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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Loretta Napoleoni, Peter Liddell, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 10, 2014

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
 
It may be easier, even strangely reassuring, to think of ISIS, aka ISIL, or "Islamic State" as it prefers to be called, as just another in the long string of terrorist entities to have popped up over the last twenty years or so; but that would be a serious "misunderestimation" of what is currently going on in the former Iraq, Syria, and the Levant.

Or so economist, syndicated journalist, and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni warns. Napoleoni knows her terror, having first written in her book, 'Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks' about the financial infrastructure underpinning 20th Century social radical movements in Europe and the Middle East.

She followed Terror Incorporated with: 'Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation,' 'ROGUE ECONOMICS Capitalism’s New Reality,' 'TERRORISM AND THE ECONOMY: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World,' '10 YEARS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: A Timeline of Events from 2001, 'MAONOMICS: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do,' and her latest, 'The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East.'
 
 
 
Loretta Napoleoni in the first half.

And; tucked away on the edges of Saanich, above the hum of the Pat Bay Highway, is Haliburton Farm. The nine and a half acre organic community farm, sitting in the middle of a regular suburban neighbourhood has attracted attention from urban farmers the world over. Peter Liddell is one of the community volunteers sitting on Haliburton's board of directors, and he took me for a turn around the farm last week.

Peter Liddell and a unique farming model pioneered here in Saanich 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 up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our city in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Loretta Napoleoni and an Islamic Phoenix rising in the Middle East.

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/
 
 

A Cold War for Oil: Putting Putin in a Corner

Washington’s Frozen War Against Russia
by Diana Johnstone - CounterPunch
For over a year, the United States has played out a scenario designed to (1) reassert U.S. control over Europe by blocking E.U. trade with Russia, (2) bankrupt Russia, and (3) get rid of Vladimir Putin and replace him with an American puppet, like the late drunk, Boris Yeltsin.

The past few days have made crystal clear the perfidy of the economic side of this U.S. war against Russia.

It all began at the important high-level international meeting on Ukraine’s future held in Yalta in September 2013, where a major topic was the shale gas revolution which the United States hoped to use to weaken Russia. Former U.S. energy secretary Bill Richardson was there to make the pitch, applauded by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Washington hoped to use its fracking techniques to provide substitute sources for natural gas, driving Russia out of the market. This amounts to selling Europe a pig in a poke.

But this trick could not be accomplished by relying on the sacrosanct “market”, since fracking is more costly than Russian gas extraction.
 

Jefferson City Putting Drones on Trial

‘Drones on Trial’ at federal court in Jefferson City Dec. 10
by VCNV.org
On International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, two peace activists, charged with criminal trespass, will be tried in Jefferson City, Mo. The charge is based on an action at Whiteman Air Force Base last June 1st protesting U.S. use of weaponized drones which are remotely piloted from the base.

The trial testimony is expected to reflect a Nov. 24, 2014, report that for every intended target of a U.S. drone strike, 28 unidentified persons are also killed.

Drones change the nature of warfare, turning whole regions into battlefields where merely suspected militants, often uninvolved in combat, are identified and executed, without trial, from obscuring distances and with no chance to surrender.

The activists are Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and Georgia Walker, director of Journey to New Life, which helps former prisoners obtain jobs and housing in Kansas City, Mo.

Taking an Overview of 'Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe'

An Overview: Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe
by Jim Miles Foreign Policy Journal
Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in EuropeThe obvious objective of this book is “to identify patterns of Islamist radicalization and terrorism in Europe,” wherein radicalization is the “rejection of the key dimensions of modern democratic culture at the center of the European value system.” From those stated objectives, Eurojihad effectively covers a variety of subtopics in concise and well notated academic format.
 
The first chapter, the Introduction provides a strong precis of what is to be discussed. Following that is a basic technical demographic analysis of Europe’s Muslim Population. From there it begins to provide an analysis of the who, why, how manner of information: a discussion of Salafism and radical Islamic development and belief systems within Europe; the formation of the networks; the patterns of radicalization for recruitments; and the evolvement of these systems.
 
