i went to see vanessa beeley speak last night, and found it quite interesting: although i thought that her claims about what syrians felt to be at best based on only a few syrian opinions. on the way home i thought about her talk, which seemed to be a mixture of 'the corporate media is shit and tells lies', 'assad is objectively good and all the bad things are lies', 'the white helmets are nusra front', 'the west supports isis'. anyway, i thought i would reserve judgement until i had tested one of her claims, namely that last year there were dozens of reports of the last hospital in aleppo being destroyed over a period of months, which does seem to have legs: Last Hospital in Aleppo. but i would be grateful if those more knowledgeable than me about syria and the media war could let me know how reliable she is. she certainly seems to arouse strong emotions as there were stink bombs let off in the meeting and quite a ruckus outside during it.