Hello everybody, Today I woke up after a hard week full of exams and events and I felt I needed to check the news, the evolution of the situation in the World. The first thing that striked me is about Syria. I know after reading that there is an open War between medias, one side is basically against Assad (Syrian head) and the second would be against. French news front page inform us about 200 civilians dying in Homs after heavy mortar attacks, I then activated my non-bias mode and I proceeded to cross check all my sources. My first reaction was to check the press agencies and here is what Reuters reports : Spoiler: RT article about civilian death in Syria (Reuters) - More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said on Saturday, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Amid the surge in violence, the United States called for international solidarity against Assad, but Russia's foreign minister warned of a "scandal" if the draft came to a vote, suggesting Moscow would use its Security Council veto. Death tolls cited by activists and opposition groups ranged from 217 to 260, making the Homs attack the deadliest so far in Assad's crackdown on protests which erupted 11 months ago, inspired by uprisings that overthrew three Arab leaders. Residents said Syrian forces began shelling the Khalidiya neighbourhood at around 8 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT) on Friday using artillery and mortars. They said at least 36 houses were completely destroyed with families inside. "We were sitting inside our house when we started hearing the shelling. We felt shells were falling on our heads," said Waleed, a resident of Khalidiya. It is not possible to verify activist or state media reports as Syria restricts independent media access. As news of the violence spread, crowds of Syrians stormed the Syrian embassies in Cairo and Kuwait in protest, and demonstrators rallied outside Syrian missions in Britain, Germany, Greece and the United States. It was not immediately clear what had prompted Syrian forces to launch such an intense bombardment, just as diplomats at the Security Council were discussing the draft resolution supporting the Arab League demand for Assad to step aside. Some Syrian activists said the violence was triggered by a wave of army defections in Homs, a stronghold of protests and armed insurgents who Assad has vowed to crush. "The death toll is now at least 217 people killed in Homs, 138 of them killed in the Khalidiya district," Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters, citing witnesses. "Syrian forces are shelling the district with mortars from several locations, some buildings are on fire. There are also buildings which got destroyed." A Syrian activist said Assad forces bombarded Khalidiya, a key anti-Assad district, to scare other rebel neighborhoods. "It does not seem that they get it. Even if they kill 10 million of us, the people will not stop until we topple him." The opposition Syrian National Council said 260 civilians were killed, describing it as "one of the most horrific massacres since the beginning of the uprising in Syria". Syria's state SANA news agency denied Homs was shelled, accusing rebels of killing people and presenting them as casualties for propaganda purposes before the U.N. vote. "The corpses displayed by some channels of incitement are martyrs, citizens kidnapped, killed and photographed by armed terrorist groups as if they are victims of the supposed shelling," it quoted a "media source" as saying. The opposition council said that it believed Assad's forces were preparing for similar attacks around Damascus and in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour. Another group, the Local Coordination Committees, gave a death toll of over 200. Video footage on the Internet showed at least eight bodies assembled in a room, one of them with the top half of its head blown off. A voice on the video said the bombardment was continuing as the footage was filmed. One activist said residents were using primitive tools to rescue the people. They feared many were buried under rubble. "We are not getting any help, there are no ambulances or anything. We are removing the people with our own hands," he said, adding there were only two field hospitals treating the wounded. Each one had a capacity to deal with 30 people, but he estimated the total number of wounded at 500. "We have dug out at least 100 bodies so far, they are placed in the two mosques." U.N. VOTE At the United Nations, the Security Council was due to meet at 10 a.m. (1500 GMT) to vote on the Western-Arab draft endorsing an Arab League plan calling for Assad to resign. "As a tyrant in Damascus brutalizes his own people, America and Europe stand shoulder to shoulder. We are united, alongside the Arab League, in demanding an end to the bloodshed and a democratic future for Syria," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a security conference in Munich. "And we are hopeful that...the Security Council will express the will of the international community." But Russia has balked at any language that would open to door to "regime change" in Syria, its crucial Middle East ally where Moscow operates a naval base. "If they want another scandal for themselves in the Security Council, then we probably cannot stop them," Lavrov said in comments reported by the Itar-Tass agency. He said he hoped the draft would not come to a vote without changes "because our amendments to this draft are well-known". Clinton and Lavrov were scheduled to meet at 1030 GMT on Saturday on the sidelines of the Munich conference for talks expected