Syrians Have No Food, NATO/MSM Have No Shame: Madaya Starvation Photos Faked For Propaganda

syria_on_fireBy Brandon Turbeville

It seems the propaganda machine of the West just won’t quit when it comes to Syria. Whether it is claims that Assad is “butchering his own people” that overwhelmingly support him, “using chemical weapons” on civilians at questionably convenient times that defy all logic, or buying oil from ISIS, the Western propaganda against the legitimate secular government of Syria seems to become more and more absurd with each passing attempt.

The latest attempt at portraying Assad as the new Hitler without a shred of real evidence? Claims that he is starving the residents of Madaya for some undefined purpose that would allegedly benefit his “grip” on power.

Actually, according to the Western media, no motives are necessary. For the West and its populations totally lacking in discernment, Assad is starving the people of Madaya and that is enough.

But the truth is that Assad is not starving the people of Madaya. The people of Madaya are suffering because their village is overrun with the savages supported by NATO, the GCC, and Israel. Unfortunately,the Western media that insists upon calling them “rebels” and “activists” instead of what they are.

Regardless, the recent photos circulating throughout the Western media have been entirely misrepresented in order to condemn Assad the Syrian military.

The Photos

For instance, the photo currently being circulated by the Western media and a number of pro-war NGOs purporting to show a little Syrian girl being starved by Assad is actually a photo of a Lebanese girl, Marianna Marzeh. Marianna’s picture was being used side by side with that of a starving girl so emaciated that she appears at the very brink of death. But Marianna is alive and well living in Lebanon with a full stomach. Her family has stepped forward to clear the record that she is not a victim of Assad; and even Marianna herself can be seen in a video saying someone stole her picture off the Internet. The picture thieves were, of course, the death squad fanatics currently terrorizing the people of Syria but attempting to use sympathy for a small child (of which they have none) to demonize their enemy. The Saudi Arabian satellite TV network, Al-Arabiya, has been the number one progenitor of the fake connection between Marianna’s photo and the starving girl.

Marianna’s photo has now been used for the second time for propaganda purposes by the jihadists.

unnamedImage Source: The Daily Star

Another photo used and claimed to be from Madaya was of a young boy being interviewed and claiming to be suffering from starvation and want. While the suffering was real, the picture was not from Madaya but from the Yarmouk camp in Syria, a Palestinian refugee camp located in Damascus. The photo was also from July 2014. Yet it did not stop the BBC’s Jim Muir from posting the image as an example of “Assad’s cruelty” to civilians.

unnamed2Image Source: Global Research

One image being circulated throughout the Western media of an emaciated boy was paraded about by many mainstream sources including the Associated Press. In reality, however, the picture was one that was taken in 2015, the original having been “touched up” to enhance the boy’s emaciated features.

Another popular image being circulated by the likes of VICE News and Donatella Rivera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Advisor, is neither current nor from Madaya. The photo shows a very emaciated young boy, crouching shirtless on the floor, ribs jutting out, and staring at the camera. It was first posted in 2013.

RT continues in a separate report entitled “First Aid Convoys Enter Besieged Syrian Town Of Madaya,”

Various media outlets, including the Telegraph, the Independent, BBC, CNN and Fox news said Syrians were eating domestic animals, and had been left without any help. Some media didn’t bother to re-check the authenticity of images allegedly showing dying Madaya residents.

No one has as yet been able to confirm that the images are actually authentic. RT decided to investigate the photos.

One haunting image posted on Arab-speaking social media shows a starving man supposedly lying somewhere in the streets of Madaya, a town with a population of about 9,000 people.

“The victims of starvation caused by Bashar Assad, Hezbollah and Iranian militias on Madaya and Al-Zabadani,” says the caption under the image.

However, the story behind the starving man turned out to be fabricated. In fact, he starved to death in the city of Ghouta a year ago, according to the Syrian American Medical Society. The picture was taken on January 13, 2015.

“Mohammad Yoususf An-Najjar, disabled, from Damascus died on 13 January due to extreme cold and lack of food during the government forces’ siege of Eastern Ghouta,” the Syrian network of human rights said.

. . . . .

Another horrendous picture of a starving man in Madaya has turned out to be a drug addict (or refugee, according to other sources) taken in Europe in 2009. His eyes were even Photoshopped to hide the fact they are blue. The image originally appeared on Al Jazeera. It was subsequently deleted, but not before it had been retweeted many times.

Who controls Madaya?

The hardships facing Madaya citizens are very real. But the governing force of Madaya is not the Syrian government but the terrorists backed by the West and the GCC. The town has long been overrun by terrorist al-Qaeda forces, most notably Ahrar al-Sham.

It should be noted that Ahrar al-Sham is also sieging and starving two other villages in Syria – Fua and Kefraya.

