- Created on Sunday, 08 June 2014 15:37
- Written by Chris Cook
Mega-projects loom over the lands and waters like great circling carrion birds, their shadows a chilling reminder of the destructive potential of the political process. Meanwhile, a doggedly uncertain economic environment is exerting pressure on BC to ditch its promises to curb carbon emissions policies, climate change or no, and make of the province a fossil fuel super highway, providing transit to the sea for Tar Sands bitumen, and building of our bays and inlets port facilities for massive coal exports to Asia. Then of course, there's fracking.
But, how did it all happen; how did one of British Columbia's most unpopular governments ever, with the mere application of a newly lipsticked leader, manage to snatch Victoria from the jaws of Adrian Dix and the NDP?
Walt McGinnis in the first half.
And; this Friday, June 13th, David Ellis will present evidence of an imminent rupture in the Trans Mountain pipeline to Hope RCMP, and request the force, as per their duty to public safety, order the pipeline shutdown between Portia and Hope, BC. Ellis, a retired scientist who specialized in Natural Resource Management and was key author on the seminal report, 'Net Loss' for the David Suzuki Foundation says the current state of the six decades-old pipeline promises a spill he believes will destroy the Fraser River salmon run. Ellis' past experience in British Columbia include work as an Independent Fisheries Consultant, Commercial Fisherman, a stint with B.C. Forest Service as a Forestry Assistant, and as an Ethnographic Researcher in Skidegate and Victoria.
David Ellis and helping "police" the Trans Mountain Pipeline's inevitable crime against nature on the Fraser in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city's streets and beyond. But first, Walt McGinnis and 'Was the 2013 Election in British Columbia Rigged?'
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/
- Created on Saturday, 07 June 2014 09:17
- Written by James Petras
On May 2014 President Obama delivered the commencement address to the graduates of United States Military Academy at West Point. Beyond the easy banter and eulogy to past and present war heroes, Obama outlined a vision of past military successes and present policies, based on a profoundly misleading diagnosis of the current global position of the United States.
The speech’s glaring failure to acknowledge the millions of civilian killed by US military interventions stands out. He glosses over the growth of NSA, the global police state apparatus. He presents a grossly inflated account of the US role in the world economy.
Worst of all he outlines an extremely dangerous policy of confrontation with rising military and economic powers, in particular Russia and China.
- Created on Saturday, 07 June 2014 09:09
- Written by Andre Vltchek
It is not prudent and it is not safe to stick an iron rod into a dragon’s mouth. Whatever they say in the West about dragons… but here in Asia, the dragon is revered as the greatest fabled creature on Earth and in the sky. The dragon is wise and patient, and it hardly ever uses force first. But if treated with disrespect and aggression, it is capable of retaliating in a deadly, determined and powerful way.
- Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 16:25
- Written by Zig Zag
The four residents of the house, and one guest, were removed one by one by police aiming pistols at them. One person inside the house looked out their bedroom window and saw a cop pointing his pistol at him.
The house targeted by the raid is comprised of radicals involved in Indigenous resistance as well as anarchist projects in the city (including myself, the editor of the Warrior Publications wordpress site).
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- Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 16:53
- Written by Creative Commons
The monarch butterflies' numbers have been plummeting in recent years, and a new study has pointed to the likely main culprit: loss of its summer habitat as a result of genetically modified crops.
A monarch sits on milkweed. (Photo: George Bott/cc/flickr)
The findings from researchers with the University of Guelph were published Wednesday in the Journal of Animal Ecology.
A report issued earlier this year from the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas pointed to three main factors threatening the pollinators: deforestation and forest degradation in monarch reserves that serve as their winter habitat in Mexico, habitat loss due to land use changes and the loss of its larval food plant—milkweed—as a result of the widespread use of the herbicide glyphosate, and weather extremes.
The new study, however, puts the main cause of the crisis squarely on its summer habitat loss in the United States.
- Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 16:37
- Written by Tom Engelhardt
Since September 11, 2001, Washington’s policies in the Middle East have proven a grim imperial comedy of errors and increasingly a spectacle of how a superpower is sidelined. In this drama, barely noticed by the American media, Uncle Sam’s keystone ally in the Arab world, Egypt, like Saudi Arabia, has largely turned its back on the Obama administration. As with so many of America’s former client states across the aptly named “arc of instability,” Egypt has undergone a tumultuous journey -- from autocracy to democracy to a regurgitated form of military rule and repression, making its ally of four decades appear clueless.
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- Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 22:04
- Written by Chris Floyd
India is now in the hands of Narendra Modi — a lifelong member of an unabashedly neofascist paramilitary group. His chief claim to fame is presiding over the wanton slaughter of more than 2,000 Muslims as a provincial chief minister — and getting away with it. A staunch neoliberal as well as a neofascist, he is preparing to unleash the by-now standard “shock doctrine” tactics of the pernicious neoliberal cult on the whole country: unrestricted corporate rapine aided by a heavy-handed, all-surveilling militarist state, waging war on the poor — and the very notion of a common good.
- Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:55
- Written by Peter Lee
This video is very, very hard to watch. But I think it should be watched, and remembered.
It's the immediate aftermath of the June 2 attack on the regional administrative building in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, which was serving as the HQ for the anti-Kyiv apparatus in the town.
Eight civilians died in the attack. Alec Luhn, who writes for the Guardian, went to the site and says the markings on the ground are consistent with a strafing run.
The Kyiv government had announced it was flying Su-25 fighters over Lugansk, and one was seen making a pass over the administrative building just before the attack.
The Kyiv government tried to explain away the massacre as a rebel friendly fire incident, with a separatist's surface to air missile accidentally homing in on the heat signature from an air conditioner on the building as he tried to take down the jet.
Bullshit, probably. The CCTV video from across the park shows whatever ordnance was used first hitting the ground about 100 meters left of the building; then there's a trail of smoke through the trees to the front door.
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