Trump travel ban bars Syrian activist from Oscars

A film celebrating the White Helmets, the volunteer rescue group that operates in rebel-held parts of Syria, won an Oscar for best short documentary. The eponymously titled White Helmets, a 40-minute Netflix film, provides a window into the lives of the volunteers as they scramble to pull survivors from the rubble of buildings flattened in air-strikes. (Al Jazeera) But a Syrian cinematographer who worked on the documentary was barred from entering the US to attend the Academy Awards ceremony. Despite being granted a visa, Khaled Khatib, was held up at the Istanbul airport, with US officials reportedly uncovering "derogatory information" about him. Homeland Security at the last minute blocked Khatib from traveling to Los Angeles, saying he now needed a new passport waiver (Raw Story)

Figures associated with the White Helmets have been barred from the US even before the "travel ban" for Syrians imposed by President Trump.

RT and pro-war 'anti-war' dupes bash White Helmets

The inevitable RT runs a puff-piece on so-called "anti-war protesters" who crashed a pop-up orchestral and choral performance of Beethoven's Ode to Joy in Manhattan's Grand Central Station that had been called to support the White Helmets and promote the documentary about them. The protesters obnoxiously mixed themselves up with the orchestra while holding their nonsensical signs reading "White Helmets are US Propaganda," "No US bases in Syria," and "This is US war agenda.&quo