This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
ast 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/
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 17:09
Written by Stephen Lendman
Kangaroo Court Justice for Hassan Diab
by Stephen Lendman
- Dissident Voice O
n 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.
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 11:01
Written by Press Release
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."
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 10:53
Written by James Petras
The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls
n 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.