Updates on Gaza Bombing Horror

Updates on Gaza Bombing Horror
by C. L. Cook
This from the ever vigilant Information Clearing House.
 
For live links to articles, please see: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ 

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Information Clearing House Newsletter
News You Won't Find On CNN
December 27, 2008 - Special Report - Slaughter In Gaza
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The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference" : Bess Myerson

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society." -- Thomas Jefferson to P. Dupont, 1816
 
"Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression." -- Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801
 
Slaughter In Gaza

More Than 200 Killed As  Israel Drops 100 Tons Of Bombs In Gaza City
 
The BBC Video Report
 
Israeli F-16 bombers have pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people, according to local medical workers. Click to view
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21546.htm
 
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Israeli Attack on Gaza, Kills 205
 
Israeli warplanes have carried out a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip
By Press TV
 
Video footages showed the bodies of dead people including men, women and children on Gaza streets.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21541.htm
 
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Persisting Myths About Iraq

Top Ten Myths about Iraq, 2008
by Juan Cole
1. Iraqis are safer because of Bush's War. In fact, conditions of insecurity have helped created both an internal and external refugee problem:

At least 4.2 million Iraqis were displaced. These included 2.2 million who were displaced within Iraq and some 2 million refugees, mostly in Syria (around 1.4 million) and Jordan (around half a million). In the last months of the year both these neighbouring states, struggling to meet the health, education and other needs of the Iraqi refugees already present, introduced visa requirements that impeded the entry of Iraqis seeking refuge. Within Iraq, most governorates barred entry to Iraqis fleeing sectarian violence elsewhere.'
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Year in Review Dec. 29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Welcome to GR's year end round-up show. We'll depart the usual format and call on no guests, but Janine Bancroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to offer her assessment of the year past. Like its predecessor, 2008 was bloody, full of outrageous injustice both here at home and away in the lands under military occupation. But, it too possessed extraordinary moments and extraordinary people that gave us hope for a better 2009.
 
Some examples of the former being the unprecedented shut-down of the Canadian parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote going through, and the not unprecedented shut down of the provincial legislature by the B.C. government which failed to see the value in sitting.
 
And in the latter case, fantastic developments in alternative energy technologies, and the growing acceptance of the necessity for a new economic and social paradigm broke through.
 
Over the next hour, I'll look back at some of the most significant occurrences over the last year, and try determine why they occurred, and what they portend for the coming year.

 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft Year in Review Dec. 29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Welcome to GR's year end round-up show. We'll depart the usual format and call on no guests, but Janine Bancroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to offer her assessment of the year past. Like its predecessor, 2008 was bloody, full of outrageous injustice both here at home and away in the lands under military occupation. But, it too possessed extraordinary moments and extraordinary people that gave us hope for a better 2009.
 
Some examples of the former being the unprecedented shut-down of the Canadian parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote going through, and the not unprecedented shut down of the provincial legislature by the B.C. government which failed to see the value in sitting. And in the latter case, fantastic developments in alternative energy technologies, and the growing acceptance of the necessity for a new economic and social paradigm broke through.
 
Over the next hour, I'll look back at some of the most significant occurrences over the last year, and try determine why they occurred, and what they portend for the coming year.   
 
 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft Year in Review Dec. 29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Welcome to GR's year end round-up show. We'll depart the usual format and call on no guests, but Janine Bancroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to offer her assessment of the year past. Like its predecessor, 2008 was bloody, full of outrageous injustice both here at home and away in the lands under military occupation. But, it too possessed extraordinary moments and extraordinary people that gave us hope for a better 2009.
 
 
Some examples of the former being the unprecedented shut-down of the Canadian parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote going through, and the not unprecedented shut down of the provincial legislature by the B.C. government which failed to see the value in sitting. And in the latter case, fantastic developments in alternative energy technologies, and the growing acceptance of the necessity for a new economic and social paradigm broke through.
 
Over the next hour, I'll look back at some of the most significant occurrences over the last year, and try determine why they occurred, and what they portend for the coming year.  
 
 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
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Passing: Playwright/Anti-war Activist Harold Pinter

Passing: Playwright/Anti-war Activist Harold Pinter
by C. L. Cook
Nobel laureate playwright, Harold Pinter died yesterday in his home in England. Pinter in recent years had devoted his entire energy to stopping the rampaging George W. Bush and his "democratic" allies war efforts across the globe. 
 
Pinter had suffered throat cancer, and very nearly succumbed to the disease. His Nobel Prize acceptance speech was taped and delivered to Stockholm due his fragile health in 2005. Pinter survived his treatment then, but died Thursday. Of America, Pinter wrote:
 

"The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them [...] You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."
 
