Nicaragua: Empire Casts an Eye Again South

The Empire Turns Its Sights on Nicaragua – Again! 

by Dan Kovalik - CounterPunch


April 25, 2018

It was only a matter of time before the US government and its compliant media would once again put Nicaragua in their sights. And, that time has indeed come.

Last year, the US House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017 (NICA Act) which would cut that already-poor country off from loans offered by international financial institutions.

Citing the Alliance for Global Justice, Telesur reported at the time that, “‘[t]he Nicaraguan government uses foreign assistance from international financial institutions to support social spending on health and education which have become an ever larger proportion of the national budget.’”

Telesur explained that the NICA Act therefore, “poses a serious danger to the Central American nation’s economy and could result in a humanitarian crisis and waves of economic refugees that would flee toward the U.S. border, joining waves of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.”

 

Image: MPN

 

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Je Ne Regrette Rien, Hillary

No Remorse For Hillary 

by Craig Murray


24 Apr, 2018

I am hopeful that the commendable discovery process involved in US litigation will bring to light further details of the genesis of Christopher Steele’s ludicrous dossier on Trump/Russia, and may even give some clues as to whether Sergei Skripal and/or his handler Pablo Miller were involved in its contents.

The decision by the Democratic National Committee to sue the Russian Government, Wikileaks, Julian Assange personally and the Trump campaign is an act of colossal hubris. It is certain to reveal still more details of the deliberate fixing of the primary race against Bernie Sanders, over which five DNC members, including the Chair, were forced to resign.

It will also lead to the defendants being able to forensically examine the DNC servers to prove they were not hacked – something which astonishingly the FBI refused to do, being instead content to take the word of the DNC’s own private cyber security firm, Crowdstrike. Unless those servers have been wiped completely (as Hillary did to her private email server) I know that is not going to go well for the DNC.


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In Plain View: The Douma Media Deception

Douma: Part I - Deception in Plain Sight

by Media Lens


April 26, 2018

 

UK corporate media are under a curious kind of military occupation. Almost all print and broadcast media now employ reporters and commentators who are relentless and determined warmongers.

Despite the long, unarguable history of US/UK lying on war, and the catastrophic results, these journalists instantly confirm the veracity of atrocity claims made against Official Enemies, while having little or nothing to say about the proven crimes of the US, UK, Israel or their allies.

They shriek with a level of moral outrage from which their own government is forever spared. They laud even the most obviously biased, tinpot sources blaming the 'Enemy', while dismissing out of hand the best scientific researchers, investigative journalists and academic sceptics who disagree.

Anyone who challenges this strange bias is branded a 'denier', 'pro-Saddam', 'pro-Gaddafi, 'pro-Assad'. Above all, one robotically repeated word is generated again and again: 'Apologist... Apologist... Apologist'.

Claims of a chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, offered yet another textbook example of this reflexive warmongering. Remarkably, the alleged attack came just days after US president Donald Trump had declared of Syria:

'I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation.'
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook. Phil Little, Richard Sanders, Janine Bandcroft April 26th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


April 26, 2018

Though seldom spoken now, those past a certain age will remember the Dirty Wars waged in South America in the last half of the last century. Perhaps the worst of it was when The Dirty Wars soiled Central America: El Salvador, Nicarauga, Guatemala, and of course Honduras from where Gringo mastermind, John Negroponte coordinated Central America's share of the infamous Operation Condor.

The rise of leftist governments in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Sandinista reemergence in Nicaragua in the early years of this century was hopeful. Even in Guatemala truth and reconciliation commissions were established to acknowledge, if not punish, the genocidal horror visited upon the Mayan majority.

But that short-lived hope is ending. The fascists are risen again in Latin America, and Honduras is again in the middle of the nightmare.

Phil Little is a former Catholic missionary, retired teacher, and for the last five years has acted as "accompaniment" for social and human rights activists in Honduras at risk because, as he says, "the theory [is] that a person is less likely to be killed if accompanied by a foreigner, preferably a gringo."

 

Listen. Hear.

 

That belief proved tragically over-optimistic in the case of murdered Honduran activist, Berta Cáceres in 2016. Phil will be at Cafe Simpatico tomorrow night, 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of Fernwood, with Kay Gimbel of CASC and MJAC, and micro-economist, Bill Feyrer presenting 'Honduras Today'.

Phil Little in the first half.

