Burn Baby, Burn: Fort McMordor and Correct Canadian Politics

The Sodom and Gomorrah of the Great White North

by Captain Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society


Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scolded Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May for suggesting that the tragic fires in Alberta were connected to climate change.

It appears that the Prime Minister likes to speak about climate change in the abstract but does not want to address the reality of the actual consequences of climate change.

Prime Minister Trudeau suggested that Elizabeth May’s statements were “inappropriate.”

Well he sure as hell is going to view my position as very inappropriate but there are some things about Fort McMurray and Alberta that simply need to be said.

 

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Warfare States: NATO and the "Humanitarian" Imperative

US-NATO’s Fake “Humanitarian” “War on Terrorism”, Defiant Syria

by Mark Taliano - Global Research

May 31, 2016

 

There’s really no excuse for supporting the NATO/terror position. We’ve seen the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, now Syria, all built on lies, all beneath the guise of “humanitarian interventions”.


Since people with any sense of historical memory can not legitimately plead ignorance, supporters of the terrorist invasion of Syria fall into the category of “fake humanitarians”. They aren’t “progressive” or “left” when they support the criminal violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Canadian peace activist Ken Stone, recently returned from Syria, expresses similar sentiments in his newly released book, Defiant Syria: Dispatches from the Second Tour of Peace to Syria. He explains,

 

The point for me is to ask why otherwise intelligent people can fall for such shit (referring to a 2015 New Internationalist magazine article: “The forgotten revolution of Syria”), and not once but repeatedly. It’s not as if Syria is the very first government targeted for regime change by the USA. It’s not that people are unaware of the fact that the first casualty of war is the truth … there is never a shortage of “leftists” in the West who can be either bought or convinced through incredible naivété, warped political outlook, or Eurocentric arrogance, that the motives of Empire are good.
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Israel's Future/Now: A Disconcerting Moral Compass

Israel’s Future is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon and Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

by Ramzy Baroud  - PalestineChronicle.com


May 31, 2016

Israeli society is constantly swerving to the Right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly.


Israel is now ‘ruled by the most extreme rightwing government in its history’ has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years. In fact, that exact line was used in May 2015, when rightwing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, formed his thin majority government of like-minded right-wingers, religious zealots and ultra-nationalists.

Former Defense Minister, Ya’alon,  an example

of "professionalism and morality?"

 

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Stealing My Father's Victory in the Pacific

My Father’s Victory in the Pacific

by Greg Palast


May 30, 2016 

In 1995, in Chicago, veterans of Silver Post No. 282 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their victory over Japan, marching around a catering hall wearing their old service caps, pins, ribbons and medals.
 
My father sat at his table, silent. He did not wear his medals. He had given them to me thirty years earlier.
 
I can figure it exactly: March 8, 1965. That day, like every other, we walked to the newsstand near the dime store to get the LA Times. He was a Times man. Never read the Examiner.
 
He looked at the headline: U.S. Marines had landed on the beach at Danang, Vietnam.
 
 
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British Columbia's Mining Liability

New Analysis – B.C. Ranks Worst in Canada for Unsecured Environmental Liability of Mine Sites

by MiningWatch Canada


May 30, 2016

There is a gap of at least half a billion dollars — and possibly over one billion — in unreported environmental liability that BC taxpayers may be on the hook for.


mount polley terrasaurusOttawa - MiningWatch Canada today published a new analysis showing that British Columbia (BC) has the largest unsecured environmental liability for mine site clean-up costs when compared to the two other main mining jurisdictions in Canada: Ontario and Quebec.

 

BC’s total unsecured liability amounts to $1.5 billion, compared to $1.4 billion for Ontario and $1.2 billion for Quebec (see Table 1 in analysis, using provincial figures).

 

British Columbia's Mount Polley Mine: 2014

Biggest tailings spill in history

 

“This means that British Columbians are disproportionally more on the hook for cleaning up the mess left behind by the mining industry,” says Ugo Lapointe, Canadian program coordinator for MiningWatch Canada.

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"I" is for Indictment: I, Daniel Blake and Britain's Class War

I, Daniel Blake

by Craig Murray


26 May, 2016 

More space has been devoted by the mainstream media in the last week to the terrible effects of “austerity” on the vulnerable, than in total since the Westminster election.


That is entirely in the context of Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake.

The film itself will now get a much greater cinema distribution than it might otherwise have anticipated.

