This Week on GR
That Stephen Harper's government wished to create a new order in Canada was clear from its earliest days, and from foreign policy and immigration, to environmental and labour policies, the country has changed. Now though, with the introduction of Bills C-51 and C-44, the prime minister is making much better his famous boast to make of this once familiar liberal democracy something "unrecognizable."
Just what the transformation could mean for Canadian life, should the Anti-Terrorism Act pass final reading and be enacted, has mobilized resistance across the country, uniting political polar opposites, even while making strange bedfellows of the Liberal and Conservative parties.
Carmen Cheung is Senior Counsel at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association
, where she focuses on issues relating to national security and litigation matters for the Association. She's recently back from a leave, serving as acting Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she also taught international human rights advocacy and the law of armed conflict.
Carmen Cheung in the first half.
And; it's not just in Canada, Western Civilization as a whole is suffering a crisis of confidence. Where we once sang of our bravery and strength, today's rewritten national anthems could well mewl, beg, and plead for mercy and protection. It seems there's nothing for it now but to surrender our freedoms, the precious way of life George W. Bush so busily beavered to protect from the "evil-doers", and allow democracy die for fear it may be murdered. That is, if you believe what the government and their cohorts in captured media incessantly tell you.
Scott Horton is a practicing emerging markets lawyer, lecturer at Columbia Law School, National Magazine Award-winning columnist for his reporting on the law and national security issues, contributing editor to Harper's Magazine
, and author of the freshly-released book, 'Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare
.' A life-long human rights activist, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, and other activists caught in the former Soviet Union's legal system.
Scott Horton and the Free World enmeshed in the Emergency-Secrecy Cycle in the second half.
And; Victoria Street News publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some what's good to do in and around our town in the coming week, and beyond that too. But first, Carmen Cheung and Canada's C-51: A terrorism bill too far?
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
Created on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:00
Written by Kathy Kelly
Possibility of Escape
March 9, 2015
"That is also us, the possibility of us, if the wonderful accident of our birth had taken place elsewhere: you could be the refugee, I could be the torturer. To face that truth is also our burden. After all, each of us has been the bystander, the reasonable person who just happens not to hear, not to speak, not to see those people, the invisible ones, those who live on the other side of the border." - Karen Connelly, The Lizard Cage
It was a little over two weeks ago that Marlo entered Atwood Hall, here in Lexington federal prison. Nearly all the women here are nonviolent offenders. When I first saw Marlo, her eyes seemed glued to the tiled floors as she shuffled along hallways. I guessed her age to be 25 or so. A few days later, she came to a choir rehearsal. She was still shy, but she looked up and offered a quiet smile when she joined the soprano section. The next time our choir gathered, Marlo raised her hand before we ended our rehearsal.
"I got something to say," she said, as she stood. "When I first came here, I can tell all of you now, I was terrified. Just plain terrified. I have 70 months, and I felt so scared." The intake process for this, her introduction to the prison system, had badly frightened her, but before sundown that same day, a second intake process had occurred, with several inmates finding her, reassuring her, and getting her beyond that first panic.
Created on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 01:36
Written by Dave Lindorff
Hooting Yahoos on the Benches and a Racist Israeli Demagogue on the Podium: Reichstag on the Potomac or 'Planet of the Apes'?
Another such famous clip was the 1973 testimony of White House lawyer John Dean
 admitting to his knowledge of the criminal acts of President Nixon and his key advisors in the so-called Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s impeachment and resignation from office.
A third unforgettable clip shows when Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), in a packed Senate hearing room, read out the text of the Pentagon Papers
, which the Nixon administration was trying to get a federal court block the New York Times from publishing.
Created on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 01:25
Written by Finian Cunningham
Berlin Rumbles Washington’s Hidden War AgendaFinian Cunningham - SCF
ashington’s reckless attempts to scuttle the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine are unnerving Germany. The German government feels, with good reason, that the Americans are trying to undermine its recent efforts to mediate a political solution to the nearly year-old conflict, which has caused at least 6,000 deaths and up to one million refugees.
Not only that but the violence between the ultranationalist regime in Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in the east is threatening to spillover into a wider war that could involve Russia and the rest of Europe.
According to a report this past week in Der Spiegel, Berlin is increasingly alarmed at continuing bellicose statements by American supreme commander of NATO, General Philip Breedlove. The German publication notes that "hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin’s [diplomatic] approach" over the Ukraine conflict.
Created on Monday, 09 March 2015 03:32
Written by James Petras
Netanyahu: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered: The Power of Israel over the United States
ow is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?
What significance does Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress have, beyond the fact that he uses it as a platform to attack the elected President of the US, to denounce US peace negotiations and to demand that Congress adopt policies designed to precipitate a war with Iran?
Read more: What's Behind Israel's Power over America?
There have been times when history has played tricks with man and...has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness. - Rabindranath Tagore(on Benito Mussolini)