Saturday, 14 May 2016

Letter to Editor Ottawa Citiizen

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Two world events ignored by western news media.

I am appalled that the Ottawa Citizen and other western media have generally ignored or downplayed two international humanitarian cultural events: one in the ancient city of Palmyra on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day in Syria, and the second at Victory Day in Russia.

The first event brought the famous St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, headed by Maestro Valery Gergiev, to Palmyra, six weeks after ISIL was forced out, as a celebration and in gratitude to all those who fight terrorism and sacrifice their lives.

The second event, May 9 in Moscow, commemorated 71 years since the defeat of Nazi forces and the memory of Second World War veterans. The Soviet Union lost 27 million people in defence of the country and of freedom for the world. More than 40 countries took part in this memorial, which attracted 800,000 participants to the Moscow parade.

Koozma J. Tarasoff, Ottawa

Martyrs’ Day

May 6, 2016, was the 100th anniversary of a massacre in Damascus and Beirut, Syria by Ottoman military leader Jamal Pasha 'The Butcher'. Russia ordered a cease-fire, and sent an orchestra to participate in the Syrian memorial for the dead. Concert title: 'Pray for Palmyra. Music revives ancient remains'.

Victory Day

(Russian: Den' Pobedy) honors veteran dead relatives as an 'Immortal regiment' (Russian: Bessmertnyi Polk). Photos of dead veteran relatives are carried by mourners. In 2016, citizen video journalists documented 3 memorial parades in Canada.



  1. Ed Lehman, Cupar, Saskatchewan14 May 2016 at 21:05

    Congratulations on your new posting! I am also appalled that the Western media ignores significant events like the two you mention. I think we are a new kind of Cold War period where anything that might present Russia or President Putin in a good light is taboo. Only in this way can the West justify taking the arms race into outer space. Only in this way will Canada join the so-called Ballistic Missile Defense system of the U.S.

  2. I followed these events, but not through any major 'western' media. Unfortunately, our media, including tax funded CBC, is totally succumbed by cold war rhetoric and anti-Russian stimulation. Maybe it makes economic sense or NORAD or NATO sense, but anyone following 'alternative' media, can see the lies and distortions and propaganda in place of actual reporting.

    1. CBC TV published May 6, 2016 a broadcast entitled 'Inside Syria / A Symphony in a War Zone'. You can see it on YouTube.

  3. I saw coverage of the Palmyra event on television. I can't remember for certain but I believe it was on CBC News.