Lessons from the Trump-a-Thon
by Walter Brasch - Wanderings
July 24, 2016
Trump was all over the convention hall, the hotels, and in the media, chatting, arguing, scowling, and boasting. It was Trump’s convention, and he knew it. Trump had begun his run for the nomination with a simple but powerful campaign theme, “Make America Great Again,” refusing to accept the reality that most countries see the United States as the world’s most powerful country and its president is one of the world’s most respected leaders.
Slipping into the campaign, promoted by the Tea Party wing, is a plea to “Take Our Country Back.” Back to what? To the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s and the House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunts of the 1950s? To the worst recession since the Great Depression that had begun in 1929? To the race riots of the late 1960s?
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Fake threats and engineered fears
by Mark Taliano - American Herald Tribune
July 16 ,2016
Recently, General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, admitted that,
"It is not the aim of NATO to create a military barrier against broad-scale Russian aggression, because such aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing."
Decoded, this means that intelligence reports indicate that Russia is not a threat to the West. Since Russian aggression is not a threat, then increased NATO deployments to encircle Russia are a threat --- to Russia. Decoded again: We are the bad guys, Russia is not.
But this hasn’t stopped Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, from confirming, according to CBC news, that
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From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS
by Ramzy Baroud - Dissident Voice
July 20th, 2016
I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for al-Qaeda, but for Mojahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic.
At the time, the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein used the exiled organization to settle scores with his rivals in Tehran, just as they, too, espoused anti-Iraqi government militias to achieve the exact same purpose. Iraq was hardly peaceful then. But most of the bombs that exploded in that country were American. In fact, when Iraqis spoke of ‘terrorism’, they only referred to Al-Irhab al-Amriki – American terrorism. Suicide bombings were hardly a daily occurrence; in fact, never an occurrence at all, anywhere in Iraq.
As soon as the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 followed by Iraq in 2003, all hell broke loose.
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by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance
Jul 21, 2016
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
July 20th, 2016
Dan Kovalik in the first half.
And; what a difference a new government makes! Long weary of Stephen Harper's bellicose policies at home and abroad, Canadians gave him and his "New Government of Canada" a one-way ticket to a shrinking ice floe; but was Canada sold secondhand tires when electing Justin Trudeau's Liberals?
So far, on Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Africa, Liberal foreign policy looks a lot like a Conservative retread. Meanwhile, the inking of a free trade deal with Ukraine's coup government, and a whole-hearted endorsement of NATO's over-the-top Moscow-baiting at its recent confab in Warsaw has some of us wondering, "How true are those Grits?"
Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist. A prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad, his writing can be found at the website New Cold War, where he's written extensively on Ukraine, and at CounterPunch.org, and his website, A Socialist in Canada. Roger's latest article, 'Canada's Liberal Gov't Joins NATO's War Escalation in Eastern Europe' should be a call to arms for all progressives left in the Great White North.
Roger Annis and wither Canada's hope for change under Trudeau Two in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will NOT join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good goings on scheduled for the coming week in and around our town, as other business calls her away.
So first, Dan Kovalik and Paramilitary Rampage in Colombia: The Case of El Bagre, Antioquia.
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. 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/
"Close Your Heart to Pity": A Security State Critic Embraces Total War
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
July 18, 2016
William Arkin has long been an outstanding investigator of the “National Security State,” bringing to light many of its sinister operations. But he seems to have looked into the abyss too long, for now, in a recent article in Cryptome, he is offering a counsel of despair that reflects the worst and most extreme stances of the National Security State toward terrorism, while completely overlooking that same State’s role — still continuing today — in fostering, funding and arming Islamic extremism.
We have not even begun to address this “root cause” of violent Islamic extremism in its modern, organized form.
Arkin undoubtedly knows this history. He knows how an international jihad army was shaped, funded and armed by the United States and Saudi Arabia in order to create so much terror and chaos in Afghanistan that the Soviet Union would be forced to intervene to save the secular government there.
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German Militarism on Display at NATO Summit
by Johannes Stern - WSWS
13 July 2016
Canada's Liberal Gov't Joins NATO's War Escalation in Eastern Europe
by Roger Annis - New Cold War.org
July 15, 2016
Canadians who hoped the federal election last October 19 would usher in change to the aggressive foreign policy of the defeated Conservative government are wondering what happened to their wishes.
The transition in imperialist foreign policy from the Harper Conservatives to the Justin Trudeau-led Liberals has been utterly seamless, if not predictable.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kyiv
July 11, 2016 (PMO photo by Adam Scotti)
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Don’t Call Him “Bernie” Anymore: the Sanders Sell-Out and the Clinton Wars to Come
by Gary Leupp - CounterPunch
July 14, 2016
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Paramilitaries Continue Rampage in Colombia: the Case of El Bagre, Antioquia
by Dan Kovalik - CounterPunch
July 13, 2016
The peasant residents of El Bagre, Colombia, in the Department of Antioquia, have been brutalized this year by the paramilitary group known as the Autodefensas Gatinastas, a successor group to the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (“AUC”) – the paramilitary umbrella group which was designated as a “terrorist organization” by the U.S. State Department, and which feigned a demobilization back in 2006.
Thus, according to reports coming out of Colombia, at least 17 peasants have been brutally murdered in the first half of this year by the paramilitaries. As Contagio Radio explains, these victims were “killed, dismembered, [and] thrown into rivers or buried in mass graves.” As a result of these assaults, peasants have set up a humanitarian refuge within El Bagre for the now hundreds of peasants displaced by this violence. I first learned of the this crisis from messages on the Twitter account of former Colombian Senator, Piedad Cordoba, who has been one of the lone voices calling for international attention to the situation in El Bagre, Antioquia.
The Department of Antioquia is ground zero for paramilitarism in Colombia, and its former Governor, and later Colombia’s President, Alvaro Uribe, one of the key intellectual authors of the paramilitaries. As one AUC leader explained, Uribe “was our commander . . . . He never fired a gun; but he led, he contributed, he was our man at the top. . . . The massacres, the disappearances, the creation of an [AUC] group: he is responsible.” Indeed, for years there have been credible allegations that Uribe was responsible for the formation of an AUC bloc while governor of Antioquia department from 1995 to 1997, and that he used the AUC to coerce millions of voters into electing him President in 2002.
But again, this is not news to the U.S. government which has been quite aware of Uribe’s paramilitary ties for years. Thus, as Colombia Reports points out:
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In 2004, a declassified US Intelligence Report, originally written in 1991, stated that Uribe had “worked for the Medellin Cartel,” run by notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who the report described as a “close personal friend.”
In 2007, another US intelligence report – leaked to the Los Angeles Times – alleged that Uribe instructed General Mario Montoya, a local army commander who was later promoted to become the army’s top commander, to lead a controversial counter-insurgency push in the city of Medellin in which AUC forces played a major role. At least 14 people were killed in “Operation Orion” and dozens were forcibly disappeared.
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