As one resident of Madaya, an 89-year-old man, told the cameras, “The rebels are trading in people’s blood. They are the ones taking all the rice, then selling it for 80-90 notes . . . cigarettes for 5,000 lira; a chocolate bar for 5,000 lira. And they butchered our children! Burned our trees! They caused all this. When aid arrived they stole it and are selling it at high prices.” Indeed, the residents of Madaya cannot be any clearer as to who is destroying their lives.

You can also see a number of additional eyewitness testimonies in this video by Mimi al-Laham (Syrian Girl), posted on her SyrianGirlPartisan YouTube channel.

As can be seen from the video, even the BBC aired a partial clip of residents of Madaya screaming at the so-called “rebels” for food and haranguing them for stealing the aid that belongs to civilians.

It is also interesting to note that Qatari-based Al-Jazeera is promoting statistics that simply do not match up with the facts. According to AJ+, up to 40,000 people live in Madaya and most of them are starving, all because the Syrian government has some illogical plan to starve innocent people. According to other statistics such as the Census conducted by the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics and reports by RT, however, Madaya has only 9,000 residents. Clearly, there is a massive discrepancy in the numbers. With Qatar having acted as a sponsor and bankroller of terrorists in Syria, one would question the legitimacy of the claims made by the organization. The very fact that such varying numbers can be assigned to one population is evidence enough that there is an agenda afoot.


Regardless of whether the images being used by the NGO and “journalistic” communities are from Syria, 2016 or some other location or time, the fact is that these communities are using photos that are undoubtedly altered, misrepresented, and paraded as if they are something they are not. In other words, the photos are a part of willful deception by these same organizations.

Starving children – the images now being paraded throughout the Western media in order to drum up hatred for Bashar al-Assad –are images that selectively pull upon the strings of the selective Western conscience. It is a curious thing that millions dead at the hands of the U.S. military are merely “collateral damage” and are deemed worthy of death, with the Western public even deriving some strange sense of righteousness and masculinity at the sight of bodies while, at the same time, the photo of one hungry child is enough to sway their opinion of war and peace.

In Syria, tens of thousands of dead children are par for the course. In America, several dead children are justification for the destruction of the Constitution and basic rights. It is a curious thing indeed that the Western media always reports the stories that rattles the collective conscience and that the collective conscience of the nation always responds to the Western media’s stories as if they were tailor made for the psyche of the general public.

Clearly, the people of the West should question a conscience that must be told what it feels guilty about. They should also begin to wonder where their own inner voice might be and where they were when it was silenced.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

  • blue579

    Good observations of more egregious bad reporting by media lap dogs. At least a survey of related articles published in the last ~48 hours by the most prominent American establishment mouthpieces (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post) reveals they are largely emphasizing the starvation and unimaginable overall suffering – with little baggage. The focus of these articles is on the UN, reporting (on average 5 or 6 times in each article) the seemingly heroic efforts of the UN to bring in aid and broker a cease fire. Mixed in with BS spin, the NY Times goes so far as to blame the world’s powerful nations for not coming to together to fix the problem. More global governance, problem reaction solution, and crimes against humanity. The end justifies the means and Cremation of Care ceremonies (Bohemian Grove). How can we stop it?

    • rhondareichel

      Stop it by voting for Rand Paul

      • dale ruff

        Paul is toast. The best we can do is vote for Sanders, who is capable of beating hawks Trump, Cruz, and Rubio, the top Republican contenders. He can also beat hawk Clinton, since his poll numbers have risen from 3% with minimal media attention to beating her in the first two primary states.

        Voting for Rand Paul is a wasted vote. He also proposed an amendment to INCR
        EASE the defense budget…so be wary of his hypocritical positions (“Defense budget is bankrupting the nation.” vs “We need to increase military budget.”

        Sanders is not perfect but he is the least likely to get us involved in war wars of all candidates.

      • blue579

        I believe you’re right, Rhonda.. Our govt is almost to the point of no return in terms of deep capture but if enough people woke up and stopped watching the stupid Kabuki theater on their boob tubes, a Rand Paul nomination would send a POWERFUL message that we won’t go along anymore with business as usual. I attended a large Ron Paul rally inside the Denver Convention Center when he was running for POTUS, I’ve never felt that kind of energy in my entire life. Thousands of fully awake people including the young Loose Change filmmakers handing out leaflets outside and people thanking them. It felt great. All of the other candidates represent more of the same and serve the same masters. To succeed, a freedom revolution would have to be a multi-level assault on every level of infiltration.

    • Padraigin Eagle

      Never Fear: Cremation of Scare

      Reminds me of the striped pyjamas of world war two, the fakery just keeps flowing through.

      • blue579

        All the world is a stage…

        • Padraigin Eagle

          All the whirled: Hold on to your frocks

          And I note that the staged is now bursting at the seams to the tune of the unholy choir, all Irans now Put-in the fire, expecting some “over the top” performances any moment, the lame stream media to pronounce the final denouement.

