Gorbachev Warns Against Return to Nuclear Stand-Off

Gorbachev Warns of Growing Danger

by Rick Sterling  - Consortium News

May 15, 2107

The former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, is 87 years old but still sharp. He told a delegation of 30 Americans in a two-week visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives,


“This is a time to be concerned. We should worry about relations between our two countries. … Things cannot continue as they are.” 

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev President Gorbachev recalled his initial meetings with President Reagan, which came after six years of poor relations and hostility.


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Google's Castle in the Cloud: Making the New Panopticon

The Cloud Panopticon: Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex

by Christopher Ketcham/Travis Kelly - CounterPunch

May 12, 2017

In June 2007, Privacy International, a U.K.-based privacy rights watchdog, cited Google as the worst privacy offender among 23 online companies, ranking the “Don’t Be Evil” people below Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook and AOL.

According to the report, no other company was “coming close to achieving [Google’s] status as an endemic threat to privacy.”

What most disturbed the authors was Google’s “increasing ability to deep-drill into the minutiae of a user’s life and lifestyle choices.” The result: “the most onerous privacy environment on the Internet.”

Indeed, Google now controls an estimated 70 per cent of the online search engine market, but its deep-drilling of user information – where we surf, whom we e-mail, what blogs we post, what pictures we share, what maps we look at, what news we read – extends far beyond the search feature to encompass the kind of “total information awareness” that privacy activists feared at the hands of the Bush Jr. administration’s much-maligned Total Information Awareness program.


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Ending the Warfare State As We Know It

The Losing Warfare State

by Ralph Nader - CounterPunch

May 12, 2017

The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a US equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger in soldiers, plus the US forces – fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors – with advanced air, sea and land weaponry that is second to none.

Moreover, the Taliban has been advancing, controlling 30 to 40 percent of the country and a third of the population, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Iraq, the US had hundreds of thousands of soldiers and contractors during the Bush years. Yet today the country is still in the throes of a civil war, where a previously nonexistent threat – ISIS – with less than 15,000 fighters, has been successfully resisting a huge Iraqi army backed by US trainers and air force.

How can this be?

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Trump Elects Vote Purge Kingpin to "Investigate" Vote Fraud

Trump picks Al Capone of Vote Rigging to investigate Federal Voter Fraud 

by Greg Palast for Alternet

May 12, 2017

Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.

Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016.

The Secretary of State of Kansas, sucking up carbs at a Republican Party Fundraiser, recognized the documents – and yelled at me, "YOU'RE A LIAR!" and ran for it while still trying to wolf down the last spoonful.

Kobach screams at Greg Palast
while eating ice cream

But documents don't lie.

That was 2015 (yes, the ballot heist started way back). Today this same man on the run, Kris Kobach, is now Donald Trump’s choice to head the new “Voter Integrity Commission.”

It’s like appointing Al Capone to investigate The Mob.


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How ISIS Serves US Interests in Syria

Will America Partition Syria?

by Sharmine Narwani  - The American Conservative

May 11, 2017


U.S. strategy seems to be shifting toward creating a buffer state between Iran and Israel.


BEIRUTGiven the rhetoric of most U.S. policymakers, one might conclude that the conflict in Syria is about establishing freedom and democracy in the Levantine state. But no genuine aspiration for democracy ever came from a line-up of allies that includes countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, and Turkey.

Seen from the Middle East, American intervention here appears to be aimed at putting the last genuinely independent Arab state under Washington’s sphere of influence—and cutting off a key Iranian ally in the region.

Today, after six years of regime-change operations that failed to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and install a compliant regime in Damascus, the west’s strategy seems to be shifting toward partitioning Syria. Specifically, the new U.S. policy would seek to sever the unimpeded geographic line between Iran and Israel by creating a buffer entity that runs through Iraq and Syria.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek, Christina Nikolic May 10th, 2017

This Week on GR

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

May 10, 2017

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival there. More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind's eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.


Listen. Hear.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into.