 
 
 
 
Pinter's 2005 Nobel acceptance speech

  

 
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Canada's Seventh December Death in Afghanistan

Canada's Seventh December Death in Afghanistan
by C. L. Cook
Canada's state broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) reports today a seventh Canadian killed by a road-side bomb, along with three injured in Afghanistan. According to the CBC, the bomb detonated shortly after noon in the Zhari district, just outside of Kandahar City, the restive area the Canadians redeployed to in 2005. 
 
Pte. Michael Freeman, 28, was from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Petawawa. (DND)
 
Canadian Forces spokesman, Brigadier-General Denis Thompson said the soldiers were conducting "security operations" when the blast occurred. Three Canadians wounded in the same attack are reported in "good condition."
 
 
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Passing: Eartha Kitt

Passing: Eartha Kitt
by C. L. Cook
I, like many of my vintage, was first exposed to the perfectly feline Kitt through her portrayal of Cat Woman on the campy Batman television series of the 1960's. (Kids searching Youtube for any "dark" undertones in that Batman incarnation can stop right here). 
 
Eartha Kitt died Christmas day, and below, The Nation's John Nichols has an illuminating remembrance of her guts and forthright determination off screen.
 
It was a blunt honesty that got her blacklisted long after the dreaded McCarthy days, and labeled an "Enemy" by infamous anti-American president, Richard Nixon.
 
 
 
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Will Cheney's Contempt for the Republic be Punished?

Cheney's Contempt for the Republic
by Robert Parry
As Vice President Dick Cheney goes public in exit interviews about his vision of expansive executive powers, it's getting clearer how close the American Republic came to suffering major deformity – if not destruction – in the past eight years. It is also apparent that the risks to the Republic are not over, unless incoming President Barack Obama repudiates many of the executive powers that Cheney and his boss, George W. Bush, made central to their governing style.

In a revealing Dec. 21 interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Cheney disclosed that he briefed congressional Republican – and Democratic – leaders about the administration’s program of warrantless wiretapping inside the United States and that the leaders, presumably including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, endorsed the spying. This so-called “terrorist surveillance program” fit with the Bush-Cheney view that the President wields virtually unlimited powers during wartime, even a conflict as vaguely defined as the “war on terror.”
 
 
 
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Sea Shepherd Clashes with Whaling Fleet in Australian Waters

Sea Shepherd Clashes with Whaling Fleet in Australian Waters
by Captain Paul Watson
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin closed in on one of the vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet at 0730 Hours GMT (1930 Hours Sydney Time) on December 26th off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory north of the Mawson Peninsula.
 
photos credit: Eric Cheng / Sea Shepherd 
 
The Keiko Maru emerged from dense fog in front of the Steve Irwin. The Sea Shepherd crew pursued and delivered 10 bottles of rotten butter and 15 bottles of a methyl cellulose and indelible dye mixture. “That is one stinky slippery ship,” said Sea Shepherd 2nd Officer Peter Hammarstedt of Sweden.
 
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FEAR OF... The New Political Paradigm

Fear of Socialism  
by Jim Miles     
Two recent events have prompted the ideas behind this article – in truth, the whole history of recent events have prompted the following comments, but it is two in particular that gave the push to write them down. The first event, unknown to most of the world, was a tempest in a teapot when the opposition parties in Canada made a legal political manoeuvre under our representational parliamentary system to take over the administration of the government.
 
 
Stephen Harper, Canada’s answer to George Bush, has made several critical mistakes recently, the first was an election call before his own mandated four year date, an election during which he argued that the economy was fine and they would not run a deficit budget, and then having received a minority government, proceeded to act as if he had a majority (when in reality he only had 38 per cent of the popular vote) and introduced a budget outline that was at best lousy. That budget paper incurred the wrath of the opposition parties and brought about the announcement of a coalition to defeat the government. Harper’s immature rant in response included the good old U.S. fear factor of socialism, with Harper and cronies warning everyone about the socialist hordes in the opposition (who combined held - obviously - the majority of the votes).


 
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Obama Names Corporate Warrior for Head of DNI

Dennis Blair: Corporatist Candidate for Director of National Intelligence
by Tom Burghardt
The Wall Street Journal reported in its December 19 edition, that President-elect Barack Obama is slated to choose retired Vice Admiral Dennis Blair as his Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Blair's selection as DNI would further cement Pentagon control over America's intelligence apparatus. Currently, Air Force Lt. General Michael V. Hayden, a former Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) is CIA Director while retired Vice Admiral and former chief at NSA, Mike McConnell is the current Director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the chief of America's 16 spy agencies.

The DNI position was established after Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458), one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that "investigated" the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Agencies overseen by the ODNI include: the Central Intelligence Agency; Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency; Army Military Intelligence; Defense Intelligence Agency; Marine Corps Intelligence Activity; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; National Reconnaissance Office; National Security Agency; Office of Naval Intelligence; the Department of Energy's Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and Coast Guard Intelligence; the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration; the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

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