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US Bill Promises to Stoke Ukraine Conflict, Even As EU Moves to Deescalate

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?
Finian Cunningham - SCF
mccain-ukraine-rightistsIt’s long overdue but better late than never that Europe might just be back-pedalling on America’s aggressive agenda towards Russia. The business-like visit to Moscow this week by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggests that Europe can come to its senses to seek a diplomatic resolution of the escalating tensions over the Ukraine crisis – tensions that could spark a wider continental war, or worse.
 
Last week, swivelled-eyed Senator John McCain said: “We want to give the Ukrainians [sic] weapons to defend themselves as the Russians are dismembering their country.”
 
Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in which the pair stressed the need to find a political end to the violence in Ukraine. The German diplomat – the first high-level European envoy to Moscow in several months – also talked about normalising relations between his country and Russia and of finding a way to rescind the economic sanctions that Brussels has imposed on Moscow over recent months.
 
EU ministers in Brussels balked at imposing a fourth round of sanctions earlier this week, showing a growing division over the policy among European governments.
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Musk's Midas Touch Assures Sunshine for SolarCity

This Solar Company Keeps Reporting Losses But You May Want To Buy It Anyway
Inside Opportunities with Martin Tillier - OilPrice.com
We all know that logically we should assess the value and prospects of any stock based on the profitability and prospects of the company. That is investing 101, but sometimes other factors take over. In the case of SolarCity Corp (SCTY), buyers seem to be motivated by anything but profitability.

The company has never made a profit since the IPO nearly two years ago, but even so, despite losing a lot of ground since the high back in February, SCTY is trading at over five times what it was then. The gut reaction of any value investor when looking at the basic numbers would be to avoid, or even short, SCTY, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
 
The discrepancy comes from the fact that GAAP reporting doesn’t do justice to the company, as much of its business comes from leasing agreements. Revenues from those agreements will be counted over a number of years, around twenty in most contracts, while some of the expenses are accounted for immediately.
 
 Founding Brothers, Lyndon and Peter Rive

Neocons On the Job for Next US War(s)

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News
Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the
situation in Ukraine, on South Lawn of White House, 
July 29, 2014. (White House Photo - Lawrence Jackson) 

 A Washington Post editorial, for instance, took President Barack Obama to task on Wednesday for one of the few moments when he was making sense, when he answered “no” to whether he was “actively discussing ways to remove” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama added, “we are looking for a political solution eventually within Syria. … But we’re not even close to being at that stage yet.”

The question itself — from Kristen Welker of NBC News — would have been remarkable enough if you weren’t steeped in the arrogance of Official Washington where it’s common to engage in casual speculation about overthrowing another country’s government.
 

David Suzuki Arrested at Burnaby Mountain; Caretakers Vow to Reinforce Blockade

Despite RCMP arrests, opponents of Kinder Morgan remain steadfast in opposition to Kinder Morgan
by ForestEthics Advocacy
On Thursday 24 people were arrested on Burnaby Mountain by the RCMP, and Kinder Morgan moved in heavy equipment late at night to begin work after weeks of presence by caretakers opposed to their tar sands pipeline plans.

Burnaby residents, caretakers at Burnaby Mountain, and concerned groups say they remain undeterred in the face of these heavy-handed intimidation tactics.

Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet. Indigenous rights, climate change, and protection of the lands and waters against corporate greed remain key issues in the movement against tar sands expansion.

At least three of those arrested were held overnight and have their bail hearing this morning at BC Supreme Court. Arrests included Sut-lut, a Sḵwx̱ú7mesh elder who started the sacred fire onsite; Kaleb Morrison and Erin Flegg who have been at the site for months; Adam Gold, a named defendant in Kinder Morgan's injunction and civil law suit, and a tree sitter who has been camped out on top of the Borehole 2 drill site.

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NATO All In for All-Out War in Ukraine

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’
by James Petras
There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

The war over Ukraine will essentially run along the lines of a full-scale military offensive against the southeast Donbas region, targeting the breakaway ethnic Ukraine-Russian Peoples Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk, with the intention of deposing the democratically elected government, disarming the popular militias, killing the guerrilla resistance partisans and their mass base, dismantling the popular representative organizations and engaging in ethnic cleansing of millions of bilingual Ukraino-Russian citizens.

NATO’s forthcoming military seizure of the Donbas region is a continuation and extension of its original violent putsch in Kiev, which overthrew an elected Ukrainian government in February 2014.
 
The Kiev junta and its newly ‘elected’ client rulers, and its NATO sponsors are intent on a major purge to consolidate the puppet Poroshenko’s dictatorial rule. The recent NATO-sponsored elections excluded several major political parties that had traditionally supported the country’s large ethnic minority populations, and was boycotted in the Donbas region.

Police Crimes to Watch for in Ferguson

Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
by Bill Quigley - What Really Happened
When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights.

The Ferguson police have been on TV more than others so people can see how awful they have been acting. But their illegal police tactics are unfortunately quite commonly used by other law enforcement in big protests across the US.
 
The First Amendment to the US Constitution promises the government will not abridge freedom of speech or to prevent the right of the people to peaceably assemble or to petition to the government for the redress of grievances.
 