The work ends with a discussion of the European reaction to these elements, mainly from the British and German perspectives. The closing section on Key Judgments provides a brief summary and an extension of possible thought to how the U.S. could apply this information to confronting their own terrorist threats.
 
 

The Guantánamo Six Sent to Uruguay, and the Rest Who Remain

Who Are the Six Men Freed from Guantánamo and Given New Homes in Uruguay?
by Andy Worthington
Great news regarding Guantánamo, as yesterday the Pentagon announced that six men, long cleared for release from the prison — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — have been resettled in Uruguay as refugees.
 
Back in March, President José Mujica of Uruguay — a former political prisoner — announced that he had been approached by the Obama administration regarding the resettlement of Guantánamo prisoners and had offered new homes to a number of men, cleared for release from the prison in 2009 by President Obama’s high-level Guantánamo Review Task Force, who could not be safely repatriated.
 
In May, President Mujica’s offer was confirmed, as I explained in an article entitled, “Uruguay’s President Mujica Confirms Offer of New Home for Six Guantánamo Prisoners,” but the releases were then delayed. The Obama administration ran into problems with Congress after releasing five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the sole US prisoner of war in Afghanistan, and, according to various reports, defense secretary Chuck Hagel dragged his heels when it came to notifying Congress of any proposed releases, as required by law.
 
In addition President Mujica ran up against hostility from his political opponents — which was particularly difficult in an election year.
 
Now, however, the election is over, with victory going to Tabaré Vázquez, an ally of Mr. Mujica’s, and the delays attributed to Chuck Hagel have also been overcome. As the New York Times reported, “the deal was ready to go in March,” but “Mr. Hagel waited until July to notify Congress that he was approving” it. Then, in August, “when the United States sent a plane to Guantánamo to bring the men out, Mr. Mujica balked, preferring to avoid the media spectacle of their arrival in the middle of an election campaign to choose his successor.”
 

Manufacturing A New Red Menace to Facilitate German Continentalism

The Rise of German Imperialism and the Phony "Russian Threat"
by James Petras
The principle Nazi ideological prop that secured massive financial and political support from Germany’s leading industrialists was the Communist and Soviet threat. The main Nazi military drive, absorbing two-thirds of its best troops, was directed eastward at conquering and destroying Russia. The ‘Russian Threat’ justified Nazi Germany’s conquest and occupation of the Ukraine, the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Baltic states, with the aid of a substantial proportion of local Nazi collaborators.
 
After Germany’s defeat, division and disarmament, and with the extension of Soviet power, the US reinstated the Nazi industrial and banking giants, officials and intelligence operatives. At first they were engaged in rebuilding their domestic economy and consolidating political power, in collaboration with the US military occupation forces.
 
By the late 1960’s Germany regained economic primacy in Europe and was at the forefront of European ‘integration’, in association with France and England. It soon came to dominate the principle decision – making institutions of the European Union(EU).

The EU served as Germany’s instrument for conquest by stealth. Year by year, through ‘aid’ and low interest loans, the EU facilitated German capitalist’s market penetration and financial expansion,through out south and central Europe. Germany set the agenda for Western Europe, gaining economic dominance while benefiting from US subversion and encirclement of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Baltic and Balkan states.
 

An End to the Grand Jury

No More Grand Juries
by Dave Lindorff - CounterPunch
In case people didn’t get it earlier, it’s time to recognize that the ancient institution of the grand jury has outlived its usefulness, and should be eliminated, as its only real purpose today is to give prosecutors political cover and an added cudgel with which to intimidate witnesses.
 
Originally established back 1215 as part of the Magna Carta in England, the intent was to put some constraint on the ability of the king to prosecute opponents. In modern times, its use has been reduced, and in fact, throughout the world in countries where the justice system is based upon British Common Law, it has been eliminated — with the notable exception of the United States.
 
We should be asking why the US, where justice and the rule of law have been so exceptionally corrupted, perverted and and subverted in recent decades, with the virtual elimination of trial by jury in criminal cases, the undermining of habeas corpus, and the ubiquity of excessive bail, not to mention wide-spread racism in all phases of the legal process, from arrest and arraignment to jury selection and sentencing, is the US the lone major country still holding on to grand juries. (Hint: It can’t be for anything good.)
 

