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Dutch MH17 Investigation's Vague Assertions "Dangerous Propaganda"

Dangerous Rumour Mongering Surrounds MH17 Investigation as NATO War Games Barrel Ahead in Eastern Europe
by Roger Annis - New Cold

 Aug. 14, 2015

Could Be.’‘Might Be.’ ‘Can’t show or prove anything, but maybe.’
Is there any wonder that with such language coming lately from the “official” but secretive investigation of the July 17, 2014 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, there is little reason for confidence in a final report? And lots of reason for concern of what a flawed or reckless final report could spark?
On August 11, the Dutch Safety Board and the ‘Joint Investigation Team’ investigating the MH17 crash issued a speculative statement saying they have discovered pieces among the debris they collected from the fields in eastern Ukraine where the plane came down that “possibly originate” from a spent Buk missile.
MH17 debris and rescuers
They say they can’t be sure. “At present, the conclusion cannot be drawn that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17.” And they can’t show us anything. But they are making the statement anyway.

Awful White of Y'All: Colonial Seed Reaps Global Harvest of Humanitarian Crisis

The Refugees Are Coming!!!
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch

Vltchek - fainted-refugee-in-Kos-courtesy-photo-from-KosI don’t really know, I don’t understand how it feels: to live in a rich European country, which is rich mainly because it has been directly plundering many poor nations around the world. Or it has been plundering by association, through its membership in some extremist organization like NATO. To live there, refusing to acknowledge why it is rich, how it became rich.
Palaces, theatres, railroads, hospitals and parks in that rich country are built on broken skeletons and restless specters, on lakes of blood and shameless theft.
Then, when one looted country after another begins to sink, when there is nothing left there, when children begin dying from hunger and when men commence fighting each other over tiny boulders and dirty pieces of turf, pathetic boats, or dinghies, begin crossing the waterways, bringing half starved, half-mad refugees to the European sea-fronts decorated with marble.
What a horrifying sight! As if a woman, her hair waving in disarray, her lips broken, comes begging a man who raped her after killing her husband – begging for shelter and at least some work and piece of bread. She decided to abandon all her pride, because her children are sick and starving, because it is either this, or death.

Alberta's Disastrous Victory: Winning War on Wolves Risks Broader Ecosystem

Alberta Must Call a Truce in War on Wolves
Wolf Awarenes Inc 2Wolf Awareness has erected a double-sided billboard along Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer alerting visitors and residents to the province’s misguided war on grey wolves.

The billboard highlights the dire situation wolves are facing and heightens awareness about preserving this ecologically influential species as an important part of Alberta’s intact environments.

Grey wolves in Alberta are exposed to lethal threats from every angle, including aerial gunning from helicopters, choking neck snares, and poison-baits that lure wolves and many other species to excruciating deaths. Alberta’s liberal hunting and trapping regulations, as well as unregulated private bounties, assure that the devastation of wolf families occurs nearly year-round.

Under the pretext of protecting caribou in habitat that is 95 per cent disturbed by oil and gas development, more than 800 wolves in the Little Smoky area were strangled by snares, gunned down from helicopters, and poisoned with strychnine over seven years. Many biologists and wildlife experts consider these killing methods inhumane and unethical. Caribou are endangered not because of wolves, but because the province has knowingly allowed industry to destroy essential caribou habitat for decades.

No Paragon: Pentagon Defines Its Moral Parameters

Boyle: New Pentagon War Manual Reduces Us to "Level of Nazis"
by Sherwood Ross
The Pentagon's new Law of War Manual(LOWM) sanctioning nuclear attacks and the killing of civilians, "reads like it was written by Hitler's Ministry of War," says international law authority Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois at Champaign.

"Historically, this is a terrible development," he added in an exclusive interview with this reporter. "We are reducing ourselves to the level of the Nazis."

The grim, 1,165-page-long document, issued in June by the Defense Department's Office of the General Counsel, also sanctions the use of napalm, herbicides, depleted uranium, and drone missile strikes, among other barbarities.

Boyle points out the new manual is designed to supplant the 1956 U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 written by Richard Baxter, the world's leading authority on the Laws of War. Baxter was the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a Judge on the International Court of Justice. Boyle was his top student.

