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Canadians Killed in Afghanistan: The Limits to Potential

The Limits to Potential
by C. L. Cook
I heard the news bulletin over the loudspeakers in the government liquor store today:
  • "Three Canadians killed in an ambush. Eight in the armoured vehicle. Five injured: One critical."
The three Canadian soldiers, from left, Pte. Chad Horn,
Cpl. Andrew Grenon, and Cpl. Mike Seggie, were killed in
southern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. (DND)

I wrote last week of three other Canadians cut down fighting the battle, waging this endless mission to defend Afghanistan against self-determination. Of one of the three killed today, the DND said he was a professional soldier, and at 21 possessed "unlimited potential."
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Ron Paul Says it's Time to End the Empire

Ron Paul Says: "It's time to end the empire."
by The Real News
Paul Jay interviews Ron Paul from the 'Rally for the Republic'.
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Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Fun Fair

Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Fun Fair
by The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Collective
No, organized anarchism is not an oxymoron!  And no, anarchism is not synonymous with chaos.  Rather, anarchists seek to organize in a federated, that is, non-hierarchical, system that allows for self-governance. 
The core values of mutual aid and autonomy dictate that each individual has the intrinsic right to exercise her or his own will, but that as a corporate body, individuals work to support each other.

As such, the local anarchists have been working hard all summer to bring together the Festival of Anarchy, September 7th through 12th, and the 3rd Annual Anarchist Bookfair, September 13th and 14th. The Festival is a week of events leading up the Bookfair.

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Leaning on Rove: Siegelman Still at Issue for Former Bush Brain

Reeling in Rove 
by Dana Siegelman
I was sitting on the floor of a radio studio in Denver, watching Air America host Thom Hartman interview David Sirota, syndicated journalist and author of The Uprising, while they talked about the presidential election and the politics to follow soon after. As David explained;
  • "It is up to the people to hold our leaders' feet to the fire; we cannot simply assume that they will take care of the issues that matter most to us."
This was my purpose in accompanying Dad to the Democratic National Convention.

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Camera Shy Republicans: Goodman and Producers Busts at RNC

Amy Goodman Arrested
by Democracy Now!
­Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here:

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.
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Big Easy to Big Empty

Big Easy to Big Empty: a film by Greg Palast
by The Real News
The untold story of the drowning of New Orleans.
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Arrests at Six Nations Kingspan Blockade

by Mohawk News Network
THIS IS A CALL FOR HELP.  three people are in jail.  Five more are surrounded by cops.  They need support and supplies. Take #403 to Brantford, exit at Oak Park Road, turn left at the T - Junction; take the first right onto Fen Ridge; the site is across from the Proctor & Gamble distribution facility.  

The OPP have created chaos at Six Nations - Again!  Suddenly yesterday, on Sunday August 31, 2008, reports starting coming to MNN about harassments and arrests.  Highway 6 was blocked.  People are being stopped from going to their homes in the Six Nation communities by the Caledonians and the OPP.  Everyone's worried because school starts tomorrow.  What's happening?
Call to help 519-717-7043; 519-717-7099

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Obama: Hope False and Otherwise

Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama
by Chris Hedges
Barack Obama’s health care plan coddles the corporations that profit from the misery and illnesses of tens of millions of Americans. The plan is naive, at best, and probably disingenuous when it insists that we can coax these corporations, which are listed on the stock exchange and exist to maximize profit, to transform themselves into social service agencies that will provide adequate health care for all Americans.
I wish we lived in such a rosy world. I know, and I suspect Obama knows, that we do not. 

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Gain on the Roundabouts Lose on the Swing Votes

What you Gain on the Roundabouts
you Lose on the Swing Votes
by Janine Bandcroft
Today's Times Colonialist newspaper has a front page story that mentions the Green Party favourably.  Will wonders never cease?

There's no denying it's a big story - the first Green MP.  But they sure didn't report the story the way I would have.  It's not that I have anything against the Green Party per se, or that I like to slam politicians (though they're often such easy targets).  Not at all --- I'm the first to celebrate anytime I hear about people working for something bigger than themselves, something beneficial to all life on earth, and the earth herself.

Can I tell you my version of the 'First Green MP' story?
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dr. Bob Bowman, Nat Smith, J9 Mon. Sept. 1, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Retired American fighter pilot, nuclear and rocket scientist, and patriot, Dr. Bob Bowman begging the question: "Can Canada escape U.S. takeover?" Dr. Bob Bowman and Canada going down the Armageddon road with America in the first segment; Nat Smith, organizer with Critical Resistance, an organization formed ten years ago this month to fight the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex; and, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with all the good goings on in and around Victoria in the coming week. 
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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Surging in Afghanistan: Too Much, Too Late?

Surging in Afghanistan: Too Much, Too Late?
by Ann Jones
Despite George W. Bush's claim that he's "truly not that concerned" about Osama bin Laden, the administration is erecting 10 "Wanted" billboards in Afghanistan, offering rewards of $25 million for bin Laden, $10 million for Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and $1 million for Adam Gadahn, an American member of Al Qaeda, now listed as a "top terrorist." That's 10 nice, big, literal signs that the administration is waking up, only seven years after 9/11 and the American "victory" that followed, to its "forgotten war."

When I wrote this piece for TomDispatch in February 2007, I'd been working intermittently since 2002 with women in Afghanistan -- women the Bush administration claimed to have "liberated" by that victory. In all those years, despite some dramatic changes on paper, the real lives of most Afghan women didn't change a bit, and many actually worsened thanks to the residual widespread infection of men's minds by germs of Taliban "thought." Today, Afghanistan is the only country in the world where women outdo men when it comes to suicide.

To transfer those changes from paper to the people, "victory" in Afghanistan should have been followed by the deployment of troops in sufficient numbers to ensure security. Securing the countryside might have enabled the Karzai government installed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to extend its authority while international humanitarian organizations helped Afghans rebuild their country. As everyone knows, of course, that's hardly what happened.

Now, a promised new American surge in Afghanistan threatens to be too much, too late. Bent on victory again, Americans are easily manipulated by false information to call in air strikes and wipe out whole villages -- men, women, and children -- even with no enemy in sight. (In 2007 alone, the U.S. dropped about a million pounds of bombs on the Afghan countryside.)
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