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 -

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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Hasbara and Truth: Palestine's Search for a Just Media

Time to End the ‘Hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story

by Ramzy Baroud  -

May 25, 2016

Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. For many years, Palestinian media has been on the defensive, unable to articulate a coherent message, torn between factions and desperately trying to fend off the Israeli media campaign, along with its falsifications and unending propaganda or ‘hasbara’.
It is still too early to claim any kind of paradigm shift, but the second Tawasol Conference in Istanbul, which took place May 18 to 19, served as an opportunity to consider the vastly changing media landscape, and to highlight the challenges and the opportunities facing Palestinians in their uphill battle. Not only are Palestinians expected to demolish many years of Israeli disinformation, predicated on a make-believe historical discourse that has been sold to the world as fact, but also to construct their own lucid narrative that is free from the whims of factions and personal gains.
It will not be easy, of course.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Natallie Drolet, Steve Lawson, Janine Bandcroft May 25th, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook -


May 24, 2016


Just over a week ago, a delegation of temporary workers, accompanied by migrant worker leaders from across the country, paid a visit to Parliament Hill. They went to Ottawa to make their concerns known to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

The Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada helped coordinate the testimonies, and insists more needs be done to ensure migrant worker participation in the laws that affect their lives. Natalie Drolet is Executive Director of the West Coast Domestic Workers' Association, and has served as the WCDWA Staff Lawyer since 2014.

Listen. Hear.

A native Ottawan, since moving to Vancouver Drolet has worked on access to justice for newcomers, founded a working group on labour trafficking, and has advocated for her clients before various administrative tribunals at all levels of court in BC.

Natalie Drolet in the first half.


And; there was sad news last week for BC's environmental community. Long-time ecologist and Clayoquot Sound defender, Steve Lawson passed away on May 8th. Steve was, with partner Susanne Hare, well-known as a 'War in the Woods' warrior, opposing the logging of the old-growth forests and mining within B.C.'s oldest nature reserve, Strathcona Park. More recently, Steve was at the forefront of efforts to stop trophy hunting, putting an end to the bear parts market, and fighting to ensure the survival of wild salmon and marine life. I talked to Steve last July about the renewed fight to protect again the Walbran from logging.


Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran in the second half.


And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good to do on, in, and around our town's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Natalie Drolet and calling for real immigration reforms in Canada.



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Throwing Canada's Legitimacy Into the Syria Crucible

Canada Loses Legitimacy: Stop Supporting All Terrorists in Syria

by Mark Taliano - AHT

May 24, 2016


The legitimacy of Canada’s government needs to be questioned, as long as it continues to hide its barbaric foreign policy decisions beneath a mantle of egregious lies and deceptions. Informed consent requires truth and transparency, not lies and degeneracy.

Currently, we are imposing illegal sanctions on Syria; we are supporting mercenary terrorists invading Syria; we are supporting a Wahhabi dictatorship, and we are supporting criminally corrupt corporate media messaging. All of this is being done without the informed consent of Canadians.

An article published in The Lancet|Global Health, “Syria: end sanctions and find a political solution to peace” enumerates the toll exacted by these sanctions on the people of Syria:


“The economic losses of the country at the end of 2014 stood at US$143.8 billion, with more than 80% of the population living in poverty, of whom a third (32.6%) were in abject poverty, unable to obtain even basic food items. More than half of the population (52.8%) is displaced, of whom a third are internally displaced.
“Life expectancy has been reduced from 75.9 years in 2010 (one of the highest in the region for countries not part of the Gulf Cooperation Council) to 55.7 years in 2014—a loss of 20 years.
“The unemployment rate rose from 15%5 in 2011 to 55.7% in 2014, with more than 3 million losing work within the first 2 years of the conflict.
“The cost of basic food items has risen six-fold since 2010, although it varies regionally. With the exception of drugs for cancer and diabetes, Syria was 95% self-sufficient in terms of drug production before the war. This has virtually collapsed as have many hospitals and primary health-care centres.”
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