Rubbernecking the Endless Summer of Slaughter

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go? War, Sunny Side Up, and the Summer of Slaughter (Vietnam and Today)
by Tom Engelhardt  - TomDispatch

Engelhardt Shadow Government2Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I’m not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown fuzzy. It involves a broken-down TV, movies from my childhood, and a war that only seemed to come closer as time passed.
My best guess: it was the summer of 1969. I had dropped out of graduate school where I had been studying to become a China scholar and was then working as a “movement” printer -- that is, in a print shop that produced radical literature, strike posters, and other materials for activists. 
 It was, of course, “the Sixties,” though I didn’t know it then. Still, I had somehow been swept into a new world remarkably unrelated to my expected life trajectory -- and a large part of the reason for that was the Vietnam War.
Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t particularly early to protest it.

BC Hydro Damming the Peace, Damning the People, Land, and Animals

BC Hydro rushes to cut down eagles’ nests for Site C Dam, First Nations seek injunction
by Damien Gillis - Common Sense Canadian
Treaty 8 First Nations are seeking an injunction as BC Hydro rushes to cut down a number of Bald Eagles’ nests along the Peace River, starting next month, for Site C Dam.

The news came by way of a 30-day notice issued to Treaty 8 representatives on June 30 (read here).

Hydro received a package of permits from the BC Liberal government on July 7, authorizing a wide range of work on the controversial $9 Billion project – including one green-lighting the removal and destruction of eagles’ nests.
Yet, with the dam facing multiple ongoing legal challenges, opponents are questioning the rush to cut down trees on various Peace River islands housing the nests – especially given the proposed reservoir wouldn’t be flooded for years, nor meaningful work undertaken on the dam site any time soon.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ingmar Lee, Andrea Morison, Janine Bandcroft August 12, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

The oil spill disaster, when it comes, can't be ascribed to "the weather," "bad luck," or an "Act of God." Its absolutely predictable arrival is due to the system of moving oil and oil derivative products in and through BC waters currently in place.

That precarious fact was illustrated again on August 5th when a barge loaded with 60,000 litres of diesel and gasoline hit the rocks in Surge Narrows, just off Campbell River. The Coast Guard was able in this instance to "race to the scene" to extricate the floundered barge before the surge tide came, and avert certain disaster.

Kudos to the Coast Guard this time; but, can they be expected to pull it off every time?
Listen. Hear.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental defender, whose efforts to save the forests and watershed ecosystems of Vancouver Island stretch back more than decade.

Ingmar was among the few who took to the trees in the iconic Cathedral Grove, remaining for two years while the law, loggers, and MacMillan Bloedel threatened them every way they could. The fact the Grove remains is due in great part to he and his "outlaw" cohorts. Between campaigns like Cathedral Grove, fighting the destruction of the suburban forest to make way for highways in Langford, scaling the BC Legislature flag pole to garner press in opposition to the Enbridge pipeline scheme, and dismantling seismic explosives in the heart of Sandhill Crane nesting grounds, Ingmar earned a degree in environmental science from the University of Victoria.

Today, he's warning of the present and imminent dangers posed to coastal ecosystems by free-booting, regulation-evading oil transshipment companies, and the failure of government to perform its due diligence to protect the marine environment and the creatures dependent upon it.

Ingmar Lee in the first half.

And; last weekend, hundreds came out to the annual Paddle for the Peace demonstration of solidarity in opposition to the proposed Site-C Dam on the Peace River. Despite the widespread public opposition to the project in the Peace River Valley, logging crews got busy cutting down trees along the footprint of the proposed site. And, to add insult to injury, as CBC Radio reported Monday, local loggers were frozen out, forestry jobs instead being contracted to out-of-towners.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities Convention will debate at least one resolution dealing with Site-C and the freezing out of the BC Utilities Commission on the controversial project.

Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in that field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years; the last four years of which has been devoted to the PVEA's involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site-C

Andrea Morison testing the power of resistance to one mega-project too many on the Peace in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week on our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Ingmar Lee and running to ground an oil industry increasingly running aground.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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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Kerry and Saudi's Foisted on Failed Oil Glut Strategy

US's Saudi Oil Deal from Win-Win to Mega-Lose
by F. William Engdahl - NEO

Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry’s brilliant “win-win” proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of “oil shock in reverse.”

