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The lame duck economic summit: Bush brings the G-20 to Washington; but world leaders would rather talk to Obama
A who's who of world leaders representing the G-20 - the G-8 industrialized economies plus leading developing countries - descend on Washington this Saturday, invited by the Bush administration, to discuss what should, in theory, become the first step towards a Bretton Woods 2 agreement. The problem is these world leaders would rather be discussing policy with the US President-Elect, Barack Obama, who will dispatch two high-level emissaries to the summit.
The disparities among the players may be huge, but the global economy's profound crisis affects them all. Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington tells Pepe Escobar the summit will not accomplish much. He also forcefully criticizes the International Monetary Fund (IMF), mostly controlled by the US Treasury, as the coordinator of a huge transfer of wealth from developing to developed economies. Weisbrot argues that any new efforts towards a new global financial architecture would have to explore alternative solutions, and institutions.
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Systems Crash: Harper's "Conservatives" Flower too Late
by C. L. Cook
Opening ceremonies no less launched tonight's (N13) federal Conservative Convention in Winnipeg. The 'Underground Circus' opened, emulating the famous Cirque they twirled above a sea of beam-faced middle-right Canadians, followed by a bevy of vestal virgins, singing Christian pop. 'The Progeny' then led an amped version of O! Canada, their cherubic pubescent purity back-lit by a half-dozen massive video screens and enough red, white, and blue bunting to make it seem very nearly real.
Stephen Fletcher's call from a wheelchair for the populace to don shirts of the same colour tomorrow (N14) in a show of solidarity for "our troops" seemed too reminiscent of similar colour-coded political entities for comfort. Whether Stephen Fletcher meant the royal We when he claimed what is "Ours," or he actually believes each of us bears a share in the fate of Canada's forces fighting overseas is difficult to say. In the latter case: I'd like my share of Our troops to come home, straight away.
If some of you other Canadians who would like to see the same, perhaps pool your bits of soldiers with me, we could maybe then stitch together a bunch of whole soldiers to bring back to their families and friends. What about that?
But, the Man of the Hour isn't coming on stage tonight to make any such offer of reasoned retreat for the fodder at the front lines in Afghanistan.
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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
by Brave New Films
We have the chance to help President-elect Obama reclaim democracy and restore the rule of law in our country, which he can do on his first day in office. By shutting down the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison facility, Obama can take a major step toward redeeming our nation's moral leadership in the world. And by ending unconstitutional military commissions and banning torture, he can cut ties with the highly controversial Bush era of national security.
We must seize this critical moment to end the abuses that the Bush administration has perpetrated for the past eight years. That's why we partnered with the ACLU to bring to you our newest video.
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"WE'RE ONLY PRETENDING TO BOMB YOU MOHAWKS", SAY CANADA'S MILITARY
The Canadian military planted a little notice in that corporate mouthpiece, the "Belleville Intelligencer", on November 12th that they are going to do "battle simulation" at nearby Trenton Air Force Base from November 13 to 16. It's a 20-minute drive from the Tyendinaga Mohawk community.
"It's Just an Exercise" write the "Belleville Dummies". The Mohawks have ordered these aggressive thugs to back off Haudenosaunee air space!
Could this have anything to do with the Mohawks filing an injunction to stop the next attempt to deliver the "porta prison" some time this week? We were not consulted nor gave our consent according to the traditional decision-making system of our constitution, the Kaianerehkowa, Canadian and international laws.
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Toys in Nanaimo
by Dyane Brown
Stores selling toys in Nanaimo were recently checked out by members of the Nanaimo chapter of The Womenâ€™s International League for Peace and Freedom, (WILPF).
â€œWe wanted to find out who was selling war toys for children and who chose not to and what alternatives there wereâ€, said local member Dyane brown. â€œWe also wanted to express appreciation to the stores we found that chose creative, positive toys.â€
In contrast to the several large chain stores who simply told us they had no imput into what they sold. â€œIt is all decided at head office.â€ we found five local stores who offered delightful alternatives. We have made up certificates to present to those five stores.
