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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nedjo Rogers, Robert Parry, Janine Bandcroft October 22, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
Resistance takes many forms, and in the fight against the criminality and impunity enjoyed by Canadian-flagged mining corporations around the world a diversity of tactics is required. With that in mind, Victoria's Mining Justice Action Committee or MJAC is hosting Communities in Resistance and the Art of Solidarity Project, a visual arts exhibition and spoken word performance event presented this Friday at the Fernwood Community Association Theatre.
 
Nedjo Rogers is a playwright and performer, coordinator for the BC-Peru partnership project, (focused on the environmental impacts of Canadian mining) and member of MJAC. His mock epic verse play, The Trois-Rivières Tales featured in this year's Fringe Festival.
 
Nedjo Rogers in the first half.
 
And; the recent Hollywood release 'Kill the Messenger' has rekindled interest in investigative reporter, Gary Webb. Nearly twenty years ago, Webb's expose on CIA involvement in creating the 1980's crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles threatened a political firestorm.
 
Instead, the story was effectively extinguished by major media outlets who rather than expand on Webb's Dark Alliance series, chose to intimidate the publishers and challenge the reporter's credibility.
 
Robert Parry is an investigative reporter, author, editor, and co-founder of Consortium News.com, the internet's first news magazine website. Parry broke many stories from Latin America during the Dirty War years for Newsweek and the Associated Press, and followed those with revelations of the Iran-Contra scandal that contributed greatly to George H.W. Bush's single term presidency. Parry, along with Brian Barger, first exposed the Contra-cocaine scandal for the Associated Press in 1985, and recently wrote a piece about the Washington Post's attempts, in light no doubt of its unflattering portrayal in 'Kill the Messenger,' to smear again the late Gary Webb. The Post says Webb's story made "extraordinary claims [and] require extraordinary proof" not provided.

Robert Parry's book titles include: 'Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq,' 'Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush,' and his latest 'America's Stolen Narrative: From Washington and Madison, to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes, to Barack Obama'.

Robert Parry and the press sliming again Gary Webb in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things and otherwise going on on our streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week.
 
But first, Nedjo Rogers and the Arts of Resistance.

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.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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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The Orwellian Mr. Harper: From Israel to ISIS a Canada Fit for Fiction

From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy
by Murray Dobbin - Rabble.ca
It's getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the NDP and Liberal Party to oppose Stephen Harper's most recent ill-considered and cynical march to war with his decision to join the bombing of Iraq.

Harper's amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine consideration of the geopolitical situation or what role Canada might usefully play -- or even in what Canada's "interests" are.
 
So long as he is prime minister it will be the same: every calculation will be made with the single-minded goal of staying in power long enough to dismantle the post-war activist state.
 

A Golden Age for Spooks

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying: A TomDispatch Interview with Laura Poitras
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch
Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark.
For our own safety, of course. That goes without saying.
 
All of this offers a new definition of democracy in which we, the people, are to know only what the national security state cares to tell us. Under this system, ignorance is the necessary, legally enforced prerequisite for feeling protected. In this sense, it is telling that the only crime for which those inside the national security state can be held accountable in post-9/11 Washington is not potential perjury before Congress, or the destruction of evidence of a crime, or torture, or kidnapping, or assassination, or the deaths of prisoners in an extralegal prison system, but whistleblowing; that is, telling the American people something about what their government is actually doing. And that crime, and only that crime, has been prosecuted to the full extent of the law (and beyond) with a vigor unmatched in American history. To offer a single example, the only American to go to jail for the CIA’s Bush-era torture program was John Kiriakou, a CIA whistleblower who revealed the name of an agent involved in the program to a reporter.
 

Challenging Chevron and Canada's Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Canada should not impose additional hurdles for Indigenous peoples harmed by transnational corporations trying to access justice
by MiningWatch Canada
MiningWatch joins the case against Chevron's Ecuadorian operations, now before the Supreme Court of Canada. Not because we're now taking on Big Oil as well as Big Mining, but because it's an opportunity to dismantle some of the key principles of corporate impunity in Canada.
Ottawa/Toronto On Friday, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP), MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) and the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) filed their factum with the Supreme Court of Canada in Yaiguaje et al. v. Chevron. The joint interveners provided the Court with submissions on the proper interpretation of private international law and corporate law principles in light of the international law obligation to provide effective remedies for human rights violations.

The Lago Agrio litigation is a decades-long struggle between Chevron and Amazonian indigenous peoples from Ecuador who are seeking compensation for extensive pollution of the Amazon Rainforest between 1972 and 1990. In February 2011, after years of litigation in Ecuador, an Ecuadorian court found Chevron liable in the amount of US$18 billion. The award was subsequently reduced to $9.51 billion on appeal. This award is now final for the purposes of Ecuadorian law. Chevron has wound up all of its Ecuadorian operations such that the plaintiffs have not been able to collect.

