Winning the War on Binarity: A World of Choices to Be Made


by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance

Jul 21, 2016

Abdullah Issa (photo left) was a Palestinian child living in Syria (family of refugees after the ethnic cleansing of 1948 by Israel). He was captured and accused of helping the Syrian government. He had injuries and was thought to be also treated for thallasemia.
Pictures show the bandaged boy of perhaps 10 or 11 years old with a catheter in his arm.
His captives had him in the back of a pick-up truck (perhaps having taken him from his hospital bed). As he pleaded with them they ignored him and directed their message to the camera against Syrian government then slit the throat of this child. The killer militia shouted Allahu Akbar as the boy was mercilessly murdered.
This group is funded and/or supported by the governments of the US, Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. They were considered by those four governments as “moderate rebels”.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Kovalik, Roger Annis July 20th, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

July 20th, 2016

Colombia human rights observors had grounds for guarded optimism back in 2006 when the infamous AUC, a link-up of paramilitary privateers responsible for some of the worst atrocities visited upon the mainly rural peasant population during that nation's decades-long civil war was disbanded, and some of its key leaders extradited to the United States.
But reports of AUC successor, Autodefensas Gatinastas attacks against residents of El Bagre, in the Department of Antioquia are rekindling fears of a return to the worst of the bad old days in the Colombian countryside.Daniel Kovalik teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union.
He's is too a long-time peace and justice activist, focusing on the movements for peace and justice in Colombia and Central America, where he serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations. Kovalik is also co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.


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, 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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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Embracing the Security State Narrative: Noted Critic Fails in the Last

"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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Sucking Germany in to Its Next World War

German Militarism on Display at NATO Summit

by Johannes Stern - WSWS

13 July 2016

At the 2014 Munich Security Conference, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared that Germany was “too big merely to comment on world affairs from the side-lines,” and that “Germany must be ready for earlier, more decisive and more substantive engagement in the foreign and security policy sphere.”
Last weekend’s NATO summit in Warsaw revealed the aggressiveness with which the German government has been pursuing this goal in the subsequent two years. In a statement prior to the summit, German chancellor Angela Merkel provided an overview of German imperialism’s plans for rearmament and war.
Along with a massive increase to the defence budget, the chancellor announced stepped-up engagement of the German army and NATO in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Mediterranean Sea, Afghanistan, and eastern Europe.
Merkel praised these additional interventions, declaring, “The Bundeswehr’s whole posture now reflects Germany’s global responsibility.” At the end of her statement, to the applause of parliamentary deputies, she declared “a warm thank you to the soldiers…who are serving in many of these deployments and thus guarantee our security.”
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Canada All In on NATO World War Plans

Canada's Liberal Gov't Joins NATO's War Escalation in Eastern Europe

by Roger Annis - New Cold 


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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Burned: You Can Call Him "Hillary's Man"

Don’t Call Him “Bernie” Anymore: the Sanders Sell-Out and the Clinton Wars to Come

by Gary Leupp - CounterPunch

July 14, 2016

The worst disservice Sanders has done to his supporters, other than to lead them on a wild goose chase for real change, is to virtually ignore his rival’s vaunted “experience.”
He need not have mentioned Hillary Clinton’s Senate record, since there was nothing there; her stint as law-maker was merely intended to position her for a run for the presidency, according to the family plan.
But there was a lot in her record as Secretary of State.


Crush Rush |


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The "Sons" of Colombia's AUC: Rampaging the Peasantry and the Case of El Bagre, Antioquia

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:


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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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Laura Carlsen, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft July 13, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -

July 13, 2016


The war against environmentalists and the indigenous people of Honduras continues. Last week, the body of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía was discovered in a garbage dump.

The indigenous Lenca was a member of COPINH, or the Civic Council of People's and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras; it is the organization formerly headed by Berta Cáceres, too an indigenous Lenca member, murdered last March for her opposition to extractive industry practices, and especially the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project, a mega-scheme involving several dams along the Rio Gualcarque undertaken by mining interests, and supported by the right-wing coup government of Juan Orlando Hernández.