I think it is worth highlighting some excellent points made at the winners’ press conference: 

 

 

 
 
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Williams Lake Band Stand-Off: Transparency and Accountability

Press Releases from William Lakes Indian Band Office Occupation

by Warrior Publications


May 26, 2016

On Tuesday morning, members of the Secwepemc Nation evicted the Chief and Band Council of Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Indian Reserve from the Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Band Office and have continued to non-violently occupy the office since.


The RCMP, aiming their guns at the unarmed Secwepemc occupiers, immediately surrounded the building and arrested April Thomas, a Secwepemc woman who just returned from presenting the plight of the Secwepemc Nation to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva and is known in the community for her opposition to the elected band council system.

 

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Football's War Against Science (and Reason)

NFL’s War Against Science and Reason

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


May 25, 2016


Perhaps it’s because I just watched the movie, “Concussion,” which tells the story of the National Football League’s haughty denial of the science proving football-related brain damage – and the NFL’s abuse of the truth-tellers – but I still can’t understand why so many people side with Commissioner Roger Goodell in the absurd “Deflategate” case against Tom Brady.

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Surely, the NFL’s four-game suspension of the New England Patriots quarterback on the charge of tampering with the air pressure of footballs is not as serious as the NFL covering up the dangers from concussions (reminiscent of how the cigarette industry long denied links between smoking and cancer), but the Brady case is a microcosm of how power works and how checks and balances, including the major news media, fail. 

 

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An Unheard World War

Eerie Silence About a New World War

by John Pilger  - Consortium News


May 27, 2016

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.


Mushroom cloud from atomic bomb dropped
on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945.

The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King Jr., had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,” she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places.

 

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Passing: Hedy Epstein, Survivor/Activist

 Hedy Epstein (1924-2016)

by Mazin Qumsiyeh - qumsiyeh.org


May 27, 2016

The Israeli minister of Environment joined the previous defense minister to quit the Zionist regime’s government because it is becoming more extreme. With the addition of bar bouncer colonial settler Avigdor Lieberman (has a house in an illegal colony here in Bethlehem), the fascist government is now in good shape to take Israel to the next inevitable stage along.


The same trend-line that Nazi Germany took step-wise in the 1930s.


It is no wonder that so many more people are now drawing parallels between the two regimes with similar exclusivist ideologies (Nazism and Zionism).

 

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SLAPP-Happy BC Hydro Launches Suits Against Site C Opponents

BC Hydro Suing Opponents of Site C Dam in SLAPP-Style Suit Legal Experts Say

by Sarah Cox - DeSmog Canada


May 24, 2016

Nothing remains at the Rocky Mountain Fort site where Peace Valley farmers and First Nations camped for 60 days in the hopes of stopping clear-cut logging for the Site C dam.


The camp was dismantled in March and the old-growth spruce and cottonwood forest was logged, as BC Hydro prepares to convert the Class 1 heritage site into a Site C waste rock dump.


Ken Boon on his farmland in

the Peace Valley. 

Photo: Emma Gilchrist.


But one notable thing still stands: the civil lawsuit BC Hydro filed in January against five campers and a supporter, a suit the B.C. Civil Liberties Association describes as a matter “of grave concern.”  The 13-page lawsuit accuses six Peace Valley residents of conspiracy, intimidation, trespass, creating a public and a private nuisance, and “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.”

Most worrisome for the people named is that the suit seeks financial damages for BC Hydro that could result in the loss of their homes, life savings or other assets. Five of the six already stand to lose their houses, farms, land or traditional territory to the nearly $9 billion Peace River dam.


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[Not] A Crook: Hillary's Nixon Moment

Key issue not being addressed is secret financial deals: With Clinton’s Nixonian Email Scandal Deepening, Sanders Needs to Demand Answers

by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening


May 26, 2016

When it comes to Hillary Clinton’s State Department email scandal, reporters -- and even her right-wing critics in the Republican Party -- are asking the wrong question.
 



As hard drive erasures and a secrecy obsession make
Clinton's email scandal increasingly Nixonian,
Sanders needs to stop being polite and start
asking hard questions about her motives

Sure, doing all her official business on an unprotected, unscrambled private server in her own home and on an unsecured private Blackberry phone device means that any two-bit spy outfit, not to mention sophisticated ones like those of Russia, Iran, Israel or China, could easily hack it and read secret State Department and other agency communications. But really, those entities have ways of getting that kind of secret stuff anyhow.

 

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