|Born||1987 (age 32–33)|
Maram Susli (Arabic: مرام سوسلي), also known as Mimi al-Laham, PartisanGirl, Syrian Girl and Syrian Sister, is a Syrian Australian YouTube content creator and commentator who prepares videos on the Syrian Civil War, United States foreign policy in the Middle East, conspiracy theories, and the Gamergate controversy. She is a contributor to the far-right website InfoWars, has appeared on the Mother of All Talk Shows hosted by British socialist George Galloway, on Breaking the Set with Abby Martin, on a podcast run by Holocaust denier Ryan Dawson, on podcasts hosted by the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, and has been interviewed by Richard Spencer for the YouTube channel of his National Policy Institute, a white supremacist group. Susli says that 9/11 was an inside job and that the New World Order opposes independent governments, including the Syrian government. She uses the handle "@partisangirl" on Twitter, has appeared on the Australian morning talk show Studio 10, the Russian RT television network, the French television network France 24, as well as the Iranian Press TV, and the Pakistani television network Indus News.
Early life and activities
According to The Daily Beast, Susli has a positive opinion of Hezbollah. She is a contributor to the far-right website InfoWars, and has participated in online broadcasts hosted by its founder, Alex Jones. She has appeared on podcasts hosted by David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, to discuss Zionism, as well as those of the Holocaust denier Ryan Dawson. She has been interviewed by Richard Spencer for the YouTube channel of his National Policy Institute, a white supremacist group. Susli has cast doubt on the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, saying: "Jews were ethnically cleansed from Germany… [On] specifics and numbers and events...I’m going to leave that to the historians. And I think you’d find that there's historians on both sides."
In Susli's opinion, the New World Order opposes the Syrian government. She has asserted that the Freemasons and the Illuminati collaborate with the governments of the United States and Israel, as well as NATO, in international events; that Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are a single front organisation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); that 9/11 was an inside job; that ebola is possibly part of the United States biological weapons program; and that the United States Department of Defense secretly manipulated the Gamergate controversy.
War in Syria
Describing herself as a "Patriot Syrian Nationalist, who rejects any breach of Syrian sovereignty", in a Vice interview, Susli began writing and speaking on the Syrian Civil War in 2012. She has made a series of video and social media commentaries which have been downloaded to her account on YouTube. One video on YouTube, If Syria Disarms Chemical Weapons We Lose the War, had been viewed 44,720 times by October 2014. In the Vice interview she said, the Syrian rebels had negligible democratic credentials and, in reality, were from the "regressive Muslim Brotherhood". Asserting that Syria was under threat from outside forces, "the thing to do was stand by the army and government and call for peaceful democratic reform". Using the name Mimi al Laham, she reiteratedthat it would be a "grave mistake" for Assad to renounce chemical weapons, in an RT interview with Abby Martin. Susli has been accused of "Trolling for Assad", and has claimed the Houla massacre in 2012 was the work of the British intelligence agencies. In an interview with Alex Jones on InfoWars, which followed the Ghouta chemical attack of August 2013, she implied the rebels were responsible for the massacre.
Along with Theodore Postol, Susli rejected the claims that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons of any sort. In a YouTube video, she referred to evidence posted by Postol, suggesting that the 2017 Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, alleged to have killed 74 people, was not the work of the Assad government. Seymour Hersh, in defence of Postol, insisted: "He talked to her once on one thing".
After the Skripal poisonings in Salisbury, England in March 2018, her Twitter account posted 2,300 posts over a 12-day period, accessed by 61 million users. The Guardian newspaper initially described her as being a "Russian bot" (accounts can benefit from automated programs), but subsequently changed its article by substituting "account" for "bot". Susli, in response, said in one of her videos: "I am not a robot; I am a human being." In her interview with The Daily Beast in 2017, Susli indicated that she does not support President Bashar al-Assad or associates of the Syrian Ba'athist party. She said this, according to the website "[d]espite her trolling over Assad’s enemies, despite her appearances on Assad-friendly media outlets, and despite her connections to pro-Assad hackers." In one video she said Syria had been targeted because it does not allow genetically modified crops and lacks what she called "a Rothschild central bank", a reference to a Rothschild family conspiracy theory.
- "The Best English-speaking Friend Assad Could". Haaretz. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- Schachtman, Noah; Kennedy, Michael (17 October 2014). "The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
- Monbiot, George (15 November 2017). "A lesson from Syria: it's crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
embellished on Infowars – the notorious far-right conspiracy forum
- "George Galloway interviews Syrian Girl Maram Susli on MOATS | Ep 18 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
- "A Right to Chemical Weapons? | Think Tank". Youtube.
- Yurieff, Kaya (11 June 2019). "Prominent white supremacists are still on YouTube in wake of ban". CNN. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
- Williams, Martin (24 April 2018). "FactCheck: How Twitter users were wrongly labelled as Russian bots after a government briefing". Channel 4 News. London. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
- "Maram Susli aka 'Syrian Girl' | Studio 10 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
- "The Debate - Assad's Election: Damascus Stages Vote Amidst Civil War". France 24. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
- "What are the impacts of attacks on healthcare in Syria | Indus Special". Indus. 19 June 2020.
- Hillsman, Patrick (29 December 2016). "Down the Alt-Right's Syrian Rabbit Hole". Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
The Assad regime had a relationship with the American far-right long before Susli’s appearances on InfoWars
- Higgins, Eliot (20 August 2014). "Attempts to Blame the Syrian Opposition for the August 21st Sarin Attacks Continue One Year On". bellingcat. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
- Valenzuela, Natalie (13 October 2014). "Meet the YouTube Sensation Who Predicts Syria's Future". Vice. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
- Ahmad, Muhammad Idrees (13 March 2017). "For Russian TV, Syria isn't just a foreign country — it's a parallel universe". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
- Ellis, Emma Fray (31 May 2017). "To Make Your Conspiracy Theory Legit, Just Find an 'Expert'". Wired. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- Bloomfield, Steve (17 July 2018). "Whatever happened to Seymour Hersh?". Prospect. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- Stewart, Heather (19 April 2018). "Russia spread fake news via Twitter bots after Salisbury poisoning – analysis". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2019.