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Police Crimes to Watch for in Ferguson

Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
by Bill Quigley - What Really Happened
When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights.

The Ferguson police have been on TV more than others so people can see how awful they have been acting. But their illegal police tactics are unfortunately quite commonly used by other law enforcement in big protests across the US.
 
The First Amendment to the US Constitution promises the government will not abridge freedom of speech or to prevent the right of the people to peaceably assemble or to petition to the government for the redress of grievances.
 
Here is what they are going to do, watch for each of these illegal actions when the crowds start to grow.
 

The Israelification of American Law Enforcement

US Police Visit Israel to Learn New Strategies
by TeleSur
Police officers from Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, which is one of the countries with the most militarized police corps, visited Israel, which has one of the most repressive security agencies, to learn “cutting-edge policing strategies and technologies.”
The public security officials attended the Third International Homeland Security Conference held last week in Tel Aviv.
 
The U.S. delegation was led by the Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who spoke at the conference, according to the Jewish United Fund (JUF), which sent the officials to Israel.
 
Several areas were addressed during the conference, including cybersecurity, emergency preparedness, counterterrorism and critical infrastructure, such as ports, airports, trains and pipelines.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Zoe Blunt, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft November 19th, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
Last week, the stand-off between locally concerned Burnaby Mountain residents and allied environmentalists opposed to the proposed TransMountain project, and Kinder Morgan, the company hoping to "twin" its Tar Sands interests by doubling down on pipelines, took another turn.

The BC government granted an injunction ordering those blockading surveyors, who hope to map a pipeline route through a conservation area on the mountain, to leave or face arrest.

Some have left, some say they will leave, and others are not prepared to bow out; while still others are organizing to reinforce the blockade.

Listen. Hear.

Zoe Blunt is a Victoria-area based environmental activist, organizer, and facilitator with Wildcoast and the Victoria Forest Action Network. She's a citizen journalist whose work has been instrumental in the implementation of myriad campaigns locally, and throughout the province, to protect B.C.'s wild lands, ensuring habitat viabililty and cultural continuity for the people and animals in it. Wildcoast sees Burnaby Mountain as vital in its attempts to forestall plans to make Vancouver a major trans-shipment hub for Tar Sands bitumen.
 
Zoe Blunt in the first half.
 
And; Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and social justice activist who has lived with and been a witness to the suffering and struggles of people brutalized by war and the business of greed from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, to Central America, Haiti and at home in the United States. Kelly is the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including: Three nominations for the Nobel Peace prize; the Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice; Oscar Romero Award; War Resisters League Peace Award; The Chomsky Award of the Justice Studies Association, and too many more to name. She's also been recognized by the US government, which has convicted and imprisoned her for steadfastly refusing to allow America's war-making go unchallenged.
 
Kathy Kelly is also co-founder of Voice in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has written too many essays and articles to relate, is co-author of the book, 'Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,' and authored the book, 'Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.'
 
Kathy Kelly, returned from Afghanistan again in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us some of the coming week's newz from our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Zoe Blunt and tellling it on the mountain.

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/

Canada Hands Diab Over to French Inquisitors

Kangaroo Court Justice for Hassan Diab
by Stephen Lendman - Dissident Voice
On November 13, 2008, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unjustly arrested Diab. In connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. A crime he had nothing to do with. At the time, France’s Le Figaro newspaper cited unnamed 2007 sources. Saying Diab led “the small commando team responsible for the attack…” Despite no verifiable evidence proving it.
 
In mid-November 2008, L’Express said French police, magistrates and intelligence officers were in Canada.
 
“(T)ry(ing) to arrange Mr. Diab’s extradition to France. The French warrant *(unjustly) accuse(d) him of making and planting the bomb.”

His lawyer, Rene Duval, said he had no involvement at all. “Most definitely he’s innocent,” he stressed. “He didn’t even set foot in France in 1980. At the time, he was studying sociology at the University of Lebanon.”
 
He was unjustly accused of “driv(ing) the motorbike that eventually exploded.” Killing three French men and an Israeli woman.
 

Extradited Canadian, Dr. Hassan Diab Detained "Mis en Examen"

Hassan Diab Held "Mis en Examen" 
by Hassan Diab Support Committee
17 November 2014 - Whisked away from Ottawa before dawn with no chance to say farewell to his pregnant wife and 2-year old daughter, extradited Canadian citizen, Dr. Hassan Diab, remains in detention in the Paris vicinity.

A French investigating magistrate placed Dr. Diab under investigation (mis en examen) upon Hassan's arrival in France. Dr. Diab can expect to be held in detention for nearly 2 years while waiting for the magistrate to decide whether to put him on trial.

Upon learning of the Canadian Supreme Court's decision not to hear Hassan's final appeal, Diab's lawyer Donald Bayne said,

"We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen."

After Berlin: Wall Down, Walls Up

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls
Berlin WallOn November 9, 2014, Germany and its Western Allies, celebrated the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ and the subsequent‘re-unification’of the ‘two Germanys’. Prime Minister Merkel described the ‘historic event’ as a “victory of freedom for all peoples in Europe and across the world.”

