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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Howard Zinn, Mordecai Briemberg, J9 Mon. April 14, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week on GR: Historian Howard Zinn and a People's History of American Empire; Vancouver-based peace and justice activist Mordecai Briemberg and facing down the corporate media Goliath; Janine Bandcroft brings up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. 
 
Listen hear. And hear
 
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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Listening to Men: Regardless of the Facts

Men Explain Things to Me: Facts Didn't Get in Their Way
by Rebecca Solnit
I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies.
 
The house was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets -- a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave, when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.


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Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love

The End of Osheroff’s Dance: Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love
by Robert Jensen
As Abe Osheroff’s body slowly began to betray him in his 80s and 90s, one of his favorite lines was, “I have one foot in the grave but the other keeps dancing.” That dance ended on Sunday, April 6, when the 92-year-old Osheroff died of a heart attack at his Seattle home.
 
Osheroff 1938 - fighting with Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Osheroff is remembered most for his rich life of political activism. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to streets all across the United States, he was a master strategist, energetic organizer, and courageous fighter. But when I think about a world without Abe, it’s Osheroff-the-philosopher I will miss the most.

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Seal Hunt: Farley Mowat Seized

Seal Defenders Attacked!
by SSCS
At 0700 Hours (PST) and 1100 Hours Atlantic time the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by officers from two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers the Des Groseilliers and the Sir Wifred Grenfell.

Captain Alex Cornelissen informed the boarders that the Farley Mowat is a Dutch registered ship in international waters and that Canada had no legal right to restrict the free passage of the vessel through international waters.
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Israel Meets Its Match?

Hizbullah: Has Israel Met Its Match?
by M. Shahid Alam
On January 31, 2008, when the Winograd Commission submitted its final report on the Second Lebanese War of July 2006, this was a first in Israeli history: a report on why the Israeli military had failed in a war.

The Winograd Commission offers a quite honest appraisal of some aspects of the July 2006 War.1 It acknowledges that it was “a serious missed opportunity.” Israel had “initiated a long war, which ended without its clear military victory (italics added).”
 
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The Dictator's Progress: "Worse than Saddam"

From One Dictator to the Next
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Many Iraqis have come to believe that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is just as much a dictator as Saddam Hussein was.

"Al-Maliki is a dictator who must be removed by all means," 35-year-old Abdul-Riza Hussein, a Mehdi Army member from Sadr City in Baghdad told IPS. "He is a worse dictator than Saddam; he has killed in less than two years more than Saddam killed in 10 years."
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Names Named: Following Back the Torture Trail to Its Authors

“History Will Not Judge This Kindly”
by Scott Horton
Gripping news: ABC News reports that the senior most advisors of President Bush, led by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, met in the White House repeatedly to discuss and approve specific torture tactics, including waterboarding and physical assault, as applied to particular prisoners.
 
 
 
 
Watch this report which resulted from a five month study by ABC News (and in connection with which I was interviewed):
 
 
 





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Living without Morality

The War of Words: Living without Morality – Profit not Peace
by William A. Cook
There exists in the great satirists – Swift, Voltaire, and Twain – a profound respect for the human’s ultimate weapon against mass stupidity, the human intellect. 
 
That stupidity is exemplified in allegiance and obeisance to organized religion, political parties, exclusive philosophies, the fanatical adherence to charismatic idiots, and to a blind belief in the equity of Capitalism as an economic panacea for the world’s ills. When one views our world today through the eyes of Swift or Voltaire or Twain, we cannot help but see whole societies kneeling before ministers, priests, rabbis, and imams reciting in unison beliefs determined by self-proclaimed prophets of their respective gods, shedding in the process their allegiance to their intellect, the font of reason that enables each of us to distinguish good from evil.
 
As it is with organized religion, so it is with political parties, neo-conservative philosophies, Islamic Jihad, and secular Zionism all of which drool with words without meaning – democracy, liberty, freedom, security, everlasting life, and peace – all made meaningless as they are made achievable through fear, the glue that solidifies countless minds  into mass stupidity.
   
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Iraq: Getting Half the Story

Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
by Ramzy Baroud
When it comes to Iraq, reporters appear intent on omitting or fabricating news. The latest battles in Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a vital oil seaport, furnished ample instances of misleading and manipulative practice in corporate journalism today.
 
One commonly used tactic is to describe events using self-styled or "official" terminology, which deliberately confuses the reader by giving no real indication or analysis of what is actually happening.
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British Columbia: Open Pit Mining Planned for Clayoquot Sound "Biosphere Reserve"

Wilderness Committee Predicts “Massive” fight over plans for open pit copper mine in Clayoquot Sound
by WCWC
The Wilderness Committee reacted to news reported today in the Globe and Mail that; 
“[T]he Ahousaht band of Clayoquot Sound has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based Selkirk Metals to test drill for copper on Catface Mountain, a principal landmark for the Tofino area.”


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Mexico: Journalist Killed, Family Wounded

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
by International Solidarity Network
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Article 19, and Reporters Without Borders condemn the murder of two community journalists in Mexico, and we demand:

Clarification of the events that occurred on April 8th of this year, on the highway to San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, where community journalists Teresa Bautista Merino y Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, were murdered. Both journalists worked with the radio station "The Voice That Breaks the Silence" (La Voz Que Rompe El Silencio).

Punishment of all those responsible for the murder of these journalists.

The guaranteed safety of the surviving victims, Faustino Vázquez Martínez, Cristina Martínez Flores and her two sons, who witnessed the events, as well as the guaranteed safety of everyone else working at the community radio station.

An end to the impunity that allows the ongoing repression, disappearances, and murders of journalists and mediamakers in general, and which makes Mexico the most dangerous country for journalists, in the Americas.


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