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Island Enviro. Activist Lee to Tour Europe

Island Enviro. Activist Lee to Tour Europe
by Ingmar Lee
Hi All; I am headed back to Europe on November 12th for my second tour, to speak about logging in British Columbia. In 2003, I delivered 20 lectures at universities, schools and at a variety of environmental organizations across Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
I spoke to the issue of the voracious industrial logging destruction of Vancouver Island forests. In 2003 I focused primarily on efforts to protect one of the final intact watersheds in the remotest corner of the island at East Creek, at the foot of the north Brooks peninsula. Since then the East Creek watershed, has been destroyed by logging.

Only 12% of Vancouver Island is protected in parks, of which 6% is above the tree line, -rock and ice. Virtually everything wild outside those bounds has been exterminated; converted to a monotony of tree farms. In contrast to the relative indifference that Canadians seem to have for their forests, I've found that many Europeans, -Europe buys a lot of BC forest products-, care deeply about what goes on in these woods. Now I've been invited to return to Europe to give them an update.
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Finance and Militarism

Democracy and Militarism
Howard Zinn: The financial and war crisis have created an opportunity for real change Pt5/5

In the final segment of our interview with Howard Zinn we explore the idea of the United States as a source of freedom and democracy in the world. Prof. Zinn outlines the long history in the US of linking military pursuits with the cause of freedom and democracy, a marriage which Prof. Zinn believes is still used due to inappropriate historical education.
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Forestlands or Subdivisions? Discussion and Tour

Forestlands or Subdivisions? Discussion and Tour
by Zoe Blunt
Sunday, Nov. 2, starting at 1 pm
Join the discussion at Shirley Community Hall West Coast Road at Sheringham Point Road, Shirley (21 km west of Sooke on Hwy 14, Vancouver Island). Take the tour of Sandcut Beach starting at 2 pm, 10 km west of Shirley. RSVP – rides available!

The private subdivision plans for the forestlands near Jordan River are now public. Now is the time for everyone concerned to take a closer look at these threatened coastal forests and efforts to protect them.
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Vancouver Island's Watersheds Need Protection from Private Owners

Watersheds Need Protection from Private Owners
by Richard Boyce
On a recent walk around Labour Day Lake, I was enchanted by the mycrological world that erupts with the return of the rains. I spent the entire day examining mushrooms with a wide range of colours: bright yellow, orange, red, dull purple, green, white, and every variation of brown. Some were so tiny they made the evergreen needles look big, while others were the size of soccer balls. They grew on rotting logs, amongst the evergreen needles, and high up on dying trees. Some looked extremely delicate and others hard shelled.

I particularly enjoy hiking at this time of year because of the profusion of life that comes out of death. Decaying wood and the thick layers of humus that have accumulated over the years, forming a rich forest floor, dotted with a diversity of mushrooms. I have only seen such an abundance of mushrooms in old growth forests where centuries of vegetable matter decaying into soil provides a lush environment for fungi.

Mushrooms that appear on a wide variety of surfaces in the forest are actually the fruiting bodies of fungi, which for the most part are hidden below the surface and can stretch out for great distances. They are an indication of a healthy and vibrant forest ecosystem. Water is purified through soil, which is stabilized by tree root systems, that live in a semiotic relationship with fungi.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Conn Hallinan, Andrew Nikiforuk, J9 Oct. 27, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, journalist Conn Hallinan on the Colombian government's open season on union and indigenous activists; Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk on Canada's environmental nightmare Tar Sands; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all the 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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How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America

The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse
Wars, bases, and money; the three are inextricably tied together.
In the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadis like bin Laden declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands.
Over the last seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
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Meet the Real Jews: Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth

Israeli Best-Seller Breaks National Taboo - Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth
by Jonathan Cook
No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.

Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago.
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Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast

Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast
by C.L. Cook
Marine scientists expressed concern for five missing orca whales, members of 'L Pod' usually observed in the waters off southern Vancouver Island.
The increasingly endangered mammal population is closely monitored by government agencies, and has provided a booming whale watching industry for Victoria and other towns along the Haro and Juan de Fuca Straits.

Five orca disappeared from 'L Pod' more than a month ago. Scientists say it's unusual for the closely knit "families" that hunt and live communally to separate like this, and they believe the whales may have starved.
This theory is consistent with reports of starvation among British Columbia's coastal bear populations, who depend on massive numbers of salmon returns to fatten for the winter.
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A Ruddy Shame Down Under

Mining Misery: Hope and Change Down Under
by Chris Floyd
A well-educated, highly intelligent and articulate young progressive candidate promising hope and change -- and a withdrawal of troops from Iraq -- ousts a long-entrenched, hidebound, deeply corrupt rightwing faction from power. Once in office, he makes a number of symbolic gestures -- signing the Kyoto treaty, offering apologies for past national abuses of minorities, appointing women to prominent posts, etc. -- while governing as a pragmatic centrist, a "Third Way" figure in the mold of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, combining a heavily pro-corporate agenda and a commitment to a strong military and "humanitarian intervention" abroad, while retaining his party's traditional rhetoric, and a few vestigial programs, on social justice and economic fair play.
Yet behind the fresh faces and the vigorous sweeping of new brooms, old evils and deep-delving corruptions keep churning on, abetted by the policies of the putative reformers.
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In Interesting Times

Economics 101 - Interesting times
by William Bowles
Being raised in a family of Reds has its pluses and its minuses, one of the minuses being a decidedly unworldly approach to economics. It was as if we already lived in a socialist world but of course nobody else did.
The upshot of this was a total incomprehension as to the value of money, and not merely the value but its importance.

This must sound strange coming from someone who professes to know the ‘answers’ to what ails us but then life is complicated, people are contradictory and we don’t always do what’s in our own best interests, besieged as we are by the forces of capital. For alongside this there is always the question of fear and insecurity about the future, about who we are and what we should be.
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Colombia: Rising Against Uribe

Colombia's indigenous protest against Uribe
Thousands gather for 62-mile march to demand justice and land


10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro Uribe's policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the government.
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