The entire Western media and officialdom echoed Merkel’s rhetoric, as 300,000 Germans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate hailed their leader as she spoke of ‘one people, one nation and one state in freedom, peace and prosperity…’

But Merkel’s discourse is a self-serving chauvinist fabrication which distorts the real consequences of a united Germany. Moreover, the Western celebration of ‘fallen walls’ is very selective.
 
The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.
 

Two Detroits: A Tale of One City

Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a City Divided
 
In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit’s courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city’s historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.
 
Brown rolled down the window to ask a middle-aged woman walking her dog whether everything was okay (it was), and whether she had seen anything out of the ordinary (she hadn’t). Satisfied, he continued on, guided by a futuristic tablet map of the neighborhood’s languid streets. These had become even more impenetrable last year when the bankrupt city paid for and constructed a series of traffic barriers on the community’s edges. On his right, he pointed out, was the Bishop’s Residence, a 30-room Tudor Revival castle originally commissioned by a family of fabulously wealthy automobile pioneers who later sold their company to General Motors.
 
“This is the part of Detroit that most people are not aware of,” Brown told filmmaker Messiah Rhodes and me. And indeed, the turreted neighborhood did look far more like something you would find in Detroit’s mostly white suburbs than deep inside the city itself.
 
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Tomas Young's Last Lines

Tomas Young’s Last Letter to Bush, Cheney
by Ralph Nader  - ICH 
The courageous journey of seriously wounded Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, ended this past Monday, nearly eleven years after he was ambushed in a wholly exposed military truck. He passed away in Seattle while being lovingly cared for by his wife Claudia.

Tomas did not go quietly, despite his being paralyzed from the chest down, excruciating pain, comas and reliance on caregivers. He became an anti-war peace activist, addressing convocations and responding to as many interview requests as his agonized condition could tolerate.

I learned about Tomas when his mother, Cathy Smith, called from Walter Reed Army Hospital in 2004, where her son was under care. She said Tomas liked to read and wanted me to visit him. I called legendary talk show host Phil Donahue and asked him to join me in bringing Tomas a box filled with some thirty books. We learned that he enlisted in the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks because he wanted to help bring the perpetrators of those attacks to justice and also acquire some savings for a college education.
 
Instead, he was sent to Iraq which had no connection to 9/11 or to any national security threat to the U.S. In his words,
 
“We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned.”

Canada Recognizes Corporate Social Responsibility Law for Mining, But Fails to Act on It

Canada’s CSR Strategy for Extractives 2.0 – Government Acknowledges Power to Act, Declines to Do So
by MiningWatch Canada
mining watch canada logo2Ottawa - Today the Government of Canada released its revised Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for extractive companies operating overseas, finally recognising its power to withdraw the substantial support that it provides such companies in order to make them accountable, but declining to apply that power in any meaningful way.

Coming five years after the 2009 launch of the Government’s initial CSR strategy, the updated policy leans heavily on a revised role for the CSR Counsellor, a failed institution under the original plan, and on enhanced involvement of Canada’s missions abroad. While a more substantive review of the updated strategy will depend on specifics that have yet to be released, for example regarding the CSR Counsellor’s mandate, a few things jump out.

The Government of Canada still says that it “expects” Canadian companies operating overseas to respect human rights, all applicable laws and recognized international standards for responsible business practices, as well as “Canadian values.” But it notes that if this is not possible, “companies may wish to reconsider their investment.” This is important guidance for Canadian companies operating in places such as Eritrea or Tibet where it is flatly impossible for them to meet these requirements.

The Government also recognizes that it provides, and has the power to withhold, significant services to Canadian extractives companies operating overseas through “economic diplomacy,” as well as through financial support by, for example, “financing by Government of Canada crown corporations, like Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).”

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Russia Speaks Washington's Language

Russia Uses Language Washington Understands
by Finian Cunningham - PressTV
Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico - America's own backyard - suggests so. The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

But the first point to note is that Russia is not doing anything illegal. It has a legal right to fly its warplanes in any international airspace it chooses, as do all nations, to perform training maneuvers. Even Washington officials have begrudgingly acknowledged Russia's legal right to do so. The Christian Science Monitor quoted Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren as saying, "Russia has a right to fly in international airspace".

However, we can be sure that the hawks in Washington will be fuming at what they see as Vladimir Putin's "audacity" to order warplanes within striking distance of the US. For the de facto American War Party of Republicans and Democrats, the latest Russian move confirms their accusations that President Putin is trying to flex "Soviet-era muscles". Or, as American NATO commander General Philip Breedlove put it, Russia "is messaging us that they are a great power".

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So Many Varieties of American War and Not a Peace Product on the Market

The World Gets The Wars Americans Deserve
by David Swanson  -  Warisacrime.org
Having been on the road, I have two brilliant insights to report.

    1. No matter what sort of fascist state were ever established in this part of the world, Amtrak would never get the trains to run on time.
    2. Respecting people and giving them credit for being smarter than the television depicts them is vastly easier when you stay home.
The well-known line is that people get the governments they deserve. Of course nobody should be abused the way the U.S. and many other governments abuse them, no matter what their intellectual deficiencies. If anything, stupid people should have better, kinder governments.

But my common response to that well-known line is to point out the bribery and gerrymandering and limited choices and relentless propaganda.