Here is what they are going to do, watch for each of these illegal actions when the crowds start to grow.
 

The Israelification of American Law Enforcement

US Police Visit Israel to Learn New Strategies
by TeleSur
Police officers from Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, which is one of the countries with the most militarized police corps, visited Israel, which has one of the most repressive security agencies, to learn “cutting-edge policing strategies and technologies.”
The public security officials attended the Third International Homeland Security Conference held last week in Tel Aviv.
 
The U.S. delegation was led by the Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who spoke at the conference, according to the Jewish United Fund (JUF), which sent the officials to Israel.
 
Several areas were addressed during the conference, including cybersecurity, emergency preparedness, counterterrorism and critical infrastructure, such as ports, airports, trains and pipelines.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Zoe Blunt, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft November 19th, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
Last week, the stand-off between locally concerned Burnaby Mountain residents and allied environmentalists opposed to the proposed TransMountain project, and Kinder Morgan, the company hoping to "twin" its Tar Sands interests by doubling down on pipelines, took another turn.

The BC government granted an injunction ordering those blockading surveyors, who hope to map a pipeline route through a conservation area on the mountain, to leave or face arrest.

Some have left, some say they will leave, and others are not prepared to bow out; while still others are organizing to reinforce the blockade.

Listen. Hear.

Zoe Blunt is a Victoria-area based environmental activist, organizer, and facilitator with Wildcoast and the Victoria Forest Action Network. She's a citizen journalist whose work has been instrumental in the implementation of myriad campaigns locally, and throughout the province, to protect B.C.'s wild lands, ensuring habitat viabililty and cultural continuity for the people and animals in it. Wildcoast sees Burnaby Mountain as vital in its attempts to forestall plans to make Vancouver a major trans-shipment hub for Tar Sands bitumen.
 
Zoe Blunt in the first half.
 
And; Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and social justice activist who has lived with and been a witness to the suffering and struggles of people brutalized by war and the business of greed from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, to Central America, Haiti and at home in the United States. Kelly is the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including: Three nominations for the Nobel Peace prize; the Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice; Oscar Romero Award; War Resisters League Peace Award; The Chomsky Award of the Justice Studies Association, and too many more to name. She's also been recognized by the US government, which has convicted and imprisoned her for steadfastly refusing to allow America's war-making go unchallenged.
 
Kathy Kelly is also co-founder of Voice in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has written too many essays and articles to relate, is co-author of the book, 'Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,' and authored the book, 'Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.'
 
Kathy Kelly, returned from Afghanistan again in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us some of the coming week's newz from our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Zoe Blunt and tellling it on the mountain.

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/

Canada Hands Diab Over to French Inquisitors

Kangaroo Court Justice for Hassan Diab
by Stephen Lendman - Dissident Voice
On November 13, 2008, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unjustly arrested Diab. In connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. A crime he had nothing to do with. At the time, France’s Le Figaro newspaper cited unnamed 2007 sources. Saying Diab led “the small commando team responsible for the attack…” Despite no verifiable evidence proving it.
 
In mid-November 2008, L’Express said French police, magistrates and intelligence officers were in Canada.
 
“(T)ry(ing) to arrange Mr. Diab’s extradition to France. The French warrant *(unjustly) accuse(d) him of making and planting the bomb.”

His lawyer, Rene Duval, said he had no involvement at all. “Most definitely he’s innocent,” he stressed. “He didn’t even set foot in France in 1980. At the time, he was studying sociology at the University of Lebanon.”
 
He was unjustly accused of “driv(ing) the motorbike that eventually exploded.” Killing three French men and an Israeli woman.
 

Extradited Canadian, Dr. Hassan Diab Detained "Mis en Examen"

Hassan Diab Held "Mis en Examen" 
by Hassan Diab Support Committee
17 November 2014 - Whisked away from Ottawa before dawn with no chance to say farewell to his pregnant wife and 2-year old daughter, extradited Canadian citizen, Dr. Hassan Diab, remains in detention in the Paris vicinity.

A French investigating magistrate placed Dr. Diab under investigation (mis en examen) upon Hassan's arrival in France. Dr. Diab can expect to be held in detention for nearly 2 years while waiting for the magistrate to decide whether to put him on trial.

Upon learning of the Canadian Supreme Court's decision not to hear Hassan's final appeal, Diab's lawyer Donald Bayne said,

"We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen."

After Berlin: Wall Down, Walls Up

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls
Berlin WallOn November 9, 2014, Germany and its Western Allies, celebrated the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ and the subsequent‘re-unification’of the ‘two Germanys’. Prime Minister Merkel described the ‘historic event’ as a “victory of freedom for all peoples in Europe and across the world.”

The entire Western media and officialdom echoed Merkel’s rhetoric, as 300,000 Germans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate hailed their leader as she spoke of ‘one people, one nation and one state in freedom, peace and prosperity…’

But Merkel’s discourse is a self-serving chauvinist fabrication which distorts the real consequences of a united Germany. Moreover, the Western celebration of ‘fallen walls’ is very selective.
 
The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.