In 2013, the plaintiffs filed a claim in Ontario seeking to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment against the assets of Chevron Corporation and Chevron Canada.
 

Drones Don't Kill: "My Grandson Didn't Murder Those Children!"

What Happens When You Talk With Americans About Drone Murders
by Joy First  - World Beyond War
Mount Horeb, Wisc. - Bonnie Block, Jim Murphy, Lars and Patty Prip, Mary Beth Schlagheck, and I were at Rest Area 10 along I- 90/94, about 5 miles south of Mauston, from 10:00 am – noon on Thursday October 9, 2014.
 
We had a model drone and a stack of flyers “6 Things You Should Know About Drones” to help us in reaching the public and so they can learn more about what is going on just up the road at Volk Field Air National Guard Base.

We were there in solidarity with others around the country as part of “Keep Space for Peace Week” and global days of actions against drones sponsored by Code Pink, Know Drones, and other groups.

Washington Post's Posthumous Second Slander of Gary Webb

WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. Leen insists that there is a journalism dictum that “an extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.”

But Leen must know that it is not true. Many extraordinary claims, such as assertions in 2002-03 that Iraq was hiding arsenals of WMDs, were published as flat-fact without “extraordinary proof” or any real evidence at all, including by Leen’s colleagues at the Washington Post.

Journalist Gary Webb
 
A different rule actually governs American journalism – that journalists need “extraordinary proof” if a story puts the U.S. government or an “ally” in a negative light but pretty much anything goes when criticizing an “enemy.”

If, for instance, the Post wanted to accuse the Syrian government of killing civilians with Sarin gas or blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot-down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, any scraps of proof – no matter how dubious – would be good enough (as was the actual case in 2013 and 2014, respectively).

However, if new evidence undercut those suspicions and shifted the blame to people on “the U.S. side” – say, the Syrian rebels and the Ukrainian government – then the standards of proof suddenly skyrocket beyond reach. So what you get is not “responsible” journalism – as Leen tries to suggest – but hypocrisy and propaganda. One set of rules for the goose and another set for the gander.
 

Now and Then: You Can't Believe a Word They Say

The Islamist State
by William BlumThe Anti-Empire Report #133
You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can’t believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it’s only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists?

Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can’t believe the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. You can’t even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

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Tripping the Chaos Switch: The Neocons that Remained

The Neocons — Masters of Chaos
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
nuland-ukraine-2-7-14If you’re nervously watching the stock market gyrations and worrying about your declining portfolio or pension fund, part of the blame should go to America’s neocons who continue to be masters of chaos, endangering the world’s economy by instigating geopolitical confrontations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Of course, there are other factors pushing Europe’s economy to the brink of a triple-dip recession and threatening to stop America’s fragile recovery, too. But the neocons’ “regime change” strategies, which have unleashed violence and confrontations across Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and most recently Ukraine, have added to the economic uncertainty.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian 
Affairs Victoria Nuland during a press conference at the 
U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 7, 2014. 
(U.S. State Department photo)

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Burnt Bridge Eviction: First Nations Give Mt. Polley Polluters the Boot

Warriors burn bridge, demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave territory
by  APTN National News
An Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.

Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner.


 
 
“Ts’ka7 Warriors burn down Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek Mine Bridge,” said the statement.
“With much discussion with Elders councils and around sacred fires and ceremonies, the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.”

APTN National News has independently confirmed the bridge burning, but the extent of the damage remains unclear.

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Same Game South Sudan: Regime Change

The US and Regime Change in South Sudan
by Thomas C. Mountain - CounterPunch
It is no longer a secret that the USA is attempting to carry out regime change in South Sudan. Why? It’s because South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is determined to continue supporting Chinese oil production in his country, China’s only majority owned energy project in Africa.
 
The USA managed to get the Chinese oil fields shut down a couple years back by promising to provide upwards of $200 million a month in “aid” during the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over pipeline transit fees if the oil fields were closed.
 
When the oil shipments were subsequently stopped and the aid money failed to materialize, President Kiir, to avoid complete bankruptcy, for his only independent income is from oil revenue, went hat in hand to Beijing and a $8 billion Chinese rescue package was the result. The Chinese oil fields reopened amidst the gnashing of teeth by Pax Americana and regime change became the USA’s solution to this vexation.
 

Junk In...America's Ghost Armies

Investing in Junk Armies: Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail
In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. 
 
To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and armed, discarded its weapons and equipment, cast its uniforms aside, and melted back into the populace. What this behavior couldn’t have made clearer was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation ($60 billion if you include other reconstruction costs), had failed miserably.
 
Though reasonable analyses of the factors behind that collapse exist, an investigation of why U.S. efforts to create a viable Iraqi army (and, by extension, viable security forces in Afghanistan) cratered so badly are lacking. To understand what really happened, a little history lesson is in order.