Vltchek's numerous book titles include: 'Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad', 'Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear', 'Exile' (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), 'Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones', 'The World Order and Revolution! - Essays from the Resistance' (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), 'Liberation Lit' (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, 'Exposing Lies of the Empire', 'Fighting Against Western Imperialism', and 'On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare' (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan "Gus" Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, 'Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War'.

Andre Vltchek in both segments today.

 And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Andre Vltchek and the Ecology of War.


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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Quitting Weaver: Questions Dog Green Leader

Green Party campaign manager quit over Andrew Weaver’s bullying, bad policies

by Damien Gillis  - Common Sense Canadian

May 8, 2017

On the eve of his candidate’s kick-off event, Green Party campaign manager Troy Grant reached his breaking point with Andrew Weaver, causing him to resign. “I can’t support the BC Green Party because of Andrew Weaver,” Grant now admits.

Here’s why.

Troy Grant is a Vancouver Island resident and environmental activist who, up until a couple of months ago, was running the campaign of Green Party candidate Lia Versavel. As part of his early groundwork on the campaign, Grant reached out to Common Sense Canadian lead columnist Rafe Mair, a man whose opinions Grant says he has always respected.

Andrew Weaver attacks BCNDP Leader John
Horgan during the televised leaders’ debate

Intrigued by what he heard about Versavel, Rafe proceeded to interview her, resulting in this relatively glowing review. Rafe being Rafe, though, couldn’t sign off on the piece without one caveat: his disdain for party leader Andrew Weaver’s ongoing support of IPPs (private power projects). After all, Rafe and this publication have been highly critical of IPPs going back to the Gordon Campbell era, when Weaver stumped for the BC Liberals as a UVic climate scientist.


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Recognizing Oliver Stone: Documentarian Garners Gary Webb Press Freedom Award

Oliver Stone Honored with Press Freedom Award

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

May 4, 2017

Though most people know Oliver Stone as a famous screenwriter and movie director, he has also lent his talents and resources to a number of documentary films that embrace the core journalistic idea that there are usually two sides – if not more – to a story.

In doing so, Stone has taken on controversial subjects, both in challenging conventional history as with Showtime’s “Untold History of the United States” and daring to treat foreign leaders – who were undergoing demonization by the U.S. government and media – as complex figures who deserve to have their say as well.

Not surprisingly, Stone has faced intense criticism for deviating from mainstream U.S. groupthinks, which seek to portray international adversaries as cardboard villains deserving only of American hatred and bombs.

But Stone learned as a decorated young soldier in the Vietnam War how that propaganda process can lead to unspeakable horrors, including the unnecessary deaths of millions of people and the devastation of entire nations and regions.


Director Oliver Stone

The Vietnam War – and the U.S. government’s lies that justified it – taught Stone a powerful lesson that is as true now as it was then, that a healthy democracy should encourage a diversity of viewpoints, appreciate all sides of a conflict, and have the courage to engage in serious self-criticism, not simply assume that what the authorities are saying is true.

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Lie of the Land: Are Liberals Good for BC Economy?

Why the BC Liberal economic record is actually worse than the NDP’s in 90’s

by Damien Gillis - Common Sense Canadian

May 5, 2017

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet every day on social media, I run across a familiar refrain:

“Better than going back to the NDP’s lost decade.”

Clearly, that narrative is so deeply embedded that it threatens to keep the NDP out of government yet again. But memory, science now teaches us, is unreliable.

It can play tricks on us. In order to make an informed decision on May 9, voters need to know the hard facts about BC’s economic history – a straight up comparison between the two credible options in this election.


Courtesy of Norm Farrell/In-sights

A serious examination of the best available data on key metrics reveals that British Columbians have far more to fear from another four years of the Christy Clark Liberals running our economy than they do taking a chance on John Horgan and the NDP.


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Rise of the Algorithms: New York Times Welcomes New Internet News Overlords

NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

May 2, 2017

Just days after sporting First Amendment pins at the White House Correspondents Dinner – to celebrate freedom of the press – the mainstream U.S. media is back to celebrating a very different idea: how to use algorithms to purge the Internet of what is deemed “fake news,” i.e. what the mainstream judges to be “misinformation.”

