This Week on GR
ucked into the Northwest corner of the African continent, a desperate struggle for national recognition continues, largely overlooked by the outside world.
The people of the Western Sahara, the Saharawi, have suffered annexation, colonization, and occupation at the hands of a variety of malefactors, and their decades-long privation continues today.
As with other oppressed populations, the Saharawi have the misfortune of living on lands coveted by both their neighbours and marauding trans-national corporations, whose insatiable desire for mineral wealth has condemned the people to multi-generational exile.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation
, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women's rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria's Women in Black.
Terry is recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Western Sahara and will be presenting an illustrated talk relating her experiences at the Algerian refugee camps of the Saharawi.
'Beyond the Veil of Sand: The Life of the Saharawi People in Exile and Under Occupation' is this month's feature at Cafe Simpatico, taking place this Friday, April 25th at 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of the Fernwood community.
Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; Passover in Palestine means even less passing over Israeli checkpoints. The added restriction of the holidays means most to Gaza's captured population, dependent on the passage of goods and vital fuel supplies from Israel. With the hostile coup regime in Egypt tightening the Rafah crossing, and the tunnel economy in tatters, Gaza is more completely at the mercy of Israel than ever.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca
. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, 'Empire's Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.'
Jon Elmer and high holidays in the Holy Land in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood behind Western Sahara's Veil of Sand.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 21, 2014
Created on Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:33
Written by Press Release
Response to Anti-Cuba CBC Interview Regarding ZunZuneo Scandal
ear CBC and “Q”; I am writing to respond to Piya Chattopadhyay's interview on “Q” with Emily Parker, a recent foreign policy adviser to the US Department of State.
The interview was regarding the newly uncovered scandal of ZunZuneo, the US government's secret project to create a Twitter-like service in Cuba with the aim of provoking dissent and overthrowing the Cuban government.
The unconcealed attempt by both interviewer and interviewee to redirect all of the blame against the Cuban government skillfully managed to miss all of the facts of the case.
Was Ms. Parker really the most informed and objective opinion CBC and “Q” could find on this subject? Why not interview any of the 3 authors who wrote the extensively researched Associated Press article which broke the ZunZuneo story in the first place? Why interview a paid foreign policy adviser to the US government instead?
Given the massive bias, it's obvious why the most fundamental question regarding the ZunZuneo scandal was never asked or answered. What moral, legal, or political right does the US government have to fund secret programs with the specific aim of overthrowing another country's government?
It is also not surprising that the 53 year old US travel and trade blockade of Cuba was never mentioned either.
Created on Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:00
Written by Robert Parry
Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Imperative
by Robert Parry
- Consortium NewsA
fter the Feb. 22 coup in Ukraine – spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias – European and U.S. diplomats pushed for a quick formation of a new government out of fear that otherwise these far-right ultra-nationalists would be left in total control, one of those diplomats told me. "Bear hunter" New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof
The comment again underscores the inconvenient truth of what happened in Ukraine: neo-Nazis were at the forefront of the Kiev coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych, a reality that the U.S. government and news media have been relentlessly trying to cover up.
Although real-time reports from the scene in February chronicled armed and organized militias associated with the neo-Nazi Svoboda party and the Right Sektor attacking police with firebombs and light weapons, that information soon became a threat to the Western propaganda theme that Yanukovych fled simply because peaceful protesters occupied the Maidan square.
So, the more troubling history soon disappeared into the memory hole, dismissed as “Russian propaganda.” The focus of the biased U.S. news media is now on the anti-Kiev militants in the Russian-ethnic areas of eastern Ukraine who have rejected the authority of the coup regime and are insisting on regional autonomy.
Read more: The Neo-York Times' Nazi Fifth Column
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2014 14:25
Written by Chris Cook
Paper Kindling for War Propaganda: Using Jews to Ignite Ukraine
by C. L. Cook
- Pacific Free PressT
he newspaper clipping pinned to my wall bears the date: Friday, May 19, 2006. It's yellowed headline, in 20 point caps says: 'IRAN EYES BADGES FOR JEWS.' Though the version on my wall emanated from Canada's National Post newspaper, variations of the copy appeared across the country the same day, and indeed featured on Israel-friendly covers around the world.
Beneath the headline is a large, black and white photograph of a man and woman standing shoulder to shoulder in winter dress and looking directly into the camera. Behind them a snow-blown and deserted city street. The streetscape is generic; it could be any city in America, Europe, or almost anywhere, but the pale piece of cloth in the shape of the Star of David sewn over the heart on each of the pair's overcoats stamps indelibly the time.
The hatted man's expression is not blank, or impassive so much as fixedly determined to remain inscrutable. His moustache is trimmed, his scarf and coat expensive, but worn. The woman's hair is tied in a scarf, her coat second-hand and looking more like a man's, perhaps once belonging to the man she stands beside now. Her hands are in her pockets, her shoulders slightly stooped as if by the cold, her head tilting a little to the right, towards her partner in the picture. Her eyes betray a lively intelligence, her subtle, crooked smile a mischievous humour. Below the couple, the caption reads:
"A Jewish couple wear stars in the Budapest ghetto, 1944. The Nazis required the stars be worn to distinguish Jews from non-Semites. Now, the government of Iran is formulating a law to require non-Muslims to wear distinctive colours: yellow for Jews, red for Christians."
The article and its evocative accompanying photo were printed at the height of a concerted media campaign to expand America's wars in western Asia to Iran. The drum beat for that expansive carnage hasn't faltered so much as modulated in pitch ever since. That the article's main contention was false, proven a fabrication cut, as they say, from whole cloth, mattered little when revealed a couple days after the sensational "news" spread across media platforms around the globe. The news cycle just moved along.
Read more: Using Jews to Ignite Ukraine: Paper Kindling for War Propaganda
Created on Saturday, 19 April 2014 09:42
Written by Nicola Nasser
Havoc in the Kingdom
by Nicola Nasser
urvival is the key word to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to pre-empt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing internal demands for change.
The seventy-year old strategic oil for security US-Saudi alliance seemed about to crack on its 69th anniversary ahead of the summit meeting of US President Barak Obama and king Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in March.
With the US now committed to pivoting east and possibly on track to become an oil exporter by 2017, American and Saudi policies are no longer identical.