by C. L. Cook
free press is the bellwether of democratic health," or so the saying goes. It's an accepted cliché to cast media as guardian and defender of the western ideal, but can we seriously consider the only thing standing between liberty and its sorry alternative is Sun Media, or Rupert Murdoch?
Far from championing the common weal, the over-concentrated, corporate interested fourth estate is today antithetical to the interests of Jane and Joe Blough; and, the sadder truth is: We can no longer count on the CBC to perform media's vital watchdog role either.
Happily, the vacuum created by that lack of enthusiasm within the Canadian media establishment to defend the country's democracy is quickly being filled by citizen journalists and community organizations who are bypassing traditional broadsheets and broadcasters to inform themselves and their neighbours.Listen. Hear.
In that spirit, this Saturday, May 30th the Lower Island News is presenting 'Changing the Media Landscape' at Oaklands Community Centre. It's a forum presenting an opportunity to get acquainted with the changing nature of modern media. Jon Lee is a volunteer organizer with the Lower Island News, and he joins us in the first half.
And; the media told us invading Afghanistan was the correct response to the 9/11 attacks. In the years since the narrative has varied, but fourteen years later, and an uncounted number of dead, maimed, orphaned, and people made homeless, Afghanistan is worse off now than when the West's "noble Mission" began. And, the Taliban, supposed object of the invasion and occupation, are as powerful now as ever. Nasir Shansab
is a dual resident of the United States and Afghanistan. The businessman, political commentator, and author was an advisor to the Ronald Reagan White House during the Soviet invasion and occupation of his home country, and has shared his unique insight into the country's centuries-long history of war and resistance with numerous media outlets in the U.S. Nasir's first book, 'Soviet Expansion in the Third World: Afghanistan a Case Study' was published from exile in the United States during the Mujahideen's resistance to the Soviets. His just released second book is, 'Silent Trees: Power and Passion in War-Torn Afghanistan,' a thinly disguised fictional account of life between and during Afghanistan's latest wars and occupations. Nasir Shansab and bringing voice to Afghanistan's silence in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Jon Lee and charting a changing media landscape.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca, and now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Lee, Nasir Shansab, Janine Bandcroft May 27th 2015
Created on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 02:33
Written by WSWS
Cop used military “rules of engagement” in 2012 Cleveland killing
26 May 2015
ichael Brelo, the Cleveland police officer acquitted by a judge Saturday of shooting two people at point-blank range while standing on the hood of their car, had previously told investigators that he reverted to his military training during the incident.
In an interview with police investigators after the shooting, Brelo told a police lieutenant that the November 2012 chase and shooting “was like being back in a war,” according to testimony at the trial.
An article in Cleveland Magazine recounted the questioning. Asked if he remembered jumping on the hood of the car, Brelo said, “No, sir. It’s possible, because I was so terrified that I was going to get ran over. But I don’t recall that, sir.”
Created on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 23:09
Written by F. William Engdahl
Washington Blows Itself Up With Its Own Bomb
by F. William Engdahl
hese are sad days in Washington and Wall Street. The once unchallenged sole Superpower at the collapse of the Soviet Union some quarter century ago is losing its global influence so rapidly that most would not have predicted anything comparable six months ago.
The key actor who has catalyzed a global defiance of Washington as Sole Superpower is Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President. This is the real background to the surprise visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sochi to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then a four hour talk with “Satan” himself, Putin.
Far from a “reset” try, Washington’s hapless geopolitical strategists are desperately trying to find a better way to bring the Russian Bear to her knees.
A flash back to December 2014 is instructive to understand why the US Secretary of State holds out an apparent olive branch to Russia’s Putin at this juncture.
Created on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 21:14
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Worst of All Possible Worlds: Did Market Leninism Win the Cold War?
by John Feffer
magine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From Siberia to Sioux City, we’d all be living in one giant Sweden.
It sounds like either the paranoid nightmare of a John Bircher or the wildly optimistic dream of Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, however, this was a rather conventional view, at least among influential thinkers like economist John Kenneth Galbraith who predicted that the United States and the Soviet Union would converge at some point in the future with the market tempered by planning and planning invigorated by the market.
Like many an academic notion, it didn’t come to pass. The United States veered off in the direction of Reaganomics. And the Soviet Union eventually collapsed. So much for “convergence theory,” which like EST or cold fusion went the way of most crackpot ideas.
Created on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:13
Written by Yes Men
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Created on Sunday, 24 May 2015 23:29
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
The War Commemoration Racket
by Paul Craig Roberts
emorial Day commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told that the war dead died for us and our freedom. US Marine General Smeley Butler challenged this view.
He said that our soldiers died for the profits of the bankers, Wall Street, Standard Oil, and the United Fruit Company. Here is an excerpt from a speech that he gave in 1933:
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
Created on Sunday, 24 May 2015 23:17
Written by William Blum
Their precious young minds and our precious young minds
by William Blum
- The Anti-Empire Report #139
She was a redheaded rebel, the singer in the family, a trash-talking, tattooed 21-year-old wrapped up in a hip-hop dream of becoming Holland’s Eminem. Then Betsy found Allah. After her sudden conversion to Islam last summer, Betsy began dressing in full Muslim robes. By January, the once-agnostic Dutch woman, raised in a home where the only sign of religion was a dusty Bible on a shelf, began defending homegrown terrorists. … Denis Cuspert, a German hip-hop artist known as Deso Dogg who converted in 2010 and later joined The Islamic State [ISIS], delivers a rap-like chant portraying the path to jihad as a chance for empowerment, spiritual fulfillment, vengeance and adventure. … ‘The door to jihad is standing there waiting for you,’ says a Swedish convert to Islam in a video. ‘It is the fastest way to paradise.’1
ales told many times in recent years, all over Europe, at times in the United States. Parents and authorities are deeply distressed and perplexed. How can young people raised in the West – the freedom-obsessed, democratic, peace-loving, humanitarian, fun-filled West – join the Islamic State and support the public cutting off of the heads of breathing, living human beings?
Each of us in our own way are lost souls searching for answers to the awful mysteries of life. But THIS? What life-quest does The Islamic State satisfy that our beloved West can’t satisfy?
ISIS is unique in the world in making US foreign policy look good. The Defense Department and the State Department have special task forces studying the new enemy; the latter regularly puts out videos to counteract the many Islamic State videos.
I hope those researching the question look inwardly as well as at ISIS.
Created on Saturday, 23 May 2015 02:49
Written by Dave Lindorff
The US needs the Iceland option: If ‘Too-Big-to-Fail’’ Means Too-Big-To-Jail’ It Should Mean ‘Too-Big-to-Be’
by Dave Lindorff
- This Can't Be Happening I
n a couple of days, the so-called US Justice Department will be announcing an “agreement” reached with five large banks, including two of the largest in the US -- JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup, the holding companies for Chase and Citibank -- under which these banks or bank holding companies will plead guilty to felonies involving the manipulation of international currency markets for at least the past eight years.
This is not really a plea deal, or what in the lingo of criminals is called “copping a plea.” It’s a negotiation in which the nation’s top law-enforcement organization -- the one that just sentenced a teenager to death in Boston in the Marathon bombing case, and that routinely sends ordinary people “up the river” for minor drug offenses or even tax fraud -- is taking seriously these banks’ concerns that if they plead guilty to felonies they might be barred by SEC rules from engaging in many profitable practices.
So -- get this -- the Justice Department is seeking assurances from the commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission that they will not enforce those rules against these particular felonious banks.