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Vancouver: Unist'ot'en Solidarity Rally, THIS Thursday July 30th

Unist'ot'en Solidarity Rally, THIS Thursday July 30th
by Rising Tide Vancouver
Dear comrades, Rising Tide is supporting the event below, being organizing by an ad-hoc ground of Unist'ot'en supporters.

As the RCMP and Industry escalate, we need to show that those re-occupying their territory up North are not alone! Please forward, share on facebook, tweet this out!

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BC's Pipe Dreams and a Reality Disjuncture

Intellectual Disjuncture
by Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice

July 27th, 2015

British Columbia,”1 a province wrought through the genocide of First Nations2 and theft of their territory has been beset with several forest fires this summer that has at times choked urban centers with ash and particulate.
 
Christy Clark, the premier of British Columbia, has blamed climate change for the great burn. “Climate change has altered the terrain. It’s made us much more vulnerable to fire,” said Clark.
 
Clark noted the financial impact of such climate change — the province was $100 million over budget on fire fighting.
 

A "Mass Slaughter of Civilians" in Yemen

US-backed Saudi strikes in Yemen kill 120 civilians
by Thomas Gaist - WSWS

27 July 2015
 
Saudi war planes killed at least 120 civilians in a series of airstrikes in the city of Taiz late Friday night. The strikes destroyed buildings that were serving as workers’ quarters as well as a nearby agricultural facility.
 
The attack was only the latest instance of mass killing of civilians in the bombing campaign waged by the Saudi-led, US-backed coalition that began in March.
 
Despite claims from Riyadh that such events are accidental, a growing body of evidence shows that the Saudi air campaign is systematically targeting civilian areas. The war is aimed at terrorizing the Yemeni masses into opposing the Houthi takeover and acceding to the restoration of US-Saudi control over the country through the re-imposition of the puppet government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
 
The mass slaughter of civilians has become “the new trend now of the air strikes from the coalition,” a representative from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) told the Associated Press.
 
“It’s a house, it’s a market, it’s anything,” the MSF representative said, referring to the direct targeting of civilian areas by the Arab coalition.
 

Israel's Neo-Con Reunionists Rattle Congressional Cage to Stop Iran Nuke Deal

Israel Clears the Bench in Iran Fight
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, acting like the coach of a football team, instructed congressional Republicans to “leave everything on the field” in the fight to defeat the international agreement with Iran over its nuclear energy program, a sign of how openly Israel now feels it controls the GOP.
 
Israel wants the Iran deal killed so it can keep open options for bombing Iran and imposing “regime change.” And, immediately after Dermer’s locker-room-style pep talk, Republican members of Congress began falling into line, lashing out at Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior officials who negotiated the agreement reached earlier this month between six world powers and Iran.
 
House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would “do everything possible to stop” the deal. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told Kerry that he’d been “fleeced.” Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for president, said the next president – presumably meaning himself if he’s successful – could overturn the deal because it’s not a binding treaty.
 

Barbarians and Apes - Galeano Remembers Humankind

God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke? Barbarians and Apes -- from the Opium Wars to the Origin of the Species
by Eduardo Galeano - TomDispatch

  Origin of Freedom of Oppression

Opium was outlawed in China.
 
British merchants smuggled it in from India. Their diligent efforts led to a surge in the number of Chinese dependent on the mother of heroin and morphine, who charmed them with false happiness and ruined their lives. 

The smugglers were fed up with the hindrances they faced at the hands of Chinese authorities. Developing the market required free trade, and free trade demanded war. 

William Jardine, a generous sort, was the most powerful of the drug traffickers and vice president of the Medical Missionary Society, which offered treatment to the victims of the opium he sold.
 
In London, Jardine hired a few influential writers and journalists, including best-selling author Samuel Warren, to create a favorable environment for war. These communications professionals ran the cause of freedom high up the flagpole. Freedom of expression at the service of free trade:
 
pamphlets and articles rained down upon British public opinion, exalting the sacrifice of the honest citizens who challenged Chinese despotism, risking jail, torture, and death in that kingdom of cruelty.
 
The proper climate established, the storm was unleashed. The Opium War lasted, with a few interruptions, from 1839 to 1860. 
 

Greece: Tragedy, Farce, and Vassalage

Greece and the European Union: First as Tragedy, Second as Farce, Thirdly as Vassal State
by James Petras
The Greek people’s efforts to end the economic depression, recover their sovereignty and reverse the regressive socio-economic policies, which have drastically reduced living standards, have been thrice denied.
 
First, the denial came as tragedy: When the Greek majority elected Syriza to government and their debts increased, the economy plunged further into depression and unemployment and poverty soared. The Greek people voted for Syriza believing its promises of ‘a new course’.