And; as Stephen Harper's Canada was first among nations to recognize and sign trade deals with the coup government of Honduras, so too has his successor been quick to adopt militarism, leaping in support of the recent bombing of Syria before it happened. But then, Justin Trudeau was only acting in accordance with the new understanding of Canadian values, as expressed by the Canadian Pension Plan. Your CPP long ago decided to adopt the ruthless morays of corporate war profiteers; and, you may be happy to know, the killing business has never been better.

Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT’s publication, Press for Conversion. COAT cleaves to the quaint old notion war should not be regarded as a profit-driver by government, or used as an investment vehicle for its citizen's retirement fund.

Richard Sanders and how the CPP helped Canadians profit from the US/UK/France Air Strikes Against Syria, and will profit again the fires next time in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin and some of the good things to get up to around here for the coming week. But first, Phil Little and matters of life and death in Honduras, where corruption IS the operating system.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft April 19th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


April 19, 2018

It's a great time to be in the war game! The Real News reports, "defense" company stocks at Northrup Grumman and Boeing have soared this year, while the latest launching of more than a hundred cruise missiles at Syria has proven a spectacular blast for Tomahawk maker, Raytheon.

But, as Wall Street celebrates the dazzling array of opportunities presented by America's military-investor complex, the recent blitzkrieg over Syria may too have revealed dark clouds on the war-profiteering horizon.

Apparently, some of those missiles didn't make their targets. In fact, if reports are to be believed, three quarters of the nearly two million bucks a pop Tomahawks were intercepted; brought down by Syrian air defenses.

What does this mean for the future of the Anglo-American Axis powers' war against the Middle East; and more importantly, what does it mean for the continued effectiveness of America's 21st century high-tech, high-explosive equivalent of 'Gunboat Diplomacy'?

 

Listen. Hear.

 John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer’s book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, among others.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; Victoria's own Christopher Wylie might not have broken the internet, but he's certainly rocked it. The storm created by whistleblowing revelations he's made about his former bosses at Cambridge Analytica and their "misappropriation" of Facebook client data to use for nefarious political ends cast uber-geek billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in a congressional hotseat, cost Facebook stock billions, and put the issue of protecting the personal in a post-privacy world in the middle of the media spotlight. But, is that all there is to the story?

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer best known for his involvement in a number of high-profile, international war crimes cases. He's also a poet, essayist, novelist who's new book, 'Beneath the Clouds' is just out. Black's articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, and his latest, 'The Chris Wylie Story: A NATO Psychological Operation?' shifts the focus of the scandal to Wylie's unverified accusations implicating Russian interference with Brexit and allegations of Vladimir Putin's influence in the election of Donald Trump.

Christopher Black and who exactly is Chris Wylie and what‘s his game? in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going on in and around our town for the coming week. But first, John Helmer and is the empire shooting blanks?

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/
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Somewhere North of Goebbels Land

Living in Goebbels Land

by Craig Murray


17 Apr, 2018

 

So a tiny independent radio station in Ireland managed to interview Robert Fisk on the ground in Douma, but none of the mainstream British broadcast media today has him on, despite the political fallout from our Syria bombing attack being the main news story everywhere?

Meantime MSM propagandists including Richard Hall (BBC), Dan Hodges (Mail) and Brian Whitaker (Guardian) and many more queue up to denounce Fisk on twitter from their cosy armchairs.

It bears repeating, information on the alleged gas attacks – which raises great doubt but which Fisk himself does not claim as definitive – is not the most important part of Fisk's article.

Sturgeon: 'A Fully Paid Up Member of the British Establishment'

The Hell of rule under the jihadists that we in the West are arming, funding, training, “military advising” and giving air support, alongside Saudi Arabia and Israel, is the indisputable and much more important element of Fisk’s report, as is the clear evidence he provides that the White Helmets are part of the jihadist factions.

 

 

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The Bond Standard: Best Propaganda Production Values the Pound Can Purchase

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition 

by Wayne Madsen - SCF


April 16, 2018

When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers.

In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American “cousins” and Britain’s Commonwealth partners – from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia – in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths.

Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian émigré and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another – the latest in a series of similar fabrications – alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

 

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The Unbelievable MI6 Intelligence on Syrian "Chemical" Attack

On Believing MI6

by Craig Murray


April 16, 2018

Ian Blackford MP, investment banker and now SNP Westminster parliamentary leader, has received an “intelligence briefing” from the security services and is satisfied with MI6 assurances that Assad attacked Douma with chemical weapons. The whirring sound you hear is Willie Macrae spinning in his grave.

The other whirling sound you hear is Charlie Kennedy spinning in his. Charlie – who was a friend since 1979 – once told me that the scariest walk he ever took was to get the security service briefing on the Iraq War.