Listen. Hear.

Laura Carlsen is Director of the Center for International Policy's Americas Program in Mexico City, and serves as an advisor to Just Associates (JASS), an international women's collective organization working at "building women's collective power for justice." She also hosts, Hecho en America, a Spanish language television program on Latin America.

Laura Carlsen in the first half.

 And; what would you do? While eating with his family in their Denny Island home, off BC's remote central coast, renowned environmental champion, Ingmar Lee got a message about a nearby Humpback whale in distress. Entangled in a fishing net, it seemed to Lee the weary animal would not have long survived without help. To any who know Ingmar, it's no surprise he leapt to the rescue, but the shocking reaction by the government, and its media arm, should more than surprise.

Ingmar Lee and a whale for the saving in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good goings on in and around our town and beyond planned for the coming week. But first, Laura Carlsen and violent days for grassroots movements in Latin America.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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Israel and Militarizing American Law

Israel and the Militarization of the US Police

by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Palestine

July 11, 2016 

Today marked the day that the results of Tawjihi (secondary school matricuation) were released.
A lot of people are celebrating, some not (one girl in Gaza committed suicide after learning she did not pass). But an uncertain future hangs on these aspiring graduates because in one year we will have been under foreign military occupation and colonization for 50 years in the West Bank and Gaza and nearly 70 years in the rest of Palestine. Life goes on in its ups and downs.

photo: Jonathan Bachman - Reuters
The US is at the brink of civil war. The militarization of the US police has been driven largely by Israel touting the need for “counter-terrorism training”. That training in which hundreds (perhaps thousands so far) of senior US police officers travel to our country (Palestine, now under the regime called “Israel”) to train in the same methods used to quell the native Palestinians.
Those “methods” are not too complicated. They rely on two elements: brutality and racism.
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To Serve and Protect a Racist, Violent System

Violent, Racist Cops Protect a Violent, Racist System

by Ted Rall - CounterPunch

July 8, 2016

Racism is complicated. When America’s most brilliant thinkers set out to explain its nature in terms as clear as the English language allows, as Michael Eric Dyson did in his searing July 7th essay “Death in Black and White,” even the relatively sophisticated readers of the New York Times didn’t get it. Commenters didn’t understand that Dyson wasn’t addressing every white person, but “white America” — shorthand for a dominant power structure that is fundamentally racist while (of course) not every white person is.
If anti-racist white people take writing as straightforward as Dyson’s personally, if they take offense at his passion and so miss his message, is there any hope of “black America” and “white America” just getting along?
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Not Fade Away: David Petraeus, the Soldier That Stayed

Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus

by Nick Turse - TomDispatch

July 5, 2016
I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him.

It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director -- and no luck yet.

On a recent evening, as the sky was turning from a crisp ice blue into a host of Easter-egg hues, I missed him again.

Led from a curtained “backstage” area where he had retreated after a midtown Manhattan event, Petraeus moved briskly to a staff-only room, then into a tightly packed elevator, and momentarily out onto the street before being quickly ushered into a waiting late-model, black Mercedes S550.

And then he was gone, whisked into the warm New York night, companions in tow.
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Bringing It Home: Deadly Norwegian Viruses Found in BC Farmed Salmon

Deadly Norwegian disease found in BC’s farmed salmon is a game-changer

by Ray Grigg in Oceans via Common Sense Canadian

July 5, 2016

The discovery of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in BC’s farmed salmon has been couched in cautious and evasive terms by the industry and government. HSMI “might” have been found. It’s “yet another piece in the complex puzzle of salmon health on the Pacific Coast,” noted the former Minister of Fisheries, Hunter Tootoo.

Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, also downplayed the significance of the announcement:


The findings announced by the SSHI [Strategic Salmon Health Initiative] regarding a potential diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. are important. However, there is no consensus amongst the scientific community about the finding as the fish sampled in this farm showed no clinical signs of the disease.

But the finding of HSMI is extremely significant. Understanding why requires some additional information.


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