This Week on GR
Last week, international sanctions against Iran's civilian nuclear program were finally dropped. Despite no evidence of nuclear weapons development, the embattled country's agreement to stringent International Atomic Energy Agency conditions allows it join - in a still limited way - the World economy.
It all goes a long way in ensuring the IAEA's mission of "Atoms for Peace." But, what about those other atoms in other countries that are clearly not devoted to peace? The United States of America, chief amongst Iran's prosecutors, is the planet's single-largest repository of veritable nuclear weaponry, yet it suffers no sanction, or onerous inspection requirements.
And why, a quarter century after the fall of its Cold War nemesis, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is America still pursuing a policy of nuclear weapons development anyway?
is a long-time staffer at Nukewatch, the Wisconsin-based nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, whose countless articles on the topic have appeared in Nukewatch's quarterly and at online sites like: New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal and at CounterPunch.org.
John LaForge in the first half.
And; President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Speech last week. It's the first step in America's transfer of power pageant, scheduled to culminate this time next year with the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, (or coronation of Donald Trump). From Honest Abe Lincoln, to Tricky Dick Nixon, the President IS for a time We the People; but how much real power does a president have in the modern context, and can that person's character exercise a moral authority potent enough to move America one way or the other?
's analyses of U.S. foreign policy and Latin America appear on his blog, Just the Facts, and across the internet at prominent news sites like: MintPress News, Counterpunch, Latino Rebels, Countercurrents, Global Research, Dissident Voice, and others. His recent update to the article, 'Jimmy Carter's Blood-Soaked Legacy' takes on the elder statesman's real role in a brutal period of American history, questioning both the notion of Carter as, and the practical possibility of, a "good" American president. Matte Peppe and Jimmy Carter, good president, or just another bad peanut? 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 good goings on going on in and around our streets, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, John LaForge and the Nuclear Heartland, an answer to "Where have all the missiles gone...?"
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. 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/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John LaForge, Matt Peppe, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 20th, 2016
Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:34
Written by Press Release
Rubber-stamp Kinder Morgan pipeline hearings begin despite public outcry
by Wilderness Committee
January 19, 2016 BURNABY, BC
he National Energy Board (NEB) begins hearings today as part of the federal review for the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, in the face of serious public concerns about the process and its lack of credibility.
In August, the Wilderness Committee joined 33 individuals and another organization to withdraw from the flawed federal review process, citing its various failures – such as limiting public participation and allowing proponents to withhold important information.
“It’s disheartening that we are going forward with the same old, broken process,” said Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner Peter McCartney.
“British Columbians were promised new hearings because we have no faith in the NEB to adequately assess the risks associated with this risky tar sands pipeline.”
The National Energy Board has been repeatedly criticized for its “biased” pipeline reviews, which do not allow for proponents like Kinder Morgan to be cross-examined and fail to consider the impact that tar sands pipelines will have on the climate.
Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 03:47
Written by Dave Lindorff
Rethinking Bernie Sanders: Attacking Wall Street and the Corrupt US Political System Makes Sanders a Genuine Revolutionary
by Dave Lindorff
- This Can't Be Happening
January 18, 2016
admit I’ve been slow to warm up to the idea of supporting Bernie Sanders.
Maybe it’s because I publicly backed Barack Obama in 2008 and quickly came to rue that decision after he took office.
But I have decided Bernie Sanders is different. It’s too facile to simply label him another “hope-and-change” Obama, or just another Bill Clinton liberal poseur, put in the Democratic race to lure left-leaning voters.
Bernie Sanders blasts Hillary Clinton during the
Jan. 17 debate for using the "Republican charge" of
lying that his Medicare for All plan would "dismantle"
Obamacare (Clinton and Republicans conveniently
forget to mention that while many would see their
taxes go up to fund universal healthcare, there would
be no more private insurance premiums, for either
individuals and families or employers).
When I wrote that I backed Obama, back in ’08, I said that it would be important for people on the left to stay organized and to press Obama, after election, to live up to his promises on health care reform, labor law reform and other issues. There will be no need to push Sanders on his issues if he wins.
Created on Monday, 18 January 2016 23:59
Written by Roger Annis
World’s Climate Threatened by Greed and Militarism, Official Canada Remains Part of the Problem, Not Solution
A leading columnist in Canada’s Globe and Mail daily newspaper known in the past to voice concern about the global warming emergency has penned two columns recently in support of Alberta tar sands pipelines, including praising the efforts of the premier of Alberta to sell the construction of these project to an increasingly sceptical and wary public in Canada.
Jeffrey Simpson has argued for years for a more rational capitalist approach to energy production in which some account would be made for the global warming emergency. He co-authored a book in 2007 with several climate scientists titled Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge. But his columns in the January 14 and 15 editions of the Globe reveal him as just a born again shill for the Alberta tar sands industry.
Simpson begins his Jan 14 column
(accessible online to Globe subscribers only) with, “Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, to her government’s great credit, has tried for the first time to outline a comprehensive and serious plan for the province to curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.”
Simpson is referring to Premier Notley’s fanfare announcement on November 22, 2015 purporting to be an energy “plan” with greenhouse gas reduction components.