to focus on Syria. EMBASSY PROTESTS In Cairo, a crowd stormed the Syrian embassy smashing furniture and setting fire to parts of the building in protest over the Homs bloodshed. The gate of the embassy was broken and furniture was smashed on the second floor of the building, a Reuters witness said. It was the second attack on the mission in a week. In London, more than 100 Syrians hurled stones at the Syrian embassy, smashing windows and shouting slogans, and five people were arrested after trying to break in, according to TV reports. In Washington, about 50 people took part in a nighttime rally outside Syria's embassy, chanting "Down with Assad". Syrians also demonstrated at embassies in Kuwait and Athens. Some carried signs including one that juxtaposed pictures of Assad and Adolf Hitler. "We want to show solidarity with the people in Syria being killed every day," said Mohammad Kousha, a Syrian living in Washington. In the cities of Hama and Idlib, activists said hundreds of people took to the streets in solidarity. They chanted in Idlib: "Homs is bombarded, and you are still sleeping?" (Additional reporting by Dominic Evans in Beirut, Louis Charbonneau at the UN, Ahmed el-Shimy in Cairo, Katharine Jackson in Washington, Steve Gutterman in Moscow; Writing by Joseph Logan; Editing by Rosalind Russell) Pretty much sounds like the same I read in my national papers. Now I asked myself "hey buddy ! Russia is against any resolution against Syria, let's check how they deal with this news." At that stage I thought I'd read about the killing but they would clearly accuse the rebellion to be the killers... well I had the biggest surprise ! After reading the main page of 4 Russian newspapers (gazeta, pravda and few others), I had to deal with the fact that the news of 200 civilians dying in Syria is nowhere to be seen, they even prefer to highlight some teenager surviving 20000 volts shock than informing about some event of that importance. What kind of media wouldn't even relay the information ? (and my bad if they update the news later but every major international paper already published about this) You can argue who is the killer saying it's Assad or it's the opposition, but you HAVE to report civilian death. The whole thing made me sad and I remembered the french journalist (Gilles Jacquier) that died in Syria recently in what is most probably a trap organised by regular forces (they were supposed to escort him and weirdly separated from the journalists just before a mortar rain fell on them). This kind of journalist (and I saw many of his documentaries over the decades), is the best defense against manipulations, plots, and biased news and I pay all my respects to his family as I feel his death as a big loss (check yourself his history if you want to see all the conflicts he covered). I quote Reuters : It is not possible to verify activist or state media reports as Syria restricts independent media access. Now quoting an ex obs from the Arab League : Spoiler: show original message observateur algérien, Anouar Malek, qui a préféré démissionner plutôt que couvrir "le massacre" : "Ils n'ont pas retiré les chars des rues, ils les ont juste cachés et redéployés après notre départ, a-t-il déclaré sur la chaîne Al-Jazira. Les snipers sont partout et tirent sur les civils. Les gens sont enlevés, les prisonniers sont torturés et personne n'est libéré. Ceux qui sont censés être libérés et qui sont montrés à la télévision sont en fait des personnes qui ont été prises au hasard dans les rues." Source : LeMonde.fr (January 2012) My quick translation would be : an obs from Algeria, Anouar Malek, who preferred resigning instead of covering the massacre : "they didn't take off the tanks from the streets, they just hid them and deployed them again after our leave, he declared on Al-Jazeera. The snipers are everywhere and are shooting civilians. People are kidnapped, prisonners are tortured and nobody is released. Those who are supposed to be released and shown on TV are actually people taken randomly in the streets." I hold no special importance to Al Jazeera as I don't watch it, nor do I support many of the Arab League countries (some of them are more barbarian than the people we may be aiming IMHO), but I must conceal many sources are claiming the same and a global manipulation of that size would be difficult without people contradicting between themselves. That was for the Syrian part of the news. After that I realised that one of the main TV media here dealt with the 9/11 and the other options and I found it very interesting that such a mass media put that question on the table, this kind of clip gives me hope that our medias will keep an open eye and won't let politicians manipulate them The poll associated to the video claims that 58% french people doubt the official version of 9/11. Spoiler: Source video (in french) View it on dailymotion The last step of my wandering abouts media bias is regarding USA, I wanted to know how people perceive the recent actuality and do they realise something wrong is going on and is exposing them to a general hate. I found this video from Reuters again, not sure it demonstrates what is the US public opinion but it sure shows some interesting interaction between the citizens (video is about Iran and a probable conflict). Spoiler: Source video View it on dailymotion I am a Human being and I praise Peace, I do not seek wars, I respect the other and I'm seeking truth. Knowledge is my best weapon to face the World and today, once again, what I witnessed let me thoughtful, I let you guys forge your own opinion and feel free to share it together.