The New York Times, one of the top promoters of this new Orwellian model for censorship, devoted two-thirds of a page in its Tuesday editions to a laudatory piece about high-tech entrepreneurs refining artificial intelligence that can hunt down and eradicate supposedly “fake news.”

New York Times building in New York City. 
(Photo from Wikipedia)

To justify this draconian strategy, the Times cited only a “fake news” report claiming that the French establishment’s preferred presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron had received funding from Saudi Arabia, a bogus story published by a Web site that mimicked the appearance of the newspaper Le Soir and was traced back to a Delaware phone number.

Yet, while such intentionally fabricated articles as well as baseless conspiracy theories are a bane of the Internet – and do deserve hearty condemnation – the Times gives no thought to the potential downside of having a select group of mainstream journalistic entities feeding their judgment about what is true and what is not into some algorithms that would then scrub the Internet of contrary items.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jamie Swift, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Janine Bandcroft May 3rd, 2017

This Week on GR

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

May 3, 2017

Irregardless of the fireworks and red serge cavalry, the story of Canada's creation is a total yawner. The essence of this year's, and every July 1st, celebration is the marking of the day a foreign queen in a faraway capital signed into law the articles of our Confederation.

No "Into the breach, boys" heroics, or tales of gallantry done to share with grandchildren yet unborn; merely a mannered, polite ceremony, presumably with tea and cut sandwiches to follow; and Bob's your uncle.

For nearly all of our 150 years that's been good enough. Some of us even take a measure of pride our beginnings are a genteel, dare we say more civilized, affair than that of our flamboyant cousins south.

Listen. Hear.


But, in this new and bloodied century, where the prosecution of warmaking is more perpetual profession than momentous event, circumscribed by neither remorse nor temporality, the warrior ethos requires vigorous reaffirmation, and there our placid foundational trumpet is wanting steel.

Happily, as it happens, Canada's 2017 sesquicentennial coincides with the hundred year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Just the blood and guts grist needed to render from the horror and gore of trench warfare a narrative of glory and progress for an overly effete nation; or so our marshal myth-makers would have it. But are Canadians ready to accept militarism as national mantle?

Jamie Swift is an award-winning journalist, activist, educator, and author whose body of work is focused largely on issues of social justice, economy, environment, globalization, and politics. Among his other book titles, he co-authored, with Ian McKay, 'Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety' and teamed up again with McKay for the recently released, 'The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War'. The Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Public Service Journalism awardee is also the keynote speaker for the inaugural, 'Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit', to be held here at the University of Victoria May 12-13.

Jamie Swift in the first half.

And; with less than a week before the provincial poll, which issues are you focused on? Though it's difficult to narrow down to just a few the missteps of the current government, there is a single exemplar of all that is wrong with the BCLiberals, regardless of your political bent. Whether fiscal conservative, Libertarian, enviro, anarcho-communist, social democrat, political agnostic, or miscellaneous the Site C Dam project has something to outrage you. And, the folks at Just the Dam Facts argue, there's a lot more than just one disastrous thing about this white elephant everyone can oppose.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander is with Just the Dam Facts, and she joins us in the second segment.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster, 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 planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Jamie Swift and The Vimy Trap, a ridge too far.


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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/


G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.


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Think War Think Tank: Canadian Global Affairs Institute's Militarist Agenda

Canadian Global Affairs Institute: A Think Tank Driving Militarist Foreign Policy

by Yves Engler - Dissident Voice

April 29th, 2017

A registered “charity” with buckets of donations from arms manufacturers and other corporate sources is aggressively trying to push Canadian foreign policy further towards militarism and the use of violence.

And the right wing Canadian Global Affairs Institute seems to be growing in influence, or at least media prominence.

Since last month’s federal budget senior CGAI analyst David Perry has been quoted throughout the media arguing for increased military spending.


I’m stunned this budget is actually taking money away from the military and pretending to give it back several decades in the future,” Perry told CBC.


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