Poroshenko Welcomes Heavy Weapons Christmas for Ukraine

President Poroshenko Hosts Welcome Ceremony of New Heavy Weaponry for Ukraine Armed Forces
by NewColdWar.Org
The office of President Petro Poroshenko organized a ceremony yesterday, Dec. 6, in Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, to welcome the delivery of new tanks to the armed forces of Ukraine. The official announcement on the President’s website says the following models of tank were received: Т-64BМ ‘Bulat’, Т-64 BV, Т-72 B1, Т-72UA, Т-72A, BТR-3е and BТR-4е.

Other weapons received were 2C1 self-propelled artillery Mi-8 and Mi-2 2C1 helicopters.
 
Although at least one published report said these weapons were of “unknown” sources, possibly foreign, they were manufactured in Ukraine (Ukrainian news report). Certain parts may be of foreign manufacture. That said, Poroshenko told the ceremony that the government is pressing to receive weapons from its “partners”.
 
Poroshenko told a welcoming ceremony:
 
“We are providing the troops with new armored vehicles, precision anti-tank and counter-artillery weapons, and means of communication and protection. At the same time, we are holding negotiations with our partners on the procurement of modern weapons that are not produced in Ukraine.”
 
The official announcement of the ceremony said that the new weapons will “help Ukrainian warriors win and liberate the Ukrainian territories from the occupants.”
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Will Propaganda Triumph over Journalism? It Already Has

Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism
by John Pilger  - Consortium News
Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?
 
Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?
 
President Vladimir Putin delivers speech on
Ukraine crisis March 18, 2014.
(Russian government photo)
 
These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war – with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.
 

Big Apple Comes Out for Big Man: Dozens Arrested at NYC Garner Demonstration

Protests erupt over decision not to indict cop who killed Eric Garner
by a WSWS reporting team
 
5 December 2014
 
Eric Garneric garnerDemonstrations against police violence escalated for a second day Thursday, as thousands took to the streets, outraged that the state will not bring any charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who was videotaped violently choking Staten Islander Eric Garner to death.
 
The largest demonstrations were held in New York City, where an angry and diverse crowd of thousands filled public squares, marched through streets and crossed bridges. Police arrested dozens, as demonstrations continued late into the evening.
 
More than 200 protesters were arrested on Thursday night, following more than 80 arrests the night before. In Times Square on Thursday, police used ambulances to stop the flow of demonstrations, disperse and “kettle” protesters, then carry out mass arrests.
 
Protesters also marched in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Dallas and other major cities and at college campuses.
 
 

Chicken Hawks Rising: The Phoenix-like Return of the War Party

Party On! The War Party Ascendant
by Tom Engelhardt - TomDispatch
It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about writing his obituary. In terms of pure coverage, it may not have been Ferguson or the seven-foot deluge of snow that hit Buffalo, New York, but the avalanche of news reports was nothing to be sniffed at. There had been a changing of the guard in wartime Washington.

Barack Obama’s third secretary of defense had gone down for the count. In the phrase of the moment, he had “resigned under pressure.”

Sayonara, Chuck!

With a unanimity that crossed political lines, the accounts read as if written by a single reporter. The story went something like this: two years earlier, President Obama had brought in Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator with a reputation for being leery about the overuse of American military power, to wind down the war in Afghanistan, rein in military critics, and put the Pentagon budget on something closer to a peacetime footing. After a bruising Senate confirmation hearing from which he never recovered, he proved poor at “messaging” the president’s policies, had a “crappy relationship” with National Security Adviser (and Obama buddy) Susan Rice, proved a weak manager at the Department of Defense as well as a “weak link” in the Obama national security team, and could never break into the president's tight-knit circle of insiders who -- everyone agreed -- had a nasty habit of “micromanaging” America’s wars (rather than, it seemed, letting the military do what needed to be done). In the end, the president “lost confidence” in him. It was a “mutual” firing or at least Hagel had advanced somewhat voluntarily toward the edge of the cliff before being pushed off.