In 1986 it was successful in helping to break the back of a faltering Soviet Union highly dependent on dollar oil export revenues for maintaining its grip on power.

So, though it was not made public, Kerry and Abdullah agreed on September 11, 2014 that the Saudis would use their oil muscle to bring Putin’s Russia to their knees today.

It seemed brilliant at the time no doubt.


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Obama's Fight to Stop War in Iran Begins in Congress

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III 
by Bill Van Auken - WSWS

7 August 2015
In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, [August 5, 2015] US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to carry out a war against Iran that would have incalculable consequences.
Speaking on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Obama said that a scuttling of the nuclear deal with Iran that was announced last month would mean war with Iran—a country nearly four times as large and with almost triple the population of Iraq. He further suggested, harking back to World War II and the Cold War, that a war with Iran could open the door to a Third World War.
At this juncture, it is not at all clear how the vote in Congress on the nuclear accord negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany) and approved by the United Nations will go. Obama has announced that he will veto any measure that blocks the United States from implementing the agreement. Whether there are sufficient votes in both houses of Congress to assure the two-thirds majorities required to overturn a presidential veto is still undecided.
What is beyond dispute is that a large majority of the US Congress will vote for a policy that is predicated on a catastrophic escalation of American militarism.

Naming Spades: Can Francis Do For US What John Paul Did for Soviets?

A Plea to Pope Francis: Name United States Foreign Policy Genocide
by Brian Terrell  - VCNV
In recent weeks, I have been part of a haphazard and ad hoc process to compose an open Letter to Pope Francis in advance of his September, 2015 visit to the United States in September. The promotion of this letter has been taken up by Friends of Franz Jagerstatter, a community of peacemakers inspired by the Austrian Catholic farmer who was martyred for his refusal to fight in the German Army during World War II.
Pope Francis’ recent comments regarding war, the environment and economic justice inspire our letter, which cites segments of his new encyclical, Laudato Si. “War always does grave harm to the environment and to the cultural riches of peoples,” Pope Francis writes, “risks which are magnified when one considers nuclear arms and biological weapons.” In the light of this reality, our letter suggests that Pope Francis avail himself of the challenging opportunity to acknowledge that the United States is “the most prolific polluter and, not coincidentally, the greatest war maker on the globe.”
Encouraged by his naming the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks one hundred years ago “the first genocide of the 20th century,” our letter begs Pope Francis “to speak out just as clearly and (to) publicly denounce the terrorism and genocide that your host country, the United States, is even now inflicting on the Muslim and Christian Arab people of the Middle East and the people of Afghanistan,” and it states that “decades of aggression including sanctions, bombings, invasions, arming of insurgents, have left millions dead, many more millions displaced and homeless. Thousands have been imprisoned and tortured. Many lands are being made desolate and poisoned, and ancient communities are being devastated.”

Elusive 2°

The Strange and Elusive 2°C Target
by Ray Grigg - Shades of Green 

The agreed political consensus for keeping climate change within tolerable limits is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently so the average global temperature does not rise above 2°C. If we can achieve this emissions goal, so the thinking goes, all will be well. The issue, however, is more complicated than a simple number.
Strangely enough, the 2°C limit was initially proposed in 1975 by an economist, William Nordhaus. He considered it little more than “a first intuition”, a temperature rise that made him nervous because it was “outside the range of observations” describing “the last several hundred thousand years.”
The 2°C number was mentioned again in 1990 by the scientists of the Stockholm Environment Institute. In their climate report, they wrote of two levels of risk.

"Temperature increases beyond 1.0°C may elicit rapid, unpredictable, and non-linear responses that could lead to extensive ecosystem damage."

Their next highest level of risk was a less “safe” 2°C. But with global temperatures already up 0.85°C and with no hope of stopping at 1.0°C, the 2°C limit entered negotiations as a practical target. Simple to remember and politically comfortable, it was formally adopted in the UN's Copenhagen Agreement of 2009. Dr. John Holdren, a former Science and Technology assistant to US President Obama, described 2.0°C as “the best we can do, while being the worst we can tolerate.”

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