Immediately following their victory, Syriza reneged on their promise to restore sovereignty – and end the subjugation of the Greek people to the economic dictates of overseas bankers, bureaucrats and political oligarchs. Instead Syriza kept Greece in the oligarchical imperialist bloc, portraying the European Union as an association of independent sovereign countries.

Utterly Right Harper: Canada's Existential Election

Harper is Finally Right: the Canadian Election is About Security Versus Risk
by Murray Dobbin  - CounterPunch

harper in cowboy hat thumbPowell River, British Columbia - Stephen Harper chose the Calgary Stampede Rodeo (now Rachel Notley country) to launch the theme of the now full-blown election campaign. Harper proclaimed he was confident that “…this October Canadians will choose security over risk.” Let’s hope so. The question is, of course, what kind of security and risk are we talking about?
 
Political language is never simple or straight forward. It is subject to sophisticated manipulation by professional word-smiths and public relations experts. The choice of what language to use is subject to hundreds of hours of deliberation and enormous resources because if you get it right, you usually win. If you get it wrong, well, it’s a lot harder. Getting it right means no-one even suspects you of manipulating them.
 
 

Saving the Orca: Can the "Killer Whale" Be Spared the "Killer Monkeys"?

Can We Still Save the Killer Whales?

by Chris Genovali - Raincoast Conservation Foundation


Southern resident killer whales (southern residents) feature prominently these days as their struggle for survival in the Salish Sea has become symbolic of the unsustainable nature of our economy, and often, our lifestyles.
 
The mounting ecological cost of unrestrained economic growth presents a stark choice about our future and that of the whales -- will future generations of children grow up with a healthy population of southern residents or will we only save memories of what once was?
 
Raincoast Conservation Foundation recently submitted 500 pages of scientific evidence for the federal review of Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion project.
 
Central to our evidence is a new analysis on the status and probable fate of southern residents.
 
Considering the declining quality of habitat in the Salish Sea -- a region facing increasing industrialization with proposals for oil, coal, and gas ports, and more container terminals -- our findings are offered with a sense of urgency.
 

Revenge of the Yankees: Viva Empire's Paraguay Strike Back!

They Say Paraguay is in Africa: Mosaic of Horror
by Andre Vlthek - CounterPunch
 
I have always liked this country of red earth, mighty rivers and rough cobblestone streets. I have liked its bougainvillea, its long silent nights, and its endless open spaces.
 
But almost everything that could went wrong for the Paraguayan people, or at least for its indigenous majority.

Before Evo Morales became the President, Bolivia had been the most destitute country in South America. Paraguay was slightly “above it” – the second poorest nation. Now, most likely, it is the most deprived.
 
Remembering the massacre of Indigenous people
 
 

Taking an Iranian Yes for An Answer: Can Nuclear Deal Broker Arab/Iranian Reconciliation?

A Chance for Arab-Iranian Reconciliation: An Opportunity in the Iran Nuclear Deal
by Ramzy Baroud - PalestineChronicle.com
The Americans have taken the Shia Muslim side in the Middle East’s sectarian war,” declared Robert Fisk in the “Independent” newspaper on July 15, a day after the US and five major world powers reached a landmark agreement with Iran about its nuclear programs.
 
Fisk’s proclamation is quite cursory. Aside from the fact that he is accepting the premise that the war in the Middle East is essentially sectarian, he implies that the Americans are purposely facilitating their policies based on sectarian agendas. They are not.
 
The fundamentals of American foreign policy approach have not changed. In the Middle East, it is governed by two overriding variables: one, economic – oil, gas, and strategic control and influence over countries that produce such essentials to the US and global economy – and Israel.
 

Messages from Centuries Past

Requiem for the Home Front: A Cheer for Irma the Caricaturist
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch

Engelhardt bonwitAlmost three quarters of a century ago, my mother placed a message in a bottle and tossed it out beyond the waves. It bobbed along through tides, storms, and squalls until just recently, almost four decades after her death, it washed ashore at my feet. I’m speaking metaphorically, of course.
 
Still, what happened, even stripped of the metaphors, does astonish me. So here, on the day after my 71st birthday, is a little story about a bottle, a message, time, war (American-style), my mom, and me.
 
Recently, based on a Google search, a woman emailed me at the website I run, TomDispatch, about a 1942 sketch by Irma Selz that she had purchased at an estate sale in Seattle. Did it, she wanted to know, have any value?
 
Now, Irma Selz was my mother and I answered that, to the best of my knowledge, the drawing she had purchased didn’t have much monetary value, but that in her moment in New York City -- we’re talking the 1940s -- my mom was a figure. She was known in the gossip columns of the time as “New York’s girl caricaturist.” Professionally, she kept her maiden name, Selz, not the most common gesture in that long-gone era and a world of cartoonists and illustrators that was stunningly male. 
 
 

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