TONIGHT: White Helmets of Syria


Our Growing a Local Peace Economy daily inspiration for August 15th was about the White Helmets. Their amazing story of saving lives instead of taking lives releases tonight on NetFlix. Watch for an intimate view of what Syria is now and who the heroes are.

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Cpl60v9XYAAP70H-2.jpg“Instead of taking a life, I want to save a life.” – Khaled Omar of the White Helmets

Daily Practice: The White Helmets are 1,200 rescue workers in Syria. Instead of being pulled into fighting they decided to save lives and have saved some 56,000 lives in 3 years. A beautiful expression of growing their local peace economy in the midst of war. The peace economy creates conditions conducive for life. What are you doing to create conditions conducive to life in your community. How can you do more of that?   

White Helmets

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  • commented 2016-09-21 18:14:48 -0400
    FOLLOW THE MONEY: The White Helmets are just one component of the new NGO Complex.
    If this is the case, and I fear it is, the depravity of our government, the US government, the state led media and associated Syria Campaign support groups have reached a new level of perversion of Humanity. The White Helmets have been demonstrated to be a primarily US and NATO funded organisation embedded in Al Nusra and ISIS held areas exclusively.
    This is an alleged “non-governmental” organisation, the definition of an NGO, that thus far has received funding from at least three major NATO governments, including $23 million from the US Government and $29 million (£19.7 million) from the UK Government, $4.5 million (€4 million) from the Dutch Government. In addition, it receives material assistance and training funded and run by a variety of other EU Nations.
  • commented 2016-09-21 05:32:52 -0400
    The White Helmets are a propaganda arm of foreign origin funded by MI6 and probably also CIA. Their members dobbel-job as white helmets when they are not posing on social media together with their friends in al-Qaede/Nusra or whatever they call themselves lately. Shame on Code Pink for swallowing this propaganda effort of the MI6 raw.
  • commented 2016-09-20 19:22:45 -0400
  • commented 2016-09-20 14:33:30 -0400
    I agree with Natylie, the White Helmets are a con – they are bought and paid for by western intelligence and they do not do what they say they do – they are terrorist liers for the UK,US,IS,NATO et al alliance of murdering savages.

    Vanessa Beeley has been visiting Syria of late and verifies this…
  • commented 2016-09-17 21:56:58 -0400
    I don’t understand how the members of Code Pink, who are normally so up on Washington’s propaganda with respect to war, is allowing itself to be snookered about the White Helmets, which is not an independent rescue organization, but is a front group that is funded and propped up by Washington. White Helmets only operates in areas that are controlled by the “rebels”. Wouldn’t an independent rescue organization operate wherever there are civilian victims and not just favor one side?

    Here is what Rick Sterling, who has gone on several fact-finding missions to Syria over the past few years has uncovered about the White Helmets:

    “White Helmets is the newly minted name for “Syrian Civil Defence”. Despite the name, Syria Civil Defence was not created by Syrians nor does it serve Syria. Rather it was created by the UK and USA in 2013. Civilians from rebel controlled territory were paid to go to Turkey to receive some training in rescue operations. The program was managed by James Le Mesurier, a former British soldier and private contractor whose company is based in Dubai.

    The trainees are said to be ‘nonpartisan’ but only work in rebel-controlled areas of Idlib (now controlled by Nusra/Al Queda) and Aleppo. There are widely divergent claims regarding the number of people trained by the White Helmets and the number of people rescued. The numbers are probably highly exaggerated especially since rebel-controlled territories have few civilians. A doctor who recently served in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo described it as a ghost town. The White Helmets work primarily with the rebel group Jabat al Nusra (Al Queda in Syria). Video of the recent alleged chlorine gas attacks starts with the White Helmet logo and continues with the logo of Nusra. In reality, White Helmets is a small rescue team for Nusra/Al Queda.

    But White Helmets primary function is propaganda. White Helmets demonizes the Assad government and encourages direct foreign intervention. A White Helmet leader wrote a recent Washington Post editorial. White Helmets are also very active on social media with presence on Twitter, Facebook etc. According to their website, to contact White Helmets email The Syria Campaign which underscores the relationship."

    I suggest that Medea Benjamin and the rest of the Code Pink staff get up to speed on independent reporting on Syria from Sterling, as well as Eva Bartlett, Professor Tim Anderson, and they should check out the press conference by the US Peace Council which just ended their own fact-finding mission to Syria where they met and spoke with a cross-section of Syrians, including members of NGO’s, civil society, the non-violent opposition, business leaders and a 2-hour meeting with Assad.

    More sources include:

    If Code Pink insists on being used to further the White Helmets and the nonsense that they represent, then I will be forced to withdraw future support for Code Pink, which would really be a shame.