He was scared in case the intelligence was actually convincing on Iraqi WMD – what would he do then?

Charlie said that when he saw the actual intelligence he was astonished by how weak it was, and left with a clear mind – and a lifelong distrust of MI6. But Charlie Kennedy, though we disagreed on Scottish independence, was a very decent man of great principle. Not an Establishment hack like investment banker Ian Blackford MP.

 

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The Empire of Fear

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad

by James Petras


April 11, 2018

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying.

Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations. Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation. And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

Political trials and convictions in court and the media are rampant. Social, work-place and academic self censorship and blacklisting of dissident voices have become pervasive and accepted.

Elections and appointments are rigged by corporate and special interests to favor the most bellicose ideologues who manufacture the pretexts for war.


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Man in the Glass

Man in the Glass

by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press


April 14, 2018

 

The image in the circular frame is blurry; as though seen through the bottom of a shot glass held in front of the eye, drifting focus on an object some four-hundred meters away. The figure is a thin vertical stripe in the middle of the magnifying lens.

There are voices in the background of the video, men or boys bantering in the manner of a sports bench, or locker room.

There's a small jolt, and the distant figure is seen to drop to the ground. A rise in the voices; excitement now on the bench for a scoring shot.


Tamer Abu Daqqa, standing in Gaza
December 22, 2017

 

"Son of a bitch!" one shouts.
"What a legendary film! I haven't seen this kind of thing for a long time."


The man brought down so far away, in a field in Gaza, is of course Palestinian. The rifleman, shooting with such cool precision, an Israeli soldier. The voices cheer in Hebrew. Hundreds of meters away, Arabic voices are raised too, as young Palestinians run to the aid of their fallen comrade.

 

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Vanessa Beeley: The Egregious Western Media ‘Chemical Weapon’ Fraud in Eastern Ghouta

SYRIA: The Egregious Western Media ‘Chemical Weapon’ Fraud in Eastern Ghouta

by Vanessa Beeley - 21st Century Wire 


April 8, 2018 

Napalm was a US invention. Napalm “was invented in a top-secret 1942 war research collaboration between Harvard University and the U.S. government”.

In 1952 the U.S. Patent Office issued certificate 2,606,107 for “Incendiary Gels” and made napalm’s precise formula available worldwide.

“U.S. troops used a substance known as napalm from about 1965 to 1972 in the Vietnam War; napalm is a mixture of plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene, and gasoline.

 

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tayler Zavitz, Eva Bartlett, Janine Bandcroft April 12th, 2018

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


April 12, 2018

 

Though almost everyone claims to love animals many of us still eat them, and most of us try not to think too much about the terrible treatment humans mete out to our fellow Earthlings. But beyond vegetarianism, veganism, and rescue pet adoption what's a compassionate person to do?

Primates of the Animal Protection Party of Canada and their allies have brought this year's Animal Advocacy Camp to Victoria to explore just that. The ACC takes place this April 14th at Camosun College's Gibson Auditorium and features a number of keynote speakers covering a variety of topics.

Tayler Zavitz is one of those and she'll present, 'Empathy as Terrorism? The Criminalization of Animal Activism in Canada'.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Tayler's a PhD candidate at UVic's Department of Sociology whose research focus is the repression of animal activism and the criminalization of dissent in Canada and holds degrees in Political Science and Critical Sociology, (with a focus on Critical Animal Studies) and is a current student scholar with the brand new, Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria. She's also a reviewer for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.

Tayler Zavitz in the first half.

And; Monday morning, missiles again flew into Syria, killing at least seven and wounding scores more. Though they didn't admit responsibility, Israel is implicated. Merely the latest of in a series of unanswered military assaults on its neighbour, this latest comes at critical point in Syria's long and bitter war. Over the weekend, US president Donald Trump promised "action" in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians in Douma, the last stronghold of pro-jihadist groups in besieged Eastern Ghouta. And, while Trump and his allies in NATO condemn without benefit of an investigation Bashar al-Assad's government, Russia has issued its own Red Line, saying should any Russians in Syria come under fire, Moscow will consider that an act of war.

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian journalist and activist who has lived in and reported from Gaza and Syria over the last decade. She has been one of the few Western witnesses of the destruction of war from where the missiles and bombs land, and one of even fewer to chronicle both the effects on its innocent victims, and to fix properly the responsibility on those waging it. Eva is currently preparing for another foray into Syria, even as the Washington's war drum beats louder.

Eva Bartlett in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Tayler Zavitz and meeting up with animals' best friends at Victoria's Animal Advocacy Camp.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/
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