  • rhondareichel

    Murdoch is a big shareholder in Genie Energy….and Israel gave Genie
    Energy the right to drill in the Golan even though Israel is illegally
    occupying it….Dick Cheney and Rothschild are on the board too. So all
    of FOX lies for their boss.

    That’s why we are in Syria trying to overthrow Assad.

    It’s so obvious. Even Trump says ‘GET THE OIL”— but that oil belongs to the Syrian people.

    Russia got there first so now what? War with Russia? Israel better watch their step because Pootie don’t play.

    The deposit in the Golan is one of the largest in the world if not THE
    largest….even bigger than the Leviathon off the coast of Israel.

    Pure greed…and we are getting caught in the middle.

    • blue579

      You might consider the notion that the narrative that TPTB intended to overthrow Assad was an elaborate ruse to provide cover for the creation of ISIS (and other objectives). I’ve found extensive documentation showing the Syrian and Russian elites are tightly connected to the the west where most of their wealth is invested and they have fully accepted the NWO paradigm of technocracy, UN Agenda 2030, IMF/BIS/World Bank overisght, neoliberalization of their economies including massive foreign investment and privatization of public assets going back to the 90s as IMF directed programs. In the early to mid 2000s this process was greatly accelerated when, for instance, Assad’s billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf who controls 60 percent of Syria’s economy began funneling money in the UN [Agenda 21] sustainability model and this cousin is also the major shareholder of a transnational oil company operating extensively for years in Syria under the control of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays, etc. As well, he has most of his wealth in Dubai and offshore shell companies – instead of investing in his own people. The Russian plutocracy follow the money trail to the west’s NWO paradigm is much more glaring and has been extensively documented. The alt media accepted the line that Syria was one of the nations targeted for overthrow because of elite NWO insider Wesley Clark’s public admission that Syria was on the list, but it was Clark who recently suggested in a public interview Americans who oppose the War on Terror agenda (thought criminals) should be placed in internment camps! Clark always drank the Kool-Aid, so why did he leak “the list” and why did he claim it was a subordinate who informed him what the grand plan was? Very fishy and the US and Israel had been quietly supplying Iran with advanced military weaponry for years and Iran was known to be passing these weapons on to Syria even though US officials were publicly stating both nations were run by dangerous rogue dictators and now we recently heard that the Pentagon was giving Assad intel on the location of ISIS. These issues have not been deconstructed in the alt media.

      • Padraigin Eagle

        Never accept the line: There be crhooks at all ends

        Just to add to your expose so fine, blue579, and to wit: Saddam, Gaddafi deaths faked, a la Bowie 69 lying in a Blackstar state, the matrix just love it when the sheople ruminate, whilst the Cabal false flag away towards their NWO date.

        • blue579

          At this point nothing surprises me. The Kafka-esque moments have become a steady stream of NWO phlegm and mental razors. Thank you, Padraigin Eagle, for sharing your excellent wit and poetic prowess. Thank goodness for the rare and fleeting signs some highly intelligent life has survived the suffocating confines of the Matrix,. 😉

          • Padraigin Eagle

            The pleasure be mine

            Not to put too fine a point to it, touché, blue, my Being colour two, gently touched as I am by your rapier through, your words as designed stir the finer minds, time for the comatose to raise the blinds, yet when they finally see will they be willing to fly with the free, or would they prefer to Van Winkle be.

    • blue579

      One important piece of the puzzle: Early on in the Syria conflict it would have been a simple matter of routing out the western sponsored terrorists with Syria, Russia, and Iran working together to methodically push them out. They had the resources, no question about it. So why did they sit on their hands and do half measures? It seems it was to buy time for the conflict to metastasize into Operation Cyclone 2.0, the creation of an Al Qaeda type group but bigger and composed of more foreign nationals to unleash on the world = ISIS. Unfortunately, alt writers not knowing or admitting Russia was already NWO created a blind spot. If I saw it coming, at least a few others had to have figured it out too.

      • Padraigin Eagle

        Puzzle no more: blu579 shows them up for sure

        They all be in the same big bed, east vs. west designed to the psyop needle thread, until the sheople’s eyes be well and truly bled, Obama drama and Putin a ‘shooting, the same puppet hands since way back in time be a ‘looting, old new world disorder now upon every border.

  • desertspeaks


    • Padraigin Eagle

      TO BE SURE.

  • Ben William

    Ah, if they’re starving NATO has only itself to blame.

  • ziad

    i was laughing when i heard 40 000 in madaya were starving,,that figure made no sense at all and for all of them to be starving? yeah right,we know this trickery has been used at every rebel (terror pig) controlled town in syria,,it is amazing to know that despite the big elephant in the room idiots still only point finger at Assad and try to equate the gov to terrorists while completely ignoring the terror caused by these groups

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