The manager of Canadian Tire assured us that they continued their established policy of not carrying war toys. We had checked stores out three years ago and had been surprised and pleased at not finding any violent childrenâ€™s toys there. If they can do it, why not the others? Zellers, Sears and Toys R Us had a disappointing array of simulated weaponry for young children.
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Don't Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart: Why Americans Shouldn't Go Home
by Tom Engelhardt
On the day that Americans turned out in near record numbers to vote, a record was set halfway around the world. In Afghanistan, a U.S. Air Force strike wiped out about 40 people in a wedding party. This represented at least the sixth wedding party eradicated by American air power in Afghanistan and Iraq since December 2001.
American planes have, in fact, taken out two brides in the last seven months. And don't try to bury your dead or mark their deaths ceremonially either, because funerals have been hit as well. Mind you, those planes, which have conducted 31% more air strikes in Afghanistan in support of U.S. troops this year, and the missile-armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) now making almost daily strikes across the border in Pakistan, remain part of George W. Bush's Air Force, but only until January 21, 2009. Then, they -- and all the brides and grooms of Afghanistan and in the Pakistani borderlands who care to have something more than the smallest of private weddings -- officially become the property of President Barack Obama.
That's a sobering thought. He is, in fact, inheriting from the Bush administration a widening war in the region, as well as an exceedingly tenuous situation in devastated, still thoroughly factionalized, sectarian, and increasingly Iranian-influenced Iraq. There, the U.S. is, in actuality, increasingly friendless and ever less powerful. The last allies from the infamous "coalition of the willing" are now rushing for the door. The South Koreans, Hungarians, and Bulgarians -- I'll bet you didn't even know the latter two had a few troops left in Iraq -- are going home this year; the rump British force in the south will probably be out by next summer.
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Victoria Municipal Candidates Information
by Kristen Woodruff (Mayoral candidate)
Greetings; Just wanted to say that if the inspiration so moves you, I could use some help getting the word out about electionsvictoria.ca--the sight now features a video of a complete all-candidates' meeting. Any methods that you think of would be appreciated. I think the public is at a loss about who to vote for and seeing the footage of all the candidates in action would help.
So--if the inspiration so moves you, any basic signs or posters with electionsvictoria.ca would be good. Let anyone else know--a kind of massive public advertising event, using whatever means we are all individually inspired to use (keeping, as ever, within the bounds of what is legal).
Driving Mister Barack
by Mickey Z.
As you know, the Empire has selected a new emperor. The Mafia has chosen a new don. The corporation has hired a new CEO. Are you brimming with hope yet? Read onâ€¦ According to Reuters, (Nov. 11, 2008), President-Elect Barack Obama has urged President-Select George W. Bush to take â€œmeasures to help the ailing (automobile) industry on top of a $25 billion loan packaged approved in September.â€
I could easily discussâ€”yet againâ€”the unspoken reality that Americaâ€™s version of capitalism relies entirely on socialized costs and privatized profits and all those who righteously decry Big Government are choosing to ignore the massive state subsidies that created and maintain Corporate America and â€œour way of life.â€ But Earthâ€™s problems are far worse than state capitalism wearing a transparent free market mask. The auto industry Mister Barack and his merry band of Democratic comrades so desperately want to bailout and revive is and has been one the primary causes for our planetâ€™s environmental and social degradation.
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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, first-time Victoria mayoral candidate, Steve Filipovic and cleaning up this town with a progressive sweep; American political activist, David Swanson and the meaning behind an Obama presidency; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with culture and politics around the lower island.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
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Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Steve Filipovic, David Swanson, J9 Mon. Nov. 10, 2008
But when the country targeted is Syria, an Arab country, and the perpetrator is the US military, then, somehow things are not as appalling as they may seem.