish are recommended as “occasional” foods to consume. Red meat and butter are very close to the “naughty” foods.

Quartz reports that the new guideline was published at the end of September by the Flemish Institute of Health Life. This pyramid is controversial, as it reflects the WHO’s announcement which blew up the media two years ago. The WHO declared, “that processed meat causes cancer, particularly colon cancer. The organization now places bacon, sausage, and hotdogs in a category of known carcinogens, a list that also includes cigarettes, diesel fumes and asbestos.”

Meat producers in the United States, specifically, were outraged by the statement. Their lobbying resulted in the new U.S. dietary guidelines removing the “eat less meat” advisory, which is unfortunate. Nonetheless, Belgium stayed true to the WHO’s finding. Loes Neven, a representative for the Institute, told a local newspaper: “We want to make it clear that we don’t need these products. We don’t forbid them, but they should be rather an exception than [the] rule.”

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Belgium’s new food pyramid puts bacon beside cookies and cake

The novel arrangement reflects the World Health Organization’s 2015 statement that processed meat is a possible carcinogen.

Belgium has a new food guideline with an interesting twist. Tofu, legumes, oils, vegetables, and grains sit at the top of the inverted triangle — as foods one should prioritize in their diet — while bacon and salami are relegated to an outside circle that includes cake, cookies, French fries, alcohol, and soda. These external items should be eaten “as little as possible.” Partway down the pyramid is chicken, eggs, dairy, and fish, with red meat and butter at the bottom.

Quartz reports that the new guideline was published at the end of September by the Flemish Institute of Health Life. The guideline is noteworthy because it reflects the official (and highly controversial) statement made by the World Health Organization in 2015 that processed meats are possible carcinogens to humans. TreeHugger reported on the WHO’s announcement in 2015:

“The WHO has declared that processed meat causes cancer, particularly colon cancer. The organization now places bacon, sausage, and hotdogs in a category of known carcinogens, a list that also includes cigarettes, diesel fumes and asbestos.”

Not surprisingly, the statement was met with outrage from meat producers in the United States, who managed to influence the new U.S. dietary guidelines sufficiently to remove the “eat less meat” advisory that we had all expected (and hoped) to see. Hence, Marion Nestle’s statement upon their publication at the beginning of 2017: “If I were the meat industry, I would break out the champagne.”

Belgium, refreshingly, does not seem fazed by powerful lobby groups. Loes Neven, a representative for the Institute, told a local newspaper:

“We want to make it clear that we don’t need these products. We don’t forbid them, but they should be rather an exception than [the] rule.”

Various countries have experimented with different ways of communicating nutritional guidelines to their populations, with the U.S. adopting a dinner plate model, Brazil using images of fully plated meals, Japan using a curious ‘spinning top food guide,’ and Canada sticking with an uninspiring horizontal graph. It remains to be seen how effective Belgium’s is, and whether people will be willing to swap salami for soybeans.

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‘New US ambassador unlikely to hand out cookies to protesters’ – snr Russian senator

For obvious reasons, the figure of the new US ambassador to Moscow invokes serious interest,” Senator Konstantin Kosachev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

It is obvious that [US President] Donald Trump had to look for a candidate who would be approved by Congress, which currently studies every move regarding Russia under a magnifying glass,” Kosachev added.

In that sense, Huntsman suited them all – he has no record of sympathizing with Russia, even though he used to have some business interests here. He has some diplomatic experience – at 32 he became the youngest US ambassador of the century when he accepted the mission to Singapore. He has some experience in working with major states, in particular China, where he has also worked as an ambassador,” Kosachev noted.

This can be seen as confirmation of the theory that Trump’s Washington is looking at Russia through the prism of China. If that’s the case, it’s a minus, because we see independent value in our bilateral relations. On the other hand, this can be seen as a plus, because the new head of the US diplomatic mission in Moscow is unlikely to spend much time in attempts to reform Russia or in handing out cookies to protesters,” the senator said.

Because of that we are ready to work with the new US ambassador and of course we are waiting to meet him in Moscow with great interest,” the Russian senator added.

In his comments, Kosachev referred to the well-known story of 2013, when US Assistant State Secretary Victoria Nuland visited the violent anti-government protests in central Kiev, Ukraine, and handed out cookies to rioters as a sign of support.

Nuland noted in subsequent comments that she was handing out sandwiches, but the expression ‘to hand out cookies’ remained in its original form. In early 2014, the ‘Maidan’ protests developed into a full-scale coup d’état that, in turn, led to military conflict in southeast Ukraine that continues to this day.

On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously confirmed former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as the new US ambassador to Russia. Huntsman served as ambassador to China under former US President Barack Obama and was the ambassador to Singapore under former President George H.W. Bush.

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